9/18 “Progress Week” Closing Mixer & 7th Summer Date Auction

(Changemaker Benefit for Progress Week & your choice of 2014 Candidates or Causes)

 

co-sponsored by

Generation Obama-Washington, DC

& Runinout!

www.runinout.com

“Keep Hope Alive in Congress & Your Love Life!”

MC Hostess

Sarah Hillware

Founder, Girls Health Ed

“America’s Miss” DC 2012

www.sarahhillware.com

@sarahhillware

TEDxUN Plaza 2013: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2VQ8hSQlLY

TEDxBerkeley 2014: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FY2K8XY5hcw

 

SPECIAL AUCTION ITEM:

 

Lunch with Don Beyer

VA-8 Democratic Nominee

U.S. House of Representatives

(likely winner of seat to replace retiring Congressman Jim Moran)

&

President Obama’s Former Ambassador to Switzerland

& Chairman, Commerce Department Transition Team

www.friendsofdonbeyer.com

@donbeyerva

 

Sponsored Dates include:

Lebanese Taverna-Woodley Park (2 x $50)

Lebanese Taverna-Tysons Corner (2 x $50)

http://www.lebanesetaverna.com

Gordon Biersch-Yards Park (2 x $50)

http://www.gordonbiersch.com/locations/washington-dc

Boomerang Pirate Ship ($60)

http://boomerangpirateship.com

Darlington House ($50)

http://darlingtonhousedc.com

Absolute Noodle ($50)

http://absolutenoodleandsushi.com

Kora ($50)

http://korarestaurant.com

Me Jana ($50)

http://www.me-jana.com

 

Raffle Prizes include:

NAKID Social Sports season pass!

http://dc.playnakid.com

Four Sisters Grill ($30)

http://www.foursistersgrill.com

201 Bar ($25)

http://www.201bar.com

Irish Channel ($10)

http://www.irishchannelpub.com

 

Auctionee previews coming on facebook, twitter and eventbrite tomorrow!

 

Network For Progress & Generation Obama-Washington, DC invite you to join us for Progress Week DC‘s Closing Mixer and our SEVENTH Summer Date Auction at Local 16 with dates and raffle prizes sponsored by local businesses like Gordon Biersch-Yards Park, Darlington House. Lebanese Taverna, Absolute Noodle, Kora and Me Jana!

Check out some photos from our 6th Auction here: https://www.facebook.com/Mundovisionmedia/media_set?set=a.4063502519130.154431.1629248310&type=1&l=42c0a6488a

This year, 50% of auction bids will go toward the 2014 Candidate & Charity of your choice! Suggested candidates will include #FlipADistrict possibilities like Virginia’s John Foust (Loudon) who can replace a Republican COngressman and Alison Lundergan Grimes who is trying to unseat evil GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell! Otherwise we welcome you choosing a nonprofit cause like Byte Back – DC that teaches kids tech skills.

The other 50% will benefit Progress Week and help us “Nourish A Changemaker” at our events and organizing activities as well as cover additional operating expenses.

Want to join the Host Team? Email Jim @ network4progress@gmail.com

 

RSVP FOR DISCOUNT REGISTRATION:

http://progressweek2014.eventbrite.com

 

Join Us & Share #ProgressWeekAuction on Twitter & Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/events/326882047493968

 

Grassroots Progress Night @ Fireside21!

On September 12, 2014, in Uncategorized, by Jim

9/17 Grassroots Progress Night

co-sponsored by DC Latino Caucus

www.dclc.org

 

“State of Movement-building”

(young activist panel)

with

Atima Omara

President

Young Democrats of America

www.yda.org

@atima_omara

 

Nik Sushka

President

Montgomery County Young Democrats

www.mcyd.org

@niksushka

Joseph Kitchen

President

Young Democrats of Maryland

www.ydmaryland.org

@josephlkitchen


Mikey Franklin

Founder

Fair Pay Campaign

http://fairpaycampaign.com

@fairpaycampaign

 

 

“State of Mobilization in 2014”

with

Ayelet Hines

Founder

Change University

http://change-university.com

@change_uni


featuring a Showcase of resources and opportunities presented by:

Lateefah Williams for Attorney General

David Do, www.davidforwardone.com

Leili Slutz, www.opengovfoundation.org

Johanna Berkson, www.OurTime.org


6:30pm-8:30pm

Wednesday, September 17th

Fireside 21

www.fireside21.com

409 7th Street, NW, Suite 400

Washington, DC 20006

@ Gallery Place

 

Network and join us for a conversation of movement-building and mobilization strategies for campaign, advocacy and service initiatives in 2014. Refreshments provided for early birds followed by a gift card raffle to Irish Channel!

Contact: Jim McBride, 703-867-5070, network4progress@gmail.com

 

$1 EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION UNTIL 1PM 9/17:

http://progressweek2014.eventbrite.com

 

9/16 Comm Tech 4 Progress Night

co-sponsored by Progressive Communicators of DC

http://pcdcnetwork.org

 

“State of Changemaker Messaging in 2014”

with

Doug Thornell

Democratic Strategist & MSNBC Guest Analyst

Senior VP, SKDKnickerbocker

(former DCCC Communications Director)

http://www.skdknick.com/staff/doug-thornell

@dthornell

Neil Sroka

Communications Director

Democracy For America 

NeilSroka.com

@nsroka

“State of Changemaker New Media in 2014”

with

Kat Skiles

Digital Director

House Minority Leader

Rep. Nancy Pelosi

http://democraticleader.gov

@KatSkiles

 

Jodi Ochstein

Founder

Ochstein Strategies

http://ochsteinstrategies.com

@jodiochstein

 

featuring a Showcase of communications and technology-related resources & opportunities!

 

 

6:30pm-8:30pm

Tuesday, September 16th

Canvas Co/Work

1203 19th Street, NW, 3rd Floor

Washington, DC 200036

@ Farragut metro stops

Network and join a discussion of messaging and new media opportunities and challenges in 2014 and connect with some great resources.

Contact: Jim McBride, 703-867-5070, network4progress@gmail.com

 

$1 EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION:

http://progressweek2014.eventbrite.com

 

9/15 Career Progress Night 

co-sponsored by TRAK Services

 

“State of Changemaker Careers in 2014”

with

Mariah Minigan

Operations & Benefits Manager

New Organizing Institute

http://neworganizing.com/profile/Mariah-Minigan

@mariahminigan

 

featuring a Showcase of professional resources & opportunities from:

Amanda Santoro, TRAK Services

Kristen Dore, NOI’s Work Forward, http://neworganizing.com/jobs

Bilaal Ahmed, DC Link Tank, www.dclinktank.com @dclinktank

Kim Steins, Resume Consultant, http://businessforgoodnotevil.blogspot.com

Susan Baranano, Woman’s National Democratic Club, www.democraticwoman.org

Ria Riesner, Faith in Public Life, http://www.faithinpubliclife.org

 

6:30pm-8:30pm

Monday, September 15th

New Organizing Institute

1133 19th Street, NW, Suite 850

Washington, D.C. 20036

@ Farragut metro stops

 

Network and join a conversation on the opportunities and challenges of working in the political, non-profit and public sectors and connect with some great resources that include some folks who are actually hiring!

Refreshments provided for early birds courtesy of TRAK Services.

If you want to co-work or co-search with your career-focused colleagues after the event there is a NightOwls Meetup for new media-savvy self-starters starting at 8:30pm in the 1776 Start Up Campus where the President talked about the job numbers recently:

http://www.meetup.com/dcnightowls/events/205200632

 

Contact: Jim McBride, 703-867-5070, network4progress@gmail.com

 

DISCOUNT REGISTRATION UNTIL 5PM 9/15:

http://progressweek2014.eventbrite.com

($1 early bird ticket sales end at 12pm Monday)

 

*** DAY OF ACTION ***

9/14 Act 4 Progress: #FlipADistrict Volunteer Night

for Mark Warner for Senate & John Foust for Congress

(Call @ Home option available)

6pm-9pm Sunday, September 14th

 

Rennaissance Hotel (lobby)

999 9th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

@ Gallery Place

OR

Email Jim @ network4progress@gmail.com to spend about a half hour making at least 10+ calls from home starting right now with our Virtual Phone Bank web site that includes an auto-dialer option that automatically connects you!

 

Bill Maher has picked the worst congressman in Washington to target in 2014 (watch) but here is an even better opportunity to #FlipADistrict this year!

Help get-out-the-vote by talking to voters in the targeted, growingly Democratic 10th District (Fairfax/Prince William/Loudon) to replace a retiring Republican incumbent Frank Wolf with Fairfax Supervisor John Foust (http://www.foustforvirginia.com) who is facing former Bush, RNC and Romney strategist Barbara Comstock. Obama won this district in 2008 and lost by 1 point in 2012 but the demographics are improving every day.

We also will be supporting Senator Mark Warner (www.markwarnerva.com) who is a favorite to be re-elcted but we want him to win big in districts like this where there are candidates than ride his coat tails….especially because he is facing former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie.

If you want to volunteer in other ways you can chose to help with another project we’re working on like updating our Capitol Hill Contact List.

Bring laptops and charged cell phones if possible so we need to supply less resources!

 

HOW TO FIND US:

We will be in one of the side lounge areas and you will recognize me from facebook or my Netroots Nation shirt. Otherwise call/text me.

CONTACT:

Jim McBride, 703-867-5070, network4progress@gmail.com

REGISTER WITH THE N4P TEAM:

http://progressweek2014.eventbrite.com

 

#PROGRESSWEEK EVENT SCHEDULE:

On September 12, 2014, in Uncategorized, by Jim

Watch the Progress Week welcome video message:

“Time to say I’m HOPE-Ful As Hell and Not Going To Wait To Make CHANGE Happen Anymore!” 

(video & expanded transcript at http://www.networkforprogress.com/progressweek)

REGISTER FOR EARLY BIRD TICKETS:
http://progressweek2014.eventbrite.com
(you can Donate $5 or more here or on the right column of the web page)

 

EVENT SCHEDULE:

(details on eventbrite and below)

9/12: #FlipADistrict Opening Reception

9/13: Uproots “Media & Communications” un-conference 

9/13: Women’s Rally For Equality

9/14: #FlipADistrict Virginia Campaign Invasion

9/14: Act 4 Progress #FlipADistrict Volunteer Night

9/15: Career Progress Night

9/16: Comm Tech 4 Progress Night

9/17: Grassroots Progress Night

9/18: Closing Mixer & Date Auction

 

RSVP & Share #ProgressWeek on Twitter & Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/events/738968379496896

 


9/12 Progress Week’s

#FlipADistrict Opening Reception

&

“Real Time with Bill Maher in DC” House Watch Party

www.flipadistrict.com


with

GREG JACKSON

National Field Director

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

www.dccc.org

@gregoryjackson

(former Chair, DC For Obama)


6:30pm-8:30pm

Friday, September 12th

201 Bar

www.201bar.com

201 Massachusetts Ave, NE

Washington, DC 20002


Join Network For Progress, a social and media-savvy movement-building community for connecting professional and grassroots Progressives, Democrats, Hope Mongers and Change Makers with further political and civic participation, at our kickoff event for our Progress Week 2014!

Bill Maher will be airing a special Real Time show in DC at 9pm 9/12 to announce his #FlipADistrict winner from his Flippable Four targets out of the original Tweet Sixteen bracket. as one lucky district will get Bill’s help to “Lose Their Loser Congressman.”

At our pre-party, the DCCC’s Greg Jackson will join us to talk about the #1More campaign to get 1 million more voters than in 2010 and districts we need to protect in 2014 and also can flip like the targeted Northern Virginia’s 10th District (Fairfax/Dulles) where Fairfax Supervisor John Foust to win an open congressional seat against right-wing Whitewater investigator and Bush, RNC and Romney strategist Barbara Comstock.

Afterwards, attendees will be invited to join us for a Watch Party at the spacious home of one of our members in Columbia Heights….unless someone offers to host closer to Capitol Hill! Some carpooling will be available to help folks get there quickly and cheaply.

Why elsewhere? HBO charges bars tons of money to access their programming for sports etc. so we can’t host a watch party at 201 Bar. If anyone lives anywhere close and has a big living room we would be happy to pay your HBO bill for September etc. if you were willing to host a limited group of progressive-minded friends gather for the show.


$1 EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION:

http://progressweek2014.eventbrite.com


Share Progress Week #FlipADistrict Reception & Watch Party:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1514284482145681

Tweet @billmaher to ask for him to come to #VA10 so he can REALLY help #FlipADistrct this weekend before he flies out from Dulles to inspire the GRASSROOTS not just ad buyers!

#wewantbillnotamill

 

 

*** PARTNER EVENT ***

9/13 Uproots “Media & Communications” Un-Conference

(sponsored by New Organizing Institute)

REGISTER WITH THE N4P TEAM:

http://progressweek2014.eventbrite.com


EVENT PAGE:

http://neworganizing.com/content/event/UpRoots-Media-Communications

(20% off with promo code: PROGRESSWEEK14)

 

 

*** SATURDAY OF ACTION ***

9/13 Rally For Equality @ U.S. Capitol

REGISTER WITH THE N4P TEAM:

http://progressweek2014.eventbrite.com


RSVP & SHARE ON FACEBOOK:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1380599535520791

 

 

*** DAY OF ACTION ***

9/14 #FlipADistrict Campaign Invasion

for Mark Warner for Senate & John Foust for Congress

Help get-out-the-vote by talking to voters in this targeted district to replace a retiring Republican incumbent Frank Wolf and support Mark Warner who is facing former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie. Due to Sunday football distractions we will leave from Cosi @ Arlington’s Court House metro stop at 10:30am so we can get done by 1pm.


REGISTER WITH THE N4P TEAM:

http://progressweek2014.eventbrite.com

 

 

Act 4 Progress #FlipADistrict Volunteer Night

6pm-9pm Sunday, September 14th

Rennaissance Hotel (lobby)

999 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001


Join us to make calls to voters for Warner-Foust or if you want to volunteer in other ways you can chose to help with another project we’re working on.


REGISTER WITH THE N4P TEAM:

http://progressweek2014.eventbrite.com

 

 

9/15 Career Progress Night

co-sponsored by New Organizing Insitute

www.neworganizing.com

 

“State of Progressive Careers in 2014”

with

Mariah Minigan

Operations Manager

New Organizing Institute

http://neworganizing.com

@mariahminigan


Matt Gravatt

Co-Founder

www.launchprogress.org

@dempolitiks


Bilaal Ahmed

DC LinkTank

www.dclinktank.com

@dclinktank


(featuring a Showcase of professional resources & opportunities)


6:30pm-8:30pm

Monday, September 15th


New Organizing Institute

1133 19th Street, NW, Suite 850

Washington, D.C. 20036

@ Farragut metro stops


Network and join a conversation on the opportunities and challenges of working in the political, non-profit and public sectors and connect with some great resources.


$1 EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION:

http://progressweek2014.eventbrite.com

 

 

9/16 Comm Tech 4 Progress Night

co-sponsored by Progressive Communicators of DC

http://pcdcnetwork.org

 

 

“State of Messaging in 2014”

with

Doug Thornell

Democratic Strategist & MSNBC Guest Analyst

Senior VP, SKDKnickerbocker

http://www.skdknick.com/staff/doug-thornell

(former DCCC Communications Director)


“State of New Media in 2014”

with

Jill Melnicki

Communications & Partnerships Manager

Office of DC’s Chief Technology Officer

http://about.me/jillmelnicki

@jmelnicki


Dave Stroup

Digital Director

Mark Warner for Senate

www.markwarnerva.com

@davestroup


Max Burns

President

Arlington Young Democrats

www.arlingtonyoungdems.org

@themaxburns


Jodi Ochstein

Founder

Ochstein Strategies

http://ochsteinstrategies.com

@jodiochstein


Roshani Kothari

NetSquared DC

net2dc.com

@net2dc

 

 

featuring a Showcase of communications and technology-related

resources & opportunities presented by:

Evangeline Johnson, www.SignBlox.com

(and more!)

 

 

6:30pm-8:30pm

Tuesday, September 16th

Canvas Co/Work


1203 19th Street, NW, 3rd Floor

Washington, DC 200036

@ Farragut metro stops

Network and join a discussion of messaging and new media opportunities and challenges in 2014 and connect with some great resources.

$1 EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION:

http://progressweek2014.eventbrite.com

 

 

9/17 Grassroots Progress Night

co-sponsored by DC Latino Caucus

www.dclc.org


keynote by:


DAVID GROSSO

DC City Council Member (At-Large)

www.davidgrosso.org

@cmdgrosso


“State of Movement-building”

(young activist panel)

with

Atima Omara

President

Young Democrats of America

www.yda.org

@atima_omara


Nik Sushka

President

Montgomery County Young Democrats

www.mcyd.org

@niksushka


Mikey Franklin

Founder

Fair Pay Campaign

http://fairpaycampaign.com

@fairpaycampaign

 

 

“State of Mobilization in 2014”

with

Nancy Leeds

CampaignSick blog

campaignsick.blogspot.com

@campaignsick


Michelle Woods

Legislative & Advocacy Director

Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington Action Fund

http://www.plannedparenthood.org/ppmetro-dc

@michellwoods


Ayelet Hines

Founder

Change University

http://change-university.com

@change_uni


featuring a Showcase of campaign, advocacy and service

resources and opportunities presented by:

Lateefah Williams for Attorney General

David Do, www.davidforwardone.com

Leili Slutz, www.opengovfoundation.org

Johanna Berkson, www.OurTime.org


6:30pm-8:30pm

Wednesday, September 17th


Fireside 21

www.fireside21.com

409 7th Street, NW, Suite 400

Washington, DC 20006

@ Gallery Place

 

Network and join us for a conversation of movement-building and mobilization strategies for campaign, advocacy and service initiatives in 2014.


$1 EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION:

http://progressweek2014.eventbrite.com

 

 

9/18 “Progress Week” Closing Mixer

& 7th Summer Date Auction

(benefiting Progress Week & your choice of 2014 Candidates or Charity)


co-sponsored by Generation Obama-Washington, DC

“Keep Hope Alive in Congress & Your Love Life!”


MC Hostess

Sarah Hillware

Founder, Girls Health Ed

“America’s Miss” DC 2012

www.sarahhillware.com

@sarahhillware

TEDxUN Plaza 2013: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2VQ8hSQlLY

TEDxBerkely 2014: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FY2K8XY5hcw

 

 

Join Us & Share #ProgressWeek #Auction on Twitter & Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/events/326882047493968

 

 

GOT IDEAS FOR MORE EVENTS & PROGRAMMING THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO HOST OR PARTICIPATE IN?


Email network4progress@gmail.com or hit us up on facebook with anything you or your organizations can add or would like us to offer!

 

September 12-18. 2014

Follow & Subscribe to DC/MD/VA or USA updates: 

http://www.networkforprogress.com/get-updates

 

REGISTER FOR EARLY BIRD TICKETS:

http://progressweek2014.eventbrite.com

you can Donate $5 or more here or on the right column ->

 

RSVP & Share #ProgressWeek on Twitter & Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/events/738968379496896

Tweet @billmaher to have ask for him to join us for our weekend of action before he leaves DC to inspire the grassroots not just the ad buyers!

#wewantbillnotamill

 

Watch Jim McBride’s Welcome Message!

http://youtu.be/RRxw9neRVFs

 Want to get involved, ask questions or offer comments? Contact Us: network4progress@gmail.com

 

EXPANDED TRANSCRIPT:

5 1/2 years ago millions of Americans converged here inspired to be part of our democracy thanks to the words and community created by a President who reminded us that “we are the one we have been looking for.”

Just two years later, many of us forgot what that movement was about or lost faith in our own leaders or their hunger to keep working to make change happen.

The fact is the struggle had just begun. And the people who want to fight change were still fighting and we let them take control of the people’s house and in state capitols nationwide.

And they did it riding an even more destructive ideology than ever before that is actively trying to dismantle the strong democracy that created the American Dream. Should we really be losing to people who believe in “legitimate” rape and that the 47% are takers? This ain’t even Ronald Reagan’s Republican Party anymore.

In 2012, some of that enthusiasm was rekindled but a Democratic President needs a Democratic Congress as well as state and local leaders on his side to change america and protect our progress.

And in the last few years we have seen unprecedented obstruction at the expense of the Middle Class and working families due to extremist forces still in power today

Here are 10 ways Republicans are holding America back by rejecting the Democratic Agenda:

#1 -> From the states, that has meant making voting harder and rigging the system so the majority is not accurately represented while blocking equality measures and even taking away rights like women’s health choices.

#2 – >In Washington, that means trying block and slow down wall street reforms that are preventing another great recession while bailing out the people who caused the crisis with tax cuts and loopholes.

#3 -> Also steep cuts to the public sector that support critical services on the federal and local levels that have eliminated over a half million jobs during a fragile recovery. transportation projects that support economic growth, that includes funding to research and regulation that saves lives and laying off teachers, cops and firefighters our neighborhoods.

#4 -> Attempting to cut social security and medicare even though the deficit is being reduced faster than at any time since world war ii and their reckless policies at home and abroad were mostly to blame for ballooning our debt in recent years.  

#5 -> Blocking investments in the jobs of the future including renewable energy solutions that have developed companies like Tesla Motors through the benefit of federal help and weaken oil dictators like Vladimir Putin.

#6 -> Blocking student loan reform and making it harder for young Americans to create businesses and compete for the jobs of the future so they can be become productive workers and active consumers.

#7 -> Blocking a living wage for people who have jobs but still live in poverty while corporations make record profits. not a good idea considering that the overall economy grows faster when more consumers can afford their products and services.

#8 -> Blocking immigration reform that would help our economy by attracting more of the best innovators in the world to silicon valley and adding more taxpayers to help cut our deficit.

#9 -> Blocking universal background checks to keep weapons of war out of the hands of criminals.

#10 -> And even blocking routine government business like presidential nominees such as the Surgeon General and closing the government at the cost of $22 billion in taxpayer dollars because they don’t like a law on the books that is now helping over ten million people get affordable health care and is ensuring that all of us get legally protected and better coverage

Think it cant get worse? Well now the House GOP is suing the president for not implementing the law fast enough. Imagine if they take over the senate too!

But here we are again. Americans are unhappy with the president and majorities are in the balance. but the good news is they are even madder at the republicans and we have the power to make them believe in the democrats again.

So i want you to do 2 things:

#1 Vote Democrat! It is the best way we can move america forward. It’s time for you to get up go to the voting both and say “I’M HOPEFUL AS HELL AND I’M GOING TO TAKE GOP B.S. ANYMORE!”

And be your own “Explainer-In-Chief” and share posts like this so everyone you know understands why.

Let your friends & family know that Democrats have passed legislation to save jobs and the economy while holding Wall Street accountable by paying back their bailout loans and reducing the deficit in a manner that doesn’t make things worse. And the results are over 50 months of job growth as 10 million people have been added to the workforce as consumer spending, exports, home building and car production are way up!

And that Democrats are fighting to increase wages, eliminate corporate tax and gun sales loopholes, as well as protect women’s health choices.

And if you’re concerned about foreign policy there is a real debate there but the fact is the world is very complicated right now….mostly because under a Republican it definitely got worse. In the meantime, our troops and are tax dollars are not being wasted in the Middle East.

#2 Then say to yourself “I’M HOPEFUL AS HELL AND I’M NOT GOING TO WAIT TO MAKE CHANGE HAPPEN ANYMORE IN OUR COMMUNITIES!”

So, on September 12-18, Network For Progress is hosting a Progress Week in DC to bring our movement together and we need you to be part of it in person or online…or by telling us about your own events and volunteer efforts this fall.

And since politics can move so slow also incorporate some civic and service projects that can help people right now involve your group a broader audience of change makers!

Please participate or support programs like ours because “Yes You Can” make a difference!

 

WHY DOES THIS MATTER?

We need to think more about how you succeed in creating change and it involves 4 key M’s for campaigns and advocacy:

Money, Message, Media, Mobilization

But in today’s world there’s a new “M” that should supercede and even replace the role of “Money”:

MOVEMENT-BUILDING.

You can also describe it as Community-building or Network-building but in the end it’s about Relationship-building.

It doesn’t cost a dime to inspire us, spread the word via word-of-mouth and persuade people to take action online or offline. You probably remember how this has worked in your life as your beliefs are mostly shaped from the relationships you have with your friends and family or in the free media …yet i doubt you can remember any of those expensive campaign ads!

Unfortunately, in the evolution of politics since 2008 we have seen a decrease in Movement-building in many respects and a lack of the kind of innovation that is still needed to help us succeed in the next great cause. Where are the investments to pay our young leaders a competitive wage and raise expectations by teaching them the people and digital skills required to build a modern movement not just a spammy email list?

Don’t just take it from me. at the 2014 Personal Democracy Forum i heard the Digital Director of the Republican National Committee discuss how we’re entering a “Relationship” era in politics and a top Republican digital strategist Patrick Ruffini shared how we need what he calls “Digital Thinking” integrated throughout political organizations not just digital departments.

We need a truly 21st century “50-state Strategy” for creating progress…and your help to get it done.

 

PROGRESS HIGHLIGHTS:

 

PHOTOS:

May 1st “1st Thursdays” Mixer @ Zero Hour Launch Party!

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.516997028400903&type=1

 

VIDEO:

President Obama calls out the haters at White House Correspondents Dinner!

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/05/04/watch-president-obama-2014-white-house-correspondents-dinner

(Joel McHale’s Keynote: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idrrdgjETxY)

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:

Apply to volunteer at the 6/5-6 Personal Democracy Forum (NYC) for free registration!

http://techpresident.com/node/25015

 

SOCIAL OPPORTUNITY:

Early Bird registration for DC Young Democrats Kickball ends on May 21st!

(sign up for only $45 before then or $60 afterward)

 

If you are interested, please email Kevin Chavous with your name and contact info atkevinbchavous@gmail.com.

 

The kickball series starts Thursday, July 17th on the National Mall. Join us for 7 weeks of fun!

This is a great opportunity to have a good time in a low pressure environment while meeting new friends. Absolutely no kickball experience is necessary. After the game we head over to Hamilton’s Bar and Grill for food and/or drinks!

Games will take place Thursday nights and start at 6:30pm or 7:15pm.  

 

For more information and to find the DCYD team to register:

http://dc.playnakid.com/leagues/kickball/33535-thursday-early-kickball—capitol-hill-summer-2014

 

FEATURED EVENT:

 

CAREER PROGRESS MEETUP:

“How To Navigate The DC Networking Scene”

with

 

Greg O’Neill

@gregslistdc

GregsListDC.com

 

Kenny Ames

@kennyames @clotureclub

ClotureClub.com

 

Ursula Lauriston

@urdiggy @capitolstandard

CapitolStandard.com

 

(food and drinks provided)

 

6:30pm-8:30pm

Tuesday, May 20th

(6:30-7:00 Networking, 7:00-8:00 Program, 8:00-8:30 Networking)

 

Cloture Club HQ

409 7th Street NW

Washington, DC 20004

(Fourth Floor)

@ Penn Quarter

 

 

PLEASE REGISTER BY 5PM 5/20:

http://may2014careermeetup.eventbrite.com

EARLY BIRD RSVP = FREE!

NO RSVP = $10 @ Door

 

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS:

 

TONIGHT:

New Leaders Council – DC’s 2014 Fellows Fundraiser

7pm-9pm May 19, 2014

AFL-CIO, 815 16th Street NW, Washington, DC

@ Farragut metros

 

5-19 NLC.jpg

New Leaders Council (NLC) is a 501(c)(3) that works to recruit, train and promote the progressive political entrepreneurs of tomorrow — trendsetters, elected officials and civically-engaged leaders in business and industry who will shape the future landscape.

NLC recruits Fellows from outside traditional power structures and equips them with the skills necessary to be civic leaders in their communities and workplaces. Our mission is realized primarily through the NLC Institute; the nation’s premiere political entrepreneurship training program.

 

REGISTER HERE:

https://wdc.secure.newleaderscouncil.org/page/contribute/new-leaders-council-2014-fellows

(add that “Jim McBride” invited you to the event)

 

Join & Share on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/events/652542948149840/

 

*** 5/22 Don Beyer for Congress Fundraiser ***

(with senior Obama campaign officials)

 

with special guests

Melody Barnes, Jim Messina, Pete Rouse and Julianna Smoot

 

Thursday, May 22nd, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Café Asia

1550 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22209

 

To join us and support Don:

Friend – $100 | Guest – $50 | Young Democrat/Volunteer – $25

 

Please RSVP in advance to John at john@friendsofdonbeyer.com

 

Washington Post article here:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/three-top-obama-advisers-come-out-for-beyer-in-va-8th-district-race/2014/05/06/da2b76e8-d562-11e3-8a78-8fe50322a72c_story.html

 

REGISTER HERE:

http://friendsofdonbeyer.com/news/happy-hour-melody-barnes-jim-messina-pete-rouse-julianna-smoot



 

*** 5/22 New Populism Conference ***

with Elizabeth Warren!

 

(hosted by Campaign For America’s Future)

 

REGISTER HERE:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-populism-conference-tickets-8500668729



 

*** 5/22 DC Vote’s 3-Star Ball ***

 

The 3 Star Ball aims to engage young professionals looking for ways to support the cause for voting representation and full equality for the District, while partying with DC’s hippest guests and celebs. The event will boast live music, DC-themed hors d’oeuvres, and an open bar. Tickets will NOT be available the day of the event.

 

REGISTER HERE:

http://dcvote.nonprofitsoapbox.com/3-sb-tickets




 

*** 5/22 Rhize Launch Party! ***

 

 

Become one of the first members of a global community of people using our talents and energy to build citizen-led, inclusive, participatory societies!

 

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/651916514878536








 

FOLLOW DC CAREER PROGRESS

Job Chart - April 2014.jpg

http://www.networkforprogress.com/careerprogress




 

& NETWORK FOR PROGRESS!

(political and civic-related action, events, news and resources)

http://www.networkforprogress.com/get-updates

(featuring DC COMM TECH 4 PROGRESS & FWDPROGRESS Blog)

 

PROGRESS HIGHLIGHTS:

 

PHOTOS:

May 1st “1st Thursdays” Mixer @ Zero Hour Launch Party!

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.516997028400903&type=1

 

VIDEO:

President Obama calls out the haters at White House Correspondents Dinner!

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/05/04/watch-president-obama-2014-white-house-correspondents-dinner

(Joel McHale’s Keynote: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idrrdgjETxY)

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:

Apply to volunteer at the 6/5-6 Personal Democracy Forum (NYC) for free registration!

http://techpresident.com/node/25015

 

SOCIAL OPPORTUNITY:

Early Bird registration for DC Young Democrats Kickball ends on May 21st!

(sign up for only $45 before then or $60 afterward)

 

If you are interested, please email Kevin Chavous with your name and contact info atkevinbchavous@gmail.com.

 

The kickball series starts Thursday, July 17th on the National Mall. Join us for 7 weeks of fun!

This is a great opportunity to have a good time in a low pressure environment while meeting new friends. Absolutely no kickball experience is necessary. After the game we head over to Hamilton’s Bar and Grill for food and/or drinks!

Games will take place Thursday nights and start at 6:30pm or 7:15pm.  

 

For more information and to find the DCYD team to register:

http://dc.playnakid.com/leagues/kickball/33535-thursday-early-kickball—capitol-hill-summer-2014

 

FEATURED EVENT:

 

CAREER PROGRESS MEETUP:

“How To Navigate The DC Networking Scene”

with

 

Greg O’Neill

@gregslistdc

GregsListDC.com

 

Kenny Ames

@kennyames @clotureclub

ClotureClub.com

 

Ursula Lauriston

@urdiggy @capitolstandard

CapitolStandard.com

 

(food and drinks provided)

 

6:30pm-8:30pm

Tuesday, May 20th

(6:30-7:00 Networking, 7:00-8:00 Program, 8:00-8:30 Networking)

 

Cloture Club HQ

409 7th Street NW

Washington, DC 20004

(Fourth Floor)

@ Penn Quarter

 

 

PLEASE REGISTER BY 5PM 5/20:

http://may2014careermeetup.eventbrite.com

EARLY BIRD RSVP = FREE!

NO RSVP = $10 @ Door

 

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS:

 

TONIGHT:

New Leaders Council – DC’s 2014 Fellows Fundraiser

7pm-9pm May 19, 2014

AFL-CIO, 815 16th Street NW, Washington, DC

@ Farragut metros

 

5-19 NLC.jpg

New Leaders Council (NLC) is a 501(c)(3) that works to recruit, train and promote the progressive political entrepreneurs of tomorrow — trendsetters, elected officials and civically-engaged leaders in business and industry who will shape the future landscape.

NLC recruits Fellows from outside traditional power structures and equips them with the skills necessary to be civic leaders in their communities and workplaces. Our mission is realized primarily through the NLC Institute; the nation’s premiere political entrepreneurship training program.

 

REGISTER HERE:

https://wdc.secure.newleaderscouncil.org/page/contribute/new-leaders-council-2014-fellows

(add that “Jim McBride” invited you to the event)

 

Join & Share on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/events/652542948149840/

 

*** 5/22 Don Beyer for Congress Fundraiser ***

(with senior Obama campaign officials)

 

with special guests

Melody Barnes, Jim Messina, Pete Rouse and Julianna Smoot

 

Thursday, May 22nd, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Café Asia

1550 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22209

 

To join us and support Don:

Friend – $100 | Guest – $50 | Young Democrat/Volunteer – $25

 

Please RSVP in advance to John at john@friendsofdonbeyer.com

 

Washington Post article here:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/three-top-obama-advisers-come-out-for-beyer-in-va-8th-district-race/2014/05/06/da2b76e8-d562-11e3-8a78-8fe50322a72c_story.html

 

REGISTER HERE:

http://friendsofdonbeyer.com/news/happy-hour-melody-barnes-jim-messina-pete-rouse-julianna-smoot



 

*** 5/22 New Populism Conference ***

with Elizabeth Warren!

 

(hosted by Campaign For America’s Future)

 

REGISTER HERE:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-populism-conference-tickets-8500668729



 

*** 5/22 DC Vote’s 3-Star Ball ***

 

The 3 Star Ball aims to engage young professionals looking for ways to support the cause for voting representation and full equality for the District, while partying with DC’s hippest guests and celebs. The event will boast live music, DC-themed hors d’oeuvres, and an open bar. Tickets will NOT be available the day of the event.

 

REGISTER HERE:

http://dcvote.nonprofitsoapbox.com/3-sb-tickets




 

*** 5/22 Rhize Launch Party! ***

 

 

Become one of the first members of a global community of people using our talents and energy to build citizen-led, inclusive, participatory societies!

 

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/651916514878536








 

FOLLOW DC CAREER PROGRESS

Job Chart - April 2014.jpg

http://www.networkforprogress.com/careerprogress




 

& NETWORK FOR PROGRESS!

(political and civic-related action, events, news and resources)

http://www.networkforprogress.com/get-updates

(featuring DC COMM TECH 4 PROGRESS & FWDPROGRESS Blog)

 

NEWS 4 PROGRESS

(April 15, 2014)

-> PROGRESS HIGHLIGHTS

-> FEATURED EVENTS

-> COMMUNITY PROGRESS

(networking events, opportunities & resources)

-> ENGAGE 4 PROGRESS

(comm/tech-related events, opportunities & resources) 

-> GRASSROOTS PROGRESS

(development-related events, opportunities & resources)

-> ACT 4 PROGRESS

(political/civic-related Action events, opportunities & resources)

__________________________________________

PROGRESS HIGHLIGHTS:

 

Pay Your Taxes TODAY!

(aka “Patriotic Contributions of your Fair Share to sustain American Democracy”)

http://www.whitehouse.gov/2013-taxreceipt

*** 4/15 Healthcare.gov Special Enrollment Deadline **


Missed the
healthcare.gov deadline? It’s not over until it’s over!

 

If you claim you tried to #getcovered by 3/31 but didn’t finish you can submit a special enrollment through next week:

https://www.healthcare.gov/how-can-i-get-coverage-outside-of-open-enrollment

Do it for Charlene Dill and 17,000+ others who are projected to die because of REJECTED FEDERAL MONEY for Medicaid that will leave them without the care they need.

I’m sure thousands of others will be affected because they could sign up but didn’t so maybe you can save your life OR a friend’s life for the equivalent of your cable bill or LESS.

http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/04/09/3424629/florida-medicaid-charlene-dill

 

FEATURED EVENTS:

 

COMM TECH 4 PROGRESS MEETUP:

with

ALAN ROSENBLATT

@drdigipol @IARoundtable

 

benefiting

http://byteback.org

 

6:30pm-8:30pm Tuesday, April 15th

(6:30 Networking, 7:00 Program, 8:00 Networking)

 

nclud

1424 K Street NW #300, Washington, DC 20005

@ McPherson Square

 

PLEASE REGISTER BY 5PM 4/15:

http://april2014ct4pmeetup.eventbrite.com

WITH RSVP: $5 (includes food & drinks)

NO RSVP = $10 @ Door

 

COMMUNITY PROGRESS:

(networking events, opportunities & resources)

 

*** 4/15: Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Happy Hour ***

@ Public Bar

RSVP: http://ynpndc.org/s/1369/2_interior.aspx

 

*** 4/25: Happy Hour for Humanity ***

hosted by Collaborate To Impact

(benefing Our Kids Partnership)

@ Capitol Lounge


RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1405813623020262

 

ENGAGE 4 PROGRESS:

(comm/tech-related events, opportunities & resources)

 

*** 4/22: Future of Digital Diplomacy ***

hosted by the Digital Diplomacy Coalition

@ Reagan Building

diplomacy.jpg

REGISTER:

http://diplomacysocialgood.splashthat.com

(there’s a Wait List but sign up and you will probably be added later or just assume enough people will no-show and attend anyway)

 

GRASSROOTS PROGRESS:

(development-related events, opportunities & resources)

 

*** 4/16: “How To Get A Job in The Obama Administration” ***

@ Woman’s National Democratic Club

A panel discussion with:

Mekell Mikell, Senior Administration employee

Niara Phillips, Special Assistant for the Office of Business Liaison

Luke Schleusener, Deputy Speechwriter to the Secretary of Defense

 

REGISTER:

http://www.democraticwoman.org/index.cfm?action=events&sub=event&event=209

 

*** 4/16: Ashoka Celebrates Changemakers ***

@ Le Pain Quotidien



REGISTER:

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/ashoka-celebrates-changemaking-tickets-10982566151

 

Climate:

WATCH FREE: HBO’s “Years of Living Dangerously” (Episode 1)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brvhCnYvxQQ

 

Budget & Taxes:

2014 Obama Report Card (FactCheck.org)

http://www.factcheck.org/2014/04/obamas-numbers-april-2014-update

 

U.S. posts smallest March deficit since Clinton Administration:

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/04/14/3426247/budget-deficit-march-2014/

 

U.S Taxes: The Big Picture

http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/u-s-tax-rates-the-big-picture

 

ACT 4 PROGRESS:

(political/civic-related Action events, opportunities & resources)

 


TELL YOUR SENATORS YOU OPPOSE THE GOP BUDGET!

https://www.popvox.com/bills/us/113/hconres96

(On POPVOX: 66% support / 34% oppose – this is bad!)

 

Learn More about working class budget cuts from Ezra Klein’s Vox (different web site):

http://www.vox.com/cards/paul-ryan-budget/can-i-see-those-savings-in-one-chart

 

*** MAKE IT A #FORWARDFRIDAY OF ACTION! ***

 

Make a plan to Volunteer, Donate, Tweet, Call or Write a highly effective hand-written letter to support the cause of your choice this Friday!

 

You can contact Congress on issues like the Minimum Wage and Immigration using the Government & Social Media wiki site @ http://govsm.com/w/Senate & http://govsm.com/w/House

 

& FOLLOW NETWORK FOR PROGRESS!

(political/civic-related action, events & resources)

http://www.networkforprogress.com/get-updates

featuring CAREER PROGRESS, COMM TECH 4 PROGRESS & More!