WE MUST GET ALL THE CARDS MAILED BY DECEMBER 15!!
Wow wow wow wow wow.
Got a phone call at 5 am from Maryann in Philadelphia. She didn't know she was phoning San Francisco. She'd done cards, wanted to do more addresses. And now I just found out that a group in Oakland has done 1000 postcards!!! ONE THOUSAND!
I'm so grateful to all of you who have responded to this quirky idea which came to me in the depths of my despair. And I am so grateful to Alexandria Nichandros, who dropped out of the sky to share this project with me. And of course my crony, Carolyn Myers, who sat in cafes in Ashland to corral folks to write cards. You lift my spirits And, from what you tell me, writing Postcards for Democracy lifts yours. Are lifting yours??? Hmmm. No, it's WRITING that is lifting your spirits, so it's "is. Well.
And clearly we are part of a HUGE groundswell that is determined to do everything possible to keep Trump from dragging this country back to the 19th century.
1. SUNDAY P4D PARTY AT MY HOUSE!!
Dec. 11th, 11 am - 2 pm
547 Douglass St. betw. 21st & 22nd St.
Snacks & drinks (great samosas)
Buses: 24, 35, 48
Parking not impossible
Me: 415 648-5244
Maybe it'll be sunny and we can write in the garden!!!
|This is the Spring Garden, not the Winter Garden. |
And the little terrier has been replaced by two Standard Poodles. But it's still a lovely place.
2. P4D SUPPLIES AT BIRD & BECKETT BOOKSTORE IN GLEN PARK!
This is the greatest bookstore because it's also a cultural center with performances 4-5 days a week. Great place to hear jazz. They have had their own P4D party and now have happily agreed to be a place where, starting Sat. morning, people can come in and get:
Stamped postcards & elector address listsThank you, Eric and all at B&B, my favorite bookstore and a very special place.
BIRD & BECKETT (www.birdbeckett.com)
653 Chenery St, San Francisco, CA 94131
I produced a show there of my late friend, the incredible blues singer Gwen Avery. It was a beautiful and terrifying experience, as Gwen was very drunk. Yes, Gwen was often late. Very late. But now that she's late as in GONE, I wish I hadn't gotten so angry at her for just being.... late. Rest in peace, Gwennie.
3. A NEW CONCEPT: PRACTICING DEMOCRACY
My Dharma buddy, Pat Hendricks, just casually, even jokingly, threw out the phrase "practicing democracy" in an email to me. Those two words blew my mind. I always thought of democracy as something to BELIEVE in. But what is belief without ACTION??! We must learn to PRACTICE democracy in big ways and small. The smallest action, really, is voting. It takes very little effort (unless your vote is being suppressed). Voting is the teeny tiny itsy bitsy tippy top point of a giant pyramid that is built on so many different activities: campaigning, registering voters, protesting, running for office, ballot access reform, getting rid of the Electoral College... The list is very long. By doing these things, we practice democracy. We need to practice democracy.... frequently. We have ALWAYS needed to do it frequently. But now, it is more imperative than ever.
4. FROM JACK KORNFELD, BUDDHIST TEACHER: