Our Mission Statement
The overarching goals of all training and actions of thedeanpeople are to:
- Empower. We see citizen activists working on their own behalf as the only viable opposition to those who seek to concentrate governing power in the hands of the few. Participation in political activity serves as a reminder that the people are the sovereigns in their own nation.
- Unify. We limit our focus to a non-wedge, non-hyped agenda. For example, we believe few would oppose a campaign to ensure our elections are free and fair and conducted in a manner that instills public confidence in the results.
- Embolden. We seek to apply sound business management principles to political action in order to leverage the fervor of citizen coalitions. The reality is that lobbying elected officials is a business-like activity that anyone can succeed at with the proper knowledge, training, and support.
Citizen activists can get the same results that corporate interests pay millions for – by using the same tools and tactics.
- Catalyze. We also work to promote the values of the organization -- as captured in our publications: "A deaniast Manifesto" and "The American Fundamentalist."
The nature of the course of action undertaken is crucial to achieving the above goals -- as two of our core pilot projects illustrate:
- January 6th Coalition – Began in the wake of the (second) disputed presidential election in 2004, this project provided clients with materials and training to demand that their elected officials sign a Declaration of Intent to disallow unlawful electors at the time of electoral vote counting, January 6th 2005. This effort joined many others and resulted in the historic objection of Sen. Barbara Boxer to the Ohio electors.
- TalkingImpeachment– This ongoing effort provides written training materials and in-person coaching to groups demanding the impeachment of Bush and Cheney. The focus of our training is to provide arguments and supporting materials that counter the rationalizations for inaction often heard from DC-based officials.
In each case, putting the management and communications tools of an effective, professional lobbying effort into the hands of citizen activists has produced tangible results that might otherwise required much larger investments of time and/or money.