I love politics (though not when people can’t get over their petty stuff and insist on standing in the way of progress just for the sake of being jerks…). Still, even a shutdown can’t stop my excitement for the upcoming Massachusetts special election to fill Senator Ed Markey’s seat, especially because:
- One of the great guys running is a real progressive who has stood up for women, equality, and justice his whole short life
- He’s also married one of my good friends over the weekend (and threw one hell of a wedding!)
- He has the cutest, most honest and endearing campaign ads ever
He may look like he’s running for class president, but he’s the real deal – Carl Sciortino is going to be great for our Commonwealth and our country. Vote for him on October 15!
“At what point must a female senator raise her hand or her voice to be recognized over her male colleagues in the room?”
Texas State Senator Leticia Van De Putte never got her answer last night, at the end of the filibuster started by Senator Wendy Davis in protest over restrictions that would make it even harder for women in Texas to get legal, safe abortions. Instead, the crowd erupted into cheers, which lasted well after midnight, well after the session ended, and well into the night as protests continued to rise over misinformation that said that SB5 had passed. This morning, we’re learning that the bill failed – whatever lame reason the Lt. Governor is giving notwithstanding, we live to fight another day.
But before we more on to equality and climate change and all the other ridiculous problems we need to solve, I want to answer the Senator’s question:
Stand up today, and don’t sit down until we have equality between genders.
Raise your hand immediately and don’t put it down until you’re satisfied that women’s lives won’t be the subject of petty political bickering.
Shout your opinion until you’re hoarse and you’re being taken away in handcuffs just for asking that women get to have rule over their own bodies. Then, shout it again from your jail cell until your sisters come to bail you out.
Stand in long lines to vote, stand on street corners to collect signatures for your own political run, stand arm in arm as they try to carry us away and deny us our right to protest.
One of my colleagues hit it home when she said “I wish I could imagine a world in which a bunch of women stand around desperately trying to legislate control over a man’s body, but I honestly can’t.” I’m done being a second class citizen, done with having someone make my decisions for me, done with this patriarchal bullshit. We can do better.
Please join me in supporting EMILY’s List to put more pro-choice women in office - and stand now, tonight, and tomorrow toward the equal future we all know is possible.
To the world, you may be one disruptive phonebanker.
But to a 101-year-old woman, you may be her ride to the polls.
Yesterday was the primary for the special Senate election here in MA, and I knew I wanted to volunteer for a bit before trivia. After getting some mixed directions from the campaign HQ, I was ready to give up and just consider my vote to be my contribution for the day. But as I was getting ready to leave work, my coworker convinced me to actually go to Central Square, find the office, and see if the people there could give me some calls to make.
“Fine,” I said, thinking that I would just hit the local thrift shop if I couldn’t find the field office.
Instead, I not only found the field office.
I was able to make 30 minutes of phone calls, contacting 20+ people (thanks to a dialing system that just plugs you into numbers, no dialing needed on my end!).
I was able to help someone get a ride to the polls in the last half hour of voting.
And that voter? She was 101-years-old.
And she got mentioned on the front page of the Boston Globe thanks to this Twitter post. (ProgressivePabs is the cool campaign worker who helped me coordinate the ride!)
I was a dedicated campaign volunteer before, but now I’m more determined than ever not to miss an election day. Just imagine how many elderly voters might be sitting around, eager to vote but without a ride to the polls. Just think of how many people you can reach in those final 30 minutes. And just know – if you can’t find the field office, there’s probably at least a coffee shop or a thrift store to make your trek worthwhile.
Oh, and that race? We totally kicked butt. Now on to the general!
What do you get when you combine one of the hit movies of this season with the biggest political news story of the New Year?
LES FISCAL MISERABLES
And my personal favorite:
Seriously though, this bargaining with people’s jobs – and healthcare, and benefits, and schools – is ridiculous. I hope that our elected officials can get it together and actually govern, instead of fighting.
Last night, I got to hold my best friend’s hand as we watched the election results come in and victories unfold around us.
For students and sick kids.
For working mothers who deserve equal pay.
For people who believe in a better future for this country.
For a renewed vision for tomorrow.
When my great grandmother came to this country in the early days of the last century, she never would have imagined the scene I saw last night. In my home state of New Hampshire, women now make up the entire Congressional delegation, and we’ve elected an amazing woman to serve as our second female governor AND made history with the first female Senator from MA. She, who fought for an end to segregation and was there when Martin Luther King, Jr. shared his dream, would have wept to see the spread of justice in the form of victories for marriage equality. She would have been stunned into silence at the idea of a black man not just winning the presidency, but doing it twice. And she, who trained her son who trained his daughter who trained her daughter – me – to stand up for what you believe in would have been right beside me all weekend as I phone banked, canvassed, and waited in the cold for two hours to cast my ballot for amazing candidates.
From the state rep races in Michigan (congrats Dian!) to marriage equality in Maine to NH swinging blue to record-high turnout and people waiting in lines for hours just to do their civic duty, it was a night to remember.
I am so proud of our victories last night – and I’m so excited to see what amazing things we’re going to do in the years ahead.
Three points to anyone who gets that.
It’s here. FINALLY. For better or worse, we’re picking a President today – and more. In New Hampshire, we might end up with an all-female delegation – two Senators, two Representatives, and a Governor, held by women. Can you even imagine how cool that would be??
The odds are in the favor of us Democrats, as you can see in this chart (which is definitely the only reason I was able to sleep last night).
But when the ballots are in, how will you know if we’ve truly won? Check out this amazing guide my coworker forwarded on to the rest of us political nerds (thanks Ezra!).
I, for one, am looking forward to an amazing night. I spent 2008 exhausting myself on a State Rep race in Michigan, and we brought home a victory only after the thousands of absentee votes were counted. In the rush of taking care of my awesome candidate, I didn’t get to truly celebrate the historic moment in the Presidential race. So tonight, I’m looking for a redo. I’m looking to be able to throw up my arms and cheer at the top of my lungs as they proudly announce that we’ve reelected Barack Obama.
See you on the other side, friends.
PS: GO VOTE!!
In case you ever wondered what it’s like to live in a swing state, it’s a little bit like this:
I was one of 14 thousand people who showed up to see POTUS and “OLD POTUS” (as my mom says) in Concord New Hampshire yesterday. Five hours in the cold gave us plenty of time to think about tomorrow and what’s actually at stake in this election – healthcare, equality, women’s rights to make decisions about their own bodies, climate change, and more. So while I know the ads are getting annoying… we’re tired of people knocking on our doors… you can’t stand to see another poll or political pin… just remember what’s on the line. And don’t stop thinking about tomorrow – and then DO remember to vote tomorrow. The future of our entire planet could depend on it.
Still not sure where to cast your ballot? Click here to find out!
Alternate title: Picking your battles
I know who I’m voting for next Tuesday. I’ve known for a long time – even before the state primaries. I am passionate about politics because I’ve seen how it can have an impact – positive and negative – on my life.
There’s nothing wrong with being an undecided voter. There IS something wrong with not voting. Whoever wins on Tuesday will get to shape your town/ state/ country’s future, and it’s up to you to weigh in – even if you end up having to write in a name.
But if you’re still struggling because it’s hard to get beyond the talking points and tell who really believes in the same things as you, I feel you. However, there are sites out there that will show you how people in office have voted, how candidates have filled out surveys, and what you can expect from people if they win on November 6. Think about what issues are important in your life, and then find the candidate that matches your priorities – chances are, one is better than the other.
- If you care about a woman’s right to choose, check out the NARAL Pro-Choice America Voter Guide. No matter where you fall on the issue, the facts about records and statements are here.
- If you care about food politics, look at this Food Policy Action voter guide. You can see a lifetime score for current officials to help you understand how they vote on issues like ending domestic and global hunger, fighting for humane treatment of farm animals, etc.
- If you care about the environment, check out the League of Conservation Voters Environmental Scorecard - one of the best scorecards out there with tons of information about who is standing up for our air, water, and earth… and who is not.
- If you care about civil liberties, head over to the ACLU to check out their scorecard regarding key votes.
- If you care about labor issues, see who AFSCME has endorsed for their stance of this topic.
- If you care about health and financial security, look at AARP’s collection of candidates’ stances in their own words.
What other scorecards to you use to determine who gets your vote?
Still don’t like what you see? Then I hope to see your name on the ballot next time!
PS: Not sure where you actually cast your ballot? Find your polling place here >>
No, really – are you? Have you moved/ changed names/ decided to stop voting in your hometown by absentee ballot but haven’t done anything to move this forward yet?
Better safe than locked out of a crucial national election because you fall into this overlap (courtesy of Change.org):
Join voters across the country today for the first ever National Voter Registration Day to make sure that by the time the day is over, you are on your way to be registered to vote – including knowing where you actually need to go to cast your ballot.
And while you’re at it, maybe bug your friends and family too – the number of people who think they’re all set but who actually need to take a few more steps to vote is staggering, and could lead to heartbreaking results when the polls close on November 6. Just send them a nice note today saying “Hey there! I know you care about this election – time to make sure you can vote before registration deadlines close!”
The world will thank you later.
As we get into the part of the election cycle where all the ads are recycled – and frankly, all a bit depressing and pessimistic – something this awesome shines like a beacon of truthiness. It’s a symbol of why we vote in the first place and how important it is to know what’s at stake, rather than just checking a box and voting the party line. There could be some good candidates you miss!
More information about how this awesome ad came to be here.