So John McCain’s veep pick Sarah Palin apparently doesn’t like community organizers. Unfortunately, that alienates many coveted independent voters such as myself, men and women who works as community organizers. While she should be thanking community organizers — are evangelical Christians not community organizers? — Palin’s attack has only given Barack Obama more support.
My work as a community organizer has been hosting of the Milwaukee chapter of the social club Drinking Liberally. And with the help of another community organizer, I helped organize its sister group Eating Liberally. The two groups are designed to help bring people back into the political realm in positive ways. And they work. We’ve given dozens of people in Milwaukee the chance to have a voice in the political process, to meet their elected officials, and the people running for office. We’ve given them a way to vent their frustrations with the incumbent regimes, and a way to make new friends. While I am a community organizer, I’m not the only one who’s part of it or who works as an organizer.
In fact, I helped start two other people start the Milwaukee chapter of Drinking Liberally. The first bar that we had it at was the suggestion of a third person, who had lived all his life in the south side Milwaukee neighborhood that Drinking Liberally meets in. And we brought people out from not only this neighborhood, but neighborhoods all over Milwaukee, north, south, east and west. Because of my work as a community organizer, and the work of Stacie, Scott F., Scott S., and Jeff B. — all of whom were community organizers — we are helping people find their voices. We work to overcome apathy and disillusionment. And we help people have a good conversation, good beer, and good food.
Liberals and conservatives have come together there to talk to one another at our groups. That kind of dialog is critical for us to get anywhere as a society. And it wouldn’t happen with community organizers such as myself, Stacie, Jeff, the two Scotts, or the hundreds of people on our mailing list who come to the two Living Liberally events each month.
Eating Liberally at 6:00 PM on the first Wednesday of each month at a different location around the Milwaukee area. (Google “Eating Liberally Milwaukee” to find out where.)
Drinking Liberally meets at 7:00 PM on the third Wednesday of each month at Sugar Maple, a smoke-free bar at 441 E. Lincoln Avenue, Milwaukee.
See you there!
Also: James Rowen has a comment about this matter of Palin’s poor choice.