In 2004, a group of bloggers from 15 states and myself organized a fund-raiser for MoveOn here in Nashville. I had reached out to this band because I was a fan, and I was surprised they agreed to do it for free. Gretchen Peters and Monkey Bowl also performed, and I gave a short yet forgettable speech. 😉 Eli Pariser from MoveOn agreed to ask their Creative Director, Laura Dawn (Bush in 30 seconds) to participate and she came out and gave a better speech. Billy Block pitched in and was the evening’s host.
3rd and Lindsey‘s owner was nice enough to toss up his joint for free that night. Hugh Bennett Productions helped with sound, and The Nashville Scene gave us some ad space. Congressman Jim Cooper, (no link love for you!) had originally agreed to speak, but bailed last minute.
It was fun, and way cool to see a large group of bloggers who had never met get together for something they believed in. I mention all of this because there has been a little hub-bub over at Pith about whether or not a small group of Progressives can raise enough money to fund the TNDP. I think the discussion misses the point. Everbody pitched in to make the event happen. That night, like the event R. Neal organized, raised some money, raised some awareness, and, for about three hours, raised the roof!
Progressives will have to work together, volunteer their talent and time, and create a fund-raising framework that isn’t just based in Davidson County. Don’t tell me it cannot be done. Anyway, I’m goin to Dizz Knee Land: