Call for Change is doing a campaign called Call for Change, where people who want to get involved in the political process as volutneers can participate by calling voters in districts across the country to talk to them about voting in general, ballot initiatives, local issues, etc. The idea is that if ‘real people’ to talk to other real people about voting, then they will be more willing to participate on Election Day, 7 Nov 2006.

I am not one for telemarketers, but these people are not trying to sell you something. If you got cold-called by someone from this program, would you talk to them?

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About Garlin Gilchrist II

I am the City of Detroit's first ever Deputy Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement. My job is to open up the city's public data and information for the consumption and benefit of all Detroiters. I currently live in Detroit, my hometown, with my beautiful wife Ellen and our twins Garlin III and Emily Grace. I'm from Detroit. I created Detroit Diaspora, and was formerly the National Campaign Director at I also co-hosted The #WinReport on "The Good Fight," a an award winning, nationally syndicated radio show that was one of Apple's Best of 2013. After graduating with degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, I became a Software Engineer at Microsoft. By day, I helped build SharePoint into the fastest growth product in the company's history. On my personal time, I sought out opportunities to connect my technical skills with community building efforts across the country. This led to my co-founding The SuperSpade: Black Thought at the Highest Level, a leading Black political blog. I served as Social Media Manager for the 2008 Obama campaign in Washington, and then became Director of New Media at the Center for Community Change. I spent two years creating and implementing a strategy for the Center to take it's 40 years of community organizing experience into the digital age. I speak before diverse audiences on effective & responsive government, empowerment in revolutionary new organizing spaces, increasing civic engagement & participation through emerging technologies and protecting civil rights in the age of the Internet. Full bio here.

5 responses to “Call for Change”

  1. Bill Levinson says :

    Sure I’d talk to them. I’d ask them why they are calling on behalf of an organization that knowingly and willfully welcomed racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-Catholic hate speech onto its Action Forum. I’d ask them if they agree with one posting– as did ten out of thirteen Action Forum participants– that African-American soldiers should be disarmed and segregated as potential mutineers, that Colin Powell and Condoleeza Rice are “house slaves,” or that “Jews control all the media.”

    Q: What does the Ku Klux Klan call
    A: Redundant duplication of effort.

  2. Bill Levinson says :

    Another thought, should have stated it up front:

    “people who want to get involved in the political process as volutneers can participate by calling voters in districts across the country to talk to them about voting in general, ballot initiatives, local issues, etc.” can do so by calling on behalf of their local Democratic Party and not has NOTHING to do with anything that any mainstream Democrat would recognize as his or her party.

  3. Garlin II says :

    Thanks Bill for the comments. unfortunately has done some questionable things. I do not associate with Democrats, and I do not think others do either. Why do you think that people associate them with being Democrats?

    Sure people can do this on behalf of their local party offices, but the question here is whether or not you would talk with a group that was not associated with a particular party.

  4. Bill Levinson says :

    Garlin, claims to have “bought” the Democratic Party, and the candidates it is supporting are all nominally Democrats. (DINOs = Democrats In Name Only?) I do not believe that MoveOn stands for anything the Democrats I know would acknowledge as their party.

    As I said, I would definitely talk with anyone who identified themself as calling on behalf of and tell them what MoveOn was really doing.

  5. Garlin II says :

    Thanks again Bill.

    Perhaps that’s their claim, but I still do not associate them with the Democratic Party.

    I am happy that you would talk with them, and it would be interesting to hear their response. Chances are, if a random volunteer was doing the calling, they would not even be able to answer your questions, which is too bad since they are worth asking. People can avoid being the ignorant volunteer by reading up on/researching the groups that they work with.

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