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DNC Day One: An Overview

Whirlwind! Today began at the Colorado Historical Museum where the Americans for Democratic Action sponsored an event with Robert Kuttner, Representative Barney Frank, Representative Jan Schakowsky, and a few others. The event had standing-room only, and we were able to distribute a over a hundred copies of Obama’s Challenge. Barney Frank gave a humorous talk in which he admitted that politicians “fib” (as in, “I love to campaign.”), said the “rising tide” goes up some people’s noses, and that Kuttner’s Obama’s Challenge was “absolutely right.” Robert spoke about the need for a transformative president—one willing to rise above the status quo and meet the enormous challenges of the day. Obama, he convincingly argued, was the only candidate with the promise to do so. Robert Kuttner and Representative Barney Frank who said, “Bob Kuttner is absolutely right.” We continued from there to the “Big Tent” which housed the bloggers’ quarters.  The room was filled with silent drones staring at screens typing furiously away. I have no idea what they could have been typing as they were alone and far from the action of the convention. I would have taken photos but we were thrown out for inadaquate access priviledges and attempting to distribute books. Katharine and I then traveled down to the Pepsi Center, which is where the main events are taking place. All the media outlets are set up in large white tents that they’re calling media pavilions. These tents house The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post, Reuters, etc. CNN, however, is too large and important to be housed in such humble quarters. They took the less conventional route and set up shop in a large brick building adjacent to the Pepsi Center. Across the side of the red brick they’ve obnoxiously painted “CNN = POLITICS” and other such corporate slogans. I’ll get a better photo of it today. The news anchors are all walking around with squawking, fluttering entourages. They are seven feet tall and have makeup caked on to their faces at all times. It gives me the distinct impression that the folks we trust to tell us about our world have absolutely no idea what the world is like. Sean Hannity, from Fox, was the only anchor I saw traveling alone and most like a regular person. But, of course, he’s seven feet tall. Notable celebrity sightings of the day: Sean Hannity, John King, Arianna Huffington, Barney Frank, Senator Jim Webb, Madeleine Kunin, and of course, Robert Kuttner. More to come!

“Rules for Revolutionaries” Offers New Political Playbook for Activists

A riveting behind-the-scenes look at the “rules” used by the “revolutionaries” who helped harness the volunteer power that fueled Bernie Sanders’ historic, and insurgent, presidential campaign.Authors Becky Bond and Zack Exley led the Sanders campaign’s efforts to recruit and engage volunteers at an unprecedented level, which was crucial to the Vermont senator capturing 46 percent […] Read More

In Memory: Poet David Budbill

“One village of the many—call it Judevine.”The Chelsea Green family was saddened to hear of the death of Vermont poet, author, and friend David Budbill. He died early Sunday morning, September 25, 2016 at his home in Montpelier. He had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease a year ago, and was in steady decline.In 1991, Chelsea […] Read More

Celebrate Homesteading Month with Chelsea Green

It’s September, which means it’s time to celebrate homesteading: Pose a question, tell a story, win a book!That’s right, September is International Homesteading Education Month, and throughout the month we’ll be publishing some of our favorite homesteading tips, techniques, and even recipes. We’ll be featuring authors Carol Deppe, Janisse Ray, Ben Hewitt, Philip Ackerman-Leist, as […] Read More

Hop Grower’s Handbook Wins Silver for Garden Writing

We’re “hopping” for joy at Chelsea Green for authors Laura Ten Eyck and Dietrich Gehring as they’ve been honored with a Silver Medal by GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators for their book The Hop Grower’s Handbook.Laura and Deitrich won the prestigious honor in the Writing category for a technical/reference book of greater than 120 […] Read More

Gene Logsdon: Contrary Farmer & Rural Philosopher (1931-2016)

One of Chelsea Green’s most prolific writers, thinkers, and all-around curmudgeonly but lovable farmer — Gene Logsdon — died this week. We were heartbroken to hear the news, and many of us who have worked with Gene over the years  began to think of all the ways in which we were the better for not […] Read More
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