Saturday, October 30, 2004

Taking It To The Streets!

For weeks, Kerry supporters have been rallying in Studio City, CA on Friday evenings to show their support for John Kerry and John Edwards. Last night with the election just 4 short days away, the weekly “United For A New President” Rally nearly tripled in size with about 250 to 300 Kerry/Edwards supporters out enforce.

I arrived a short time after 6:00 p.m. and was pleasantly surprised to see a sea of Kerry/Edwards signs flooding the intersection of Laurel Canyon and Ventura Boulevards. As I searched the crowd for familiar faces, I was laughing heartedly at the antics of Billionaires for Bush (a satire group) who had come out to entertain the crowd. Motorists at the intersection wailed on their horns and pumped up Kerry supporters danced from one corner to another.

Here in Los Angeles, thousands of volunteers have been doing their part to help GOTV! With all of the action focused on the Battleground States, there have been weekly bus trips to Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico and every local Democratic Headquarters office is teaming with volunteers who are phone banking both locally and across the country.

I ran into actors Ed Begley, Jr. and Jere Burns when I ventured across the street to see what was happening on the other side. I had met Ed Begley, Jr. back in late February when he came out to introduce Teresa Heinz Kerry when she received the California LCV endorsement on John Kerry’s behalf. Begley himself is a noted environmentalist who is always happy to turn out for a cause. I chatted briefly with Ed and Jere about the prospect of John and Teresa in the White House.

While all eyes are on the Battleground States right now, our efforts did not go unnoticed by the local media who came out to cover our rally. NBC4 managed to weed some footage into their piece about the Bin Laden tape and John Kerry’s response.

Finally, at the end of the rally I ran into Blogger Sam Park who I first met back in August ’03 at the first San Fernando Valley Meet-Up. It’s been a long year, we both agreed, but here we are now with the big event just 4 days way! No rest yet, for weary Bloggers and Kerry volunteers… It’s time to take it to the streets and GOTV!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like in the United States, in Catalonia ( we can also speak of phenomenon weblog (

To do a weblog of thematic policy in Catalonia is at the present time really attractive. Doing a surf in the directory of Bitàcoles.Net we found that only 3 Catalan webloggers are exclusively dedicated to make political analysis in the network. They are Xavier Borràs with Black Flag (, Salvador Grifell ( and Rubèn Novoa i Arranz with Blog:RNiA(

Anyway we have had lately three electoral processes in Catalonia and the effect generated by these weblogs has been little if we compared it to which it happens to the United States where they are source of substantial rumors, parallel commentaries, analyses... They have been seen in the conventions democratic and republican chairs reserved for webloggers next to those of the reporters of press (this in Catalonia has not happened) and Bush and Kerry even have their own electoral weblog.

From the United States the electoral fight is seen tight. From Europe it is seen positioned better for Kerry. What is clear is that we must let freely choose Americans its President. But from Europe, let this blogger contribute with his opinion.

I bet for John Kerry. Because the bows between Europe and America must be united again. In order to improve the relations between both continent and thus the common policies of security that must govern the interacional community. To give confidence to the world of which another America is possible. And also by the Americans, because Kerry will be a better president, than it will take care of better by the interests of the citizens. This is the hope that we have in John Kerry.

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