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Sunday, June 15, 2003


The Rest of June is Critical

posted by Joe at Sunday, June 15, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
We have the success of 3200 people rallying for Gov. Dean in Austin, the Wisconsin State Party Convention success of the past few days -- and the aggressive move of being the first to go on the air in Iowa begins on Tuesday -- already the other campaigns and the press are trying to figure out what all this means -- if anything.

The final two weeks of June are now critical -- everything you have helped us build depends to a large extent on how disciplined and focused we all are on the final two weeks of this month -- and the first Meetup that follows on July 2nd.

There are four things we must do -- and we have just two weeks in which to do them.

1. Get the word out about the primary to everyone in the Dean campaign. We need everyone to write Move on at and tell them how important it is for MoveOn to endorse Howard Dean. And we need everyone to join MoveOn and do it now.

2. June 23rd is going to be the official launch of Gov. Dean's campaign for President -- we want to use this day as a demonstration of the netroots and grassroots across the nation. This is not just about Gov. Dean and the people who attend in Burlington, Vermont -- it is about you. It is about the thousands who attend Meetups, post on Blogs, table and leaflet and organize everyday to take our country back. And the only way to demonstrate to the press and others in a way that they will get it -- is for everyone to make sure they are counted by using our organizing tools on our website It does not matter if you are attending one of the bigger events that day, or watching a stream of the Celebration with a few friends at home, or for that matter -- watching the stream at home by yourself -- its important that you sign-up and attend and make sure you are counted among those who celebrate with us on the 23rd.

3. There are only 15 days left before the fundraising report deadline of June 30th. There is no way to understate this -- we just put $300,000 on the air in Iowa -- its risky -- but it makes the 30th even more important -- please do everything you can to help raise money over the next two weeks -- we have to outdo what we all accomplished last quarter. We need to get the Meetup Challenge moving in a final push for the next two weeks and we need as many to contribute as possible whatever you can afford.

4. We need to make the July 2nd Meetup as large as possible -- because we have a plan we want to discuss with all of you at those Meetups. So we need those who have not joined Meetup to do so now as well.

There is a lot to be done -- we need everyone's help -- but if we succeed at these four things we have the opportunity to really move our campaign forward in a big way.

To do it we need to stay focused on what is important -- and for the rest of this month --- these are the most important ways you can help Gov. Dean and this campaign.

Please cut and past this post and send it to all Dean supporters that you know or are aware of -- send it to your friends -- but send it on to someone.

This is our time -- we need to seize it.

Thank You for Everything that you have done.

Joe Trippi
Campaign Manager
Dean for America.


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Nation-Building was founded by Aziz Poonawalla in August 2002 under the name Dean Nation. Dean Nation was the very first weblog devoted to a presidential candidate, Howard Dean, and became the vanguard of the Dean netroot phenomenon, raising over $40,000 for the Dean campaign, pioneering the use of Meetup, and enjoying the attention of the campaign itself, with Joe Trippi a regular reader (and sometime commentor). Howard Dean himself even left a comment once. Dean Nation was a group weblog effort and counts among its alumni many of the progressive blogsphere's leading talent including Jerome Armstrong, Matthew Yglesias, and Ezra Klein. After the election in 2004, the blog refocused onto the theme of "purple politics", formally changing its name to Nation-Building in June 2006. The primary focus of the blog is on articulating purple-state policy at home and pragmatic liberal interventionism abroad.