Friday, July 07, 2006 

Frances Strickland @ OD Women's Caucus w/ Slideshow

The 2nd Meeting of the Cuyahoga County Ohio Democratic Women's Caucus went well. A big crowd (a little under 100) attended to hear guest speakers Frances Strickland and Lew Katz.

Debbie Klien spoke about the Prevention First Initiative (teen pregnancy prevention, sex eductaion funding). She noted that 250 women had traveled to Columbus to testify against HB228. HB228 is the horrible abortion ban legisation that would make it illegal to have an abortion even if the life of the mother was at stake -taking the decision out of the hands of the family and into the hands of government.

Jane Shapiro spoke about the Voter Action Initiative by Ohioans for Democratic Values. An effort to encourage and enable citizens to talk to thier friends and neighbors about the democratic candidates they are voting for and why. This is like the Neighbor to Neighbor canvass we did during the primary. It is a fun way to get out the word and get to know your neighbors.

The Minimum Wage Petition went around the room. If you haven't signed it already, please do. I have a petition if you need to sign it - just email me.

Lew Katz from the 14th District gave a great speech. He is very inspiring and will make a wonderful congressman. The 14th current Congressman, Steve LaTourette, continues to betray the citizens of the 14th district by voting for legislation that hurts the regions families, workers and students. Lew Katz would help the 14th and the rest of Ohio by putting Ohioans needs ahead of Washingtons wants. Visit his website for more info. I'll try to get his speech up - which is so much better than anything I could say.

The highlight of the evening was Frances Strickand. She just seems like the nicest most genuine woman - I am happy she is on our side. She presented a slideshow on "A Million Voices for Change". Which seems to be a more structured style of a word of mouth campaign. I am excited to learn more about this and see how it grows.

Frances kind of reminds me of that gentle but fun teacher in junior high. Her presentation was filled with smiles and humor. She played the guitar for us again (here is video of the Strickland Bio Song), this time she played a new song called "Who ya gonna vote for Republican?"

She also talked about the mud slinging tactics of her husbands opponent and the Republican party in general. She said, She and Ted would stand up to any negative campaign ads and would not be "swiftboated". It is unfortunate that Ken Blackwell and his ilk have to delve into such nastiness to garner attention. At the sight of the first ugly campaign ad against the Stricklands, we should all speak out on how unnesccessary and dispicable his tactics are. Politics doesn't have to be that ugly. It just pushes everyone away.

She also said that the Culture of Corruption the Republicans have created, hurts the Dems more than it helps them, by alienating people from all politicians. Democrats have to stand up and show themselves for the honest, everyday people that they are, not just the issues and policies they believe in and stand up for.

Here is the slideshow from the meeting:

The next meeting is August 3rd. I hope more of you can make it.

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Thursday, July 06, 2006 

Blackwell's Anti-Voting tirades will be challenged

From The Plain Dealer -
The suit will request an injunction, claiming a reform law passed by the General Assembly last year, followed by rules Blackwell's office drafted, have all but ended the groups' voter-registration activities in Ohio.

"At this point, the effects are chilling," said Donita Judge, a staff attorney at the Advancement Project, a Washington-based voter-education group, and co-counsel in the suit being filed in Cleveland. "It's just killed voter registration," she added, resulting in an all-but-certain "dilution of the minority vote." ...

The lawsuit will claim that the registration and training requirements violate the free-speech rights of low-paid registrars by burdening them with the responsibility of personally returning registration cards and imposing potential felony penalties for failing to do so.

It also will claim that Ohio's attempt to impose an "anti-bundling" policy violates the intent of the National Voter Registration Act, which was to increase voter participation.

Judge said the effects of the law and rules disproportionately affect voter-registration drives in minority communities, where many residents don't have transportation, lack the technological skills to register on-line and are, in some cases, "functionally illiterate."
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Why the Left is Right - Liberal Quotes

Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate.
-- Barnett Brickner

Well, I really think he shatters the myth of white supremacy once and for all.
-- Charles Rangel, African American congressman on President Bush

It is not moderation that redresses the great injustices.
-- Anna Quindlen

From the book The Best Liberal Quotes Ever - Why the Left is Right.

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Free Bumperstickers "Grand Oil Party" is giving away bumperstickers.

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Democratic Events in NE Ohio

  • ODWC - Thursday, July 6, 2006: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m
  • Join the Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus in welcoming Frances Strickland to Cleveland. Frances will be talking about Ted and creating a million voices for change.

    Also Speaking:
    Lew Katz, Candidate for the U.S. Congress, 14th District

    On the agenda:

    * The new grassroots Voter Action Initiative
    * Sign Minimum Wage petitions
    * Hear an update on the Prevention Firstbill
    * Join one of the ODWC-Cuyahoga County committees: Education, Program, Election Activities, Communication, Membership, Finance/Fundraising, and Rapid Response Team!

    Laborers Hall
    3250 Euclid Avenue
    Cleveland, Ohio 44114
    Free & gated parking lot

  • Meet the Candidates - Sunday, July 9, 2006: 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • The team that will Turnaround Ohio is coming together in NE Ohio. Come meet Ted Strickland, Lee Fisher, Sherrod Brown, Ben Espy, Barbara Sykes, and Jennifer Brunner.

    28601 Chagrin Blvd.
    Woodmere Village, Ohio
    Free parking
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