Neighborhood Networks: Update
I got this email from Stan Shapiro, and, with his permission, I am going to repost it here. The conference should be really, really interesting. The more people that can be turned out, the better.
It's about a month since the last Philly for Change Meetup, and I wanted to update you about Neighborhood Networks (about which I spoke at the meeting.) In short, we're alive, kicking, and getting ready for a tremendous opening event on June 4.
The event will be at Penn Law School, running from approximately 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM. So that you'll be up to date about all the details, we'll be signing you all up on our announcement list-serv shortly (from which you can opt-out if you wish.) We also will have a website up and running soon of which you'll also get notice.
We remain committed to our initial vision: we're going to create a permanent, democratically-run structure that fields a ward and division support system for progressive candidates and issues throughout the city (and beyond.) We're going to do it the MoveOn way, by having folks responsible for particular precincts (called "divisions" in Philly), along with whatever group of helpers they can assemble. We'll try to get a two way conversation going, so that voters feel their views are being heard, and that those views are an important guide to decision making by the entire organization. And we're going to fight to get progressive candidates on the ballot who genuinely support our issues.
I know that Philly for Change is encouraging folks to have house parties to show its DVD on social security. Members of Neighborhood Networks would love to attend any of those parties, and bring you the latest on what to expect at the conference and beyond. Or, if you and/or a friend would like to host a gathering just to talk about NN, that would be great too. Just let me know the time and date, and we'll get someone there.
We think Neighborhood Networks is the very embodiment of the up from the bottom, participatory model that Democracy for Change, Howard Dean, and Philly for Change are all about. Thanks for expressing an interest in it, and I look forward to working with you on spreading democracy in our neighborhoods, soon.
And I know it's now almost a cliche, but thanks for all that you do.