Thursday, October 30, 2014

In the Arena: an update from Carol

Dear In Pursuit of Pretty Things readers,

It has been a very long time since Kathryn or I have posted here. In fact, the world of blogging is something that feels like a distant, though very pleasant, memory. Some of you may remember I started writing about social issues here and elsewhere. Around the time of the last presidential election, I got heavily involved in community activism, which then took an unexpected turn when I decided to run for San Diego City Council over a year and a half ago.

It has been a wild ride and an all-consuming mission, working to make sure the voices of everyday community members are well-represented in the City Hall of California's second largest city, and the eighth largest city in the United States. So I hope you, who have been such loyal readers and collaborators, will understand and forgive me for not updating this site in months.

A few of you have followed my journey into local politics, and I really appreciate your support. We are literally 5 days away from Election Day, and my team and I have been working to the bone calling voters, knocking on doors, and getting our message out there.

Ironically, in recent days, my opponents have been sending out badly photoshopped campaign mailers portraying me holding multiple shopping bags.

From our campaign press release:
Barbara Bry, founding President of Run Women Run, an organization that encourages women candidates to seek political office, believes the mailer perpetuates stereotypes of women that have no place in campaigns. "Would the Lincoln Club use a picture of a man grinning happily with shopping bags on his arms in a political mailer? I seriously doubt it," she said.
Even more incredulously, some supporters of my opponent are pointing to this blog as an example of my lack of seriousness as a candidate.

This is a terrible double standard we face as women in society. It's almost as if we're not allowed to engage with other women (and men) about things that make our lives a little brighter, like the clothing we wear, while still being taken seriously. Those of us in this community of bloggers know that what we do is not about frivolous consumption, but about being conscientious consumers who share information and inspiration with each other. My blogging sisters, you should know that you've been a big part of me finding my public voice, which has led to bigger and better things.

Here are a few links that convey what my candidacy is all about:
I know that not everyone in our blogging community shares the same political views, but I think many of you have gotten to know me as a person who is thoughtful and considerate, and I would be honored by any support you can offer. Even at this late stage of the campaign, we need to raise money to keep things going (especially since the other side has deep pockets and has managed to spend over one million dollars in an attempt to shut me down. We've only spent a fraction of that amount, but our message is getting out there. If you can spare a small donation of 10, 20, or 50 dollars so the voices of everyday people aren't silenced, I would be so grateful.

I am so proud to be part of this community, and proud of the community I am seeking to serve on City Council. Thank you for your support and well-wishes. In a harsh world where people are so callously and casually mean-spirited, we rely on each other to build the future we all imagine.