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Some of you know me and many don't, but one of the many activites I've been involved with over the last year includes professionally working w/campaigns and legislative offices on their social media efforts.  And as a "busman's hobby" I spend my free time helping them with other things- whether they are clients or not.  This diary is one I've wanted to write for a long time, and I sincerely hope it's only the first in a series...

When I was in DC in January I had the honor of talking a whole bunch of House Comms Staffers about us- the Netroots- how to approach us, how to be successful in working with the Netroots to advance the Democratic agenda.  There were over 30 staffers in the room that day, most from the Progressive Caucus- but not all and they were excited to have the chance to learn a bit more of the dos and don'ts.  

Some even admitted they and they're bosses were apprehensive about blogging and interacting with the Netroots until I explained to them that we bark, loud and often, but rarely do we bite.  After that presentation I got to spend time with a number of staffers over the following week, talking more about blogging, social media and a whole host of other fun stuff.  And I made the same offer to all of them with this disclaimer:  I'm no blogging wonk & I'm not a superstar- I blog about pooties and soups for the most part- but I do know people and I do have a Comm background.  Then I offered to help them put together Blogger Conference Calls...think press conference on the phone with nothing but Bloggers from all over the country.  An opportunity for the Rep. and their staff to interact with Bloggers and for Bloggers to ask questions they may not get to directly ask otherwise.

And today I'm thrilled to announce that Rep. Rangel's staff have taken me up on this offer.  Today we sent out the following invitation:

You're invited to join Rep. Charlie Rangel and members of his staff for his first ever Blogger Conference Call at 8 pm EST on Tuesday, March 8.

Rep. Rangel and staff will brief us on what's going on with the Budget negotiations and will spend some time talking about what's been going on in Wisconsin and other states as the GOP tries to tear down collective bargaining and the unions.

I am honored to have been asked to moderate this call.  Due to time constraints we'd like to ask that you email me your questions for Rep. Rangel at  We will get through as many of the questions as we can and if there are any we don't get to, the staff will go through and answer them and we will forward out a copy of the answers to all call attendees.

To be included on this call, please RSVP to and you will be mailed the conference bridge information.

All bloggers are invited to attend this Bloggers Call.

We look forward to talking with you on March 8th!

Beth Becker

Yep, that means you...and you ...and you... and your other blogger friends.  And if you happen to live in Rep. Rangel's district all the better!

I have other offices that will be doing these and I will come back to invite you to those as well.  I also have some cool stuff I'm working w/the folks at Netroots Nation on...but we're not ready to let those pooties out of the bag yet :)

So come one, come all...and don't forget to email me your questions!

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  •  This isn't a joke (4+ / 0-)
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    gina, revgerry, millwood, Chacounne

    and this is the first of what I hope will be many.  Hope to talk to you there!

    Have you signed up for Visible Vote yet?

    by Spedwybabs on Tue Mar 01, 2011 at 04:42:16 PM PST

  •  Can we ask him why (0+ / 0-)

    he doesn't resign?

    His politics are pretty good (but not outstanding, considering his district - he is 41st most liberal, and NY-15 gave Obama 93%, more than any district except NY-16) but his ethics are an embarrassment.

    Maybe Alan Grayson could come home to NY and run for this seat!

  •  I know I rec's, it says I did, but the diary list (1+ / 0-)
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    is showing no recs   grr.

    Let's break our dependence on foreign goods and our multinational masters. Shop American. May Peace Prevail

    by revgerry on Tue Mar 01, 2011 at 05:25:52 PM PST

  •  Hi Sweetie, (1+ / 0-)
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    Can I ask for a huge favour to do with this project and the calls ? I would love to be in on the call but because of my hearing disability, I wouldn't be able to hear what is being said. Is there any possibility to having a live blog, with someone transcribing as much as possible ? I know it's a lot of work, but it would be wonderful.

    I will send you a question, related to my mission. If someone can send me a transcript of what he says, I would be very grateful.


    Torture is ALWAYS wrong, no matter who is doing it to whom.

    by Chacounne on Tue Mar 01, 2011 at 06:33:00 PM PST

  •  Not Interested... (0+ / 0-)

    "Sorry", Charlie.... you, like numerous other lifer "democrats"... it's wayyyyy past time for you to retire.

    "I don't feel the change yet". Velma Hart

    by Superpole on Tue Mar 01, 2011 at 07:00:13 PM PST

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