[Ubuntu-US-CA] Project: Representative-Letters, Part Deux

Grant Bowman grantbow at ubuntu.com
Sat Feb 16 03:14:28 UTC 2013

Nobody stopped by this week in IRC so I'll get started on the text on
the wiki page this weekend.



On Sat, Feb 9, 2013 at 6:32 PM, Ilan Rabinovitch <ilan at fonz.net> wrote:
> We would be happy to work with you from the SCALE side.  Let me know
> how we can help.
> -Ilan
> On Sat, Feb 9, 2013 at 6:17 PM, Grant Bowman <grantbow at ubuntu.com> wrote:
>> Here is the project page.
>>     https://wiki.ubuntu.com/CaliforniaTeam/Projects/Representative-Letters
>> Please join me *after* our team meeting tomorrow night (stick around
>> afterward) and/or any night this week M-F at 7:30 PM in IRC
>> http://ubuntu-california.org/chat/ or #ubuntu-us-ca on freenode.net to
>> discuss this project. Far from being vague, I would like to
>> collaboratively draft an initial contact letter and a reminder letter
>> with reasonable, appropriate information and send them to all
>> California representatives. The fact that this meeting is taking place
>> in our state is newsworthy to the "Internet using" public and public
>> officials and can be carefully described in a "press release" manner.
>> Discussion of advocacy and promotion is part of the world-wide Ubuntu
>> work taking place inside UDS. We will coordinate with Canonical,
>> codeforamerica.org and opensourceforamerica.org if they opt-in to
>> coordinating with us. We are the team members willing to step forward
>> to work on this project. Of course more "user focused" events such as
>> SCaLE socallinuxexpo.org can be promoted at the same time if done in a
>> coordinated manner.
>> Thank you one and all for your valuable, constructive feedback and
>> contributions to this effort. I've made adjustments to the plan though
>> I think that some of my intention in launching this project were
>> misconstrued due to lack of detail. Details are forthcoming. The
>> discussion on the email list is very much in line with what I was
>> thinking.
>> Let's take a quick step back. What do LoCos do? We advocate and
>> promote Ubuntu. https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LoCoTeams I do not think we
>> should shy away from talking with fellow citizen computer users, even
>> if they happen to work in politics. As citizens we have an option to
>> exercise our voice to our representatives about what is important to
>> us. Ubuntu is important to us, it's why we participate in the team.
>> How do we work together? We demonstrate humanity toward others,
>> Ubuntu. We do not show prejudice, we foster collaboration and we
>> respectfully assume good intentions. This discussion among people with
>> different needs, interest and skills helps us work together. As this
>> kind of letter writing outreach has not been done before (to my
>> knowledge) we are refining this idea and carefully aligning it with
>> other Ubuntu efforts. We strive for consensus but this is not an
>> absolute requirement for moving forward together.
>> http://www.ubuntu.com/project/about-ubuntu/conduct  How might the
>> opposite look? Claiming other people are motivated by subversion,
>> undermining, harmful or unethical intentions and not being willing to
>> participate. While we may not agree on all points there is hopefully
>> no need for such claims in our volunteer team. If we seriously
>> disagree there are procedures for escalation. Some team members are
>> familiar with these procedures. A clear majority of people have
>> responded positively to this concept and I appreciate the discussion
>> of merits and concerns. Several different levels of organization have
>> been involved in the planning of this team project. The devil will be
>> in the details of implementation so let's get to work.
>> Respectfully,
>> Grant Bowman
>> ubuntu-california.org
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