Enough is enough. The New York Times reports that the House [is] to Begin Debate on Schiavo Bill This Evening. Update: Oliver Willis is live-blogging the hearing.
They're absolutely right:
It’s time for a blogswarm. No one in Congress is answering their phones.
We must contact the media to put pressure on Congress to butt out of the Schiavo case. There is a real threat to the separation of powers going on, not to mention Congress making medical decisions and person decisions and the disgusting aspects of playing politics with real peoples’ lives.
The Plan: Here is a media list of the majors and the news organizations that are working this weekend:
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Colmes@foxnews.com, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, public@NYT.com, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Email all of them please. Tell them from your heart what you think of what’s happening and tell them they need to represent the “other” side of this story, that Tom Delay is slandering Michael Schiavo, that Congress is butting into people’s personal lives, that you are disgusted by what they are doing. Tell them what you think.
Just copy and paste the email addresses into the address line of your email. [Update: Email list current as of Monday evening, again, courtesy of Democracy Cells.]
If you're still making up your mind, or if you need inspiration for your emails, here's a reading list. I encourage readers to post their letters to the editors in the comments thread.
If you've written something that you'd like contribute to the list, please put the URL in the comments, or email it to me with "swarm" in the title and I'll add it to the list.*
David Velleman of Left2Right
The Editors of the American Journal of Bioethics (Scroll)
Rivka of Respectful of Otters
Ampersand of Alas, a Blog
PZ Myers of Pharyngula
Crooks and Liars
Atrios at Eschaton
Swopa of Needlenose
Dark Syde of Unscrewing the Inscrutable
The crew at Two Percent Solution
John Rennie of SciAm Perspectives.
Auguste from MalkinWatch
Neuroscientist Cerebrocrat's CAT scan comment at Alas, a Blog
Arthur of The Light of Reason
djw from Lawyers, Guns and Money
Milo Johnson of Jones Alley
All Spin Zone on the "The Corpse Reanimation and Tent Revival Faith Healing Act of 2005"
Talk Left with a link to the text of the Senate Bill (S.653)
WKirkland of The Ruth Group
KMB of Just Another Blog
Philosopher Hilzoy of Obsidian Wings
A Constitutional analysis from Scott Lemieux of Lawyers, Guns and Money
Kriston of Begging to Differ
Karen of Bread Crumbs on Constitutional critical care
Charles Alt of Philosophy of Biology
John McKay of archy
Thomas Nephew of Newsrack
Steve Brady of Whatever
Rivka's on a roll: The Ethics Post
Kip Manley of Long Story, Short Pier
Jill Cozzi of Brilliant at Breakfast
Keven of Catch.com
Ed of Unfutz
Nice sample letter from John of Goose the Blog
Holocaust Kitsch Redux by Red State Son.
Philosopher Jessica Wilson on Trial by Legislation
Jesse at Pandagon
UMich law student Steve Sanders of Reason and Liberty
Not I, Said the Wolf
Threading the Needle
Two Shots and an Olive
A dramatic interpretation by Richard Nathan
Liberal Common Sense on the federal judge who will hear the Schiavo case, and more
Brutal Blog I and II
Balloon Juice series, Exhibits A,
B, C, D, E
F, G, and H
Feministe's fine swarm-letter
Philosopher of religion Scott Paeth
Shades of Grey on means and ends
Arthur Silber sheds the light of reason on Schiavo and the media
Cut to the Chase
Sarah of Past is Prologue
More from the infamous Rude Pundit
Doug's .02@ The
Dave Does the Blog
Courtney from the amusingly-named Midvale School For the Gifted Alumni Association (scroll)
World 'O Crap on judge hatin'
An a propos Daily Show from Crooks and Liars (Scroll for more)
A personal reminiscence courtesy of The Great Beast
The Bioethics Dude Abides
Bloogwood photo essay
Fubar on the Schiavo passion play
Suburban Guerrilla on Herr Doctor Senator Vigilante Vivisection for Cardio-Christ
Katherine archives choice excerpts from the House debate for posterity at Obsidian Wings (K should blog more, don't you think?)
L'Esprit de L'Escalier et encore
Reminder from blog.bioethics to follow the money. (Hat tip to Lisa)
Lawrence representin' The Prosecution
Steve Gilliard on someone who's been there
15 minutes of fame through extrajudicial activism--Roxanne explains...
Whatever happens, TBoggdid warn us (via James Wolcott)
For that matter, so did Wolcott
* Forgive me if I've overlooked anyone who was kind enough to send me material. I've received several hundred emails over the last few days and I worry that I might have impolitely forgotten someone. Feel free to resend and/or to post a reminder comment.
** Ad hoc rule: Due to the large volume of posts, please limit your submissions to one URL--be sure to link to your other Schiavo-related materials in the body of that post.
*** Again, if I've forgotten to add you to the swarm, please don't hesitate to remind me.