Ah, the internet. A wide sea of questionable activity. But there are a few websites that have caught our eye and thus captured our respect and envy, and we feel indebted to share some of them with you.
Launched in September 2011, We the People is a petition mechanism on the White House website that allows citizens to create and share petitions regarding government legislation. A petition must obtain 150 signatures in 30 days to become searchable on the website, and 1000,000 signatures in 30 days to receive a response from the White House.
An innovative way to encourage and support civic engagement, We the People increases citizens’ sense of ownership over legislative outcomes and provides an outlet for voicing concerns and ideas. I have long been a fan of petition sites such as Credo and Change.org as means of disseminating information and supporting worthy causes, and I am proud that the current administration recognises and supports such avenues for citizen participation in government affairs.
You certainly don’t have to be Asian American to be awestruck with what this national not-for-profit arts organisation is doing. An introductory visit to their website (and subsequently trips thereafter) clue you in clearly to what the Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s objectives are. Since its inception in 1991, AAWW has continued to gain prominence and popularity in its dedication ‘to the belief that Asian American stories deserve to be told.’
AAWW’s website is at once clearly delineated and packed with cultural information. This is managed by filtering its blog articles and essays through three sub-avenues: The Margins, Open City, and CultureStrike. While The Margins acts as AAWW’s flagship online magazine, Open City focuses on ‘metropolitan Asian America as it’s being lived on the streets of New York right now.’ CultureStrike in turn broadens AAWW’s scope with its ongoing efforts ‘to launch a cultural movement around immigration,’ enlisting the help of writers of different races to come together to effect real change.
All three avenues are routinely updated with insightful articles by a seemingly limitless collection of intelligent and thoughtful writers. Everything that the Asian American Writers’ Workshop produces figures into the idea of being ‘a safe community space and an anti-racist counterculture, incubating new ideas and interpretations of what it means to be both an American and a global citizen.’