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Ben Brandzel is the Founder and Director of OPEN (Online Progressive Engagement Network), an alliance of the world's leading national digital campaigning organizations. He's a founding board member and former Senior Campaigner at Avaaz.org. and the Chief Founding Advisor for OPEN member groups 38 Degrees in the UK, Leadnow in Canada, Action Station in New Zealand, Uplift in Ireland and Jhatkaa in India. Closer to home, Ben served as the original Advocay Director for MoveOn.org and directed new media campaings and fundraising for President Obama at OFA during the health reform campaign in 2009-10. His writing on digital organizing and transnational movement building has appeared in the American Prospect, The Huffington Post and The Nation, amongst others. Ben currently lives in Bangalore, India.

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Indian Elections: 3 Things International Progressives Should Understand

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 1:59 AM

Last week India concluded the largest exercise in the history of democracy, with over 550 million votes cast. And as John Oliver hilariously pointed out, we Westerners mostly don't seem to know what to make of it.

No matter where you live, India demands not to be overlooked....

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Remembering the Grassroots Fight for Health Reform

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2011 | 6:21 PM

By Natalie Foster and Ben Brandzel

One year ago today, we were standing with our exhausted staff around our desks at Organizing for America, watching President Obama sign the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law.

The cheers, high-fives, and deep sighs of joy were the stuff you...

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The Unbreakable Culture of the Occupied Capitol

(24) Comments | Posted March 1, 2011 | 5:48 AM

As Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker bolts the windows and bars the doors of the capitol building to scare, shrink and starve the ongoing protest within, it's important for everyone outside to understand just what he's so afraid of, and why.

I write this after completing a once-in-a-lifetime week in...

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Interdependence or Death

(4) Comments | Posted January 19, 2011 | 3:11 PM

How the debate about rhetoric is missing the "big lesson" that must define the post-Tucson Massacre world.

By sheer chance, the first time I ever woke up in Tucson, Arizona was the fateful morning of Saturday, January 8th. I was visiting old friends who live about a mile down the...

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Rally to Restore Satyagraha?

(7) Comments | Posted November 1, 2010 | 12:48 AM

Wandering around the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear yesterday, I kept asking myself, "what exactly are we doing here?"

In part, that's because I literally couldn't hear anything from the stage (and I'm still not sure what was going on there). But mostly, it was that many of...

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Why Progressives Should Back the President's Plan.

(379) Comments | Posted March 9, 2010 | 9:18 PM

Dear MoveOn members (and fellow progressive types),

Yesterday and today, MoveOn members have been asked to vote on a very important question: "Should MoveOn support or oppose the final health care bill if it looks like the plan recently proposed by President Obama?"

This is a major decision, both for...

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Why John Edwards Believers Should Support Barack Obama

(136) Comments | Posted February 12, 2008 | 9:14 PM

Can We Still Build One America? Yes We Can

(Note: I was the former Director of Online Engagement for John Edwards for President. The following reflects only the personal views of the author, and in no way represents the views of John Edwards, his campaign, nor anyone else currently or...

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