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|Posted on Monday, June 19, 2006 - 2:02 pm: ||
[This excellent post by Duke 1676 at Booman Tribune gives much to think about, re: how to get large numbers of people to turn out for an event. Maybe we need will need ideas like these to mobilize in relation to restoring fair elections or getting rid of defective voting machines.]
I've been a little tied up with "real world" stuff this past couple of weeks and missed out on some great diaries here. I checked out Man Without A Counties piece on Peak Blogging and there was an interesting discussion in the comments about the immigrant's rights marches and the fact that the organizing of those marches had no real blog or internet component. How they managed to put millions in the streets through radio and how "none of the demonstrators in Chicago, Los Angeles, and elsewhere ever even heard of Daily Kos or any of the other blogs, let alone read them or participated."
I figured y'all might be interested in how the organizing was really done. A little secret, that through dumb luck on my part, I'm somewhat privy to.
The notion that the immigration marches were fueled through Latino radio is somewhat of a misnomer that I believe came about because the MSM missed the whole story until it happened and figured the "media" component must have been something traditional ... hence they stressed the importance of Latino radio. Although they played a large role, the radio stations came quite late to the party and played a much larger role in motivating than organizing.
In fact a large percentage of the organizing was done online.
Here's how it was done ... at least the online component.: