- On Wednesday, an anonymous attorney left a story about a client in the comments to an unrelated Grits post.
- I forwarded the comment to another Texas blogger who specializes in health issues to ask her opinion.
- She sent the comment to someone she knew in the Department of State Health Services, who said she'd look into it.
- I received an email from the head of the state hospital system inviting me to call him for an explanation, which I did.
- I wrote a blog post on the topic relaying what I'd learned.
- A reader forwarded the post to an attorney from Advocacy Inc., a nonprofit legal group that works on these types of cases, who wrote in Grits' comments asking the first attorney to contact her.
- I learned last night they hooked up by phone on Friday, less than 24 hours after I'd posted on the topic.
Sunday, January 22, 2006
Blog activism: How it's supposed to work
This Grits post about how Texas state mental hospitals are full in part because of "criminal commitments" (meaning defendants sent there by a judge until they're declared competent to stand trial) provides a fun example of useful blog activism, I think. Consider:
Posted by Gritsforbreakfast at 10:03 AM