Salsa Weekly Highlight: Salsa Actions for a new CongressSubmitted Thu Jan 13 2011 14:02:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
It's the "Salsa Weekly Highlight," your quick hit on what's what in Salsa to help get the most out of your online program. As always, you can find plenty more news, updates, and conversation throughout the week on SalsaCommons.org.
The start of an odd-numbered year means the start of a new legislative season: a great time to take a look at Salsa's Action tools. Federal and state legislative contact data is up-to-date with new representatives, so your supporters can send district-matched constituent advocacy messages with confidence!
Today, we'll show how to make "thank-and-spank" Actions where different lawmakers get different types of messages -- praising them for supporting your bill, or criticizing them for voting against it, for instance.
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E-xemplar: Ways to Make Legislative Campaigns Suck LessSubmitted Mon Aug 06 2007 15:51:43 GMT-0400 (EDT)
Step 1: Pictures are worth a thousand words.This video was short, energizing, and provided a terrific visual of the support already behind the bill. It's one thing to be told about an issue, but to see an example of what an organization is already doing is quite motivational.
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The Cycle of Netroots LifeSubmitted Sun Aug 05 2007 07:55:10 GMT-0400 (EDT)
We are a full-fledged partner in the progressive coalition ... with our allies in the labor movement, our friends in the issue groups, and our party leadership. ... [E]arly hostility – based on substantive differences – is now giving way to new respect and trust.We in the club, yo! What's systematic, institutional betrayal if not a call for more and better Democrats?
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Fired Attorney Documents CrowdsourcedSubmitted Tue Mar 20 2007 10:01:12 GMT-0400 (EDT)
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Mashup Congress for Fun and Profit. Mostly Profit.Submitted Tue Feb 27 2007 10:53:30 GMT-0500 (EST)
Know Your Place (1997 Edition)Submitted Sun Feb 11 2007 16:01:08 GMT-0500 (EST)
They also get in touch with each other on public policy issues. According to Love, it's like an electronic town meeting. That analogy makes our blood run cold.
And He Was Once Considered Presidential TimberSubmitted Tue Dec 12 2006 10:04:55 GMT-0500 (EST)
Fee For Constituent ServiceSubmitted Mon Nov 20 2006 14:39:05 GMT-0500 (EST)
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Hunkering in the Swamps with Lame Duck HuntSubmitted Mon Nov 13 2006 14:41:56 GMT-0500 (EST)
Congressional Email and the Myth of the Platonic GroveSubmitted Thu Oct 26 2006 18:00:00 GMT-0400 (EDT)
With Capitol Hill a ghost town as members scramble to retain their peerages, the lull in legislative activity offers welcome pause to step back from the e-mail deliverability fracas of recent weeks.
A great many of the unmet expectations and bad feelings that have become bundled up in online write-your-rep actions ultimately trace to the unspoken assumptions various parties have about the communicative framework in which the action takes place.
That point was underscored in the live chat with Washington Post reporter Jeffrey Birnbaum the day his column ran Capitol Advantage's deliverability study. In response to a question about how to differentiate grassroots campaigns from astroturf, Birnbaum opined, "I'm afraid if an interest group incites a flood of e-mails, that's Astroturf lobbying by definition."
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