Posted by: shannynmoore | August 14, 2009

Shannyn Moore Awarded The Gilliard Grant of Merit at Netroots Nation

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Shannyn Moore was awarded the Gilliard Grant of Merit this morning at the Netroots Nation Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.  The grant was named after blogger and journalist Steve Gilliard (November 13, 1964-June 2, 2007).

Steve Gilliard

Steve Gilliard

Shannyn is the second recipient of the award.  Clinical psychologist, blogger/writer, visual journalist and curator of BAGnewsNotes, Michael Shaw, was the inaugural recipient last year.

In her ongoing effort to paint a red state blue one stroke at a time, Shannyn has fought to take back the word Liberal from it’s right wing captors.  She is honored and humbled to receive this significant recognition from her peers.

Phil Munger wrote a nice piece on Firedoglake and another piece on his own blog, Progressive Alaska.  Thanks Phil.

Here is an amazing piece Steve Gilliard wrote titled, “I’m a Fighting Liberal“.


Wednesday, December 03, 2003
I’m a fighting liberal

By Steve Gilliard

You know, I’ve studied history, I’ve read about America and you know something, if it weren’t for liberals, we’d be living in a dark, evil country, far worse than anything Bush could conjure up. A world where children were told to piss on the side of the road because they weren’t fit to pee in a white outhouse, where women had to get back alley abortions and where rape was a joke, unless the alleged criminal was black, whereupon he was hung from a tree and castrated.

What has conservatism given America? A stable social order? A peaceful homelife? Respect for law and order? No. Hell, no. It hasn’t given us anything we didn’t have and it wants to take away our freedoms.

The Founding Fathers, as flawed as they were, slaveowners and pornographers, smugglers and terrorists, understood one thing, a man’s path to God needed no help from the state. Is the religion of these conservatives so fragile that they need the state to prop it up, to tell us how to pray and think? Is that what they stand for? Is that their America?

Conservatism plays on fear and thrives on lies and dishonesty. I grew up with honest, decent conservatives and those people have been replaced by the party of greed. It is one thing to want less government interference and smaller, fiscally responsible government. It is another thing entirely to be a corporate whore, selling out to the highest bidder because the CEO fattens your campaign chest. They are building an America which cannot be sustained. One based on the benefit of the few at the cost of the many. The indifferent boss who hires too few people and works them to death or until they break down sick. Cheap labor capitalism has replaced common sense. “Globalism” which is really guise for exploitation, replaced fair trade, which is nothing like fair for the trapped semi-slaves of the maquliadoras. In the Texas border towns, hundreds of these women have been used as sex slaves and then apparently killed,the FBI powerless to do anything as the criminals sit in Mexico untouched by law.

For the better part of a decade, the conservatives made liberal a dirty word. Well, it isn’t. It represents the best and most noble nature of what America stands for: equitable government services, old age pensions, health care, education, fair trials and humane imprisonment. It is the heart and soul of what made American different and better than other countries. Not only an escape from oppression, but the opportunity to thrive in land free of tradition and the repression that can bring. We offered a democracy which didn’t enshrine the rich and made them feel they had an obligation to their workers.

Bush and the people around him disdain that. They think, by accident of birth and circumstance, they were meant to rule the world and those who did not agree would suffer.

Liberal does not and has not meant weak until the conservatives said it did. Was Martin Luther King weak? Bobby Kennedy? Gene McCarthy? It was the liberals who remade this country and ended legal segregation and legal sexism. Not the conservatives, who wanted to hold on to the old ways.

It’s time to regain the sprit of FDR and Truman and the people around them. People who believed in the public good over private gain. It is time to stop apologizing for being a liberal and be proud to fight for your beliefs. No more shying away or being defined by other people. Liberals believe in a strong defense and punishment for crime. But not preemption and pointless jail sentences. We believe no American should be turned away from a hospital because they are too poor or lack a proper legal defense. We believe that people should make enough from one job to live on, to spend time on raising their family. We believe that individuals and not the state should dictate who gets married and why. The best way to defend marriage is to expand, not restrict it.

It was the liberals who opposed the Nazis while the conservatives were plotting to get their brown shirts or fund Hitler. It was the liberals who warned about Spain and fought there, who joined the RAF to fight the Germans, who brought democracy to Germany and Japan. Let us not forget it was the conservatives who opposed defending America until the Germans sank our ships. They would have done nothing as Britain came under Nazi control. It was they who supported Joe McCarthy and his baseless, drink fueled claims.

Without liberals, there would be no modern America, just a Nazi sattlelite state. Liberals weak on defense? Liberals created America’s defense. The conservatives only need vets at election time.

It is time to stop looking for an accomodation with the right. They want none for us. They want to win, at any price. So, you have a choice: be a fighting liberal or sit quietly. I know what I am, what are you?


  1. Congratulations, Shannyn!!!! WOO HOO!!!!

    • shannie i feel rewarded!..being your friend, “get the fish in the boat!”

  2. I am so happy for you Shannyn, congratulations, it is well deserved.

  3. While I am a conservative with Midwestern values, I agree that a faction of the conservatives are so filled with hatred and venom that it irks me to the bone. I believe America will thrive best when there are both liberals and conservatives as that is what make democracy great. I don’t understand why some conservatives don’t embrace diversity and fight with lies and hatred. Shannyn, there are a lot of us conservatives upset with the direction being taken by some so-called conservatives. Congrats on your award! You are awesome!

  4. Steve Gilliard – wow. What a loss to the world. This was a MAN!
    What a huge honor for you Shannyn. Mudpuppies all over the world are so darned proud of you.

  5. Congratulations Shannyn, richly deserved!

  6. Great essay, Shannyn. You just demonstrated once more why you are worthy of Gilliard Grant of Merit.


    I think you pointed out the main difference between liberals and conservatives. Hardcore conservatives are about self-interest (Prescott Bush). Hardcore liberals are all about the public good and the good of the country and the world.

    ********Note from JAGFH Editor*******
    On behalf of Shannyn, Thanks. FYI, that piece was written by Steve Gilliard.

  7. Congratulations Shannyn on this well-deserved honor!

  8. Congrats, Shannyn!! And based on that piece by Steve Gilliard, I can only think he would be proud to have you receive the award.

  9. Cheers sista!, I just rang your pay pal bell. Drinks er’ on me!

    Thanks for spreading the goodwill of Alaskans for us.

    Proud of ya –

    Hip Hip Hooray

  10. Yeah wtg, Shannyn you rock girl. You absolutely deserve this grant and the recognition.

  11. celebrating for you! woo hoo!

  12. Adding my cheers and grats! Wooohooo!!

  13. Cheers from MA….well deserved!

  14. Congratulations Shannyn on this well deserved honor. All fighting liberals salute you!

  15. Wow – Congratulations! – and thank you for all you do!

  16. Wow. Shannyn. Way to go! And much deserved.

  17. Congratulations Shannyn.

    That piece written by Steve Gilliard was truly awesome. I would have been honored to have known him.

    You follow in BIG footsteps

  18. Congratulations! From Homer to Pittsburg to ???? Who knows what excitement is ahead?

    Best Wishes!

  19. Congratulations, Shannyn! The Netroots folk certainly chose well and your humility just adds to your exceptional honor-worthiness.

    Thanks for posting Steve Gilliard’s very powerful essay. It’s a keeper.

  20. I’m happy for you. More great things will come your way.

  21. Shannyn, you so very much deserve this! Your calm, rational, and intelligent voice was heard by many and you made a HUGE difference in the course of history by keeping that dim wit any where but in the White House (or the “Governor’s House” for that matter).

    I admire you and I admire your strength. I mostly though, admire your sense of fair play and your cool sense of humor.

    Karin in CT

  22. This was tweeted by AKM a while ago. Seems there is a contest being run by a phone company. Thought you all might want to get in on it!
    Vote 4 your fav blogger by 10am!

  23. Good going Shannyn…EVERYTHING good thing associated with this award (and there are a lot) apply to you as well..congrats…

  24. Excellent result. Thanks for also including the Gilliard essay from 5+ years ago. Perhaps someone can get this on Huffpo if it hasn’t already.

  25. This is well deserved recognition. Thanks for posting the Gilliard essay. Thanks for everything you do.

  26. Congratulations, Shannyn! This award is richly deserved.

  27. Congratulations Shannyn! God Bless you!

  28. Congratulations Shannyn!!

    You EARNED that award!! 🙂

  29. Concrats Shannyn a well deserve award and thanks for putting up the Steve Gilliards Essay,if we go down it will be going down fighting to the end.
    MOinkslinger Glad to see you here and IMO more and more conservatives will come to realise that attackes,misleading statements and violence is not the way to go.I guess I have to believ that the majority wants peaceful discussions
    Wish I even knew how to text afraid i have know idea how it works or how to text something even though I do have it for one of my lines.

  30. Congratulations Shanny.

    Don’t spend it all in one place!

  31. Another in a long list of well-earned awards. I
    predict many more awards for you Shannyn.
    You bring honor to Alaska with your courage
    and clear thinking and writing. You are always
    in my prayers.

  32. What an honor! Congrats to you Shannyn. I trust you are having a wonderful and enlightening time. I am so proud that you have been recognized. You and AKM must be having the time of your lives.

    Can’t wait to read all your feedback and hear your stories on your radio program! (is there one this week?)

    Thanks for sharing the Steve Gilliards essay. Very moving and inspirational. Once again, what an honor to be recognized in honor of this man. You must be so proud. Woo Hoooooo!!!!

  33. I’m so happy for you Shannyn! You most certainly deserve it. What an honor. I checked out Steve Gilliard @ wiki, he was an exceptional writer & blogger:


  34. Well you definitely earned it. Congratulations Shannon 🙂

  35. You go girl! Steve’s piece wrapped it up so well – it sounds like your voice:

    “It is time to stop looking for an accommodation with the right. They want none for us. They want to win, at any price. So, you have a choice: be a fighting liberal or sit quietly. I know what I am, what are you?”

    Keep challenging us, Shannyn. We need it.

  36. Felicitations Shannyn! Say hi to AKM for me. Great job you two.

  37. A well-deserved pat on the back. Thanks for your clear and fearless voice. There are millions of us who are proud to be critical thinking liberals. You, AKM, Gryphen, Ms Strongheart, and many others are voices for those of us who are not as articulate. Thank you.

  38. Shannyn, from one blue color sliver in a sea of red to a bold paint brush working to change the main pallet, I applaud and congratulate you on the well deserved honor.

  39. Re the comment from Suchanut about “accomodaton the right wing”. Reminds me of a quote from the abolitionish William Lloyd Garrison:

    “With reasonable men, I will reason; with humane men I will plead; but to tyrants I will give no quarter, nor waste arguments where they will certainly be lost.”

  40. Congratulations Shannyn…you have done the USA a wonderful service for all your & fellow bloggers work in vetting Palin & exposing her lies. THANK YOU!!!!!

    Unfortunately she is still up to telling lies (death panels) and gloating that she “won” in forcing a change in health care issue. Honestly I am coming close to hating her because I’m sure she knows she lies by yelling “FIRE” in the theater just to get attention. She was for death panels before she was against them. I can’t believe this quitter has that much power over people hiding out cowardly behind her face book, but she does. She still needs to be stopped as apparently she influences voters still cause she’s got those red cha cha shoes you know it.

  41. Shannyn, Congratulations! We are so proud and happy!

    Thank you for posting Steve Gilliard’s “I’m a Fighting Liberal.” I just read it aloud to my husband, and we are both in tears. It is invigorating to read such strong, clear words!

    I never could understand why, in the 80’s, liberals accepted that the name was a slur, and they needed to all just slink away in shame. That made me so angry. It’s good to read that I was not the only one who saw this.

    What a man! You follow in magnificent footsteps.

  42. Congratulations! I bet you’re a rock star down there.

  43. Congratulations Shannyn. You definitely earned it. Proud to say I know you, and you registered me as a Democrat.

  44. Congrats!!!! Well deserved!

  45. Thanks for posting Mr. Gilliards essay. And congrats on your award Shannyn…

  46. Congratulations Shannyn, I bring them to you by way of FDL and Edward Teller.

  47. Congrats!! Keep the blue paint handy. 😉

  48. Way to go Shannyn! We’ll miss you on the radio tonight….

  49. Blessings, you rock Shannyn! I loved the Steve Gilliard piece, thanks for posting.

  50. Congratulations Shannyn! I was a big fan of Gilliard’s as soon as I discovered him (sometime in 2004, I think), and watched on in great sadness as health problems took his life. It is wonderful to see that his spirit lives on in folks like you. That cheers me up a bit, whenever I get morose about the absence of good people like Gilly and Molly Ivins.

    Pleasant travels here in the lower 48, and keep on keepin’ on!

  51. standing O ~ clapping madly

    Yes you did!

    also, too, yes we can

  52. I would like to get this award someday, but for now you can have it on my behalf.
    Steve Gilliard was an awesome blogger in the wild west of the internets before there was one.
    I still remember the day I read about his death online, and felt lost as if someone I knew really well had died. Infact I had never known any of his work before that day but still felt that way.

    Shannyn Moore is a fighting liberal if there was ever a one. Congrats.

  53. Congratulations! This award is well-deserved for all of your hard work, razor-sharp comments, excellent writing and accurate insight. May this be the first of many, many more awards!

  54. Congrats on the award!

    I have a nice pic of you and your friend from the party on Saturday. Email me if you want a copy!

  55. Congratulations and thanks for introducing me to the late Steve Gillard. “It is time to stop looking for an accomodation with the right. They want none for us. They want to win, at any price.”

    He may have stated this in the time of Bush, but the call is for right now.

  56. local girl makes good. very nice! and i concur with mr. hess. this steve gilliard speaks some truth. yes!

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