There are two good things about the Republican convention.
It is over.
They so overdid their strategy of misleading and outright lying about what the President has and hasn’t done, that the mainstream media has finally woken up to what’s going on and stopped giving free air time to their lies.
This weekend the NY Times, the Washington Post and the LA Times all had front page news articles--as well as inside opinion pieces--joining Jon Stewart and MSNBC in frankly identifying and deploring this strategy. Finally. I don’t think it will stop. But maybe people will think twice before going to the polls this fall and vote their best interests and the best interests of the country.
I think it’s clear to all of us how high the stakes are this year. As Paul Ryan himself said. This choice isn’t about one election. It’s about the direction of this country for a generation. Just check out their platform.
- Women’s right to make their own decisions about birth control--forget it.
- Regulations to protect the environment and to protect us from financial marauders--gone. [They keep businesses from creating jobs and America from being energy independent]
- Public education--gone. [Parents need choice!]
- Our badly tattered safety net--gone. [They are reducing Medicaid by more than a third and giving it back to the states as a block grant].
- And Supreme Court Justices must enforce the Constitution as it was written! [more Scalias!]
We just can’t let our kids and grandkids grow up in a world like this!
So what can we do to make sure we win in the fall?
We have only 63 more days until November 6th. We’ve got to use every one of those days to make a difference. Our overall strategy has to be to
- Register as many new voters as we can…
- Reach out to infrequent and undecided voters
- Keep our spirits up by great conversations with women who are so glad we called, so glad we knocked on their door…
- Get as many Democratic leaning voters as we can to the polls during early voting and on Election Day…
Remember, Durham County can make the difference in the whole state! So it is up to us!
Here are some things you can do this week:
Tuesday, September 4. Head over to the OFA office, 401 E Lakewood, to make calls or register voters during the day. Invite some friends and neighbors over Tuesday night to write letters for Durham Women Vote and watch Michelle give her speech. Feel pride that we have such an extraordinary woman as our first lady and pledge to do everything you can to keep her in office.
Wednesday, September 5. Come out to Broad Street Café Wednesday evening for Voter Registration and Canvassing with the Broad St Crew. Yes! We are back! 5:30 PM until dark. Then head home with friends to watch Elizabeth Warren give a truth-telling speech that will warm our hearts and send fear into the hearts of Republicans everywhere.
Thursday, September 6. Sign up with Democracy North Carolina to register high school students any day this month. Contact Killian Moye at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Thursday night. Listen to President Obama’s acceptance speech at the Convention. NO women-to-women outreach this week since Sondra and Ann and Lonna and Helen and Beth and Carol and maybe some more of you will all be in Charlotte listening to our President’s acceptance speech! If you are not going to be there, watch the speech, get inspired, and look for Check it out for a little feel of the Charlotte Stadium.
Friday, September 7. Join Operation Dinner Time and bring dinner to Durham’s hardworking field organizers and volunteers at the Lakewood Office. We are trying to keep them healthy and on-the-job for 63 more days! Contact Linda Tillman at email@example.com to sign up for any day this week or next!
Saturday, September 8. Come register voters with the Broad St Crew all day Saturday. Three shifts: starting at 10 AM, 1 PM, 4 PM in front of Broad St Café at Broad and W Club. Or if you live in another neighborhood, find an event to join up athttps://my.barackobama.com/page/event/search_simple?source=primary-nav
Sunday, September 9. It’s not too late to sign up for a fun evening at the Casbah to raise money for Four More Years! Lord knows we need it to counteract those Citizens United billions on the other side. It’s 5-7 PM at 1007 W Main for food, music, dancing and an update from the convention. http://cts.vresp.com/c/?FriendsofColombia/72ff2befc5/f18741b788/5f5325ab7e
Or if you happen to be heading over to Greensboro, Women for Obama is sponsoring a great fundraiser at the International Civil Rights Museum from 3-5 PM. Meet Edith Childs and get FIRED UP and READY TO GO!
Any day this week:
Check out our newly spiffed up Durham Democratic Women website atwww.durhamdemwomen.org and see what else is going on. And if you aren’t a friend yet of our Facebook page Democratic Women of Durham County look for us and sign up!
Sign up with Democracy NC to help out with voter registration at events all over the city during the next month. As the major nonpartisan voting rights group in the city, they are invited to register voters in all kinds of places where folks are hanging out just waiting to be asked. Contact Adam Sotak at firstname.lastname@example.org to help out.
Get ready to BARACK the VOTE AGAIN with DFO. Sunday, September 23, 5:30-7:30 PM at Central Park. Live Music and Entertainment, Face Painting and the Bouncer for kids of all ages, Food provided by several vendors who will satisfy the entire family...Or, bring your own picnic baskets! RSVP at https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/gsjkgr
Any day next week:
Get ready for more of the same!
- Voter registration until October 12.
- Canvassing and other voter outreach to get folks out to One Stop Early Voting October 18 – November 3
- A lot of prayer…
- And a final weekend working to get folks to the polls for Election Day November 6
Then we will celebrate the results of our hard work: Four More Years for President Obama!
Glad to have you all working at my side…you’re terrific!
Durham Democratic Women