Welcome to Activist Land!

Activist Land provides tools and a pragmatic forum for the progressive activist community. It aims to complement traditional political blogs by emphasizing how you can get involved in specific issues and how to integrate activism into your life in an effective and sustainable way. Therefore, in addition to calling for action on a particular issue, it encourages people to post "activism opportunity" posts that describe the nuts and bolts of how one would, or did, take action in a particular instance.

My main area of focus is media reform. I've been working with Save Boston's Progressive Talk to help bring progressive talk radio to Boston, and I've written interviews to publicize "The Real News", an independent international news network. My secondary area of focus is election integrity. I maintain a set of Voting Rights pages with an emphasis on an election integrity timeline. I've written pieces on these and other subjects for Daily Kos and my local newspaper. For more info, see my first post. Come and join the community!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Welcome to Activist Land!

SUMMARY: Introduction to Activist Land: tools and a forum for activists. My areas of activity: media reform, election integrity. Links to pieces I've written, my contact info, other resources.

Welcome to Activist Land! This site is about enabling you and me to find our own most effective way to help save the world. It will supply tools that are broadly useful to activists (a calendar, a goal-tracker, a petition manager) and a forum in which we share guidance on how to best to reach our goals. In this effort, as with all the ones I'll mention on this blog, I would love help, so please contact me (alanf333 AT-SIGN yahoo DOT com) if you're interested.

I'll start by telling you what I'm up to. My two major areas of concentration are media reform and election reform. Most of my effort these days goes into a coalition to save Boston's progressive talk radio , a group trying to establish a solid presence for progressive talk, ideally by buying a station. We want to build a national coalition with similar groups across the country. I've described our efforts here:

Grassroots Meet Rainmakers: Boston Progressive Talk RadioMay 1, 2007
Who (Almost) Killed Progressive Talk Radio?April 16, 2007
Invisible Airwaves Crackle with LifeApril 15, 2007

If you live in the Boston area, please visit our site (http://www.bostonprogressivetalk.net) and sign the petition! Once you do, you'll be added to a mailing list that will inform you of events for our group -- but don't worry, it's a very low-traffic list. In addition, you can join our message board (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Save_progressive_talk_Boston), which will give you breaking news about our progress.

I also do everything I can to help the Independent World Television network, which will be airing a daily news program called The Real News. You can read my interview with the founder, Paul Jay, here:
"Go big or go home": Interview with Paul Jay, IWT/The Real News (January 1, 2007)

I also build the dKosopedia pages on election integrity. The dKosopedia is a wiki (easily editable collaborative website) associated with Daily Kos, the progressive political blog. The introduction to those pages can be found at Voting Rights, and a timeline of events up to the present can be found at the Election integrity timeline.

Please enjoy your visit... and get involved!