The last time I went to a rally in DC was May, 2000, with my sisters and families, for the Million Mom March. This time it was just my husband and I, and I was hoping to meet some fellow liberals by meeting up with the DailyKos group.
We searched our closets for something orange, but didn't find anything except my husband's Orioles hat. I went to the local thrift store and didn't find anything suitable. I considered dyeing some old white teeshirts orange. The local Harris Teeter sells Rit dye in every color of the rainbow, but not orange. I found a box of dye marked "tangerine" at AC Moore, and was about to start loading the washing machine, but my son had managed to scrounge up some orange tee shirts, so I aborted the Maytag.
I'd signed up on the One Nation website to pick someone up at the Dulles Airport, so we picked up Joe at 10am. Joe is a young man from Oakland, and it was great to meet someone enthusiastic enough to fly in from California for this cause. We took the Orange line in from Vienna, VA. There were a lot of people wearing tee shirts with "One Nation" and holding signs. One large group had tee shirts that said "One Nation, Oct. 2, 2010: Texas". As I watched them struggling to figure out the Metro ticket machines (as we were) I felt like hugging them for coming.
I've been reading and occasionally writing diaries on Daily Kos for several years, but I haven't had any real contact with other people. Diaries don't seem conducive to real conversation. It seems difficult to connect with real human beings.
I don't know if you've been following the news about repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell, but the vote is close, and Senator Webb is one of the few Democrats that is saying he is going to vote with the Republicans against the Def Auth Bill because of DADT. I called his office this morning to let him know I want to see DADT repealed. If you live in Virginia, and are interested in allowing gays to serve openly in the armed forces, please give him a call and pass this information on to anyone you know who might be supportive of gay rights.
Contact information is below.
Virginia is only occasionally blue. Senator Jim Webb won by a fluke because of George Allen's maccaca moment, but then the next year, republican Bob McDonnell overwhelmingly defeated Craig Deeds. In the House of Representatives, Democrats hold 6 seats, Republicans hold 5. Obama won in 2008, but in the prior 10 presidential, a republican won.