Don Butcher, one of the marchers, responded after the rally, "I was deeply moved today by the more than one hundred people showing up to demonstrate that a substantial population in our area demand that we move beyond the politics of militancy, cronyism, monotheism, etc., to an America of vision, wisdom, equality and inclusivity."
As the Cheney meeting ended, many attendees leaving the Convention Center walked across the parking lot to join the Kerry supporters lining the street. The gathering reflected the diversity of Eastern Oregon -- retired folks, young people in dredlocks beating drums, Native Americans in tribal regalia, veterans, working people, professional people, young mothers and their children, and high school students.
Mr. Talley has lent his store, Local Harvest Natural Foods in downtown Pendleton, as a Democratic Party information center until the election. The store is distributing bumper stickers, buttons, yard signs, and other campaign materials -- and acts as an information source for local meetings and campaign activities.
Some events coming up are: Baraq Obama House Party, Thursday September 9 @ 7:30 p.m., location TBA; Umatilla County Democratic Party Central Committee meeting, Wednesday, September 8 @ 6:30 p.m. at the Pendleton City Hall Jury Room; canvassing & voter registration activities are ongoing. For more information, call (541) 966-4168 or contact Ben Talley at email@example.com.