Kicking Off Our August FDL Membership Drive: Become an Official Firebagger!

By: Tuesday August 23, 2011 12:59 pm

By popular demand, we’re celebrating the honorific that has been bestowed on our community by offering a special Firebagger membership level of $65 per year that comes with an “Official Firebagger” t-shirt.  (If you’re already a member, you can order t-shirts and tote bags here.)

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There Are Things You Need to Know Buried in Government Documents – Help Us Dig It Up

By: Thursday May 19, 2011 11:40 am

Going through literally tens of thousand of government documents to find these few nuggets of information is sadly something very few organizations do well (well, besides large, private lobbying operations), but this is something at which Firedoglake really excels.

The Spirit of Madison – FDL’s Founding Membership

By: Friday March 11, 2011 8:16 am

The spirit of Madison is on display here on a rolling basis. And everyone has a role to play, a way to engage more deeply in the community. By becoming a member of FDL you can get not only discounts on progressive events and activities, but ways to interact at a greater level with our writers and editors. More than anything, membership will foster ways to get involved. Just like I saw in Madison.

Paying Your Dues: Members’ Investment Produces a Powerful Base – Lessons from the Nonpartisan League, Part Three

By: Monday July 5, 2010 12:00 pm

At the turn of the 20th century, North Dakota’s population was mostly rural farmers, yet a small number of powerful corporate interests dominated the state’s politics and finances. The farmers took back political power with the founding of the Nonpartisan League. The Nonpartisan League started with a clear, precise platform that was simple to understand. The NPL asked supporters to sign a pledge to support the platform, and it expected them to support candidates endorsed by the NPL, regardless of political party, in order to create and maintain a tight association which could work toward a single goal.

Communication First: Making Media to Move the Mainstream – Lessons from the Nonpartisan League, Part One

By: Saturday July 3, 2010 12:48 pm

The NPL was one of the most powerful political organizations in American history and the speed of its rise to power was unprecedented. The organization was formed in 1915 by two men sitting around a kitchen table. By 1918, it had taken complete control of the government of North Dakota and enacted much of its platform. Its success and failures hold a wealth of lessons for anyone interested in political organizations.

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