A Progressive Alamedan

Various writings from a resident of Alameda regarding the political scene. The local perspective of local, state and national politics and a few other odds and ends of local concern. May not be particularly interesting to people outside of the Alameda area.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Upcoming events in/near Alameda

This Wednesday, October 24, I will be hosting Alameda's second meetup for the candidacy of John Edwards. We'll talk about the momentum that Edwards has been gaining in the grassroots (Yesterday Edwards won the Northern California's only Straw Poll in San Mateo), the Unions (10 SEIU states, including California, recently endorsed Edwards), and in the opinion polls (Edwards has a commanding lead in Iowa, despite having spent next to nothing on TV ads).

Come find out what Edwards is all about by talking with other Alameda voters on Wednesday, starting at 7 PM, at the Crosstown Coffeehouse at the corner of High and Encinal in Alameda.

On Thursday, November 1, Alamedan Allen Michaan will once again be using his Grand Lake Theatre for Left-wing and peacenik purposes! This is the stop of a lecture tour featuring William Rodriguez, who was working as a custodian at the World Trade Center, and saved fifteen lives on Sept. 11 2001. Honored by the white house on several occasions, he has been using his recognition to help draft and pass legislation on behalf of victim's family members and survivors, to help raise millions of dollars for the victims of 9/11 and their families, to bring attention to the health concerns of thousands of first responders, now sick with "Ground Zero Syndrome," to lobby for the creation of the 9/11 Commission, and to raise awareness of his testimony that was excluded from the final 9/11 Commission Report. Also at the event will be Peter Dale Scott, whose book The Road to 9/11 — a book I reviewed on Daily Kos — about (among other things) the journey of Monsieurs Cheney and Rumsfeld, starting back in the Ford administration, through the present day in their behind-the-scenes government operations; and Cindy Sheehan, America's most-beloved Anti-War activist mom, who has recently become disillusioned with the Anti-War movement.

On Thursday, November 8, the organization "Mix It Up East Bay" will be holding a Presidential Mix It Up featuring speakers represting several of the presidential campaigns. Yours Truly has volunteered to speak on the behalf of, you guessed it, John Edwards. Come out and support me! :-) The event will be at Arsimona's Bar and Lounge, 561 11th Street (@Clay) in Oakland, 6-9 pm.


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