ControlShift Blog

Uplift Ireland and the National Maternity Hospital

In April of 2017, Denise Kiernan saw a news story about a decision to move the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin to a new site — one that was owned by the Sisters of Charity, a congregation of Catholic nuns. This was alarming because a government commission had identified the Sisters as an organization involved in child abuse and other scandals around the health and welfare of women and children throughout the 20th century.
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New Feature: RSVP for Town Halls

As the congressional August Recess continues, VisitThem.org is excited to announce new features that will better support your in-person organizing around town hall events.
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ActionStation’s Collaborative Campaign Cultivation

In New Zealand, ActionStation uses the ControlShift platform to power their member-led campaigning site, OurActionStation. As with any distributed organizing program, building a community of member leaders and strategic campaigns takes plenty of intentional cultivation. However, rather than centering moderation and approval of new campaigns just with their paid staff, ActionStation has developed a system that engages some of their most dedicated volunteer members.
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On Higher Ground

I couldn’t be more pleased that the Higher Ground Labs team has launched a new early-stage accelerator to help founders bring new products for progressive campaigns to market.
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Win the August Recess: 6 Strategies for Offline Action

August Recess is around the corner, and Members of Congress will be leaving Washington. As they return to their districts, the recess presents an important opportunity to pressure MOCs on your organization’s legislative agenda. Already we’ve seen the power that committed activists can have on legislative priorities, and we all know that there’s no substitute for in-person action. Regardless of the issue your organization is working on, using the upcoming recess to encourage your members to take in-person action at district offices and town halls should be a key tenet of your recess plan.
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Five ways to use the VisitThem.org API

The VisitThem.org API builds on top of open-data provided by the unitedstates project on Github and extends it with congressional district office and town hall event data. There are lots of game… The VisitThem.org API builds on top of open-data provided by the unitedstates project on Github and extends it with congressional district office and town hall event data.
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Protecting Healthcare in the UK

Our friends at 38 Degrees just shared an inspiring story about a local campaign to save hospital services, launched and run by their members on the Campaigns By You ControlShift platform. From their email:
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Our Summer Recess Mission

This summer’s upcoming congressional recesses present both a challenge and an opportunity to advocacy organizations. Representatives are leaving DC, where many advocacy groups are headquartered, and returning to their districts, where their constituents and your organization’s members live.
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Why we built VisitThem.org

Personal stories are what drives our movements. They change hearts, minds and policy.
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Keystone Victory — Congrats!

A big congratulations to all of the ControlShift customers who have worked for years to stop the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. It was a long fight, but you proved the power of organizing. Thanks for all of the great work you do — it’s an honor to help support you!
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