Tuesday, September 1, 2009

MoveOn.Org : Vigils for Healthcare Reform (the good kind)

Are you American? Do want to  eulogize Ted Kennedy? Is one reason you mourn his loss to American politics because of his strong leadership on healthcare? Yup. Me too. I'm going to the closest vigil organized by MoveOn.org tomorrow night (in Amherst, Massachusetts, in fact. As well it should be - my favorite Happy Valley college town, home to my alma mater (such as she is) UMASS) to participate in a candlelight vigil. What are you doing tomorrow night?  :-)  I'd say join me if you're not doing anything, except only about one of you is a neighbor. I think it's just The Cunning Runt. Find some other people to go with or go alone to the vigil nearest you. If you can. For me it's a 20 minute drive and a convenient time to make it. The weather is very hopeful and so am I. Trying to be, anyway. Trying real hard to be hopeful on this issue...

Leave a comment, please. You'll be helping me be hopeful. And if you're not hopeful, then just tell me your truth, damn it!  :-)

Make love, not war Children (hee!)
Pagan Sphinx

Here is the information I received in email:

Dear MoveOn member,
Thanks so much for signing up for a "We Can't Afford to Wait" vigil in your community.
These vigils are happening at a key moment in the fight for real health care reform. And they are coming together beautifully. Over 25,000 people are now signed up for over 300 events!
Now, with just a day until the vigils, local organizers are making their final, most important preparations. To make sure each event is a positive and powerful experience, they'll need your help.
So you're invited to a special national webcast TONIGHT for vigil participants like you. It's very brief—less than 15 minutes. Please tune in at 9 p.m. Eastern / 8 p.m. Central / 7 p.m. Mountain / 6 p.m. Pacific to hear what to expect, get important political updates from our campaign team, and learn how to make sure your vigil is a success.
Here's the link for the webcast at 9 p.m. Eastern / 8 p.m. Central / 7 p.m. Mountain / 6 p.m. Pacific Time tonight:


  1. Make love, not war Children (hee!)

    Produce peaceful children...
    I wrote a couple of poems for Teddy. We need someone, many someones, to fill his shoes...

    Great post, PS.


  2. And what kind of responsible ultra-liberal mother am I, not to mention, just in case not to forget the birth control while you're at it! ;-)

  3. I am still hopeful... and I will think happy thoughts of you tomorrow night.

    I, however, live in CA and willl be at my first Zumba class. I need a bit of hope as well!

  4. I went to a town hall meeting and tried to tell my story to some of my fellow Americans who were too busy screaming about taxes and socialism

    I did have a decent conversation in the parking lot with a few people who were "shocked" and "dismayed" by my truth. so perhaps I did some good

    I am exhausted Pagan by this struggle. I feel as though I am sliding away into a void.

    Border Explorer left me a comment about how it shouldn't be this much of a fight

    but it is

    I thank you from the bottom of my heart for doing a vigil - for me, for us, for what is supposed to be the real America

  5. Kay: Look for a vigil near you. It might be held at a time when you can stop by for a little while. If you cut and paste this link and plug in your zip code, you may find one near you. And goes for the rest of you kids, too! :-)


  6. well darling, i wish i could be hopeful but i think it's going to be a long tough uphill battle all the way to anything. and i am disgusted given i am spending more on health care right now out of pocket and 1400 a month in insurance too, i have no idea where i am going either excepting poorer and poorer, that would be for my hubby and me but come on...being self employed farmers used to have it's perks and still does but not in the 'benefits' dept...sigh...well, you asked my dear..

  7. Here in Minnesota and Wisconsin, where I reside, our largely democratic elected officials seem to side with public option and health care for all.
    What really worries me is the focus on health care and how the fact that we are still involved heavily with two wars.
    Where are the vigils for peace in this equation?
    Time for another action.

  8. I'm going to try to join you in HOPE. The alternative is unthinkable. At present I have a personal stake in this, and really need to cling to that hope, and my case is not anywhere near that of people like Dianne, or others who are really struggling with such frustrating problems which seem to have no answer.

  9. I'm sorry to be reading this at 8:30pm, having turned down several invites to Boston and West Hartford.

    Thanks for being more on the ball than I am, and for "representing" for those of us who are on the same page but not quite the same planet.

    Let us know how it went, 'k?


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