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Username: SumofChange
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Jim Lindsay: Grassroots Response to Health Care Passage

by: SumofChange

Tue Apr 06, 2010 at 20:56:42 PM EDT

cross-posted at Sum of Change and Blue Virginia

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Interview with Dr. Peter Wilk on Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty

by: SumofChange

Thu Apr 01, 2010 at 13:52:47 PM EDT

( - promoted by Elaine in Roanoke)

cross-posted from Sum of Change

I stopped in at the office of Physicians for Social Responsibility this morning to meet Dr. Peter Wilk, the Executive Director.

Dr. Wilk is a recognized expert on nuclear disarmament and has been active for the past 27 years in public health advocacy organizations and medical organizations concerned with preventing nuclear war and addressing other threats to global survival.
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Dr. Margaret Flowers - Grassroots Response to Health Care Reform

by: SumofChange

Wed Mar 24, 2010 at 19:23:29 PM EDT

cross-posted from Sum of Change


(This segment was recorded live on Ustream on 3/24/2001 at 12:00pm EST)

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A Grassroots Response To Health Care Passage

by: SumofChange

Mon Mar 22, 2010 at 13:11:02 PM EDT

I do not need to tell you that this weekend was historic. Late Sunday night, David Hart of Grow the Hope and I watched the vote together from David's living room. It was not lost on me that his living room is where many of us are accustomed to coming together for causes greater than ourselves. As we witnessed the votes being cast, David prepared this response that we broadcasted live right after the House passed health care reform last night. (transcript below the fold):

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McGovern on Storytelling at the House Rules Committee

by: SumofChange

Sun Mar 21, 2010 at 14:52:01 PM EDT

I have written about the power of personal stories on multiple occasions. Personal stories make abstract issues like health care reform real. They paint a picture, like a good author detailing the numerous traits of a single brick in a wall. And storytelling creates empathy amongst neighbors. Last night, we heard plenty of personal stories, from one side of the aisle.
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AFL-CIO: Not Ready For Explicit Primary Threats

by: SumofChange

Thu Mar 18, 2010 at 16:53:34 PM EDT

cross-posted from Sum of Change

Just hopped off the conference call with Richard Trumka from the AFL-CIO.

This morning, the AFL-CIO leadership voted in overwhelming favor (higher than 90%) of "active support" for the current health care proposals in the face of slight changes to the excise tax agreement.  

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[UPDATE] Grandstanding at the Rules Committee

by: SumofChange

Wed Mar 17, 2010 at 20:37:09 PM EDT

( - promoted by KathyinBlacksburg)

cross-posted from Sum of Change (also at Congress Matters, if you have a Daily Kos account then you have a Congress Matters account)

UPDATE: Just got off the phone with C-Span, they confirmed our research. Congressman Dreier was incorrect when he claimed that C-Span covered the House Rules Committee meetings when Medicare Part D was "rammed down our throats" at 3:00am. We have reached out to Congressman Dreier's office for a response and await their reply.

Today, I sat in on the Rules Committee hearing. It was a rather arcane meeting today to authorize suspension bills to be brought to the House floor over the next couple days and the weekend. Currently, House rules prohibit suspension bills from being brought to the floor between Thursday and Sunday without the rules committee specifically allowing it. (Why? I am still trying to figure that out.)

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Final Breitbartocalypse Report: Interview with Institutional Left™

by: SumofChange

Tue Mar 16, 2010 at 17:45:38 PM EDT

cross-posted from Sum of Change

Here it is, our last report on the disaster that is the Breitbartocalypse. We've got more from our in-the-field reporter, as well as an exclusive interview with the Policy Director of the Institutional Left™:

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Yes, Sen Byrd Stopped Reconciliation For Clinton's Health Care Reform

by: SumofChange

Thu Mar 11, 2010 at 13:33:59 PM EST

So, there is a video that is getting a lot of attention amongst the right wing nuts:

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[VIDEO] Dean, Billionaires for Wealthcare, and a Public Option Superstar...

by: SumofChange

Tue Mar 09, 2010 at 15:50:37 PM EST

( - promoted by Elaine in Roanoke)

Cross-posted from Sum of Change

Today I dropped in on the health care rally in DC. Everyone who's anyone was there (not literally, but it certainly felt that way when I was there).

Howard Dean was there. We got to ask him if he thinks the Democratic leadership is prepared to move forward without Republicans and if he agrees with the statement that House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer made at the health care summit that everyone shares the same goal of covering all Americans:

video below the fold...

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Health Care and Abortion

by: SumofChange

Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 16:34:17 PM EST

originally posted by Will Urquhart at Sum of Change

I really hate having to come back to this over and over again. Let's get our abortion-and-health-care basics down folks. The Senate bill does nothing to change the standard we have lived by that no federal funding shall be used for abortion.

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Michelle Singletary: Economic Empowerment

by: SumofChange

Mon Mar 01, 2010 at 20:37:58 PM EST

On Saturday, we were excited to join Yvette Lewis and Grow the Hope at the Millenium Bible Fellowship Church for an event on economic empowerment. Last time we joined them, it was quite a powerful event, so we came with high expectations. As usual, Yvette did not disappoint. We will have plenty of coverage of Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and the various workshops to help folks with resume writing and basic financial counseling. Today though, we are just releasing our interview with Michelle Singletary and her speech.
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Economic Empowerment à la Michelle Singletary

by: SumofChange

Mon Mar 01, 2010 at 20:34:49 PM EST

On Saturday, we were excited to join Yvette Lewis and Grow the Hope at the Millenium Bible Fellowship Church for an event on economic empowerment. Last time we joined them, it was quite a powerful event, so we came with high expectations. As usual, Yvette did not disappoint. We will have plenty of coverage of Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and the various workshops to help folks with resume writing and basic financial counseling. Today though, we are just releasing our interview with Michelle Singletary and her speech.
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Radical Right and White Supremacists Line Up Behind Terrorism

by: SumofChange

Thu Feb 25, 2010 at 12:57:27 PM EST

originally posted at Sum of Change

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which specializes in monitoring the most dangerous of the radical right in this country, has put out a report detailing the support that terrorist Joseph Stack is receiving amongst radicals on the right, and white supremacists specifically.

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Chris Hayes' Speech At Sum of Change/Grow the Hope House Meeting

by: SumofChange

Mon Feb 22, 2010 at 13:48:48 PM EST

Yesterday, we were humbled when folks from the DC/MD/VA area packed into the living room of David Hart, founder of Grow the Hope, for a fundraiser to help us cover the annual Netroots Nation conference. We could not have been more thrilled with the level of energy in the room.

Our featured speaker, Chris Hayes, the DC Editor of The Nation, gave a rather fantastic speech that we wanted to share with you all right away:

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Livefeed: Chris Hayes, Sum of Change, and Grow the Hope

by: SumofChange

Sun Feb 21, 2010 at 10:46:46 AM EST

Today at 2:00pm we are holding our first house party fundraiser for our efforts to cover Netroots Nation 2010. We have lined up a great set of speakers, opening with Chris Hayes, DC Editor of The Nation. We'll also hear from Nolan Treadway, the Logistics and Political Director of Netroots Nation, Julie Blust, the Communications Director at the Virginia Organizing Project, Jeremy Koulish, the Executive Director of the Carrots and Sticks Project, Yvette Lewis from Grow the Hope's Rapid Response Team, and our host, David Hart, the founder of Grow the Hope.

You can join us at the house party online today! We will be running a live camera feed of the event, so please hang around with us!

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Training Tuesday: Part 2 of Organizational Change and the Adoption of Online Tools

by: SumofChange

Tue Feb 16, 2010 at 12:19:58 PM EST

originally posted by Will Urquhart at Sum of Change

Last week, we introduced Kenyon Farrow of Queers for Economic Justice, Calvin Williams of the Generational Alliance, and Althea Erickson of the Freelancers Union. They shared with us a brief summary of how their organizations had adopted some online tools.

This week, they delve into some of the challenges they faced along the way, and some insight into how they overcame them:

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Where Were You 6 Months Ago? [VIDEO]

by: SumofChange

Sat Feb 13, 2010 at 13:36:46 PM EST

originally posted by Will Urquhart at Sum of Change

I know where we were. Six months ago today, we showed up in Pittsburgh for Netroots Nation '09.

We were here, @FDR Is There A New Deal?:

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Best When Boring Trailer Release

by: SumofChange

Mon Feb 08, 2010 at 16:34:24 PM EST

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Training Tuesday: The Numbers You Need To Win Your Election - Part 2

by: SumofChange

Tue Feb 02, 2010 at 11:52:29 AM EST

( - promoted by KathyinBlacksburg)

originally posted by Mitch Malasky at Sum of Change

This week, we are going to follow up on last week's post on the numbers you need to win your election.  This week, we're looking at special circumstances and unique elections and how that may or may not effect how you set your numbers.

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