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Re: E-M:/ Clean Water Action to Sarah Palin: You Picked On The Wrong Group

Thanks for posting this to E-M, David...I, too, could NOT believe my ears when I heard the cheap shots taken last night by Guiliani & Palin at "community organizers"...Obama being their #1 target organizer. As a community organizer myself who has worked tirelessly on behalf environmental peace & justice for 20+ years, I found these remarks callous, ignorant and arrogant beyond belief! I can only hope that every subscriber to this list serve will forward John DeCock's message to every person in their address book. We must stand together in these perilous times and refuse to be intimidated or beaten down by such scandalous rhetoric. All I kept thinking to myself, as I listened in shock & horror to the slimy toads that poured out of their mouths, was didn't they know Jesus was a community organizer himself? The Religious Right needs to have their mouths washed out with soap! How dare they call themselves Christians!
You can sign me INFURIATED!
Carol Izant, Chair/SEMG Sierra Club
19455 Middlesex
Southfield, MI 48076

--- On Thu, 9/4/08, David Holtz <dholtz@cleanwater.org> wrote:
From: David Holtz <dholtz@cleanwater.org>
Subject: E-M:/ Clean Water Action to Sarah Palin: You Picked On The Wrong Group
To: "enviro-mich" <enviro-mich@great-lakes.net>
Date: Thursday, September 4, 2008, 8:20 PM

The Right Is Wrong on Community Organizers

“I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer - except that you have actual responsibilities”. - Sarah Palin, September 3, 2008.
At the Republican National Convention, the radical right wing asserted their primacy over their Party. They sent many shots across the bow to let any remaining moderates who might be cowering in the hold know that it is time to join in the pillaging or be made to walk the plank.
They made it clear that only Rovian, Bush-speak, radical messages will ring from the podium to rally the crowd, except for those focus group tested bits of rhetorical mendacity meant to create the illusion that they will protect the environment, reduce gas prices and watch out for the little guy.
Among the more gratuitous assaults were the attacks on community organizers by Rudy Giuliani and Sarah Palin. These remarks were a clear attack on Senator Obama’s roots as a community organizer. I think they picked the wrong group to attack. It’s like standing in the wilderness in Yellowstone National Park, smeared with bacon grease while poking at the bears with a stick. In short, an ill-considered strategy.
Community Organizers. Like Ben Franklin? Like John Adams? Like Mahatma Gandhi? Like Martin Luther King, Jr.? Like Cesar Chavez? You mean the people who go from door to door, person to person, and engage in discussion with members of their communities to make this a better world? You mean people who care enough to make a difference? While it may be true that voluntarily taking on the responsibility to live your values and care for your community may pale in comparison to reviewing parking meter ordinances, I think a little more respect may be called for.

David Holtz
National Communications Director
Clean Water Action

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