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Thursday, August 18, 2016 from noon-12:12pm
Contact: Denise Roth Barber, 406/449-2480 email@example.com Pete Quist, 406/449-2480 firstname.lastname@example.org Breaking Down Data Siloes Learn to fully utilize the Institute's entity page HELENA, MT - Get the inside skinny on a person's or group's political activity. The National Institute on Money in State Politics displays information about multiple contributions from a single source, at FollowTheMoney.org. In addition, independent spending and lobbying activity is available without having to run searches in various data sets like state agencies generally require. The Institute breaks down data silos and ties the information together in one place. Join the Institute for a 12-minute webinar this Thursday to learn how to effectively gather information on the entity page, which may include contribution totals, relationships to other entities, independent spending, lobbying relationships and expenditures, and more. From there, you can transition to the data navigator to sort through the data presented on the entity page. An Institute researcher will demonstrate live at FollowTheMoney.org. Put on your headset and follow along on your computer at noon EST on Thursday, August 18. Send an email to sign up for the live demo. As always, Institute trainers personally answer your questions at the end of the webinar. If you cannot make the live webinar, go to this page for recordings of all of our webinars. The Institute provides bimonthly webinars, so send an email saying if you'd like to be notified of each one, and you'll get the log-in information. As with using Institute data, the webinars are free; all begin at noon Eastern. Upcoming webinar topics are: Aug. 18 - Plenty of nuances: how to fully utilize the Institute's entity page Sept. 13 - Who is Contributor X giving to? Sept. 22 - Measuring competitiveness in legislative elections Take a look at any recording of previous 12-minute webinars. They range from tutorials on using My Legislature and Data Navigator tools; Drilling into the Oil & Gas Industry; and Finding a Candidate. To see more, visit the MoneyInPolitics YouTube channel. Stay tuned for future webinars; and send your suggestions for additional topics. If you prefer a private tour, please send an email to set that up. What are you waiting for? Ask Anything of the 50-state database. Then, go ahead: FollowTheMoney. ### The nonprofit, nonpartisan National Institute on Money in State Politics collects and analyzes campaign contribution information on state and federal candidates, political party committees, and ballot committees. Its free, searchable database of contributions is online at FollowTheMoney.org
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 from 3-4pm
I encourage you to join this Webinar today at 3pm ET if you can, which Detroit People's Platform helped set up (putting Desmond on the spot and asking for a commitment when he did his Ann Arbor book reading) with our partners at Right to the City. The book is excellent and the conversation will help connect our local struggle with national issues and the national housing crisis. It is also an opportunity for those familiar with the work of DPP to connect with the broader mission of the work we are doing on the ground through the Homes for All Campaign. Finally, this will be a good link to share with those you know who are interested but not yet involved in this work.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 from 7-8:30pm
LEFTROOTS & LEFT STRATEGIES Dear Friends, Please join us for our next national HangOut, which is being jointly hosted by LeftRoots with the former Left Strategies network. Featuring special guests M Adams and Biju Mathew on left strategies for liberation! Together we will discuss what we mean by ‘transformational strategy’, why it is crucial and how we can move forward together to build a movement that wins! Click above to register today! Millions of people in the US are involved in some kind of struggle against an aspect of the system. But do they have a strategy to transform the whole thing? Do any of us have a strategy for liberation? We march against racist police murders and gentrification. We fight for a living wage for workers and equality for women and LGBT people as well as for the very survival of the planet. We work hard, past the point of burnout, grinding for each reform. We cheer as people take to the streets, for days, sometimes weeks in uprisings that shake people awake and shake the government’s stability, at least momentarily. But what will it take to transform the whole society? How can each step we take move us toward that goal? How can we use our strengths to attack the other side’s weaknesses? What sections of society can be brought together to uproot oppression and capitalism? These are the questions revolutionaries ask in order to develop strategy. While we don’t yet have the answers, we believe it is worthwhile to take the time to answer them. Our HangOut will feature the following speakers: M Adams is a Black Queer Wimmin, dad, political theorist, movement scientist and community organizer. She is the co-executive director of Freedom Inc. and co-founder of Young Gifted and Black Coalition in Madison, WI. Biju Matthew is Secretary of the National Taxi Workers Alliance and is active in developing transnational strategy to combat the religious right. In preparation for this HangOut: we are reading several short contemporary essays on strategy and a portion of Path to Power, the document which laid out the strategy for overthrowing apartheid in South Africa. These short pieces will help us understand what type of analysis and clarity is needed in order to develop transformative strategy for the left in the United States. We see transformative strategy as a framework that describes how, on shifting terrain and against an opposing force(s), a set of aligned forces can achieve the power and influence necessary to achieve a defined objective which is currently unattainable given the existing balance of power. You will receive the readings after you register. We hope you can join us! In solidarity, The LeftRoots National Strategy Committee - HangOut Planning Team (Claire Tran, NTanya Lee and Lucia Lin) For more information about LeftRoots, please check us out at www.leftroots.net. LeftRoots is a young national formation of left social movement organizers and activists who want to connect grassroots struggles to a strategy to win liberation for all people and the planet. LeftRoots is driven by its members - LR Cadre - with committed supporters, LR Compas. While mass organizations must be central features of strong and vibrant social movements, Left cadre formations are too. The U.S. Left, due in part to external assaults and in part from internal weaknesses, is at this point unable to cohere these mass struggles into an effective force for revolution. This must change if humanity has any hope of surviving, much less thriving. This is a central task of a rekindled Left, and Leftists engaged in mass organizations and social movements have a unique, but yet unfulfilled, role to play in helping to reimagine and give life to a Left that is as radical as it is grounded in mass struggles. Left Strategies was a national network of mass organizers and social movement activists interested in developing new left strategy and vision based in our experience and practice. The LS network was for organizers that want to develop clarity about their role in challenging white supremacy, capitalism and patriarchy in their work, to create shared strategies for building transformative social movements. LS worked to create a political-intellectual space that could lead to the advancement of mass struggle, the opportunity for social movement activists to grow politically and deepen relationships across region and sector, and seed new forms of organizing and analysis. In 2015, given our shared politics and commitment to the development of strategy, most of Left Strategies combined forces with LeftRoots. LeftRoots HangOuts are national, online political education spaces for social movement leftists - revolutionaries and radicals engaged in frontline mass organizing, movement building, people's struggles - to have dialogue about critical left ideas and inspiring movement work collectively. Past HangOuts have featured Alicia Garza on Black Lives Matter, Marta Harnecker on 21st Century Socialism, George Ciccariello-Maher on Venezuela, comrades from MXGM & FRSO on Jackson Rising, and Sandra Moran on Grassroots Internationalist Feminisms among many others. LeftRoots HangOuts are open to activists and organizers who are: Involved in on-the-ground movement building work (directly or in support roles); Aligned with or interested in our anti-racist, anti-imperialist, and pro-socialist politics (See LR Points of Unity); Committed to a space led by and rooted in the experience of people of color/oppressed nationalities, the working class, LGBT folks & other marginalized peoples.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 from 1-2pm
We are pleased to invite you to a webinar hosted by ILRF about how you can take action locally for responsible government procurement. Since the Tazreen Fashions fire and the Rana Plaza building collapse, ILRF has urged apparel companies to compensate victims and make garment factories safer for workers. At the same time, we have advocated for responsible government procurement as a lever for systemic change in the apparel industry: government contracts that ensure transparent supply chains, enforceable worker rights, and worker access to remedy.1 As our Dangerous Silence report shows, government supply chains are just as rife with sweatshop conditions as the rest of the apparel industry. Our efforts for responsible procurement build on over a decade of actions by SweatFree Communities activists around the country who have advocated for and achieved sweatshop-free procurement policies in dozens of cities as well as in several counties and states. Now, a new path-breaking cooperative “sweatfree” contract by the City of Madison, Wisconsin, provides an exciting opportunity for local action to ensure that procurement by your local government – your city, county or state – is sweatfree without any new legislation. The request of your local government agency will be: “Use Madison’s contract to buy uniforms.” When they do, the contractor will return 3% of the purchase value to the city to fund independent monitoring of the supplier factories. Learn more and find out how you can take action to get your community to be part of this initiative for responsible government. Join our webinar on Tuesday, December 1st – click above to RSVP! If you’re interested to learn more but the webinar time doesn’t work for you, just fill out this form and we’ll send you a resource packet for contacting your city.
Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 9am through Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 1pm
9am through Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 1pm
***THIS IS AN EMERGENCY CALL TO ACTION*** -->BOOKMARK THIS PAGE AND CHECK BACK, DAILY!!! -->Also, BOOKMARK: TPP Hates Your Freedom! STOP TPP! PLEASE CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES, ASAP! *** WHAT IS TPP? TPP stands for "Trans-Pacific Partnership"...it's a trade deal that is expected to drive down the wages of 90 percent of all Americans. 600 corporations have banded together--controlling 40 percent of all global trade--they will be able to extract whatever resources they want from our country...and if we complain, offshore tribunals will decide our fate. [IMPORTANT: TO UNDERSTAND MORE, PLEASE CLICK "See More." -->] TPP also plans to use copyright law to effectively shut down our internet. Americans will be competing for jobs in a market that pays less than min. wage, our environment may be poisoned by lawless, offshore, transnational companies, prices for medical care will be inflated and food safety will be practically non-existent. The U.S. is essentially being colonized by 600 transnational companies--which are collectively operating like a "nation state." If you don't want most of the U.S. to experience Detroit-like poverty...please get involved: Call your Representatives and join actions, ASAP, to STOP TPP and demand NO FAST TRACK. Thank you. Click "Choose Friends"-->Very important--click "All Friends," in l