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Made it out last night for the first time in too-long-a-time to the Palm Springs Village Fest Voter Registration & Candidates Tabling with the Desert Stonewall Democratic Club, the Palm Springs Democratic Club, and the Democrats of the Desert Democratic Club. What changes are wrought with success and volunteer enthusiasm!
First, I espied the big tent, symbolic of the Democratic Party in Palm Springs. Afterall, we are the party of the LGBT community, the senior community, the African-American, and the Latino communities in the Coachella Valley! Come one, welcome all! Thanks to Cathedral City Councilmember Greg Pettis for the loan to the cause.
The tent was festooned with colorful red, white, and blue bunting and banners announcing the various Democratic Club involvements, candidates and initiatives. Peter East, Secretary of the Palm Springs Democratic Club, was credited with creating the amazing signage for the Desert Stonewall Democratic Club and the Palm Springs Democratic Club. Eye-popping posters and signs for Julie Bornstein, Democratic Candidate for the 45th Congressional District, Manuel Perez, Democratic Candidate for the 80th Assembly District, and No on Prop 8 signs abounded. Manuel Perez? Yes, Manuel Perez! More on that to follow.
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see picture of Julie Bornstein, Democratic Nominee for the 45th Assembly District at
Desert Stonewall Democrats were fully represented by President George Zander, Treasurer Bob Silvermen, Membership Chair Lyn Worley, Public Relations Chair Donald W. Grimm, Ph.D., Steering Committee Member Richard Oberhaus, Steering Committee Member Bob Mahlowitz, and community activist Bill Cain-Gonzales.
Palm Springs Democrats members included Secretary Peter East and partner John Eldridge, Membership Chair Mahlowitz, and others.
Democrats of the Desert were represented by Eleanor Jackson.
The Sen. Barack Obama for President table had, it seemed, lots of enthusiastic volunteers. Among the Obama zealots, Bob Morris. Morris graciously gave me his personal rainbow Obama button to sport during the festivities. Visitor after visitor, gay and straight, African-American, Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American, and White, children, adolescents, adults, and seniors, abled and disabled, took turns taking pictures with the life-sized cardboard image of Obama. Kudos to John U. for the art!
Bornstein informed and held court with hundreds of visitors and voters. Bornstein impresses with her knowledge of the issues and her availability. Afterall, Bornstein has had the experience of having been the local Assemblymember, political experience in a series of progressive Democratic administrations in Sacramento, and the life experience of being a cancer survivor. Bornstein, above her opponent, knows about the values and needs of the working class families of the Coachella Valley. Plus, Bornstein is the only candidate to actually live in the District! (Mary Mack, R, lives in Florida with her husband, U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV).
Zander, Oberhaus, and Cain-Gonzales all informed this writer that Perez was working the crowds of Village Fest. As you might imagine, initially, I was ill-at-ease, given my earlier support of Pettis. However, Perez glad-handed the crowds and was clearly comfortable with his role as Democratic nominee for the 80th Assembly District. Shortly, I would discover that he was also comfortable with the issues that are extremely important to the voters of the West Valley and Palm Springs. Teaser. More to follow.
see Manuel Perez, Democratic Nominee for the 80th Assembly District picture at
Visitors from across the country and around the world flocked to the Democratic Club-sponsored tables. Personally, I met two visitors from France and two different familes from The Netherlands. Everyone was interested in Obama, Bornstein and Perez. Much of the talk centered on Obama’s crowning achievements in the Middle East, especially, Afghanistan, Iraq and Israel, and, yesterday, in Germany. Many talked about Obama’s success with the troops in Afghanistan where he met a rousing, standing-room-only, ovation when he entered the gymnasium. In Iraq, videographers show Obama being swarmed by U.S. Embassy personnel and troops at his speech there. U.S. troops clearly love Obama for his intent to return them home from Iraq as soon as feasibly possible, and most likely within 16 months. Voters were amazed that Iraqi leader Nouri al-Maliki now supported Obama’s position of withdrawal of all active-duty troops within a solid time-frame.
More than Obama’s successes in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Israel, where somehow he managed to meet with, support, and, more importantly, not offend, neither the Israelis nor the Palestinians, was Obama’s heroes-welcome in Berlin. Astonishing that 200,000 people from across Europe and the world would come to see history in the making. Mobs of people striving to see, touch, and hear the next leader of the free world. Imagine that, a leader of whom we no longer have to be ashamed. A leader with credentials and ability. An achiever, rather than an over-achiever.
see Obama yesterday in Berlin, Germany at
No wonder that sixteen more people registered to vote last night, including several party changes from Republican to Democratic! One Latina teen shamed her friends into re-registering as Democrats. They had initially registered as Republicans to help a friend who was paid for each voter registration. They had only registered as Republican to help their friend. Me, I appreciate that the Republicans spent money on registering voters who will vote for Obama, Bornstein, and Perez! Hardy-har-har.
Kudos to DSD, PSD, and DoD for staffing and delighting the burgeoning Village Fest crowds. Extreme thanks to the progressive volunteers and candidates who are out to change the Coachella Valley and to make it once again safe for democracy.
Here is the blast email from Zander regarding last night’s VFest:
The Village Fest Democratic Table rocks! It is colorful with tons of red white and blue and candidate yardsigns and banners. The tri-club banner is a work of art. (Thank you Peter East!) For the third week in a row we hit double digits in new voters. The national trend is sweeping into the Coachella Valley.
Hundreds of buttons and bumper stickers lept off the table. Folks lined up for three hours to take pictures with Obama….thanks again to John U. for the GREAT Obama life sized cut out picture! The DSD, DOD and PSDC sponsored table has already eclipsed the 2004 table in voter registration and excitement- and it is only July. Thanks to all, but especially Bill G, Peter E, John E and Bob Morris for the fabulous erection and design of the tent. (And to Greg Pettis for the loan of the tent).
Our candidates, Julie Bornstein and Manuel Perez spent the full three hours talking to and listening to voters and visitors.
Thank you to all of the team that set up, pulled down, designed and built our new table. Thanks to all who registered voters lead by stalwarts Bob Silverman and Eleanor Jackson.
Jasmine Waits, COO of Village Fest sat the table for a time as well. She gave us full approval for our colorful and professional new look.
The place is a great time. If you have expereinced this yet, come on down.
On to victory. George W. Zander