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Saturday, March 11, 2006

Roots Pennsylvania, Day II

We got a great turnout for our Roots action Pennsylvania yesterday. A lot of people are appropriately angry about the Intelligence Committee's illegal NSA wiretap face flop and looking to let someone hear about it, and that someone might as well be Arlen Specter -- who can actually do something about it.

Lots of good posts:
Pennsylvania bloggers Chris at Rowhouse Logic, Lambert at Corrente and palady at The Lady Speaks
eRiposte at The Left Coaster
Smitheus at Daily Kos
John at Crooks & Liars
As the eloquent Pastor Dan says:
What we're trying to do is leverage the social network of blogs to coordinate citizen response to elected officials on important issues.

Whew. That's a mouthful. We're trying to find new ways for you to write to your Senators and Representatives, or to write letters to the editor for their benefit. It works, it really does.

Shorter short version: we're trying to create a "virtuous mob."
The list of Pennsylvania papers can be found here, and as Dan reminds us, it helps to live in the area but sometimes papers will run letters from outside writers.

A list of phone numbers for Specter's offices can be found here.

Memorandum covered the Roots project as well, the Hotline Blogometer has written about it on several occasions and I did an interview about it yesterday for In These Times. I think people intuitively realize how effective this can be and that effectiveness only increases with each person who's willing to pick up a phone or work that keyboard.