• comment on a post Using the Language of Our Oppressors over 9 years ago
    Dancing Larry in Liberal Street fighter was describing his coomunity organizing in the 60's and this part excerpted below  is an example of your topic.
       I was listening to Sean Hannity Radio today it seems Repubs know it.   Their mantra is the Liberal Left is dictating to you their values on abortion,  sex ed in schools, morality, etc.,  How dare they impose it on us, etc. Dont do this to my children, etc.,

    http://209.200.79.146/ee/index.php?/trifecta/comments/talkin_organizing_vol_i_a_tale_from_the_city/

    snip
    But it was at the third door that I realized I wasn't hearing the whole question.  As it happened, that third door was the little bungalow on Marion Street, where we were greeted and welcomed in by Johnny Molina.  I saw in that tiny house all the pride and effort that people of no means can put into maintaining dignity in a home.  And again, I was asked, "Why are they doing this?" And it suddenly hit me, the part of the question they weren't putting in words, what I was really being asked was, "Why are they doing this to us?" The scales fell from my eyes.  And I don't know where the words I responded with came from, I certainly didn't think them out, I just began to speak.

    "Because they think they can do it, because they think they can get away with it, they think they can push you around and push you out and and that no one will do anything, no one will say anything.  They think you don't care, that you have no pride, that your homes mean nothing to you." Oh yes, I added about payoffs and developers, but that was just filling in gaps.  Johnny's eyes lit up as I talked about the contempt that the Tully machine had for the people of the Triangle, a dark cold fire.  He grabbed his coat, said something to his wife in Spanish, turned to Val and me, and told us, "We will go talk to the people."

  • comment on a post Dollar Trouble over 9 years ago
    Just like Perot did in 1992.  

    Would you advise someone to buy a $700,000.00 house at this time?

  • comment on a post Good-Bye, Christian Left over 9 years ago
    Christian Left should blog more, participate in Democratic groups,  make your voices heard.

    After all, The Democratic Party, issue wise, is closer to Christ's teaching of love for the poor, disenfranchised, charity, good works, love of neighbor.

  • comment on a post Ding! over 9 years ago
    DFA gets it.

    http://www.blogforamerica.com/archives/005564.html
    Influencing the Future of the Democratic Party
    The next two months represent our best chance to influence the future of the Democratic Party. During this period, many local party committees will be undergoing a process of reorganization, where they elect new officers and executive committees. The only way for us to have a role in this process is to get involved and attend our local meetings at the town, county and state levels.

    By having a voice within the Party, we will accomplish four things:

    Help grow the Party through our participation.

    Revitalize the local Democratic infrastructure by injecting our leadership skills and energy into the Party.

    Make sure that the Democratic Party becomes a bottom-up organization that is energized and led by its grassroots.

    Ensure that the Party supports candidates for every office in every state. The only way to build the Democratic party is to run candidates everywhere--in red areas and blue areas.

    Right now, DFA is compiling a scheduling database of local Democratic meetings around the country to help you get involved over the next few months. You can help by calling your state, county, and local committee chairs and adding your next meeting to the DFA database at http://www.democracyforamerica.com/localdems.
    Incredibly enough--no one has ever compiled all of the local Democratic meetings across the country in one place. There is no equivalent of Meetup.com or DFA's Project Commons for the Democratic Party. No wonder many people find it hard to find their local meetings times! Over the next few months, DFA is taking the lead on growing our Party and ensuring that the grassroots have a big voice in determining the Party's future.

    At the December Meetup, DFA groups around the country will lay out specific plans to get involved in their local parties. What are your plans to take an active role in determining the future of the Democratic Party?

    Tom Hughes
    Political Director
    Democracy for America

  • comment on a post Convince Me, Blogosphere over 9 years ago
    http://www.blogforamerica.com/archives/005564.html

    Influencing the Future of the Democratic Party
    The next two months represent our best chance to influence the future of the Democratic Party. During this period, many local party committees will be undergoing a process of reorganization, where they elect new officers and executive committees. The only way for us to have a role in this process is to get involved and attend our local meetings at the town, county and state levels.

    By having a voice within the Party, we will accomplish four things:

    1. Help grow the Party through our participation.

    2. Revitalize the local Democratic infrastructure by injecting our leadership skills and energy into the Party.

    3. Make sure that the Democratic Party becomes a bottom-up organization that is energized and led by its grassroots.

    4. Ensure that the Party supports candidates for every office in every state. The only way to build the Democratic party is to run candidates everywhere--in red areas and blue areas.

    Right now, DFA is compiling a scheduling database of local Democratic meetings around the country to help you get involved over the next few months. You can help by calling your state, county, and local committee chairs and adding your next meeting to the DFA database at http://www.democracyforamerica.com/localdems.

    Incredibly enough--no one has ever compiled all of the local Democratic meetings across the country in one place. There is no equivalent of Meetup.com or DFA's Project Commons for the Democratic Party. No wonder many people find it hard to find their local meetings times! Over the next few months, DFA is taking the lead on growing our Party and ensuring that the grassroots have a big voice in determining the Party's future.

    At the December Meetup, DFA groups around the country will lay out specific plans to get involved in their local parties. What are your plans to take an active role in determining the future of the Democratic Party?

    Tom Hughes
    Political Director
    Democracy for America

  • comment on a post Vatican reaction to the election over 9 years ago
    What can you expect?  They have unfiltered news of the state of the country, Iraq issue and of the Bush administration.

    They are already used to secular Europe.  They dont have politicians who divide the country by using gay marriage and abortion.

  • comment on a post Scapegoats & Solutions over 9 years ago
    Let us start with Ohio and Florida.  I think the one who wins both wins the election.
  • comment on a post Post Election Strategy Memo, Part Two over 9 years ago
    Polls of Bush and Kerry  goes back and forth like there is probably 8% of voters who switch between Kerry and Bush during the last 3 months. Is there an analysis of the reasons why they finally decided on their vote especially in Florida and Ohio.

    Most of the people I talk to dont like Bush, Iraq War or the Deficits  but voted for Bush anyway because they were convince Bush will overturn Robie and Wade and was influenced by the Church.  

    I thought these were lost votes that could be Kerry's if the abortion and gay marriage issue was dealth with and framed well.  

    The Sad Part is Bush and Kerry shared the same positions on Gay Marriage and Abortion.  (Both were for Civil Unions and continuing legalization of Abortion) but what was conveyed was to them was different.

  • comment on a post Please, No More Gimmick Strategies over 9 years ago
    We need to reframe the abortion and gay marriage issue.

    We have to make sure people understand Democratic Partty as well as Bush and Cheney are not for Gay Marriage but are for Civil Unions.

    We have to de-emphasize abortion as a pro-choice issue but instead Democratic Party is the best party to decrease the rate of abortion by providing good policies and the proof of this is under Clinton,  abortion rates decrease. Making Abortion illegal will not solve the problem.  Also make sure they understand what pro-life really means. Also let them picture a pro-life world such as if their teenage child became pregannt by a rapist or they are carrying a defective baby do they really want to ban abortion.

    We need also to show Democratic Party celebrate WORK and not the Welfare Party.

    Once this 2 cultural issues are off the table, then we can reach the white southerners, low income and moderate income who will benefit  from policies of the Democratic party.

    Democrats should have a focus group on people who we think should vote democratic because of their economic situation but dont then see how we could reach them.

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