By Eva McBride Progressive Gubernatorial candidate Cathy Glasson and her staff are hosting get-togethers to rally supporters at various locations around the state today and the next few days. “Day of Action” Events will be held simultaneously in Davenport, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Iowa City, Burlington, Ames, Des Moines and Sioux City on September 19th. “Rise Up and Raise Funds” events will be held in Iowa City and Des Moines on September 20th and in Cedar Rapids on September 21st. See link at the bottom of this article to her Facebook page so you can find out more about the events and her.
Unlike some gubernatorial candidates, Cathy is not courting donations from big donors. Her focus is meeting as many people as possible all around the state but she is only one person. Progressives who want money out of politics need to support campaigns that rely on volunteers and smaller donations so that we can elect a candidate not beholden to special interests. It most certainly doesn’t have to be in the form of money because volunteers can have a yuuuuuuge impact on a campaign. A former field director once told me that volunteers are priceless because having a person who is excited about a candidate talking to people in real life can have much bigger impact on how people see a candidate than donations. Your help in any shape or form, big or small is invaluable. Let’s put our energy behind candidates who have made the choice to focus on real Iowans and support these candidates as much as we can. We all have busy lives but even a few hours here and there can make a huge difference to a campaign.
I asked Nora Taft, her media director what drew her to Cathy’s campaign and this is what she had to say, “I’m supporting Cathy because she’s got the fire in her belly we need to make real change happen, and she won’t back down to bullies. Cathy’s fighting for policies that will change hundreds of thousands of people’s lives in our state and protect our land and water. We HAVE TO take a bold stand because there are serious consequences if we let things slide. I think a lot of Iowans don’t realize how bad things can get if we don’t stand together and fight back NOW.
I spent my 20s in Louisiana where bought politicians have been putting profits over people and the environment for so long most people have given up on politics. It was impossible for working people like me to lift our families out of poverty even with multiple jobs because rents were high and wages were low (I made $2.13 plus tips waiting tables, and $10 as a line cook at one of the fanciest restaurants in town). Desperation and poverty led to outrageous crime rates–all my neighbors were elderly because the young people were locked up. The stretch of the Mississippi just north of where I lived was known as “cancer alley” because of pollution, and there were days when we weren’t even supposed to touch the tap water–and we often wouldn’t know that until we went to work. I loved my city, but nobody should have to live this way in the wealthiest country in the world. I refuse to sit back and let this happen in Iowa, and the best way to stop it is to elect a Governor who’s not afraid to take on bought politicians and their corporate cronies before they wreck our state.”
FYI-Cathy Glasson to announce support for moratorium on new factory farms
to clean up Iowa’s water
Media Advisory_ Farming Environment Council