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Thursday, March 18, 2004


Democracy For America launches

posted by Aziz P. at Thursday, March 18, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
The new website has launched! The site redesign includes, and is a much cleaner, professional look (kudos to Nicco).

The prepared text for today's announcement speech is already posted to the new site. Dean lays out the four primary principles of the new organization:

First, Democracy for America will be committed to strong, sustained grassroots involvement in the democratic process. Today, half of Americans don’t even bother to vote. People see what the problems are, but they are cynical about the system and prospects for change. Only through acting will people recognize the power they have to change this country.

Second, Democracy for America will be committed to promoting an America where candidates and office holders tell the truth about policy choices and stand up for what they believe. The era when politicians equivocate about matters as fundamental as war and peace must end.

Third, Democracy for America will be committed to fighting against the influence and agenda of the two pillars of George W. Bush’s Washington: the far right wing and their radical, divisive policies, and the selfish special interests who for too long have dominated politics.

Fourth, Democracy for America will be committed to fighting for progressive policies, like health care for all; investment in children; equal rights under law; fiscal responsibility; and a national security policy that makes America stronger by advancing progressive values.

Dean also lays out the specific actions that DFA will be undertaking, tailored for the immediate number-one priority: defeating Georgw W. Bush.

(Hopefully we will get some live video feed or something of Dean's speech later today)


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