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Tuesday, March 16, 2004


Thursday and Friday: DFA v2.0

posted by Aziz P. at Tuesday, March 16, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
Here's the email that Dean sent to the supporter email list yesterday:

On March 18, I will announce our plans to build a new organization, using our nationwide grassroots network, to continue our work to transform the Democratic Party and to change America.

We are determined to keep this organization as vibrant as it was throughout our campaign. There are a lot of ways to make change. We are leaving one track, but we are going on another track that will take back America for ordinary people again.

I will make the announcement in three cities:

Thursday, March 18, 2004

Seattle, Washington: 9:30am at the Westin Hotel, Cascade Ballroom, 1900
5th Avenue

San Francisco, California: 6:00pm at The Palace Hotel, Ralston Room, 2 New Montgomery Street

Friday, March 19, 2004

New York, New York: 11:30am at The New School, Tishman Auditorium, 66
West 12th Street

In addition to the formal announcement, we will be launching a new website, and of course, a blog.

What intrigues me is the new website and blog announcement. Will they be retiring and

There are already some clues as to the goals of DFA v2.0 - the emphasis on working within the Democratic Party, but to also transform it (in what direction? let's hope he gives details). Also, in a subsequent Dean post to the o-blog, Dean mentions that the new organization will also help train potential candidates for local office. Overall the scope seems to be encouraging active participation in democracy at all levels, not just by voting by also by participating as candidates.


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