I am starting on a new project, just conceived. In this case, I could genuinely use some help. Mostly financial but later volunteer labor and maybe technical assistance.
I bought two new web domains last night for this project and they are intended to be permanent fixtures in the political landscape.
The concept is a centralized website where protests and political rallies can be listed, by state and city. If it gets off the ground, it may expand globally.
My plan for now is that public access will be free of charge. There will be a charge for those listing the rally or protest. This does several things-
1- By charging a fee to those listing an event, it decreases chances of fraud.
2- It will allow me to have more time to maintain and moderate the site.
3- It takes the financial burden off of me directly, so the existence of the site is better insured for the future.
4- Future enhancements and developments will be easier to finance if they incur costs.
I am sure that this will involve more cost as time goes on. Initial plans are simply for the website. Over time, those plans will include email lists and text messaging to keep attendees current on events they have expressed interest in, such as cancellation or changes to location.
True to form with the Issues Unite concept, this will be open to any party or political group. The exceptions being hate groups of any kind. Of course, once the page gets large enough, this will require the volunteer assistance mentioned, to confirm a group is who they claim to be.
For cost, I expect to have tiered charge levels. The most expensive being for federal elections. Next would be state, then city government officials. The lowest tier would be for protests and local municipal officials such as school boards and such.
I am debating whether to include message boards or not. Right now, it seems best to leave that out. It would take considerably more time, effort and risk of liability to moderate message boards. This decision will be reassessed as time goes on and resources allow.
This really is a big project and will be time consuming. Up to now, most of my time has been spent writing articles and I have not had much time and energy left after working full time, writing part time, parenting part time and spending time with my gf. Have to sleep sometime. I may divert some time away from writing to work on this because with 2020 coming up, this is the right time to develop it, at least in some crude form. So any financial assistance is truly appreciated.
As of right now, there is no such centralized database of protests and political rallies in existence. To keep up with these things is difficult and this limits public involvement in many cases, while favoring the candidates with the largest (typically corporate funded) budgets. For protests, there have been numerous protests I would have attended but never heard of them until after they were over. None of us can have a question that corporate media and corporate-funded candidates prefer things as they are.
I am open to further suggestions to include in the concept at some point if you have any to offer.
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