Just Desserts in Trumansburg
It’s been a hot, stormy summer – weather to match the political season this year. Wrapped up in the family activity of summer, you may not have noticed that you’re living in one of the hotspots of American politics this year.
In our congressional district, New York’s 24th, there’s a race for an open seat – a rare event in congressional politics. Republican Sherwood Boehlert, sensing that Republican power may soon come crashing down as the bubble of fear and nationalist hysteria threatens to pop, is retiring. This year, in our district, for the first time in a generation, the Republicans do not have the advantage of incumbency.
Democrat Michael Arcuri is running against Republican Ray Meier. I’ve been following this race since the beginning of the year, and let me tell you: Ray Meier is no Sherwood Boehlert. Boehlert was known as a centrist Republican, voting with the right wing on some issues, but also promoting science and the environment. Ray Meier is siding with the Religious Right to oppose open scientific research, and taking money from big oil companies who are happy with his plans to promote a fossil fuel economy in the Congress.
As of this week, there will be only 100 days left until Election Day. This year’s congressional elections are crucial – only if the Republicans have their majority control of Congress stripped away from them can we hold George W. Bush accountable to the law and stop the right wing agenda that is destroying America.
The Just Desserts Potluck we’ll be having this Monday, sponsored by MoveOn, will be pretty low key. The idea is that everyone will bring a dessert to share. We’ll talk, drink iced tea to cool down, and talk about the elections to come – local and state elections are happening this year too.
Just Desserts After Dinner Activist Potluck
8:00 PM, Monday, July 31
21 Cayuga Street, Trumansburg
Call 607-387-3938 for information
There will be a nationwide conference call with Barack Obama and Al Franken that we’ll be able to join, but most important of all, there will be information about how to get involved in this year’s effort to take back the Congress – focusing right here in our own district.
All are welcome. If you’re a member of MoveOn, you can register for this event by visiting http://political.moveon.org/event/eparty/10557
If you’re not a MoveOn member, no problem. All are welcome. Just show up, and bring anyone you like – including the kids (ours will be here, after all). Honestly, this is a last-minute event, so we’re not expecting many to come. If anything else, it’s always nice to say hi to a neighbor.
Hope to see you on Monday.