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A daily series, Connect! Unite! Act! seeks to create face-to-face networks in each congressional district. Groups regularly socialize but also get out the vote, support candidates and engage in other local political actions that help our progressive movement grow and exert influence on the powers-that-be. Visit us every morning at 7:30 A.M. Pacific Time to see how you can get involved. The comment thread is fun and light-hearted, but we're serious about moving the progressive political agenda forward.


The orange pinpoints are the location of each organized group of Kossacks.
If you'd like to join a group, click on a point and a box will pop up showing contact links.
If you'd like to start a group, contact navajo for instructions.

View Interactive Map of Daily Kos Regional Communities in a full screen version.

WELCOME to our new look for Connect! Unite! Act!

It's time to have our morning series' name more closely reflect our community building efforts. I've produced an interactive map to replace the long list of groups that have organized over the years. That useful list can still be found at this link and will be updated along with the map above. The new interactive map, which Jen Hayden suggested as an improvement, will open our series each day. I look forward to adding to it with new groups as they form.

I'd like to invite all the readers of Daily Kos to assist us with our mission. It will be very helpful to our progressive movement if we have a Kossack group in every congressional district. As already noted in our mission statement, we need to get out the vote, support candidates and engage in other political actions in our local surroundings. Relaxing, socializing and enjoying conversation in these groups is a happy side note of building these communities.

We need more group leaders and assistants in addition to the 55 we already have. We need folk to join these new and existing groups. I envision a leader for each state and then leaders for each region and/or major city within that state. We can't have too many groups.

So as you're in any of the comment sections of any diary at Daily Kos please be on the lookout for Kossacks to be placed. For example, if you read someone's comment mentioning where they live please point them to our series. They can join or start a new group. It goes without saying that we need more boots on the ground and the difference to be made is locally with the reverberation affecting national politics. And to quote Markos and his often repeated message, "If our voters turn out, we win." Let's mobilize Democratic supporters.

I'd also like to ask for your support in recommending any diaries that are announcing and organizing meet-ups. You'll be helping attract more eyes to the diary and the writers can always use the positive reinforcement.

Would you share our new map on facebook and Twitter?

Thanks to all our faithful readers and with your help we can grow this movement to make a difference.

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Latest Updates on Kossack Regional Meet-Up News Can Be Found Below the Orange Group Hug.

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Let's Build Communities!

Our team is here to provide support and guidance to new and existing volunteer leaders of each regional and state group, helping them with recruiting, organizing and executing social and action events.
We invite you to join in this effort to build our community. There are many ways to pitch in.
If there isn't a group to join near you, please start one.

Instructions on HOW TO FORM A NEW DAILY KOS GROUP

List of All Existing Meatspace Groups



THINK GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY


Community Service Announcement:

Saturday Morning Garden Blogging is celebrating their Ninth anniversary soon with a focus on fundraising opportunities for local elections. All of Kossack Land is invited to present their local candidate and their campaign to the SMGB team for them to highlight.

From Frankenoid:

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It is a mid-term election year and now — during the subdued primary process — is our chance to get not just Democrats, but more progressive Democrats, into our state, county or municipal offices.

Call it planting the seeds for a harvest next November.

Kosmail the group before Thursday, February 20th, with some information about your candidate, the position being sought, and a link to a donation page. I'd really appreciate it if you could put it in ready-to-plug-in format so I can just do a copy and paste into the diary — and you can encourage your candidate to come and participate.

So submit the details of your local candidate to the Saturday Morning Garden Blogging group and they'll help you promote within their long-running diary series. Readers should try to connect with others in their regions through the comments.

More from Frankenoid:

Many times newcomers to dKos can't quite figure out why we have all these groups for gardening and home repair and crafting and painting and books: this is a site for politics!

Let's show them why community matters: at the most basic level without community there is no purpose to politics and it becomes nothing more than a scrim behind which factions scramble in a zero-sum game for short-lived political advantage.

The goal of the New Day series is to connect Kossacks locally to each other to strengthen the progressive movement. Franky's excellent idea is right on the mark for this.

Thanks, Frankenoid!

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Democrats Abroad meet in Puerto Vallarta


by roberb7for Mexican Kossacks

roberb7, who is the organizer of the newly formed Daily Kos Group Mexican Kossacks, provides a well-written recap of the recent Democrats Abroad event in Puerto Vallarta. Tom Hayden, a member of the California State Assembly for 18 years, was the guest speaker.

Please visit roberb7's diary for his excellent photos and a nicely detailed summary of the event. Enjoy! You can join Mexican Kossacks by sending a Kosmail to roberb7.

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BosKos, Barking Crabs and SNOW


by GreyHawkfor BOSTON KOSSACKS

While GreyHawk had many Kossacks sign up to attend his lunch and museum event, some had to cancel at the last minute because of a large snow storm rolling in. Four intrepid souls managed to attend: GreyHawk, HawkWife, Knockbally and deltadoc. I've always said that even two Kossacks is a meet-up and a very worthwhile one.

GreyHawk and his attendees pulled together a terrific re-cap diary with each person's written perspective and all the photos each Kossacks took of the snow and food pr0n. It's a fun diary and a great example of one way to document these meatspace events.

There's only one photo of some of the Kossacks who attended. So I'm going to post one of mine I took of GreyHawk and HawkWife when I met them in Providence at NN12.

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Left Photo: knockbally and HawkWife - Right Photo: GreyHawk, HawkWife & ember

Please visit GreyHawk's diary for many MORE photos plus food pr0n! Enjoy! You can join BOSTON KOSSACKS by sending a Kosmail to GreyHawk.

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Seattle & Puget Sound Kossacks Arrive


by EagleOfFreedomfor Seattle and Puget Sound Kossacks

I'm so impressed with the Seattle Kossacks, right now. EagleOfFreedom offered to take up the reins of collecting local Kossacks for camaraderie and action. In a very short time he started the group, communicated with me, set the event and got almost a dozen folks to join the ranks in person. Kudos!

So, you Seattle Kossacks, you've got a group now and John Crapper has offered to be an admin of the group. How swell is that?

SEATTLE KOSSACKS! Look for each other in the comments and gather together, invite one another and let's see more folk show up at the next event. AND the next action event.

To quote one of the attendees:

Once again Kossacks prove they are for real.
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All photos courtesy of mlharges

Please visit EagleOfFreedom's diary for MORE photos! Enjoy! You can join Seattle and Puget Sound Kossacks by sending a Kosmail to EagleOfFreedom.

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SFKossacks Welcome Matching Mole and bwren
with a Birding Event Plus Dinner


by navajofor SFKossacks

Last Sunday, matching mole, who flew in from the East Coast, and bwren, who flew in from Seattle, were picked up and chaffeured by the founder of Dawn Chorus, lineatus. She drove them to meet with other SFKossacks and Central Valley Kossacks to do some bird watching in the Grizzly Island Wildlife Area on San Francisco Bay. I'll leave the telling of that story up to lineatus in her Sunday morning series.

I'll be covering the dinner we had that evening to welcome our out-of-towners.

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Please visit navajo's diary for descriptions of above photos and access to MORE photos! Enjoy! You can join SFKossacks by sending a Kosmail to navajo.

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Dkos Asheville

DKos Asheville: LIVE!


by randalltfor DKos Asheville

Wow, the standard setters for Daily Kos group organizing just one-upped the bar again! Not only do they meet for socializing, they get themselves on radio shows to advertise the event, they invite local candidates and progressive causes to speak to our Kossacks and then fully cater an event to reward all attendees. Wow. Just wow.

More than 30 Kossacks got together amping up and organizing the Asheville atmosphere for getting out the vote. Here's one photo:

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L-R: DKos Asheville Kossacks

Please visit randallt's diary for many MORE photos! Enjoy! You can join DKos Asheville by sending a Kosmail to randallt.

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LA Kossacks Meetup, Pitfire Pizza, January 18 - With Pictures


by Dave in Northridgefor Los Angeles Kossacks

LAKossacks at it again, please see diary for food pr0n details.

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L-R: susans, Kathy, otoelbc, Jerico, Joe Bacon, mr. gmats and gmats

Please visit Dave in Northridge's diary for many MORE photos! Enjoy! You can join Los Angeles Kossacks by sending a Kosmail to Dave in Northridge.

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LIVEBLOG NYC Kos Meetup 1/12/14


by ericlewis0for New York City

Wow. Boom! ericlewis0 blew us all away on Sunday. He provided a LIVE BLOG of the NYC event complete with photos and bonafide commentary from the attendees. Amazing!

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Please visit ericlewis0's diary for the live blog commentary from the attendees! Enjoy! You can join NYC Kossacks by sending a Kosmail to sidnora.

sidnora promises her faithful follow-up diary and she could likely have food pr0n. I hope so. I live for explicit photos of the fries at Spitzer's Corner.

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Tuesday, February 25th

Kansas-Missouri Kossacks Attend State Rally at the Capital

Equality Kansas, the ACLU of Kansas, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and MAINstream Coalition are hosting an Equality Rally

TIME: 1:00 PM (Stay for a Kossack dinner? Interested? Kosmail: tmservo433)
LOCATION: Kansas State Capitol
300 SW 10th Ave • Topeka

ORGANIZER: Send tmservo433 a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. tmservo433
2. RazzBari3
Maybees:
Latest diary: Kansas Democrats Rally at the Capital February 25. Kossacks should be there
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Saturday, March 15th

Sacramento/Central Valley Kossacks Demonstrate at "Don't Frack California"

TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: California State Capitol
1315 10th St. • Sacramento

RSVPs:
1. Anthony Page aka SecondComing
2.
3.
Maybees:
Latest diary: Quick re-mention of March 15 statewide "Don't Frack California" demonstrations
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Saturday, April 5th

Seattle & Puget Sound Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: Noon - 3:00 PM
LOCATION: Pyramid Alehouse, Brewery & Restaurant
1201 First Avenue South • Seattle

ORGANIZER: Send EagleOfFreedom a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. EagleOfFreedom
2. Reetz
3.
4.
5.
Maybees:
Latest diary: Seattle & Puget Sound Kossacks Arrive
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Saturday, May 3rd

DKos Asheville Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: The Bywater
796 Riverside Dr. • Asheville

ORGANIZER: Send randallt a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. randallt
2. davehouck
3. Joieau
4. Gordon20024
5. SteelerGrrl
6. SteelerGuy
7. GulfGal 98
8. Otteray Scribe
9. flwrightman
10. people power granny
Maybees:
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Mr Audri
Latest diary: [Waiting for linked diary]
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navajo maintains the above event list. Kosmail her if you have any diaries
about your event or if you have changes or additions.

EVERYONE is welcome, tell us what you're working on,
share your show and tell, vent, whatever you want.
This is an open thread. Nothing is off topic.

Originally posted to DIVA on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 07:30 AM PST.

Also republished by Connect! Unite! Act! and Kitchen Table Kibitzing.

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