Daily 411 – Stand With Wendy

The 411 is your daily dose of news relating to online culture! You may have noticed the hashtag Stand With Wendy floating around Twitter and Facebook recently. When mainstream media ignored one woman’s filibuster to prevent a restrictive abortion bill from passing, the online community stepped up. Here are some links to web-related happenings you NEED to know about:

Most people had only heard that Senator Wendy Davis would attempt to stop SB5 from passing from Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr but this 13 hour long debate drew a huge crowd both online and on the scene, making a huge and historic difference to the women of Texas.

Not only did 178,000 people tune in to watch the livestream on Youtube, they participated. A twitter user caught a rule that 31 senators missed in order to help keep Davis on the floor. When testimonial from the public was cut off Davis read their stories on the Senate floor to give a voice to the people who would be affected by the bill. In the end Davis and supporters rallied and won! Some are even calling Davis not a Senator but a Khaleesi! [DailyDot]



While we’re on the topic of human rights victories, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled DOMA and Prop 8 to be unconstitutional. [LA Times]



Bringing it back to Canada, it will costs billions of dollars to repair the damage caused by flooding in Calgary. In light of the province’s woes, the online community has painted Mayor Naheed Nenshi as a bit of a hero. [CBC]


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I live to write, create, and tell stories. I'm a freelance journalist with a strong curiosity about the way online culture translates into our everyday lives. I drink too much coffee, shop a little too much and invest way too much emotion into fictional characters. What can I say? I live in extremes.


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