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Sunday, October 05, 2003


Raise the 'Roots!

posted by annatopia at Sunday, October 05, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
I hope everyone's keeping their eyes on the Generation Dean blog this weekend. Gov Dean's been barnstorming through universities all over the country and rallying the next generation of grassroots activists. Thousands of students from all over the country have turned out to support him, and the stories and pictures over on the G-Blog are great. Also, here's a quick post from Thorin of the University of North Texas Generation Dean group:
Starting early on a Saturday morning, a rather sleepy group of Texan college students from the University of North Texas, University of Texas at Dallas and the University of Texas at Arlington climbed into vans and trekked north towards Norman. We made good time, [some of us that is. We lost one of our vans in a fender bender, but as soon as it happened, they encouraged us to go on. Luckily there were no injuries and they were with us in spirit as we arrived in Norman about 15 minutes before the rally was supposed to start]. We got there just in time as there were barely enough seats for us when we arrived. The OU Generation Dean group did an excellent job of getting everything ready. Our group was only fourteen people, but we were arguably the loudest fourteen in the house. Governor Dean's speech was excellent. His comments on foreign policy, the economy and education got huge roars. He seemed to notice a lot of rowdy Texans in the crowd who couldn't help but be the loudest. A lot of those were us UNT kids. The University of North Texas Students for Dean started just a couple of weeks ago and after some really hard work by the founders of the group, we now have an active organization of about 30 who came to the rally and over 100 people on our contact list of students interested in the Dean campaign. The OU rally was a great chance for us to further our experience in dealing with a national campaign. It also gave a great chance for us to bond with the great activists from UTA (UT-Arlington) and UTD (UT-Dallas) and it will be absolutely wonderful to coordinate with the other area colleges to win this area for Howard Dean. The Students came back energized and excited for the next week of campus activism. It sparked creative new ideas from new members as well as the original core group. This is the amazing thing about Generation Dean. Never has there been this kind of a buzz on the campus about a political candidate. We'll just keep working and working until we take over the entire campus for Howard Dean in 2004. We will win the Texas primary because of the kind of hard work and devotion that just these past couple of weeks have shown in these students. It's incredibly exciting to have the opportunity to help Governor Dean in his quest to restore this nation's moral purpose. We just can't wait for Governor Dean to get down to Dallas so we can show him what North Texas college students can really do!
-Thorin Wright, co-chairperson of the University of North Texas Students for Dean.

Later on I'll post the story from those of us who didn't make it. Needless to say, yesterday was quite an adventure.

crossposted at Annatopia & BlogForTexas

update: here are my impressions from working with my Generation Deaniacs over the weekend, and here is the picture essay and story of van number two. enjoy!


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