by Sarah Stapleton-Gray, Internet and LAN manager
The Internet's immense possibilities continue to strengthen NOW's actions and events while expanding the organization's reach to the uninitiated.
During the auction, Internet bids competed with live bids. Five of the online bidders ultimately placed the winning bids. One woman discovered the auction while doing some Internet research and became a NOW member in addition to placing a successful bid.
NOW hopes to have more online PAC auctions in the future—please check back at the http://www.now.org/pac site.
The National Action Center has several lists (including now-action-list for action alerts, and news-releases for press releases) that are helpful complements to using the telephone or U.S. mail to communicate with members and potential members.
While you can maintain a list through most e-mail programs yourself, finding a host for your list has a number of advantages. A host will utilize an e-mail list system such as "majordomo" which automates the adding and changing of addresses.
E-mail lists also place a burden on any machine that they run on, taking
up both time and space. Unfortunately, the NOW National Action Center
does not have the extra capacity on our server to host chapter or state
e-mail lists. However, activists may be able to solicit a local or
national Internet provider to host your list for free. Connect to
http://thelist.com to look up your local
Internet providers. Some progressive or women's sites may also
be willing to host your list for free.
Several sites are in the business of hosting e-mail lists for free, although they automatically add advertisements to the bottom of your e-mail messages. Try places such as http://www.findmail.com/ or http://www.coollist.com/ or http://www.onelist.com/ for free e-mail lists and other services.
If you do start a local e-mail list, feel free to subscribe that list to NOW's national lists, so that individual members will only need to update their e-mail addresses in one place. You can also conect to the NOW web site at http://www.now.org/chapters/freemail.html to read about how to obtain a free e-mail address.