Some thoughts on the fundraiser tonight that Matt
mentioned this morning. A few years ago in Washington DC, Matt brought a
friend of his from New York named David Alpert to a BBQ I attended. David was
down in DC to speak at a conference as an organizer for Drinking
Liberally. That day, he and I argued over copyright for a while (I was much
more of a protectionist back then) and swapped emails. When I moved to New York
City about a year and a half ago, David invited me to go with him to Drinking
Liberally -- the original one at Rudy's Bar & Grill in Hell's Kitchen.
DL was the most welcoming liberal cabal (I kid) you could hope to discover.
The people I met at Rudy's, that night and subsequent ones, represent some of
my best professional connections today. That's certainly nice. But more important,
those drinkers have become my good friends and compatriots in progressivism.
DL regulars are some of the most intelligent, compassionate, creative, and adventurous
people I'm lucky enough to know. They're the sort who take seriously the idea
that we are to be the change we want to see in the world.
With the recent addition of a chapter in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, DL has grown
from that one drinking group at Rudy's to more than 200 chapters. That's amazing.
But DL is part of something even bigger. For a while now, DL has been collected
under the Cosmopolity banner with other "Liberally" projects. If you were at YearlyKos in Las Vegas last year,
you saw Laughing Liberally comics
like Katie Halper and Baratunde Thurston perform. Screening
Liberally hosts free showings of progressive-leaning films. The newest Liberally, Eating Liberally, brings people
together around sustainable food.
All together, DL, LL, SL, and EL are anchored in the thinking that whether
we call it liberal or progressive, it's not something we are only on election
day. More than that, it's not something we have to be all by our lonesomes.
We're liberals in lifestyle and in community.
Tonight, Cosmopolity is officially becoming Laughing Liberally with the Vast
Left-Wing Conspiracy: Living Liberally Launch Party in New York City. If
you can make it to Manhattan by 8pm, tickets
start at a suggested price of $100. The events at 349 West 12th Street in
the West Village and includes a space called "the Porn Palace." What's
more, there will be an open bar from until 11, entertainment, and gift bags
that contain books and other good things. The money raised will go toward hiring
Living Liberally's first full-time staffer.
If you can't actually, physically make it to the event, there will be a virtual
launch party in Second Life. No, I'm just kidding. But there are still ways
to help build Living Liberally into a core piece of progressive infrastructure.
First, kick in $100 to sponsor
a fellow leftie who might not otherwise have the means to attend. (That's
the route I took. I'm in New Orleans and won't be able to make it tonight.)
Second, support with your time and attention the groups and individuals who
are making tonight possible: organizational sponsors like Advomatic, BlogPAC,
Media Matters, and Working Assets; event sponsors like Alternet, Center for
Independent Media, SEIU, The Open Planning Project, and Young People For; and
event partners like Brave New Foundation, Chelsea Green Publishing, the Drum
Major Institute, Feministing, Magic Hat Brewing Company, Rudy's Bar and Grill,
The Albany Project, and the Yearly Kos Convention.