Wednesday, February 13, 2008

As all good North Carolinian voters know, we are among the last primaries held in the nation. I, like many Tarheels, believed our primary votes would be as meaningless in 2008 as in the past. Yet, this tight Democratic race may provide us with an opportunity to have influence in this very important primary race.

With May 6th, 2008 rapidly approaching, North Carolinians need to remember the political passion of the Gantt/Helms Senatorial races or the recent battle for Congress between Larry Kissell and Robin Hayes. The success of the Gantt and Kissell campaigns was not in their winning (they were both narrowly defeated by the backroom, good ole' boy system that modern Carolinians struggle against), but in the movement toward change they inspired. In this historically agricultural state, Harvey Gantt and Larry Kissell tilled the political ground for this upcoming election and it is our responsibility as voters to use their hard work to be victorious during the November harvest!

While I am a Barack Obama supporter, I am also a proponent of political involvement. No matter who your candidate is, North Carolina voters must seize this seemingly rare opportunity to have our delegates' voices heard at the Democratic Convention on August 25-28th, 2008.

Below, I have listed a few Obama events taking place in North Carolina. You can also find a listing on

Raleigh for Obama

We will Canvass neighborhoods and put Obama yard tents in every neighborhood showing the strong support we have for Barack. Door Knocking, etc.
Time: Saturday, February 16 at 12:00 PM
Duration: 3 hours
Host: Chris Weeks
Contact Phone: 919-451-0660
Barwell Road Community Center (Raleigh, NC)
Barwell at Rock Quarry Road
Raleigh, NC 27610
New Core Group for Obama in Carrboro

Even if it is two of us, if we double every week,(in my experience, this is highly likely), we will have 16 of us in a month! (I started a similar group in St. Paul, MN in 2004).

So, let's begin to get organized for the Primary, which looks like it could very well make a difference.

We'll meet on a Saturday, Feb 23rd at 1pm at Open Eye Cafe.
Time: Saturday, February 23 at 1:00 PM
Duration: 1 hour
Host: Dave Tillery
Contact Phone: 919.636.4814
Open Eye Cafe (Carrboro, NC)
101 Greensboro Street
Carrboro, NC 27510

Small Business Networking Session

This is a business networking meeting and fundraising event. Local Rocky Mount and surrounding areas Small Business Owners will be able to share information about their businesses and get support for their business. A guest speaker from SCORE - counselors to America's Small Business - will be on hand to explain their free services and how they can help your business grow. There will be complimentary hors de voeures and light refreshments served.

This is also a fundraising event for Rocky Mount Citizens For Obama. Come support Barack Obama as we work to make him the next President of America. Mix and mingle with other Obama supporters. We are asking attendees for contributions of $25 or more.

We will also have Obama t-shirts, buttons, bumper stickers on hand for you to proudly display. This is the can't miss event for Rocky Mount and surrounding areas Obama supporters! All are welcome--we can't wait to see you there!

For more information call Shaq's After Dark 252-442-7456
Time: Friday, February 29 at 6:00 PM
Duration: 3 hours
Host: Sitawi Jahi
Shaq's After Dark (Rocky Mount, NC)
1200 East Highland Ave.
Rocky Mount, NC 27804

Kids for Obama

Kids 1 thru 12 are invited to Lunch with their parents. Children will be asked to volunteer to wear Obama T-shirts and buttons, and pass out flyers.
Time: Saturday, May 3 at 12:30 PM
Duration: 1 hour
Host: Otis Foster III
Contact Phone: 336-586-0785
The Foster's Home (Elon, NC)
807 Brandon Mill Ct
Elon, NC 27244

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