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Rally to Restore Sanity, Tucson version

Sitting on the patio of The Cup Cafe this morning in a post-student-teaching reward-yourself moment, I overheard a few suits talking about a local version of Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity to be held Saturday at Tucson’s Historic Hotel Congress. (The schedule for the national event, held in D.C., was reported today by the Christian Science Monitor if you’re wanting to grab a ticket still.)

My “former journalist” ears perked up and tilted themselves in the general direction of the aforementioned gentlemen while I tried to focus on the data set I was producing from the surveys from my student teaching. This is old news for those of you who have not been buried the requirements (aka “hazing”) of student teaching, but it was thrilling news to me! Tucson Progressive or Blog for Arizona both announced the local Rally to Restore Sanity a couple of weeks ago, as I discovered in looking for good links for this post, but in case you DON’T read those blogs, here are the basics for this Saturday’s local rally:

Oct. 30, 9 to noon, 311 E Congress St., big-screen TV with a live feed of the D.C. rally, food, drinks and a costume contest. (It is a famous allegedly haunted hotel and the day before Halloween – of COURSE there will be costumes.) Additionally, according to the flyer at the Hotel’s welcome desk, there will be “surprise guests.” The manager wouldn’t say exactly who the surprise guests would be, although he mentioned Rodney Glassman, “other local politicians,” and hinted a national figure or two might swing by.

I’m so excited about this because there’s no way I can get to D.C.  Let’s give kudos to Club Congress for being Tucson’s local host for polite discourse about the upcoming elections. I’m going to ride my bike down there (exercise is my key to restoring sanity) so I’ll look like I’m in a costume without having to think up one. It should be a lot of fun and I hope Tucsonans of all political stripes show up to demonstrate that we can have civil conversation once more. Lord knows we need it this political season.

If you’re reading this and have no idea what the Rally to Restore Sanity (or the simultaneous March to Keep Fear Alive) is about, here’s a snippet from the Rally’s official website:

Ours is a rally for the people who’ve been too busy to go to rallies, who actually have lives and families and jobs (or are looking for jobs) — not so much the Silent Majority as the Busy Majority. If we had to sum up the political view of our participants in a single sentence… we couldn’t. That’s sort of the point.



10 thoughts on “Rally to Restore Sanity, Tucson version

  1. Thank you for this cheerful reminder of the possibillity of civil conversation just at this moment when we are all sickened by the hateful noises of the candidates and their supporters.  If 10% of the money spent on campaigns were applied to solve some of our problems we all would be better off.  Better off, too, if the base themes of anger and fear were not so used to manipulate us.  Hopefully the rally will remind us of our better selves as we vote, if you will accept that thought from far off New England.

  2. It’s great to see additional coverage of the event.  As the Tucson rally coordinator, I am grateful to have Hotel Congress assist in making this event possible.  They’ve been great to work with! It’s going to be a fun time for everyone.  Please spread the word and invite your friends.  And check out our website for additional information!

  3. Also, on 10/30 from 12 to 3 p.m.:
    What: Shockingly Sane Solutions Rally
    When: Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010, Noon-3:00 p.m.
    Where: 2602 E. Grant Road

    Who: A growing community of local groups and political candidates

    Why: The Rally will be held locally while Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity and
    Stephen Colbert’s March to Keep Fear Alive occur in Washington, D.C. Our rally
    highlights Tucson organizations that are providing sane solutions to intensifying
    global challenges.

    A solar-powered sound system will broadcast the tunes of local musicians,
    a solar oven demonstration will be cooking food,
    & a Really Really Free Market

    will be held for anyone interested in participating. Local groups working on
    sustainable alternatives are invited to set up a canopy and table in the south lot for
    outreach & new member recruitment. Come join the fun as we show that Arizona
    has a lot more to offer than just Sheriff Joe’s pink panties, Governor Brewer’s
    intellectual beheading, SB 1070, a deficient educational system, & the other things
    the Comedy Central comedians find so funny.

    Contact: Mary DeCamp mdecamp@q.com (520) 408-4974

  4. The Shockingly Sane Solutions Rally today was wonderful – we had solar powered sound from local musicians & solar powered cooking for the burgers & dogs.  Representatives from Watershed Management Group, BICAS, Derechos de los Humanos, Code Pink, AZ4NORML, National Nurses United, Transition Pima, Salt of the Earth Labor College and local vendors mixed & mingled.  The Really Really Free Market was a hit with everyone, too.
    Tucson is a wonderful place to call home!   Go vote on Tuesday & come enjoy the All Souls Procession next Sunday.   Thank goodness for the rich cultural variety here in the Old Pueblo.  Exercise your opportunity to participate in remembering the past and in shaping the future – all in the same week!

    1. Sorry I missed your Shockingly Sane Solutions Rally Mary, but I missed the morning one too at the Hotel Congress.  Too much to do on one Fall day in Tucson…

  5. About the only pol we saw there was Steve Farley. Stayed almost 2 hours until the 2 goofs got up on the stage during Sheryl Crow’s performance on TV doing some sort of parody. Local talent couldn’t compete. Loved Jon Stewart’s closing monologue.

    1. I loved the performance of the muslim who called for the death of a writer that criticized Islam.  Go Sanity!

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