Feb 2017 update: I have one leftover debt of $500 fro the incredible convention expenses to pay back. I appreciate this one last push. The resistance continues and we are just getting started!
PLEASE READ THE UPDATE* BELOW FIRST! I'm Don St.Clair, and I have been elected to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia as a delegate for Bernie Sanders! Each of the 1900 of us Bernie delegates represents 80,000 to 100,000 voters! I am involved in creating a historic first ever Climate Change Council/Caucus at the Convention to join the more tradition identity caucuses such as Labor, LGTBQ, Latinos, AfricanAmericans, etc. I am also going to Philly to continue organizing the emerging Green Democrat (or Green Dog Democrat) wing of the Democratic Party, espousing the four key pillars of the global green movement: ecology, social justice, grassroots democracy and non-violence. For clarifications purposes: I believe that organizing a Green Dog* Democrat (*Democrat, Only Greener) within the "Big Tent Coalition" of the Democratic Party is the best way to bring these key values into the American political mainstream, just like the "Realo" pragmatist wing of the German Greens became coalition partners with the ruling Social Democrats and were able to leverage their power to implement the stunning advances in Germany of ecological sustainability, free college, etc.
*Update as of Thursday July 21st, 4 days to the convention: FRIENDS! I HAVE AN URGENT PROBLEM around cash flow. If you are about to donate to my gofundme, would you message me via the email to Don link here on GoFundMe INSTEAD? My funds are being transferred via ACH to my checking account, but they will not arrive until about Tuesday of next week! So, I am scrambling to solve the cashflow problem so I may pay for the airline ticket and other expenses that are part of the very expensive process of attending a political nominating convention.
The Sanders campaign has only had limited success in fundraising for their delegates and has only paid a contribution of $377 direct to the hotel bill (splitting a room but they are super expensive).
My Oregon state party, which is NOT a highflying party of fatcats in the slightest, say even being frugal, a national convention costs about $4000 to attend!
(Our exemplary Senator Merkley lives in an ordinary nice suburban house and his wife still works as a nurse, and our state director is a former in the trenches community organizer out of the Howard Dean movement, not a lobbyist type, and except for a few officeholders and about five staffers, almost all of us in the Dem Party Oregon must have day jobs or other support, in my case, SSI disablity.) Yes, Democracy needs some help levelling the playing field, and that is just what Bernie has done and continues to advocate for and what we will fight for on the convention floor!
So... By hook or crook I will be getting on an airplane no later than Sunday to be there for Sunday night's first delegation meeting, but I am needing to call in any and all assistance to make that happen. So please if you are able to, contact me. Thank you! End of update, please continue with my profile
I am the co-founder/director the Green Democrat Organizing Project, which is establishing several organizations similar to groups like MoveOn - a 501c3 or 4 educational membership group, an affiliated Political Action arm, and eventually a think tank policity institute for bringing the deeper global green political perspective into the mainstream of American political discourse. We seek to unite natural allies for progressive victories - the future is and must be blue green! Think green, vote blue, dig in for long term revolution and change from within is our mission.
We are looking for a volunteer web designer right now for that, please contact me directly.
Personally, I am an activist, a healer, a musician, a writer, parent of a 17 year old daughter and step-grandparent of a 1 year old bundle of joy! I am the vice chair of the Environmental Caucus of the Democratic Party of Oregon, and as such have the lofty sounding title of Party Leader/Elected Official (PLEO delegate). Leadership means, we serve everyone - you! Each delegate represents 80,000 to 100,000 voters for Bernie Sanders. We need your help to get to the convention, where every vote will count, and every voice will be needed to continue the revolution and Bernie Sander's vision, and unite to defeat Donald Trump in November and create a Brand New Congress down ticket!
So I must humbly ask your help. It is $4000, for airfare, hotels (we must stay in one designated one particular one, in this case 30 miles away in King of Prussia, we get credentialed every morning at 7am and bussed in through very tight security to the arena), meals, expenses. I also need to pay for expenses like child care for my one year old baby granddaughter, whom I am a primary caregiver for as she lives with us, and I need a few necessities of an organizers life I lack: a smart phone and a functioning laptop. I am seeking donations of items like those and frequent filer miles transfers as well to fly round trip between Portland Oregon and Philadelphia. I need to raise the funds in the next two weeks!
I seek to unite natural allies for progressive victories - the future is blue green., Think green, vote blue, dig in for long term revolution and change from within is our mission!
I am most grateful for your assistance and will post many possible perks and videos and what have you.
You may vette me to be sure I am an actual official delegate by going to the Democratic Party of Oregon's website at http://dpo.org/2016convention, and at http://www.fundberniedelegates.com/
My ongoing work is organizing the post election resistance, bringing our revolution and Bernie's message to the Democratic Party, which I have been working my way into for the last eight years as consciously as I can. I am organizing a Green Democrat aka Green Dog Democrat wing of the Democratic Party. I got a LOT of serious interest from influential people, potential allies, including connections to VP Al Gore and to Sen. Bernie Sanders, at the DNC. We did some serious first time ever Climate Change organizing/institutionalizing in the Democratic Party there and are continuing. Stay tuned for more announcements on that work, including the roll out of a Green Democrat membership activist network as a 501c4 much along the lines of MoveOn or ProgressiveDemocratsOfAmerica, to join the efforts of OurRevolution, BrandNewCongress, JusticeDemocrats, and others. We are just getting started! #Resist #DemEnter #ThinkGreenVoteBlue,RevolutionFromWithin
In other news... I thought I lost my brand new (well, used) smartphone (Samsung Galaxy S5) going through the Secret Service security checkpoint on Tuesday of the DNC, but iron turns out it was stolen and has been used... shut off now but they ran up several hundred dollars, sigh. Negotiating with Verizon now.
One more story: Friday morning after the hoopla and speechifying and balloons were all dropped, I gave one of the American flags from the hallowed and exclusive convention floor to the kind Haitian maid, Marady, in our hotel who cleaned our smelly dorm room of a room everyday. She covered for me Friday and let me sleep in and stay in the room till nearly 4 hours past checkout ("you don' worry, I take care"). She said with pride she saw Hillary's acceptance speech and all the show at Thursday night's spectacular. She, who came to America for freedom and dignity and found long hard hours of low wages, held that flag to her heart and said she would treasure it. I turned to leave and realized her grandchildren might someday look at that flag and remember her story, and for the umpteenth time that week, softly cried. #PracticeKindness
Chuckle, since I was unable* to do daily updates, I am going to do a repeat broadcast of my daily experiences as if I was recapping each incomprehensibly full day. (By Tuesday night we just looked at each other feeling like we had just slogged a month through the Amazon; or, for those of you who know what I mean by the following, by *just* Tuesday evening we felt like we were at late Sunday of a particularly epic Oregon Country Fair). Did I tell you I irretrievably lost my brand new (used) smartphone on Tuesday somewhere going through the Secret Service security checkpoint tent? (Which meant I had a very difficult time doing social media in or out of the logistical nightmare bubble I was cocooned in ). Santa Claus...not to beg, but... Samsung Galaxy Note with a stylus, anyone? I got a mindnumbing LOT of work to do till election day and beyond to save us from Herr Trumpf and his frothing at the mouth red-capped brownshirts.
Or that from gavel-in on Monday to gavel-out Thursday night I got, like most of my fellow delegates, got just **7 and a half** hours of sleep?
Is this any way to run a Democracy?
Lol, enough for the moment. One more thing, from my heart and many others: yo, Philadelphia, you, your amazing real and universally kind and diverse people, your stunning architecture, your vibrant cultural scene, street murals, even your incredibly surprisingly tolerant and evenhanded cops and tireless immigrant hotel maids and sweaty cheesesteak slingers - you are in a word, simply and surprisingly beautiful! You have a "there" there, and it's the heart that sings the funky song of the city of brotherly love!
*looking where that asterisk up above goes to? Yeah, me too. Now you know what I mean...
Don, I wonder about that idea of a Green wing of the Democratic Party, what with the set-in-concrete "liberal Republican" attitude of many of existing Democrats and the treatment/cheating during primary AND Bernie returns to Independent status.....????? I'm thinking rather of new party or joining Green party (Jill) and calling for changes to THAT platform, since it is closer to Bernie than the existing Democrat platform. Thoughts? Suggestion: Next mobile phone? Put a GD password on it. Neophyte. LOL Namaste. ♥ Ed Charlotte, NC
There is a new voter's movement I am excited about: bernievote.com. Please just look at it. Thank you.
Thank you for the updates!
Yea!!! I was going to buy your ticket or pay your hotel if I had to. I reached out to the fund delegate organizations all over the place trying to get you help. Do Us Proud.
Ok, she said NO, she is at capacity but said there is some carpooling support pages for delegates... where?
I have friend and Delegate on caravan on her way to Philly from CA. I am talking with her now about getting you a cheap flight into her next nearby major airport, and picking you up. If it is just transportation $, this could cut that down by pooling with them. I am msg her now about it, seeing if we could make some logic out of this if we can find cheap flight to some cities she is passing through? Is it worth a try?
We have been tweeting you today! Glad to see the activity!
Thank you everybody for the HUUUUGE Boost! I dont have time to thank each of you personally, I have a grandchild to make dinner for, but I will get to you! Please write me if you are interested in the Green Democrat organizing work or the Climate Change council. Thank you!
I dont have a laptop, but I have a Kindle and I use it everywhere... I can use SKYPE On it as well... and I can donate? Or you can buy a brand new one on Amazon for $33.. I just bought one? PM me if you can use my older version? I can Priority mail it to you? Radio shack has $50 prepaid phones you can buy right there at the store... it has a $50 prepaid card attached....