MoveOn in their own words

A Sybexian just joined MoveOn’s list and received their welcome message, which I post here for archive and quote purposes:
Dear friend,
We just wanted to take a moment to welcome you to the MoveOn network and tell you a little bit about began in 1998 when Wes Boyd and Joan Blades sent an email about an online petition to a few dozen family members and friends. While Congress was debating President Clinton’s impeachment, the petition called for Congress to censure the President and move on to more pressing issues. It spread by email across the country. In only a few weeks, hundreds of thousands of people had signed on.
Since then, has grown to include almost 2 million people in the United States; it’s now the largest online activist network in the country. It has also expanded to work with a variety of issues — from opposing the war on Iraq to preventing oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. But MoveOn’s staff is still very small — there are only a few paid staff. Wes and Joan volunteer full time.
MoveOn’s staff is tiny, but the organization is powerful because of people like you. MoveOn’s power is the power of millions of people working together for common sense in national (and international) affairs.
MoveOn’s members also play a big role in determining our direction — we take your thoughts and comments very seriously and use them to shape our campaigns. If you’d like to join in the conversation about what MoveOn should work on next, please go to our ActionForum at:
From all of us on the MoveOn team, thanks again for becoming a part of this network. Working together, we can make our country and the world a better place.
–Adam, Carrie, Eli, James, Joan, Laura, Noah, Peter, and Wes The MoveOn Team






5 responses to “MoveOn in their own words”

  1. Lewis B. Smith Avatar

    Please check out ISBN 1-4120-4051-5. I would like to send free copies of this book to the staff of MoveOn if I may be sent a snail mail address to mail them to. Just released, the book conveys 5 dozen reasons NOT to vote for President Bush. Even more important it tells how WMDs may yet be found, argues for the Non Use of DU, depleted uranium tipped ammunition, argues that the administration “five” so lied, as is recorded on “Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq War,” that they deserve to be impeached. Sincerely, Lew Smith 208-853-8388.

  2. Lewis B. Smith Avatar

    I am eager to help, have spent the last 14 months writing why Mr. Bush must be defeated. It’s in ISBN 1-4120-4051 just published by Trafford. Wish to send free copies to MoveOn staff, need an address to do so. Includes accusations of Bush helping Saudis leave when US air space was shut down. He protected all US oil corporations handling Iraqi oil forever! Questions barracks for 130,000 troops when we weren’t going to occupy, etc.

  3. Pete Avatar

    The book mentioned above is Mr. Smith’s self-published “The 3Rs of George W. Bush: Reasons for Rejecting the Re-election of President George W. Bush,” apparently available only through the Trafford web site.
    MoveOn doesn’t have a physical location (and we wouldn’t publicize it without their permission anyway). As Chapter 2 of “The Power of Many” says, “MoveOn practices what it preaches. It doesn’t determine an agenda behind closed doors and then reveal it to a waiting army of robots. (In fact, there are no closed doors: MoveOn employees work from home and coordinate their efforts via e-mail.)” Try

  4. Lewis B. Smith Avatar

    Lewis, instead of donating to normal channels has put his energies into creating a book which can be ordered through any bookstore in the land. Lewis purchased the right to have the book printed. It has an ISBN as do all normal books.
    Most of us heard Paul Soros gave money to MoveOn. The DVD, “Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq War” is certainly not non-political. I have tried repeatedly to bring my work to MoveOn’s attention, without success. One of my concerns is that I recommend “Uncovered” three different times in my book and quote from its transcripts. I HOPE you’ll be swamped or at least busy filling orders for this fine documentary. My book comes out of 14 months study and I believe compliments/supplements and expands the “Uncovered” effort.
    I am sorry if I have offended anyone other than the Bush-Cheney camp. Lew Smith, also working out of my home!

  5. William Purdy Avatar

    PLEASE ORGANIZE A DIFINITIVE INTERNATIONAL RALLY BEFORE THE ELECTION. I feel that we need one coherent voice around the world that clearly tells Bush his time is up. There is little time, but I sincerely believe that one coordinated rally all across our country and in other nations will send a clear message that has to be heard. Is it too late to pull this off?