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    1 == A Call for a U.S. Progressive Techie Congress ==
     1A Call for a U.S. Progressive Techie Congress ¶
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    33Never has our work been more important.
     
    1515But, while our importance has never been greater, we are also often alienated by the progressive movement's dismissal of our politics, thinking, perspectives and experiences.
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    17 In addition, much of the movement doesn't respect our work choosing to under-pay us or to hire large, flashy companies whose work doesn't build the movement (and frequently isn't as good as ours).
     17In addition, much of the movement doesn't respect our work: choosing to under-pay us or to hire large, flashy companies whose work doesn't build the movement (and frequently isn't as good as ours).
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    19 Finally, most of the movement has no respect for the principle of Free and Open Source Software.
     19Finally, much of the movement has no respect for the principle of Free and Open Source Software.
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    2121As a result, too many of us shy away from movement work. "Burned out" is now a common condition among prgoressive techies. And our political work has now been divided from our tech work. And the movement loses the political thinking and leadership of a group of people who are the leaders of the largest mass progressive movement in human history: the Internet.
     
    2525We want to build a set of principles that we can all share and that the progressive movement will agree to live by. We want to write and ratify an "agreement with the progressive movement" that is a commitment the entire movement will live by.
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    27 And the entire movement will be together, in one place, in June, 2010, at the United States Social Forum in Detroit.
     27And the entire movement will be together, in one place, starting June 22, 2010, at the United States Social Forum in Detroit.
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    2929So we are making this call to all techies who support the principles of the Social Forum to gather in Detroit at the US Social Forum for a four-hour Progressive Techie Congress that will wrap up a process of discussion and thinking on-line around these principles.
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    3131After the Congress, we will distribute the principles through our networks and to the Social Forum process as a consensus document. On that basis, we will begin to build the kind of relationships inside the movement that will move us all forward.
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     33Here's What You Do
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     351 -- Register for the United States Social Forum. If you're with an organization that is going, it can register and you can included as one of its members. If you're going as an individual, register in that capacity.
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     372 -- After you're registered, log in and then join the Group for the workshop. Go to http://organize.ussf2010.org/org/may-firstpeople-link (you can click on workshop to see its description) and then click on "my membership" and join the group. Once you've joined the group, you will be able to participate in the Congress's preparatory discussions.
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     39If you have questions, email alfredo@mayfirst.org. And please feel free to pass this one to any person or list you want.