Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Be careful what you wish for...

Back in the days of his failed presidential campaign, Howard Dean harnessed the power of the web for communicating, organizing, and fundraising for his effort to become the Democratic Party's presidential nominee. That did not happen for Dr. Dean. But the network he created went on to become moveon.org and that group has indeed used the power of the web for communicating, organizing and fundraising. Not for Dr. Dean or the D.N.C. though.

But Dr. Dean did indeed get his wish: many more citizens using the internet to connect, communicate, engage in political action, get organized, and raise money for good causes. Best recent example: Just Say No Deal.

What makes Just Say No Deal special is that it is a true umbrella group. It tolerates diversity and champions pluralism while at the same time keeping to its core message. It is a resource created by and used by all sorts of people, including those who have relatively little or no experience using the web or using it for political action.

Just Say No Deal: just exactly what Dr. Dean wished for!

(If you just say no deal, you might be interested in this.)

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

heidi -- it is fascinating to watch a counter-movement to moveon.org take shape -- the media have always marginalized hillary supporters -- in many ways we are responding to what has felt like 6 months of non-stop dissing by the DNC, the Media, Obama Camp & its ill-mannered supporters. Bottom line: PUMAs weren't born overnight!
- yours,
princess wears prada @ hireheels.com

June 25, 2008 at 8:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad to see that The Denver Group is now accepting contributions. I will fulfill my $100 pledge that I made last week.

JM

June 25, 2008 at 9:02 AM  
Blogger Common Sense Gram said...

I love the title- or as my Nana always said
"Be careful what you pray for, God might give it to you!"
PUMA!

June 25, 2008 at 6:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just want to correct the record (and record the irony). MoveOn.org started in 1998 as an email list whose goal was to "Move On" from the President Clinton's Impeachment to more important issues of governance. Dr. Dean did not create that network, though he did capitalize on it in 2004.

Interestingly, their wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MoveOn.org doesn't mention which candidates they supported in 2004, though they mention 2000, 02, 06, and Barack Obama this year.

June 25, 2008 at 9:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have finally found a place for my views. I have for felt out of place politically for a long time, I am black, live in Harlem yet am an avid Hillary Clinton supporter. As an educated, well read sister it baffles me why the media and the majority of black folk can't see that they are being made fools of. Do I want a black president ? Sure, but not Barack Obama. HIs experience will cause him to make a worse blunder than W. Secondly his movie star endoresemenrs are just that, forget Oprah she has so much money she doesn't live a "real" life like most folks. She doesn't need health care, education, better wages like most people. Why take cues from people so far removed from daily life. The most disappointing elements are the media and the DNC heads, they are the ones who snagged this for Obama and all the superdelegates who believed their predictions. Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, this means that more people voted for her than Barack. Barack was backed by the media and the superdelegates....be very careful people democracy is at stake here. I hope the media and the DNC are ready for the backlash, PUMA, Just say No are just the beginning. You cannot expect in this day and age to pull the wool over people's eyes so easily.....w's failures have helped to ensure that now more than ever..people are staying vigilant.

June 28, 2008 at 9:26 AM  

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