Early yesterday evening, kid oakland posted a new diary on Daily Kos. Like most of his diaries, this one shot immediately to the “Recommended List.” For those of you who aren’t familiar with k/o’s work, I strongly suggest that you check out his kid oakland blog, in particular his oft-quoted essay We All Live In Richard Pombo’s District.
k/o started off last night’s diary, logically enough, at the beginning:
At some point early last fall I got an email from a Berkeley grad who wanted to invite me to a Drinking Liberally event here in Oakland.Friendship ensued.
I went. I drank. I was liberal. And, in the process, I met Matt.
Matt and I… discussed the incredibly underused power of local blogs, we talked about how blogging might impact the 2006 Congressional races. Par for the course, eh? Well, then something really interesting happened...Aw, shucks.
Matt went and did something about it.
Matt just didn't found a blog. That would have been simple enough. People do that every .0005 seconds it seems.
Matt started a blog with the sole purpose of defeating Congressman Richard Pombo in California's 11th Congressional District. More than that, Matt got others involved, as well: folks like babaloo, VPO and Delta who volunteered to write and to attend events. The blog these activist bloggers collaborated on, SayNotoPombo, has become, in my mind, a model for the interaction between netroots and grassroots activism on the local scale.
Anyway, go check out the diary — it’s a well-deserved salute to Matt and his vision in creating this blog, and it’s also a call to arms to progressive activists throughout the country to get busy and start covering their local races. The Lamont/Lieberman race presented a compelling display of the power that this medium holds to facilitate the exchange of information, ideas, and opinions and to ultimately help shape the events of the day. Let’s all make sure that we, as progressives, utilize that power to its utmost in this fall’s election. The more you, dear readers (yes, YOU), participate, the richer and more collaborative the experience becomes for all of us. Never forget — we have the power.