They are following Louisiana’s Recall of Mary

Posted: 01/23/2010 by Lynn Dartez in 2011

Hi everyone,

I’ve got a feeling I wasn’t the only one up past midnight watching the Scott Brown election coverage! Having moved to Tucson from Boston, I must admit that I never expected this to happen in a million years. But, you know, 2009 has been a crazy and exciting year; a year so exciting that it resulted in a one-in-a-million electoral upset!

I spent 2005-2007 studying, writing about, and connecting with the people involved in the democratic revolutions sweeping the former Soviet bloc states of Georgia and Ukraine, among other countries. After the Orange Revolution in Ukraine, I traveled to the capital Kiev and did some work with democracy activists there and in Belarus — the last dictatorship in Europe.

Some commentators are drawing comparisons, calling this win the “Brown Revolution“. My friend Andy Ignatov, whose work in the Orange Revolution helped connect and organize activists using the internet, used Facebook to type up his agreement, “Yep :)”.

So let me get to the point: If it can happen in Massachusetts, it can happen anywhere. We already know it can happen in Tucson. Nina Trasoff (D), who won 65% of the vote in the 2005 City Council race, was beaten by Steve Kozachik (R) this past November. And it will happen again this year.

2010 must be a year of resistance and revolt against oppressive government policies, culminating in the overthrow of our elected leaders who have lost touch with the people of this region. This means are city and town council-members, county supervisors, and obviously our congressional representatives.

So what can we all do right now to get the fight started early?

There is a recall campaign called Take Back Tucson that has been launched against Mayor Walkup and Council-members Regina Romero and Karin Uhlich. Getting involved in this effort is your chance to start setting the politicians in Tucson straight.

The recall campaign is launching the petitions this Saturday, January 23 at Reid Park, Ramada 28 between 8 to 9 am.

The campaign will be set up at the ramada to pass out petitions to anyone interested in collecting signatures. This will include information on how to properly circulate petitions, as well as a walking list to direct volunteers to high-efficacy areas.

I hope that you plan to join us out there! If you do, here is all the information you need:

WHAT: Recall Petition Kickoff
WHERE: Reid Park, Ramada 28 (map)
WHEN: Saturday, January 23, between 8 – 9 AM then BBQ at noon
RSVP? No need, but there is a Facebook event you can join!

You can easily park at Hi-Corbett Field (map) where the volunteers will direct you to Ramada 28. After picking up petitions and walking lists, everyone will gather signatures for a few hours. Everyone will then meet at Ramada 28 again at noon for a free volunteer barbecue!

I truly believe that this is the next step in reclaiming Tucson and turning it around. It is also the first step in organizing for the congressional campaign later in the year. I hope to see many of you there, as this will be the year that we take back Tucson!

Robert Mayer
Co-Organizer, Tucson Tea Party

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