Friday, July 30, 2004

Hail to the Chief

John Kerry accepted the nomination. Whew. What if he had that big crowd there and declined so he could earn some more money? Maybe he'd get a few more Republican votes that way, but I'm damn glad he accepted.

His speech was safe, much like his campaign. He's doing a good job of reaching out to those swing voters. Though I cheered and clapped quite often during the speech, it wasn't as radical as I might have liked, but as important as this election is, I guess it was as radical as it needed to be.

Though I'm a devout agnostic, I'm glad he brought up his faith and God. It's time the Dems take religion back. God doesn't belong to the right-wing Christian fundamentalists. God belongs to anyone and everyone who wants God in their life. Maybe if Kerry wins my faith will be restored.

Thursday, July 29, 2004

Crunch Time

As of today, July 29, there are 96 days left until the Presidential election. That's 2,304 hours. How many of those hours are you going to spend making sure that Bush isn't re-elected? Are you going to spend just one hour en route and at the polls? How many additional hours are you going to spend bitching about Bush? What if you spent one of those hours on the phone calling people you know in swing states making sure they're registered to vote? And what if you spent another hour November 1st, calling those people again, making sure they are actually going to get out and vote? What if you took 48 of those 2,304 hours and went to a swing state to register voters? What if you took two of those hours a week, that's 26 of those 2,304 hours, and called people to set up THEIR trips to go to swing states.

How many of us wish we would have given those 26 hours or 48 hours in the 96 days leading up to the 2000 election making sure that people vote?

Want to get involved? Want to help? Want to go to a swing state? Can't go to a swing state but can make calls from your house? Live in a swing sate and can offer up your couch to a volunteer? Visit www.SwingStateSummerBreak.org.

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

A Write In?

So, I finally caught some of the DNC. I downloaded Barack Obama's speech after my friend text messaged me saying "I love Barack Obama. Barack Obama for president." I agree! I watched it in my office and clapped at my computer screen when it was over. He's exactly what our country needs right now. (Hell, he's exactly what our country needed four years ago, even forty. We wouldn't be where we are right now, I suppose.) He's progressive, optimistic and doesn't buy into the fear that our current administration, partnered with Fox News, is feeding the country.

If there weren't so much riding on this election, I'd surely write him in on my ballot November 2nd.

Listen to his speech here:
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What DNC?

I know: I've posted absolutely nothing about the DNC. I haven't had a chance to watch any of it. Not even Bill Clinton's speech. My TV is a screen of fuzz and I'm too busy with all of my planning meetings. But I promise to donate some time to watching Kerry speak. And I'll be contsructively critical for everyone to read here on eefers.

Speaking of eefers, we've moved. Do you like the new page? It's prettier, right?

Monday, July 26, 2004

BIKE TO BEAT BUSH

The weather held out as 20-plus bikers made our way from City Hall to Coney Island and back up to Prospect Park for yesterday's BIKE TO BEAT BUSH. We only had 3 "Kerry Sucks!" yelled at us on our 30-mile journey.

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Our trusty marshal, Frank with our handy mechanic, Ed.

Thursday, July 22, 2004

Some Call Me Idealistic

Oh page 41 of this week's Time Out New York! Also check out Swing State Summer Break Coverage at http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0429/convention2.php.

Monday, July 19, 2004

Oh, Al!

I called the Al Franken show today to plug Swing State Summer Break (soon to be Swing the State). I got to talk to Al for about a minute and then he linked us to his blog.

Outfoxed?

I went to one of the MoveOn Outfoxed house parties last night, one of the full parties. Oh wait, they were all full...here in New York City, anyway. And I'm sure on the other coast, too. Like Fahrenheit 9-11 it was infuriating, but not surprising.

After the film someone suggested that MoveOn host a national boycott of mainstream media. That reminded me of something I used to find myself saying — LOT: "We forget that we live in a liberal, secular bubble here in New York." How many people in Missouri get MoveOn's emails? Maybe a few.

But how did Fox become so powerful and popular? By preying on those people who once felt they could trust the media and still do. By preying on those people who buy into fear and propaganda. By instilling fear to keep people hooked and coming back for ways to combat that fear. I'm not pointing a finger. I used to be one of those people. Hell, I bought into the Post 9-11 Fear. I even turned on Fox News Channel a few times for "an up-to-date alert." The people who buy into Fox News aren't stupid, they're just not media savvy. Journalism in America began as a way to keep people informed so they could make educated decisions — at least that's what the history books tell us.

So how do we fight Fox News? By screaming at our relatives who watch telling them how ridiculous it is? No. I learned that the hard way. Just like everything else going on right now, we have to take immediate action. It's not hard to see the correlation between George Bush's "victory" and Fox News. Keep fighting the good fight. Keep registering voters. Keep informing people (without screaming if possible, it makes us Dems look bad). Keep writing letters to your congresspeople, senators and the FCC. Make the rest of the country take a Fair and Balanced look at Fox.

Sunday, July 11, 2004

Will it All Pay Off in the End?

Last night was the DemApples fundraising party in Williamsburg. I'm organizing a BIKE TO BEAT BUSH July 25. There are two fundraisers for Swing State Summer Break this month. I'm donating quite a bit of time to registering voters and arranging voter registration trips. People—skeptics— say, "But what if it doesn't pay off? What if Bush wins again?" First of all, I think Bush will lose. Second, if he does win again, I think we've still won. Bush has forced us to unite. "I'm not a divider, I'm a uniter." He's right.

Hell, I didn't even vote in the 2000 presidential election. I was old enough—eighteen-and-a-half to be exact. But two weeks before the election I found out there was some information missing from my voter registration card. I didn't bother to do anything about it. Last year CBS News labeled 20-somethings "The Apathetic New Generation." And last year, they might have been right. I was apathetic last year. It's not surprising, really. My generation never had a war to protest. We never had to fight for women's rights or civil rights. Now we have the war, and we're protesting. We have to fight for our right to choose what we do with our bodies and we have to fight to marry who we want—and we're fighting.

George W. Bush is a uniter. He's uniting us against war, against discrimination, against his asinine policies. And he's forcing my apathetic generation to do something about that missing information on the voter registration cards. No matter the outcome of the election this November, we have become a generation that will never let another right-wing fundamentalist into the White House.

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

My 25 Cents Worth

Ah, the Post, the Post. This morning's Post ran a picture of John Kerry and his new running mate, Dick Gephardt. Need I say more?


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