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Using Blogs to Promote Progressive Causes


Virginia Grassroots Coalition workshop
Saturday, October 8, 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Falls Church, Virginia

Blogs (Web logs) can be used to disseminate important news overlooked by the mainstream media, sharpen our thinking and analysis on key issues, help organize events, and raise money. In this workshop you’ll learn more about blogs and how to apply them in the progressive issues that are important to you. The class is intended for persons with any level of experience with blogs, from none at all to lots. The workshop will have three panelists, plus plenty of time for questions and discussion.

David Swanson will give an overview of blogs and the role that they can play in progressives’ communications efforts. David is the creator of MeetWithCindy.org, co-founder of the AfterDowningStreet.org coalition, and served as the press secretary for Dennis Kucinich’s 2004 presidential campaign. Co-teaching the class will be Kenton Ngo, who runs the 750 Volts blog (http://www.kentonngo.com/750volts/). Kenton will also talk about the role of blogs in general, as well their importance in the elections this year in Virginia for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, and the House of Delegates. The third panelist, Ben Slade, a computer hardware and software technologist with interests in political activism, will discuss the technological side of blogs.

The workshop is free. It will be held on Saturday, October 8, 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon at the Training Room of Don Beyer Volvo, at 108 Gordon Road, in Falls Church, Virginia. The Training Room building is just around the corner from the main Don Beyer Volvo showroom, which is at 1231 West Broad Street (Leesburg Pike/Route 7). It’s a short walk from the West Falls Church Metro station.

Additional information on the workshop is available from the Virginia Grassroots Coalition (VGC), at: education@vagrassroots.org

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