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September 14th, 2004
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Date:September 14th, 2004 10:05 pm (UTC)
The fact is: Neither the democratic process nor the sound-bite mass-mediocracy can be overhauled in the next seven weeks. The question is: What are you willing to do in order to make a difference now? Give money, or time? Give up a weekend at the EFRC to take a road trip with Driving Votes or the Kerry Travelers? A day? An evening, to help staff a phone bank? Would you take a day off work on Nov. 2nd to get voters to the polls? Put up a sign on your lawn? A sticker on your car? Are you willing to try, with the knowledge that you may fail?

What are you willing to risk, my friend?

Date:September 15th, 2004 11:31 am (UTC)
I would volunteer locally if there were any point in it...but it's not needed. I'm very confident that my district will turn in a Democratic response no matter what I do; its population center is a fairly enlightened college town. There's a fairly good chance, indeed, that the state result will be blue (unless Nader queers the pitch too much)...but Oregon doesn't have very many delegates. (Of course, every little bit counts.)

The problem is, the places that are Going To Do the Wrong thing are all too far away for me to do anything active or influential. About all I can do is send money somewhere, and I'm dubious of even doing that because I don't have much confidence that it's going to be used well (despite best intentions).
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Date:September 15th, 2004 12:50 pm (UTC)
I don't know what your schedule is like, but I do know you have family
commitments, and that the distance to even your closest battleground state (Nevada) is considerable. So... What about piggy-backing? are you planning to attend any conventions between now and the election, or take any business trips or vacations? If those trips take you to (or through) a swing state, would it be possible for you to extend your trip by a day, in order to work with an organization like Voices For Working Families or the local Kerry group? I'm planning to do this when I go to Archon, ConClave, and OVFF.

As for the idea of making a financial contribution: This is absolutely not a plea for donations, but were you so inclined, I am running a couple of fundraisers ("Desserts For Democracy", aka "Baker-Babes to Boot Bush") for our local (and very active) chapter of Driving Votes. Control freak and bean-counter that I am, I can personally guarantee that any contributions made through me will be used to put gas in a car and take volunteers to a swing state to register voters. Period. No attack ads, no dirty tricks, just volunteers registering voters.

As you've probably guessed by now, I'm pretty passionate about this. If my passion comes across as shrill, or strident, I truly apologize.

Date:September 15th, 2004 03:46 pm (UTC)
"Piggy-backing", as you suggest, will probably not be logistically feasible for me anytime before the election.

However, supporting your fundraisers would be: I'll help fill up your tank. Please send your address to my email and I'll send you a check.
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