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Jesse Kelly’s worst nightmare: Old hippies, brown people and college students who vote

These don't look like "dispirited" Democrats to me.

Old hippies, retirees, brown people, artists, musicians, college students, gays, lesbians, transvestites, and even people with multiple tattoos. At the Democratic Volunteer Party today, CD8 Republican challenger Jesse Kelly’s worst nightmare was on display– a diverse and multi-cultural Arizona.

CD8 Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords hosted the volunteer party which featured several local bands and between-band DJ services by Democratic candidates, including Giffords. (Hey, girlfriend, about that record collection…)

By any measure, the event was a rousing success. Invitations were distributed through facebook and to be “guarantee” entrance to the event, you had to sign up to volunteer. At the event they announced that 250 people had promised to volunteer for 3 hours each in these waning days of the midterm election season. Hundreds of Democrats filled the Hotel Congress patio to hear some of the best musicians in Arizona– headliner Sergio Mendoza y la Orkesta with Salvador Duran and guests Joey Burns and John Convertino of Calexico. They say one picture is worth, or here are some pictures from today.

Bikers for Giffords. 🙂

Joey Burns from Calexico with Sergio Mendoza on the keyboard and Salvador Duran (right).

Calexico's John and Joey.

28 comments on “Jesse Kelly’s worst nightmare: Old hippies, brown people and college students who vote

  1. Cruz
    October 24, 2010

    Pam I’m guessing you’re and OLD Hippie

  2. fraser007
    October 24, 2010

    They just wanted to see the entertainment. Hotel Congress draws the hippie  Fourth Ave crowd and the Downtown elite arts crowd.

    • leftfield
      October 25, 2010

      …the Downtown elite arts crowd.

      Ah, fraser; if you’re artistic or educated you are a member of “The Elite”?  Any other qualifications for membership?  I’m wondering…assuming you do not refer to yourself and like-minded people as “elite”, how do you refer to yourselves?  The “non-artistic and non-educated”?  The “We’re nothing specials”?  The “just plain folk”?   

      • recov_progressive
        October 25, 2010

        He probably defines himself as a citizen who is equal under the law with other citizens.

      • leftfield
        October 29, 2010

        He probably defines himself as a citizen who is equal under the law with other citizens.

        But, then are the “elite” not equal under the law?  I mean, he is defining himself in contrast to the “elite”, so what is the moniker for that?

      • fraser007
        October 25, 2010

        Leftfield:
        I am not an elite, just making reference to the statements of our illustrous City Council who refers to the artistic people who inhabit downtown.
        I dont want to refer to my background as it would tip people off as to who I really am. As I am sure you dont want to have people know who you are. But yes i am familiar with downtown and who lives there.

  3. armorypk
    October 24, 2010

    Cruz – ALL of us hippies are getting up in years. No such thing as a “new” hippie, so your feeble insult falls flat. Me – I’m PROUD to be an “Old Hippie”. Why? Because on every single major social and political issue, history has shown that we were RIGHT! Not only that, but unlike you and your brethren, we can SPELL. And we can THINK CRITICALLY.
    I’m guessing you’re a middle-aged NASCAR fan who prays for an Arpaio/Palin ticket in 2012 – itching to return mediocrity and ignorance to power.
     

    • Pamela Powers
      October 25, 2010

      I’m proud to call myself an old hippie, so I agree it was a feeble attempt at insult, armorypk. Personally, I much prefer the old hippie title to “baby boomer” because it encompasses more of who we are.

      • armorypk
        October 27, 2010

        Agreed! Bush and Cheney are also, by definition, “baby boomers”.

  4. NROCKER
    October 25, 2010

    NO WE ARE PEOPLE THAT GREW UP. NO SELF RESPECTING FREEK EVER CALLED THEMSELFS HIPPIES.

    • leftfield
      October 25, 2010

      NO SELF RESPECTING FREEK EVER CALLED THEMSELFS HIPPIES.

      True that – Hippie and Groovy were words used mostly in the media, although John Sebastian is forever remembered for his use of “Groovy” at Woodstock. 

      • Pamela Powers
        October 25, 2010

        Calling myself an “old hippie” is akin to gays and blacks owning not-nice labels that have been used to put them down. Yes, the stodgy media establishment used to sneer “hippies” and deride the “counterculture”, back in the 1960-70s. Nixon, in particular, didn’t like hippies because so many protested the war. But look what happened to the stodgy media establishment and Nixon. The old hippies have outlasted both of them, and there are a lot of us. And many are politically active– still.

    • tiponeill
      October 25, 2010

      NO SELF RESPECTING FREEK EVER CALLED THEMSELFS HIPPIES.
      I do, and I’m pretty “self-respecting”. I always considered it a compliment, although Nixon felt otherwise.

  5. Angel Piazza
    October 25, 2010

    I’m not for Giffords or Grijalva any longer.  They have failed us.

  6. cochisecitizen
    October 25, 2010

    I think you can sum it up as Jesse Kelly’s worst nightmare: Voters who actually think.
    I’m so looking forward to not seeing his smirky wild eyed face on the TV. And that hair is so yesterday. (Credit: Carly Fiorina)

    • Pamela Powers
      October 25, 2010

      A “so yesterday” hairdo goes along with his shtick. The Repugs want to take us back in time– before Social Security, before Medicare, before the minimum wage, before unions. Maybe he needs mutton chops, though, so he can better represent corporate robber barons.

  7. tiponeill
    October 25, 2010

    Somehow that doesn’t look like the teabagger crowd 🙂
    Unfortunately I have a feeling that a lot of them aren’t really from Gifford’s district, but from Grijalva’s – just like a lot of the teabaggers who showed up at Grijalva’s debate were probably from Gabby’s.
     

    • recov_progressive
      October 25, 2010

      “Grijalva’s debate were probably from Gabby’s.”

      Any facts to back up your fantasy? Here’s one data point: I was there and I am in Grijalva’s former district.

    • Pamela Powers
      October 25, 2010

      Yup– no tea baggers. These people are not only ambulatory, they’re dancing. You can’t do that when you’re getting around on a Medicare-funded scooter.
       
      Midtown Tucson is in CD8. Yes, it is probably the bluest part of Gabby’s district, but there are plenty of old hippies, artists, same gender couples, blue collar workers, college students, single parents, and people of many colors in midtown.

      • Cruz
        October 25, 2010

        All were there for the free food & music – lefties looking a hand out.

      • tiponeill
        October 25, 2010

        All were there for the free food & music – lefties looking a hand out
        And the teabaggers were looking for deep fried and country music 🙂

      • Cruz
        October 26, 2010

        You got, knee slapping toe tapping, and by the way I like drak meat.

      • armorypk
        October 29, 2010

        “You got, knee slapping toe tapping, and by the way I like drak meat.”
        Congratulations! You’ve won this week’s Gibberish Award in the Indecipherable Nonsense category.
        Someone tell me – Is illiteracy a requirement for membership in the Tea Party? Is an intelligence quotient higher than 100 grounds for expulsion? When did “average” become a trait to be proud of, and “elitism” something to eschew?

  8. recov_progressive
    October 25, 2010

    “brown people ”

    Another race obsessed liberal.  Dude, the color of a person’s skin does not matter. What matters is the content of their charater. 

    • leftfield
      October 29, 2010

      The “See No Race” dissembling of the right wing is so transparently self-serving of their wish to maintain the status quo of power balance in this country that it fools no one.

  9. recov_progressive
    October 25, 2010

    “CD8 Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords hosted the volunteer party”

    Good thing those campaign donations are being put to a good use.

    • Dave Ewoldt
      October 28, 2010

      I dunno… I can’t think of a much better use of campaign funds than building community.

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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela Powers Hannley

I stand on the side of Love. I believe in kindness to all creatures on Earth and the inherent self-worth of all individuals--not just people who agree with me or look like me.

Widespread economic and social injustice prompted me to become a candidate for the Arizona House, representing Legislative District 9 in the 2016 election. My platform focuses on economic reforms to grow Arizona's economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, growlocal small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs. I also stand for equal rights, choice, and paycheck fairness for women. I am running as a progressive and running clean.

My day job is managing editor for the American Journal of Medicine, an academic medicine journal with a worldwide circulation. In addition, my husband and I co-direct Arizonans for a New Economy, Arizona's public banking initiative. I am a member of the national board of the Public Banking Institute, and I am co-chair of the Arizona Democratic Progressive Caucus, the largest caucus of the Arizona Democratic Party.

I am a published author, photographer, videographer, clay artist, mother, nana, and wife. I have a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio State University and a masters in public health from the University of Arizona. I grew up in Amherst, Ohio, but I have lived in Tucson, Arizona since 1981. I am a proud member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson and the Public Relations Society of America.

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