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Dear Friends,

This is newsletter #3 from Third Act, which somehow seems significant!

And in fact it is: we have big news, most of it about our first big national call, coming up on the evening of December 7 at 5pmPT, 8pmET. You’ll get an email next week asking you to sign up—but for now save the date and spread the word. Lead advisor Akaya Windwood and Bill McKibben will be talking about the genesis of the project; we’ll hear from our newly hired organizing directors; and we’ll have some special stuff. (See the p.s. below for a clue.)

One big topic will be campaigning around voting rights: we may know by then the prospects for breaking the filibuster that has prevented consideration of the voting rights law named for John Lewis.

And we’ll bring people up to date on the climate fight as it has developed in the weeks since Glasgow. A few thoughts on that conference here—ending with the need to take on the banks, since it’s getting harder, not easier, to win concessions from the planet’s government.

But mostly we’ll be talking about the movement—and the culture—we hope to build together in the years ahead. We hope you’ll gather with a friend or ten to watch, and that you’ll let others know about it. We’ll be talking about local organizing, and organizing by affinity group. (Our first such effort, Third Act People of Faith, is already beginning to assemble.) If you’re interested in helping coordinate folks with similar affinities, vocations, or skills, you can let us know right here.

The feel of this organization may not be for everyone—we’re going to do our best to be strong and effective without falling into the rancor that marks so much of contemporary politics. But we hope it will feel right to you. Come check it out December 7!

Vanessa Arcara,

p.s. We promised music would be a uniting theme in our work, and we meant it—but since the age span in our group covers 40 years we might need a little primer on the hits. We started at the high school prom midpoint for our cohort—that would be 1959—and now we’re working forward and backward one year each newsletter.

So: 1958. Lots of novelty songs (“Purple People Eater”) and a surprising amount of Italian (“Volare”), but a clear favorite on both the Hot 100 and the R&B charts: Phil and Don Everly singing “All I Have to Do is Dream.” But 1958 also set the tone for 1960: Hank Ballard and the Midnighters had a modest success with a song called “The Twist,” but when Chubby Checker covered it in 1960 he scored what Rolling Stone once called the biggest song of the 1960s.

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