Through the Mail

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This entry was originally posted May 15, 2009 as part of the website “Slouching Towards Anaheim.”

“Discourse is fleeting, but junk mail is forever.” -Joe Bob Briggs

One of the best parts of being a deputy is the mail. I love getting mail.

The mailing and email addresses of deputies is at least semi-public knowledge, which makes sense when you think of us like senators. How could you write your local congressman if you didn’t know the address?

Recently I received a “Voices of Witness: Africa” 30 minute DVD and companion study guide which deals with GLBT peoples in Africa. Before that a letter outlining the 2009 platform for “The Consolation,” and seemingly large organization of smaller groups interested in peace and justice. And let’s not forget the endless stream from the Pension Fund.

The fact is, whether I agree with what’s coming to me or not, there’s a lot of information to be had. Money, dedication, and numbers are the best things to have on your side when trying to change people’s minds, and just looking at most of these mailings you can tell who has how much of each. It’s a small thing for sure, but it’s a nice prep for General Convention. The same people who fill my mailbox will be handing me fliers, and then they’ll be asking for my vote.


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