Sam Adams Alliance - December 2010 Newsletter


As the year draws to an end, letters to Santa are drafted, resolutions are pondered, and lame ducks waddle into the sunset, the team at SAM feels restless. We are eager to apply our insights from 2010 to the public conversation that unfolds in the new year.  We are excited to celebrate the extraordinary engagement of citizens from coast to coast, who changed the game in American politics over the last 18 months.


In the spirit of celebrating citizenship, we are pleased to share with you our "Green Energy" report charting citizen activism; and ask you to nominate citizen leaders you know for Sammies awards. Details of our latest Activist Insights research and the annual Sammies contest and gala can be found throughout this month's newsletter.


As 2010 draws to a close, and we prepare to welcome 2011, I hope you will join us in our restlessness, and enjoy a festive holiday season.

 All the Best,


Yvonne B. Ralsky

Executive Director

in this issue
4th annual Sammies contest launch
New research takes on "Green" Energy among 2010 activists
Coach Ditka and a web entrepreneur are irreverent messengers
Contribute to SAM
November's Engaging Democracy podcasts
Best of the The Point blog
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Watch the promo video for the
4th annual Sammies!

the 4th annual Sammies contest is underway!

$60,000 at stake in the contest for the country's top citizen leaders of 2010
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The Sammies is our annual awards show recognizing citizen leaders and volunteers like you. This year, we have six new categories, and we've tripled our award amounts. 

We kicked off the 2011 Sammies contest on November 4. This year's theme, "redrawing    the lines" refers to the redrawing of battle lines in American politics from the traditional Republican and Democrat to a new division between political professional and citizen.  The contest is open from now until January 28, 2011. Winners will be flown to Chicago for the Sammies gala and awards to be held April 8, 2011 at Chicago's Union Station.

NOMINATE yourself or someone you know for a Sammie

Photos from our 4th annual Sammies kickoff reception

"green" energy
SAM's insightsLab releases part one of three exploring 2010 grassroots activism
Green Energy

As the year nears its end, SAM's insightsLab has been hard at work developing a three part series investigating 2010 grassroots energy. On November 18, we released part one of the series delving into activist and voter enthusiasm before Election Day, on Election Day, and post-Election Day. Read part one here.

Part two will be released Thursday, December 2, and will tackle a number of lingering questions that have pestered citizen activists: How do activists groups differ from the political parties? Are Tea Parties political or cultural institutions?

Follow "Green" Energy here.


irreverent messenger
Coach Ditka and an internet entrepreneur are among November's awardees

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Legendary coach Mike Ditka pledged his support for citizen activism; Bjorn Lomborg brought a new perspective to the climate debate; and Morris Panner stated the case for American entrepreneurship. Find out what all of November's Irreverent Messengers did to earn the coveted messenger bag.

Help SAM give our award - and our "Irreverent" messenger bag - to only the best! Email your nominations to

make your year-end gift to SAM today!

This is an extraordinary time to be an American and SAM is privileged to support the rising demand for freedom among our fellow citizens. Your friendship and financial generosity allows SAM to provide fellowship, sustenance, and inspiration to citizen activists through our products and programs.  So CLICK HERE to donate today, and help the Sam Adams Alliance preserve democracy, freedom, and the America the Founders envisioned!   

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In November's podcasts, Susie Coehlo, founder and CEO of Susie Coehlo Enterprises, talked to us about the challenges of being an entrepreneur today, and why it's tougher than years past. And we began our series on past Sammies winners with an interview with the 2010 winner of the Watchdog Award, Brian Costin. CLICK HERE to follow our "Sammies Stories" series, and listen to more podcasts.

the best of the point blog

The Point

Read these posts and a lot more on The Point blog. And please tell us what you think by posting in the comment section.

Interview with Pauline Maier: Getting the Founding Right Part 2

TSA and Civilly Disobedient Passengers

The Success and Future of the Tea Parties

How Conservative Pundits Have Viewed the Tea Parties over Time

The Interview with Entrepreneur Morris Panner

Graphic: Your Guide to the Final Days of the 111th Congress