I collected 91 signatures (unless I lost count somewhere -- I need to go back over them one more time), and I think at least a dozen of those people, maybe more, will actually show up to the caucus next Saturday. Now I just need to work on a one-minute speech...
I ran into two Republicans, in the course of canvassing -- one was the husband in a mixed couple (he told me to "take [my] socialist crap and get off [his] property!") and the other was just somebody who'd moved into a place that had formerly housed a Democrat (she gave me chocolate, and we had a pleasant conversation about the problems with how property taxes are currently run).
I also talked yesterday with a guy named Rob Herman, who's an installer (I think? his card says "Independent Direct Seller", and I know he said he's been working in the solar industry for decades) for Citizenrē, a company that's started a program where, instead of having individuals buy solar panels (which, although they do pay for themselves in the long run, can be tough to afford up front), the company installs and maintains the panels for free, and makes its money by selling you the power (at a rate that's locked in, and guaranteed to be below current utility costs), and claiming the credit for any power flowing to the grid. It's such an obvious idea that it's amazing nobody had already done it. As their video points out, if the cellphone companies had charged you for all the equipment involved in their service (i.e. cell towers and network cables), nobody would have phones -- cell service really took off when they started giving away phones cheaply, and just charging for the service contract.
I think Rob's looking for customers, so if anybody thinks their house would be a good candidate (good southern exposure, not too much shade from other buildings and trees), let me know and I can pass him your email address. ETA: Rob writes to tell me that I can post his email, so you can contact him directly: Robert Herman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
ETA: I think I can read this in 60 seconds while still enunciating...
Hello, my name is Auros Harman. In the past election, I chaired a local grassroots committee for Angelides, volunteered weekends for the McNerney campaign, served as a precinct captain in Palo Alto, walked seven precincts in Mountain View for the United Democratic Campaign, and phonebanked four more. Earlier this week, I was nominated for a seat on the board of the Peninsula Democratic Coaltion.
I support progressive goals such as:
Getting our Guardsmen, and all troops, out of Iraq.
Enacting universal health care.
Alleviating poverty through livable wages and rebalancing taxes from work towards wealth.
Breaking our addicition to oil and reinvigorating our economy, through green energy and transportation.
and Restoring trust in our electoral system.
I believe in the 50-state strategy. I've had conversations grounded in shared values with Libertarian and Republican voters in my precinct. I collected nearly a hundred signatures from my precinct in support of my candidacy. If we invest in our grassroots, we can turn front-porch conversations into progressive change for our state, and the entire country.
Thank you for your attention, and, I hope, your vote.
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