9 months ago
Aileen Robinson ·
Comments Off on Move, Donate, Support Jess Phoenix for Congress (CA-25)
I’m the maker of the Jess dolls and I make them slowly one stitch at a time. I never thought I would be doing political crochet. I made dolls for Bernie Sanders to raise money for him, and this is the first time I’ve been moved to do the same for a local candidate.
My own small scale effort is one of the indicators that Jess is truly running a grassroots campaign. She isn’t raking in the dough from corporate PAC money. She isn’t propelled by independent expenditures. Following the example set by Bernie Sanders, political hopefuls across the country are running on platforms that the American people believe in. Now, more than ever, real people are coming together to do what they can to support candidates not compromised by big money.
Jess is a Democrat running in our historically conservative California district 25. Our district now has more registered Democrats than Republicans. Our district voted for Hillary over Trump. Our district is going to be a part of the blue tsunami in November. But on June 5th, we have the opportunity to choose the most progressive, for the people, Democrat to replace our incumbent (Trump supporting) representative.
Jess Phoenix has inspired me to want to help her campaign in the biggest way that I can. Phone banking, canvassing, and VOTING for her on June 5th, are huge necessities for campaigns like hers. But money is kind of the biggest concern right now. $2700 is the limit any person can donate to one campaign. I would venture a guess that most people cannot or do not donate that amount. I’m not a wealthy person, but I felt compelled to find a way to donate as much money up to the limit as I can.
Back in November of 2017, I met Jess Phoenix for the first time. I was still reeling from the shock of the Trump presidency, a whole year after he was elected. Listening to her answer questions and talk about her platform in a small meet and greet aroused in me the same hope for our nation that I felt during Bernie Sanders’ 2016 primary run. That very night, I asked her the awkward question, “Can I make and sell dolls of you, and donate the proceeds to your campaign?” She was all for it!
As of writing this article, I’ve been able to sell enough dolls to donate $950 ($50 per doll), as well as five dolls given straight to the campaign. With less than three weeks to go until the June 5th primary, I still have room to take many more orders for Jess dolls. I offer two designs, one of her in her volcanologist outfit and holding a volcanic rock, and one of her in her signature suit. I love that I can donate to her by working a few hours at a time, making these dolls. I can still be at home with my family and take care of my young children.
If you are able to, please find a way to help her campaign. Come up with your own way of making money specifically for the purpose of donating (at Jess2018.com). Have a yard sale and donate the money. If you are a creator, make something to sell and donate the money. If you can’t think of anything like this to do, go out on one of the days they are canvassing. Spend a couple hours phone banking. If you have something to say about how awesome you think Jess is, and why people should vote for her, you can write something for this blog! We can do this if we all DO SOMETHING.
Obviously, one way you can help is by purchasing one of my Jess dolls. You can find both doll options right at the top of my online shop: www.LeenGreenBean.Etsy.com.
Upon finalizing this blog for publishing, I’ve decided to also donate any proceeds from my Bernie Sanders items (I have a baby blanket, a crochet pattern for making the Bernie doll, and the dolls themselves).
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Posted by Leen Green Bean on Saturday, March 17, 2018