MLK Day of Service

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

[rhondawinter / Flickr] The homemade sign above inspired volunteers at a neighborhood work party in the Bayview District of San Francisco -- photographed by rhondawinter. Since the election, Obama has been trying to figure out how to transform the volunteerism that propelled his campaign into national service to "rebuild America." And, as ...

Message for Obama: Ready to Serve

Posted by Katherine | Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

[This post is part of a Message for Obama series.] There's a strong thread of volunteerism running through the Message for Obama photographs. Some Americans, possibly inspired by working in Obama's citizen corps during the campaign, are actively ready to serve their country. They want Barack to ask a lot of ...

The Sound of Election Night

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, November 6th, 2008

The still photos of election night have a magic of their own, but adding a layer of sound fills in the picture, so to speak. Here's a rash of videos that document the whooping and honking across the country. They're mostly bumpy, out of focus, on the fly -- but ...

They Took to the Streets

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Grant Park in Chicago, the official site of Obama's victory rally, hosted an enormous crowd, but Obama supporters also took to the streets spontaneously all across the country. Thirty-one-year-old Steve Goldenberg admits that he's "completely addicted to taking pictures." He lives in DC and was out last night mingling with the ...

Campaign Street Team Takes a Lunch Break

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Dan 10things spotted these Obama volunteers taking a lunch break earlier today in Seattle. With their sign. [dan10things / Flickr] Polls in Washington state will be open for another couple of hours.

Register to Vote!

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

If you haven't already registered to vote, you're running out of time. But this voter-registration clown-fairy is here to help. Robert F. W. Whitlock, the photographer, spotted her at at an arts festival in Olympia, Washington. He likes to "bear witness" to the events and movements he sees around him. ...

Watching the VP Debate

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Since the vice-presidential debate was so widely watched, it seems worth noting how a few of the roughly 70 million viewers did it. Gary Ku lives in New Haven, likes avocados, and made a poster for a VP-debate party at his friend Jerome's. His graphic suggests he was handicapping the debate ...

Veteran Protests McCain

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, September 6th, 2008

Brian Glanz from Seattle captured this screenshot during McCain's convention speech. Brian says under the photo that he feels NBC and CNN did an inadequate job of reporting the protests in their written accounts of the speech. (Thanks, Sue Salinger.) [brian.glanz / Flickr] If you'd like to do your own fact checking ...

Veteran Sees Profits in Iraq

Posted by Katherine | Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Acumensch from Tacoma, Washington, filmed Seth Manzel, an Iraq veteran, talking about the enormous profits he believes some companies are making on the war. (Thanks, Sarolta Cump.) Seth is a member of the Seattle chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War. Not too hard to guess what some of the ...

Torture

Posted by Katherine | Friday, May 23rd, 2008

If you type "torture" plus "election" into Google News today, nothing much comes up. "Interrogation" plus "election" doesn't yield much either. This is puzzling, since America's interrogation tactics arguably affect its reputation profoundly. You'd think this might be more of an issue on the campaign trail. Torture/interrogation plain and simple, though ...

Science Debate 08?

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, May 8th, 2008

See the periodic table? [Mike Mertz / Flickr] A group of scientists, educators, and business leaders is calling for Science Debate 2008, and thousands of people have signed on in support. The goal here is to convince the 08 candidates to debate big scientific issues -- issues that affect America's national ...

Youth Vote

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, May 1st, 2008

[christopherl / Flickr] The November voter-turnout rate for the under-30 crowd promises to approach the heights of the early 70s and the 1992 spike. The youth vote also continues its recent trend of tilting Democratic. So how do engaged young voters think about Campaign 08? One "20ish year old" in Seattle, WA, ...

Richardson Was No Dean Online

Posted by Katherine | Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Connecting the old-fashioned way [Jay Tamboli / Flickr] Emmett O'Connell lives and blogs -- largely about politics -- in Olympia, WA. He was enthusiastically involved online in the Dean campaign in 2004; this time around, he helped set up a community site for Bill Richardson long before Richardson even declared his ...

Fake Homemade Signs

Posted by Katherine | Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Washington-state blogger Joshua Longbrake writes about his experience at an overcrowded, spirited Obama rally in Seattle earlier this month. He has this gem of an observation: It was really fascinating to see the Obama campaign team pass out two types of signs: the first set of signs were professionally made [...] ...