Citizen Action & Open Source Lobbying by The Roots Project

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Press Release

The Roots Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Matt Browner-Hamlin, (917) 270-7534
MAY 23, 2006 Jay Ackroyd, (917) 856-0633

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

Washington, DC – Citizens from around the east coast descended on Washington Tuesday to hand deliver copies of Crashing the Gate by Jerome Armstrong and Markos Moulitsas to every Democratic member of 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.

“We wanted to introduce our national representatives to the blogosphere through Crashing the Gate, so they will become more cognizant of the role blogs play in American politics,” organizer Jay Ackroyd said, “The netroots is becoming a stronger force every day.”

Two hundred and fifty copies of Crashing the Gate, published by Chelsea Green in March, 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 Jerome Armstrong, founder of MyDD.com and Markos Moulitsas, founder of DailyKos.com. It has become a rallying cry for the resurgence of people-powered politics. Tuesday’s event exemplified the capacity blogs have as a political organizing tool.

The action was organized by individuals loosely associated under The Roots Project, a grassroots action network that originated on the blogs FireDogLake, Crooks & Liars, and Unclaimed Territory by Glenn Greenwald.

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 George W. Bush.

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



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