|Progressive Secretary needs help!|
In 1998, after I was disabled from leukemia and living on a very limited income, I began Progressive Secretary with my own funds, because I believed deeply that more letters from progressives are needed in the struggle for peace and justice.
I continue to finance it myself, aided by generous contributions sent in by people like you. In the beginning Progressive Secretary required only a home computer, software for letter writing and databases, and my limited computer programming skills.
But today, with more than 6,000 members and an annual output of more than 200 letters, a volunteer staff of over 150, our costs are esculating. We need several computers, multiple internet connections, software, space, and a variety of other expences including staff and office expences.
I've retained a computer programming firm to help us send letters to your congress person's web site. Their November bill is $3,400, and I'm behind in paying it.
Future Congress people will undoubtedly use sophisticated technology to detect computer generated letters, and I hope to raise enough funds to keep our technology up date, and to make Progressive Secretary even easier to use.
In order to grow, we must get the word out, and that too costs money.
Your contributions can keep Progressive Secretary technology up to date and help get the word out.
We welcome your help!
Checks should be sent to:
9153 Rundelay Way
Sacramento CA 95826
Who are these people?
They are all unpaid volunteers who see Progressive Secretary (PS) as a way for citizens to speak out on issues that concern them
Jim Harris, founder and sole operator till mid-1999, describes himself as a sixties activist and a Quaker. After treatment for leukemia left him partially disabled, he decided to devote himself to progressive service, his long time calling, by using his computer skills and his knowledge of activism.
PS was financed initially by Jim alone, because he used his own limited funds to purchase the computer and software upon which PS's work is based. PS gladly accepts contributions to help pay for equipment and the constant upgrades we need as we grow. But PS is free, and contributions are not required of anyone.
Jim is a progressive who believes in the right of citizens in a democracy to speak their minds and to strive for the removal of injustice. He is deeply committed to economic justice, humane treatment of prisoners, preservation of the environment, peace, civil rights, and a sane and just world.
Jim maintains overall coordination of PS, but concentrates increasingly on technical operations since being joined by Pat Murphy.
Pat Murphy, who coordinates letters, is a long time activist, educator, and writer who has done volunteer work for the American Friends Service Committee, the Florida Coalition for Peace and Justice, and many other causes. He is an experienced administrator and writer. He retired in 1991 as Five College Professor of African Studies, based at Smith College, Northampton, MA. Pat is also a Quaker, and an avid sailor until degenerative mobility problems forced him to spend most of his time at the computer. He enthusiastically shares Jim's progressive beliefs and values.
Pat evaluates letter proposals, puts them into the PS letter-writing program, works with Jim to find writers, editors, verifiers, and proofreaders, then puts each letter into final form for Jim to send out. When he has time, Pat writes or edits most PS letters as well.
Jim and Pat depend upon literally scores of volunteers to accomplish the work of PS. Volunteers proofread every letter that goes out, verify the facts letters are based on, sometimes draft and edit letters, help other participants with problems, undertake internet research. Many volunteers send in contributions, too, which help to defray the modest costs of running PS.
All volunteers are also PS participants, as are Jim and Pat, who came to PS because it is a good way to speak out for peace, justice, and a better life for all.