Ruck.us is the next wave of political organizing. With the recent growth of technology, the political institutions we have relied on for decades have become increasingly irrelevant. The most powerful political movements around the world in the last few years have been fueled by social media and digital connectedness. Ruck.us is built on these same principles: connecting politically like-minded people so they can share ideas and take action.
Ruck.us gives you a personalized network of politically like-minded people who want to take action. We hope you will join us.
Simply answer a few thought-provoking questions about your views, politics, and values and Ruck.us will recommend like-minded people and Rucks (groups created by members around specific issues). Find others who are equally passionate about your issues, support the rucks that most interest you, and then share ideas and take action together.
A Ruck is a group of people who have come together around an issue to share ideas and take action. Ruck supporters can recommend concrete actions for other members to take, such as petitions to sign or events to attend. Rucks also let you discuss ideas, share links, and keep track of related discussions happening on other social networks like Twitter and Facebook.
The word comes from rugby, where players form a ruck when they loosely come together to fight the other team for possession of the ball. In other words, it’s an informal and spontaneous coming together of people, of no fixed duration, for a strategic purpose.
Absolutely. Political engagement is personal, and not everyone wants to post his or her views on a public billboard. We get that. We also don’t think that protecting your right to anonymity will undermine the quality of dialogue or engagement. To the contrary, it may enhance it. We will do everything possible to protect your right to discuss politics anonymously while on Ruck.us.
Other people will only be able to see what you want them to see. On your settings page, you can specify exactly which pieces of information you want to share with other members. This includes your location, issues, political beliefs and contact information.
No. Ruck.us is free for everyone.
Absolutely. We believe very deeply in the power of collective action, whether that is in support of a statement, a candidate, a campaign, or a belief system. We created Ruck.us to make collective action easier. When large numbers of people take action, our leaders pay attention.
Yes! While we created Ruck.us to be a meaningful political platform in a new technological era, it is open to everyone: Democrats, Republicans, Independents, liberals, conservatives, socialists, greens, libertarians, the right, the left, north, south, east, and west.
We are Nathan Daschle, Raymond Glendening, and Assaf Weinberg. Two of us have spent most of our lives in politics, and the other has spent his career building technological solutions to modern problems. All three of us have come together around an idea for improving the way Americans engage in politics. Like most of you, we are passionate about this country and our beliefs, but unmoved by the way politics is presented to us. Over the past few years, we have witnessed a widening gap between the political elites and the rest of the nation. This gap has left most Americans feeling frustrated, cynical, and powerless. At the same time, we have grown amazed at how technology has empowered individuals at the expense of institutions. Recent events around the world have only confirmed this. This gave us the idea for Ruck.us – a way to make political organizing more contemporary, more organic, and ultimately more meaningful. No parties. Just people.
Yes. Supporting or leaving a Ruck is as simple as clicking a button. If you feel a Ruck no longer fits your interests, just click the button that says "Un-Support this Ruck" on that Ruck's homepage.
Simply sign in using Facebook, Twitter, or email, tell us about yourself, and we’ll recommend people and rucks that might interest you.