Most of us won’t get a normal Thanksgiving this year, but today I am thankful for DougJ.
We all know that every little bit helps, and we know that it all adds up, but holy shit – I never dreamed that our collective giving at BJ could add up to what it has.
The Four Directions people wondered what the heck Balloon Juice was and how we came to be giving to them, boosting their fundraising to “advance equality at the ballot box across Indian Country.” How did we get there? A series of tiny little acts.
MazeDancer talked about Four Directions in the comments during the primary. A couple of weeks ago, Kattails mentioned 4 groups banding together to try to raise 10,000 to set up a shuttle service to get Navajo voters to the polls, many of whom live 50 miles from a polling station, hoping to mobilize 38,000 voters. I forwarded the information to DougJ in case he had missed it. That group wasn’t set up in ActBlue, but Four Directions was one of the 4 groups, and they were in ActBlue, so DougJ put up the BJ thermometer.
I would like to think that a whole lot of people are getting to vote today who might not have been able to vote otherwise.
And that’s just one example. Every person who wrote a comment that said “my congressperson could use some help” or “this state senate candidate is really great, can we help her” – every person who did that made a difference.
From a series of small actions here at BJ, we created a wave. Maybe even our own tsunami.
Every person here who donated, or wrote a comment, or did some research, or worked for a campaign, or worked to get out the vote, or is working at the polls today, every bit of that time and money made a difference, and got us where we are today. We don’t know the outcome yet, but I like our prospects. I like our team, and I’m proud of who we are and what we’ve done.
It was DougJ who gave us this particular outlet for our desire to do something. Our money helped some people vote who couldn’t have otherwise. It gave candidates options. It put ads on the air, it put flyers in our mailboxes, and yes, sent annoying text messages to our phones. It gave people hope, including us.
For all of that, and more, thank you, Doug!