A Few More Recent Netroots Wins
by Matt Stoller, Wed Jul 12, 2006 at 04:26:50 PM EDT
1) Five Republicans facing netroots endorsed candidates voted for a minimum wage hike in the House (update: I added a link to the bill). This is a direct result of pressure they are feeling from our activities. Here they are: Randy Kuhl, Curt Weldon, Mike Fitzpatrick, Mike Ferguson, Mark Kirk
2) LifeBEAT canceled its concert, blaming activists on the internet for fomenting violence. You know, the activists asking LifeBEAT not to promote artists who call for the murder of gays and lesbians.
Wankers. But they heard our message because we forced them to. There's another piece here, and that's that this activism came mostly from progressive African-American gay bloggers. The blogosphere is not a top-down system, it's more of a pond with ripples that go outward when there's concentrated energy.
Update, here's a list of the bloggers who made this happen:
Donald Andrew Agarrat: http://now.anzidesign.com
Keith Boykin: http://www.keithboykin.com
Clay Cane: http://claycane.blogspot.com
Jasmyne Cannick: http://www.jasmynecannick.com
Steven Claiborne: http://saclaiborne.blogspot.com/
Terrance Heath: http://www.republicoft.com
Andre Lancaster: http://journeyintolight.blogspot.com/
Frank Roberts: http://brooklynboyblues.blogspot.com
Nathan Scott: http://www.7magazine.blogspot.com/
Pam Spaulding: http://www.pamspaulding.com/weblog/
Bernard Tarver: http://www.bejata.com
Many artists and music industry professionals worked this behind the scenes, and showed integrity and spine here as well. It was a coalition of interested people, and not just bloggers of course. As it always is.
3) We've shocked DC to the core and challenged every major interest group and Senator to figure out where they stand on Lieberman. I went to an American Prospect breakfast this morning with Chuck Schumer, and he refused to talk about Lieberman flat-out.
The firepower lined up against us is remarkable. The DSCC, the Connecticut Democratic Party, Sierra Club, NARAL, League of Conservation Voters, Planned Parenthood, AFL-CIO, SEIU, CWA, NALC, NAGE, Food and Commercial Workers, Teamster's, Firefighters, Carpenters, Postal Workers, IBEW, Human Rights Campaign, 40+ Senators, John Lewis, etc.
Lieberman is spending massive amounts of money on direct mail pieces and TV, and who knows how much other lobbyist and interest group money is being funneled onto Lieberman's side.
We did not make this happen, the voters of Connecticut made it happen. But we created some space, as we do for all our political pushes.
Anyway, we're making waves and making change, all of us blogofascists.