We’re at 237,000 signatures (!) on our way to 330,000, and to help us power through this month the staff is creating the October Signature Challenge: turn in 100+ signatures to qualify for great prizes including a family pass to the Woodland Park Zoo, a year of free bread from Essential Baking, dinner with Executive Committee members of your choice at a restaurant of your choice, and a fabulous Lopez Island weekend getaway valued at $1,000!
We’re still counting everything up (so we’ll update the 250 Club next week), but it looks like September is turning up fabulous fives and spectacular sevens: we gathered about 57,000 signatures and we raised about $75,000. Keep that up and pretty soon we’ll be done (!) so check the signature-gathering calendars (in particular here’s Seattle RSVP and Bellevue RSVP forms), share our signature-gathering job postings with students and others who need a bit of cash, connect with us on Facebook and Twitter, volunteer to make phone calls from your home or help out around the campaign office or do data entry from home, help with your local chapter, etc. And stay tuned for more next week about the game plan for the final weeks of the campaign!
Dear Greg: Last week I subtly encouraged you to turn in the signatures you had been collecting over the summer, and this week we got 80 signatures from you in the mail. Way to go Greg!! Here’s hoping you get to 100 and beyond, and everybody else please be like Greg and save us thousands of dollars by not hoarding your signatures. Thank you… and as noted last time if you’re also able to make a financial contribution to the campaign then please consider making a donation! With love and gratitude, Yoram and the Executive Committee.
We’ve got more national media attention with “Will Washington be the first US state to have a carbon tax?” by Kurt Cobb in the Christian Science Monitor blog… plus we got phone calls from two major national media outlets asking about the campaign. (More details soon I hope!) Also check out the NYT‘s “Microsoft Leads Movement to Offset Emissions With Internal Carbon Tax” and to answer your question: Yes we’re reaching out to them! We’re also reaching out to the North Carolina businessman who’s spending tens of millions of dollars to push conservatives on climate action as discussed in “Many Conservative Republicans Believe Climate Change Is a Real Threat”. This article references a fine survey he commissioned that “found that 54 percent of conservative Republicans would support a carbon tax if the money were rebated”. (That’s not too far off from other polling we’ve discussed that shows that we have a solid shot at winning this at the ballot!) And for some anecdotal evidence of increasing openness to carbon taxes from the right side of the political spectrum here’s a quote from the governor of Utah (Utah!): “A carbon tax certainly has been talked about; I don’t know if I’m quite with a carbon tax yet, but I certainly think it can be reviewed.” Finally, there was of course lots of news about the Pope’s visit and his climate activism. (To quote my father, from whom I apparently get my comedy genes: “He is not a scientist, but apparently he has many followers.”)
With the weather turning colder and summer events over it’s time to take tips from folks like Margaret Friedman, who recommends “rush hour at popular bus stops because people are there waiting, and they are a pre-selected group who would probably be the biggest beneficiaries of 732”, and Amity Kramer, who says that “now that school has started up I raid the playground at pick up time! As soon as the bell rings or a little before is the best time. Parents have no place to go…” Finally, Omie Kerr writes that she “was nervous about pledging 20 signatures, but I am now on track to reach 500” (!). She adds: “I have become impervious to rejection. If someone might be lying about whether he is a Washington State resident or has already signed the petition, I’ve learned that we both have — at that moment — the same goal: for me to move on to more fertile ground. I have developed good arguments for people who tell me they don’t sign petitions on principle or that we can never change this — almost nobody with those arguments signs that day, but I’ll bet some of them do later. More and more often, people tell me that they’ve talked to one of my colleagues and are now ready to sign, so the overall campaign is working. People are rarely really rude, and I can pretty much write them off without obsessing about them… I do my signature collecting on the ferry, and people aren’t often in much of a hurry, and for me, the genuine conversation is what makes the process fun and worthwhile.” (And PS doctor’s appointments are also fine opportunities for signature-gathering and genuine conversation. Taking a cue from Dennis Carlton‘s heartwarming tale from the summer I got up the nerve to ask my proctologist this morning; he was a bit of a hard sell but—to twist around the usual joke–I got him in the end!)
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