Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries Tagged as 'Progressive Infrastructure'

Get Lifeboat

March 17th, 2013 · Comments Off

My good friends Alia McKee and Tim Walker recently launched a new project together – Lifeboat. It’s a unique addition to the progressive movement landscape, focusing on an under-discussed yet very important topic: friendship. Tim & Alia explain what Lifeboat is and why they started it: We’re in a friendship crisis. The average American adult […]

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Tags: Progressive Infrastructure

Occupy’s Mutual Aid Efforts

November 9th, 2012 · Comments Off

Occupy Wall Street has bred a number of offshoots that are specifically focused on providing mutual aid to members of the 99% who are in crisis. I’ve been involved with Occupy Our Homes for over a year – it’s a housing justice campaign aimed to keep people in their homes and stopping bank theft of […]

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Tags: #OccupyWallStreet · Progressive Infrastructure

Stoller on voting third party

November 5th, 2012 · Comments Off

Matt Stoller has a very long and very thorough response to some of the criticisms levied against his progressive argument against Barack Obama. It’s long and there’s a lot worthy of consideration. But I think this passage on the need to generate real resistance to what is happening with the climate crisis, with the entrenchment […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Climate Crisis · Progressive Infrastructure

Change.org & identifying ideology

October 23rd, 2012 · 7 Comments

Yesterday news broke that Change.org, an historically progressive-leaning distributed organizing platform, would shift to working with any advertising client, regardless of political affiliation. The story has been ably covered by Ryan Grim, Jeff Bryant, and Aaron Krager – I highly recommend you read their pieces, all of which hinge around leaked internal Change.org documents that […]

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Tags: Progressive Infrastructure

Contact Information vs. Commitment: Building Power Through Membership

August 24th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Originally posted at the Web of Change blog.  This past April, there was a primary election in Illinois that featured a former MoveOn staffer, Ilya Sheyman, running against a conservative Democrat. MoveOn had 15,000 members in the district out of a total of 30,000 Democratic primary voters. And Ilya lost, badly. As the discussion emerged […]

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Tags: Progressive Infrastructure

Unions demand Change.org worker rights policy

July 17th, 2012 · Comments Off

Originally posted at AMERICAblog Yesterday Ryan Grim broke a story in HuffPost Hill that a number of labor unions, including  “AFT, the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, CWA, IBEW and the Steelworkers,” had written a letter to Change.org, asking the company to have a clear policy about not working with organizations who advocated union busting. This followed a […]

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Tags: Labor · Progressive Infrastructure

Another liberal tech company doing work for conservatives

June 28th, 2012 · Comments Off

Updated below NationBuilder is an online campaigning tool kit, providing clients with the ability to do online advocacy, email supporters, raise money and integrate social media. NationBuilder was founded by a group of progressive and Democratic technologists with campaign and grassroots non-profit organizing experience in the Netroots. It’s not particularly different from other online tool […]

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Tags: Progressive Infrastructure · Technology

Change.org drops Rhee, Stand for Children

June 20th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Updated below Great news – last night Ryan Grim of Huffington Post reported that Change.org is dropping union busting groups Students First and Stand for Children. I posted a version of my post from yesterday afternoon on Change.org & union busting on AMERICAblog, after the decision was announced and evolved it into more of a […]

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Tags: Labor · Progressive Infrastructure

Change.org & Union Busting

June 19th, 2012 · 1 Comment

I want to follow up on John Aravosis’s excellent post on Change.org’s work for conservative clients. I think John nails a lot of the reasons why Change working for conservatives is deeply problematic, but it’s worth getting into the specifics of what Change is doing and why it is relevant. As a disclaimer, because I […]

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Tags: Labor · Progressive Infrastructure

Netroots Nation Panel on Occupy Our Homes

June 12th, 2012 · Comments Off

I wanted to post this video of a panel I was on at Netroots Nation 2012 last week. It was called “Occupy Goes Home: The Occupy Movement and the Foreclosure Crisis.” On it with me were Sarah Jaffe of Alternet, Rachel Falcone of Organizing for Occupation & Housing Is A Human Right, and Nick Espinosa […]

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Tags: Economy · Progressive Infrastructure · Rule of Law