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Back in 2004, when Meetup.com decided that they would start charging for their services, DFA launched DFA Link to help our members connect with each other and organize at the grassroots level.  When Howard Dean moved from DFA to the DNC, he had a new set of these networking tools developed and launched.  Senator Barack Obama grabbed the same set of tools, literally from the same vendor, and built My.BarackObama.com to help his supporters organize in order to win the Primary.  Now we're going to use them to win the General Election, and we're going to keep organizing after November to continue to build our movement.  No more pendulum swings back and forth.  We're headed into the future, damn the torpedos, full speed ahead!

What I had not seen yet is a way to bring these tools together.  There is a wall between DFA and the other two groups because we are a PAC, but there is nothing preventing links to all tools coming from a single page.  Now there is.

Find more Democrats!

The links on this page will take you to all of the websites around the Web that have been designed to help Democrats and Progressives self-organize.

Each of the services give registered users the ability to search for people who live close to them, form groups of people for a specific area or issue, and organize events to bring people together. We encourage everyone to join one or more of these services and start having a conversation with your neighbors on what direction we want the country to go, and more importantly WHY. This is what the grassroots is all about.

The table on that page came from a work in progress that I'm building.  You may have seen some posts from me about Wikia, which is a for-profit advertising funded website launched by Jimmy Wales using the same technology as Wikipedia and Dkosopedia.  In July of 2006, Wales launched Campaigns.Wikia, a site set up for people to collaborate on campaigns around the country, and actually globally.  I signed on as a volunteer admin.  I also found that someone had launched Left.Wikia, and had let it lapse.  I've been using it ever since.

One of the things that I am using it for is to keep track of the infrastructure of the Democratic Party and Progressives around the country.  I built a list of how each and every county in the country, over 3,000 of them, did in the 2004 election for John Kerry.  Bush won most of the counties.  Whether McCain will follow in his footsteps is up to us.

Each county page being built on Left.Wikia is a place to provide us with information about how the Party infrastructure is organized, who the candidates are up and down the ticket, and how we can find each other and do the campaign work to get those candidates into office.  But just like Wikipedia, this resource is being built one edit, one page at a time.  I need help.  If you would like to help, please create an account on Wikia and start adding information.  It's as easy as Edit, Type, Save, and I can answer any questions on what the plans are in the forums.  This is not my personal project.  If I wanted this to be under my control, I'd be using PHP on my own server.  This is a community project, and I'm asking for help.

If we focus our efforts and resources, not just in a 50 state strategy, but in a 3,000 county strategy, we can win the 2008 election in a landslide not seen since 1932.  It's not just about getting enough to win 270 electoral votes.  It's about winning a supermajority in the House, the Senate, state legislatures, county government and city government.  It's about moving into the future, and never looking back, except to learn the lessons of the past when making plans for a future that we can be proud to give to our kids and grandkids.  

Originally posted to chadlupkes on Sat Jun 28, 2008 at 08:40 AM PDT.

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  •  tips for a 3,000 county strategy n/t (7+ / 0-)

    If Democrats have a pre-911 view of the world, Republicans have a pre-July 4th view of the world.

    by chadlupkes on Sat Jun 28, 2008 at 08:51:46 AM PDT

  •  This is fantastic! Thank you so much. n/t (0+ / 0-)
  •  What a super idea! (0+ / 0-)

    I've used each of those and they're extremely valuable for grassroots organizers.  A few times when setting up an event I've had to go to each of the websites to post the info.  Is there any way to integrate them?  For instance, is there a way for me to list something on DFA and my info can be pulled from there to the other sites?  Or does the "wall" prevent such a system?

    I'm going to go back and read your diary again to get a better understanding of what you're doing, but it would be so helpful to reach everyone in one shot.  It's time consuming to do separate listings.  Seems like a very worthy project after just skimming your plan.  Thanks...    

    •  The wall creates limits (1+ / 0-)
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      DFA, being a PAC and a membership organization, depends on their members for funding and activity.  They would be loathe to open that door too wide.  Especially since DFA's latest version is from an in-house development, it's different from the other two.

      There should be a way to do an aggregate feed of the events, and perhaps the groups, but we would have to find the RSS feeds and do some work to merge them.  I tried bringing in an event feed from barackobama.com, and google calendar didn't like it.

      The general idea is to not leave any stone unturned when looking for Democrats and Progressives in the red areas of the country.  Choose the one you want to work within, and master those tools, but if you're looking for people, join all three and send invitations back and forth.

      Also, these three networking sites are the ones that I know about.  If there are others, please let me know.

      If Democrats have a pre-911 view of the world, Republicans have a pre-July 4th view of the world.

      by chadlupkes on Sat Jun 28, 2008 at 06:19:53 PM PDT

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