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Monday, October 20, 2008

Women for Obama Newsletter: Three Weeks and Counting

The Democratic Party
Women for Obama
  Wednesday, October 15th, 2008 Campaign Update  
Watch Michelle's speech

Watch the video of Michelle Obama at the Women's Leadership Forum/Women for Obama National Issues Conference.


Barack's Economic Rescue Plan for the Middle Class

On Monday, Barack announced an economic rescue plan to help middle-class families and communities, provide relief to homeowners and small businesses, and create new jobs.

Watch the speech and share it with your friends.

The comprehensive, four-part plan deals with the immediate crisis, and builds on proposals Barack has previously announced:

"We can't wait to help workers and families and communities who are struggling right now -- who don't know if their job or their retirement will be there tomorrow; who don't know if next week's paycheck will cover this month's bills. We need to pass an economic rescue plan for the middle class and we need to do it now."

Read more about the announcement and Barack's plan.


Women Voters in Missouri

On Friday, Bloomberg reported that as the economy continues to sour, women voters in Missouri are beginning to break towards Barack Obama. The article, "Obama Makes Inroads Among White Working Class Women in Missouri," quoted several Missouri women -- previously undecided -- who are now supporting Obama because of their deep concerns about how the faltering economy is affecting their families.

The report is not remarkable considering the stark differences between the candidates on issues like health care, jobs, equal pay, and other bread-and-butter issues that are foremost in women voters' minds. This is not a surprise. Women are more at risk with an economic downturn; they are more likely to be paid minimum wage, to not have health care, and to be "last in, first out" in the workplace.

Read the rest of the memo.


Women's Weekend of Action: On the Road with Rep. Susan Davis and Rep. Betty McCollum

The Campaign for Change's Women's Weekend of Action got started yesterday with phone banks and canvasses around Wisconsin. Thousands of supporters and volunteers helped spread the message by making phone calls, knocking on doors and having conversations with their neighbors about the issues that matter to them.

This weekend they had some help from a trio of extraordinary women who came to Wisconsin to share their stories and talk about women's issues. Reps. Susan Davis of California and Betty McCollum of Minnesota were joined by Sarah Weddington, the lawyer who successfully argued Roe v. Wade before the Supreme Court.

Read about more about their event at UW-Parkside.

The women continued on to a Women's Issues Forum at Beloit College. Read about the Issues Forum here.

Barack Canvasses in Ohio

This weekend, Barack took some time to personally knock on doors in Holland, Ohio.

Take a look at some photos from the day.


Our Many Hats

By Michelle Obama
October 14th, 2008

A few days ago, thousands of women from all across the country came to Chicago for a national conference on the major questions and concerns facing women today. For two days, they discussed many important issues facing our nation... from health care to energy to diplomacy and peace... led by women who are experts in those fields. And so many fantastic people gave speeches -- including the men we are rooting for to be our next president and vice-president, Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

The conference was terrific -- productive, powerful, and filled with a sense of shared purpose. I was just blown away by the energy and the excitement from the crowd."

Read the rest of Michelle's blog post.


Early Vote has Started in Many States -- Find Out if You Can Vote Today!

Early Vote and/or Vote by Mail have begun in 20 states: Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Visit VoteForChange.com to find out if you can vote early or vote by mail. You can also register, find your polling locations, and request absentee ballots.

This Week: Call Voters in Battleground States

The Neighbor to Neighbor calling tool lets you tap into the power of this grassroots movement right from your home.

Neighbor to Neighbor enables you to talk to other people about Barack Obama and his vision for the future of our country. You can call potential supporters in your state, or in a crucial battleground state. In some states, you can even do women-to-women calling!

You can also Drive for Change. Travel to a key battleground state!

You can make a difference in a state where the election is neck-and-neck and put us over the top on Election Day. Visit our Drive for Change page today to find out more.


Don't Forget to Watch the Final Presidential Debate Tonight  

Tune in to any major network tonight at 9:00 p.m. Eastern to watch the final presidential debate, which will focus on the economy and domestic policy.

It'll be the last time before Election Day to come together with your friends, family, and fellow supporters. Make sure everyone you know tunes in tonight to see the last debate of this historic election.

Host or attend a Debate Watch Party in your community.


What are Battleground State Voters Hearing?

See recent campaign ads airing in battleground states and dealing with the pressing issues facing American families:

Health Care

The Foreclosure Crisis


Jim and Sarah Brady, Brady Campaign Endorse Barack Obama And Joe Biden

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Sarah and Jim Brady and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, with its network of Million Mom March Chapters, endorsed Senator Barack Obama for President and Senator Joseph Biden for Vice President today, and urged Americans to vote for them.

Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign, issued the following statement on behalf of the organization and the Bradys:

"Senators Barack Obama and Joseph Biden know that we make it too easy for dangerous people to get dangerous weapons in this country. They know that our weak gun laws have too many loopholes, which lead to over 30,000 deaths and 70,000 injuries from guns every year.

"Senators Obama and Biden know that we can reduce those deaths and injuries from guns by strengthening our Brady background check system, getting military-style assault weapons off our streets, and giving law enforcement more tools to stop the trafficking of illegal guns."

Read the rest of the endorsement.


  • Forward this email to your friends, family, and neighbors. Let everyone know how this campaign is affecting women and what they can do to help elect Barack Obama in the final weeks before Election Day.
  • If you live in a non-battleground, travel to a battleground state. You can make a key difference where Barack needs you most. Visit our Drive for Change site where you can get travel details, sign up to volunteer, and find organized trips from your area.
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  • Join our Women for Obama MyBO group today.
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