The democratic party meeting this afternoon took place at the Butte County Library in Chico, and we set up tables outside to greet the meeting participants while they were arriving. I ended up having a whole lot of meaningful interactions with voters who were coming to the library with their books and families, and I ended up campaigning a whole lot more than participating in the meeting. Here are a few snippets to share:
I met a woman and her mother-in-law who asked me about my stand on State of Jefferson, and we ended up having an in-depth conversation about how decisions are made in this region and the degree to which our residents have so few ways to exercise any control over decisions that are made about our natural resources. We found a lot of common ground during our 15-minute conversation, even as we disagreed about the basic idea of a separate State of Jefferson for Northern California.
I talked with a gentleman who could not remember the last time he voted, because he hasn't had any kind of stable housing for 5 or 6 years. He currently stays week to week in a budget motel. We talked about the different social programs he's interacted with, and how he really just wants a cheap place to live with his service dog. By the end of our conversation, he said he was going to google how to register to vote when he went into the library.
I met a woman who was using the library but was worried about her privacy on the public computers and the ability of the government to track her movements around Chico. We talked about how privacy is a critical component of one of our key American values, freedom. But she votes in every election and is proud to have a voice in American politics with her private ballot.
I also had great conversations with librarians, parents, a bunch of kids, and even a California resident currently living in China. That's a successful day of campaigning!
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