I used to run PeoplePoweredRochester.com. Since that website is defunct, I’m importing some older posts over here. Below is the first post on the site
Over the last few weeks, I’ve had an idea kicking around my head that just won’t go away.
We need a lefty media/community/discussionspace … thing in Rochester.
It would need to appeal to:
- Onlookers, and then start getting them involved in local organizing
- Organizers, and push them towards excellence (and being good to each other)
- Legacy media and thought leaders, and showcase the strength (and newsworthiness!) of our different efforts
A bloggy/newsy site seems to be the best way to go about it.
The sort of site you pull up in the morning as you drink your coffee. The sort of site you mention to your political friends because you never seem to stop reading it. The site where dedicated organizers hang out, shoot the shit, and interact with enthusiastic newcomers.
Because we as a broad left won’t win in Rochester until we become stronger. We can become stronger by:
- Building relationships between leaders of strikingly different organizations.
- Making sure to celebrate our smaller victories along the way.
- Recruiting more members and donors.
- Reaching outside our normal circles.
- Building a culture of collaboration and respectful questioning.
What is this broad left? It’s composed of groups of different tactics, ideology, and issue focus. They often don’t work well together. That division is bad. It leads to weakness and blind spots. Part of the mission of this site should be to restore the broader flag of “broad left” or “people-powered movement”.
This site can help with all that. Or possibly it will fulfill a different function entirely. The best plan is just to do quality work, and see where it leads.