The Unity Coalition is a project
of the Progressive Unity Voter Fund, a political
committee registered with the Federal Election
Commission. The Unity Coalition unites, mobilizes,
and informs progressives to help beat Bush – and
to counter the threat posed by Ralph Nader's divisive
candidacy. This is uniquely vital in 2004, especially
in swing states, in this incredibly close election,
and with so very few undecided voters. Progressives
can make the difference. We can deliver Kerry
the presidency, and gain a new seat at the table
based on victory and results – instead of pious
complaint, more electoral failure, and four more
catastrophic years of George Bush.
The Unity Campaign is a successor campaign to
RalphDontRun.net, which no doubt stands among
the most successful “failed” internet campaigns
in American political history. It drew 300,000
website visitors in six weeks, and reached 60
million Americans in four days via pervasive media
coverage around Nader’s candidacy announcement.
Sadly, against the advice of nearly all those
closest to him, Mr. Nader is running and apparently
in the race to stay. Other projects of the Fund
include DontVoteRalph.net, PollWatch04, and the
“Ralph, Tell the Truth” internet petition drive.
Our theme is unity among progressives of any description.
Look at just a few of those who supported Nader
in 2000, but who see that this year is crucially
different: Noam Chomsky, Ben Cohen, Peter Coyote,
Phil Donahue, Ronnie Dugger, Jim Hightower, Robert
McChesney, Michael Moore, and Bonnie Raitt. In
fact, one is hard pressed to think of a single
prominent Nader supporter from 2000 who supports
him in 2004. Are we all members of Nader’s derided
“liberal intelligentsia?" Or is the Bush presidency
simply such a disaster that we realize there is
only one responsible action for real progressives?
Despite Mr. Nader’s inevitable disagreement, we
don’t think everyone is out of step but Ralph.
The Progressive Unity Voter Fund is not affiliated
with any candidate, party or organization. It
is led by John Pearce and Kathy Cramer, with Flash
development by Paul Erskine of Turtle Rock Films
of San Francisco; Flash and movie development,
measurement and delivery technology by Cinemetrix
of Newton, MA; website development and technology
consulting from Aaron Murphy; and strategic counsel
from Gloria Totten, Executive Director of Progressive
Majority, and Jeff Cohen, formerly Communications
Director of Kucinich for President.
We invite your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org,
and urgently request your contributions to support
our work by credit card, check, or PayPal. All
contributions will be applied entirely to the
costs of this campaign and its further promotion.
Thanks for your interest and participation.
John Pearce is the founder
of RalphDontRun.net, and now runs DontVoteRalph.net.
He has appeared on CNN's Inside
Politics, the CBS
Evening News, Fox
News, the BBC World
Service and CNN Radio,
and has placed OpEd articles in a host of leading
newspapers including the Atlanta
Journal & Constitution, Houston
Chronicle, and San
Jose Mercury News. John was founder and
for 16 years Chairman & CEO of MediaMap, a
media research and software company for the public
relations industry. Prior to MediaMap, John worked
for Digital Equipment Corporation, Congressman
Michael Harrington (D.-Mass), and in the U.S.
House and Senate press galleries for the Associated
Kathy Cramer, John’s wife,
is a creative force in the Ralph, Don’t
Run and Don’t Vote Ralph campaigns. Kathy
is founder and former director of the National
Work Family Alliance (now the Alliance of Work
Paul Erskine is founder and principal
Rock Films, a digital video production studio
based in San Francisco. Paul’s credits include
dozens of corporate, entertainment, and political
new media productions encompassing video, live
action, animation, and graphic design. He is creator
and host of Open Shorts, a new filmmaker's showcase
program for the Bay Area.
Cinemetrix, Inc. is the developer
of the NetSuasive (SM) movie platform that enables
the fast loading, intelligent delivery, data capture,
and performance evaluation of Dont Vote Ralph
Internet movies. Cinemetrix can be reached in
Newton, Massachusetts at 617-630-0200 and on the
web at www.cinemetrix.com.
Gloria Totten is Executive Director
of Progressive Majority, a multi-issue independent
political organization dedicated to electing progressive
champions at the federal and state levels, and
is a strategic advisor to DontVoteRalph.net.
One of the top political organizers in the country,
Gloria was named a “Rising Star of Politics”
in 2002 by Campaigns & Elections magazine.
She also runs ProNET, a national coalition of
68 progressive political organizations, and served
as Political Director for NARAL from 1996-2001.
Directly, or through independent campaigns, Gloria
has worked on and managed more than 75 federal
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