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The cruel unfairness and dignity destroying, life destroying, and family destroying US social policies are all over Daily Kos today.  And as heart-rendering as these diaries/stories are, they speak to the tip of the iceberg of our problems.

And it seems that too many politicians have become citizen friendly solution averse.  We get a corporate friendly answer to our collective problems, or so it seems.

We are about to lose what few social safety nets we have left.  Millions have lost their jobs and even their homes.  How much worse must it get?  Will it?  YES!

Unless we unite and act now.  We absolutely have to have a unified ground game, micro organized and working in every town, county, and state starting NOW.

There is a quick, easy way to do this.  I humbly ask for your patience and kindness as I try to share a vision/action plan so we can get organized THIS WEEK!

I am sad to report that One Nation Working Together seems to have fizzled.  No call backs, no emails answered and, most importantly, no interactive events calendar.  No problem.

We can literally set up an event in our area TODAY if we want to.  We can then call/contact all progressive groups in our area and invite them to our meeting for the purpose of becoming One Town/City Working Together.

Please know that I have no personal goal in this effort.  I simply want us to unite.  No one can make us do that.  We each have to decide whether or not to step up and even stand out.

Are there risks?  

Perhaps, however, I see greater risks resulting from our reluctance to do so.  Personally, I'd rather take my lumps, if there are lumps in my karma, standing up out of love and concern for others than from inaction due to fear for myself.

You are my last vestige of hope.

I know we can change the course we, and even much of the world, are on.

We can work together to make this the country what we teach our children it is and that inspired Christina Taylor Green to attend Gabby Giffords local get together.

To begin, we need one person in each city/town willing to stand up, set up an event, and work the phones to invite members of other progressives to attend.

I believe our best first contact is the head of our local NAACP, Local Unions, progressive groups, etc.  In my Red State, I won't be contacting the DNC.  Been there, they are not progressives.  I hope you have a better office.

The beauty of USUncut is that it is faceless/officeless.  Without a headquarters, it can't be overtly attacked.  It's a movement, not an organization per se.  We are that movement.

Imagine if we could rally people in our areas like Wisconsin just did?

If a few in each State will stand up to get the ball rolling, the details will fall into place.

But do any of us doubt we must start now?  This week?

Vision:

UNITED, WE EACH HAVE MORE POWER

I think it's brilliant and long overdue.  I just hope it's not too late.  All causes must join together in a unified manner because

UNITED EACH ORGANIZATION WILL HAVE MORE POWER

What we have been doing isn't working.  Look at the horrid state of our country right now. If we can organize under one banner, SEPARATE from party affiliation, we can Make Change happen, over time.  There's no quick fix, but disaster looms if we don't.

This is why I am driven to promote USuncut instead of trying to take the time and cover the costs of reinventing this wheel.  

(I originally worked w/One Nation Working Together.  They went away.  I tried really, really hard to enroll NAACP and, for many good reasons, they can't spear head an "All Join" progressive movement.  I respect that, but I sure hope they will join us if we set up USuncut branches throughout the country)

Here are just a few benefits I see to expand our individual sphere of power and effectiveness.

1.  CENTRAL UMBRELLA:  I propose we all be open to the possibilities of having a central umbrella to work under so that we can bring all constituencies under one roof for the following potential:

2.  CHOOSE BETTER CANDIDATES:  If we can be huge enough, we can choose who runs for office.  I am tired of only monied and/or famed people to choose from for candidates.

3.  VOTER REGISTRATION/GOTV:  A coordinated effort, starting now.  We can start talking to people about policies and principles to win the hearts and minds of our local citizenry.

4.  CALLS TO ACTION:  A database can be set up to alert all organizations/members in calls to action, for an issue that needs to be addressed.  Let your imagination soar, that's just how powerful this can be.

5.  POLICY VOTES:  A database can be set up to receive each individual members vote on a policy, putting the pollsters in a run for their money.  Congress isn't getting a really clear indication of the will of the people.  Well, not as clear as having millions go on line and submit their vote on a bill or on an issue.

6.  MEDIA OUTREACH:  Coordinate the message.  

7.  CITIZEN JOURNALISM:  A database to organize our citizen journalism.  Imagine being able to call in a team to help investigate why that company is dumping radioactive waste 40 miles from your home.  Who made that possible?  Just mentioned as an example.  We are losing journalism.  80 Reporters were just laid off from the largest paper in my area.  80!!!  Or being able to organize a group to report on your local town hall meetings, State Legislature, etc.  If we don't, we will be shut out of this process even more than we presently are.  But we must act as teams and have a place to report our findings.

8.  COORDINATED MESSAGING:  We all know we can use some improvement in this area.  A system can easily be set up to do this.  We are as clever as the BBDO's (a famous ad agency in New York).  We can brainstorm and develop clever, clear messaging.

PLEASE, add any vision you may have for this potential.

And, please, sign on for your area.

Just drop the name of your State in the intro to your comment to help me organize, k?

 

Originally posted to War on Error on Sat Jan 22, 2011 at 10:26 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Thanks agreed and have also started with (4+ / 0-)

    a small group of Democratic women in greater Cleveland. Forget the national and the state organizations since they don't know the locals as well. We just went through the post mortem analysis and it was bad but at least honest. Minimal silver linings but we held up our end mostly in Cleveland.

  •  well... (6+ / 0-)

    I'm already a member and am very much dug in with the local branch.  "friends of the family" stuff.  I've worked with, and for them most of my life.  jerry mondesire (the local president) worked alongside my mom in the news business before I was born.

    so I await the responses to this diary with interest.

    I'm proven effective by clinical tests.

    by mallyroyal on Sat Jan 22, 2011 at 10:37:49 AM PST

  •  I'm not sure why there should be a negative (10+ / 0-)

    response.  I have long advocated that we need to collect up all our private fiefdoms and work toward our common goals.

    If the NAACP happens to be the appropriate vehicle, I'm all for it.

    I get emails from so many sources at this point, it is difficult to read through them and, of course, donate!

    They all become enraged at the latest Republican stunt and all quickly move to the next one.

    We need a coherent plan for the next several years.  Aside from the massive money gap between conservatives and progressives, we have a planning gap.  It has been overcome to some degree be various institutions, but I suspect that the conservatives have one major, cohesive plan that has been perpetrated on us over many years.  We need the same.

    •  Perhaps it sounds loaded with hubris (7+ / 0-)

      But I really do have a plan and a vision that only requires people at this point in time and the vehicle(s) NAACP provides.

      And a willingness to put aside the specialty projects for a while, and unite until we gain back some modicum of control over our politicians and our destiny.

      This is only one venue.  And I will persist and would sure appreciate if others would go out with diaries with the same message.

      I have nothing to lose, rejection doesn't bother me, nor does the occasional disparaging word.  Will persist because, when I die, I will be at peace knowing I gave all I had to make a difference.  

      I have faith in the dkos community, but its not the only community in which I work.

      Thanks for commenting.

      Peace is Power

      It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

      by War on Error on Sat Jan 22, 2011 at 11:04:46 AM PST

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  •  While I agree with your premise, I'm wondering (9+ / 0-)

    why you would overlook an activist, nationwide group, with all the features you are looking for (interactive events features, with scheduling and search functions) - which has been around since 2003...

    I've got no problems with the NAACP - but the main agenda for the NAACP is the support of African-Americans, it's not a general purpose activist group.

    Why not choose a group that is?

    I suggest you take a look at www.DemocracyforAmerica.com instead. I've been a member for years.

    There is no fee to join, ever.

    You can organize locally or nationally.

    You can create one-time or recurring events.

    It has everything that you are looking for - and the truth is, DFA is looking for people just like you...

    those with passion and the drive to make something happen!

    Check them out.

    "in Order to form a more perfect Union"
    Basta de Guerra. No más. Enough War. No more.

    by Angie in WA State on Sat Jan 22, 2011 at 11:27:52 AM PST

  •  Great diary, you have made excellent points. Your (4+ / 0-)

    diary has taken the steam out of one I've been working on for some time. Your goals (benefits) clearly support our liberal/progressive vision.

    I can't find a mission statement for DailyKos. I did check the Mission for NAACP on their website. Is it possible to use a non-profit to organize support for a particular party, or candidate? If so, I'm in Phoenix, AZ.

    http://www.naacp.org/...

    Call it a vision, or a mission statement, many individuals and organizations seem to miss the importance.  Yours is excellent, the goal is more political power to affect change that reflects our values.

    •  Thank you. You see what I am going for. (3+ / 0-)

      The purpose is to motivate, educate, and activate more people into the process.

      We have some major disadvantages going into 2012.  We just failed on a few too many teabag candidates.  That doesn't bode well.  Acorn is gone.  Olberman is gone.

      Within NAACP we can invite and organize all the progressives and pro groups in our areas.  We have to unite and stand up together.  In worked in the 1960.

      Too many are in the same boat as then, in my opinion.  Low or now wages, etc.  Highest prison rates/world.  I can go on and on.

      WE MUST UNITE and stop swiping at others who say they stand up for the same values and principles.  It's not helpful.

      check out contact in your area at

      www.naacp.org

      Have to run.

      It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

      by War on Error on Sat Jan 22, 2011 at 12:09:41 PM PST

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  •  I don't (3+ / 0-)

    Live in the US, thus I try to volunteer and help in ways that I can be most productive.

    But I fully support your efforts and will promote as best I can.

    Head to William K. Wolfrum Chronicles for more hard-to-decipher commentary.

    by WilliamKWolfrum on Sat Jan 22, 2011 at 01:00:18 PM PST

  •  This is an interesting idea. (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    rubyr, Gustogirl, ferallike, War on Error

    I doubt it will be embraced, however. I don't think many white people really get the NAACP. I can't see folks across the country joining in and getting involved.

    Have you considered the Coffee Party at all? I haven't really looked into it (and was sceptical at first) but I happened on a diary yesterday pimping their "For the People" Summit in Washington, DC this weekend and checked out the coverage of it on CSPAN and the forums seemed right up your ally, WoE. Check out the "Corporate Power in Politics" video first:

    This program was part of a conference focusing on the issue of money in politics and corporate power, and organized by a coalition of groups calling itself the “Movement for the People.” 7pm-8:30pm Transpartisan dialog on corporate power: Americans as citizens, Consumers and employees (facilitated by Michael Ostrolenk) • Tim Carney, Washington Examiner • Arnold Kling, EconLog • Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research • Jane Hamsher, Firedog Lake.com 8:30pm-9:30pm Building Power - Victory Stories and Movement-building Models Format: via short video and presenter • Boston Eviction Defense and Principal Reduction - Steve Meacham • Paul Glover on Localization: Currencies, Health Care and more • Democracy Collaborative & Cleveland Coops - Delivering Jobs: Steve Dubbs • United Workers - Ashley Hufnagel

    About the Movement for the People:

    Movement for the People provides a framework for trans-partisan cooperation among people and organizations who believe that corporate involvement with politics is drowning out the voices of ordinary Americans.  We believe that so much money is pouring into our political system that it is no longer capable of serving or representing We the People.  We wish to change this.

    The thing about this is that the Coffee Party and this Movement for the People is that they are seeking to bridge the partisan divide, which I think is essential if we're ever going to break the coporate hold on government.

    Unfortunately, these organizations aren't well-known and probably won't be, considering they have no MSM cheerleaders like the Tea Party has.

    Angie mentioned DFA, which is a wonderful organization with great infrastructure and workshops. The problem I see with it being used as the vehicle is that it has unfortunately been painted as an "ultra-left" organization by our corporate media (if it is ever mentioned, that is). I don't think it could ever be embraced by certain people who are concerned about corporate money in politics but consider themselves conservatives for whatever reason (habit, upbringing...). It is too easily demonized by the rightwingers and is too closely associated with Democrats for indies. My opinion there -- I could be wrong. I highly recommend you check it out and join; and, I'm even surprised you are unfamiliar with it.

    Rambling thoughts. I'm with you on your mission. And hope you will possibly pursue this NAACP idea in a follow-up diary because it deserves more feedback than it's gotten.

  •  Something needs to be done. (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    rubyr, War on Error

    Most of the diaries on d-kos and most of the stories on Rachel Maddow center on how bad the Republican agenda is. All that is responding to their frame. Sounds like some are starting to get the progrssive message out. Let's get our positive agenda going especially on the economy, we need to counter the vision that cuts would be good for the economy. Let them start responding to our frame.

    Fusion voting looks promising. Democrats are working hard to get the cross endorsements of the Working Families Party in Oregon. PCCC seeems to be doing a good job of building a positive progressive message as well.

    "...on the (catch a) human network. Cisco."

    by hoplite9 on Sat Jan 22, 2011 at 02:09:04 PM PST

    •  We can do this, more importantly (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      rubyr

      Any one of us can start on our own now.

      You can set up an event NOW.  The tools are there.

      Go for it.

      Then invite all groups in your area to join in.

      It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

      by War on Error on Sat Jan 22, 2011 at 02:29:49 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  We need to work on getting message out. (2+ / 0-)
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    rubyr, War on Error

    Not sure whether NAACP will be best tool for reaching, e.g., white suburban soccer moms, but agree that unified message is critical.

  •  You could form a group in DK4 and (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    War on Error

    have that be a core place that people could work from to report on efforts in their individual states. People could post short diaries every day urging people to join the group and share their ideas. This would provide a platform where people were constantly being pulled in from the larger site.

    The diary could even be the same everyday and the diaries on DK4 can be set up to post without the diarist being there. Even if only a few people see the diary on any given day, the cumulative effect could result in a large group. Also, people within the same states and towns could identify one another and meet in the DK4 group and possibly form subgroups to go out into RL in partnerships that might make organizing on the ground easier.  

    Action is the only agent for change -- talking without action has never effected change anywhere, in any way, at any time.

    by rubyr on Sat Jan 22, 2011 at 04:41:10 PM PST

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