Sue was tabling for the Green Party of
San Francisco. Usually at events in San Francisco I know the Green
Party is in the house when I hear Sue with her bucket pitching "Give a
buck to the green party. We don't take corporate donations! It's up to
you to support us." It wasn't hard to get her to shake down a few
volunteers for the camera. Later on I saw her doing it for real. I hope
somebody out there learns from her example. Nobody knows more about who
supports the Green Party of San Francisco than Sue.
The afternoon started with the latest
episode in Cat's battle to make GPUSA more democratic. We had to vote
on our "current state" on the role of national politics. Click her
picture for the front page of that ballot.
Then we had three candidates running
for Liason to Secretary of State. Jane Rands gave a speech so short my
camera didn't have a chance to wake up. One of them didn't show up, so
the comedy around how it
worked out was splendid. Nativo Lopez played a fascinating role in that.
Then it was time for the LA thing. You
only have to look at that long
line of people waiting to talk about it to know we spent a lot of time
on the subject.
I had to sit near
this billboard on the BART going home. I thought I'd
pass on the experience to you. WolfBatGirl tells me there is a stealth
Christian organization behind it. I think she said "focus on the
I asked her if I should take it down and she said "we do need
awareness on what the religious right are up to. They are a very
powerful political force these days, way more
organized sadly then those of us on the left. I've been reading
up on them ("The Jesus Machine" by Dan Gilgoff,
"Kingdome Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism by Michelle
Goldberg, and "American Fascists: the Christian Right and the War on
America" by Chris Hedges) and its pretty scarey. The Bush
administration has been re-channeling a lot of money their way into
based charities and they are real
intent on overturning Roe v Wade and supressing any efforts towards
legalizing gay marriage. They've been regrouping since 1989 when
the Moral Majority felt a set back and they have been at it ever
since." As you can see, it's still there.
Bright and early the
next morning, we started up again...