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MoveOn.org: Democracy in Action

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New York Times

6/19/05   A Web Hoax, Transformed ''SAVE NPR and PBS,'' reads an e-mail petition being circulated by MoveOn. org, a liberal advocacy group. ''Really. Check the footnotes if you don't believe us.''

Common Dreams

1/27/05   Peace Action calls on Senators to vote against torture and Gonzales Peace Action, the country's largest peace organization with over 100,000 members nationwide, today expressed regret at the Senate Judiciary Committee's vote in favor of Alberto Gonzales to be the next U.S. Attorney General, and urged the full Senate to reject Gonzales. Peace Action is one of the leading organizations in working to end the war in Iraq, and recently ran television ads, in conjunction with MoveOn.org , against the Gonzales nomination in California, Wisconsin, New York and Pennsylvania.

Penn State Online

1/26/05   Online political advocacy is growing force for democracy With the advent of online activist groups such as MoveOn.org , the Internet has shown a remarkable ability to mobilize public opinion and create an increasingly powerful force for democracy, according to two Penn State experts. "Established seven years ago, the site is a nonpartisan, grass-roots movement that promotes democracy by giving 'ordinary' citizens a say in local and national politics,” said Colleen E. Kelley, associate professor of communication arts and sciences in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Penn State Erie. MoveOn.org 's chief strategy is to convince online members to sign petitions that are immediately sorted and logged by state, allowing users at the local level to donate to a range of causes and combine their individual cyber-dissent into a groundswell of collective activism, Kelley noted. "Once MoveOn.org 's electronic constituency comes to a decision, it can move with lightning speed to deluge congressional offices with hundreds of thousands of phone calls and petitions in a few days," said Rod Troester, associate professor of communication arts and sciences at Penn State Erie.

Common Dreams

1/25/05

 

 

Things to Celebrate So what's to celebrate? “What's to celebrate” is that citizens are catching on and mobilizing. The alternative, progressive, internet-based media such as commondreams.org , alternet.org , and tompaine.com are flourishing. Progressive political groups such as MoveOn ( MoveOn.org ), Center for American Progress ( americanprogress.org ), and Campaign for America's Future ( ourfuture.org ) are also prospering. Progressive media watchdog groups such as Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting ( fair.org ), Center for Media and Democracy ( prwatch.org ), and Media Matters for America ( mediamatters.org ) are also experiencing rapid growth.

Also “to celebrate” are the many timely and excellent videos that are available directly and inexpensively over the internet for citizen education, empowerment, and action. Titles such as “ Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq War ,” “ Unconstitutional: The War on Our Civil Liberties ,” and “ Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire ” are but a few of the many fine videos available. Michael Moore's award winning “ Fahrenheit 9/11 ” and earlier “ Bowling for Columbine ,” served a similar function first in theaters, and now in living rooms, across the country.

“What's to celebrate” is that these and other trends produced record voter turnout in the November 2 Presidential election. Unfortunately, the election was marred by all sorts of vote suppression, vote fraud, irregularities, and illegalities, especially in states such as Ohio and Florida.

San Francisco Chronicle

1/24/05   Where Feinstein woos, Boxer wallops - Democratic Party also must pick its fights, or cut the best deals it can Liberal groups are urging Democratic senators to take a stand this week against the Rice and Gonzales nominations. Berkeley-based MoveOn.org is running TV ads interspersing photos of Gonzales and images of Iraqis being mistreated at the Abu Ghraib prison. Still, both nominees are expected to be confirmed easily in the Senate, where Republicans outnumber Democrats 55 to 44 with one independent.

Newshounds

1/08/05   Fox News Can't Bring Itself to Say "Media Matters for America" over the past year, Fox News has painted MoveOn as a radical, hate-filled organization, working against the good of the country, and one probably guilty of some devious shenanigans during the last election. To regular Fox News viewers, the name MoveOn conjures up images of liberal fanatics, a near-instantaneous way of discrediting anything or anyone associated with it. So my main points are: (l) Cavuto omitted mention of Media Matters even though it was central to his report, and (2) of the six entities who lent official support to Media Matters' Sinclair Action campaign, Cavuto chose to name MoveOn, a group Fox has already turned into a monster and whose mention, Fox hopes, will discredit the whole anti-Sinclair campaign.

Contra Costa Times

1/04/05   Fund-raising efforts for tsunami victims are promising MoveOn.org encouraged its members to collect donations at New Year's parties and helped funnel $2.5 million in one day to relief group Oxfam.

Albuquerque Tribune

12/03/04  

Moving on Failure Nov. 2 has mobilized Democrats to ensure success the next time If Republicans, especially the most conservative and retrograde of them, expect liberal democratic, environmental, legal and social justice activists to fade away, they can forget about it. Tough progressives are recovering quickly from their election disappointment. They are understanding what went wrong with the anemic Kerry-Edwards effort and how poorly managed it was. But most important, they are mobilizing for change and impact.

ABC News / AP

12/02/04  

MoveOn.org Moves on to New Battles MoveOn plans a formal announcement in the next few weeks to lay out its agenda for the coming year. But at the November house parties members voted to prioritize efforts to remove barriers to voting, such as requiring electronic voting machines to produce paper receipts. They also vowed to pursue ways to create a media counterbalance to right-tilting Fox News. "Our whole approach was to take people who are online members and get them into off-line activity," said Adam Ruben, MoveOn's field director. "We can get a lot done on the Internet but we know that to reach beyond the choir, there are essential parts of political activity we can't neglect." ......In the short term, MoveOn's leaders say its mission remains the same: mobilizing rapid response on issues of concern to the organization, from the Iraq war to future battles over Social Security privatization and nominations to the U.S. Supreme Court. In the long term, Boyd said, the group will seek a more substantial foundation for the progressive movement, from creating think tanks to counteract the conservative Heritage Foundation and Hoover Institution to building grass roots networks that rival the Republican Party's deep ties to evangelical churches. "People really feel like they're at the beginning of a movement rather than the end of a campaign," said political director Eli Pariser. "It's such an exciting feeling for a lot of these people, and it mitigates some of the heartbreak of the next four years."

Berkeley Daily Planet

11/30/04   The Future of MoveOn: By RANDY SHAW My wife and I hosted one of the over 1,600 house meetings held Sunday night to chart the future of MoveOn.org Political Action. The tightly structured event asked participants to select their top issue and strategy for the next two to four years, but left no time for the larger questions about how people can get involved in grassroots activism in between elections or how the group should prioritize its funds. Should MoveOn.org Political Action return to primarily relating to its members as donors, or can the organization become a national network of grassroots groups for the college-educated middle class that comprise most of its membership?

Alternet

11/23/04   Moving On with MoveOn MoveOn mobilized hundreds of thousands of frustrated people before the Nov. 2 election. They made phone calls to swing states, educated themselves with progressive media, raised over $50 million for John Kerry and local candidates, and sent over 70,000 volunteers into the swing states. Because the organization was particularly vocal in the last month leading up the election, their silence in the days that followed after election day left some of their members feeling lost. Where was the group that had helped them turn outrage into action? In an interview with KGO radio, Joan Blades, MoveOn's co-founder, said "The day after the election we were deluged with emails from members saying 'Thank you, this was wonderful, what next?'"

San Francisco Chronicle

11/22/04 MoveOn groups asking, where to? Progressives talk it over at 1,680 parties Supporters of the national progressive organization, MoveOn.org , gathered at more than 1,680 house parties across the nation Sunday night to participate in a national online conference and determine what they should do to move beyond the whining and into action after the election defeat. People across the country have been waiting to see what the next step will be for MoveOn, which boasts an online network of more than 2 million activists and has raised millions of dollars for progressive candidates and to campaign against President Bush.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

11/16/04 MoveOn brings activists together to set a course for the future The "house party" was one of dozens in the Seattle area and thousands held simultaneously across the country that were organized by MoveOn, a fast-growing political-action group aimed at getting "moderate to progressive" candidates into office. Key issues, from the Iraq war to same-sex marriage, brought out the political activists in people who'd been perfectly content to sit quietly in the background before. Attendee Paul Loeb said it was important "to have people recognize this is a long-haul fight. A lot of people are demoralized by the election," said Loeb, editor of a collection of social-issue essays titled "The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen's Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear.""The most important thing," he said, "is to keep all these new people who have come in involved."

The Nation

11/11/04 Progressives: Get Ready to Fight Even in the ashes of this defeat, progressives can take pride in the remarkable role we played, both in arousing opposition to Bush and in building the independent progressive machinery necessary to communicate, educate, register and get out the vote. Howard Dean gave Democrats their voice. The Dean campaign and MoveOn.org broke the grip of big donors in the Democratic primaries and helped Democrats utilize the Internet. Kerry ended with a 7-to-1 Internet fundraising advantage over Bush. Democrats became competitive with Republicans in raising hard money. Progressives drove the remarkable mobilization that put together a multicultural democracy movement. Independent progressive groups and leaders--from ACORN to USAction and America Coming Together, to Bruce Springsteen, Russell Simmons, P. Diddy and the hip-hop nation--reached out to workers, the young, minorities and single women. Their success was confirmed in the exit polls. Union households remained at 25 percent of an expanded electorate and voted nearly two to one for Kerry. African-Americans increased their percentage of the electorate and voted nine to one for Kerry. More young people between 18 and 29 voted than in 2000--4.6 million more--and were the only age group to go for Kerry. The proportion of Hispanics in the electorate increased, and, although Bush gained ground, they still supported Kerry 53 to 44.

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