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UC Davis is not a good spot to collect signatures. Between international students and no students, I should have spent my time sipping a soy mocha at Starbucks. Safeway was slightly better. I was able to get 50 signatures over two days (approximately 3 hours). If I can maintain that for the entire signature gathering process, I'll have convinced 500 + people to care an iota about farmed animals. Job done, number one.

In case you're wondering what I'm on about - we're gathering 650,000 signatures to get an initiative on the California November ballot in '08. All the measure states is: veal calves, egg laying hens and pregnant sows must have enough room to stand up, turn around, and stretch their limbs/wings. Crazy, huh?

If you want a lesson on why stereotyping is so ineffective, gather signatures for an initiative. The people you think are least likely to sign will smile brightly and immediately grab a pen, while the little old lady with the cat shirt on won't have anything to do with you. 

More importantly (just kidding), Bill McKibben has endorsed the campaign.  http://www.humanecalifornia.org/endorsements/index.php. If you haven't read The Age of Missing Information and The End of Nature, do so. He's a brilliant writer.

I also heart Julia Butterfly Hill for endorsing the campaign.

In other news, I called the fire department for a carbon monoxide detector warning and learned I needed new batteries. To say I felt stupid is an understament, but I'll blame the hour of 2 am and the psychosomatic "OH MY GOD, I'M DYING OF CO POISONING" reaction for my lack of brain cell use. We shall never speak of this incident again.

PS: rozae- I asked the director of the campaign about out of staters. There isn't much that out of state folk can do, except get endorsements & contact other Californians to sign a petition. http://www.humanecalifornia.org/endorsements/index.php contains the endorsement info, if you know any business, farm, veterinarian, animal protection group who might endorse. You can also send me cookies of support. *ahem* Just saying. ;)


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Oct. 21st, 2007 04:00 am (UTC)
You're taking a poll of old ladies in cat shirts? That's odd...ly kind of something I'd expect from you. *innocent as hell grin*
Hope you get lots of signatures. I would sign, if I were in California.
But you can sign for me. I could be Mina Beach. :o)
I won't mention the CO thing. But I will chuckle about it lightly and for 30 seconds.
Oct. 21st, 2007 05:23 am (UTC)
Tee-hee, I like to know what crazy cat ladies think. :)

I hope to get lots of signatures too. This measure is not *my* ideal, but it will improve the lives of millions of animals. That's something I can support.

Mina Beach, heh...I'd probably get in trouble for that.
Oct. 21st, 2007 03:42 pm (UTC)
Improving the lives of millions of animals is definitely something we should all support.

Yeah - you probably would get in trouble for that. So maybe I can be Mina P'Nod. ;o)
Oct. 21st, 2007 04:12 am (UTC)
Never know why people are walking by... I never get to sign political petitions, because as an active duty military member, chances are I am not legally resident or registered to vote wherever I'm living (legally, I am resident in Illinois, no matter where I physically reside, which makes for interesting problems sometimes). People have gotten quite snotty with me for smiling and saying "No thank you" to petitions, although they generally get much less so when I begin waving my military ID and my Illinois Voter Registration Card and ranting about how I don't actually reside here, I just live here, so complain to the military for God's sake but don't complain to me.
Oct. 21st, 2007 05:22 am (UTC)
Anyone who gets snotty is doing a poor job of signature gathering.

We smile, chirrup "thank you" and go on our way. My cheek muscles will be uber-strong at the end of the five-month sig-gathering campaign!

Besides, it's a waste of my time to get snotty - two people who WOULD sign may have walked on by during that time!
Oct. 21st, 2007 04:37 pm (UTC)
Sorry you had such bad luck. At the University where I'm doing my grad work/teaching, we had fall break this week. . . so international students most likely would be the only ones left here.
Oct. 22nd, 2007 08:56 am (UTC)
As I was reading this post I said to myself, "Guess she didn't get an answer to my question." And then I read the PS! Thanks for asking for me. :]

I'm going to have to stop and think of what all is out here and if they would consider endorsing. Hrm. Time to use the noggin...
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