Dear Obama Supporters:
The National Campaign group from Chicago is coming to San Diego next Tuesday Night. April 24 ~ to meet with you and all of the Obama Volunteers to discuss how you can help the campaign organize to win the California Primary Election.
The meeting will be held ay 7:00pm at the Woman's Club of San San Diego, 2557 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103, at the corner of 3rd Avenue and Maple Street. There is plenty of free parking on the street and the Bank parking lot on the same street. This is a safe neighborhood between Hillcrest and Downtown.
Please come and meet the Campaign Representatives from Headquarters, and find out what you can do to help Senator Obama Win the Presidency. We will also discuss the progress of the campaign nationally, and plans for Senator Obama's appearance in San Diego a week from Saturday, on April 28th, at the California State Democratic Convention, To be held at our Convention Center.
We need your attendance next Tuesday night, as we want to show them how capable we are! Please bring a few friends and please copy this message and send it out to your Friends on your personal email list. If you have any questions, email either Marsha Johnston ([address removed]),
Regina Malveaux ([address removed]) or Ira Lechner ([address removed]) . Many Thanks, and We Look Forward to seeing you Tuesday Night.
Please read today's commentary on Sen. Obama by Tom Friedman
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
Published: April 18, 2007
While in Kenya last week, my wife, Ann, a teacher, visited Mukuru-Kayaba Primary School in a Nairobi slum, where the U.S. helps finance a lunch program that keeps kids coming to class. When she returned from the school visit, she remarked to me that there was a poster on the wall of the school showing Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, during their visit to Kenya last August. The poster said: The Obamas know their H.I.V. status. Do you know yours? The senator and his wife had volunteered to be tested while in Nairobi.
Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times
A few days later, my friend Robert Kerr, the U.S. Embassy public affairs officer, told me: ?Each of the section chiefs in the embassy was asked to submit names of key contacts to bring to a reception for Obama at the ambassador?s residence. Mine included Rose Kimotho, at the time the leader of the Media Owners Association, and Moses Mwangi, founder of the Martin Luther King Foundation for Africa. In recent visits to their offices, I was struck by the prominence they gave to their photos with Obama. Rose had it prominently displayed on the table next to her visitors book. Moses had it on the wall near a photo of [Kenya?s] President Kibaki.?
Yes, Mr. Obama?s father was Kenyan, but nevertheless, that poster and those pictures got me thinking: when was the last time you saw a U.S. president or politician being held up as a role model abroad? It?s been awhile. And that got me thinking about Mr. Obama. It seems to me that the strongest case one could make for an Obama presidency right now is rarely articulated: it is his potential to repair the broken relationship between America and the world.
As I travel around, I have never seen a president and a vice president more disliked in more places than George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. Some of the animus arises from an attitude they project of not caring much about what the world thinks. Some of it is spawned by Bush-Cheney policies toward Iraq, Kyoto or the Geneva Conventions. Some of it is unfair: President Bush, for instance, has been at the forefront in combating H.I.V.-AIDS in Africa. And some is nonsense: foreigners blaming America for their own ills. (It annoys me no end to read about how China is now more popular in Asia than America ? China, which censors Google and has supported a Sudanese regime engaged in mass murder in Darfur.)
But in some ways, that?s the point: The Bush-Cheney team, by its own hand, has undermined its ability to talk about American principles in a way that foreigners will take seriously. They have moral clarity and no moral authority. Foreigners just have to say ?Abu Ghraib? or ?Guant?namo,? and that ends the discussion. It also lets the foreigners off the hook.
I think Mr. Obama has the potential to force a new discussion. For now at least, he has a certain moral authority because of his life story, which makes him harder to dismiss. And while he is a good talker, he strikes me as an even better listener. It?s amazing what people will let you say to them, if you just listen to them first.
But being a good listener starts at home. I got back from Africa for the climax of the Don Imus controversy, a show on which I?ve appeared. It underscored how much work we have to do here at home in learning how to listen, talk and, yes, joke with one another across racial, gender and religious lines. My instincts on speech are always to keep the boundaries really wide and to cure speech with speech ? and with sunlight ? not censorship.
But, I must say, reading the reactions this past week by some of our best African-American commentators has impressed on me how much hurting has been going on inside those wide boundaries ? and how much, with our increasingly diverse society, we need to have a talk about where the line should be today, from morning radio to hip-hop and the Internet.
I wish the whole nation could have heard the conversation between Mr. Imus and the impressive Rutgers women?s basketball team. We would all have learned something. But now it?s gone and there?s no president to moderate a wider discussion. Mr. Bush has been such a divider that he?s in no position to lead. So people just fire off reactions and go back to their corners and nothing positive is built.
Which brings me back to Mr. Obama. I believe that what has propelled his candidacy up to now ? more than anything ? is that many Americans have projected onto him their hunger for community, their hunger for a president with the voice, instincts and moral authority to make it so much harder for foreigners to be anti-American or for Americans to be anti-one-another.
"Green: The New Red, White and Blue," a documentary featuring Thomas L. Friedman?s reporting on green technology, premiers on the Discovery Channel on Saturday, April 21 at 9 p.m. EDT.Friday to Sunday, April 27 to 29. California Democratic Party State Convention. At the San Diego Convention Center, 111 W. Harbor Drive in San Diego. Info: http://www.cadem.org/site/c.jrLZK2PyHmF/b.2253391/k.97C2/ Road_to_the_2007_Convention.htm
April 28th Impeachment Events Are Spreading Like Wildfire
With ten days to go, we're entering the homestretch in building for A28 - and the grassroots impeachment movement is sizzling!
We've got actions from Miami to North Pole, Alaska, with more being added by the hour. April 28 will mark the beginning of Impeachment Summer , and we've got a whole list of ways to turn up the heat on Congress even more after A28.
Now is the time to figure out what you're going to do on A28, chip in for the cause, and get the word out far and wide. There's a lot going on behind the scenes as well, and over the next week you can expect to hear some very exciting announcements!
Find A28 Actions on ImpeachMap
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_New Customizable A28 Flyers: Perfect to hand out at Earth Day this Weekend
We've been promising new A28 flyers for a while now and I think you're going to like this. With the touch of a button you can now produce your own A28 flyers, customized with information about your local event. Just type your event info into the flyer creation form, press "create PDF" and--presto!--you've got an A28 flyer! You can also access this on the A28 Resources page.
Bush and Cheney are sworn enemies of not just of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness -- but really of the entire planet. Earth Day, which takes place this weekend, is a perfect opportunity to spread the word about A28 to people who care about people and the planet more than profits and plunder. Events will be happening both Saturday and Sunday, and you can find one near you here and here . Be sure to check your local community event calenders as well.