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    •  Read more about it here: (8+ / 0-)

      Never, never brave me, nor my fury tempt:
        Downy wings, but wroth they beat;
      Tempest even in reason's seat.

      by GreyHawk on Tue May 29, 2007 at 06:58:00 AM PDT

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    •  My DemFest Thoughts (13+ / 0-)

      Back in 2003/4, supporters of Gov. Dean's Presidential bid had become very good friends online.  We were on mailing lists, blogs, online chats, communicating with each other all the time.  There was great energy and camaraderie.  We would run into each other at campaign events around the country, and a bunch of people decided it would be great if we could all get together for one great weekend.

      Well, by the time the weekend came around, Gov. Dean was no longer running for President.  Instead, he had encouraged his supporters to stay involved.  People got together to talk about what they had learned, how they were still involved, and most importantly, to have a good time with a bunch of old friends.

      The following year, the event took place in Austin Texas, and the folks from Democracy for Texas sure know how to organize an event.  The next year was in San Diego and this year it is near Manchester NH.

      I've gone every year, seen old friends and met new friends, especially people who had been involved with other campaigns in 2004.

      This year will be interesting.  Friends that I knew from previous years are working for different candidates, yet we will all gather, learn from one another, become more an inspired, and most importantly, have a little fun.

      I do hope that the 2008 campaigns builds greater camaraderie between supporters.  I do hope I see a lot of my old friends at DemocracyFest, as well as a bunch of new friends.  Please come.

    •  I think of it as complimentary to YK (9+ / 0-)

      Where YK is focused more on internet activism, and DFest is more about off-line activism...organizing at the local level, working on campaigns, etc.

      The Senate is the last bastion of white supremacy. --Andrew Gumbel

      by Free Spirit on Tue May 29, 2007 at 07:16:33 AM PDT

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      •  DemFest is probably more activist driven (4+ / 0-)
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        true. But remember, it started out with a handful of bloggers who had the idea and organized it online in lieu of the Bloggers Ball. Then of course, the great Jessica Falker made it into a reality offline. :)

        I am still thankful for the 2005 one and to be able to hear Molly Ivins before she passed away. What a great woman she was.

        "Even if you are in a minority of one, the truth is still the truth" Ghandi

        by crushie on Tue May 29, 2007 at 09:01:18 AM PDT

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      •  YK was inspired by DemocracyFest (0+ / 0-)

        One of the YK organizers (you go Gina!) attended DemocracyFest in Austin, and thought the model would be perfect for DailyKos folks as well. She was right!

        We're complementary organizations with the same basic goal - get the grass (or net) roots together to share ideas, get to know one another, learn, and bring our skills to bear in the real world.

        The primary difference, I think, between the two events is that one focuses more on activism training, the other on knowledge sharing. There's a lot to gain from both.

        Beware the everyday brutality of the averted gaze.

        by mataliandy on Tue May 29, 2007 at 07:24:10 PM PDT

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    •  It is the original bloggers' convention (4+ / 0-)
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      mataliandy, mainefem, GreyHawk, 4Freedom

      Speakers, workshops, politicians, blogger breakfast, etc. Looks like a smaller one this year, but the 2005 one that Gina and Markos attended was attended by 2,000 activists on the Saturday night event and 1,000 for the workshops and training. Last year they had it in San Diego and the Saturday night event was huge. I assume this is where they got the idea for YearlyKos since last year's YearlyKos looked like a replica of the DemocracyFest 2005 event only with different speakers.

      Both YearlyKos and DemocracyFest should be fun this year.

      "Even if you are in a minority of one, the truth is still the truth" Ghandi

      by crushie on Tue May 29, 2007 at 08:58:02 AM PDT

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