Sunday, January 09, 2011

Light a Virtual Candle

Last night, my friend Jeff Blum, who is Executive Director of USAction, a progressive grassroots organization based in Washington, D.C., wrote and asked me to light a virtual candle to join a vigil in support of Congresswoman "Gabby" Giffords and and all the victims of the Tucson shooting.

He wrote:

"Today in Tucson, someone shot at the heart of American democracy. While we don't know all the details of today's terrible tragedy in Arizona, we do know that Rep. Gabrielle (Gabby) Giffords was shot while serving her constituents. Six others lost their lives, including a nine-year-old girl and U.S. District Judge John Roll.1

What will happen to those who are wounded or what may come next, we don't yet know. But we do know that our USAction/TrueMajority family stands with the families of the victims in Arizona.

Local members are on their way to vigils in Tuscon and Phoenix this evening. And you can join our virtual candlelight vigil to share support, prayers, sympathy and wishes for recovery and peace with Rep. Giffords, Judge Roll and all the victims and their families. Take a moment to light a candle and leave a note here:

Linda Brown, the director of our local affiliate the Arizona Advocacy Network, will personally deliver all your comments in the next few days.

I can't imagine my family being shaken by a tragedy like this one. But I know I would draw strength from you and the rest of our community. Please, join me in standing with our friends in Arizona by joining this online vigil tonight."

- Jeff

Jeff Blum
Executive Director

Note: is an on-line campaign operated by USAction. Executive Director Jeff Blum is one of the most hard-working and devoted progressives I know. He's also a really terrific guy, and I hope you will support his organization, which is fighting for very important causes like health care. Rep. Giffords was a Democrat in a strongly-Republican part of Arizona. She voted for President Obama's health care reform bill last March.

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