Welcome to the Democracy Cell Project
Welcome to the opening of the Democracy Cell Project, a new blog and website intended to encourage people across this country to use all the tools at our disposal, online and off, to build the institutions from the grassroots up that we must have to take our country back from the radical forces that have seized power in Washington. The image of “democracy cells” is an image for us of any group of people who come together to work for a better country, whether they’re members of an existing organization or are just taking the first steps in founding something entirely new.
The people who have come together to share this site with you have been through a unique experience in American politics: they were moderators and volunteers of John Kerry’s blog, the first presidential general election campaign blog that was open for comment from the public (the Bush campaign blog was closed to the public). I was the blogmaster for the Kerry blog, and together the moderators and I plunged headfirst into a sea of comments, complaints, and suggestions, seeing over and over again how blog-mediated interactions transformed people from a state of being simply curious to a state of deepening activism, from working in their local communities, to donating funds, and to traveling thousands of miles to volunteer for days or weeks in other states.
More in comments and at http://www.democracycellproject.net/democracy_cell_project/