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September 22, 2008

2008.10.22: THIS IS A POLITICAL EMAIL (was: Vote WFP)

Filed under: ALAA History,Key Documents,Political Action — nyclaw01 @ 2:09 pm

From: Morris, Susan
Sent: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 2:09 PM
To: [R.]

I always vote on the WFP line (if it’s a candidate I’d be voting for anyway) but I have come to the sad conclusion that the WFP, rather than “pushing the Democrats toward” (any values at all), have simply become apologists for the Democrats.

Of course, I’m one of those folks who believes completely that the difference between the two parties is so minimal that really the only thing to consider is who will be nominated for the federal bench and the Supreme Court.  Then again, Clinton was a complete failure when it came to the federal bench …

But that’s just me.

From: [R.]
Sent: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 1:47 PM
Subject: Vote for Obama on Working Families line

Read below to see why this is important in pushing the Democrats toward their own values and not away from them.  This is why I always vote WF when possible.  It’s like the often told story about a meeting in the oval office between FDR and labor leaders.  At the end of the meeting FDR shook all of their hands and said that he agreed 100% with all that they had to say to him.  Then he turned to all of them and said: “Now go back home and work hard to make me do it!”

From: Dan Cantor, WFP []
Sent: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 12:12 PM
To: [R.]
Subject: Vote Change – Like you mean it!

Vote Change – Like You Mean It.

Take the pledge to vote for Barack Obama on the Working Families ballot line – Row “E”

Take the Pledge

This is cool. The Nation Magazine is Voting Change Like They Mean It:

Read The Nation’s editorial


Dear WFP Supporter,

“Voting for Obama is good. Voting for him on the WFP line is better.” -Mariana L, Buffalo

Whether you’ve been voting Working Families for years, or doing it for the first time, we hope you agree with Mariana.

We’ve launched the Vote Change Like You Mean It campaign to ask New Yorkers to vote for Obama on the Working Families line.

Take the pledge. Then tell your friends, family, co-workers, and anyone else you think is voting for Obama to pull the Working Families lever:

Why vote for Obama on the Working Families ballot line?  Simple.

After eight years of breathtaking stupidity and lying by our nation’s leaders, we are on the verge of a new era in American politics. Or so we hope.

If Obama and the Congressional Democrats win on November 4th, the pressure on them to play it safe will be enormous. The healthcare crisis, the mortgage crisis, the lack of family-supporting jobs, the need for a green path to energy independence, the heartbreaking loss of life in Iraq – each one will require audaciousness from Obama and Congress.

They will only be as bold as we make them.

Votes on the Working Families Party line send a clear message: be bold. And you can be confident that the WFP will continue the fight after Election Day.

It’s time politicians put working people above big corporations. It’s time to guarantee affordable healthcare. And it’s time we protect homeowners at least as much as investment bankers.

Even with a change of parties in Washington (or Albany), we’ll have to work as hard as ever to make that vision a reality.

Of course, that’s why we’re here.

Take the Working Families for Obama pledge, and then help spread the word:

See you at the polls,

Bertha Lewis, Bob Master, Sam Williams
WFP Co-Chairs

Dan Cantor
WFP Executive Director


PS –  We’ve picked the four finalists for the Vote Change Like You Mean It poster contest. Check them out, vote for your favorite, and get one for yourself or a friend. They’re pretty good:

Help Working Families fight for the little guy: We can’t count on Wall Street. We rely on contributions from ordinary people like you to keep the WFP going. If you’d like to support our work, visit:



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