May 16, 2006
-- by Dave Johnson
Here is Leonard Salle's obituary at the Commonweal Institute.
Like I said, I will write about Leonard after a while, when I can. Before anything else, he would have wanted me to say, "Progressive Infrastructure."
A memorial service will be held on May 27, 2006 from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Taube Center on the campus of Notre Dame de Namur University, 1500 Ralston Avenue, Belmont, CA; 650-508-3500.
The family requests that donations be made to the Leonard M. Salle Memorial Education Fund at the Commonweal Institute, 325 Sharon Park Drive, Suite 332, Menlo Park, CA 94025; 650-854-9796. You can also click here to make a contribution.
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Leonard's insights and the Commonweal Institute's work utterly transformed the way I read and react to our media, and they way I think about how grassroots political organizing and communication strategies should work.
I thought I was "media-saavy", but when Dave introduced me to the materials the Commonweal Institute had made available on the web site, it was like the scales had fallen from my eyes. If you haven't been to the Commonweal Institute's web site, you owe it to yourself to visit it, and spend some serious time reading through their "Resources" section.
I'm sure his work has had a similar effect on many other people... as well, based on what I've seen, Leonard's "progressive infrastructure" meme has been overwhelmingly successful. There's hardly much debate anymore over why the right has been so successful over the last few decades, or what the progressive / moderate movement needs to do to restore balance to American politics.
It has been quite a pleasure, over the last few years, to watch more and more people buy into the concept and analysis that he and the Commonweal Institute (and Dave) were a pioneer at putting forth. This is Leonard's legacy: an utterly transformed understanding of how to move the progressive agenda forward in this country.
If, over the next twenty or thirty years, the progressive movement is even half as successful at changing the terms of debate, and forwarding their agenda as the hard right has been over the last twenty or thirty years, then Leonard, as much as anyone else, will deserve the credit.
I thank you, Leonard... and so do all the rest of the living beings on the planet who just might have a fighting chance for survival, now that their defenders have begun to get a clue.
Posted by: Thomas Leavitt at May 18, 2006 5:51 AM
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