San Francisco – Craigslist founder Craig Newmark on Tuesday
launched craigconnects, a Web-based initiative "to help people work
together for the common good using the Internet."

"I guess I got
myself a ‘bully pulpit’ of sorts that I don’t really want or need, but it’s
good for getting the word out about people of good will who get stuff
done," said Newmark.

"It’s a voice for the grassroots, the rank-and-file, for people who
never had a voice until now."

Launch partners including organizations
working in community building, social media for social progress, journalism
integrity, open government, volunteerism, veterans’ issues, and peace in the
Middle East.

Newmark said craigconnects is not a fundraising or grant-giving
organization, but rather aims to connect people and organizations.


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