What will you do Team Obama

29 07 2008

Although everyone is complaining that the media is obsessed with Obama–which is true–no one is mentioning the fact that because of this fascination the media is giving Sen. McCain a free pass and are not scrutinizing him–except for Keith Olbermann–as they should.

People say that Affirmative Action is not needed but I say that it is. To be honest AA has benefited white women more than it has benefited anyone else. Yes white women still only makes $0.76 to every white man’s dollar, black men makes $0.72 to every white man’s dollar and black women makes $0.67 to every white man’s dollar. How about this, 5 years ago I was paid $2 less than a blonde haired, blue eyed Mexican girl–I had to give you her physical characteristics because they thought she was white– who had 3 years less experience than I did in the same job. I had more world experience because I was just recently discharged from the military 3 years before. I say, even though Affirmative Action is flawed and need to be redone–i.e. removing quotas, I feel it is still necessary, so let’s make a case for it or introduce a better policy.

Now, let’s look at why Affirmative Action is needed based on a national event. Running for the highest office of the land is a Black American man who graduated the top of his law class, was the first black American president of the Harvard law review, serve 8 years in his state senate and currently 3 years in the U.S. Senate. Was a community organizer for 4 years, ran his own Civil Rights Law Firm and has sponsored or co-sponsored over 1085 bills since he has been in the U.S. Senate. Has lived in a foreign country and has traveled all over the world. He supports women’s rights, veterans and anti-discrimination laws and restrictive power of law enforcement and also support green efforts.

On the other hand we have the other guy who is a white male, graduated five from the bottom of his Naval School class, served in the Navy because his father was a high ranking Admiral, was a POW, serves a 17 year senate run in his home state, voted against all women rights policies, equal pay policies, extension of the veteran’s G.I. Bill, the Martin Luther King Holiday; voted for the end of Affirmative Action in his state. He has only sponsored or co-sponsored 18 bills since he has been in the Senate. He does not know geography –thought Iraq borders Pakistan– and does not know the difference between Sunni and Shia.

Now here is the question, under normal circumstances, which candidate would you pick to be in your company? I would choose number 1 because he is well rounded and has a diverse resume but in this country candidate number one is dubbed inexperienced and candidate number two is supposedly the candidate of experience. Experience in what, I ask because honestly, there is not experience difference in the two.

So here’s what Team Obama University of Houston, I have recently found out that Obama is only behind 5% in Texas which means that it is possible to turn this state Blue. So, I ask, what will you do to make it happen?

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5 04 2008

What most people don’t know about me is that besides being a political junkie, I am a rabid music junkie. I am always looking for new independent artists. It has been a while since I found a good one. The last one I discovered was Adele and she is becoming mainstream now thanks to I-Tunes. Damn I-Tunes.

Last Sunday my friend and I Esme were lamenting that there weren’t anymore political rock bands like the Beatles after watching “Across the Universe.” Low and behold 2 days later I was contacted by an artist named Fox-Elipsus on Facebook. He was planning a tour of Borders in the Houston area and saw that I love U2 and Duran Duran and claimed that his music was similar.

Boy was he right. The young man not only gets music, he gets life. His music is very political like the Beatles and sounds a lot like Duran Duran and U2. He is originally from Oxford, England and now resides in upstate New York. I decided for my 32nd anniversary–code for birthday– that all my friends and I are going to go to his free concert at Borders-Galleria on Sunday and then go to my home for a party to commensurate the day I was born 32 years ago.

I will definitely take lots of pictures but I admonish my readers to heck this young man out. He is amazing and definitely go to one of his concerts if he comes to your town.

Buon Weekend

Catching Up

24 03 2008

It has been a while since I last wrote on this blog. 3 weeks in fact, but forgive me my absence. I have been working hard on the Obama campaign here in Texas and many things have taken place since then.

So I will start from this moment and go backwards and fill you all in on the happenings on the campaign trail. Firstly, I received an internship in Philly to work for the Students for Barack Obama while on Spring Break. I am typing this blog 30,000 feet in the air on Continental Airlines. I am excited but the road to getting me on the plane was quite hellish.

First, I saw my friend off to NYC. She had the audacity to leave her minivan with me because I am the responsible one. Needless to say I was in a car accident because some idiot decided to slam on his brakes causing the woman behind him and myself to hit each other. Of course he kept driving, oblivious to the mayhem he caused behind him. Unfortunately, through all this, I came to find out that my friend only had liability insurance and her vehicle was totaled. The SFBO did a fundraiser and raised $600 dollars for me including $440 given to me by my boss who was impressed by the fact that I was sacrificing every thing so that my friend was not assed out. She felt it showed I had character, which caused her to have pity on me.

I realized that my friend’s string of bad luck spilled over into my life the day she brought me her car. I know now not to ever drive anyone’s car. Also, I had already purchased my airfare to Philly and the ticket was non-refundable so my family and friends gave me another $200 so that I could eat while on my internship since I had gave $400+ to my friend’s car fund, emptying out my nest egg. Sidebar–I am currently looking for full time employment, if anyone in the Houston area know of any openings in a law firm or government agency please email me.

After all that, I arrived 20 minutes late for my flight but the one of the workers took pity on me when he heard I was on my way to intern for Obama in Philly and now I am on my way. I am one of those people who refuse to freak out in the midst of grief and stress. I kept a level head and spun my wheels until things were taken care of. Hopefully, my friend will have a car by tomorrow so that she can return back to Austin and my life can return back to normal and I can begin to repay my family and friends what I owe them.

New York

The wonderful state of New York has sworn their 55th governor who happens to be their first black American governor and the first blind governor in this nation’s history. I find it quite amazing that black Americans are making history all over the place this year because of circumstances.

First, Barack Obama and now, Gov. Patterson. I am amazed at how everyone in New York are opened to the possibility but also sadden that Gov. Spitzer represent the day of old politicians who did not practiced what they preached.

This scandal is just another blemish on the American political history and another sore spot in the Clintons’ campaign. What people do not know is that Gov. Spitzer was a super delegate that supported Senator Clinton. He was forced to step down because of his $80,000 involvement in a prostitution ring. Which by the way was what he built his career on—that is, prosecuting government officials for their involvement in the seedy business of prostitution. I find it ironic but not unbelievable. Just a few years ago, we found out that Strom Thurman, a fanatical supporter of segregation and a self proclaim racist had a bi-racial—half black—daughter.

I have come to find that those who are fanatical about particular things tend to be those who are guilty of indulging in those very, same sins. The one thing that did actually disturb me about this incident was how Gov. Spitzer’s wife stood by his side as he announced to the whole world that he is another man guilty of not only illegal dealings but also of humiliating his lovely wife who stands by him solemn and near tears.

As a woman, this situation borders on abuse. I find it quite distasteful that he allowed her to stand there with him. Even if it were her idea, as a man of integrity—oh yeah he has proven that he lacks integrity– he should have told his wife that this walk he had to walk alone and refrain from humiliating her further. 2 months ago the Gov. of Michigan did the same thing to his wife. It makes me ill, and believe me I can taste the bile in my mouth, that women in this country have not come much further from the women of the 1800’s who stood by their men no matter what.

I need to step off of my soap box before I drown in the deep end, but needless to say this month has been rife with scandal. The good thing is we have another super delegate throwing his hat into the ring for Obama. Woohoo.

Philadelphia, PA

Currently, I am in Philly helping out with the campaign while on Spring break. I have met many people since I have been here. Took pictures with “Black Thought” at a student rally and took pictures of Caroline Kennedy when she came into the HQ to phone bank.

I have had a rough and tumble ride in Philly. My luggage was lost by the airlines when I first got here. I had to spend $50 on my first day for cab fare because my ride had his car locked in the garage—he showed up too late to retrieve it. I have gotten sick and have had my debit card stolen by the security guard who frisked me at an event—I will never see it again, I had to cancel it—and was harassed by a wino on the train. Despite all this I have met the most brilliant of minds, although most of them were a bit narcissistic and micro-managing.

I was especially moved by Sen. Obama’s speech on race last week. I liked the fact that he did not let anyone push him into a corner and pretty addressed an issue in this country that needed to be addressed for a long time. I was very proud that he did not throw his pastor under the bus but instead stood firm on his loyalty to the man while denouncing his words. I particularly loved the fact that he brought into the light the grievances that both whites and blacks feel toward each other and at the same saying to each respective groups that these grievances are real and need to be dealt with by working together.

I shed a tear when I heard the “We are the ones song” two days ago for the first time—and I am not the least bit emotional–but seeing little Zoe Kravitz all grown up moved me. I almost swallowed my tongue when I saw Bill Richardson endorse Obama–now that’s an interesting turn of events and was equally sadden that Michigan and Florida have to suffer and not allow their voices to be heard because the democratic party in their respective state did not stand up to their Republican councilmen when they moved the primaries up knowing full well that their democratic constituents would have to pay the price for it–of course this was done on purpose to cripple the democratic party.

I am somewhat perturbed that Donna Brazile, Nancy Pelosi and Howard Dean have not put an end to this bickering between Clinton and Obama and pressure Hillary Clinton to end what is becoming a dirty campaign that has begun to split the democratic party. Let’s end this nonsense and form a unified front and stop giving the Republicans ammunition against the front-runner. And for God’s sake don’t say on national TV that you think Sen. McCain would be a better C.I.C than the guy in your own party. And then say after discrediting him that you think that he would make a good VP–what? Everyone knows that Sen. Clinton cannot catch up to Obama’s tally and what is up with her saying that the smaller states do not count–what is she going to be the President of the big states? What happened to running for the President of the United States? Interesting.

Despite it all, this movement has proven time and again that when people unite as a stalwart front they will not and cannot be moved.


23 02 2008

I have been waiting all week to write this post. Of course I was researching the hell out of a lot of things and running myself ragged volunteering for the Obama campaign this week.

There were two amazing things that happened to me this week in conjunction to the Obama campaign. 1) I put a smile on someone’s face and 2) I got to see Obama live not to mention meet Candy Crawley of CNN fame.

On Monday this week, our campus group sponsored a GOTV rally on campus. Of course I was decked out in all my Obama gear. As I was walking home from the bus stop, an African guy stopped and asked me where he could find an Obama shirt like mine because he had been trying to get his hand on one. He being African was a big fan of Obama. I proceeded to tell him that the Obama website was sold out and on back order and decided to give him my hard earned Obama button that took me two months to get. The biggest smile broke across his face when I handed it to him and I think the pure joy in his eyes will be forever etched into my brain. I mean to us it was just a button but to him it was hope.

Secondly, I was afforded the opportunity to volunteer for the Obama rally here in Houston. I was given the job of keeping the press off of the floor and behind a steel gate. Of course I pissed a few people off because I am a stickler for decorum and rules. I guarded my area like a secret serviceman guarding a president who’s life had been threatened. I am not saying I did not enjoy myself and let my guard down a few times. I danced to the oldies and made a few secret service personnel smile and one laugh–and believe me these men are scary. They scare me and I am not easily intimidated.

At one point Senator Obama shook hands with supporters. Let me just say this, I am never star-struck. I just can’t be that silly. With that being said I was embarrassed how some of the people reacted after Senator Obama shook their hands or hug them or whatever the case was. One older black woman ran toward me and shouted , “He touched my hand!!” For real lady? How old are you? I thought I was at a cheesy church revival.

All in all the atmosphere was electrifying and Senator Obama is better in person than on television. I now understand his appeal to the world at large.

The next day our campus group hosted another rally, a McCain supporter and Daily Cougar writer came by the table and asked me a few questions about Obama. He asked, “How do you feel when people say that Senator Obama is all rhetoric and no substance?” I responded, “Well, in all honesty it is a fallacy. Yes he inspires people, but let’s be honest humans are 80% emotion and 20% logic. I feel you need to inspire people and tap into their emotions before bringing out the laundry list of chores you are planning to accomplish as the president and Senator Obama recognizes this.” I went on to explain to him about the $4000 tuition break that Senator Obama wishes to initiate for college students who participates in community service each year they are in college. This gentleman misinformed me–something I found out after much research–that Americorps already does this. Mind you, I have never heard of Americorps let alone seen them in my community. I know they exist but it [Americorps] has not impacted my world. Furthermore, it does not give a $4000 tuition credit to students who participate in community service. Senator Obama wishes to make this idea a national institution. As I student I think it is a fabulous idea. America invests in students and students invest in America–building the nation from the ground up.

After this incident I decided I needed to know even more than what I already knew about Senators Obama and Clinton. I did not have to look very far because this wonderful blogger did the work for me by listing all of Obama and Clinton’s accomplishments while serving in the senate–of course Obama outshines Clinton in bills passed and introduced. I even went to the The Library of Congress–Thomas to read these bills for myself–the man has a record to back up his claims.

After last night’s debate I doubt anyone will be able to say Senator Obama is all rhetoric and no substance. I am excited for this candidate and I am working my fingers to the bone to make sure he wins Texas.

Stand for change and get to know your candidate so you know what you actually stand for. Get out and vote this week–no excuses..

I am tired but will add more thoughts later about the 9 state, 1 territory, 1 democrats abroad sweep.

Texas Primaries

12 02 2008

For those of you who are Obama supporters and wish to see him win in the Texas Primary and Caucus I have attached some info on what you can do to show your support. Also, if you wish to volunteer, please join groups listed on Barack Obama 4 America site they are organizing in every community in Houston and other cities in the state.

Good luck and I look forward to meeting you all in the future.

Texas Primary Part 2 – Precinct Conventions HARRIS COUNTY (Meeting)
The Texas Primary is a two part process. Part one is the prmary vote. Part two is the precinct conventions. This takes place at 7:15 pm on March 4, 2008. You will meet at the polling place that you went to to vote in the primary. You must vote in the primary to participate. Both parts play a role in delegate allocation!!! The precinct convention is the grassroot level of determining the Texas state delegates who travel to the DNC in Denver.

Please refer to the links below for more information.

Texas Democratic Party Rules

Harris County Precinct Finder

Harris County Democratic Party

University of Houston Students 4 Obama

7 02 2008

There’s excitement in the air in Houston. In light of Super Tuesday many Obama supporters believe that the prize is within our grasp.

The University of Houston’s Daily Cougar did a survey of a hundred students and found that students who identify themselves as democrats overwhelmingly support Barack Obama.

The Obama camp knows the power of the student vote. It is what got them the win in Iowa and even South Carolina and other states. With the primaries in Texas coming up in 3 weeks, Houston is mobilizing for the upcoming event.

The UH students for Obama chapter has been on the move. We have been having tabling events and voter’s drives to register people to vote. Two weeks ago our Facebook page consisted of 28 students supporting Obama, today we are 103 strong and still growing at about ten participants per day.

We have signed up about 30 volunteers and plan on doing a collaborated event on February 19th with the other universities in Houston including Rice, TSU, and UH Downtown. If it is up to us Obama will win Texas. So many of the students tell us how they were successful in converting their die-hard Republican parents into Obama supporters.

I know that if we tell our friends and families why we support Obama and what issues he stand for, I know that we can change the tone of this election and get that win that Obama needs.

Hopefully, he will agree to the debate in Houston which will definitely make him a household name in the 4th largest city in the country and the largest county in the state.

Yes we can–si se puede..

Let’s Barack and Roll Texas!!