The Philippines, Indonesia, and Egypt have taught us that last minute mobilizations can achieve spectacular results. But they are no substitute for the long, difficult work of organizing grassroots movements.
Neither the left nor the right has the answers to our most pressing problems, though each will continue to say that it does. So we have to focus on the spiritual and moral values that bring us together.
Text messaging isn't only about connecting, it's also about organizing. Largely through grassroots organizations, text messaging has become a major tool that's being used to organize for immigration reform.
After studying the Obama budget carefully, many of us who have been fighting poverty for years believe this is a moral document, with more commitments to struggling families than any budget in our lifetimes.