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I write to tell you about -- a new INDEPENDENT online group promoting genuinely progressive issues, including ones opposed by Obama and the Democratic leadership.


We want to build as quickly as possible. Please forward this email to your e-list of friends/supporters andencourage everyone to sign up at the upper right of the homepage at


The launch of  RootsAction   is supported by such respected, independent-minded progressives as Jim Hightower, Cornel West, Naomi Klein, Glenn Greenwald, Daniel Ellsberg, Barbara Ehrenreich, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former Sen. James Abourezk and Coleen Rowley.  Norman Solomon is one of the founders; I'm on the board.


One of our first actions -- in collaboration with Daniel Ellsberg -- is a petition to Obama on Afghanistan. Please sign it:


In the past decade, Netroots groups have built big e-lists, raised money and hell. But some squandered their power by overly close coordination with an often spineless Democratic leadership. RootsAction will be an independent force, taking action against Obama policies that sparked loud protests when they were Bush policies. We'll mobilize against government catering to Wall Street and the war profiteers, while the U.S. public suffers.


Please help spread the word.

--jeff cohen


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Jeff Cohen was director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College, where he was an associate professor of journalism. He founded the progressive media watch group in 1986.

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