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Thursday, October 23, 2003
Dean For America Calls the Grassroots To Action with a 1978 Airstream
BURLINGTON--Dean for America today announced that it was launching a six-week nationwide call to action.
Blogger Zephyr Teachout will take to the roads, traveling in a restored 27-foot, 1978 Airstream bus--organizing, flyering and hearing the incredible stories of Dean supporters across the country.
The journey will take Zephyr, the campaign's director of Internet organizing and outreach, to more than 100 cities in over 20 states as she chronicles the stories of the greatest grassroots campaign presidential politics has ever seen. At each stop, Zephyr will be organizing supporters to travel to Iowa and New Hampshire as part of the campaign's effort to have 5,000 supporters canvas in each state in January.
"For months, we've been telling people to organize and to build their local networks, and now we're going to go out there with them and see the national campaign they've built," Campaign Manager Joe Trippi said.
"Each day, hundreds of Dean supporters across the country are organizing and holding outreach events in their local communities. We're going across America to hear their stories, learn what we can from their on-the-ground efforts, and spread Governor Dean's message far and wide," Teachout said.
At every stop, Zephyr will link up with local supporters to flyer, canvass, register voters, and talk with them about their efforts to build the campaign. She will be blogging daily from the road on the campaign's official weblog, www.blogforamerica.com. Ryan Davis, who will be accompanying Zephyr on the tour and videotaping the tour's experience, will be blogging on the Generation Dean blog, www.gendeanblog.com.
At each stop, Zephyr will also be urging the campaign's supporters to travel to Iowa and New Hampshire in January to canvass and provide get-out-the-vote.
Only the first week of the tour's itinerary is set; the remainder of the journey will be decided along the way, with input from grassroots supporters. People will be able to track Zephyr's progress -- and see the stories she's collecting -- on www.deanforamerica.com. The first week's itinerary includes:
October 27: Los Angeles Kickoff
October 28: Santa Barbara
October 29: Salinas, San Jose, and Oakland
October 30: Sacramento
October 31: Davis and San Francisco
Later tour stops will include Reno, Las Vegas, Flagstaff, Phoenix, Tucson, Las Cruces, Albuquerque, Roswell, Austin, Houston, Dallas, Crawford, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Little Rock, Jackson (Miss.), Atlanta, Orlando, Raleigh, Richmond, Washington, D.C., Baltimore and dozens of other cities and towns. The tour will conclude in Philadelphia, the nation's cradle of liberty, in mid-December.
January 2004 Blog that mentions the Airstream (bottom of page 4, top of page 5)
Note from Fred
And we're off to California.....and Texas.......YeeeeHaaaaa
And we're off to Oregon...and Washington.....and Michigan...YeeeHaaa
And we're off to......
Sorry, I just couldn't resist the humor being the political junky I am.
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