With huge kudos to javaz for conceiving of and inspiring this, SueInCA for organizing, Chernynkaya for writing the Mission Statement and all the other members contributing, following is a list of all names suggested for a new populist organization that would truly represent those wanting to promote the rights of the American people over those of corporations and other powerful interests.

Since there are so many great names to chose between, you may vote for up to 10. We will then present the top 10 vote-getters for a final vote. In case a tie would cause more than 10 finalists, we may include one or two more but if it would mean adding more than that, we will just have to flip a coin.  Any names that are slight variations of each other that make it into the top 10 will be narrowed to just one entry, the one with the most votes.

Before presenting the poll, here is the Mission Statement drafted by Chernynkaya:

“We are a group of citizens united to ensure the continuation of democracy, which is imperiled by the corporate takeover of our government.

We stand united against the corrupting power of corporate money – money that mutes our voices.

We insist that the voice of Main Street be heard.

Our mission is to unite our country against the threat to our nation – the rise of corporate influence and the consolidation of the media.

We urge all Americans of any political party to join us in this one goal: “A government of the people, by the people and for the people.”

Below is the list of all names submitted (tongue-in-cheek ones excluded), in alphabetical order. You may select up to 10 favorites.

A few hopefully helpful suggestions that may help you narrow down your choices (there are so many good ones!):

a. Look for names that best describe to you the mission and/or attitude of the group as clearly and concisely as possible.

b. Consider all possible nicknames that could result from a selection, especially the worst ones that detractors could use to demean it.

c. Names with acronyms that have some descriptiveness are a plus but brief names that have no real acronym are just as strong and just as easy to say.

d. Say the name out loud, sometimes a name on paper can come across differently when spoken. Imagine telling a friend the name as a group you belong to or a newscaster announcing the name. Does it sound strong or does it sound quirky? Does it sound like a populist group or a fringe group?There can sometimes be a thin line between noble and silly, as The Teabaggers found out.

And now, the poll:

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Questinia
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Grass Roots Over Washington by a mile. Very good!

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nicole473
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Adlib, um, am I missing something, or what? I can’t figure out how to vote.

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Chernynkaya
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Nicole! Hi there–good to see ya! Just click the blue bar under the ones you like I think.

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nicole473
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Hi Cher………great to see all of you. It may take me a month to catch up on my reading though. 🙂

Clicking things isn’t working for me…other ideas?

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bito
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Always good to see you, nichole! this voting is closed. You need to go to Part two.
http://planetpov.com/2010/02/16/name-that-activist-group-part-two/ to vote.

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nicole473
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Thanks bito….great to see you!! 🙂

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SanityNow
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I guess ROADMAP (Restore Our American Democracy:Making American Progress, or something like that. A little recursive sure) didn’t make the cut? Oh well, I like GROW too.

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escribacat
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My favorite was Main Street Voices, which also vanished. But now that I think about it, it actually sounds more like a literary magazine.

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SanityNow
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LOL. or a weekend insert. ROADMAP could be a AAA publication.

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escribacat
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😆 I’m no good at this naming stuff! I’m too fond of irony and subtext — for me, hidden messages are always better than obvious ones!

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Khirad
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By the way, I want to know – who came up with OVATION? That was my one vote (among others). 😉

Me + clever acronyms = can’t resist.

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sharonh
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sharonh

Are you going to delete me if I listen to my Devo that I tried to post Friday unsuccessfully, ’cause I’m gonna’ do it anyway so I have something to listen to while I ponder great names or phrases that represent this turning point in our society.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIEVqFB4WUo

(I was using the embed). Now, time for the thinking cap !!

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Chernynkaya
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I love Devo— posted it Friday, but now I’ll have to learn embedding!

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sharonh
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sharonh

Embedding is just copy and paste, but is not workable on this site. I didn’t see your post because I got mad when I couldn’t remember how to post music links. I am fickle. 🙁

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nellie
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Just change http to https in the link. Just add that one letter. And things should work.

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Khirad
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Is there a way to work daily motion, btw, tech guru Nellie?

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sharonh
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sharonh

Thanks Nellie but AdLib reminded me; after all I did post the Devo above. Love, smartass sharon.

Nice to see you !

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nellie
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Love ya back! Hope to see you more.

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Chernynkaya
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I’m just glad to see you –and Devo– now, SharonH!

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bito
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Looked at the “Coffee Party Movement” face book page. They are having a slogan contest and wanting to sell coffee cups and t-shirts. Sound familiar?
They also mention something about a LA chapter.

http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=304981108326&topic=14875

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Khirad
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Tea is for elitists.

Tea Parties are a corporate cozy.

Feel the buzz, bean the dream.

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escribacat
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Tsst. Give me tea or give me death!

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nellie
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The more the merrier!

All these small grass roots groups can work independently — and then get together for some Big Activism.

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Chernynkaya
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I love the optimism of this statement!:

“Winners will receive free t-shirts when we get them made.”

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Chernynkaya
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OK, I refrained from saying this for days now, but “Grass Roots Over Washington” keeps reminding me of my favorite menu item at Denny’s: “Moons Over My Hammy”.

(Never mind. 😉 )

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nellie
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Personally, I like Grass Roots Really Rock!

GRRR!

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tb92
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tb92

I keep wishing that it was “Grass Roots over Korporations”, so we could call ourselves GROK.

How geeky is that?

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Chernynkaya
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Not geeky– you are just a “Stranger in a Strange Land”! 😉

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nellie
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Is it time to think about narrowing down our list and voting on the top 5? Do we have timeline for that?

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bito
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Do we need to vote on a time line? 😆

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nellie
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You are wicked! 😈

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Chernynkaya
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Hey, Bito– Those meds are AWESOME! Can I have some of what you’re having?

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bito
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Mine! ALL MINE!! 😀
I suggest we close the polls Tuesday @ 6:00 pm PST.

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escribacat
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Bito, you are having way too much fun!

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Chernynkaya
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Be that way then. And because I am soooooo agreeable(even without one crappy pill), OK, I’ll go along with Tuesday at 6 for the start of the runoff poll.

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Chernynkaya
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I don’t know, Nellie. As I recall, our last voting experience lasted about a week? (When I didn’t win for best post! :lol:)

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nellie
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ok — I didn’t know whether we had set a deadline. I’m so ready to get started with this.

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escribacat
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PatsyT
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LOVE all the Doggies !

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escribacat
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Roooooooo!!

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Chernynkaya
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My dog, Zorro, just looked like the RCA Victor dog when I played that video!

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escribacat
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That’s a celebratory greyhound “rooing” session.

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Chernynkaya
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Hey e’cat– Today is the second day of the Chinese New Year, where it is customary to treat dogs especially well!

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Pepe Lepew
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You want a howl dog.

Champion howlers — Alaskan malamutes:

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nellie
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I love your wolf story. It is one of my most favorite sounds.

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escribacat
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Great links, Nellie and Cher.

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nellie
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Cher, I LOVE that video.

I adore dogs – I have two. They’re just like this…

I have one who says “Awwww” every time I tell him no.

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escribacat
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That pup sounds like a wolf! I volunteer once a year at an animal sanctuary. Last summer we were painting a building and we were surrounded by several acres of wolves. Every once in awhile they would start up with their howling. It was fantastic!

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Chernynkaya
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Nellie, kidding aside, I like the wild sounds best too.

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Chernynkaya
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I prefer talking dogs! In English anyway:

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nellie
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There’s no howl like the wild one.

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dgraz
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It would make sense to me with all the other groups out there with similar missions that the when this group has coalesced, it take the initiative and send them emails telling them of the existence of this group. Set up an email listing telling them of events that are planned such as the U-Tube video that has been planned. The very least this will be is a start at uniting all the other groups.

Of course this cannot be done until a separate website is set up. I’m sure that someone here at PPOV has thought of this already and is prepared to do that when the time comes.

Peace Out

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nellie
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I think trying to coordinate all the different groups is a wonderful idea — and I think it may be a unique idea. I don’t know of another group doing that right now. I would like to talk about that as one of our objectives.

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bito
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dr’graz, j’avaz, How do we go about forming a national coalition? there seem to be many groups with the same similar endeavor: end of corporate power and good governance. Some of the sites I look at are both ahead of us and behind us in forming a group/movement.
Anyone have an idea? Is it the U-tube/demonstration thing we need to go to first?

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nellie
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We would need to contact the leaders of the other groups and talk to them about their goals and our goals. That would be my approach.

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bito
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nellie, if you have couple of spare minutes you can look at these blogs and see if we should contact them. Shouldn’t take too long. 🙂

http://www.leftyblogs.com/

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nellie
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You mean to add our articles to the feed?

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bito
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I know this is in the future, but we will have to have a designated correspondence person that will state our mission and wants.

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Chernynkaya
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I like that idea, dgraz.

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javaz
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We all have very strong differences of opinion on many issues. However, like our founding fathers before us, we must put aside our differences and unite to fight a common enemy.

. . .

Unless we all unite and organize on common ground, our very way of life and the ideals that our country was founded upon will continue to unravel.

The Economic Elite Have Engineered an Extraordinary Coup, Threatening the Very Existence of the Middle Class

There are more and more articles about calling for unity to fight the decimation of the middle class and the article above is nearly identical to the things so many of us are trying to do here on PPOV.

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bito
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That is a good article. Bookmarked!

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Chernynkaya
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Actually, that’s very good news!

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bito
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Did we miss the obvious? “The Coffee Party Movement”?

http://www.bluevirginia.us/2010/02/annabel-park-join-coffee-party-movement.html

The Coffee Party Movement gives voice to Americans

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javaz
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Good catch, b’ito!

There are so many websites with similar ideas and it’d be nice if we all could unite somehow.

Maybe AdLib and everyone else’s idea from Vox Populi last Friday about a youtube vid is the way to go and gain recognition as a start.

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Pepe Lepew
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I prefer “Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers Party” myself:

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BigDogMom
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I can hear it now from the Tea Partier’s – Latte Drinking Elitist!

I’m with kes, Sue and nellie – Consolidation, “One Voice”, but will these other groups want to consolidate?

By the way, morning everyone!!! 🙂

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SueInCa
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oh and Good Morning to you and everyone else

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Morning Sue, just stopped by to see the latest up date on movement…glad to see that there are others who feel the same as we do and that don’t wear funny hats and carry mispelled signs.

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SueInCa
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If not, collaboration would be worth the contact.

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kesmarn
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Good morning, b’ito! Hope you’re feeling well today.

This does seem to be a movement that’s on almost the exact same wave length as the one we’re considering. Does anyone think that we, as a group, should try to get in contact with them and do some co-operative work?

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SueInCa
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One word, YES

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bito
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Morning k’es, That was my thought, that perhaps we could work together. They seem to be about a month ahead of us on the schedule.

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kesmarn
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Exactly, b’ito. Strength in numbers! I have a feeling there might be any number of other small groups out there waiting to be discovered. If we can all coalesce, we could be a force to be reckoned with. Here’s where the intertubes can really be a tool for creating solidarity.

Today’s a work day, so I may have to vanish a little later, but I hope to catch up when I get home!

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bito
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k’es, there seem to be a gazillion groups out there having similar wishes as ours. How does one begin to organize into one voice?

http://www.stopcorporateabuse.org/
http://www.corporatepolicy.org/issues/crime.htm
http://www.corporatepolicy.org/issues/constit.htm

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kesmarn
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Wow! Great research, b’ito! How do you do it?

And, yes, nellie, great questions to keep in mind as we move forward here at the Planet.

I must say, I’m getting a little relief from the discouragement that was sort of sneaking up on me without my even being totally aware of it! The fact that so many are thinking along these same lines is beginning to feel like a genuine grass roots movement in the making.

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nellie
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Perhaps we can talk about that as one of our objectives — to pull together all these groups for one voice.

Now I’m thinking about the One Voice theme.

We can think about all these factors. That should be fun.

And good morning everyone!

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Chernynkaya
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Bito, you are just too agreeable this morning! 🙂

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bito
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Cher I agree, that you agree, that we agree. 🙂
We need to get our site up and going before we do much else.

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Chernynkaya
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Bito, I agree with you and Nellie. I suggest though that we need to develope ourselves into a more substantial movement first, or at least get something going?

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bito
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nellie says: “Perhaps we can talk about that as one of our objectives

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javaz
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Okay, just read the entire Vox Populi from last night and I understand what you all want to do now.
You all had some great ideas and it’s a good start.

Let me know what I can do!

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javaz
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AdLib said: (under Vox Populi)

My thinking is that:

First, we choose a name.

Second, we choose a narrow focus for what we want to protest for.

Third, we set up a website and put donations together towards funding our protest.

Fourth, we conceive of a protest.

Fifth, we execute the protest and tape it, sending out press releases to alert the media.

Sixth, we edit and upload a video of the protest on YouTube and link to the organization

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SueInCa
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WOW, i was gone for 24 hours and you got really really busy. We also need to think about how we divide up the “chores” of maintaining everything. I am willing to be responsible for anything you want to give me to do. I am best at research, organization, letter writing.

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javaz
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Hey Sue, if you’d like, you could start researching other online sites that share the idea of stopping corporate influence.

When I googled names as we were suggesting them back on the other thread, I found several sites with the identical names, and I should have started a list then.

We could use just a list of sites that are out there for the future for when we get ready to advertise and ask people to join our movement.

I’m thinking really BIG, and hoping that we can organize a protest this summer in Washington DC on the mall and we’ll need to advertise that march as many places as possible so that like-minded people will join us.

Think BIG.

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SueInCa
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Will do. I will put together a list in an email that could be very easily sent to Admin here at PPOV.

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javaz
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Great!
Thank you!!!

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