Spirit Of America 2.0

As many of you are aware Wizbang was one of the group leaders in the Spirit of America Blogger Challenge. Between the three groups we raised over $50,000 for the good work done by the fine folks at Spirit of America.

Spirit of America is launching an ambitious plan to gather volunteer commitment, build a national volunteer organization and hold events and raise funds – all between now and July, to build an organization of 1 million volunteers by July 4. That’s a tall order and they’ll need lots of help, you can help in lots of ways.

From Marc Danziger (Better known as Armed Liberal) the new COO at SoA

Here’s what we’re doing.

Our first task will be to gather leaders who are willing to help coalesce teams in at least 30 of the top 50 cities in the country (see the extended entry for a listing). We’re obviously going to focus hard on New York, Washington DC, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

We’re also going to work on teams that will lead our efforts within ‘affinity groups’ – the Rotary, Veterans’ organizations, corporations, and others. So we’ll work spatially – within defined geographies – and by association as well.

Our goals are extremely high. We want a million people to sign up to help in some way. That will require some mixture of traditional media, Web, peer-to-peer marketing, and pretty much anything else we can think of.These are good people I’ve had the honor to work with for a while. If you’ve got the time, energy, or spare change – answer their call.

Update: Michele Catalano (who got me involved in this) gives a well deserved smack down to the asshatedly selfish Dave Weiner who can’t see around his enormous ego and manages to criticize a project he admittedly knows nothing about.

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The top 50 cities that Spirit of America is looking for leaders in are:

Albuquerque, N.M.
Atlanta, Ga.
Austin, Tex.
Baltimore, Md.
Boston, Mass.
Charlotte, N.C.
Chicago, Ill.
Cleveland, Ohio
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Columbus, Ohio
Dallas, Tex.
Denver, Colo.
Detroit, Mich.
El Paso, Tex.
Fort Worth, Tex.
Fresno, Calif.
Honolulu, Hawaii
Houston, Tex.
Indianapolis, Ind.
Jacksonville, Fla.
Kansas City, Mo.
Las Vegas, Nev.
Long Beach, Calif.
Los Angeles, Calif.
Memphis, Tenn.
Mesa, Ariz.
Miami, Fla.
Milwaukee, Wis.
Minneapolis, Minn.
Nashville-Davidson, Tenn.
New Orleans, La.
New York, N.Y.
Oakland, Calif.
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Omaha, Neb.
Philadelphia, Pa.
Phoenix, Ariz.
Portland, Ore.
Sacramento, Calif.
St. Louis, Mo.
San Antonio, Tex.
San Diego, Calif.
San Francisco, Calif.
San Jose, Calif.
Seattle, Wash.
Tucson, Ariz.
Tulsa, Okla.
Virginia Beach, Va.
Washington, DC
Wichita, Kans.

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  1. David Scott Anderson June 1, 2004