Obama for President Campaign – Volunteer to work the field and precincts of Iowa

There will be a special meeting at World Folk Music, located at 1808 W. 103rd Street, this Sunday, April 29th at 1:00 pm (should last until 3:00 pm) for anyone interested in volunteering for the Obama for President campaign in a very direct way: working the field and the precincts in the all-important Iowa caucus to be held next January of 2008. We will work a specific geographic area in Iowa over the next nine to ten months. This is a real-life opportunity to make history.

There will also be other volunteering opportunities presented Sunday by members of the Obama campaign staff.

You can also sign up for your own group at the Obama for President website. This will allow you to form your own Obama for President group.

Over the next couple weeks I will be sending you details. Also, if you know of anyone seriously interested in volunteering, please have them contact me directly by phone or email.

Please call or email me if you will be attending.


John Presta

“Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has!” – Margaret Mead

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Exciting News from the Obama Campaign

Dear Friend,

Something remarkable is happening to our campaign right now, and I wanted to share with you the terrific news.

You’ve already heard that after everything was counted and double-checked, we reported to the Federal Election Committee that an astonishing 104,000 donors gave over 25 million dollars to the campaign through March 31st.

What’s happened to the campaign since then has been even more remarkable.

In April alone, over 37,000 people have donated to the cause — almost 90% of them for the first time.

On the eve of the first candidate debate this Thursday night, the keepers of the Washington status quo are nervous. Those invested in keeping things as they are have a hard time grasping that a movement made up of people who want a new kind of politics can actually change things.

Now’s the time for every person who supports Barack Obama to make one thing perfectly clear: we’re here, we’re serious about change, and we’re going to be heard. When people come together one by one, astounding things can happen. This is just the beginning — we can continue to grow this movement, but it’s up to you.

Will you become the next person to be counted by making a donation today?


We’ve seen what happens when the will of the people is swept aside.

Corruption and incompetence paralyze our government, America’s ability to lead the world is diminished, and the fundamental fairness of our society diminishes to benefit the privileged few.

We need a movement of ordinary people to elect our next president because, for so many of us, what our president does is personal.

Here’s an example of what I mean. On Monday, Barack laid out a foreign policy vision that captured why rebuilding America’s moral leadership in the world is personal for him.

That day we asked for the same from you; what we heard back were thousands of powerful, incredibly personal reasons why we need a new era in America’s foreign policy.

We’ve heard from retired soldiers and diplomats about the decades of work undone by this president’s recklessness and failures. We’ve heard from family members of servicemembers in Iraq who want their loved ones out of harm’s way. We’ve heard from ordinary Americans from every region and every walk of life who want to once again feel the pride of knowing that our president is truly the leader of the free world.

That’s why we need a movement behind our next president. Only by electing a president accountable to no one but the people will we restore America’s global moral leadership.

Some people don’t believe it can be done. But you can show them the way by making your donation and demonstrating that this campaign is a movement of people willing to step up and take personal responsibility for change:


So far in April, over 20,000 people have donated to the campaign over the Internet — and for more than 18,000 of them, this was their first donation to the campaign.

It’s not just happening online. Our movement continues to grow everywhere: on April 14th over 20,000 people rallied with Barack in Atlanta, Georgia, the largest political rally in that city’s history.

People like you are proving that no matter what any pundit says, this campaign isn’t about what happened already — it’s about what’s going to happen.

More people are going to be involved than ever before.

People like you will have more power over the process than ever before.

And, if we succeed, we’re going to elect a president who answers to the American people for a change.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

David Plouffe
Campaign Manager

P.S. — The debate will be live from South Carolina on MSNBC at 7pm Eastern Thursday. If you want to invite some friends over to watch with you, you can plan your event here: http://my.barackobama.com/debatewatch

Prolific Author David Halberstam

The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and prolific author, David Halberstam, was killed in an automobile accident in Northern California on April 23. His bestsellers have run a gamut of subjects from civil rights and military history to sports and popular culture.

He has written 31 books (many are still in print) and was working on his next book while in California. We will miss these epic masterpieces that I found interesting, compelling and most of all for me, easy to read and easy to follow. In other words: great writing.

To check out some of his books, click on books of David Halberstam .

Which of these titles would you recommend and why?

Actions needed to end Iraq funding

Please call your representative and Senators and tell them to vote against the supplemental spending bill to continue the funding the Iraq War. You can call the Congressional switchboard at 1-202-224-3121.

” In time of war , the loudest patriots are the greatest profiteers.”

August Bebel

“There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing
innocent people.”
Howard Zinn

Newly elected MWRD Commissioner Debra Shore returns to Beverly community

From left to right: Newly elected Commissioners of the MWRD are Patricia Horton, Terrence J. O’Brien and Debra Shore.

Another great treat from our meeting on Wednesday, April 4th was the appearance of our friend, Debra Shore, newly elected Commissioner of the Water Reclamation District. Debra ran a great campaign that contained the three elements necessary to win: hard-work, talent and enthusiasm.

Winning campaigns typically have a winning theme and her camapign theme was simple. “Because Water Matters.”

Since taking office she has hit the ground running, hiring two terrific women Jan Rowland and Eleanor Kane, and together they have begun working on a number of initiatives.

Greening the Agency
Along with several other commissioners and their staff members, they are beginning to take a look at how the MWRD can become even more of a leader as an environmental agency. They are looking at energy use, fleet management, facilities management, purchasing, land management, recycling, and stormwater management. Ideas for how to green the agency or experience implementing some initiatives at your own workplace please let them know. You can reach Eleanor at (312) 751-5692 or eleanor.kane@mwrd.org .

Disposal of Prescription Drugs
Years ago, people were told to dispose of their expired or unused prescription drugs by flushing them down the toilet. Many people still do. This is a serious problem for wastewater treatment agencies, such as the MWRD, and for aquatic life in our rivers and streams. Treatment agencies cannot remove all of the chemicals contained in drugs. Some studies have shown that these chemicals, part of a suite of endocrine disruptors called emerging chemicals of concern, cause adverse effects on aquatic organisms, even at extremely low concentrations.

They are putting together a pharmaceuticals working group of many interested parties to develop a pilot project for safe, secure disposal of drugs to keep them out of our waste stream and waters. Again, ideas on this topic or ways to participate, please contact them. (In the meantime, the safest way to dispose of prescription drugs is to take them to a hazardous waste collection site — such as the city’s new facility at 1150 N. North Branch on Goose Island — or mix them with kitty litter, wrap carefully, and throw out with your garbage.)

Debra thanks everyone for a great victory. She received the most votes in the primary and general elections. We look forward to working with her on many issues for years to come.

email: debra@debrashore.org
phone: 847-922-0622
web: http://www.debrashore.org

Judy Roberts at World Folk Music Co.

This Sunday, April 22nd at 4:00pm Judy Roberts and Larry Gray, two giants in jazz will be performing at World Folk Music Company, 1808 W. 103rd Street, Chicago, IL 773-779-7059. Tickets are $25. Judy will be moving to Arizona in the next month, so this may be one of the last time you will be able to see her live in Chicago for awhile.

Beverly Branch Library Appearance

The Beverly Branch Library, located at 2121 W. 95th Street, will welcome L. Curt Erler, author of the Southside Kid, on Saturday, April 28 at 11:00 am. Mr. Erler was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, around 63rd & Stony Island. He is a retired marketing manager and lives in California with his Southside girl (St. Felicitas and Aquinas).

The Southside Kid’s narrator is the only non-Catholic attending a Catholic school. Young Curt was fortunate and clever enough to make the best of his rather trying circumstance. The author recalls his childhood growing up on the Southside during the 1950’s with plenty of baseball, matinees at the Avalon Theater and Friday night dances with the St. Felicitas Kids.

For further information about the book, please call Joyce Colander at 312-747-9673.

Voices For Creative Nonviolence Event

Voices For Creative Nonviolence is hosting Jeremy Schahill, the author of Blackwater, an expose of the corruption brought about by contractors in Iraq, for a presentation on the evening of May 18th at 7:00. The event will take place at Grace Place located at 637 S. Dearborn.

Great Meeting

The Reading on Walden Political Discussion Group met this past Wednesday, April 4th at Cafe Luna. The group was addressed by State Representative Kevin Joyce (D-35th) who discussed House Bill 750 (educational funding reform – the so-called “property tax swap bill”) in great detail. It was obvious the Kevin is a student of this issue and explained the history of the bill and gave Dawn Clark Netsch high marks for advocating this bill back in 1994 during the governor’s race.

Kevin thought that House Bill 750 will easily pass in the state house (although not in its current form), but will have a rough ride in the Illinois Senate due to Senate President Emil Jones (D-14th) having said he would not call the bill. Senator Jones is supporting the governors “Gross Receipts Tax.” Kevin clearly opposes the “GRT” and thought there wasn’t more than 15 votes in the house for passage of the controversial tax. The Reading on Walden Political Discussion Group recently sent a letter to the Governor opposing the bill.

Kevin answered questions afterward. The Beverly Review sent a reporter to cover the talk (she was also covering our favorite jazz band, The Beverly All Stars), so we look forward to the next issue.

We urge everyone to write Senator Jones and urge him to not only call the bill, but to support its passage.

We circulated a letter to State Senator Edward Maloney (D-18th) urging him to ask Senator Jones to call the bill. We thank all those that signed the letter.

Join us for our next meeting at Cafe Luna on Wednesday, May 2nd at 7:00 pm when we will discuss more strategies to urge passage of the bill.

We believe the time is here for educational funding reform. Tell us what you think.

This is part of our regular series of political discussions (the first Wednesday of each and every month) sponsored by Reading on Walden Bookstore Political Discussion Group. Contact Michelle or John Presta for information at readingonwalden@att.net or 773-233-7633. Or visit our Web Site.

Reading on Walden Political Discussion Groups Meets on Wednesday, April 4th at 7:00 pm

The Reading on Walden Political Discussion Group will meet for its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 4th at Cafe Luna at 1742 W. 99th Street at 7:00 pm. The meeting will have a featured speaker, State Representative Kevin Joyce (D-35th), who will discuss House Bill 750 (educational funding reform – the so-called “property tax swap bill”). He will be available after his talk to answer questions.

State Rep. Joyce is the Chairman of the House Committee on Aging and is also the Chairman of the House Solid Waste Subcommittee. He also serves on the House Committee on Appropriations-Higher Education and on the House Committee on Elementary & Secondary Education.

This is part of our regular series of political discussions (the first Wednesday of each and every month) sponsored by Reading on Walden Bookstore Political Discussion Group. Contact Michelle or John Presta for information at readingonwalden@att.net or 773-233-7633. Or visit our web site at http:///www.readingonwalden.com