The End of Activist Resource
Dear Activist Community,
Thank you for your support of Activist Resource over the years.
After a decade of editing the calendar, I regret to announce that I've decided to take the service offline.
The calendar's use has gradually declined on both the submission and readership side, which I believe to be much due to the increased use of facebook. While I loath the activist community relying on the poor and questionable corporate services of facebook, I don't really have much to offer in response.
Good people are putting in a lot of work listing events on the Activist Resource calendar, and I don't believe they are reaching enough of an audience to justify the effort. We had an email list of over 1000 activists back in 2006, but it's crept down to 700 and continues to fall as email addresses expire and readers unsubscribe. There has also been a corresponding decrease in the rate of new signups. While the calendar is syndicated to many other web sites, it's difficult to know the exposure there.
A certain momentum must be maintained to make it worth the effort for everyone involved, and I think that momentum has dwindled enough, so that continuing seems fruitless.
For those looking to continue to list and follow activist events in the Hudson Valley, please consider Jack Smith's venerable Hudson Valley Activist Newsletter at http://ActivistNewsletter.blogspot.com/. Also, our list of local organizations can be a more direct resource for activism opportunities.
Phasing out the service will start with a disabling new event submissions, and a notice on the syndicated feed indicating its eventual removal.
"Naturally the common people don't want war, but after all, it is the
leaders of a country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple
matter to drag people along whether it is a democracy, a fascist
dictatorship, a parliament or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no
voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders.
It is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked,
and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the
country to danger. It works the same in every country."
Goering, Hitler's Reich Marshal at the Nuremberg Trials after WWII.