It takes a while to get your head around the combination of those three new media sites. It is ambitious but it is going to happen, at least for young immigrant youth and their allies.
Think about it. You are the only immigrant student at your high school in Georgia. But you go to DreamActivist 2.0, register and find out that you can click on your ‘Region’ and find local groups and students in your area. You can even PM the other members directly and get to know them! And best of all, you will be able to access your own group and state blog, see upcoming events via an events calendar, pressing actions you can take for your state and even suggest your own. As you grow more comfortable, you can also start contributing blog posts that will be under yourname.dreamactivist.org. There is a WIKI for all your pressing questions, a forum for additional support and socializing, and more exciting features such as weekly chats.
It will be a one-of-a-kind system for the immigrant rights movement. The new interface is also supposed to help with the transition to a post-DREAM Act world, and getting more organized in terms of scholarships, financial aid and resources for higher education. An iPhone application is also coming soon, but I claim no right to talk about that.
We opened up bids on Elance to design the skin of the new system. I have the vision down, but navigation and graphics is not my department. It’s time to get busy on the phone and skype to India in the next few weeks to make this vision a reality in early 2010.