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November Election Preview

As I’ve mentioned to some of you, I got my spark, my impetus to get involved in civic matters from the Howard Dean for America primary campaign in 2003. I took it a step further and ran for the Democratic State Representative slot for District 43 in the State of Michigan in 2004, and one of the proud endorsements (and contributions) I received was from Governor Dean’s Democracy for America organization. Despite cleaning up on endorsements from the major newspapers, labor organizations, environmental groups, and so on, my name recognition just didn’t resonate with voters as much as my opponent’s who had been on a planning commission board for several years and whose father was a State Representative in a nearby city. Anyway ….

The local Democracy for America group is called San Francisco for Democracy. They meet each month at Schroeder’s on Front Street just on the other side of Market Street. I’ve decided to mention the San Francisco for Democracy meeting for June because it has some presenters and topics that may be of interest to many of your who read my Rincon Hill neighborhood blog. Here are the details about their June 4th (Wednesday) meeting:

This fall is the election we’ve all been waiting for. Not only is it finally time to take our country back, but we’ll also be facing critical state and city elections. Join us in June for (tentatively):

* Presidential campaign veteran and DNC member Donnie Fowler returns to SF for Democracy to update us on the current state of the presidential race and to take a look at key swing states and other important races in November.

* Stuart Gaffney and John Lewis, two of the main plaintiffs in the recent landmark case giving same-gender couples the right to marry in California, return to SF4D to share their triumph and to discuss what we can do to fight the November ballot initiative that would take away those rights.

* With seven supervisors’ seats (four open) and four school board posts at stake, the fall election has the potential to change the face of San Francisco politics. What do *you* want the future of SF to be? Make your voice heard by helping SF for Democracy write its fall candidate questionnaire.

Plus a report from our own Greg Keaton on the 2008 Annual General Meeting of Amnesty International, and an update from our own Jim Cowan on a key June 19 universal healthcare rally — June 4 promises to be one of our most action-packed Meetups ever!

When: Wed Jun 4, 7-9pm
240 Front St.
San Francisco, CA 94111

For more information and to RSVP, please see: http://dfa.meetup.com/123/calendar/7896227/

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