Welcome to our collaborative work in progress, Democracy for Virginia. As passionate and committed supporters of Howard Dean's campaign in Virginia, we fervently hope that the activism and commitment of our network of Dean volunteers and activists in Virginia can be a catalyst for long term long-term positive change in our local communities, in the Virginia Democratic Party, and in our country.
Our remarkable network of Dean activists in Virginia can serve as a foundation for long-term progress if we stick together and continue to build on our strengths as a group. Many new groups, such as the Virginia Grassroots Coalition, have grown out of the Dean campaign in Virginia. Groups throughout the state have continued to work together on local and regional races. We hope that this Web site (and, eventually, an associated organization) can help us to stay connected and work more effectively.
As former supporters of Governor Howard Dean's presidential campaign, we recognize the need to continue the fight to put "people-power" back into the political process.
We feel that to maintain the energy and enthusiasm that was critical to the Dean movement, this must be achieved in way that is as "bottom up" as possible. We must collect ideas and efforts from everyone. Communication needs then become vital among such a large group of people as ourselves. To begin this statewide effort, we have established a web-site and web-log (or "blog") as a communication clearinghouse for our efforts. By developing a plan, clear and measurable goals, and organized and well-known working events, we can work toward the realization of successful Democratic campaigns in the state of Virginia.
We hope that our website and blog can be useful from many different vantage points:
- to provide information on Virginia politics, including issues and races of interest
- to provide a destination through which to set and track measurable goals related to progressive and Democratic activism in Virginia
- for candidates to request support (volunteer or fundraising).
- for volunteers to learn about and identify the candidates or issues they wish to support.
- for volunteers to post or retrieve specific event information relative to a candidate or issue they support.
- for volunteers and candidates or issue representatives to communicate and coordinate ideas and events
Please use the comments thread below to discuss your thoughts about the Democracy for Virginia web site and your hopes for a Democracy for Virginia organization.
Please let us know if there are links to local Dean-related organizations or Web sites that we should include. We hope to recruit at least one author from each Congressional District or region in Virginia who will be willing to post entries about local races and opportunities for political activism around Virginia. If you are interested in writing for Democracy for Virginia, please email us. You are also welcome to email us at democracyforvirgina (at) yahoo (dot) com with any feedback or suggestions in addition to those you leave in the comments thread below.
As Howard Dean has said, fundamental change does not happen quickly or easily. We all know that democracy is not a spectator sport. If we stay together, grow stronger, have fun, and set measurable and achievable goals, our power as a group will be felt in Virginia for years to come.
Julie Ide & Maura Keaney