Friday, October 31, 2008

My favorite Get Out The Vote message

Hey everyone--I am sorry I've been gone for a whole week! But I traveled to Toronto for the Association for Research in Mothering Conference last weekend AND I turned in a new draft of the updated edition of Mojo Mom on Monday. I pretty much collapsed into a puddle for three days after that.

But I am BACK now in every sense of the word. And as readers of this blog know, the election is very much at the top of my mind. Earlier this week I heard an excellent segment on All Things Considered in which Melissa Block talked to a group of manufacturing job trainees in the swing state of Missouri. The group happened to be African-American and race entered the conversation, as well as jobs, hopes for the future, and the fact that everyone has to keep working hard to support Obama if he wins.

At the end of the segment, the trainees' supervisor told about a GOTV (get out the vote) text message he had received from a friend:

Rosa sat so Martin could walk.
Martin walked so Obama could run.
Obama is running so our children can fly.

If you are in an early voting state, I urge you to get out there before Tuesday to make room for one more person at the last minute.

I moved to North Carolina in 2000 just before the awful Bush-Gore election resulted in the interminable wait to find out who would be declared the winner. After eight long years, I could not be more ready to turn to a new page.

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Blogger Amy@UWM said...

So with you on turning the page. I waited in line for two hours to vote early in Georgia. Counting the seconds until this election is over.

9:45 PM  
Anonymous Sarah Zeldman said...


I live in Toronto and would have loved to meet you. Next time you come please let me know!

9:21 AM  

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