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Founder of the Community Quilt Project, Gallery Kos, and manager of Kos Katalogue, I love to see people come together in positive ways.
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My political story
I studied politics behind the Humboldt State (I still own my original "Question Authority" button) before moving to Washington, DC for over two decades where I saw how things work. My views were further colored by a Native American spiritual path and helping my aged parents at the end of their lives as cancer took them. In a nutshell, I've seen the inner workings of business and its dysfunction. I choose to care about people.
Why I deserve a Netroots Nation Scholarship
My plans for NN13 are to have a signature quilt for signing to benefit a progressive campaign. (This year, I'd like the quilt to benefit Elizabeth Warren's new PAC, if she would agree). So far, the Netroots Nation signature quilts have raised over $17,000 for progressives. Help me get there and raise this total! In addition, I am collecting 35 wheelchair quilts and lap throws to be delivered to the Palo Alto VA Hospital Spinal Cord Injury Unit -- and hope to bring some folks from the conference with me.
What first inspired me to get involved
I was very unhappy about the Iraq War and found Daily Kos when looking for news and opinion about that.
The blog post I am most proud of
I have been organizing the signature quilts, now signed at Netroots Nation, since before 2006. I see them as a visual metaphor of community, everybody coming together for a common goal. So far, four quilts have generated over $17,000 for progressive candidates -- and the process of making them and putting them up for drawing brought people together, too.
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More about my political involvement
Outside of my quilting activism, I am active in the Portland area group of bloggers known as Koscadia.
How I've gotten others involved
Oh yes! I have raised money for candidates using the signature quilts in drawings, have made almost a hundred community quilts for people suffering from illness or other hardship (mustering the good wishes of the netroots to support them), have supported small business with the Kos Katalogue and the arts with Gallery Kos.
Why I think participation in the netroots is important
The netroots bring community to a new level in that geography is no longer a factor. The connections between people online are very real and they can have a real and lasting effect on our world. The community quilts are a prime example of this.
My Twitter manifesto on online activism
We are no longer limited by geography -- online connections span the country and even the globe.
If I could design a bumper sticker it would say:
We are all in this together.
My wild idea for a cool new action
The best thing I've done is organize signature quilt raffles. It is an opportunity for multiple bloggers to participate, focusing on different issues important to a candidate. Or sometimes, just to do something fun (Jerry Brown, now Governor of California, loved the signature quilt fundraiser diary Ebby did using LOL cats). Also, the camera loves quilts -- and the image of each quilt can become a sort of icon for a campaign.
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