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Kick the Tires

From: Leah K.
Sent on: Sunday, September 13, 2009 12:07 AM
Dear Members,

When you buy a new car, you kick the tires. You want to know if the vehicle is of quality and substance so you give it a little test. Just before take-off, pilots do a pre-flight check of the tires and then ignite their after-burners for a boost, hence they kick the tires and light the fires. With the primary election happening this Tuesday and NYC choosing a new district attorney since there will be no general election for this office, I wanted to kick the tires and being satisfied with that, maybe light some fires with other voters and help them take-off to the polls.?

After I met with the organizers of our group to plan Voterbook's next meeting this morning, I stopped into the downtown Richard Aborn for District Attorney field office at 568 Broadway (7th floor) with fellow organizer Dave Dawson. Dave and I were greeted by our organizer Jeff Kurzon (now working for Aborn), a member of Senator Daniel Squadron's staff and another Aborn staff member. They asked us to go to the Lower East Side and talk to voters and distribute Aborn literature. I noticed the office space they are using is the Legal Aid Society, an organization that has endorsed Richard Aborn, an office also with Obama stickers and union labels all over. Then I noticed when I was on the street with Dave how it was challenging and yet invigorating trying to reach a voter with Aborn literature. We are reminding them to vote on Tuesday. But more importantly, we were contacting voters (fellow Americans) and informing them of the candidate and how we believe he is the best one running.

Jeff reminded me again today that Justin Allen from the West Village, one of our former organizers, is now Aborn's field director. Justin left ObamaNYC to become one of Obama's best organizers in Iowa. We know how that went well. I should say that it also felt good to be out today in the drizzle and that it reminded me of taking trips to canvass for Obama.

Many of us are working for different candidates, e.g. Dave and Tasha are supporting Thompson now, but Dave came in and kicked Aborn's tires with me and I think he was glad to have done so and will go back. But do not take my word for it, watch the debate on ABC tomorrow at 11AM, and if you agree, I hope that you will join and find an Aborn office where you can go and kick the tires, and then hopefully light some fires.

The Aborn field offices are open Sunday 9AM-5PM, Monday 6AM to 9PM and Tuesday 5AM to 9PM.

The Legal Aid Society Office, 568 Broadway, 7th floor (between Prince & Houston) (where Jeff and I will be).

Councilmember Gale Brewer's home, 29 West 95th St. (between Columbus and CPW)

The Hotel Trades Council, 305 West 44th Street, #4 (between 8th and 9th avenues)

The Tenant Association Office, 3333 Broadway, Tower C, Lower Level (at 135th St.) (open Sunday and Monday AM) (Where Justin will be)

Christian Parish,[masked]th Ave (at 122nd St.) (open only on Tuesday and Monday PM)

Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito's office, 349 East 116th St. (between 1st and 2nd aves.)

Workers United, 31 West 15th Street (between 5th and 6th aves)

Dems in the Heights 565 West 188th Street (at Audobon Ave)

For more information about Richard Aborn, you can also visit

We hope to see you out on the campaign trail in the next few days!

Best regards,

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