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    Voto Latino Drives Voter Registration (and Voting) over SMS

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    Sometimes the best way to reach out to people is to have your members do it for you. That’s the idea behind a recent Voto Latino campaign that used text to engage its members in a voting registration drive. Members on the Voto Latino mobile list received a text asking them to take the May…

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    Mobile Commons Gets Personal with Democracy

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    Earlier this month, Mobile Commons helped out our friends at the Personal Democracy Forum give conference-goers a way to voice their opinions about technology and government. Working with the event organizers, we ran a mobile survey asking attendees for their opinions on everything from where the SOPA/PIPA movement should go next to what they think about the…

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    Working America Drives Local Action with Targeted Text Messages

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    Working America is a national organization that represents working families on a wide variety of issues. Some of those issues are national. But some – from unemployment in New Mexico to union rights in Ohio – are highly local. So Working America uses locally targeted mobile outreach to make sure they’re sending their messages to…

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    Sierra Club Sends a Mobile Alert to Keep Their Members Involved in White House Advocacy

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    Last week, the Sierra Club held a call with White House staff about some of their most critical issues: wind and solar power. Calls like this are an important way to make an impact – and they become more powerful the more constituents get involved. To encourage maximum participation from their base, the Sierra Club…

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    When Will the Pittsburgh Skies Finally Be Clean? Send an SMS to Guess.

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    A new contest is letting Pittsburgh residents use text messaging to guess the first clean air day of summer – and win prizes if they’re right, including a hot air balloon ride. The contest is designed to put a fun spin on air quality awareness. Instead of just focusing on bad air days, why not…

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    Your Phone Baby is Demanding Your Attention – And Will Only be Satisfied with Texts

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    Remember that week of high school when half the people in your class were carrying around an egg taped to a sack of flour to show them how hard being a parent was? Well, now DoSomething.org is offering a mobile version of the same idea – and this one talks back. Do Something is encouraging…

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    FEC Allows Text Donations to Political Campaigns

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    Big news for political fundraising. The FEC just ruled to allow text donations to political campaigns. Text donations have become a major part of non-profit fundraising, and have long been used by 501C3s to spur mass numbers of small donations. (Read here how This American Life makes excellent use of text donations). But until today,…

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    Get Text Reminders to Register for Pre-K Schools – from the NYC Department of Education

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    Applying to public school can be a confusing process – right up there with college applications and the NFL draft system. But a simple tool is making it easier for parents this year. The NYC Department of Education is offering free text message reminders to help parents through Pre-K registration. Parents opt-in by providing a…

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    Mobile Organizing for 2012 – Our Netroots Nation Panel Streaming Live

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    Our CEO Jed Alpert is moderating a panel at Netroots Nation called “Mobile Organizing for 2012: From Elections to Occupy, Anti-Fracking to Arab Spring.” The panel will explore how organizations are using mobile to build their political movements, and give practical tips on how to drive phone calls to legislators, build a base of supporters, and move…

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    Get Shredded Over Text Message with Jillian Michaels

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    Fitness guru Jillian Michaels is jump-squatting out of the pages of magazines and right into your mobile phone. She’s helping people stay fit with a series of daily motivating text messages. The program began with an ad in the pages of Health magazine, which encouraged readers to text JILLIAN to 69866 or scan a QR…

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