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Friday, June 06, 2003


An American Agenda: The Great MoveOn Interview

posted by annatopia at Friday, June 06, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
I received this email from the great folks at MoveOn, and would encourage all residents of the Dean Nation to participate in this project. I see potential in this idea, in that we can reach out to MoveOn's many members who may be unaware of the good Doctor.

Dear MoveOn member,
It's time to think big. We need your help.

Over the last few months, we've worked on a number of issues: tax fairness, media consolidation and the FCC, right-wing judges, the continuing situation in Iraq, and tactical nuclear weapons, to name a few. On each issue, we've played a powerful role, and on some, MoveOn members may have made a critical difference.

There are so many important issues, so many attacks on core programs and policies, that we could easily spend the next year and a half without coming up for air. But we don't want to fight a series of skirmishes, winning some and losing others, gaining an edge bit by bit. MoveOn now has close to 1.4 million members in this country. We want the whole enchilada: a nation based from the bottom up on fairness, freedom, diversity, and democracy.

That's why we're kicking off a process that will bring MoveOn members, policy analysts, political leaders, and visionaries together to chart a course for our work. Together, we can contribute to a vision for the United States that really reflects the American people, rather than the views of corporate special interests or right-wing ideologues. We'll use the results of this process to develop a call to action and a pragmatic guide for our future work together.

The process starts today, and the first step is to hear from you. We really want to know what stirs you to action, what you're concerned about, and what gives you hope.

We're gathering this information with a twist: rather than fill out an online survey, you'll be paired up for a phone conversation with another MoveOn member, and you'll report back on what your partner has to say. It'll be fun. And together we'll work to start a national discussion about America's future. It won't take more than an hour of your time.

update Removed the link. This is another personalised email (thanks, Luke!). I didn't realise that because of the way my browser doesn't cache certain things. Oh well, make sure to check your inbox if you're a MoveOn member, and if you're not then go sign up!


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