The most important political task of our time is the defeat of George W.
Bush. There has rarely, if ever, been a President of such exceedingly
limited ability and poor moral judgement, and all the money in the world
(which he appears to have) may not be enough to save his bacon a second
The most important political task, TOMORROW, is the Annabel Palma election
in the Bronx. Annabel is a WFP candidate for City Council, and is taking on
a very powerful Bronx political family. If Annabel wins the Democratic
primary tomorrow, she will be poised to run a strong WFP-Democrat race in
November against Republican and Independence Party candidates.
Starting as a health care aide to senior citizens, Annabel then became a
health and safety specialist for her union, SEIU 1199. [George W. Bush
didn't get a job until he was 40, and his main idea for senior citizens is
to gut their/our Social Security benefits]. A product of the public school
system, Annabel put herself through Bronx Community College while raising
her son, now 13. [In Ann Richard's immortal phrase, George W. Bush "was born
on third base but thought he had hit a triple"].
We could go on, but you get the point.
OTHER WFP CANDIDATES TO WATCH
Local elections don't get much of a spotlight. Still, they are crucial
building blocks for the WFP as we try to advance good IDEAS and good PEOPLE.
Coming up between now and November, keep your eye on:
Tom SEALS WFP candidate for Syracuse Common Council
Larry DeANGELIS WFP candidate for Nassau County Legislature
Letitia JAMES WFP candidate for NYC City Council
Jim DUNCAN WFP candidate for Cheektowaga Supervisor (Erie County)
Mike DIEDERICH WFP candidate for Rockland County District Attorney
Jason ALIOTO WFP candidate for Chili Supervisor (Monroe County)
Jose ALVARADO & Andrea STEWART-COUSINS WFP candidates for Westchester
And many more besides.
It's not easy to be a good elected official. But by recruiting good
candidates and building a community and labor base strong enough to hold
them accountable, progress is possible.
We hope you are pleased with the WFP's progress in local races in your area,
and that you'll do your share by voting, volunteering, phoning, giving
money, telling your friends, or whatever you can to make New York, and
America, a better place.
That's it. Read the papers, pay your dues, and... Organize.
Jim Duncan, Bertha Lewis, Bob Master