As long as we have no answer when Max Baucus, Rahm Emmanuel, Bill Clinton, Robert Gibbs and their ilk, say "Where else are you going to go?" -Â and we have no answer - they can smugly ignore us, pick our pockets and stab us in the back.
It's long, long past time when progressives need to find that answer and create an alternative . We need to stop worrying like the tea party never did, that we are not the majority. We are the future; we have been the party of the future for hundreds of years.
We ended factory abuses and put an end to child labor; ended slavery, except under rocks of agri-business; helped women get the franchise and have been in the forefront of any important improvement since John sat down in Runnymede and was forced with a stroke of his pen to drive a stake through the heart of the Divine Right of Kings .
Mikki greets an activist at a recent Progressive Roundtable by RW Spisak
I must introduce two people who are working right now to lay the ground work for this National Progressive Movement. Â One, Ms. Mikki Royce, is working on the county and regional level helping progressive activists and organizations to work together through a system of regional round tables.
This facilitates cooperative effort and fosters cooperative efforts so necessary in these fractured, fragile communities. This month Mikki is working on regional organizing on the east coast and is teaming up with other like minded organizers to duplicate her southern strategy with activists across the mid and far west. (You can contact Mikki Royce by sending me an e-mail)
Rob Alston National Progressive Organizer by RW Spisak
Another "global-minded" progressive organizer is Rob Alston, a software engineer and systems analyst who has a similar vision to cultivate a national network of progressive media activists. He has begun implementation with cooperative activists from the heartland - Missouri, Texas and Tennessee to the Northwest (Washington and Oregon) and activists in the deep south (Florida and Louisiana). Rob's focus is on a dual model of assisting regional activists to create alternative media centers by cultivating technical media skills among progressive activists. (The activist community needs an alternative to Corporate Media)
Helping regional activists to develop these media skills and helping them to use Internet Streaming Media as well as alternative television and radio models, Rob sees an energized and cooperative network of regional activists that can provide a vital media alternative to the corporate mouthpiece media. Rob also plans on combining with the media component a "JAYCEES-like" leadership building and community service component giving young adults and seniors ways of growing a more humane civic model. (Rob can be contacted by sending me an e-mail ])
Activists like these and other similarly minded activists need to prepare, now, not in some dim distant future for a national progressive convention where planks of a political agenda can be hammered out and candidates surfaced to offer Americans in 2012 an alternative to the theocrats and corporate drones of the republican party and the soulless sellouts who have captured the purse strings and the agenda of the corporatist shills of the democratic party.
We don't have time to lament 2010, the year the corporatists took open power. Â We have a future to build. Which side are you on?
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