sms mobilization

Texting for Reform: SMS, Immigration and Civil Rights

Posted by AnneryanHeatwole on Jan 19, 2010

In December 2009, US Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D – Illinois) introduced the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity (CIR ASAP) Act of 2009 in the American House of Representatives. The bill is a major step in overhauling the American immigration system, providing greater protection for immigrants while ensuring that employers use fair and legal hiring practices.

As the legislative debate about this hot-button issue heats up, interest groups are increasing their advocacy to protect the rights of both documented and undocumented immigrants. With reform on so many people’s minds, two organizations have been using mobile technology to spread the word.

Texting for Reform: SMS, Immigration and Civil Rights data sheet 4524 Views
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Mobile Commons

Posted by AnneryanHeatwole on Sep 01, 2009
Mobile Commons data sheet 3107 Views
Organization that developed the Tool: 
Main Contact: 
Michael Sabat
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Mobile Commons’ software makes it simple to create mobile campaigns and applications, and to connect them to the web, CRM Tools, and other media through a web-based intereface.

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Brief Description: 

Mobile Commons’ software makes it simple to create mobile campaigns and applications, and to connect them to the web, CRM Tools, and other media. Mobile Commons clients focus on cause-related marketing, fundraising campaigns, and advocacy. Mobile Commons provides tools that allow full two-way messaging, integrated audio, and web tie-ins.

Tool Category: 
Is a web-based application/web service
Key Features : 
  • Two-way text campaigns
  • Mobile fundraising
  • Mobile advocacy


Main Services: 
Bulk SMS
Interactive Voice Response (IVR)
Premium SMS and Billing
Voting, Data Collection, Surveys, and Polling
Information Resources/Information Databases
Tool Maturity: 
Currently deployed
All phones -- SMS
All phones -- Voice
Program/Code Language: 
.NET Compact Framework
Organizations Using the Tool: 
  • Oxfam
  • The Humane Society of the United States
  • Sierra Club
  • Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh


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Generation 2.0 A Practical Guide for Using New Media to Recruit, Organize, and Mobilize Young People

Posted by LeighJaschke on Jul 14, 2009
Generation 2.0 A Practical Guide for Using New Media to Recruit, Organize, and Mobilize Young People data sheet 3114 Views
Rigby, Ben; Godin, Seth; Exley, Zack
Publication Date: 
Apr 2008
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This practical guidebook is a must-have for every nonprofit and political organization interested in reaching youth. The book clearly and concisely details the ways in which new media has been used successfully –and unsuccessfully– to recruit, organize, and engage young people. Importantly, it ties online efforts to offline action. Chapter 4 focuses on mobile phones, using sms text messaging, what it is, how it works, and how to get started.

SMS Campaigns Taking Off

Posted by Bonnie Bogle on May 02, 2006

SMS campaigns are becoming common in many parts of the world, but perhaps no where so much as in India. Every couple days it seems like a new campaign has been started and is getting coverage in the Indian online newspapers.

On the heels of the Justice for Jessica SMS campaign that received significant press coverage in India and abroad, a campaign has been started seeking justice for a woman in Patna, India. Text messages asking people to forward the message on to friends and to the head of police showing their support for a woman who says she was sexually exploited by a police officer. 

A political candidate in West Bengal, India, is sending text messages to reach out to urban and semi-urban citizens to ask for their vote in an upcoming election. Text messages are being circulated in Madhya Pradesh, India,asking people to conserve water. In several parts of India SMS campaigns are urging parents to send young children to schools that teach in their native language, rather than in English. And university students started a campaign for the quick recovery of Pramod Mahajan, an Indian politician who was recently shot several times.

SMS Messages in Use in the Thai Election

Posted by KatrinVerclas on Apr 10, 2006

SMS messages were in wide use in the recent Thai elections, both officially and inofficially. 

In preparation for Thailands snap election last week, Thailand's Election Commission sent text messages to 25 million cell phone customers politely reminding them to vote. The message read: "You are cordially invited to exercise your right to vote on February 6, between 8 am and 3 pm."

At the same time, the Nation, a Thai newspaper, reported recently on a text message campaign among voters urging them to bring a a pen with them to mark their ballots.

The SMS stated: "Don't use the rubber stamp provided [by the authorities] to prevent fakes. Tell all your friends too." 

SMS Campaign in India: Jessica Lal, An Update

Posted by KatrinVerclas on Mar 31, 2006

The SMS petition campaign for justice in the Jessica Lal murder case that we wrote about here wrapped up last week with more than 200,000 SMS signatures (previous links no longer active). On air the 24-hour news station NDTV solicited their viewers – mostly middle class and mobile phone owners - to send a text message to the station protesting the injustice they saw in the acquittal of all nine men accused in the fashion model's murder in a crowded bar. These text messages, treated like signatures on a petition, were promised to be sent to the president to show the nation's outrage in what they saw as government corruption and a police cover up.

NDTV's managing editor said, "That just goes to show you technology has changed the face of mobilization completely. Because if this were like ten years ago and you were going door to door collecting signatures, which would have been its equivalent, it would have taken you many more logistics, just an army of volunteers. You didn't need any of that. You needed one rallying point on television."

India: Justice for Jessical Lal -- via SMS?

Posted by KatrinVerclas on Mar 15, 2006

From India: The "Justice for Jessica Lal" campaign is fueled by  massive sms campaigns across the country. 

In Mumbai, "TV news channel NDTV launched a "Fight for Jessica Lal" campaign to garner support for a fresh trail in the ‘Jessica Lal murder case’ where all the nine prime accused were "honoroubly" discharged by a Delhi sessions court this week. (Lal, a model, was filling in as a bartender in a posh south Delhi restaurant when she was shot in the wee hours of 30 April 1999 after she reportedly refused to serve liquor to Manu Sharma, the son of Haryana Excise Minister Vinod Sharma."  Sharma was recently acquitted.