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Saturday, January 29, 2005

The DNC Caucuses and the Progressive Principles Project

From Driving Votes:

If we learned one thing at the DNC Western Regional Caucus in Sacramento last weekend, it is this: Bush's victory on November 2nd has only made the grassroots base of the Democratic Party stronger.

To borrow from Obi Wan Kenobi's famous last words to another Dark Imperial Lord, "You cannot win, George W. Bush. If you strike us down, we shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine."

On Saturday, hundreds of rank-and-file Democrats from all over California descended on Sacramento for the DNC meeting, ready to take the movement we built during last year's election and focus it on fixing our party. Nearly everyone in attendance was behind Howard Dean's agenda for reform and renewal. Never before has a DNC Chair election seen so much active participation from the grassroots, and Dean is the candidate that can bring that energy into the party.

Driving Votes brought 35 activists to Sacramento, and will be bringing close to 100 to the Eastern Caucus this Saturday in New York City. Read about how things went in Sacramento for Driving Votes activists in their own words, and stay tuned for updates from our delegation to New York.

While Driving Votes volunteers attend the caucus to represent the grassroots, you can also help define the future of progressive politics by joining an online discussion with progressives all over America. Over the last twenty years, the Democratic Party has made so many compromises with Republicans that it has all but abandoned the progressive principles it claims to represent. Its message has become watered down, scattered and incoherent, while the Republican message has been honed to a lethal point.

It's up to us to change that. The Progressive Principles Project is an online discussion, aimed at drafting a concise statement of the values that bind us to one another as progressive Americans. Thirteen progressive organizations and counting are participating in the discussion, and we're inviting you to join the conversation.

The future of progressive social change is looking brighter already.

Leighton and Jesse, Driving Votes

January 29, 2005 at 01:43 PM in Democratic Party | Permalink


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