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Wed Nov 12, 2014, 09:41 PM

 

Progressive Reform Brainstorming Thread! Post your links to helpful resources and organizations.

Hi All!

Please use this thread to post links to any resources, organizations, or articles that may be helpful to members of this group in developing strategies to support reform of the Democratic Party...

Please include a short descriptor and then a link, like this:

List of Leading U.S. Progressive Organizations: http://www.startguide.org/orgs/orgs00.html

Thanks everyone!







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Reply Progressive Reform Brainstorming Thread! Post your links to helpful resources and organizations. (Original post)
NYC_SKP Nov 2014 OP
msongs Nov 2014 #1
Half-Century Man Nov 2014 #2
Aerows Nov 2014 #8
Half-Century Man Nov 2014 #9
cascadiance Nov 2014 #14
sabrina 1 Nov 2014 #20
Half-Century Man Nov 2014 #24
Odin2005 Nov 2014 #30
Half-Century Man Nov 2014 #32
WillyT Nov 2014 #36
Chathamization Nov 2014 #3
mopinko Nov 2014 #6
sabrina 1 Nov 2014 #21
Phlem Nov 2014 #4
pinto Nov 2014 #5
NYC_SKP Nov 2014 #7
freshwest Nov 2014 #10
JonLP24 Nov 2014 #11
sabrina 1 Nov 2014 #22
KoKo Nov 2014 #12
KoKo Nov 2014 #13
sabrina 1 Nov 2014 #23
Spitfire of ATJ Nov 2014 #15
NYC_SKP Nov 2014 #16
Lifelong Protester Nov 2014 #17
NYC_SKP Nov 2014 #18
Lifelong Protester Nov 2014 #19
swilton Nov 2014 #25
RadicalGeek Nov 2014 #26
NYC_SKP Nov 2014 #27
RadicalGeek Nov 2014 #28
Odin2005 Nov 2014 #29
PADemD Nov 2014 #31
Zorra Nov 2014 #33
swilton Nov 2014 #34
KoKo Nov 2014 #35
Cosmic Kitten Nov 2014 #37
NYC_SKP Nov 2014 #38
Cosmic Kitten Nov 2014 #39
RiverLover Nov 2014 #40
RiverLover Nov 2014 #41
think Nov 2014 #42
UrbScotty Nov 2014 #43

Response to NYC_SKP (Original post)

Wed Nov 12, 2014, 09:44 PM

1. al franken 2016. no link yet but hopeful nt

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Response to NYC_SKP (Original post)

Wed Nov 12, 2014, 09:45 PM

2. wolf-pac.com

Campaign finance reform
Amendment to publicly fund all elections.

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Response to Half-Century Man (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 12, 2014, 11:52 PM

8. Excellent

 

Publicly funded elections would end the nonsense that goes on in elections.

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Response to Aerows (Reply #8)

Thu Nov 13, 2014, 01:05 AM

9. Good people, actual grassroot

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Response to Half-Century Man (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 13, 2014, 05:31 PM

14. We need to tackle what the Supreme Court did in its ruling in Arizona earlier...

 

... which has been a big problem in terms of precedent being set to provide proper funding of publicly funded candidates to effectively compete with privately funded candidates. Here's an article to read on this...

http://azcapitoltimes.com/news/2010/04/21/house-panel-oks-clean-elections-repeal/

Note in that article in the last paragraph that Sandra Day O'Connor's law firm was the legal entity that brought forth this lawsuit that the Supreme Court ultimately ruled upon in this case to our detriment.

And she seems quite the hypocrite then complaining about the effect of Citizen's United on elections, when it was her law firm that perhaps effectively shut down one way that public funding could be use to fight money being in our elections.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/weigel/2011/06/27/sandra_day_o_connor_worries_about_scotus_s_new_tack_on_campaign_finance.html

This should tell us that with even Sandra Day O'Connor working against publicly financed elections, that we have a big job on our hands trying to get this to happen. We need to be aware of all of these historical events to ensure that what we put together and what we want to push is able to deal with those that will fight us in putting it in place. That will not be an easy fight.

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Response to Half-Century Man (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 02:05 AM

20. That is one of the most important issues and probably is going to be one of the hardest to

implement. But we have to start somewhere. Thanks for the link.

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #20)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 03:03 AM

24. Check it out.

Need volunteers at the state level

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Response to Half-Century Man (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 01:33 AM

30. YAY, another Wolfie!

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Response to Odin2005 (Reply #30)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 10:26 AM

32. Right now, just a wolf cub

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Response to Half-Century Man (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 09:24 PM

36. Yay Wolf-Pac !!!

 

They already have Vermont and California onboard, and it has passed out of committee in New Jersey, and is awaiting a vote.

PLUS... they elected three Wolf-Pac activists to state offices, kicking one 16 term guy from Vermont (who stood in their way) out!




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Response to NYC_SKP (Original post)

Wed Nov 12, 2014, 09:58 PM

3. I've found both Democracy for America and the Working Families Party to be good progressive groups

Around here they've both been good at getting the word out and helping to organize for progressive candidates (I wasn't 100% happy with WFPs endorsements in the primary, but in general they've been good). My local DFA group in particular has been a great place to connect with progressive activists (and if you're in DC, I really suggest you check them out). It's also great that both groups are active at the very local level and at the national level.

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Response to Chathamization (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 12, 2014, 10:46 PM

6. second this. dfa here is going strong.

especially working for the down ticket races.
building the bench. so important.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 02:07 AM

21. 'Building the Bench'. The party needs to be rebuilt from the bottom up so this sounds like a very

good way to do it. The people need a say in who runs for office. And the best way to start finding and supporting candidates at the local level so they are known to the people and know what the people want when they are ready to go to Congress.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Original post)

Wed Nov 12, 2014, 09:58 PM

4. Excellent!

I love it!

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Response to NYC_SKP (Original post)

Wed Nov 12, 2014, 10:00 PM

5. Glad to see this forum for progressive input to our Democratic agendas.



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Response to NYC_SKP (Original post)

Wed Nov 12, 2014, 11:10 PM

7. We'll compile these into a pinned thread, maybe. Another list from Sourcewatch:

 

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Response to NYC_SKP (Original post)

Thu Nov 13, 2014, 03:40 AM

10. K&R. Will try to see what I can find... But I'm usually involved with my liberal district.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Original post)

Thu Nov 13, 2014, 05:59 AM

11. Independent redistricting

Arizona has it because most voters want it as it passed because of a ballot measure.

It led to an open process that led to more sensible drawn competitive districts. Democrats have won 5 out of the 9 districts but most of the races going back to 2012 weren't easy either. It also decreases the "wasted vote" mindset seen in badly drawn districts that favor incumbents.

http://azredistricting.org/

(Google currently has a disclaimer that the site may be hacked)

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Response to JonLP24 (Reply #11)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 02:09 AM

22. That's good news from Az, that a measure like that passed as a ballot issue.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Original post)

Thu Nov 13, 2014, 11:27 AM

13. Progressives’ Route to Power Beyond 2014--Report/Action from PCCC

Last edited Thu Nov 13, 2014, 12:21 PM - Edit history (1)

By Marissa Barrow--Progressive Committee for Congressional Change

Last Tuesday was not a repeat of 2012, when PCCC members helped elect 30 amazing candidates — including Elizabeth Warren. It looked more like 2010. It was tough. It was disappointing.

Candidates who ran great campaigns — and should have won — lost in the Republican wave. Bold progressives achieved some important victories Election Night, and some were too close for comfort.

The PCCC Post-Election Report outlines the huge investments made this election cycle that are now for the long term — in future leaders, new technology, new best practices, and more member empowerment. All in addition to congressional victories. CHECK IT OUT (PDF) HERE:

http://boldprogressives.org/2014/11/progressives-route-to-power-beyond-2014/

Frankly, Democrats did not have a united economic agenda in this election. There was a lack of big ideas. Some Democrats tried to sound like Republicans, and they lost.

Elizabeth Warren was the most popular Democrat on the campaign trail for a reason: Her message of taking on Wall Street, reducing student debt, and expanding Social Security benefits is popular everywhere — red, purple, and blue states.


Moving forward, something needs to change. America needs a bigger politics.

Progressives won’t win their own tidal wave elections unless they can build a movement around big ideas — free college, full employment, Medicare for All, more Social Security — and the candidates who campaign on those ideas. Elizabeth Warren is the best example. But there are thousands of others out there who believe in a more expansive vision of political change.


If you believe in this — if you are ready to fight hard for big ideas — TELL US HERE:

http://boldprogressives.org/2014/11/progressives-route-to-power-beyond-2014/

The PCCC started down this path in 2013 — when our members changed the national debate from cutting Social Security to expanding it. Many candidates won last night by running on that message.

MORE about PCC's Election Night Campaign Wins at:

http://boldprogressives.org/2014/11/progressives-route-to-power-beyond-2014/

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Response to KoKo (Reply #13)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 02:15 AM

23. That should be an OP Koko. I get their emails and they are doing great work. The more people

who support them the stronger and better they will become. Now that we see the whole picture, the Third Way influence on our party, and the futility of continuing to empower them by continuing to do what we've done before, people are going to be able to devote more time to do what needs to be done, rather than wasting any more time 'hoping' that maybe 'this time' it will for the people.

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #15)

Thu Nov 13, 2014, 09:18 PM

16. Awesome, thanks!

 

Keep the hits coming!

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Response to NYC_SKP (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 12:42 AM

17. Can anyone join this group?

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Response to Lifelong Protester (Reply #17)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 01:01 AM

18. It's not a closed group that one needs to join.

 

Anyone can contribute, nobody is blocked, and there's an expectation that posting members respect the group Statement of Purpose.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #18)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 01:04 AM

19. Thanks! I might be more of a reader/learner

but I often 'follow' the posts of the folks who are already here.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 08:24 PM

25. Any discussion of War & Peace

 

should look at US foreign policies in the Middle East - essentially the elephant in the room.

Here are just two websites that give an objective view that counters the propaganda provided by AIPAC

http://www.ifamericansknew.org/


http://www.thejerusalemfund.org/

There are others.



Thank you for being considered to contribute to this discussion.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 08:33 PM

26. Do Media Voices Count

The Rick Smith Show is a progressive, populist, pro-labor radio program based out of Carlisle, PA.

http://ricksmithshow.com/

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Response to RadicalGeek (Reply #26)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 08:46 PM

27. I think that's fine, would ask that you also post that to the DU Progressive Media Resources Group.

 

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #27)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 10:28 PM

28. Will do

I feel like I'm his semi-official PR man.

(I should help him rig up a mobile app for the show--IMO)

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Response to NYC_SKP (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 01:32 AM

29. Please join Wolf-PAC and help get corporate money out of politics!

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Response to NYC_SKP (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 09:21 AM

31. The Roosevelt Institute

The Roosevelt Institute is a nonprofit organization devoted to carrying forward the legacy and values of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt by developing progressive ideas and bold leadership in the service of restoring America’s promise of opportunity for all.

http://www.rooseveltinstitute.org/about

A New Deal for the 21st Century
http://www.rooseveltinstitute.org/about#New_Deal

The Four Freedoms Center
The Four Freedoms Center develops bold ideas that are beyond the narrow parameters of the current political debate. They form the foundation of a New Deal for the 21st century.

http://rooseveltinstitute.org/programs/four-freedoms-center

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Response to NYC_SKP (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 12:34 PM

33. Green Party Platform

Lots of good ideas here to consider for incorporation into the Democratic platform.

http://www.gp.org/what-we-believe/our-platform

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Response to NYC_SKP (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 03:56 PM

34. Two more

 

surprised no one mentioned these.


http://www.truth-out.org/


http://therealnews.com/t2/

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Response to NYC_SKP (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 05:14 PM

35. For Research Purposes "Moyers & Company's" Videos of All Shows

Bill Moyers has done some great shows on "Populism and Fighting Back" with many ideas from his Guests.

They are now available on You Tube and some of them are really worth a re-visit if we want to build a Rump of the Dem Party for Progressive Populism.

It's worth a look just to go to the link and scan the shows for ideas:

Uploads from Moyers & Company

by Moyers & Company
307 videos
20,625 views


http://www.youtube.com/user/MoyersandCompany/videos

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Response to NYC_SKP (Original post)

Mon Nov 17, 2014, 12:45 PM

37. SOLIDARITY first, POLICY second

Populist Reform will require solidarity first.
Policy is secondary.
This is simply because chasing policy
would amount to a wack-a-mole approach.

WHO do POPULISTS represent?
Am I a Populist?
That is creating solidarity.

What do WE, the Populists want?
POLICY 1: Fix a broken election system.

How is it done?
Study the opposition playbooks
Learn the tactics
Know the players
Recognize the tools
Find unlikely allies
Know thyself
Study The Wizard of Oz: A populist parable if there ever was one

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Response to NYC_SKP (Original post)

Mon Nov 17, 2014, 08:28 PM

38. Progressive Democrats of America:

 

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Response to NYC_SKP (Original post)

Thu Nov 20, 2014, 08:35 AM

40. Center for Progressive Reform

Excellent group. Already doing what we propose to do here~

http://www.progressivereform.org/

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Response to NYC_SKP (Original post)

Thu Nov 20, 2014, 08:37 AM

41. Progressive Change Campaign Committee



Another excellent group, with over 1 million members, already doing what we propose to do here~

http://boldprogressives.org/?akid=24591.755088.CoXtBe

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Response to NYC_SKP (Original post)

Tue Nov 25, 2014, 03:09 AM

42. The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law

 

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Response to NYC_SKP (Original post)

Wed Nov 26, 2014, 11:19 PM

43. Sharing Breakthrough Ideas in Politics: Jill Alper & Friends

Less about policy and more about politics/campaigns/strategy:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sharing-Breakthrough-Ideas-in-Politics-Jill-Alper-Friends/805671376158792?sk=timeline

Alper is a longtime political operative and currently a DNC member from Michigan.

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