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Thursday, December 11, 2003


Gear for Dean

posted by Editor at Thursday, December 11, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
I'm not sure if this has been plugged here or not yet, but as long as I was doing so on Grassroots for Dean, I thought I'd put it up here to:

This certainly sounds interesting. Remember all the "Bikers for Bob" on their way to the GOP convention in 1996? It's kinda like that without all the fat old guys on Gold Wings with pleather jackets. Think Dick Armey but cooler.
Basically, it is a bike ride from New York City to the Democratic Convention in Boston- a sort of rally on wheels if you will. Concept is to get as many Dean Supporters as possible to ride from New York to Boston the Sunday before the convention officially begins. We have this image of thousands of people of varying ages and abilities cycling with I SWEAT
DEAN t-shirts cresting a hill on the way into Boston. Can you imagine the publicity?

The ride is divided into three legs (NYC-New Haven, New Haven-Providence, Providence - Boston), from Friday July 23rd to July 25th. You can choose to ride whichever days you like.) Right now we are just trying to get the word out and see if there is a enough of a ground swell to move this project forward.


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