Past News and Event ReportsArchive of Bay Area happenings...
February 1, 2008 • Micheal R.California SEIU has switched their endorsement from Edwards to Obama. SEIU has 650,000 members. Read more in today's San Jose Mercury News.
January 27, 2008 • Jenna V.Today the San Francisco Chronicle endorsed Obama for President!
January 20, 2008 • Lisa B."Obama... delivering direct, pointed messages in a thoughtful, nonabrasive manner." Read more in today's San Francisco Chronicle article by John Diaz.
January 19, 2008 • DantePrecincts all over California will be hosting house parties on Sunday, January 20, 2008, at 3 pm. Come and meet your fellow Obama supporters.
January 18, 2008 • Mary T.We have a new local Obama headquarters for the 12th Congressional District area. Please visit us at 435 Grand Avenue, Suite A, in South San Francisco. Our phone number is 650-583-8464, and we are generally here from 11am until 9pm weekdays and 10am until 6 or 7pm weekends.
January 15, 2008 • R. N. C.The official opening of the San Jose Obama campaign office went WONDERFULLY! Many people/volunteers showed up to see the new office, and after 1pm we were all instructed to go outside on the street, where we met the press and listened to brief, enthusiastic speeches by local politicians and activists. Congressperson Zoe Lofgren officially endorsed Barack's campaign, and focused on both the women's vote and the youth vote.
January 11, 2008 • Jeff K.Saturday tabling at The Ferry Building is huge. Help staff a table during the Farmers' Market. Hand out literature, sell T-shirts and bumper stickers, generally create visibility and enthusiasm. January 12th | January 19th | January 26th
December 30, 2007 • Dem P.The new Silicon Valley for Obama Field Office is open in Palo Alto. Check out CA14ForObama.com
September 10, 2007 • Pamela C.Those who attended Friday's Women for Obama event in San Francisco got to see Obama's finest speech yet. His money quote: "When it comes to what is wrong with America, the American people are not the problem. They are the answer." More: Daily Kos blog and CBS 5 video
August 28, 2007 • Jorgio C.The Northern California road trip on August 23-25 to Reno, Nevada was great! We canvassed, phone banked, and partied for Obama. Sign up to join our next trip for September 27-29! Check out: Reno Photos
August 9, 2007 • April V.An article from the local magazine Inside the Bay provides good insight into Obama's foreign policy positions. Check out: Maybe Obama makes some sense
August 8, 2007 • Bob P.There's an extremely good local article in SF Gate about "Obama's unconventional approach to politics and policy." Check out Obama: Part hawk, part dove.
August 6, 2007 • Mary T.Obama San Mateo earned over $400 in just four hours at our first garage sale August 4th! More: Successful garage sale, Next Event
July 15, 2007 • Dem P.Last Friday's issue of the New York Times contains a great story about Obama's success in on-line fundraising. The article highlights the fundraising efforts of our local Bay Area resident Camille, who is quoted referring to Obama saying, "I was so inspired by this guy". And we're inspired by Camille!
July 9, 2007 • Mark B.This past Saturday afternoon members of Obama San Mateo gathered to see the recently released Michael Moore movie "Sicko". It was a wonderful event for the group. Several members arrived a little early to pass out Barack Obama's health plan. Read More...
July 4, 2007 • Ken O.We marched in the Orinda 4th of July Parade with the Lamorinda Democratic club. We handed out well over 500 Obama stickers. It was amazing how many people were in "our" camp. Even for those that were undecided, I just said, "Can't you just be an Obama supporter for one day?" They then took the sticker and wore it proudly.
June 27, 2007 • Nick S.Last weekend, Ken, Steven, Ashley and I did outreach to the LGBT community at San Francisco's Pride Parade. We handed out almost 4,000 Obama '08 stickers and hundreds of position papers!
June 25, 2007 • Mary T.At our Obama San Mateo County meeting on Tuesday, Heidi reported that tabling events are happening weekly, sometimes at two different sites. Mary and Brad reported that we knocked on 533 doors during Walk for Change and had a good response from people. To accommodate the growth of the group and help distribute the workload, we also held elections for nine officers. Congratulations to the new officer holders.
June 13, 2007 • Dem P.A crowd of almost 1,000 people turned Saturday's event at Ruby Skye in San Francisco with Obama into a major success. See the San Jose Mercury News article: Obama inspires crowd with excitement, hope
June 11, 2007 • Brad L.Colin Powell advising our candidate? I know it is too early to speculate about who is endorsing whom, but it certainly makes for good press! Please check out: Powell Advises Obama on Foreign Policy
June 10, 2007 • Pat D.Obama volunteers all over the East Bay yesterday participated in a dozen Walk for Change events with one of the Oakland walks attracting over 100 volunteers. We went door to door talking with neighbors about Obama, handing out literature, and signing up more volunteers.
June 6, 2007 • Brad L.Obama San Mateo County held its most recent meeting last Monday at El Sinoalese restaurant. It was our best attended meeting ever! Must be something about combining food, drink, and politics. We are ready to do our bit for the national canvass this Saturday, June 9. We'll meet at the Martin Luther King Center at 9 am. Breakfast food provided.
May 31, 2007 • ChuckGreat web site, I found the resource guide helpful. We have added you to our links page (www.sonomacountyforobama.com). Go Obama.
May 20, 2007 • Wayee C.Today, Obama supporters in San Francisco led an 8 foot Obama float through a crowd of over 500,000 people in the annual Bay to Breakers race. We received tremendous support from the crowd -- the energy and momentum was amazing! We finished the race with flying colors, which is where Obama's campaign is headed.
If today's positive response is any indicator on how people in the Bay Area feel about our candidate, we are quite confident that Obama is going to take Northern California!
A special thanks to Spencer for his innovative idea for the float and his expert building skills!
May 19, 2007 • Josh U.The Equanimous Jazz Quartet played some great music at the East Bay for Obama fundraiser event at the Periscope Cellars Winery. We enjoyed wine and cheese while bringing in new volunteer recruits and raising money for the campaign.
May 15, 2007 • Sumi P.The East Bay group is now running 7 weekly tabling locations!
May 13, 2007 • Dana S.Please join us Saturday, May 19 at 7pm for: Spring Obama Party/Fundraiser at the the Periscope Cellars Winery in Emeryville! An evening of music, wine and dancing with proceeds benefiting the Obama Presidential Campaign.
May 11, 2007 • Heidi M.We are on the national website in press releases.
May 10, 2007 • Nick S.California for Obama began on March 1 when we held our first meeting in downtown San Francisco in part of an ad agency offered up by one of our volunteers. Our group's mission was to create a cohesive and coordinated field operation, setting up tables in various neighborhoods to sell merchandise, register voters, and signup more volunteers. Since our beginning, our membership has grown to about 150 volunteers with a core active membership of about 30 volunteers. Sites like barackobama.com and bayareaforobama.com have been essential for helping our volunteers get organized and find like-minded volunteers who want to get involved, and get this campaign off the ground.
May 8, 2007 • Sumi P.Fifty Obama volunteers volunteered to work with residents to clean up East Oakland and Lake Merritt - in stunning Obama gear, of course. The outreach event enabled us to network with community leaders in Oakland including city councilwoman Desley Brooks and to let people see and hear that Obama is all about working with the people to improve their communities.
May 6, 2007 • Mark B.The weather was great on Saturday for our voter registration at Safeway in San Mateo. We handed out Obama buttons and signed up seven new volunteers for the campaign.
May 2, 2007 • Felice E.In Mission + Noe + Obama group's first month of existence, we've accomplished: 1 house party, 2 planning meetings, 16 different volunteers have tabled, 17 voters registered, 28 official members, and 60 people signed up while tabling.
April 26, 2007 • Brad L.Last Tuesday, April 24, there was a meeting in Oakland of representatives from the various Barack Obama grassroots organizations from around the Bay Area. Chris Young, the national campaign's Northern California representative, conducted the meeting. There was a fruitful exchange of ideas.
The national campaign views Sacramento as the model grassroots organization. So there is a lot to learm from them. There was a brief conference call with them during the meeting.
The theme of the meeting was unity. All groups should work together by exchanging information, lending a helping hand, avoiding duplication of effort, and giving each other moral support.
Our efforts this early in the campaign are already making an impact. We will be the margin of victory come February 5!
April 25, 2007 • Brad L.The Obama San Mateo County group is off and running to a great start in establishing a grass roots organization for Senator Barack Obama. We held our fourth meeting last Monday, March 23, with eighteen enthusiastic people in attendance.
We already have had successful voter registration visibility engagements in Redwood City and Burlingame. In two weeks, we will have selected sites in Pacifica, Daly City, South San Francisco, San Bruno, Millbrae, San Mateo, Belmont, San Carlos, and Half Moon Bay. Anyone want to help us out and set up sites in Menlo Park, and East Palo Alto?
Kudos are to be given to Lamont Phemister for being our data master and to Mary Kunitake and Heidi McClain for being our new Field Director and Deputy Field Director respectively. They will be handling the expansion of our visibility and recruitment efforts. Anyone have an itch to register voters, meet new Obama supporters, and get a sun tan at the same time? Please contact these two hard workers!
A grassroots organization takes many people possessing many diverse talents. Why? Because there are so many different things to do. House parties (invite your friends and neighbors to support Obama), media outreach (ever had the desire to interact with the newspapers and radio and TV stations?), campaign buttons and signs (where do you think all that stuff comes from?), big events (want to help organize a happening if you know our favorite candidate and other celebrities are coming to visit us?), and fundraising (hey, do you really think money grows on trees?) are all parts of any grassroots organization. Care to join us? There is plenty of opportunity to use your talents and skills.
If you want Barack Obama to become the 44th President of the United States, it will be supporters like you who will win the election and lead him to the White House.
Our next meeting will be help on Monday evening at 7:00 PM, on May 7, at 273 Amphlett in San Mateo. It is the frontage road on the west side of Highway 101 and is between Popular and Third Street turnoffs. Come join us! All we require is your enthusiasm!
April 24, 2007 • Dem P.Our donations are making a difference and showing that the Obama campaign can mobilize to win in November 2008. See: Obama raises $25 million
April 23, 2007 • Dem P.The initial version of the BayAreaForObama.com web site is up and running. See: Blog Entry
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