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Monday, April 03, 2006
Retail as Strategy?
Remember my four step plan? Prioritize, Network, Celebrate, Leapfrog. I haven't really expanded on any element except "Network," but it's "Network" that catches my attention again this week. Part of this concept is that we progressives are awfully shy when we're out in public about identifying ourselves. I have this idea that if we can identify ourselves publicly (not obnoxiously) we will accomplish many things. First is that we will appear more numerous - that's simple and useful. We know we're half the country (and most of Atlanta) but because we're often reluctant to claim our progressive identity in public, people don't know the place is teeming with us. Not only do THEY not know, but WE don't know! Which leads me to a second great benefit - we can find each other and trade information, support, smiles, whatever.
This is on my mind this week because of something that happened in Athens at the convention. Justi, Shelby, and I went out for a drink on Saturday and I told the bartender we wanted "something blue" because we were Democrats and were celebrating our statewide convention. Shelby had a reasonably common reaction, along the lines of "ooh, you shouldn't have said that - now he will spit in your drink..." Well, I guess that's the risk. More likely a really partisan Republican might have made a snide remark. But I am polite, friendly, and a good tipper - why shouldn't I identify myself as a Democrat?? As it turns out, our good barkeep was himself a Democrat - so distressed with the current state of affairs in the country that he is going into the Peace Corps next year to do his part for humanity and try to repair the American image overseas. Bless him. So we stayed and tipped well all night long. We felt good, he had his own worldview validated, and maybe we all will feel a little louder and a little prouder next time around.
So, folks - claim your beliefs!!! What can you do to balance the karma of the "W" sticker? Log on to Cafe Press NOW and get a coffee mug for your desk at work. Get a sticker for your car. Carry around a copy of Mother Jones or Take it Back. Better yet, get a fantastic Young Democrats of Atlanta t-shirt at the next business meeting day after tomorrow.
Here are three great items I like to proclaim your worldview: