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Looking for ideas re: what to do next with my life

Some traumatic experiences in the past 2 years made me realize how desperately unhappy I was in my "old" life. I have a good education & strong job experience, but also have mental health issues to manage and I'm kind of allergic to corporate life. I'd like to change this trend in my life, but I'm having trouble visualizing how to do this without going back to how I was living before. Feeling stuck on how to move forward & requesting AskMe's wisdom on the matter. [more inside]
posted by cardinality on Jul 8, 2014 - 10 answers

What progressive social justice organizations should I will my money to?

I'm writing my will, and I'm planning to donate pretty much my entire estate. Places on my radar are: ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and Lambda Legal. I know there are tons of other great organizations out there, but I don't know who they are, so please tell me about them. I am interested in anything progressive/social justice-y.
posted by (Over) Thinking on Jun 14, 2014 - 29 answers

Was/am professional activist organizer. Giving it up. Need help.

For the last 7 years or so (since graduating from college), I've been a professional political organizer, essentially, working for progressive movement organizations doing primarily new media/online media/digital work, but also spending time on fundraising, action planning, communications, and a few other things as needed. After a lot of thought and consideration, I'm starting to suspect that I can no longer work as part of the left (or at least, my corner of the US left) and still be emotionally healthy with the stress I deal with all the time. I don't know what to do next. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Apr 28, 2014 - 17 answers

calling all progressives! where's the next Russ Feingold?

I'm an extremely liberal Democrat who comes from a long line of extremely liberal Democrats, but I've become increasingly disillusioned with the national party apparatus over the past handful of years. Can you help me put together a list of progressive Democrat office-holders and up-and-coming candidates to buoy and inspire an otherwise devoted liberal's flagging enthusiasm? [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Mar 13, 2014 - 24 answers

Red state vs. Blue state: where can you do more good?

I'm currently serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA in VT and while I love it here in this socialist wonderland, I find myself wondering if poverty-related service wouldn't do more immediate good in a red state. [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal on Nov 29, 2013 - 10 answers

What, if any, is the in-group term for "SJW"?

Is there an in-group term for "Social Justice Warrior (SJW)"? That is, I definitely think there is a signified there, the strain of progressives focused on privilege, intersectionality, and oppressor/oppressed group identities, so I think it's a term with useful meaning, but it is also an out-group term with mildly negative/mocking connotation so not the best for writing seriously. Plenty SJWs here, what do you call yourselves? The closest I've heard is "intersectional feminist" which I don't even see all that often & also many SJWs are more focused on another area like race. [more inside]
posted by save alive nothing that breatheth on Nov 10, 2013 - 17 answers

What's Baltimore like for a culinary enthusiast who is in her mid 50's?

My husband and I are looking for a hip, progressive, ethnically mixed city that is not over-priced yet. We have lived in nyc, Miami and La and have been priced out of all these markets with the overpriced housing. Considering Baltimore as I heard its not completely off the charts housing wise. I am a chef and teach cooking classes and he is in the renewable energy business and we work for ourselves. Both of us like good food, outdoors stuff like biking and hiking and enjoy a liberal atmosphere. Are we dreaming or might Baltimore be a good fit?
posted by privatechef on Aug 8, 2013 - 46 answers

I miss the liberal, progressive South...

I moved from a liberal city in the South to New York City, and now it seems that every other person I talk to is openly racist. I was not prepared for this and have no idea how to handle it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 30, 2013 - 63 answers

Progressive is being regressive

We live in Mass and my wife got into a car accident the other day while I was out of town. How can I convince the insurance company it was not her fault? [more inside]
posted by IzzeYum on May 28, 2013 - 25 answers

Considering moving from the NE and wonder about Durham NC

We are a couple in our mid-50's and are looking for some specific things in our next move; more temperate weather than the North East where we are now; progressive thinking people, good food and a thriving food scene, ability to buy a house for less than $350K, low property taxes ( less than $5K) within driving distance (45 minutes is the max) to a major airport and open-minded people. We are both entrepreneurial and active, love the outdoors and nature and want a small yard for a garden and to be near some kind of water be it a large lake, river or coast. We are considering Portland Ore. or Durham NC. We are still working and work for ourselves. Anyone have an opinion on either or both?
posted by privatechef on Apr 29, 2013 - 25 answers

New glasses: progressives or single?

My near-sightedness is getting worse, and now I'm getting presbyopia, so I have to take off my glasses sometimes for reading or other close work. I can go progressive now or "next time." What should I be taking into consideration when I make my decision? [more inside]
posted by epersonae on Feb 26, 2013 - 20 answers

How can I become a better progressive?

I am not as good of a person as I would like to be. Is there anything like a social justice life coach to help me figure out how? Probably not. I don't want a therapist, because even though I hate myself, I want to be a better person rather than a happier one. Plus, and this is why I need to not talk to my friends about it, it's really gross to whine about how it's so hard for me as a privileged person to deal with the fact that I can never be a good or trustworthy friend. I read a lot of blogs, and while I have improved, I also cry over what a worthless creep I am and that is gross, useless and also no fun either. Not terrible like actually suffering, but I don't like it and it interferes with my ability to have friends what with how annoying I am. So: no life coach ( I think), no bothering friends, blogs aren't perfect, what do I do? [more inside]
posted by WhathaveIdonenow? on Feb 15, 2013 - 34 answers

What are some creepy dance tracks?

What are some creepy, disturbing, scary, eerie DANCE tracks? [more inside]
posted by deusdiabolus on Apr 10, 2012 - 49 answers

Evolution of the English present progressive tense

Have the rules for using the present progressive (continuous) tense in English recently evolved/changed? [more inside]
posted by feelinggood on Oct 4, 2011 - 20 answers

How did mainstream liberals lose their direction (and cojones)?

[Distraught Progressive Filter] I need a postmortem on liberalism in the United States. [more inside]
posted by evil holiday magic on Sep 18, 2011 - 28 answers

God Bless Liberals!

Where are the liberal, progressive, Christian blogs and media? [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown on Jul 20, 2010 - 27 answers

Progressive Mix

If you were creating a "work mix" of public background music on Pandora or Last.fm or Slacker for a laid back, progressive retail environment, what artists would you include? [more inside]
posted by netbros on May 17, 2010 - 13 answers

Is Present Perfect Progessive Passive possible in English?

GrammarFilter: Present Perfect Passive Progressive. Real or a myth? [more inside]
posted by MostHolyPorcine on Feb 26, 2010 - 10 answers

Why can't I just be a liberal?

When and why did modern liberals, especially bloggers, begin to label themselves as "progressives"? Why do they do so? [more inside]
posted by hiteleven on Jan 20, 2010 - 28 answers

Looking for a nice enlightening magazine

Can you help me find a good progressive magazine to get? I'm looking for something that has in-depth, credible reporting, isn't too shrill, and covers a variety of political, scientific/environmental, and cultural topics. [more inside]
posted by thirteenkiller on Dec 14, 2009 - 21 answers

Can I go back to an optician and get a prescription for a different kind of lenses without another exam?

Yet another optician question. I got a prescription for reading/computer glasses, but I really need progressives (I think) because I can't see anything closeup without the glasses on. But I don't trust my optician. [more inside]
posted by micawber on Jun 21, 2009 - 10 answers

I love crooks and liars, but seek heroes and prophets

What're the OTHER political video blogs? [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon on Mar 22, 2009 - 1 answer

I am *asking* a question.

What is the origin in English of the present continuous tense (present progressive tense)? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on Mar 21, 2009 - 15 answers

Do you know of any funky, progressive towns or cities?

Help me identify progressive, funky towns and small cities in this Good Ol' U S of A. [more inside]
posted by letahl on Jan 1, 2009 - 81 answers

The career change I need

Do any progressive organizations need full-time programmers? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Nov 10, 2008 - 16 answers

Can LensCrafters adjust frames with progressive lenses?

Glasses filter. I bought my frames at Lenscrafters, but had the prescription filled, and the lenses put in the frames, by a doctor in my hometown. The lenses are the progressive type. My doctor mailed the finished glasses back, and left the markings on the lenses which help with adjusting and fitting the lenses the first time. After the first time fitting you erase the markings with acetone. Can I trust Lenscrafters to fit and adjust these? [more inside]
posted by lockedroomguy on May 20, 2008 - 10 answers

Progressive alarm clocks in Vancouver?

Where can I buy a progressive alarm clock in Vancouver, BC, Canada? I would like an alarm clock that lights up or makes noise gradually, without having to buy it online. [more inside]
posted by Iax on Apr 1, 2008 - 6 answers

It...it...flam - flames. Flames, on the side of my car, heaving...breath...insurance.

My car spontaneously combusted. Please help me avoid getting burned by the insurance company! Of all the values out there, which one is the closest to what they insurance company will offer me, which one should I be aiming for and how should I go about getting it? [more inside]
posted by quakerjono on Mar 3, 2008 - 12 answers

Office Space?

I am thinking of taking a job selling insurance for Progressive. Do any of you have any experience with this company or type of job? [more inside]
posted by Brandon1600 on Jan 7, 2008 - 9 answers

suggest resources for budding liberal

A student of mine (college junior) asked me to give him a list of progressively-oriented blogs, films, and websites. I have a few ideas for him, but would like to solicit the hive mind for more.
posted by chicainthecity on Dec 18, 2007 - 10 answers

Help me get my head on straight about a political idea

How can a person who doesn't even have a blog start a meme like thing, a cultural change or influence based on word play? [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Oct 25, 2007 - 18 answers

Is there life after 'I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry'?

In light of the horrendously awful "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry," are there any GOOD (i.e. both funny and non-homophobic) comedies about straight people either having to pretend they're gay or, more generally, about straight people slowly but surely letting go of their prejudices towards LGBT people? [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Jul 19, 2007 - 43 answers

grants for liberals?

I have some ideas about creating a sort of web site or "netroots" organization around promoting progressive, liberal, and anti-authoritarian ideas, as opposed to a lot of what I see online which mostly concerns itself with the short term goal of getting democrats elected -- not that that's not important, but I don't see much focus on long term strategy and ideas. Anyway I'm wondering if there are any grants I can apply for to help get started. [more inside]
posted by delmoi on Sep 1, 2006 - 8 answers

70's samples

Are there any rap or hip-hop songs that sample from 70's prog groups? [more inside]
posted by Jesco on Aug 7, 2006 - 24 answers

Suppose you could help jumpstart a real progressive youth movement.

Help me prepare a presentation on the use of social media, especially networks like facebook and myspace, to help grow and enhance progressive youth groups, particularly College Democrats. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Jul 17, 2006 - 1 answer

Great Doc for A Woman at Kaiser in L.A.?

Can anyone recommend a good, woman-friendly physician or nurse practitioner at Kaiser-Permanente's Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles facility? [more inside]
posted by Scram on May 28, 2006 - 6 answers

Music for those Goddamn Liberals?

I'm looking for songs that you associate with Liberal ideals. (Or "progressive" ideals, if you prefer.) Examples: "Streets of Philadelphia" by Bruce Springsteen, "If It Were Up to Me" by Cheryl Wheeler, "I'm Not the Man" by Natalie Merchant/10,000 Maniacs, "War" by Edwin Starr, etc. I'd prefer the songs weren't blatantly "Republicans suck and Bush is mean" (though "When the President Talks to God" is a fine song); I'm looking more for songs about social activism and progressive ideals, about the things that Liberals typically hold important. (Songs about the general state of the world are fine, too: "Ball of Confusion", etc.)
posted by jdroth on Apr 12, 2006 - 82 answers

Progressive think tank needs tech help.

Progressivefilter: I'm looking for a wiki or online document that represents a collaborative effort to outline a vision of progressive government. [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft on Mar 6, 2006 - 4 answers

What Progressive People should I interview in DC?

I'm headed to Washington, D.C. shortly for a few weeks, to conduct interviews for my book of interviews with innovators on the Left. Got any suggestions for folks I should attempt to interview while I am there? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God on Sep 8, 2005 - 12 answers

How do I invest leftily and lazily?

How can I find a financial advisor who specializes in investments that are in tune with my lefty sensibilities? [more inside]
posted by gurple on Jul 27, 2005 - 13 answers

"Progressive" as opposed to "liberal"

This post had me wondering: Is there a difference between progressive and liberal? Is it a difference in kind, in degree, or some of each? Is it a case of using one word because the opposition uses the other perjoratively? Started to ask this in that thread, then realized it would derail the discussion...
posted by alumshubby on May 28, 2005 - 12 answers

Rental Car Insurance

Is the extra insurance offered by rental car agencies really needed, or is it just a big scam? [more inside]
posted by o0o0o on Mar 9, 2005 - 16 answers

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