Yard sign initiative: what a great response!

Two of our most successful canvassers placed 8 signs within a two block section of Northwest Boulevard across from Kingsdale. Take a drive from Five Corners heading south and see what you think. Click on the image to enlarge.



We distributed and planted over 200 more signs over the past two weeks. With the Labor Day Arts Festival, the historic Democratic Convention and Obama and Biden's visit to Dublin, the excitement continues to grow.

We know that Obama's support is both broad and enthusiastic, so it's our goal to plant another 200 signs by the end of September.

Be aware. There have been some reports of sign thefts this past week. Remember, if your sign is stolen:

  1. Report the theft to the police department at 459-2800.
  2. Request another sign from UAPA at info@uaprogressiveaction.com free of charge. Don't let the vandals and thieves silence your voice!
  3. Put your address on the inside of the sign in case your stolen sign is recovered.

We need for you to sign up to turn UA blue by planting a sign in your yard. Already have your sign? Encourage your Obama/Biden supporting friends and neighbors, who may not know of our sign initiative, to sign up.

Sign up here to have a sign personally planted in your yard. We will include an envelope with your sign in hopes that you will mail us a contribution to help defray our costs.

 

House meetings happening all over UA

While Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin, along with Rudy Giuliani, openly mocked and derided the job of community organizing at the RNC convention, another 100 people got engaged through UA house meetings during those three days -- and the pace hasn't let up yet. In fact the frequency and level of interest keeps going up.

A packed house: over 50 people came to this house meeting hosted by an Obama supporter and UAPA member. It's easy and fun to host or attend a house meeting.


House meetings are a powerful way to get others engaged in the campaign process. We need you! If you'd like to host or attend a house meeting, or just learn more about what it takes to host a house meeting (it's simple!), sign up here.

Both Giuliani and Palin specifically mocked Barack's experience as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago more than two decades ago, where he worked with people who had lost jobs and had been left behind when the local steel plants closed.

Let's clarify something for them right now.

Community organizing is how ordinary people respond to out-of-touch politicians and their failed policies.

As one UAPA member wrote: "After watching Sarah Palin last night, I'm completely dedicated to putting on my walking shoes and working for the Obama/Biden ticket."

 

UA home vandalized with Obama hate graffiti. Aren't we better than this?

Anti-Obama hate graffiti spray-painted on the side of an Arlington home displaying a 'UA for Obama' yard sign.

It looks like desperate people are resorting to...well desperate tactics. While this is a disturbing, not to mention criminal act, it is also an act of cowardice. This is the beginning of a tough road ahead. We can't afford to be complacent.

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
----Thomas Jefferson

 

Calling all women

Ohio Women voted 54% for Al Gore in 2000 but only 50% for John Kerry in 2004. That was the difference in the election.

WOMEN WIN ELECTIONS!

The Ohio Democratic Party is undertaking a targeted postcard initiative to reach at least 118,000 persuadable women voters who are soft-Republican and Independent voters likely to have children. It's up to us to talk to these women about why we are voting for Barack Obama and Joe Biden and the rest of the Democratic ticket this year.

Women are ready for a conversation about the issues that affect their everyday lives, and they need to know the truth about McCain and Palin and their failed, out-of-touch policies and ideas!

If you'd like to host a postcard party or simply participate, e-mail liz@ohiodems.org as soon as possible. All you have to do is provide a location and friends who don't get writers cramp. Liz will supply the postcards, the addresses, talking points and other tools to pull off a successful party.

It's simple!

 

You have to see Barack Obama's acceptance speech

Even if you saw it once, it's worth seeing again and again. Click here to watch Barack Obama's acceptance speech. Barack spoke to an audience of 84,000 at Mile High Stadium and laid out the winning strategy for our whole election.

Here's a one-line email a UAPA member wrote to us within minutes after hearing the speech:

"My one little Obama yard sign seemed too insignificant tonight compared to that magnificent speech!! 'Hope the city is covered in them before Saturday evening."

The speech was at once a brilliant political strategy and a guide for our future.

He took the air out of the three issues that have fueled the right/left divide for a generation: abortion, gun rights and gay marriage. Even on these most contentious issues, Barack has found the common ground and asked both his own party and the Republicans to "cast off the worn-out ideas":

"America, our work will not be easy. The challenges we face require tough choices. And Democrats, as well as Republicans, will need to cast off the worn-out ideas and politics of the past, for part of what has been lost these past eight years can't just be measured by lost wages or bigger trade deficits. What has also been lost is our sense of common purpose, and that's what we have to restore.

We may not agree on abortion, but surely we can agree on reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies in this country.

The -- the reality of gun ownership may be different for hunters in rural Ohio than they are for those plagued by gang violence in Cleveland, but don't tell me we can't uphold the Second Amendment while keeping AK-47s out of the hands of criminals.

I know there are differences on same-sex marriage, but surely we can agree that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters deserve to visit the person they love in a hospital and to live lives free of discrimination."

He attacked John McCain at what some consider his strongest asset: his judgement on the most critical issues of our time.

He asked his own party to change the way they think about these problems.

 

Democrats far outnumber Republicans

Friday, August 22, 2008

By Darrel Rowland and Mark Niquette

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

As Ohio Democrats pack for their national convention in Denver next week, they have quietly rolled up an advantage that almost no one has noticed: nearly a million more registered voters than Republicans.

Almost three times as many Ohio voters have become Democrats as have become Republicans since the summer before the last presidential election.

Read the full story.

 

Hundreds more signs planted. We need your yard, too!

Your response to our sign initiative has been outstanding! Over the last several days we distributed hundreds more signs online and at the Labor Day Arts Festival.

Be a part of the movement here in UA. Planting a sign really makes a difference in ways you may not know. Your public show of support impacts people in your neighborhood who trust and value your opinion.

Signs are also a great way to fight back against the smears against Barack Obama that will only get worse. Signs are beginning to disappear, so be sure to let us know if you need a replacement at info@uaprogressiveaction.com. The police suggest putting your name and address on the sign (inside or out) so that it can be returned to you if found.

Our goal is to continue distributing even more signs. We need you to sign up to turn UA blue by planting a sign in your yard. Already have your sign? Encourage your Obama supporting friend or neighbor, who may not know of our sign initiative, to sign up.

Sign up here to have a sign personally planted in your yard. We will include an envelope with your sign in hopes that you will mail us a contribution to help defray our costs.

We thank you in advance!

 

McCain is trying to divide us!

Abraham Lincoln famously said, "A house divided against itself cannot stand." That is what John McCain is hoping when he urges Hillary Clinton supporters to switch to the GOP. We cannot let him succeed.

The primaries were exhausting and sometimes acrimonious and divisive. We know and understand the utter disappointment of Hillary Clinton's supporters; many of our group are among that number. But we must look to the future and November.

hands2UAPA wants to foster an atmosphere of unity. We are dismayed by some voters who seem to be walking away in anger from the progressive cause. That decision will only ensure a Republican victory in November, giving us eight more years of the Bush presidency; degrading environmental policies; disastrous foreign policies; a destructive conservative majority on the Supreme Court, and more of the same in Iraq with no end in sight. With apologies to Aesop, it can be summed up like this: "United we conquer; divided, we elect McCain."

Our goal is a Democrat in the White House. Hillary's goal is a Democrat in the White House. Right now, she is working with Barack Obama at the convention in Denver to heal any lingering wounds.

Don't let Hillary down. Vote for Democrats. Vote for Obama

UAPA needs you now more than ever -- because we need to capture Ohio. Let's do our part -- together -- to win this state and nation for the Democrats.

For Hillary's stirring call for unity, see her Convention speech.

Don't live in UA but want an Obama sign? We've got you covered!

If you live in neighboring communities (or anywhere in Ohio, for that matter) we have yard signs that you'll love!

Announcing our Ohio for Obama signs! These weatherproof signs will take you through the election and beyond. Display your pride with your new Ohio for Obama sign, and announce to the world that you support Barack Obama and his platform of change we all can believe in!

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These durable signs are a steal at only $7 each. If you live in the metro Columbus area, we encourage you to send us an e-mail ohiosigns@uaprogressiveaction.com and someone will be in touch to make arrangements about getting you your sign. However, if you live out of Columbus we can send you only the plastic sleeve -- we cannot mail the wire frame since it can't be folded. All you have to do is find or make a wire frame (a standard size that measures 26 inches wide by no less than 18 inches high) and you can easily slide the plastic sleeve over it.

Pick-Up in Person

You can pick up your Ohio for Obama sign from one of our Obama Gear volunteers. Just send us an e-mail at ohiosigns@uaprogressiveaction.com and one of our volunteers will contact you to make arrangements for you to pick-up your sign. Please note that we accept only cash or checks.

Additionally, Ohio for Obama signs will be available at the Obama Acceptence Speech Party (sponsored by the Worthington Area Democratic Club) this Thursday, August 28, at the Hilton Hotel ballroom, just south of I-270 on High Street in Worthington. Signs will also be available at our booth nearby the UA Labor Day Arts Festival. Check back with the website in a few days to get more details about our location!

Through the Mail

You can order and pay for your Ohio for Obama signs (remember, only the sleeve can be mailed) through snail mail for your ease and convenience. Simply send us a check for the number of signs ordered (@ $7 each), and your sign will be sent to you within seven days of your order; postage is included in the $7 price per sign.

Make checks payable to UAPA, and send with your full name, address and phone number to:

UAPA

P.O. Box 21224

Upper Arlington, OH 43221

Be the first in your community to display your Ohio for Obama sign!

Obama's campaign centerpiece: community organizing with the house meeting

Barack Obama: "Ordinary citizens can have an enormous influence in what happens in Washington. The problem is citizens are just not organized right now, and so those who are organized, the corporations, the special interests and the big lobbies, have a disproportionate influence. Part of what this campaign is about is to tilt the scales more in favor of ordinary people." Watch the video.

Want to know the centerpiece for Obama's strategy for winning Ohio? In two words it's:

House Meeting

On-the-ground, good-old-fashioned grassroots field organizing and social networking is the game plan for winning in 2008. Yup, it's that simple.

It's not going to be the usual candidate campaign tactics in which hordes of political types swoop in and knock on thousands of doors without regard to communities, churches, neighborhoods, cultures and existing networks.

This community organizing and house meeting video describes the house meeting concept. It's not too much different than the UAPA house parties you may already be familiar with, but a big difference is emphasis on grassroots social networking compared to other campaigns. Read 'Obama's paid staff dwarfing McCain's'.

Can you host or attend a house meeting? Sign up here.

Not sure what hosting a meeting entails? It's really easy. Check out our House Meeting Frequently Asked Question list.

Sign up to host or attend a house meeting and we'll contact you with details on how to organize your network to help Obama!

 

 

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