Over three weeks ago in a posting on DailyKos and other political blogs I launched the Obamathon. A drive to help Barack Obama win on February 5th. Twenty-two states voted that day so it is hard to firmly say who won and who lost but when this campaign started over a year ago I never would have dreamed that we would do so well. Since then eight states have voted and every single one has handed Obama a victory. Now we are hearing that Obama will win Wisconsin, we will see how that plays out. Later tonight the polls will close in Hawai’i and we will see how Obama does there.
But no matter what the final results of those states are one thing is clear. We must March 4th Together for Barack Obama. What does this mean? It means on March 4th four states will vote. Rhode Island, Vermont, Ohio and Texas. It means whatever happens tonight and until then we must keep it going, we must March 4th. And we must do it together. That’s why I’m relaunching the Obamathon as the March 4th Together for Obama fundraising drive.
But this can not just be my drive. This has to be our drive. We must March 4th Together. Not only donate but spread the word, tell us why you donated, track the progress of it here. We start this campaign with $46,430 from 842 people. Everyone from college students to bestselling authors, retirees to Senate candidates, people of all walks have life have taken part in this campaign so far. How far can we take it? Can we hit $50,000? $75,000? $100,000? The sky is the limit.
But what’s the point? Why donate? Why the urgency? I can only speak for myself but I am doing this because of what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called the “the fierce urgency of now.”
Because for me, a 14 year old kid, the problems we face are urgent.
The climate crisis is urgent for me.
The war is urgent for me.
The economy is urgent for me.
The healthcare crisis is urgent for me.
The education system is urgent for me.
I have listed just a few problems that we face. But our challenges are numerous and many of them are urgent.
However, we can tackle these great problems together. As Barack says “Yes we can!”
Yes we can to justice and equality. Yes we can to opportunity and
prosperity. Yes we can heal this nation. Yes we can repair this
world. Yes we can.
So let us do this. Let us March 4th Together for Obama. Let us March 4th Together for the future. Yes. We. Can.
So if you can spare any change for change please send it in now. It doesn’t matter if it’s $5 or $2,300 or something in between. Take ownership of this campaign, help change the party, help change the world.
And if you want to help out even more consider taking more action. First of all, call people in March 4th states. Also last Sunday I wrote a diary about 5 easy ways to get active. Check it out. Also one more thing. My fellow blogger snout launched the Obama Action Network, it is a group for all Obama supporters who are taking action. It will be a great resource to help you take action and have fun while you’re doing it. Action, fun and change. Does it get better? There are so many ways you can get involved, so pick one and try.
Now let us begin. Now let us rededicate ourselves to the long and bitter, but beautiful, struggle for a new world. This is the calling of the sons of God, and our brothers wait eagerly for our response. Shall we say the odds are too great? Shall we tell them the struggle is too hard? Will our message be that the forces of American life militate against their arrival as full men, and we send our deepest regrets? Or will there be another message-of longing, of hope, of solidarity with their yearnings, of commitment to their cause, whatever the cost? The choice is ours, and though we might prefer it otherwise, we must choose in this crucial moment of human history.
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr