Monday, November 29, 2004
Well, What Th' Hell We SPOZE T'Do, Ya' Moe-Ron?
Same thing as always: Act. The tricky part is determining where to get active.
Kate, commenting at Atrios yesterday, clued me in to three very interesting organizations:
- 21st Century Democrats. Their specific, stated purpose is to provide grass-roots organizers for tough political campaigns -- these are the people who train the next generation of political fighters.
- Democracy for America. "Inspired by the presidential campaign of Howard Dean, Democracy for America (DFA) is a political action committee dedicated to supporting fiscally responsible, socially progressive candidates at all levels of government—from school board to the presidency. DFA fights against the influence of the far right-wing and their radical, divisive policies and the selfish special interests that for too long have dominated our politics."
- Progressive Democrats of America. "We are specifically committed to the realization of new models for achieving local, national and global security that redirect the current wasteful and obscene levels of military spending toward the uncompromising and effective funding of: health and education programs; an end to discrimination; the provision of full and meaningful employment; and an end to poverty for all people."
Need to do something to help the greater good? These look like good places to start.
* AdvoKit, so we can improve our grassroots GOTV/organizing efforts
* Civic SpaceLabs, a web content-management system designed by Dean folks
* Back End, another political content-management system which exists in some stable state (not yet with CivicSpaceLabs) and which is now used by the Canadian Union of Public Employees
I'm so happy you posted about this. However, what I think needs to be emphasized is that PDA (Progressive Democrats of America) seeks to eventually displace the DLC as the controlling faction of the Democratic Party. They are an inter-party caucus, with state caucuses springing up. They hope to have a full 50 state chapters, and to help steer Democratic action and energy in the service of progressive goals, both at the local level and the national level.
What I want to stress is the potential of PDA to be the vehicle for party reform. Howard Dean supports PDA as that vehicle, and 21st Century Dems will be working to assist candidates who reflect PDA aims.
To those who haven't signed up yet in a state caucus of PDA, please take the time to do so. If your state is not yet listed as having a PDA branch, think about helping to start one. I shouldn't think it would be that difficult -- if you go to meetup.com and type in "progressive" and "politics" there is scarcely a place in the country where progressive Democrats are not now meeting on a regular basis, still with energy after Black Tuesday. I was startled to discover how many Arizona meet-up groups are active. If you attend these you may find plenty of like-minded souls to help you start your own state PDA caucus.
Thanks again, filkertom! Keep testifyin'!