Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Blue America Innovates

By: Harry Waisbren

Blue America has come out with a new tool to help community organizing. This is especially timely given the national effort ongoing to prevent the Democratic party's capitulation on FISA (and by extension, the rule of law). Christy Hardin Smith explains how it works:

You can use it to coordinate a meeting with a Senator or Representative, and then publish a notice so that other folks can also get involved. Or track public appearances of elected officials in local venues. Or put together a planning meet-up to come up with ideas to educate the public on FISA-- like leafletting or showing up at parades with signs


We wanted to make it easier for everyone to take action in their own neighborhood. Especially since elected officials seem to want to avoid us doing just that. If you know of a public appearance you can tell others about or want to plan an action in your area, you just need to log into the Blue America tool, input the information and...voila! Along with the whip call tool we launched this morning, we hope this will make it easier for everyone to take immediate action on FISA -- and beyond.

The 4th of July is coming up, and I can't think of a better way to celebrate our independence than by working to prevent the government from giving away our freedoms. If you are planning to attend a rally, consider joining the effort and ensure that our representatives know that our rights are not merely fodder to be given away for political points. Ben Masel is organizing a Wisconsin effort for this campaign, which you can check out here.

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