I started my new website http://rallyandprotest.com/ with a specific goal in mind. To promote citizen inclusion in the democratic process as much as possible. To achieve this, it is intended to be a central website where anyone from any party, any social movement can spread awareness at a reasonable cost, from local to national. No such site exists anywhere else. If you seek information on rallies and protests right now, any information you find will be specific to a single party, candidate or organization.
If you go to the message board on the site, you’ll see that pricing is reasonable and at the moment I am running a special of 4 event listings for the price of 1 to help get the site off the ground. This will run until 12/31/19. With the special, that means a protest can list their event for as little as $2.50, a sum which is basically disposable for most movements.
If I had the financial means, the entire thing would be free. Unfortunately, that’s not a realistic option. It takes time, money and effort to create, develop, maintain and promote the site. I have not yet gotten to the stage where I can promote the site because there are no listings yet.
There is also the security aspect regarding requiring payment. Charging a fee reduces fraud and spam. Payments have to clear before a listing goes live.
I am currently contacting campaign managers for my local/state campaigns and for presidential campaigns.
This is where readers may be able to help. If you support a certain candidate at any level, belong to a social activist organization planning an upcoming event, please tell them about the site. Be sure to point out that listings will include text message updates on events free of charge. There is virtually nothing for them to lose and much potential gain in terms of visibility.
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I have opened my new website which is intended to be a central listing of protests and political rallies across the US. It’s still a work in progress but is functional. You can find it at http://RallyAndProtest.com
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