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Last chance to avoid the long lines on Tuesday…


Please join Barack Obama at a Stand for Change Rally in Austin, where he’ll talk about his vision for bringing America together and bringing about the kind of change we can believe in.

Stand for Change Rally with Barack Obama 

Friday, February 22, 2008 
Gates Open: 6:00 p.m. 
Program Begins: 9:00 p.m.

Congress Avenue at 11th Street 
Austin, TX 78701 
Public Entrance: Located at 10th Street

Click below to RSVP

The event is free and open to the public; however an RSVP is required. Space is available on a first come, first served basis.  For security reasons, do not bring bags. Please limit personal items. No signs or banners are permitted.

If you have any questions, please contact the campaign at (512) 476-2008or  Thanks for your support! 

I voted today, very easy, no problems. To avoid the long lines find your polling place here, then go vote before early voting ends in Texas on February 29, 2008

There is a voice that speaks to me like no other, where I find God in ways I could never have imagined. If you’ve never seen a film, check out the link…For 48 hours only, enjoy the online premiere of Open, the newest film in our series with Rob Bell. Presale is now available at with orders shipping on or before February 22  

Read the short story below of an example of why I think Obama is fundamentally different than any politician I’ve known (except for maybe Reagan) in that his candidacy is not about him, or even what he will do for the country. Instead, it is about what we can do as a people bound together to recreate a government of, by, and for the people. I consider myself apolitical, even cynical with the state of governmental affairs, but I do believe in the power of motivated individuals who are willing to work with others to make our neighborhoods and cities a better place to pursue, participate, and enjoy in the redemption begun long ago on the cross. 

Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2008 09:28:51 -0500To: Northern Virginia for Obama! <>From: donnacywinski@comcast.netSubject: [NorthernVirginiaforObama] Hope in Catlett, VAAccording to the Virginia Board of Elections website, Senator Obama won inCatlett, Virginia by one vote. Catlett – a small town in Fauquier CountyVirginia where we live, is a very conservative place. There are not a lot ofDemocrats here. Over the years, as our sons have watched us vote forcandidates who did not win, they have often asked me whether their votewould make a difference. My response has always been, “How can you hope tochange things if you don ‘t vote?”When the campaign came to Virginia, we signed up to volunteer with a smallgroup called “Fauquier for Obama ’08”. Since people in Fauquier County donot live close enough to each other to make canvassing worthwhile, our groupgot permission from Giant Foods to set up a table outside. We handed outstickers, copies of Senator Obama’s policy proposals downloaded from thewebsite and obtained names and contact information from the twenty or sopeople who were brave enough to come up to our table in front of all of theRepublicans who were shopping that day.Our son manned a table at the local community college. He got about fivemore volunteers and handed out stickers. He and five other studentsorganized a commuter waive along U.S. Highway 29 where they held up signsand braved lit cigarettes, obscene gestures and spit from passing cars andwhere they also got thumbs-up signs, smiles, honks and waives. On ElectionDay our sons voted for the first time . We sat at polls, passed out morestickers, and served coffee and hot chocolate to voters.Senator Obama won Virginia by a large margin. He won Fauquier County by asmaller margin. He won Catlett, by one vote. We will never know who castthat one vote that put him over the top. But never again will my sons ask meif their vote makes a difference. They know it did.Senator Obama is winning elections because of one vote at a time. Everyperson who is inspired to hope that our country could ever be united or thatwe could have affordable health care or that we could improve educationalopportunities for average folks or that we do not have to fight wars just sooil companies, the arms industry and Halliburton can make obscene profitswhile young Americans die too young, can make a difference. We know thisbecause he won in Catlett by one vote.Yes We Can!!! 

As the Larry the Cable Guy says, “I don’t care who you are, that’s just funny!” See the Ben Sargeant editorial cartoon in today’s Austin American Statesman. Once again, he captures many levels of what people are experiencing and feeling with his drawings and commentary.  

I’ve started a new project with one of my film production classes based on the National Public Radio project “This I Believe”. They will work through this process of creating a personal video essay about their internalized belief systems and how those beliefs drive their daily actions. I can’t wait to see what they come up with…In the meantime, as I’ve prepared for this project, I’ve reflected on what I believe and it is not easy to face my core beliefs. I’ll be working on this as the students do, and I’ll be surprised by what surfaces and will hopefully have something to share in this space that reflects who I am and what I believe. One thing I do know, is that I am enjoying a good season of life right now, and that I must enjoy it because we do not know what tomorrow brings.  shalom 

 This is a Day of Affirmation, a celebration of liberty. We stand here in the name of freedom.

     At the heart of that Western freedom and democracy is the belief that the individual man, the child of God, is the touchstone of value, and all society, groups, the state, exist for his benefit. Therefore the enlargement of liberty for individual human beings must be the supreme goal and the abiding practice of any Western society.

     The first element of this individual liberty is the freedom of speech: the right to express and communicate ideas, to set oneself apart from the dumb beasts of field and forest; to recall governments to their duties and obligations; above all, the right to affirm one’s membership and allegiance to the body politic–to society–to the men with whom we share our land, our heritage, and our children’s future.

     Hand in hand with freedom of speech goes the power to be heard, to share in the decisions of government which shape men’s lives. Everything that makes man’s life worthwhile–family, work, education, a place to rear one’s children and a place to rest one’s head–all this depends on decisions of government; all can be swept away by a government which does not heed the demands of its people. Therefore, the essential humanity of men can be protected and preserved only where government must answer–not just to the wealthy, not just to those of a particular religion, or a particular race, but to all its people.

Robert F. Kennedy
University of Capetown
Capetown, South Africa
June 6, 1966


Listen to the speech here. 


They will debate at LBJ on UT campus…kinda cool to have Texas in the mix. FYI… Video from Fox News in Austin… 

Check this out…nice to see the conversation change from confrontation to common ground on ideas.