A friend of ours, Laura Richardson in California, just won an open Congressional seat -- with 8 percent of the vote. EIGHT PERCENT! I don't know -- I LOVE to vote. I love the bake sales, the elderly people working the polls, the paper ballot, the dilapidated cloth booths. It's sweet and timeless.
On the other hand: people do vote for some things. On cell phones they vote for American Idols, in magazines they vote for their favorite celebrity, and on reality television shows like Survivor, they vote for the best bug eater.
So maybe they feel like their votes COUNT in those contests. And maybe (maybe?) they don't feel like the regular elections are talking about the things that really matter.
So -- Ploughshares came up with this idea: hold a Peace Primary, and encourage folks to vote for peace. More specifically -- their favorite peace ideas/organizations. Because people are working for peace and security, every day. And they need your support.
(WE need your support. WAND operates on a shoestring and some tape. You should see our office. Seriously. Not that I'm complaining. I love working here, but if those shelves above my head ever fall down, I'm a goner: books and videotapes smack on my head. Just to give you the idea...)
Anyway, go ahead! vote for us!
Here's the catch: It costs ten bucks to vote. But all the money goes to WAND.
And here's the payoff: The group that garners the most votes will get a grant of $100,000.
Thank you, dear reader.