After last weekend, and my experience at the "Moving Forward" conference that I diaried about ("Birth Of A Movement?"), I thought it might be time to switch gears a bit and try to start getting some work done--out of which would certainly come some more ideas, and possibly the beginnings of some real support.
So, on the flip I've laid out a table highlighting the sort of information that I see as helpful in getting started: the districts, current officeholders, what tier Democracy Corps assigns them, relevant blogs (separate columns for statewide and local or regional), unions, democratic clubs, and local chapters of national organizations. These are all the sorts of information that we can at least begin to glean without actually living in the districts. As we draw in people with more specific knowledge, we can then add columns for local organizations, as mentioned in my previous diary, "A Movement-Building Strategy-Part 2", such as:
- Liberal and/or mainline churchers with social welfare concerns, and an internal organizational structure to provide service, at the very least. In many cases, there is also an advocacy structure as well.
- Social service agencies.
- Local organizations dealing with specific issues. These include environmental groups with specific local missions, non-profit housing corporations, community-development organizations, etc.
So, if you're interested in helping out, or even just seeing what I have in mind, and maybe offering a suggestion or two, then join us on the flip...