Accountability and the Lack Thereof
This is the last part of my story — after running for York Township Supervisor with a slate of well-qualified first-time candidates, after getting a respectable 44% of the vote (compared to the candidate who got only 6% four years earlier) and almost doubling voter turnout in the township — I was punished and disowned…
When we first declared our candidacy for the York Township board, I don’t think the incumbents were concerned one bit — at the last election in 2017 Supervisor Valle earned 94% of the vote. We knocked on doors and attended every voter forum we could and held our own virtual “Coffee Chats” and created a…
Nimble and Effective: DuPage for Progress
Now for a subject near to my (broken) heart — DuPage for Progress. As you’ll recall, one of the initiatives that came out of LARJ: Lombard Allies for Racial Justice was a political action committee to recruit and support anti-racist candidates for local office. A number of LARJ members got involved as candidates and volunteers…
To Cut Off Your Nose to Spite Your Face
Let’s talk about Precinct Committeepersons! Per the The County of DuPage website, these are the rights and responsibilities of the PC: The grass roots and foundation of the political parties are its precinct committeepersons. They serve as the foot soldiers to the most fundamental political unit of government, the precinct. The precinct committeeperson helps shape…
Reasons Why (You Should Vote for Democrats)
Even some besties who already know my story have asked — what are you trying to accomplish? What do you want to have happen? And my answer is two-fold. I want to own my story and would love to get answers. What I hope to illustrate here is some of the fine work we did…
LARJ – How Things Got Going
Reading Facebook one day soon after George Floyd’s death, someone in a mom’s group suggested we do something. Me and five new friends in Lombard got together and started a new Facebook group called LARJ – Lombard Allies for Racial Justice. Our mission statement read: Lombard Allies for Racial Justice (LARJ) is based on the…
Just the facts!
In May 2020 I was just another miserable working parent dealing with the early months of Covid and lockdown. Then, the murder of George Floyd helped me (and a lot of other white people) realize what true misery was. I and a small group of other mostly white moms in our town started a Facebook…
What Went Wrong
I’m writing about my experience of going from a nobody to an activist and organizer to a first time candidate to when … things took a weird turn. Stay tuned for all the good stuff! In the meantime, please take a stroll down memory lane if you’d like. This blog has laid fallow for a…
Day 6 – I Still Love NY
When last we were convened, I wrote all about traveling to Maryland to meet my new sister IRL. Day Six of my big road trip saw us headed north to NYC, the whole reason young D had any interest in coming along with me. I lived and worked in and around New York City from…
So, Why Church? Why Now?
I’ve taken a new part-time position as Communications Administrator at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church! Why on earth?