Turning The Tide For The Progressive Movement
by Chris Bowers, Wed Jan 31, 2007 at 08:02:25 AM EST
- California: Calitics
- Colorado: Square State
- Massachusetts: Blue Mass Group
- Michigan: Michigan Liberal
- Minnesota: Minnesota Campaign Report
- Montana: Left In the West
- New Hampshire: Blue Hampshire
- New Jersey: Blue Jersey
- New York: The Albany Project
- North Carolina: Blue NC
- Texas: Burnt Orange Report
- Virginia: Raising Kaine
Your support is essential, and so is another ingredient: ActBlue, a shining example of new infrastructure for the emerging progressive movement. ActBlue has brought visibility and credibility to the fundraising might of blogs like Daily Kos, MyDD, Swing State Project, Firedoglake, Crooks & Liars, Down with Tyranny, and America Blog, who together raised $2.2 million in 2005-06. Even more importantly for the movement, ActBlue has enabled local bloggers to fundraise for below-the-radar candidates, building buzz and starting the snowball effect candidates like Paul Hackett need to compete. And with their efforts and our support, last year ActBlue expanded down ballot, so we can now bring online support to every Democratic candidate for state legislative and executive office in 22 states, regardless of the candidates' insider backing or technical savvy.
ActBlue and BlogPac are working together to strengthen local blogging, and so we've teamed up in an ambitious infrastructure-building effort. We've created a joint ActBlue-BlogPac fundraising page where you can support both groups. Our goal by February 28: 1,000 supporters who will contribute monthly to each group for the next two years
A sustained movement takes sustained commitment from its members. Join up today by committing to $10/month, $25/month, or $50/month.
I am starting to sense a turning of the tide. Very soon from now, a future awaits where, unlike my lament from last week, progressive movement money no longer flows in only one direction. Progressive movement money will be used not only to win elections, but to make sure that the ideas and people behind the movement are more self-sustaining.
Over time, as per your suggestions, we can use the infrastructure page to add more progressive movement organizations, and build this movement from the ground up. We will also continue to listen to your suggestions on new projects to support, as well as progressive activists who need help and recognition. Because BlogPac can't support any person, idea, or organization without your efforts, we won't engage in any project that does not have your backing. As we promised when we re-launched BlogPac back in June, we will be for the progressive movement, by the progressive movement. We can only change this country if we do it together.
Build progressive infrastructure. Join the movement today.