[OSGeo-Discuss] USA: Speak Up For Geography

Frank Warmerdam warmerdam at pobox.com
Mon Oct 31 20:37:58 PDT 2011


With regard to the following "Speaking up for Geography" Holly Glaser

I love the idea of contacting representatives about the importance of geography 
education. I’m writing to you so all the representatives receive their mail 
before or on GIS Day.

There’s one flaw in your method of contacting elected representative: letters 
sent now will be delivered  at the end of December -too late for GIS Day.

All paper letters/small packages sent to congress are held by the post office 
where they get inspected for explosives/anthrax and so on.  I was told that 
this delays mail between 3-6 weeks.

Best regards,

On 11-10-29 01:39 PM, Frank Warmerdam wrote:
> Folks,
> Those of us in America with an interest in promoting geography education in
> schools might like to take action on the "Teaching Geography is Fundamental
> Act" in the US congress. I received the following message at info at osgeo.org:
> """
> Join the public campaign "Speak Up For Geography: The 10,000 Letter
> Challenge". As a leader in the geospatial industry, your support of
> geography education in K-12 schools is needed now more than ever.
> The goal of the 10,000 Letter Challenge is simple: to send 10,000 letters
> to Congress in support of the bipartisan Teaching Geography is Fundamental
> (TGIF) Act by November 18, 2011. This date marks the ending of Geography
> Awareness Week 2011 and the last day of the Congressional session before
> the Thanksgiving recess. It's easy to send letters to your Members of
> Congress at http://speakupforgeography.org.
> Show your support for geography education: Let Congress know that the
> Teaching Geography is Fundamental Act is important to you. Ask others to
> join the Challenge by blogging, podcasting, and tweeting about
> SpeakUpForGeography.org. Post the widget on your website. Spread the
> message that the time to act is now!
> """

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