With Newsvine shutting down and the community here being cast to the winds I wanted to use this column and the time remaining to it to encourage the furtherance of the spirit born here on Newsvine. Citizen journalism is a mirror to our world; it is a news source neither unbiased nor uninterested in the reality it presents yet it is also the only one which can be trusted to reflect honestly the views and opinions of the people.
We need that honesty in our country, news, and politics. We need a platform from which to speak, that our fellow citizens -- and especially our political leaders -- might hear us.
Newsvine was that platform, for many of us, for years. In my time on the Vine I interviewed Senators and Congressmen, watched political history unfold before my eyes, and wept at the horror we inflict upon ourselves. Newsvine gave me a voice and I used that voice to reach, teach, and inform thousands of people. The end of Newsvine and the end of my participation in it does not lift from me the responsibility that comes from that platform, that voice, and that audience.
So while Newsvine may wither, I will move on. Today you can find me writing for Resistbot, a rapidly growing political activism chat-bot which allows its users to easily fax, call, email, or send physical letters to their Senators, Representatives, or state Governor. Resistbot's mission is not just to make that contact easier, but to keep citizens engaged by reminding them to reach out and educating them as they do so.
If you'd like to sign up for Resistbot it really couldn't be easier. You can click here to use the Facebook Messenger based bot or text
RESIST to 50409. If you're just looking for new content from your friendly neighborhood Killfile (and really, who could blame you) you can find it on the Resistbot Policy Blog.
Those of you who are looking for something a little more involved will note that the blog is hosted through Medium. Medium has a publication model not unlike Newsvine's. If you're feeling particularly punchy, tag your policy posts with `Congress` and feel free to submit them to the Resistbot blog. I can use all the help I can get.