Tuesday, September 14, 2004

I Feel Good

I'd first read the story of Lynne Gobbell, a woman fired from her job for sporting a Kerry/Edwards sticker in her car's back window, on Salon. I thought her boss was a jerk and a typical hate-filled Repugnican. I felt sorry for Lynne. I know how precious my job is to me and mine; if I lost it because my boss disagreed with my political views I'd be wiped out -- financially and emotionally. These are tough times, after all.

A few clicks later I read Lynne's story on Americablog, and Americablog told me that Lynne was fucked, legalwise. Couldn't sue for "political" discrimination.

Americablog decided to help out Lynne and sought donations via paypal. After the day I'd blogged, helping Lynne was the natural thing to do.

I wasn't alone!
DETROIT - Democrat John Kerry (news - web sites) has a new campaign worker helping him drum up support in Alabama after hiring a woman who was fired for displaying the presidential candidate's bumper sticker on her car.

Kerry called Lynne Gobbell on Tuesday after reading a newspaper story describing how she had been fired last Thursday from her job packing cellulose insulation at a Moulton, Ala., plant.

Gobbell said her former employer had told her she could either work for him or Kerry. She said Kerry told her, "Let him know that as of today, you're working for John Kerry."

"He was proud of me for standing up for what I believe in," the newly employed, 41-year-old said of her quick phone call with the candidate.

Gobbell said Kerry didn't offer too many details about her new position. She will be helping the campaign and may be traveling a little as it gets closer to the election.

She could receive help from another corner, as well. A liberal Web site, AMERICAblog.org, began raising money for Gobbell on Monday night after learning of her dismissal. John Aravosis, who runs the site, said he collected $1,800 over a 24-hour period.

If it feels good, do it!

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