I'm thrilled to be writing about Darcy Burner because Darcy is a fighter for many of the issues I think are most important. And she's my kind of fighter. She doesn't give up and she walks the walk. She's been with us on the war in Iraq, the war in Afghanistan, the war on workers, the war on voters, the war on women. Darcy is a sister for social and economic democracy.
But there is one issue that for me is the most important and that is the fight for a livable planet and the fight for our future. This is the most important issue of our lifetimes and we need someone with Darcy's values in congress. This is crucial because if all goes as well as it should in the next election Darcy will be in congress where she can use her new power to fight for a climate change and energy bill which will surely be a priority in the next congress.
Here in Darcy's own words is her position on climate change.
Date: Oct. 17, 2006
My position on global warming
With Dave Reichert's recent equivocation on global warming, I think this is a good time to make it absolutely clear where I stand on this important issue.
We have a moral obligation to leave our children, and those yet unborn, a world as vibrant and full of life as the one we were privileged to inherit. The fundamental problem presented by global warming is that it threatens to diminish the capacity of our planet to support the diversity and abundance of life we take for granted. This is a threat to our economy, our security, and the American dream.
"Global warming" is an innocuous-sounding name for what is really a very serious threat. Rising global temperatures mean far more than just shorter winters and longer summers. They herald changing precipitation patterns with potentially devastating consequences for the availability of drinking water, including here in the Northwest where we rely on melting snow to sustain us through the summer. They portend reduced fertility of the soils we depend upon to grow our crops and feed more than 6 billion people on our planet. They mean rising sea levels, which may ultimately threaten coastal cities and real estate. They mean more frequent, powerful, and destructive storms with devastating consequences, as we saw after Hurricane Katrina. They mean increased ranges and incidence of "vector-borne" diseases like west-nile virus, a disease that is showing up with increasing frequency, even in the Northwest. In short, rising temperatures threaten the climate stability that has nourished and sustained human civilization for over 10,000 years.
I believe the scientific debate on global warming is over. The overwhelming majority of the world's scientific community has determined that global warming is real, it poses a significant risk to civilization, and it is caused primarily by greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels for energy. This view is supported by the national science academies of all of the G8 countries - including the United States - as well as those of China, India, and Brazil. For the sake of ourselves and future generations, we must make an immediate and lasting commitment to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions.
Global warming is one of the greatest long-term, global challenges we have ever faced. Addressing it is going to require a sustained commitment across all sectors of our society: private enterprise, non-profit advocacy, and government. If elected, I pledge that I will bring that commitment to the US Congress, where I will be a strong advocate for harnessing sound science and the power of American innovation to address this challenge.This was written in 2006. Was Darcy ahead of the curve or what? We need her commitment to our shared values in congress!
In order to run in the November election Darcy has to win the August 7th primary for Washington's 1st district. She needs our help and money to do this. Darcy has made the kind of enemies you want to have when she began work on a smartphone app which will make it easier for us to vote with our money and to recognize products that benefit our adversaries such as the Koch Brothers. So you know she's not getting any money from them or their buddies and that's a good thing.
So our own dear Sara R has thought of a way that we can not only contribute to Darcy's campaign but by contributing we enter to win a gorgeous handmade quilt made by Sara R. I have been ogling this quilt so maybe this will be my chance. Take a look at this magnificent quilt below! No sorry, pootie is not included.
The entire month of July will be a quilt fundraiser for Darcy Burner, candidate for Congress, WA-01. There will be a drawing for the quilt signed in Providence at NN12 the first week in August. Everyone can get one chance per day, each and every day in July by EITHER donating $10 or more to Darcy Burner's campaign through this Act Blue page OR by writing a 50-word-or-less essay on this topic: How can we bend the arc of history more towards justice for all?. If we deem your essay to be on topic, it will count for a chance. Send essays to winglionquilts AT gmail DOT com with "Darcy Burner" in the subject line. To recap, earn an equal chance once a day every day in July by either donating or sending a short essay (one or the other). That means everyone who began at the beginning can have as many as thirty-one equal chances in this drawing. The first week in August, I will find a neighborhood child to do the drawing and someone will become the new owner of the quilt.TexDem
Quilt stats: It will be about 66" square, sleeved for hanging. The fabric is cotton, the batting a fine wool. I am quilting it by hand. It will be finished by the end of July.
Here are the quilt signatories:
Abraham J. Bonowitz
CA Berkley WV
The Fat Lady Sings
Sandy on Signal
Nancy St. Germain
Andy the Cat
Bill in Portland Maine
Common Sense Mainer
Kate Coyne McCoy
Rep. David Cicilline
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse
Patrick St John
San Mateo DFA
Sen. Jeff Merkley
Maria Luz Torre
NW Terri D
N in Seattle
True Blue Majority
The left neck chick
I will match all recs with $.50 cents each.