~~ Nothing could be more inspiring to me than to see political groups put aside polarization and the “us vs them” mentality to join in a mission to improve our country for all citizens. Here is the fascinating back story of 2 unlikely allies from the left and right edges of the political spectrum who united to drive the recently successful effort to re-establish Net Neutrality.
~~ “When it comes to protecting Internet freedom, the Christian Coalition and MoveOn respectfully agree,” read the New York Times ad. MoveOn was the largest progressive organization in America, and the Christian Coalition a key group for conservative religious activists. They’d been on the other side of myriad issues, but never teamed up on anything before.
“It’s nice to not always be predictable,” said MoveOn co-founder Joan Blades. “When MoveOn shows up, people expect what we’re going to say. But when MoveOn and the Christian Coalition show up together, people think, ‘If these guys can agree on this, maybe it’s something I should pay attention to.’ You get a totally different response.”
“It was wonderful to make a difference on an issue that not a lot of people are thinking about, but is very big in terms of maintaining a public square that benefits everybody. It was a very happy ending.”
“I think it’s America at its best when you come together like this,” said Michele Combs, Christian Coalition’s communications director. “At the end of the day everyone wants to make a better country for their families, for the future. When we talk basic values, there’s a lot we come together on.” Working with new allies also energized her. “When people on either side of the aisle work with others who feel the same way as they do, there’s often in-fighting and egos. When you work with a group you normally disagree with, you’re coming together without common baggage. You’re both passionate, and you get a lot done. Not that I don’t appreciate the organizations I usually work with, but when a group like ours comes together with MoveOn or the National Wildlife Federation, it shows that we really can find common ground.”
Read here how the Christian Coalition and MoveOn Joined to Help Save Net Neutrality.
~~ CHEERS TO NET NEUTRALITY and WORKING TOGETHER TO MAKE OUR NATION BETTER! — Tim