After spoof, group donates to homeless in Scalise’s name

Proceeds from a recent spoof of Congressman Steve Scalise’s fundraising methods will be donated, in his name, to an interfaith mission for homeless families, announced Zac Stine, leader of the St.Tammany Indivisible Chapter.
“We are doing this in light of recent events. Nothing justifies that,” he said, referring to the recent shooting in which Scalise was injured. “There is a right way and a wrong way to protest. We held a funny, wholesome event and got lots of publicity. It was the right way to make a statement.” 
The group held a faux fundraiser Sunday with the stated intention of raising $5000, the minimum level of contribution suggested by the Scalise Leadership Fund, which would guarantee a meeting with the congressman. But the event was tongue-in-cheek. “We knew we wouldn’t raise anything close to that, ” Stine said.
To make sure, members set out quart-sized contribution jars for contributions to the homeless, and recycled baby food jars for contributions to Scalise. 
Family Promise of St. Tammany, will get the $775 the group did raise. 

“We will also find a way to donate to victims of gun violence,” he said. “when things like this happen. We need to stand by democracy even more resolutely.”

Following spoof, group donates to homeless in Scalise’s name

Proceeds from a recent spoof of Congressman Steve Scalise’s fundraising methods will be donated, in his name, to an interfaith mission for homeless families, announced Zac Stine, leader of the St.Tammany Indivisible Chapter.
“Nothing justifies this,” he said, referring to the recent shooting in which Scalise was injured. “There is a right way and a wrong way to protest. We held a wholesome, satiric event and got lots of publicity. It was the right way to make a statement.” 
The group held a faux fundraiser Sunday with the stated intention of raising $5000, the minimum level of contribution suggested by the Scalise Leadership Fund, which would guarantee a meeting with the congressman. But the event was tongue-in-cheek. “We knew we wouldn’t raise anything close to that, ” Stine said.
To make sure, members set out quart-sized contribution jars for contributions to the homeless, and recycled baby food jars for contributions to Scalise. 
Family Promise of St. Tammany, will get the $775 the group did raise. 

$5000 to meet with Congressman Scalise. Or give money to the homeless? Which would you do?

Members of the St.Tammany Indivisible Chapter, which for months has been urging Congressman Steve Scalise to have an in-person town hall meeting, were intrigued when one of their members came across a newspaper story about a surefire way to get his attention — donations of between $5,000 and $100,000 to the Scalise Leadership Fund..
They didn’t have that kind of money, but decided to stage a satirical fundraiser to bring attention to the influence of money in politics, using their own congressman as a particularly blatant example. 
Even in Republican St. Tammany, the event had a good turnout, probably helped by abundant food, drink and donation jars — quart-sized ones for the homeless and baby food jars for Scalise 
“We have college loans and rent and insurance, so we don’t have money to pay for honest representation in our government,” said Zac Stein, the group’s leader. “But we”re not going away. We will keep working to make our representatives listen.” Meanwhile, Family Promise of St.Tammany, which ministers to homeless families, was happy to accept the $775 they did raise.
More about the Scalise Leadership Fund: 

https://tinyurl.com/l2kg5vx
http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/01/coffee_with_steve_scalise.html
Pictures below: Pictures with the congressman; party napkins featured the congressman’s phone number; giant replica of Scalise’s ear with a central receptacle for cash, messages that can be pinned on; building a border wall with Legos; frozen cavfefe with Kahluha. It all made for a good time.

Congressman Steve Scalise’s Town Hall Meeting happens without him — 2017

The speaker’s table in the Abita Springs Town Hall was draped in red-white-and-blue bunting. The p.a. system had been tested to a fault. Chairs were lined up in ten straight rows, and most were occupied by nicely-dressed adults, constituents of Congressman Steve Scalise.
Scalise, however, was missing. Although it was the April Congressional recess, his office staff explained to the St. Tammany Indivisible Chapter, which sponsored the meeting, that he was too busy to meet with his constituents. He would have an in-person Town Hall meeting in August at another location. 
No member of his staff would come to Abita Springs in his stead. Charles Henry, head of Scalise’s Metairie office, said they did not want to speak for the congressman, and besides, they were worried about security at the event.
This last comment amused the gathered crowd, since Abita Springs rivals the fictional Mayberry as far as crime is concerned. People don’t always bother to lock their doors. It’s that kind of place. 
They decided to ask questions anyway, addressing a large cardboard picture of the congressman propped up behind the table. There were 27 questions, and they were posed respectfully. They were about health care, the environment, the proposed wall along the Mexican border, the president’s tax returns, the budget, immigrants, the emolument clause, and military escalation. Many returned to one theme. Did Mr Scalise remember that he was from Louisiana? Would he reconsider supporting policies that would drown the state and cut off its people’s health care? 
The cardboard sign had no answer. But the organizers videotaped the session and promised to deliver a copy of it to Scalise, along with a list of the questions they asked.

Recommended reading if you’re getting ready for Philly (even vicariously)

Here’s a bus stop dressed up for the convention. It was posted on Instagram by #DMCinPhilly. Philadelphians say “dat” a lot, along with “dis” and “dose” and “dem.” “Dem” refers to “dem people over dere.” Dem people may or may not be Democrats.

who dat donkey

We could not resist slapping a little New Orleans on this bus stop sign, through the magic of a photo app called Pic Collage. If you try it with real paint, be prepared to explain it to dem cops.

Philadelphians use the English language a little differently than citizens of middle America. So do we in Louisiana. And since we hope to have have some interaction with the natives, here’s a list of some of the words we may find –um– confusing. For instance, john. It is pronounced “jawn” just like it is in New Orleans. But it does NOT mean the same thing. Click on WHAT IT MEANS IN PHILLY

Also of note: Billy Penn.com has a list of parties we are not invited to. Unless we donated a LOT (or got real cozy with someone who did.)

IN OTHER NEWS:
Baggage handlers and some other workers at the Philadelphia airport will go on strike during the convention. They are demanding the right to unionize. They will, ironically, inconvenience Democrats, who, as a matter of course, support unions. Some delegates have opted to fly in through other airports, but for those who have already paid for non-refunable tickets — probably most of us– the best we can do is pack light, carry on our luggage, and display purple ribbons — the union’s color– to show solidarity. USA Today hasĀ more on the strike.

NO FIGHTING, NO BITING

We Democrats think of our party as the one that is not made up of gibbering idiots, and we can be proud of that.

But as the convention approaches, we are divided, facing a very real chance of seeing our country become the U.S. of Trump. We have to pull together.

So repeat out loud:

“At this convention:

  • I will not accuse anyone of throwing chairs unless I personally see them throw at least one chair.
  • I myself will not throw a chair, even if it is occupied by State Representative Neil Abramson.
  • I will not refer to fellow delegates by unflattering names, even really funny ones that incorporate the name of the Democratic candidate I do not prefer, nor will I call them the names of private parts, insects, vermin, reptiles, or poop.
  • I will not mutter inflammatory words: neither “Loretta Lynch” nor “misogyny” in the presence of delegates who do not prefer my candidate. Nor will I write these words on any bathroom walls.
  • I will not cut into the breakfast line in front of delegates who do not prefer prefer my candidate, take the last cup of coffee and say “How’s THAT for socialism?”
  • I will not spit in the coffee of someone who did that.
  • I will not enter an elevator ahead of of delegates who do not prefer my candidate, press the buttons for every floor up to 102, then exit on the second floor.
  • I will not be a Democrat behaving badly.

“On the positive side, I pledge to:

  • Smile, not in a clenched-teeth “Hello Seinfeld; Hello, Newman,” way, but pleasantly at delegates who do not prefer my candidate.
  • Allow delegates who do not prefer my candidate to finish entire sentences without rolling my eyes.
  • Find topics we can agree on: equal pay ( good) cheese steaks (got nothing on po’ boys), air conditioning ( necessary).

“I will remember that delegates who do not prefer my candidate are the same people who have been on my side for eight years now. The same people I endlessly swapped Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert jokes with. The same people I sneered at Sarah Palin with. ”

We will need each other even after this election is in the history books. Perhaps more than ever.

Happy Days are Here Again… almost

imageHere we are: La Dems, the delegation that will represent you in Philadelphia in July. ( That’s me, toward the left, in the white coat and Bernie button. Also on the
left below) Just now we are busy thanking our lucky stars and making plane and hotel reservations, and some of us are raising money for the trip.

I’ll be joined by Ann Porter — there, below the delegates’ picture, on the right ( not politically, of course) in telling you the story of the convention as it happens. And try not to believe the pundits. As the late New Orleans Mayor Victor Schiro advised, “Don’t believe any false rumors unless they come from me.”

That was a joke. Our rumors will be true.