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February 10, 2022

Scared About 2022? Don’t Agonize – Organize!

President Biden’s approval ratings are treacherously low. Critical legislation is stalled in the Senate. The House and Senate are closely divided. Key governorships in the Midwest are in peril. Gerrymandered redistricting, while not as bad as it could have been, will rob us of congressional seats. SCOTUS is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, eviscerate the federal government’s ability to…
Food for thoughtTurner4D
February 3, 2022

TURNER TALK: 2022 The Year Ahead for Progressives

Our first 2022 Turner Talk brought together progressive organizing greats Heather Booth and Marvin Randolph and progressive media consultant Will Robinson. The Zoom panel was attended by nearly 60 progressive leaders. Things look grim: 29 Dems retiring from the House, many gubernatorial seats too close for comfort and the Senate hanging by a thread. Meanwhile, we are fighting tooth and…
Food for thoughtTurner4D
February 12, 2017

Let’s Make the World a Better Place Together

By Suzanne Turner, President, turner4D, and Alan Rosenblatt, Ph.D., Partner, turner4D   With the myriad of social media channels and tools, news outlets, websites (yours and theirs), influencers and policymakers out there it is easy to get lost in the weeds; to focus so much on tactics that we lose our strategic way. Good strategic vision is the cornerstone of…
Food for thoughtTurner4D
July 13, 2016

Getting Good Things Done in a Dysfunctional Congress

There’s plenty of evidence that Congress isn’t doing its job.  Instead of conducting responsible oversight of government spending, it has wasted nearly $7 million on a Benghazi investigation discredited as little more than a partisan sham.  The House has voted more than 40 times to repeal Obamacare, unsuccessfully, but refuses to schedule a vote on gun control.  The last three…
Food for thoughtTurner4D
October 5, 2015

A Swiss in America on 9/11

The 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in Washington, DC on the 14th anniversary of the attack.  Photo by Mattia Bütikofer. On 9/11 2001, at the time those hijacked airplanes were smashing into the World Trade Center, I was 8 years old and had just started my 3rd year of primary school; much more interested in toys than politics.  I could never have…
AdvocacyFood for thought
September 1, 2015

Social Advocacy and Politics: Handicapping the 2016 Presidential Candidates with Facebook

Candidate buzz on social media and in search engines has emerged as an interesting metric for gaging how well the campaigns are doing. Back in 2008, for example, while the last opinion poll in the field predicted that Barack Obama would win the New Hampshire primary, Yahoo Buzz correctly predicted Hillary Clinton would win. Unlike the polls, which were wrapped…