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Wednesday, February 25, 2004


The Cummings Creek Compact

posted by Aziz P. at Wednesday, February 25, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
Looks like the CFA crowd have finally formalized their plan of action, in a statement on the CFA blog. Here's the important excerpt:

Change for America will be a national organization that unites progressive communities and sets an agenda of meaningful reform. The values that shaped our campaign are the same values that formed the moral foundation of our American democracy—and we carry those values today. We are committed far beyond a single election.

Our immediate path is clear: we must defeat George W. Bush and elect a new president, we must infuse elections at every level with the same commitment that built this movement—and you must decide how to do it.

Two weeks from now, our movement will come together in a series of summits across the country, convening in Boston, New York, Washington, Atlanta, Houston, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis and Denver. We want every group associated with the campaign to be represented. Together, we will all shape the platform and mission of Change for America.

Later this week, we will announce final dates, locations and details of the Change for America summits.

My initial thought is that this sounds a lot like ... Meetup. I'm still waiting for details about what these proposed summits will address. I'm far more interested in the mission statements, goals, and objectives that Mark Sundeen mentioned were drafted at the CFA retreat on Trippi's farm, because that's something more tangible. Frankly I think it would be helpful to see those before planning any summits of any sort.

If you're interested in being a part of the CFA summits, sign up on their mailing list. Note that there are reports that Dean and Trippi chatted last night, but once again details are sketchy. It's still not clear what role, if any, Dean will be playing in CFA - and Dean's statement about "the next step" in the debt-retirement letter didn't make any mention of that group.


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