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Friday Dec. 7th is National Caucus Day!

This Friday is National Caucus Day, a day devoted to promoting citizen discussion and deliberation prior to to some really important decisions we’ll be making about the future of our country. If you’re not living in NH or IA or a state that is holding their primary on February 5th (aka “National Primary Day”) — this is your chance for your voice to be heard, both locally — and nationally!

Born out of the energy and power of the thousands of Internet enabled face-to-face gatherings of the 2003/2004 election season — House Parties, Townhall meetings, Meetups — the National Presidential Caucus has announced an “Open Call to Participate” for anyone and everyone to partake in local, self-organized, web-enabled face-to-face gatherings (Open, Republican, Democratic Caucuses) across the country on December 7, 2007 in preparation for the highly compressed national primary schedule. Caucus members are encouraged to report back to www.nationalcaucus.com about what is important to them in advance of the Presidential Primary season.

You can find or start a Caucus on December 7th at www.nationalcaucus.com/caucus_search.

UPDATE 11/12: Joshua Hersh from Kansas State U’s Institute for Civic Discourse & Democracy (www.k-state.edu/icdd) wrote to tell us about the Institute’s event hosting a Republican and Democrat caucus. Check out footage from their event up on You Tube: www.youtube.com/icddlive.

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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