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What makes a good online advocacy platform? The world of online advocacy has changed much since the early days in the mid-1990’s. We’ve evolved from the first custom build-outs from CTSG. That was quickly followed by the first off-the-shelf platform for online advocacy, Capwiz; launched in 1996 by Capitol Advantage. Since then, we’ve seen greater power in targeting emails to activists, customizing messages to Members of Congress based on their behavior (votes, sponsorships, committee assignments, etc.) and some social media integration. The fact that social media integration has been limited is of concern. We know that social media is how an increasing number of people find their news. We also know that essentially all Members of Congress are on Facebook and Twitter, significant numbers of state and local lawmakers use social media, as well as many policy experts and members of the press. We know that when people learn about politics from their friends, there is a good chance that friend got their information via social media. And we know that lawmakers are paying attention to social media to better understand their constituents’ needs and desires. And yet, when it comes to software platforms for advocacy campaigns, most simply incorporate…

This is the statement we wish Rachel Dolezal would release today: RACHEL DOLEZAL:  Statement on Charleston, SC Church Shooting While the press has been obsessed with my story, countless acts of violence and racism have fallen from media attention. We were yanked back into the dangerous reality of living black in America when a white terrorist killed nine African Americans at a Bible study in Charleston, SC yesterday.  Or, I should say, white people have been jerked back into that reality – African Americans can never leave it. That is why this will be my last public statement.  I acknowledge that my choice to live as a black woman was just that: a choice.  Americans with truly brown skin never have the choice to live as white. They never have the choice to live in a world free of violence with true access to the best of the American Dream. Starting today, I will be silent.  I will continue to live and work as black person.  I will continue to fight for social justice, economic opportunity, and a just, racism-free world. But I will do so out of the public eye.  Because my story has become a dangerous sideshow – one…

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