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The Unity Movement is a netroots effort to move political dynamics away from "motivating the base" of voter blocks by focusing national attention on polarizing issues that are important to many people but in some sense are "non crucial" (examples include Flag Burning, Abortion, and Gay Marriage). The Unity Movement wants to move towards a dynamic that focuses on issues crucial to the long term pragmatic welfare of the United States of America.
A Brief History Of The Unity Movement Edit
- Announced on May 31, 2006 by the Unity08 folks.
- The Unity Supporters site went up on June 5th, 2006.
- The Declaration of Independence petition was completed on July 4th, 2006.
- JenniferForUnity joins Campaigns Wikia on July 15th, 2006 (after finding out about Campaigns on Digg) to let them know about the Unity Movement.
The Goals Of Unity08 Edit
"We have set three specific goals, and are exploring how best to achieve them.
* Goal One is the election of a Unity Ticket for President and Vice-President of the United States in 2008 – headed by a woman and/or man from each major party or by an independent who presents a Unity Team from both parties.
* Goal Two is for the people themselves to pick that Unity Ticket in the first half of 2008 – via a virtual and secure online convention in which all American voters will be qualified to vote.
* Goal Three, our minimum goal, is to effect major change and reform in the 2008 national elections by influencing the major parties to adopt the core features of our national agenda. With a group of voters who comprise at least 20% of the national electorate, we feel confident that our voters will decide the 2008 election."
The Mission Statement of Unity Supporters Edit
The Unity Wiki contains an evolving "Minimalist Mission Statement" that tries to articulate the basic goals of Unity Supporters. It is replicated here (and edits in either place will likely be progated to the other for the rest of July and June at least).
Our Ultimate Goal: Effective governance.
Our Values: Pragmatism, Civility, Inclusion, Compromise, Transparency.
Our Complaint: Current political dynamics are polarizing around issues of pride, culture, and ideology while issues vital to the long term welfare of the nation are ignored and left to fester.
Our Issues: Will be as unifyingly vague as possible for as long as possible.
- As we go, we'll work on an *agenda* of issues vital to the welfare of the nation.
- Candidates will propose *platforms* to answer the agenda.
- We'll talk for a while.
- Then we'll vote in the Unity Convention.
Concrete Goals for 2006: Plant the seeds to ensure success in 2008.
- Push for Election Reform... at least up to *international fair voting standards*. (How can I help?)
- Begin construction of an Online Caucusing System that is open, fair, and transparent. (How can I help?)
- Grow the movement to be ready for the work in 2007. (Help by spreading the word)
Concrete Goals for 2007: Gear up for the election in 2008.
- Start work to get the Unity Convention's elected presidential ticket on the ballot in every state.
Concrete Goals for 2008: End polarization, get a unifying presidential ticket elected.
- Hold an online convention for 20 million people (using the online caucusing system we'll have built).
- Vote with the system's secure and mathematically fair voting algorithm.
- Every unity voter should give a $N donation to the winner of our ticket (making special interests obsolete).
Joining the Unity MovementEdit
The Unity Movement began at the beginning of June 2006 as a response to the polarized dynamics of US politics where both major parties are moving to their extremes, purging their moderates, and pushing issues that divide America even as threats to the welfare of all Americans are being ignored and left to fester.
This section is for people who have already know about the Unity Movement and have decided that they want to help. It documents the ways you can get involved and do something to help the tone and welfare of the nation.
Small Stuff Edit
- Sign up for the Unity Convention.
- Take 5 to tell 5.
- Become a traiblazer at www.unity08trailblazers.com
Medium Stuff Edit
- Send some money to Unity08.
- Join an online community to talk about the movement and help articulate our goals and direction.
Big Stuff Edit
- Start organizing.
Internal Links Edit
- The unique opportunity represented by the inception of both the Unity Movement and Campaings Wikia is discussed in the Forum:Unity: an idea, a movement... a proposal. thread.