Hey Gang! Just came in here to share with you about our Bernie phone bank tonight...
Tonight we had our second Bernie phone bank (Ive donated the use of my restaurant for phone banking and other activities for Bernie) and although its anecdotal, I think HRCs campaign is going to have a big shock on their hands in terms of women. Out of the small group assembled this evening (more were coming but I was too fatigued to stay longer) only ONE of them was male. The rest were women and the minority of the women were white. Half of them were Id say 45+ and the other half were under 30. There was ONE white guy. One.
The same thing happened last week but there were two men, one white, one Asian-American.
So...again, purely anecdotal but I wouldnt be a bit surprised to find that this is happening with volunteer groups all over the US. So if her chief weapon of surprise (no its not a comfy chair) is this army of women who are allegedly backing her I think shes going to be unpleasantly surprised. Most of us are not going to vote for a woman just because shes one of us, theyre going to vote for the candidate who is going to do the best by their children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and generations to come. Thats what were interested in. This isnt team sports. AND SPEAKING OF TEAM SPORTS, remember I am IN Hillarys home turf so she doesnt even have home-field advantage.
Anyway, thats it. Just wanted to share what I think is significant.
I miss our daily give and take but Ill be back after Bernie kicks ass in the primaries. Much love to you all!!!
For how many was this their first active primary? Or how many just registered as Dems?
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Ill send an email to the phone banking coordinator who is still there with them now. Im *assuming* its the first for at least one of them but I will check.
ETA- didn't get an answer but I'll try and ask people for next week's bank. I think that's the last one for '15 then we'll reconvene in early January but I think that might be an important question to ask people. I know last week we had a woman who phonebanked in 08 for HRC.
Not when phone banking but at street sign-up events and store fronts, working on minimum wage increases. The majority of Bernie supporters are women and more than half are non-white.
It's very encouraging. I'm a woman for Bernie too.
Bernie's gonna shake the DNC to it's core. MAYBE it'll even wake a few of them from their zombie trance.
...and I'm making phone calls for Bernie as well.
Lots of volunteers at Bernie's Iowa office near my home. I'd say it was 70/30 women/men.
Go Bernie!! Go us!!!
I'm getting terrific feedback from cold calling registered Dems in Iowa.
It's very cool that you can donate a space for phone banking; this is a wonderful way to help Bernie without exhausting one's physical resources.
I've also been experiencing debilitating health issues (RA & fm, not as bad as what you're dealing with) and for months was unable to do anything for Bernie except send a decent-sized monthly donation, but thanks to a good RA med have been feeling more normal and so signed up to phone bank for him last Saturday. We had about equal numbers of women and men. Most of the women looked to be around their 40s-50s, with a couple of really old women, me and another gal, and the men seemed to run from 20s to 40s with one guy about 60 or so. One of the young guys was a really nice Ryan Gosling-style millennial whose car had bumperstickers reading "Bernie Sanders: Because Fuck this Shit" and "Feel the Bern" (I had parked behind him.) The woman sitting next to me was sweet, helpful, and fun. It was so good to be with a group of people who appreciate Bernie as much as I do, and they seemed so well-informed I wondered if they could be DUers. Lots of enthusiasm and optimism; several comments about the weaknesses of landline polling methods, etc. I lasted about three hours, then hit a wall and had to leave, but plan to be back next Saturday.
Today my physical therapist mentioned his student debt, so I brought up Bernie, and it turned out he's a huge supporter and volunteer who is, as he said, "feeling the Bern!" Another physical therapist overheard our conversation and was grinning from ear to ear.
We are everywhere!
Please drop by to chat when you feel like it, dorkzilla, and keep us up to date. This group is the warmest spot on DU.
And my cousin had her shoulders and knees replaced because of it, so I'm not sure mine is any worse. But my docs are always interested in the connection. But honestly, I feel like doodoo.
Thanks for all your kind words! Hope to see you at the inauguration!
RA is an auto-immune disease; I think I heard MS is also. I read somewhere that they're making inroads into MS. Hope so. I feel the RA most in my hands and feet, but sometimes my shoulders ache like crazy, and I can't raise my arms very high anymore. Am almost afraid to ask my rheumy if that could also be RA. Anyway, methotrexate helps a lot. And I feel fortunate to have come down with this so late in life, after retirement. Most people get it much younger, and that just breaks my heart. My neighbor's son came down with it at age 15. That should not happen. Your docs sound smart and alert, a good thing.
Yes, I hope we will all be celebrating the inauguration!
Hey, we need a Bernie smiley!
My sister died from MS. RA is difficult but she sure got the short end of the stick.
It must be so difficult to lose a sibling, thankfully mine are healthy (at least as of now they are).
Can I ask what kind of MS she had? How old was she when she was diagnosed? I understand if you're uncomfortable answering that.
No one was picking up on it...I would guess she could have been diagnosed at least two years sooner. I am not sure which one she had, but it was one of the worst. She was bed-ridden within 6 months. Her two daughters cared for her for 13 years....and did it beautifully.
I was diagnosed recently just before my 50th birthday and I cannot believe how quickly I'm going downhill. I'm in bed right now, too dizzy to stand and cannot feel the bottom half of my right leg. It's not fun.
Does not sound like fun. Hope it will lift soon and that there are interesting and/or beautiful things on tv, radio, internet, ipod, etc. in the meantime. Know you've got plenty of fans out here.
and there is such a wide variety. Some people can go on indefinitely with relatively minor symptoms and continue normal lives, and for some, like your sister, it acts quickly and takes so much away. It's good she had close and caring children -- and obviously a loving sister. The ones I visited who had severe MS still seemed in good spirits with lively minds and sassy attitudes. I think decent care makes a huge difference, but so does who you are, how spunky you are. In fact, everyone with MS that I encountered was intellectually fresh and stimulating. Wonder if that's a pattern? Plus, remission can and does happen. I don't think they understand these diseases yet.
Dorkzilla is wonderfully bright and funny as hell. Liveliness and fun-loving are a big advantage.
I'm sorry you have RA, Punkingal, but I agree with you that RA, while no picnic, seems easier to live with. My docs know I don't abuse opioids, and it is a great comfort just knowing they're there when needed. Also, for local spot relief, Salonpas patches and China Gel usually help. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FOB5BOK and http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000MTBH60 respectively. I get Salonpas from Costco and have gotten China Gel from Amazon. I hope you have good care and various sources of relief.
If you can avoid the biologics like humera do so because I had a bad ecperience with those
is methotrexate. The biologics sound kind of exotic but I've heard some people like them. Thanks for the heads up.
raising two boys and going to night school and fulfilling a military reserve commitment. I've NEVER felt that Hillary was 'one of us'!
Emancipated at 16, worked my ass off graduating HS early, worked 2-3 jobs and slowly made my way through college. She's not one of us at all IMHO.
Besides, whose loins would we have to press against then?