February 02, 2008

Project Vote Smart Bus Tour

One of the organizations that I've long been a fan of is Project Vote Smart. Founded by a bipartisan group of people who truly are bipartisan in the best sense of the word because what they are doing is to energize and promote real democracy. The charter of Project Vote Smart is to give voters the tools to make informed decisions on the candidates for whom they are voting. They research the records, actual votes (for incumbents), statements and positions of candidates, who backs them, and where they get their funds, and then provide this information for free to journalists and citizens seeking to understand the people asking for their vote. They maintain a phone bank (888-Vote-Smart) and a web-site (votesmart.org) which makes this information accessible for anyone who wants to find out more about a candidate's positions and how their rhetoric matches reality.

This year, they have extended their outreach via a bus tour through a number of states that will give voters a chance to learn more about their choices. This week, they are holding events in Bakersfield, Lamont and Arvind - located in the central valley of California. The following is an updated schedule for California stops:

Upcoming California Stops

February 2nd - Saturday - Santa Rosa City Hall, 100 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 11:00am- 4:00pmFebruary 4th - Monday

* Bakersfield College, Bakersfield, CA. In the stadium parking lot on the southeast corner of the campus. - 10:00am - 12:30pm
* Cal State University-Bakersfield, Between the Dore Theater and Dorothy Donahoe Building. Bakersfield, CA - 2:00pm - 6:00pm

February 5th - Tuesday

* Lamont, CA. - The David Head Recreational Center. 10300 San Diego St. Lamont, CA. 10:00am -12:00pm.
* Arvin High School, Arvin, CA. 900 Varsity Road, Arvin, CA. 1:00pm - 3:00pm

February 6th - Wednesday - Rossmoor- Walnut Creek, CA 1001 Golden Rain Rd. 94595, 10:00am - 3:00pm

February 7th - Thursday - Santa Barbara City College, West Campus Library, 10:00am - 3:00pm.

February 8th - Friday - Calabasas High School, 22855 Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas, CA 91302, 8:00am - 2:00pm

February 12th - Tuesday- Huntington Beach, CA

Golden West College, 15744 Golden West Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 9:00am- 11:30am

5 Points Shopping Center, 18598 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 1:00pm - 3:00pm

February 13th - Wednesday - University of California-San Diego, Library Walk 10:00am - 3:00pm

Presentations start on the hour and the half hour.

If you get a chance to see them while on tour, let me know what you thought.

Posted by Mary at February 2, 2008 12:24 PM | Elections | Technorati links |