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Obama Campaign: Grassroots Organizing on Steroids

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Message Joe Libertelli
I am a luke-warm Obama supporter, seeing him as most likely to be able to get ANYTHING done, in part by his ability to inspire. 
While he was at least right on this STUPID, EVIL war, most of his positions are virtually identical to those of Hillary Clinton - including what to do about the stupid evil war!
But for me, it's also very important that he eschewed big money law practice by taking a legal services/civil rights lawyering job after graduating from Harvard (where he was Editor of the Law Review - meaning he could have been hired absolutely anywhere.)    
That said, I see presidential politics primarily as an exercise in damage control - necessarily choosing between lesser evils - and keeping my safe the world energy for Progressive Democrats of America, my work and my kids.  I don't have very high expectations.
HOWEVER, if you haven't already seen it, take a look at this e-mail.  I think it's absolutely amazing.  First, over 1 million individuals have now donated to Obama's campaign (I among them).  But second, they have now set up to allow supporters to CALL people in upcoming primary states. 
Grassroots organizing on steroids. 
OK, nuf said.

From: Barack Obama []
Sent: Wednesday, February 27, 2008 3:31 PM
To: Libertelli, Joe
Subject: Something extraordinary

Joseph --

Make calls today Early this morning, we reached one million people owning a piece of this campaign.

Think about that for a minute.

One million people like you own a stake in a grassroots movement that is not just competing, but thriving, in a political process that's been dominated by special interests for far too long.

You have given your time, energy, and passion to bring about change.

And it's working.

I cannot thank you enough for all you've done, but there are still millions of Americans who remain on the outside of the political process. They are skeptical of politicians and disillusioned by the partisan gridlock of Washington, D.C.

Right now, we have an opportunity to reach out to those people and show them that the change we need is possible.

That's why, on this historic day, we are committing ourselves to a new goal: calling one million people before the March 4th primaries.

Tuesday's contests in Texas, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Vermont could be decisive in this race.

Help mark today's historic achievement by picking up the phone, reaching out to potential supporters, and inviting them to join our movement for change:

No other campaign has ever reached one million donors while still in a competitive primary, and I am grateful for your generosity.

This is an important milestone, not just for our campaign, but also for our party. This level of support will be invaluable as we head toward a general election in which grassroots participation will be more important than ever.

The next six days could decide whether we get that chance. It will take a massive effort across the country to Get Out The Vote on Tuesday, March 4th.

That means reaching out, making phone calls, and building this movement one person at a time.

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Joe Libertelli helped start the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, a multi-racial public interest law school in Washington DC and currently serves as it's alumni director. He was a founding activist of and is an advisor to the (more...)
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