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Do you hunt in Goodwill and other thrift stores?

My son lives with a hunter who last week brought home bear meat. I live with a hunter who just brought back old clothes and shot glasses. One hunts in the forests and the other in Goodwill stores. One hunts as a hobby and the other as both a necessity and conviction I think.

A very good reason to haunt and hunt in thrift stores.
While in nearby Berkeley the Goodwill store is dominated by 20-something hipsters, out here in San Pablo all the other customers are middle-aged women. They are not making a fashion statement. They hunt where they can afford to.

Folks can be in a Goodwill store for any number of reasons. My nextdoor neighbor spent over 20 hours recently in a thrift store, but that was as part of community service. Another friend recently decided the best way to spend an afternoon's drunk was to wonder about aimlessly inside a Goodwill unti finally being escorted out.

I'm not a Goodwill addict. I never will be. I am protected from that sin by a deep-seated phobia of clothing stores of all types. I feel everytime I enter one I may not escape with my life. I know deadly ennui awaits me among the racks of shirts and pants. Antique stores represent no such fear for me as I can't afford to buy anything in them normally. I just drool with lust and feel envy for those who can afford to splatter handfuls of C notes over past centuries' leftovers. I feel the same way over private art collections (how about investing in upcoming artists rather than in collecting masterpieces?). However friendships and other relationships require of me to enter thrift stores on occasion...and when I do so I do so with trepidation for the ennui to come. I have neither the instinct nor patience for finding killer bargains.

How about you? Do you hunt in Goodwill and other thrift stores? Have you ever? For what reasons?

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Silicon Valley Kossacks Summer Meet-up


by remembrancefor Silicon Valley Kossacks

Last Sunday, Silicon Valley Kossacks had their first meet up right in the hub of Downtown San Jose, where plutocrats, technocrats, and college students gather over local brew. The patio of Gordon Biersch was the setting of our open air meeting that would give cause to our newly formed group and inspire us to reach out to voters about progressive candidates and policies.

[...] If you live in the 17th, 18th, or 19th district, please join Silicon Valley Kossacks. If you are not a Daily Kos user but would like to work with us, please make a user account and leave us a comment below. You can follow our group by clicking on the ♥ at the top of the page.

Silicon Valley Kossacks
L-R: Back Row: fiercefilms, Senor Unoball, esquimaux, madhause, navajo, Glen The Plumber, Lusty Front Row: Mrs. Senor Unoball, slowbutsure, norm, remembrance, TLO™

Please visit remembrance's diary for more information. You can still REC it. You can join Silicon Valley Kossacks by sending a Kosmail to Glen The Plumber.

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Four Corners Kossacks Welcome Entourage from New Mexico


by Thinking Fellafor Four Corners Kossacks

A last minute call went out to anyone interested in welcoming Land of Enchantment and jnhobbs to Durango. LucyTooners and Mr. LucyTooners rose to the occasion. A fantastic evening was reported to me by texts and lots of food pr0n as evidence.

Here's the group photo!

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L-R: Mr. LucyTooners, LucyTooners, Thinking Fella, Land of Enchantment & jnhobbs

You can join Four Corners Kossacks by sending a Kosmail to Thinking Fella.

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Los Angeles Meetup report, Google Groups
and what's next in Southern California


by susansfor Los Angeles Kossacks

More than 30 Kossacks from Southern California met in Los Angeles to strategize on organizing. California is going to be our first roll-out of organizing an entire state. navajo talked about the importance of having a group in each congressional district and how important it is for everyone in attendance to help by looking for potential members in the comments of each diary at Dkos. navajo also talked about using the latest tools available from HQ such as Chris Bower's Action Team's email list and Faith Gardner and Jen Hayden's facebook interface to send invites to potential members in So Cal to join in. navajo will coordinate this. Google groups for email list servs were recommended along with facebook pages set up for each district as an organizing strategy.

Meteor Blades, a precinct captain for more than two decades, reinforced the effectiveness of old-fashioned, low-budget, face-to-face, boots on the ground local organizing as a time honored way to make things happen.

Vyan spoke about how politics is personal and one has to take on that mantle to engage and influence others.





On face-to-face, people-focused organizing,
and helping in greater L.A. election campaigns


by benamery21for Los Angeles Kossacks

After attending the 8/9 L.A. Kossacks meetup in Los Angeles, I wish to extend my sincere thanks to navajo, Meteor Blades, Vyan, susans, Shockwave, and everyone else who played a part in making the meetup a success.  I am excited to be a small part of efforts to build Kossack groups in greater Los Angeles, and in all 435 congressional districts.

[...] If we vote, we win.  Sometimes asking is all it takes.  

[...] but don't forget there is also a lot of other electoral territory in SoCal where your help might mean the difference between a Democrat and a Republican.

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Please visit susans's diary for many MORE photos! Enjoy! You can still REC it. You can join Los Angeles Kossacks by sending a Kosmail to susans.

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August 9th Florida Kossack Meet-up


by mikejay611for North & Central Florida Kossacks






It Really was that big a deal ...Florida 2014 Meetup !!


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The Best Meetup in History of Mankind (pics)


by SemDemfor North & Central Florida Kossacks

65 Kossacks gathered at the home of Vetwife on August 9th to listen to four candidates in person and three other candidates skyped in. They each were allowed to speak for 10 minutes and then had five minutes to answer questions. Reverend Robert of NAACP AME Moral Mondays spoke along with veteran advocates, medical MJ leaders and an Occupier organizer. Gordon20024 deserves another Kossack Hero award for supplying ALL the food! Vetwife reports that several campaigns have been in touch with her for support since this meet-up.

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Please visit the diary links above for many MORE photos! Enjoy! You can still REC all those diaries. You can join North & Central Florida Kossacks by sending a Kosmail to Vetwife.

Also visit SemDem's diary for a great example of how to organize speakers and promote an event:

Final Diary (on this). Who's coming and when for Meetup tomorrow


by SemDemfor North & Central Florida Kossacks
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DKos Asheville: Mountain Moral Monday


by randalltfor DKos Asheville

Asheville's second Mountain Moral Monday protest was [Monday, August 4th] and it was inspiring to say the least. The Reverend Barber delivered a beauty of a speech that kept most people on their feet the whole time. Kossacks from far and wide met up for the event with a few of us meeting ahead of time and a few of us meeting at the rally.
Here's one photo:
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L-R: TexDem, Lamont Cranston, randallt, davehouck, new recruit

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More Than 40 Kossacks Get High in Phoenix


by Mother Magsfor Phoenix Kossacks and Baja Arizona Kossacks

Kossacks attended the meet-up from around the state, helped out by strong recruitment from Azazello and other Baja Arizona friends south of the Gila River.

[...] A week before the meet-up fewer than 20 people had registered, and we anticipated a big table where we could discuss specific races and issues in our communities. Then something happened, and the RSVPs more than doubled in a week. Thanks, Markos, for the recruitment tool!

navajo: "I had a great time attending this meet-up. I chatted with almost everyone individually and then spoke to the whole group about what Daily Kos can do for them in terms of organizing and helping their ranks grow. Not one person wanted to rehash the online dispute. Everyone wanted to move forward. What a great group! The evening was extremely enjoyable and I look forward to working with Arizona Kossacks on ACTION items in their state going forward."

Here's one photo:

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See Mother Mag's diary for individual headshots and usernames ~Photo Courtesy of Richard

Please visit Mother Mags diary for many MORE photos! Enjoy! You can still REC it.

You can join Phoenix Kossacks by sending a Kosmail to Mother Mags.
You can join Baja Arizona Kossacks by sending a Kosmail to Azazello.

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Event Organizers! Please contact wink from Netrootsradio.com by KosMail to schedule airtime with them to live broadcast the date of your Event. Wink & Justice will then promote it on The After Show radio program!

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Saturday, August 23rd

Seattle & Puget Sound Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Pyramid Alehouse, Brewery & Restaurant
1201 First Avenue South • Seattle

ORGANIZER: Send John Crapper a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. John Crapper
2. John Crapper SO
3. doingbusinessas
4. cinnamon68
5. bleedingblue
6. momomia
7. CaptainSnagger
8. Smrichmond
9. LarisaW
10. Eagle Keeper
11. Piren
12. Gemina13
Maybees:
mlharges
N in Seattle
Penny GC
EagleofFreedom
Toymaker
My Phylosophy
mrobinson
Sarge in Seattle
NWTerriD
Latest diary: Seattle & Puget Sound Kossacks "Dog Day Afternoon" Meet-up
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Saturday, August 23rd

VA/DC/MD Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 12:30 - 4:40 PM
LOCATION: Union Station
Food Court • Washington, DC

ORGANIZER: Send JamieG from Md a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. JamieG from Md
2. mollyd
3. Diana in NoVa
4. NinthElegy
5. mimi
6. STI
7. VeenaS1
8. JanetT in MD
9. webgenie
10. Edward Adams
11. Axmill
12. Laura Wnderer
13. Nolan
14. pademocrat
15. mdmslle
16. Deep Harm
17.  louisev
18. jhutson
19. a gilas girl
20. TRsCousin
Maybees:
BDA in VA
dadadata
Uncle Cosmo
Tamar                                    
stevenwag
JG in MD
TheOtherMaven
cobart
David Waldman
BillinLaurel and partner
RenaRF
restondem
VirginiaJeff
memofromturner
rb608
horse dave
patbahn
musiclady
Latest diary: Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC
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Sunday, August 24th

Portland Kossacks Meet-up to Stamp Big Money Out of Politics

ACTION planned: Join the Stampede of tens of thousands of Americans legally stamping messages on our Nation’s currency to #GetMoneyOut of Politics. As more and more stamped money spreads, so will the movement to amend the Constitution. The Koscadia Kossacks will be bringing Ben & Jerry's stamps to the event so bring your cash to help spread the message about reversing Citizen's United.

TIME: 12:30 PM
LOCATION: à la carts Food Pavilion
SE 50th and Division Street • Portland

ORGANIZER: Send Sara R a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. Sara R (2 stamps)
2. winglion
3. llbear
4. rexymeteorite (1 stamp)
5. James Allen
6. Damnit Janet
7. Wesley
8. loggersbrat
9. Angie in WA State (birthday girl!)
10. 6412093
11. ozsea1 (1 stamp)
Maybees:
watercarrier4diogenes
Danni
Latest diary: Koscadia Meet Up, Sunday, August 24 - Stamp Stampede!
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Sunday, August 24th

NYC Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: Noon
LOCATION:  Spitzer's Corner
101 Rivington Street (Ludlow) • NYC

ORGANIZER: Send kathny a kosmail to RSVP

RSVPs:
1. kathny
2. belinda ridgewood
3. rubyr
4. joanbrooker
5. mconvente
6. ericlewis0
7. No Exit
8. sidnora
9. gchaucer2
10. theRoaringGirl
11. thankgodforairamerica
12. Design the Future
13. Son of Broccoli
14. genethefiend
Maybees:
BaritoneWoman
jfdunphy
David Nir
Lysis
Yasuragi
mets102
Latest diary: REMINDER: NYC Meetup This Sunday August 24 at Spitzer's
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Saturday, August 30th

Houston Area Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Simply Pho
2929 Milam Street • Houston

ORGANIZER: Send Chrislove a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. Chrislove
2. nomandates
3. scott5js
4. Blood
5. cosette
6. doraphasia
7. TDDVandy
Maybees:
Mr. cosette
Mr. doraphasia
Mary
Alan
Latest diary: Houston Area Kossacks: Meet-Up Scheduled for Saturday, August 30
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Saturday, September 6th

New England Kossacks Potluck & BBQ

TIME: TBD
LOCATION: brillig & mik's home
Address given privately to RSVPs • north of Boston

ORGANIZER: Send nhox42 a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. nhox42
2. brillig
3. mik
4. Common Sense Mainer
5. Bill in Portland Maine
6. mayim
7. Jane in Maine
Maybees:
northerntier
Latest diary: C+J/NE Kossacks Meetup September 6th!
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Saturday, September 6th

Sacramento Kossacks Meet-up
Potluck with BYOB

Special Guest: Derek Cressman

TIME: 4:00 - 7:00 PM
LOCATION: Kestrel's home
Address given privately to RSVPs • Sacramento

ORGANIZER: Send cooper888 a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. tgypsy
2. cooper888
3. gotmooned
4. Kestrel
5. shigeru
6. TrevizOlga
7. paradise50
8. smileycreek
9. merelyfearless7
10. Sycotic1
11. side pocket
12. Mrs. side pocket
13. navajo
14. Meteor Blades
Maybees:
Laurel in CA
LinSea
Latest diary: Sacramento (area) Kossacks Meetup With Featured Guest!
Join the Sacramento Kossacks Google Group to receive invites for future events.
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Saturday, September 6th

Kansas Missouri Kossacks Picnic - Local Candidate Speaks
Meet at the Hays city park to enjoy a free hamburger/hotdog/watermelon feed. Jim Sherow along with other local candidates will be speaking.

TIME: NOON
LOCATION: Municipal Park
1st and Main • Hays, Kansas

ORGANIZER: Send tmservo433 a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. tmservo433
2. Skohays
3.
Maybees:
Latest diary: Major Kansas Events: Your Chance to Change a State
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Monday, September 8th

SFKossacks In-District Meeting with Senator Dianne Feinstein Re: Net Neutrality

TIME: 2:00 PM
LOCATION: San Francisco Office
One Post Street, Suite 2450 • San Francisco

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. navajo
2. kimoconnor
3. dharmasyd
4. linkage
5. EagleOfFreedom
Maybees:
Latest diary: [Waiting for linked diary]
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Saturday, September 13th

Pikes Peak Region Kossacks Inaugural Meet-up!

TIME: 6:30 PM
LOCATION: Panera Bread
7344 North Academy Boulevard (general address) or 7351 Atlas Walk Way (mall address) • Colorado Springs

ORGANIZER: Send thanatokephaloides a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. thanatokephaloides
2. tmservo433 (visiting from Kansas)
3. AmberChaos
Maybees:
Latest diary: Our First Meeting: An Announcement
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Sunday, September 21st

People's Climate March

TIME: Midday, TBD
LOCATION: Columbus Circle
Central Park West and 59th • New York City

Join hundreds of environmental and climate justice groups and tens of thousands of individuals on the streets of New York City on Sunday, September 21, 2014, for the People's Climate March. The march is being held two days before the UN Climate Summit, where political and corporate leaders are meeting prior to the December 2015 UNFCCC COP21 in Paris. It also precedes Climate Week NYC.

The links below provide information on transportation to New York, volunteer opportunities, events in New York, and other ways you can become involved in your local communities.

Getting There: Links to available buses, trains, ride boards and creative group transit ideas near you to get the NYC for September 21st
How to Get Involved
RSVP and volunteer/donation opportunities

Latest diary: UN Climate Summit: What To Expect and Why it Matters

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Saturday, October 4th

Dkos Asheville Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: The Bywater
796 Riverside Dr. • Asheville

ORGANIZER: Send randallt a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. randallt
2. davehouck
3. Joieau
4. Lamont Cranston
5. DawnN
6. SteelerGrrl
7. SteelerGuy
Maybees:
munchkin
Latest diary: [Waiting for linked diary]
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Sunday, October 19th

NYC Kossacks Meet-up with navajo

TIME: Noon
LOCATION:  Spitzer's Corner
101 Rivington Street (Ludlow) • NYC

ORGANIZER: Send kathny a kosmail to RSVP

RSVPs:
1. navajo
2. ericlewis0
3. belinda ridgewood
Maybees:
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