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Our recent launch of was in many ways a new beginning and a continuation.

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From Criticism to Empowerment

*For a little context, this was originally posted at FLAPolitics, where I will begin discussing soon, how my father, the new chair of the Marion DEC is attempting to change the party there.

"I think we can end the divisions within the United States. What I think is quite clear is that we can work together in the last analysis. And that what has been going on within the United States...-the divisions, whether it's between blacks and whites, between the poor and the more affluent, or between age groups, or over the war in Vietnam - that we can start to work together again. We are a great country, an unselfish country, and a compassionate country."

-Robert Kennedy (some of his final words before being gunned down minutes later)

Matt just wrote an awesome diary about the true power of Unions in America: building community. I'm going to expand on what I believe is the most important concept for us in the progressive movement: community.

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We Americans "do politics" to get things done, to add a crossing guard to a dangerous corner, to dismantle a barrier to civil rights, to stop a bogus pre-emptive war, to support leaders whose share our vision, or bring down those we oppose. We get involved when a friend simply asks, won't you help me right this wrong?

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Social Capitalists and The Opportunity Gap

Cross-posted at Future Majority

I've finally finished Applebee's America (damn is it hard to find time to read these days).  The book doesn't have much new to say, at least not if you've been paying attention to political/business strategy discussions or have spent any time reading about the GOP 2004 GOTV strategy.  

In a nutshell - "Gut Values" connections, not policy proposals, are what win voters; people group by lifestyle affinities not ideology; and word of mouth trumps broadcast advertising.  Essentially the book is a strategy memo about framing and community-building told in the language of  cutting-edge corporate marketing.  

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, then I suggest reading it.  If my last paragraph sounded very familiar, you can probably pass on this book.  There are some good case studies, and a few rudimentary how-tos, but mostly the book builds an argument in favor of life targeting as a tactic.  By far the freshest piece of information, to me, was the description of mega churches.  Sosnik, Dowd and Fournier tell a good tale about the rise and practices of mega-churches, and their descriptions definitely broke down some stereotypes I was holding onto.  

Most interesting to me was the discussion of Millenials - or what the authors label "Generation 9/11."   

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Poll: What is the religious affiliation of MyDD readers?

Prompted by Matt's poll to get a snapshot of MyDD's racial profile, I thought it would be interested to see the religious inclinations of MyDD readers.

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