This month's Providence Monthly includes a feature on the Providence mayoral election. Included within the larger piece was a story on the Uncaucus. Written by John Taraborelli, the piece is a fair assessment of where we were, where we've been and where we are headed.
An exceprt: "Plans are already in motion to ex- pand the Uncaucus’ efforts into other state elections and host further campaign related events (the next is likely to be in June). Of course, if this “citizen-led movement” is to truly live up to the word “movement,” it runs the risk of becoming bloated, institutionalized or fractious, or losing focus. Withers remains unfazed. “There are 101 arguments why we shouldn’t do this – because of what we could become,” she says. “I choose not to worry about that. I don’t think it’s the path we’re on.”
What path the Uncaucus is on re- mains to be seen – “citizen-led movement” or one-shot gimmick? – but given the predictable, stultifying nature of politics in a state with what is effectively one-party rule, any chance to change the conversation is a welcome one. If that’s all the Uncaucus manages to accomplish, they can claim to have done at least a part of their civic duty..."
Take a look at the whole article (PDF below) and let us know what you think.