Organizer's Collaborative Grassroots Use of Technology

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There has been a lot of talk about bankruptcy recently. A bill is winding its way through congress that would make things even more difficult for people facing bankruptcy. Recently, a friend asked me how I was doing and I quipped that I haven't declared bankruptcy yet, although if the current legislation is going to go through, perhaps I should do it soon. Having spent the past couple years working as a volunteer on various political campaigns, doing work for not for profit, and spending a lot of time with startups that have yet to establish sufficient cash flow to be self-sustaining, my finances are a bit tight.

The ABC's of Deval Patrick

It was thirty years ago. It seems like it was a different time, a different life, a different world. Nixon had resigned. The country was licking its wounds after Vietnam. I was a high school student getting my first taste of politics. I went to Mount Greylock Regional High School; a school that I had been told was one of the best public high schools in the country. I was proud of my high school and the education I was receiving there.

We were not a well to do family in Williamstown. I had friends who came from very well off families. I also had friends who came from less fortunate circumstances than myself. There was a program at our school called, "A Better Chance". Highly qualified students from poor communities around the country would come to great schools like Mt. Greylock to get a good education and, a better chance.

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Quick Notes

I am about to head up to Boston where I will be leading a workshop on blogging at the Grassroots Use of Technology sponsored by the Organizers' Collaborative. I don't know what my connectivity will be like, or how much time I'll have to write.

However, with all the stuff that has been going on, I doubt my writing can be less frequent than it has been so far this month.

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Getting centrists to sound more progressive

(Originally posted at Greater Democracy)

Yesterday, I wrote a blog entry comparing The Scream to The Kiss. The timing was opportune. Last Wednesday, Joe Lieberman spoke to the Democratic State Central Committee in Hartford. Friday, my wife and I had coffee with the Senator and on Sunday, the Senator gave my wife a kiss, reminiscent of the kiss the Senator received from President Bush.

Since putting up my blog entry, I’ve gotten comments, emails, and phone calls from people all over the political spectrum. Several people have pointed me to the article in the Journal Inquirer, which asks, “Is U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman getting a bad rap”?

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