Nuts & Bolts: A guide to Democratic campaigns—Diversity in your actions

Welcome back, Saturday Campaign D.I.Y.ers! For those who tune in, welcome to the Nuts & Bolts of a Democratic campaign. Each week we discuss issues that help drive successful campaigns. If you’ve missed prior diaries, please visit our group or follow Nuts & Bolts Guide.

When you think of moments of activism that stick with you, it is not just about the subject of the protest, but also the people involved. As human beings, we all live for a narrative, a story that we can tell ourselves to make sense of the world.

People often embrace moments based on how it emotionally connects with them, but also their ability to imagine themselves as fairly represented by your efforts. This week, we are going to talk about diversity in action, and building the actions you have to effectively represent your communities.

We discussed, in this series, prior the importance of diversity in your organization. Many voices make sure you do not fall into traps that divide your group away from intersectionality. When you plan activities, you have to remember that diversity needs to be present as well.

Having a diverse group as part of your leadership and planning does not matter much if the events you stage makes it difficult for them to participate.If your events suddenly turn very monochrome or are difficult for people to participate then you risk your diversity in the organization being viewed as tokenization. So, let’s talk about how to build events that are inclusive and give people a voice.

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The Japanese version of the Nintendo Classic Mini is in stock

The Japanese version of the Nintendo Classic Mini is in stock screenshot

There’s nothing like rolling out of bed and playing Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari, amirite? That roughly translates to Hot-Blooded Downtown Story or Downtown Fever, which was later localized as River City Ransom: One of the best NES games ever. Unlike the American game you know, here’s a chance to flee from the original high-school-uniformed sprites and into the most terrifying Tokyo situation possible: A Japanese restaurant that doesn’t have an English menu.  

If you missed your chance to grab an NES Mini and don’t want to pay an Ebay scalper four times its value? Want to brush up on your Japanese? The Nintendo Classic Famicom Mini is in stock at Play-Asia for $110 at the time of this writing. You won’t need a foreign voltage converter, but it doesn’t come with a power brick. Instead, it comes with a puzzling USB-B to USB-A plug (like most Android phones).  Maybe you’ll want to “splurge” on a surge protector. Actually, you’re a goddamned monster if you don’t already have an uninterruptible power supply behind your television. Speaking of pain, the controllers were also shrunken and hard-wired with comically short cords like the original, as shown in the photo above. This is strictly for nostalgic Japanese denizens, collectors, and my kind of fetishists. On the bright side, the emulation blows away the Wii U virtual console by a landslide.

Here’s the full list of games included, with Youtube links to the import oddities:

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