The following is from Van Jones of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. It is long, but it is worth reading in its entirety. I post it here because too often people who read blogs are unaware of tremendous grass roots stirrings that go on in the real world -- and we are darn useless if we just stay in cyber space.
Ron Dellums was first elected to Congress in 1970 and served through 1998,replacing a Democrat, Jeffery Cohelan, who dithered about representing his constituents and coming out against the US war on Vietnam. In Dellums, the self-assertion of the African American community and the antiwar movement came together to help change what it meant to be a Democratic politician in Northern California.
We need once against to change what it means to be a Democratic poltician. Triangulation and capitulation to war and greed are not good enough. Let's make Dellums' run a good omen. And get behind him. Being an executive, the mayor of Oakland, is a tough job.