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December 6th, 2005 1:47 AM

Running for Office

From: Jayne King
To: contributions@michaelmoore.com
Sent: Thursday, December 01, 2005 8:56 AM
Subject: acts of courage

Michael,
I have decided to run for public office against 3 rich Republican men here in Delray Beach, Florida. We are all vying for a seat on our city commission. I am a retired teacher and community activist without much money, speaking out for the poor, the disenfranchised and those without a voice. We have very little voter turnout in our city and many residents in the black community are resigned to the fact that eminent domain is coming their way as the redevelopment gets closer to their neighborhoods that the developers want for their luxury townhouses and high end restaurants. I am the president of a neighborhood of mostly Haitians and other ethnic groups who are working several jobs and sharing living spaces in order to have a place to sleep. This scenario is familiar all across America, but I could not idly sit and let it pass, so I put myself out there in the public eye. I volunteer at the public library with children needing homework help and it is mostly Haitian and Mexican children who do not speak English that well that are there. The gap between these children and the privledged is so enormous, there are many, not just one child, who are currently being left behind, way behind. There are so many issues that must be addressed. The apathy is rampant. We have an alarming power family. Apathy is the mother of arrogance and arrogance is the father of fascism. The local election is March 14.

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