Neighborhood Networks traces its origins to the Presidential campaign of 2004. With strong support from MoveOn which provided a data-assisted organizing model, we had kept Pennsylvania “blue” with a massive turnout in Philadelphia despite the national defeat of John Kerry. After the election a core group of MoveOn organizers were determined to preserve what they had learned from the campaign, so we decided we would try to keep the energy going and, on our own, establish connections to form a new organization. We gathered the connections we had made with other leaders and continued to hold monthly meetings and potlucks over the winter as we reached out.
In June 2005 we met at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and Neighborhood Networks was born. Our idea was
to create an enduring organization to push for progressive candidates and policies and a platform of progressive goals for healthcare, environment, civil rights and economic reform in Philadelphia, in Pennsylvania, and at the national level, a strategy to shore up the “democratic wing” of the Democratic Party and eventually to dominate it, not unlike the strategy the far right used so successfully to dominate the Republican Party.
Since our founding in 2004, we have grown a network of over 2,500 activists who work to elect progressive candidates at every level of government while also organizing on a wide range of issues, such as gun control, minimum wage increases, ethics reforms, environmental sustainability, progressive tax reform, and education equity.