Find Something To Care About

Yesterday was election day in Chicago and many of the surrounding suburbs.A sleazeball won even though Obama himself called him out in public, King Richard got his ass kicked by proxy and some anti-immigration freaks are making a whole town look bad:

As many expected, the Illegal Alien Immigration Relief Act sponsored by Humpfer and Sigwalt and supported by Hinz was foremost in many voters’ minds. As introduced by the trustees in October, the proposal would fine village landlords who rent to illegal immigrants and deny licenses to businesses that hire them. The trustees also proposed to make English the village’s official language, cutting most foreign-language services and literature from the government. The board tabled the proposals after about 3,000 people showed up to protest it at a November forum.

On a personal note, I want to offer a hearty congrats to the Westchester Progressive Party, on whose behalf I opened a polling place and at whose victory party I drank entirely too much wine. Way to go, guys.

If you want to experience firsthand what we write about here all the time, find a local campaign (in your own town or, as in my case, the next one over) that needs volunteers. Walk the street for a better school, or more cops, or a referendum for more money for your local library. Take all the knowledge you’ve used about messaging and connection and put it to use handing out literature and raising awareness for something you think could make your town, hell, your block, a better place.

You might get involved and then lose. You may get your heart broken. You may get your heart ripped out of your chest and stomped to death and then set on fire. But if you win, well … then you get to watch the numbers come in and shout and hold hands and hug and sing and dance, and there’s nothing really that’s better than that.


3 thoughts on “Find Something To Care About

  1. I do a lot of foot soldier work for various candidates, and almost never experience what it feels like to win. In fact I usually chose who I support based in part on that candidate’s need for help. It can be a lot of fun, but it almost guarantees an election night depression. 3 years ago I worked for one extremely good Democratic candidate for state senator, and usually found I was the only one actually doing the street walking thing for her. She always was pretty sure she would lose the election, and did, but I didn’t feel that way until the last few days before the vote.
    I only started doing this again, after many years off from politics, when Howard Dean excited me 4 years ago. Since then I don’t let any election go by without working for someone. My passion this year is Barack Obama, and this year I will be on the winning side!! (Yes, I am sure!)

  2. The Progressive Party thanks you for your help!
    I can offer an unbiased assessment that the good guys won here in this little hamlet.
    I’ll add to the encouragement of getting involved locally. It’ll sweep you off your feet.
    –the campaign manager/trustee wife

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