Thursday, August 27, 2009

Other Upcoming Events - Whew!!

For the current list of town halls, please go here. (As of 8/27/09)

This post is all about the other types of events that are coming up on us fast. Again, I know we all have lives to live and things to actually do, but now I see why we're so behind on all this organizing stuff. This is ALL these people do, and have done for the last 50 years! They have literally been paying people to be activists, and while it is totally unfair that we all have jobs and hobbies and families, etc., we are the first ones to acknowledge that life is not fair and that's that. Just roll up your sleeves and try to have fun. It'll be worth it when you can look at your grandchildren and tell them you fought in the battle to keep this country free.

Young Republicans vs. Young Democrats at the Intiman Theater
What: A reading* of excerpts from the play, Abe Lincoln in Illinois, followed by a discussion of the play and related current events. Readers are members of the King County Young Republicans and members of the Young Democrats of Washington.
When: Tonight, Thursday, August 27th
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Where: Intiman Theater, 201 Mercer St. at Seattle Center
*I'll be reading and would LOVE to have some support! I think this could be a really interesting evening, and an opportunity to engage people who might normally blow us off.

Volunteers Needed to Call Some Doctors!
What: The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) and Tea Party Patriots have organized a Doctor's Rally on September 10, in Washington D.C. This rally will take place two days before the big taxpayer march on September 12. They need to get the word out to doctors and they are desperate for people who can make some phone calls in the next couple of days! They need to call over 400 physicians in Washington State. If you have any time at all, please consider helping out.
Contact: If you want to volunteer, please email Kathryn Serkes at kathryn@takebackmedicine.com, and put "Volunteer to call WA Docs" in the subject line. You can check out the AAPS's website here for more information about how they are fighting against this legislation, and fighting for doctors and patients.

MoveOn.org Photo Petition
What: The creative folks at MoveOn.org launched a new campaign to support ObamennedyCare (or KennebamaCare... whatever) and are asking people with sad sob stories to send a photo of themselves holding up a sign that supports the current legislation and a public option. I wrote about it a couple of days ago, so go here for all the details.
When: Ongoing, just email your picture to them whenever.

Counter Obots Outside Dave Reichert's Office
What: Organizing for Obama has put together a "press conference" outside of Dave Reichert's office on Mercer Island, in an effort to "change his mind" about the health care legislation. We all know too well how weak Dave's backbone can be (see his vote on Cap 'n Tax...) so we need some people to show up at his office to counter the Obots.
When: Monday, August 31st
Where: Dave's office, 2737 78th Ave. SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Info: We have no formal agenda, so just show up with your signs and we will assemble peacefully to share our views on the subject. SUGGESTION: make positive signs. What I mean by that is let the world know that you are all for reform, just not the kind of reform they want. Their main attack against us is that we are "for the status quo" and "hate change" and all that crap. Show them with your sign or flyers that you want a different type of reform. One of my faves is: "Reform, don't transform."

Counter Obots Outside Rick Larsen's Office
What: Same type of thing as above. Organizing for Obama is putting together a "press conference" in front of Rick Larsen's office. Don't let them be the lone voice.
When: Tuesday, September 1st
Where: Congressional Offices, 2930 Wetmore Ave Everett, WA 98201
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Info: We have no formal agenda, so just show up with your signs and we will assemble peacefully to share our views on the subject. SUGGESTION: make positive signs. What I mean by that is let the world know that you are all for reform, just not the kind of reform they want. Their main attack against us is that we are "for the status quo" and "hate change" and all that crap. Show them with your sign or flyers that you want a different type of reform. One of my faves is: "Reform, don't transform."

Counter Protest Against Socialized Medicine: The Funeral for Health Care II
What: Remember May 30, when we countered the giant march and rally that was funded by all those unions and left-wing groups?? Well they're up to their old tricks and we MUST be present to oppose them. I'm going to paste their description of the event below so that you can see what we are up against... (i.e. how ASTROTURFED they are...)
Join Congressman Jim McDermott, along with Organizing for America, Health Care for America NOW, SEIU, UFCW 21, the Washington State Labor Council, WashPIRG, and Planned Parenthood Votes for an evening rally at Westlake Park. We will release the full list of speakers and acts once confirmed.Please join us as we send the strongest signal yet to Congress that Washingtonians support strong Health Insurance Reform.

It is unreal that they accuse us of mob tactics and astroturfing.
When: Thursday, September 3rd
Where: Westlake Park, 4th Ave. and Pine St., Seattle, WA
Time: Their rally starts at 6:00 p.m. so I suggest we start at 5:00 p.m. and go until 7:00 p.m.
Info: Parking is usually difficult in downtown Seattle, but it might be easier as this is after work hours. If you can though, carpool or take public transportation. Click here for Metro (bus) and here for the light rail.

Every Friday You Can Visit Patty Murray
What: That's right! Every Friday through the month of September, Patty Murray is opening her office to 15 minute visits, all day long. You will get to sit down, one-on-one with her health care staffer , Mary Conway, and talk about your views. This is a pretty golden opportunity (though I feel annoyed because we're supposed to be grateful for these scraps she's throwing us...)
When: Every Friday during September
Where: Federal Building 915 2nd Ave., Seattle, WA
Time: They will see people in 15 minute intervals from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Info: Bring your photo I.D. or you will NOT be allowed into the Federal Building.

That's all for now, but I'll just give you a heads up and say, save these dates:
Friday, September 4th, morning
Sunday, September 13th, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (roughly)
Tuesday, September 15th

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