So Obama's leading in the polls. We have reason to feel very confident about our chances in New Hampshire and nationally. But now we've got to reel this one in.
So if you were waiting for someone to ask you to schlep up to NH to canvass … yes indeedy, here we are to do just that! The BMG/Lolorb Memorial Canvass is now set for Sunday, October 19, 11:30am – 4:30pm (or so), with eating and socializing to follow. We will meet at the Obama campaign's Nashua office (306 Amherst St.) at about 11:30 AM to get maps and materials, and hit the streets at noon. We'll regroup at the office between 4 PM and 5 PM and then head someplace for dinner and drinks. (We're soliciting suggestions as to where, exactly — we'll find a place. And if you want to take the commuter rail to Lowell, someone can pick you up. There's a train that leaves North Station at 10:00am, and gets to Lowell @ 10:43am.)
I'll be there, and supervolunteer Kate Donaghue has done a great job arranging the whole thing. Please RSVP in the comments, or email me at charley AT bluemassgroup dot com.
If Sunday doesn't work for you, the “alternate” BMG canvass is Saturday in Concord. Congressman Jim McGovern will be in Concord that day. Concord is important, but fewer Massachusetts people go there because of the distance. If there's enough interest, Kate will arrange a meeting place for dinner on Saturday. Concord's a terrific place — beautiful, idyllically New England, walkable, etc.
This canvass is dedicated to the memory of BMG denizen Lori Bonatakis, who went by the handle lolorb here. Lori was a passionate and dedicated activist, and indeed a treasured member of this community. Kate, who was a good friend of Lori's, was confident Lori would want this … and heck, just read Lori say it herself.
The last time I saw Lori was at Lynne's house in June; and we all seemed to feel the need to get together in person, to relate to each other as people and not just screen names. And when Lori died, many of us were reminded of that. This is a chance for us to do just that — and to do the work that needs to get done, for our country and for all of us.