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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-21-03 11:38 PM
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Report on Peace Day House Party for Kucinich:
I am so glad I went.

About 250 or so people were gathered at a lovely home in the Studio City hills. Ed Begley Jr and James Cromwell were there; they spoke. Mimi Kennedy was also there, and some others I didn't catch; I arrived too late for the social hour but in time to catch the speakers. I shook his hand, said my welcomes, and then gathered with a few people from the east valley kucitizens meetup group.

The speakers were strong and supportive; and then came Dennis. He was connected via a live feed to over 1,000 other Peace Day House Parties around the country. And what a wonderful session. I can't say it like he did. He laid out concrete, practical info about HR 1673, which he introduced on April 8th of this year. He talked about the relationship between personal relationships and national relationships; how one is a reflection of the other. About how we become a more peaceful world by shifting our focus as a nation from the war industry to organized efforts to create peace in our families, neighborhoods, and nation, as well as our international relationships. He spoke about addressing domestic and street violence here at home.

He spent some time talking about universal health care, and answered many questions. A questioner from a DK Yahoo group asked him about electronic voting issues; he spoke about a plan to get the codes out of private hands and into bipartisan public domain, and about the necessity of having a paper trail.

When I attended my first Kucinich meetup, there were 3 people. I was one of the 3. I sat and talked to a wonderful couple for 2 hours that night. They were interested in Dennis because of his platform. Tonight was the first time they met him and heard him speak in person. On our way out to get our cars, I asked them, "Well?" They responded, "He's the one. There's no one else even close." That seems to be a universal response when people meet him in person. We certainly had a huge, enthusiastic, determined crowd tonight, and I'm eagerly waiting to hear how much money we raised for him. I think we did well!

The joke of the evening: one of the speakers, the host (I think), said, "We've got a good hollywood presence here tonight. We invited Arnold, but he declined. He was afraid he might have to debate."

Anyone listen to Dennis on the live feed from their house party today?

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cyclezealot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 12:06 AM
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1. We were lucky too. We got to hear the real Dennis.
L. Wolf..Southern California had a bright and sunny Peace day thanks to the actual presence of Dennis and of course the Southern California Sun.. The sun shone bright on Dennis this morning as about 200 Kucinich did a short walk to the Mexico/USA border. Dennis gave an inspiring speech and asked for the end of exploitation of all workers on both sides of the border.
It would seem DK started his peace day from here in San Diego,since we met at 10:30 Am, did a short walk to the Mexico/USA border. He spoke for an end of exploitation of workers on both sides of the border and reminded us of the promise of America; as a land of immigrants. Next we went to a peace/day house party/fundraiser event in nearby National City..No fundraising count was given, but to those I talked to, we were more than eager to give until it hurt; for DK is the only one.
As we watched the citizens leave, it was obvious that we were all inspired; that the dark veil of Bush's America,could be replaced by another more positive vision. Listening to those milling about, such comments were easily heard.... No doubt, no one left disappointed. Too many happy smiling faces.
My thoughts,looking at that ugly metal fence and trying to recall the US/Canada border. The Mexican -American people I know are hard working, decent people. It is not the people I know that caused the creation of this ugly fence. I commend DK for reminding us of this ugly, hideous, landmark on this day of freedom/peace and wondering why.
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