I’ve always been happy that Just World News has attracted a considerable readership, and numerous contributions to the Comments boards, from outside the United States. The policies of the US have a disproportionately strong effect on the situation and wellbeing of that 95% of global humanity who are not US citizens, but y’all “out there” outside the bounds of our citizenship don’t get to vote in our election here next Tuesday.
So I’d like to invite all of you who are not US citizens to submit a comment here in which you tell the next US president what your top requests of him are. Also describe how US policy has been affecting– and continues to affect– your family, your community, or your country,including some concrete examples, if possible.
Please try to keep your comment to within 300 words, and tell us where you’re from.
(If you haven’t commented before, the easiest way is to go to the archived version of for this post, scroll down to the bottom of the page, fill out the ‘Name’ and ‘Email’ boxes there– the one for ‘URL’ is optional. Type your comment in the box provided. You can insert hyperlinks if you know how to. Then, type in the verification code in the box beneath that one and click on ‘Post’. It may take a minute or two for the comment to be published on the page.)
I hope as many as possible of you will send in your requests. Also, send this post on to as many other non-Americans as you can, who you think would be interested in having their voices heard, too!
Once these comments come rolling in I plan to write a series of posts here in which I pick out some of the main themes– and I have a number of other ideas of ways to get these “Messages from the disenfranchised 95% of humanity” heard in the US discourse over the weeks ahead. (If any of you US-citizen readers have some good ideas of how we can all do this, please let me know!)
Finally, know that the comments, like everything that’s on the blog here, will be published on it under a ‘Creative Commons’ license. This means, basically, that anyone is free to republish what is published here with due attribution, and a hyperlink— provided they do not do so for profit. If anyone wants to use the comments for potentially profit-making purposes, they need to negotiate a specific agreement to do so.
So send ’em in!
- Update Sunday morning, Nov.2: Thanks to everyone who’s commented so far. Tomorrow morning I’ll put some of the comments submitted into a main post (with attribution to the authors), and I’ll try to distribute that as widely as possible inside the US. I may make one or more other compilations later in the week. So carry on sending this post to your friends in the non-US world, and keep the comments coming in. And commenters, please put in what country you’re from. Thanks!