I know there are a lot of more experienced activists out there. I'd love to see a discussion of how progressive-minded Americans can best work for political change in the next four years. I want a to-do list.
I'm currently involved with a South Asian progressive action group in Chicago; I go to the monthly meetings, I volunteered to help get South Asian immigrants to the polls on election days, I attend periodic progressive events. Assuming that I don't want to give my life over to politics, and that I don't yet have lots of cash to spare, but I do want to contribute -- what else do you recommend I and others like me do, right now, towards the next election?
I should note that I'm leaning towards what Ben said in comments: "I don't want the Democrats to fragment now. I want us to come up with another Bill Clinton -- a white male centrist Southern Democrat with political experience and charisma -- for our next presidential foray. Barack Obama can wait for 2016; for the moment, I'd just like to stop the slide into plutocratic, kleptocratic millenial militarist empire." Apologies to Nick and Shannon, but I don't think a third party is the answer for the next election. So, personally, I'm looking for ways to strengthen the Democratic party and, if possible, work towards bringing it more in line with what I actually believe.