Category Archives: politics

More MMOB

The letter writing is not over. I sent 244 letters to unregistered moms in democratic areas in swing states, but now that registration deadlines are coming up, the MMOB is moving on to encouraging “undervoting” registered voters to get their butts out there on election day. This will have to wait til we get back from Italy, but I’m going to do another 250, at least. Please go visit the MMOB website and sign up to write your own if you can. You don’t have to be a mom or even a woman!

Kicking Bush Ass

Kerry was _on_ last night. I almost didn’t watch; I literally had nightmares he was going to suck, or just meander. But he totally nailed it. I’m afraid to be too hopeful but it’s a good sign. Reactions have been good. Just don’t let them spin that victory away. The man should be president.

Status update

I am finally beginning Project Write to 100 Nevadan Mothers. The people at the MMOB tell me to resist the urge to print the letters off my computer, as the feedback they’ve gotten is that hand-written is most effective. Instead they suggest cheating: apparently a gel pen looks exactly like photocopy ink. You can write the letter out once with the name blank, copy it a bunch, and fill in the name with the pen. We’ll see. I haven’t tested it yet, but I did go buy a gel pen and start the actual letter (needs work). I still have to actually request the names from the MMOB, but I get the feeling they give them to you almost instantaneously. Game Tech has been taking over my life, with the brochure going to the printer at the end of this week. I wish the timing had been different, but there’s still time to write at least 100 letters, maybe more. Have to do _something_.

10 weeks left

A while ago I decided to write 100 letters to single mothers in democratic districts in Nevada who did not vote in the last election. I haven’t done it yet. Maybe if I post this publicly it will shame me into actually doing it.

Writing letters for the MMOB

I went to a letter-writing party this Friday hosted by Mainstreet Moms Opposed to Bush, or the MMOB. We wrote to single working moms in heavily democratic districts and included voter registration info. I hand wrote four letters in about 45 mintues. I got a handcramp. The statistics are compelling: if unmarried women had voted in the same numbers as married women in 2000, they would have added 6 million predominantly progressive votes. The 2000 election was “won” by 527 votes. (well, stolen, but you catch my drift). So, I’m going to commit to writing 100 letters to women through the MMOB, but I’m going to print the fucking things. I know people who hand wrote upwards of 600 letters to voters in Iowa for the Dean campaign, and I just have to ask if the dubious advantage of hand written over printed (I will still sign personally and hand address the envelopes) was worth the carpal tunnel syndrome risk. So, if you’d like to donate to my letter-writing campaign, please send toner cartridges for the HP5550 printer (including the color cartridge; I am going to include a color picture of me and Clementine at the top of the page.)