Geri Weis-Corbley from Manassas, our favorite grassroots documentary videographer from the Dean campaign, shared this inspiring story with Democracy for Virginia about her efforts, through ReDefeatBush, to register women to vote before November.
The highlight of my post-Dean political activities was the the moment when I talked to a 90 year-old African-American woman and registered her to vote.
I was participating in a calling party for ReDefeatBush using my cell phone to call unregistered citizens in the swing state of Pennsylvania. Her name was Tiny Taylor and she lived in a mostly-Democratic district in Philadelphia. As I filled out the registration form for her, I entered her birth date, September 12, 1914. She told me she doesn't like Bush at all, saying, "He stole the election."
Before saying goodbye to her, I spoke with her niece who promised to get Tiny to the polls in November. I said goodbye and reminded them, "All you need to do is sign the form and pop it in the mail."
According to their Web site, "ReDefeatBush.com is a political action committee whose goal is to register one million new Democratic voters in swing states. We organize weekly events across the country at which volunteers register voters in battleground states by telephone."
We, in Northern VA, are lucky to live in one of only a few areas where ReDefeatBush offers this excellent opportunity to make a difference. If you want to do something meaningful, join ReDefeatBush and help register a million voters in swing states. If you don't like calling people, you can write letters instead, all in an environment that offers good food, good beer, and friendship. Joe Trippi is pitching in this week and here are a variety of ways that you can too.
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Party with ReDefeatBush!
The next ReDefeatBush party in Virginia will be THIS Wednesday, May 26th, from 6 to 9 pm, @ the Cap City Brewery in Shirlington. Using cellphones, we HAVE FUN while doing voter registration by phone, so please bring your cellphone. If you don't have a cell phone or do not have minutes to spare, then we can loan you a cell phone. We are also writing letters to the voters who cannot be contacted by phone.
Happy Hour beer prices until 7pm.
Join Joe Trippi this Thursday in DC to help raise money for ReDefeatBush
Come and talk about 527s on 5/27 with Joe Trippi on May 27 to talk about financing and mobilizing the anti-Bush majority. Former Howard Dean's campaign manager Joe Trippi will be the guest of honor at a ReDefeat Bush fundraising event at the Hemphill Art Gallery, 1027 33rd Street, NW in Georgetown from 6:30 to 8:30 on Thursday May 27.
Admission is $50 and in addition to food, drink and Trippi you get to view The Hole Shebang, an exhibit featuring the infamous artifacts of the crimes against democracy committed in Florida in November 2000. You may secure a place at this event by purchasing your tickets at http://www.ReDefeatBush.com/trippi or by calling 202-966-0040.
Outside NoVA? You can still help ReDefeatBush!
If you don't live in the Northern Virginia area, you can help this group by purchasing their merchandise and forwarding the link to their web site to your friends. Their site features hilarious Bush animations at their ReDefeat Bush Theatre. Buy handsome buttons, bumper stickers, tees, a Bush Pinocchio (Bushocchio inflatable doll) and even condoms! (Don't Get Screwed Again!)