As you might imagine, the subject of the conference is dear to my heart. The following excerpt is from their website http://wecount2006.org Read this and tell me it doesn't sound fabulously interesting. What could possibly be more relevant and timely with November just around the corner?
EDUCATE: We will warn conference participants about the dangers of electronic voting machines, the privatization of elections and the many other ways that the will of the people has been, and will continue to be, subverted...unless we act.
MOTIVATE: Our speakers will inspire participants to "get educated and get involved" to take our elections back and thereby to take our democracy back.
PREPARE: Movement leaders will be on hand to recruit and prepare volunteers to monitor, gather information, investigate and perform other roles needed for the Nov 2006 elections. They will provide educational materials, templates and other resources to citizens so they can play key operational roles in ensuring our votes count in all elections.
PROMOTE: We will use the conference to spotlight national attention on the justifiable and growing concern about the fate of our nation, focusing on the paramount role of elections as the foundation of democracy.
INSPIRE: The conference will inspire us to remain activist in this crucial and profoundly important civic issue and to stay strong in the struggle to reclaim our once-great nation.
I am driving 700 plus miles even though: I'm a homebody and hate traveling, especially long driving trips; I'll probably have to take bathroom breaks every twenty miles (making the trip even more endless); and I make it a point to avoid large crowds of strangers as much as possible. But the idea of rubbing shoulders with like-minded souls is simply irresistible. I just can't pass up this opportunity. My dear friend Mary offered to take good notes for me if I choose to stay home and rest my heel injury, as I've been advised. Instead, I'm throwing my crutches in the car and hoping that it's really six hours rather than seven each way and that I'm able to take advantage of having all those wonderful people in one place at the same time.
Besides pre-worrying about everything that can go wrong (car break-down, arriving late, finding myself tongue-tied and overwhelmed), I have to do another thing that I really hate: ask for money. The funds that I raised this summer covered the purchase of 3,000 copies of the DVD "Invisible Ballots" and the trip to DC to distribute them to one thousand delegates.
But, now I have gas, hotel and conference expenses to cover. So, I'm appealing to you for help. You've supported me all along, as we've worked to get the word out about electronic voting machines and the general election debacle out there.