Therefore, when Hillary Clinton's invitation to a coffee and talk landed in my email this morning, I thought I'd better make sure to comment fairly and equally on her fundraising practices and how they discriminate against the less economically privileged, too.
Here's Hillary's event:
Wednesday November 28, 2007 "Women Making History with Hillary"
Hillary Clinton Reception
Date: Wednesday November 28, 2007
Time: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Type: Breakfast (Public)
Location: Hilton Americas, 1600 Lamar, Houston, TX
Join Hillary Clinton for her "Women Making History with Hillary!" tea reception in support of her 2008 Presidential campaign ($10,000-Chair;$2300-Host;$1000-Sponsor;$100-General Admission.
4:30 pm - Chair and Host Coffee;
5:00 pm - General Reception
For more information or to RSVP, please contact Yael Ouzillou or Stephanie Davis at 512-440-8791 or email YOuzillion@HillaryClinton.com or SDavis@HillaryClinton.com
You can also visit https//contribute.hillaryclinton/events/houston1129.html
I think it is necessary to point out that Hillary does drop down to $100. She does also go up to $10,000.
And that's when it occurred to me that Hillary was employing the Judith Martin approach to fundraising.
[It would be oh so much better to go without saying that YES in my upbringing there was in fact not only charm school (clearly a waste of everyone's time and money) but also the requisite reading of Miss Manners Guide to a Genteel Life (also possibly a waste of everyone's time and money---although I caught the main concept at least) (please rest easy that I was NOT a debutante). However, were I to omit this relevant fact, you could possibly wonder how it is that I have such a useless stack of manner knowledge in my cranium.]
Miss Manners advises that when one is getting married and registering for gifts, one must ensure to have multiple tiers of gift costs and both formal and everyday items.
When I got married, the basic tiers were:
Tier 1: $50 and under
Tier 2: $50 to $200
Tier 3: $200 and up
One's registry should be fairly evenly divided among the tiers, in order to provide ample opportunity for guests to purchase a gift within their means.
One should not simply register for what one wants; one should also consider what one's guests can and will buy.
Upon re-reading Senator Clinton's invitation, I see she has provided four tiers.
Bravo, Senator Clinton. And welcome to Houston. Now just don't breathe in too frequently or deeply.
While I am offering unsolicited advice, I'd like to add the following:
If you really want to see women making history and hear from the women who carry the present on their backs, how about a reception at a Tex-Mex restaurant with the following tiers of admission:
$10 general admission
It is my humble opinion that those are amounts the average joe can afford.
Alternatively, Senator Clinton may attend the candlelight vigil for health and clean air at Hartman Park tonight at 7 p.m. It's sponsored by the Mothers for Clean Air.
There's some women making history, Senator.
On Tuesday the EPA is coming to Houston to host an innovative public hearing about National Emissions Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants. It is the first and only of its kind in the US. (Note, please, that is in HOUSTON.)
Individuals---hopefully including me if I can get my voice back---will have the opportunity to testify about how air pollution has affected us. A sort of victim's voice moment.
I promise there will be lots of women making history there.
I may not be going to a reception that raises funds I don't have for a candidate I'm not sure about.
But I'll be making history, regardless.
I'll be actively doing my part to clean up this planet.
P.S. Please don't miss my Monday Mission to help a friend, below.
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