Introducing a new BlogHer Community Initiative: BlogHers Act

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Have you ever imagined the impact if every member of BlogHer's more than 11,000 bloggers strong and growing every day -- focused our considerable brainpower, ingenuity and influence on one red-hot issue? How about if that one red-hot issue was the focus of an organized, year-long campaign to make a measurable difference that this community cares about?

Yes, some of you have. And you've emailed all three of us (sometimes more than once!) to ask BlogHer to take a leadership position in bringing the BlogHer community of powerful women together to create real change

Today, Lisa, Jory and I are very proud to say "yes." We're introducing BlogHers Act. And just like the BlogHer Conference is the conference the community built, we want BlogHers Act to take on a cause the community develops.

So today the work begins: It's up to all of us to determine, between now and the conference, what project we'll unveil and kick-off an action plan for at BlogHer '07 this July in Chicago.

BlogHers Act is an opportunity for the BlogHer community to have a collective impact on a global scale. We're going to pick a single issue, organize a year-long campaign, and blog the heck out of it.

We're starting today: We have asked the incredible duo of Cooper Munroe and Emily McKhann, from the Been There Hurricane Clearinghouse Blog, to lead this effort for us, by helping us work together to identify both:

1. The global issue that the BlogHer community wants to support

2. A voter manifesto identifying the top issues that the community wants addressed during the American presidential election in 2008

Here's how to get involved: Cooper and Emily are taking suggestions for a BlogHer-wide survey of all members, who will vote and pick our red-hot issue. You can suggest anything -- are you already blogging about an issue you want BlogHers to get behind? Great! Suggest it.

You have until June 15 to suggest your burning issues. Then we'll launch a BlogHer-wide survey to vote on which of those issues will be the focus of the first BlogHers Act initiative.

We'll introduce the first BlogHers Act initiative at BlogHer '07 and start work immediately, right there at the conference.

Please help us make the most of this opportunity for a huge exercise in do-ocracy. We women certainly don't all think or vote alike, but we are the majority of voters and the majority of bloggers – and there are certain issues many of us care about, regardless of our ideological stripe.

Working together, we can make a world of difference.

Ready to hear more? Take it away Cooper and Emily…

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