Citizen Action & Open Source Lobbying by The Roots Project

Monday, May 22, 2006

Media Advisory

The Roots Project

CONTACT: Matt Browner-Hamlin, (917) 270-7534
Jay Ackroyd, (917) 856-0633

May 22, 2006

Bloggers & Blog Readers Hand Delivering Seminal Netroots Text to
Every Democrat in the House and Senate

Washington, DC – Citizens from around the east coast will descend on Washington Tuesday, May 23rd, to hand deliver copies of Crashing the Gate by Jerome Armstrong and Markos Moulitsas to every Democrat in the House and Senate.

"We're anxious to build bridges between the netroots and our representatives, and we hope that Markos' and Jerome's brilliant and influential book will be an effective way to open those lines of communication," said Jane Hamsher of FireDogLake.com.

Two hundred and fifty copies of Crashing the Gate were donated one at a time by Americans from around the country in less than two days. Politics & Prose, a non-partisan, independent bookstore based in Washington, provided the infrastructure to allow people to contribute copies of the book.

Crashing the Gate is written by two of the hottest Democratic bloggers. It has become a rallying cry for the resurgence of people-powered politics. Tuesday’s event will exemplify the power blogs have as a political organizing tool.

The action is organized by individuals loosely associated under The Roots Project, a grassroots action network that originated on the blogs FireDogLake (firedoglake.com), Crooks & Liars (crooksandliars.com), and Unclaimed Territory (glenngreenwald.blogspot.com).

To date, Roots Project chapters exist in forty-three states around the country. The Roots Project has focused it efforts on the issues of government accountability, warrantless surveillance, net neutrality, preemptive military action against Iran, and the censure of President Bush.

For more information on this action visit: http://ctgproject.blogspot.com

WHO: Concerned citizens, blog readers, and their elected representatives in Congress

WHAT: Hand delivery of Crashing the Gate to every Democrat in the House and Senate

WHEN: 12pm-6pm – Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

WHERE: Rayburn, Longworth, and Cannon House Office Buildings, Hart, Dirksen, and Russell Senate Office Buildings
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