City Free Advice to the Washington Bus Campaign
posted by June 26 at 8:04 AMon
Who is the Washington Bus Campaign, you ask? They’re the group that’s holding a Jean Godden Lookalike Contest tomorrow at 6 pm. With suburban city council members. In South Seattle. (I’ll be at Jean Godden opponent Lauren Briel’s kickoff.)
Based on that information alone, I thought I’d offer the Bus Campaign a bit of free advice.
Unsolicited Suggestion No. 1. Don’t hold a contest in Seattle, making fun of a Seattle City Council member, and not, you know, invite any Seattle City Council members.
Although Jean Godden has reportedly volunteered to MC, which sort of makes me love her, the other (invited) hosts of the evening include the following: Ken Mann (Whatcom County Council, District 2, Seat B), Mia Gregerson (SeaTac City Council, position 3), Keri Andrews (Bellevue City Council, position 7), and De’Sean Quinn (Tukwila City Council, position 2—you know, the really controversial one).
Probably these are all worthwhile campaigns—in Whatcom, SeaTac, Bellevue, and Tukwila. But the fact is, people in Seattle don’t care about Whatcom, SeaTac, Bellevue, and Tukwila. In an e-mail to Stranger editor Dan Savage, Bus Campaign organizer Thomas Goldstein explained that the campaign isn’t focusing on Seattle races because Seattle is overwhelmingly progressive and that would “divide our base. While the races we will choose to start with [are between] a progressive [and] a reactionary.”
Um, guys? You really might want to think about tapping that Seattle progressive base instead of ignoring it if you want to rake in the donations you’ll need to get your campaign up and running.
Unsolicited Suggestion No. 2: Don’t have an event in a place that’s not easily to get to from all parts of the city. Seriously: I tried to figure out how to get there using Metro’s trip planner from ten different addresses around Seattle, and the only direct rides were from South Seattle or downtown (which, incidentally, would have been a great place to hold this event.) In general, the Central Area Senior Center is not a commute-friendly location.
… Which brings us to Unsolicited Suggestion No. 3: The freaking Central Area Senior Center? You can’t be serious. This is supposed to be an event that draws young people, right? Frankly, I doubt that a “cupcake reception” (no, really) is going to get the kids to flock in droves to an old folks’ facility. (“Well, I was going to go out drinking with my friends, but now I’m totally taking three buses to the Central Area Senior Center!”) Booze and nudity, maybe; a cupcake reception at a senior center … no. (In his e-mail, Goldstein notes that there will be beer, but it doesn’t say that anywhere on the invitation.)
Sorry to throw stale beer on your parade, Thomas, but there’s so much about a progressive campaign to get young people involved with grassroots activism that sounds right. So why are you running it all wrong?