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Tuesday, June 10, 2003


Raising the Call

posted by Matt Singer at Tuesday, June 10, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
A message from HQ directly to you:

Greetings -

My name is Michael Whitney, and I am an intern with the Internet Team up here at Dean HQ in Burlington, Vermont.

As you know, the campaign is organizing a series of Declaration Celebrations on June 23 across the country in support of Governor Dean's candidacy declaration for President of the United States. While NYC is having its own rally, we're trying to bring students to Burlington for the main rally to showcase the tremendous support the student community is lending to Governor Dean.

I'm looking for a student (or several) from the NYC/Downstate and Boston areas interested in organizing about 45 students to take a bus to Burlington from Sunday, June 22 to Monday, June 23 for NYc and just 6/23 for Boston. If you know of any students in your area that would be interesting in being the Downstate or Boston organizer, please let me know as soon as possible. This is the perfect opportunity to show the media, the Democratic Party, and the nation that Howard Dean is our generation's candidate. We need as many students as possible to show their support by coming to Burlington. For more information about what's happening in Burlington that weekend, please visit
the front page of

If you or someone you know is interested in helping out with this project, please contact me at, or call the Burlington office at 802.651.3200, x141.

Thank you for your help.

- Michael Whitney


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