More than 60 members of Firedoglake met for a webinar on May 11, 2011 to discuss what FDL should do for the 2011 election. The lively event showed the true depth of both the views of FDL’s members, as well as the great ideas for how we should proceed from both an organizing and journalism perspective for the election.
You can watch a replay of the member presentation in the above video. We want to show what it means to be an FDL Member, and invite you to join as a member to participate in our coming discussions. (Future recordings of webinars will be available to members only.)
The event was kicked off by FDL Senior Policy Analyst Jon Walker, who framed the night’s discussion with an historical perspective of the role of membership associations in elections and issue organizing. Walker also discussed the limitations of achieving change through both avenues: from structural impediments to third parties, the need for campaign finance reform, and the somewhat brighter possibilities for issue organizing within the electoral context.
After that, the floor was open to members. Jane Hamsher walked through dozens of suggestions submitted by FDL members in advance of the meeting that touched on several distinct themes: presidential and congressional elections, state and local elections, as well as bucking political candidates in favor of advancing issues with the wedge of the election. Progressive movement building was also a common thread of the discussion. For more than an hour, every FDL member who wanted to speak was able to share their thoughts about what FDL should do in the election.
This webinar was the first of an open series in which FDL members can help shape our course for 2012. Over the next several weeks, FDL members are organizing on their own for several projects, and will be able to participate in more interactive webinars based on the hot topics and most pressing issues as suggested by our members. FDL Members will also soon receive a survey about what ideas they want to hear next in our ongoing discussion for 2012.
It’s a new model for online organizing, and we’re so glad to have your support in making it a reality.