I've been following this campaign - so impressed with the way the campaign is using different tools, yet in a very user-friendly way.
On March 25, 2009 former chair of the Democratic National Committee, Howard Dean launched a new campaign during a Democracy for America conference call with thousands of supporters across the country listening in, live. Dr. Dean is calling on Congress to pass healthcare reform that includes a universally available public option, such as Medicare.
This isn't a recording of the call, but you can listen to Dr. Dean speak about the campaign, here:
The March 25th conference call was the launch of a multi-pronged campaign that will demonstrate public support for Dr. Dean's healthcare reform proposal, including neighborhood canvasses, meetings with elected officials, and ads that will run in targeted districts.
The first step of the campaign - Dr. Dean asked supporters to add their name to a petition addressed to Congress at www.StandWithDrDean.com, and to help him gather even more signatures.
The text of the petition reads:
Give America a choice. We support healthcare reform that allows individual Americans to choose either a universally available public healthcare option like Medicare or for-profit private insurance. A public option is the only way to guarantee healthcare for all Americans and its inclusion is non- negotiable.
Any legislation without the choice of a public option is only insurance reform and not the healthcare reform America needs.
Dr. Dean will spearhead the campaign, with the help of his 1 million + membership grassroots organization, Democracy for America. DFA organizes activists in local communities, trains campaign staff, and endorses progressive candidates.
Note this very cool addition to the campaign, which I just found out about today:
Night School is Democracy for America's interactive online training program. Every month Night School brings top campaign experts right to your home at absolutely no cost to you. You can listen live from your computer on Blog Talk Radio at the link provided when you RSVP.
The training will last just over an hour and will be accompanied by a slideshow you can view online or download and print out. Check back here the day of the training to download the slides.
No extra applications are necessary, simply RSVP above and you'll receive an email with all the necessary information. Then join us live on May 26th at 8:30pm EDT for the training.
May 26th training - "Citizen Lobbying"
This summer DFA is going to launch a massive citizen lobbying campaign to pressure congress into adopting a 'public option' in any health care reform. Join this hour long online training with Gov. Dean and several other guest trainers to learn how you can set up an effective citizen lobbying campaign in your area.
Don't worry if you can't make it, we'll have a recorded version of the training up immediately after the training is completed.
If you have any specific questions about this training or DFA Night School you can send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more info check out the DFA website.