Action Alert

October 11, 2004

Boat to Vote
Ride the Trolley to Vote
Help Get Out the Vote
Contact Legislators on Prescription Drugs
October 23 - OVEC Fundraiser in South Charleston
Charleston Leaf Pick-Up
 
Early voting starts in West Virginia in just TWO DAYS.  For Wednesday, October 13's kick-off to this important voting season, let us take you to the polls in style.  You have two cool options:
 
Boat to Vote
Ride the Spirit of South Charleston sternwheeler on Wednesday - we will leave the University of Charleston at 9:30 AM (boarding starts at 9 AM).  Cruise across the Kanawha, walk the few short blocks to the County Clerk's office and VOTE.  We'll have refreshments and great music so come and ride along!  The boat will make two trips with the second boarding at 11 AM.  Ride in style to the polls.  For more information, call Linda at 346-8928.  Help us get the word out on Early Voting!
 
Take the Trolley
Afraid of the water?  Why not take the KRT trolley?  All day Wednesday, the trolley will loop between the state Capitol and the North Charleston Community Center and points in between, take you to the County Clerk's office and then take you back.  For more information, please call us at 346-8928.
 
Also, Wednesday, October 13 is the one and only day that you can register AND vote on the same day.  Take advantage of this opportunity.  You cannot register to vote AFTER October 13.
 
 Help Get Out the Vote - Help Project MoVote

Help increase VOTER TURNOUT in the CHARLESTON area during October. The new EARLY VOTING PERIOD begins October 13 includes the last two Saturdays before the election.  During this period of "no excuse" early voting, citizens can show up at their county clerk's office and vote during business hours.  Project MoVote will focus on the 7,000 new voters that we've registered since May.

TIMING: October 13th ...it's the LAST day to register AND the FIRST day you can vote, SO we want to make a big splash to get the attention of both voters and the media.  We're using a street trolley, boat rides, hay rides and car rides to get voters to the courthouse on this day (see above).
 
Volunteer! Help us canvas neighborhoods on October 23, 24 & October 30 & 31...On those two Saturdays, the polls are open, as well as during the week.  We'll take people to the polls on the trolley and by car.

ALL WEEKDAYS October 13 through October 29...help us PROVIDE CAR RIDES for voters who call in needing transportation to the courthouse downtown. 

WE NEED YOUR HELP: The MORE helpers we can wrangle up for this effort, the more everyday people get to vote.  Many voters don't even KNOW about early voting...that's what this is about!

IMPORTANT: This is a NON-PARTISAN effort.  There will not be and CANNOT be any campaigning for any candidate or political party.  This is about voting information and mobilization.
YOU...YEAH, YOU!...you can give a ride, help in the office, team up with someone to go out and go door-to-door (ain't no rootsier grassroots that that!)  We have some funding for hours and/or gas.  The important thing is to give something of yourself, in any way, little or big, to get the vote OUT.  We all know what this election means...and there ain't much time left to step forward.
 
To find out more, call Marge or Chuck at 346-8928!  Thanks!
 
 Call On Your Legislators -
Ask For a Special Session on Prescription Drugs
 
Please contact your legislators and Speaker Kiss and Senate Pres Earl Ray Tomblin to ask for a special session on Rx Drugs. Ask them to follow-up on the trail-blazing legislation that was introduced during the last legislative session.  For more information, please see this article in Saturday's Gazette-Mail http://www.wvgazette.com/section/News/2004100828 .  To contact your legislators, visit our website, www.wvcag.org , go to the left-hand of the home page, type in your zip code, and you'll be connect with contact info for your legislators.
 
October 23: Help Everyone Be "Forever Wild"
Backcountry traveler, Walkin' Jim Stoltz will bring his moving multi-media show, "Forever Wild," to the  LaBelle Theatre, 311 D St., South Charleston from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23. The photography, stories, and music make this one-of-a-kind concert an inspiring journey into our nationís last wilderness areas.  This event is an OVEC fundraiser. Suggested donation is $10.  Please considering buying extra tickets so that low-income individuals can attend the concert for free. To volunteer on the night of the show, purchase advance tickets, or make a donation so that low-income folks can attend this concert, call 304-522-0246.
 
For Our Charleston Members:
 
Message from Marc Weintraub, Charleston City Council, Ward 11 -- East End:
 
The City of Charleston Loose Leaf Pick Up Schedule 2004.  Loose-leaf pick-up will start Monday, October 25, 2004.  Leaves need to be raked to the edge of the road; do not rake the leaves to the alley. It will be of great assistance if tree limbs, yard waste and flowerpots are not mixed with the loose leaves.

The pick-up schedule is as follows:

  • Monday and Tuesday - Kanawha City
  • Wednesday and Thursday - South Hills
  • Friday and Saturday - West Side and East End

Call 348-6850 for any Assistance

 
Linda Mallet
WV-Citizen Action Group
1500 Dixie St., Charleston, WV  25311
304-346-5891 (phone); 304-346-8981 (fax)
www.wvcag.org