KID-FRIENDLY Election Night Party

You are invited to an entirely kid-friendly election night party at the BackSpace Cafe (renamed the BarackSpace Cafe until Nov. 5th) at 115 NW 5th on November 4, starting at 5pm.

The BackSpace Cafe is huge, with lots of room for kids to run around and a full menu of vegetarian/vegan food for sale. It also has a big parking lot across the street.

 It’s being hosted by Poligots, as well as Activistas and MOMocrats. We’re so excited!

The party will have:

**** Maps to color as the results come in (with LOTS of blue crayons :))

**** Balloons

**** Pin the tail on the Democratic donkey

**** Other games and kiddo diversions

**** Of course, lots of other great kids to play with.

And, it’s FREE. We just want you to come and celebrate what we hope will be a fantastic night for Oregon and our nation.



Two Months Out — What We Have To Do

We have less than two months to go before an election that will forever affect our environment, national security, health care and education systems, and the economic health of our nation. And the polls are tied. Yelp. 

It’s time to get to work.

First, we need to give money. If you don’t have much yourself, go to BlueOregon, where I have a post rewarding sleuthy fact-checkers by giving $10 for every Republican lie corrected. If you have some extra green in your wallet, turn it blue by giving it here or here, or to the progressive cause of your choice…it takes a village to take back a country.

Second, we need to make sure all of our friends and family members are registered to vote. You can even register to vote without a carbon footprint by going here. The voter registration deadline in Oregon is October 14. Not an Oregonian? Go here to find out when your deadline is.

Third, we need to educate ourselves and our communities. The supremely fabulous CityMama at MOMocrats posted a series of articles comparing the stances of Obama and McCain. While other posts are going up fast at MOMocrats, you can find them under those posted on September 5. The articles are concise and clear — go and start reading them.

Third, we need to do whatever we can to help the local campaign. The Obama office in Oregon is full of kind and cheerful people who will be happy to fit you with your volunteer job of your choice.

Fourth, we need to be visible. Walk through the mall with an Obama shirt on. Wear a button to your child’s back to school night. Put a bumpersticker on your car or bike. If you need merch, go here.

Finally, we need to keep ourselves inspired. Need a lot of inspiration? Settle in for Obama’s Convention speech.

Need just a little? Here’s the now-famous video…stil makes me cry…

Let’s make it happen — eyes on the prize.

Election Day, 2008. Let’s Go.

“A Great Epoch has Begun. There Exists a New Spirit.” Le Corbusier, 1923

As an Oregonian, today is a day of tremendous excitement. We will most likely ensure that a man named Barack Hussein Obama becomes the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party of the United States of America. I don’t know when I’ve been so proud of my country or of my state.

In many ways, we have been enduring a nightmare for the past eight years. The Constitution has been shredded, the environment put in peril, and many parts of the world have put in a state of bloody, seemingly never-ending conflict.

Here are the images we must remember on a day like this. These images are why we fight for Barack Obama. 

 This is a picture of a 7 year old girl, Samar Hassan, who is crying seconds after United States troops shot and killed both of her parents after they failed to stop at a camouflaged dusk patrol. The war needs to end, today.

This picture is for anyone thinks that John McCain will be so much better than George W. Bush. Let’s get real.

This image is for those who have lost hope, who do not believe in true change. On Sunday, over 75,000 people turned out in Portland to hear Barack Obama. The revolution starts now.