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Monday, June 23, 2003


Virtual Declaration Celebration!

posted by annatopia at Monday, June 23, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
update Okay folks, let's hear it. Have you posted an endorsement on your blog? If so, please link it in the comments. I'm working on mine and will post it by the end of the day. And don't forget to make a donation today (add .23 cents for the Virtual Declaration Celebration)!

update Yea, it's hard to link your entry when haloscan is wonky. C'mon folks, let's raise our candidates's profile today. I'd love to see some blog entries and donation amounts... =)

We Deanbloggers have been discussing how to increase momentum in both press and fundraising as the second quarter deadline approaches. We've decided to sponsor a Virtual Declaration Celebration. There are a few simple things that you can do to help.

First, if you have a blog or web site, write up an endorsement for Howard Dean and post it on June 23. Write about how you became aware of Howard Dean, and what positions you support. Write about why you think he's the only candidate who's willing to take on (and eventually defeat) Bush. Contrast him with the other candidates. If possible, include personal anecdotes, because those can really "humanise" a candidate and help your readers understand why you're standing up with Howard Dean. You may use the graphic below (shamelessly stolen from DeanForAmerica). Save it on your server, or as a last resort, permalink it using this url:

Second, make a donation on June 23. Make sure you add .23 in honor of the Declaration Celebration. Whether it's five, ten, or one hundred dollars, every little bit counts. We've got to show the pundits and the naysayers that the fundraising totals for the first quarter were not a fluke. How much are you willing to spend in order to buy back our democracy from the corporations that currently control it?

Third, on June 23, craft an email and send it to everyone your address book who's interested in politics. Include a link to your endorsement, a link to the contribution page, and a link to the Virtual Declaration Celebration (I've asked Aziz to provide the permalink; will post as soon as we have it). If you do not have a blog or web site, you can still participate by crafting an endorsement and sending it to everyone in your address book (don't forget to include the donation link) on June 23. I'm also going to include a personal statement about how much I've donated. Something along the lines of, "Today, I donated $50.23 to Dean for America. I'm asking you to match my donation." By including this statement, you legitimise the plea for funds and show your friends that you're willing to dig deep into your own pockets in order to support Howard Dean. Use this url for the contribution link:

And finally, come back to this blog on June 23 and post a link to your endorsement in the comments section of the Virtual Declaration Celebration perma-post. And for you non-bloggers, you can post the full text of your endorsement.

Our candidate is going to get lots of publicity on the 23, which may spur the curious to seek out more information online. While Dean's got a lot of support from the netroots, I haven't seen any type of formal endorsement process or statement from many of his supporters. It's time to make those statements, and show your fellow Americans why we believe Dean is the best man for the job. Imagine what an impact your statement could have on people who are waffling, or people who are simply curious. When they see that thousands of average, everyday Americans have come together to support a strong candidate, they will take a closer look at Dean and his positions. If we're lucky, we may even win some of them over. =)

We're asking ALL our readers to participate in this project. That includes the lurkers who never post! We know you're out there... We want to hear from all of you on June 23. Let's make the Virtual Declaration Celebration a raging success!

update If you intend to participate in the Virtual Declaration Celebration, please sign up at deanforamerica's virtual declaration celebration site.

update: Changed the post time to remind everyone to ready their endorsements!


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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.