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18 Aug 2004 @ 07:29 PM. #


by Matthew Gabriele in About Comments (0)   en español

In a day or so (whenever the internet gods decide to make the change), you'll see our new website that's just been launched. Until then, you can find it at Go check it out...

12 Aug 2004 @ 03:23 PM. #

Bush doesn't want to hear from the American People

by Matthew Gabriele in Current Affairs, Events, Letters To Editors, Media Watch, Participate. Comments (2)   en español

From today's MediaCorps alert:

Earlier today we asked you to call in your questions to George Bush tonight during an exclusive interview with Larry King at 9:00 p.m. EST.

We just found out that George Bush will NOT be taking any questions from viewers. In fact, Bush's appearance on Larry King LIVE is taped.

Should we have expected anything different?

At campaign stops across the country, the Bush-Cheney campaign has routinely barred individuals who disagree with the president from attending public events with Bush, and the Republican National Committee has required event-attendees to sign endorsement forms that pledge their support for the re-election of Bush.

If we can't get into Bush's events and we can't ask him any questions during a rare, exclusive hour-long interview, WHEN will we ever get the chance to ask him the important questions? When are we going to get the chance to ask him what he plans to do about the 1.9 million Americans have lost their jobs under his watch? Or that 44 million Americans still don't have access to health insurance? That our children and young people will shoulder a deficit that is already out of control? That higher education is completely out of reach for most Americans?

Think it's already bad enough? Check out newspaper clips of some of the latest Bush campaign stories --

Bush Spokesman Says Woman Should "Come To Her Senses" and Support Bush If She Wants To See Him. [Arizona Republic, 8/12/04] Sue Walitsky, communications director for the Kerry-Edwards campaign in Arizona, had a valid ticket to see Bush speak at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Pheonix, AZ, but the Bush-Cheney campaign refused her admittance with no explanation. Walitsky said that she wore no Kerry button and did not bring any Kerry campaign chum that would have upset Bush supporters. Danny Diaz, a spokesman for the Bush campaign said, "If she's willing to come to her senses and support him, we'll be happy to welcome her in." Walitsky said that the Kerry campaign allows everyone with valid tickets, regardless of political affiliation, to attend Kerry campaign events.

Campaign Staff Rips Up The Tickets Of Three Teenagers. [Reno Gazette-Journal, 6/19/04]] In Reno, Nevada, Bush's campaign workers stalked the line of attendees to a Bush rally to ensure that only his supporters were allowed inside. "Three Reno teenagers had tickets pulled out of their hands and ripped to pieces by a campaign staff member after someone in line pointed out an anti-Bush sticker on one of the teens' shirts." 17-year old Jonathan Daniel tried to assure staff that he wouldn't make trouble and only wanted to hear the president on the issues. The campaign would not be swayed. Daniel protested, "I believe it's my right as an American to hear where he is leading our country."

Family of Three Was Kicked Out Of Bush Event For Bringing A Pro-Choice T-Shirt. [Saginaw News, 8/6/04] The Millers, a family of three - husband, wife and daughter - were removed from a Bush-Cheney campaign event because the wife, Barbara Miller, brought a pro-choice t-shirt with her. A campaign worker confiscated the t-shirt informing the family that "We don't accept any pro-choice, non-Republican paraphernalia." The campaign worker returned an hour later with another worker and a security guard and accused the Millers of "smuggling t-shirts." Barbara Miller, who brought the t-shirt because she was cold and had not considered the implications of its pro-choice logo, reports that a guard grabbed their three tickets from her hand and ripped them up "violently and told her, 'They're no good anymore.'" A Bush campaign spokeswoman, Jennifer Millerwise, defended the right of the campaign to ask individuals who intend to "disrupt campaign events" to leave. "These events are put on ... for people of an open mind who are interested in hearing [Bush's] positive message and his vision for a future," she said. Theresa Miller, the daughter, said that was what she was there to do. "I'm not an American? I can't see my president?" she asked.

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11 Aug 2004 @ 05:12 PM. #

Ohio Phone-banking: Weekend Update

by Jim Stack in Events Gone By, Participate, Reports, Santa Clara County, Swing. Comments (0)   en español

This past Saturday, on a warm, sunny afternoon – when most East Bayers were probably out hiking, shopping, or watching a ballgame – over 40 eager volunteers chose to spend a few hours of their weekend calling and writing to complete strangers on the other side of the country.

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10 Aug 2004 @ 02:47 PM. #

Latest CA Poll

by Matthew Gabriele in Current Affairs, Horse Races. Comments (0)   en español

Latest from The Field Poll:

Kerry -- 51%
Bush -- 40%
Nader -- 2%
Undecided -- 7%

Kerry -- 58/35
Bush -- 42/53

Who Better as VP
Edwards -- 53%
Cheney -- 38%

Still more work to do.

6 Aug 2004 @ 04:44 PM. #

Three more months! Three more months!

by Phil Wolff in Current Affairs, News. Comments (0)   en español

One more reason I love Teresa!

Tuesday, August 3, 2004; 2:02 PM

MILWAUKEE, Aug. 2 -- A week ago she told a writer from a Pittsburgh newspaper to "shove it," and on Monday night the never-bashful Teresa Heinz Kerry offered up another attention-getting line, saying four more years of the Bush presidency would be "hell" for the country.

Heinz Kerry was introducing her husband, John F. Kerry, at a huge outdoor rally here when a group of Bush supporters, armed with a megaphone, started chanting from a distance, "Four more years! Four more years!"

Without hesitating, Heinz Kerry responded, "They want four more years of hell."

The candidate threw back his head with a laugh, and the partisan, pro-Kerry crowd roared its approval, chanting, "Three more months, three more months," with Heinz Kerry joining in. When it was his turn to speak, Kerry called the Bush chanting supporters "goons" and said of his wife, "She speaks her mind, and she speaks the truth -- and she's pretty quick on her feet, too."

-- Dan Balz

5 Aug 2004 @ 04:20 AM. #

MediaCorps Assignment: The Bush Results on Jobs: Jobs Lost, Lower Pay

by Phil Wolff in Current Affairs, Letters To Editors, Media Watch, Writers. Comments (0)   en español

Message of the week from the Kerry-Edwards Volunteer Media Corps.

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4 Aug 2004 @ 12:44 PM. #

Grateful Dead: Don't Vote for Nader

by Phil Wolff in Current Affairs, Media Watch. Comments (2)   en español

From the NY Daily News gossip column via Talk Left:

The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir is pleading with Deadheads everywhere not to vote for Ralph Nader. Performing on Saturday in Boston, Weir told the band's followers to be sure to vote, but then exorted, "Don't vote for Nader. I know him. He's an a--hole," our spies tell us. The band then broke into "Johnny B. Goode," a theme song of the Kerry-Edwards campaign ...

bobweirHow do we go after Deadhead vote?

4 Aug 2004 @ 05:17 AM. #

08/04 - East Bay Kerry Jobs

by Phil Wolff in Current Affairs, Jobs, Participate, Swing, Writers. Comments (0)   en español

We have several vacancies. Can you help? Can you refer someone?

Writers Bureau.


4 Aug 2004 @ 01:45 AM. #

Report from the Kerryvan to Reno - 7/31

by Matthew Gabriele in Current Affairs, Events Gone By, Reports, Swing, Visibility, Voter Registration and GOTV. Comments (0)   en español

58 volunteers, from Santa Cruz to San Jose to San Francisco to Sacramento, crossed the mountains to join the Nevada Democratic Party's efforts to deliver Nevada for Kerry-Edwards and to re-elect Sen. Harry Reid. Our results were nothing short of amazing.

On Saturday, we knocked on over 2300 doors and surveyed over 350 people. Despite temperatures reaching the 90s, some of our volunteers were unsatisfied with only a half day in the field. They returned to the office at 2, grabbed something to eat, and went back out, determined to finish their entire precincts. One devoted pair of volunteers worked all the way until 7 pm to finally meet us at the social event in Reno, campaign materials still in hand. I don't have numbers back from Carson City yet, but anecdotally I know that we found quite a few people who wanted to register, who perhaps never would have if we hadn't been there.

Just a sampling of the stories our volunteers had to share:

"My best experience was meeting a 40-ish woman who asked us inside because she was too ill to come to the door. She was being denied the medical care she needed. She was registered but undecided. We listened to her story and told her about Kerry's commitment to healthcare for all while her teenage daughter listened on. They were clearly moved ... and perhaps hopeful for the future. I think she made up her mind to vote for Kerry during our visit, and I believe her life will be changed for the better when President Kerry takes office."

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3 Aug 2004 @ 05:56 PM. #

Our Plan For America : The Book

by Phil Wolff in Current Affairs, Issues, News, Vision. Comments (4)   en español

Download 'Our Plan for America'You wanted talking points? You got it! "Our Plan for America: Stronger at Home, Respected in the World" is a 252 page book. It has Kerry's and Edward's goals, and their action plan to get us there.

Download "Our Plan for America" (1.53 MB)

Two parts.

The first has the plan in three sections: Security, Opportunity, Family. The second is a collection of 13 policy speeches the two gave since October 2002, including Edwards' Two Americas and Kerry's talks on foreign policy. In between: 16 pages of color photos from their campaign.

Three ways to use it:

  1. Debate prep. If you're with the East Bay Kerry Speakers Bureau, it has specific bullets on many issues.
  2. Letters. If you're writing letters to the editor, handy quotes from the candidates to make your point.
  3. Outreach. If you're tabling, registering voters or doing other face-to-face field work, you want to be able to answer questions. Here are the specifics. Read a few pages every day and you'll be an expert before you know it.

Free to download, I'm sure it will be in print soon.

Overview (from the web site)...

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2 Aug 2004 @ 10:50 AM. #

08/14 - Jog Against Bush in Oakland ($)

by Phil Wolff in Current Affairs, Events, Fundraising, Participate. Comments (0)   en español

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2 Aug 2004 @ 04:59 AM. #

Classic Kerry photo exhibition

by Phil Wolff in Current Affairs, Media Watch. Comments (1)   en español

Thumbnails of George Butler's photos of John Kerry
Boston's Gallery Kayafas features photos of John Kerry taken by George Butler over the last 30 years. Kerry with family, testifying before congress, with John Lennon, on the campaign trail, sailing, reflecting in his office. For a limited time only.

1 Aug 2004 @ 05:33 AM. #

Electoral Vote Predictor 2004: Kerry 289, Bush 232

by Phil Wolff in Current Affairs, Horse Races, Swing. Comments (1)   en español

The handy Electoral Vote Predictor rolls up the latest state-by-state polls. The Electoral Vote Predictor site is updated daily with fresh statisticsThe interactive map is a handy tool. At the moment, Kerry looks ahead. It remains close so join our Swing State Initiative. Pick a swing state and contact its captain to sign up for work here or on the road. It's that easy.

31 Jul 2004 @ 01:06 PM. #