The Saturday, April 28, 2012 campaign kick-off party for Congressional District 18 Green Party candidate Carol Brouillet—featuring activist speakers ranging from Cindy Sheehan to Peter Phillips and several musicians including Vic Sadot and Jeremy Goodfeather. The hit of the party, though, were the date bars hand made by the candidate herself. Ms. Brouillet solemnly promised: “I feed my volunteers well.”
The roster of activists speaking was truly impressive reflecting Ms. Brouillet’s 20 year involvement in an array of campaigns: the anti-nuclear movement, the peace movement, monetary reform, the 9/11 truth movement, and media reform. All lauded Ms. Brouillet for her dauntless service in activist causes. The accolades were no better cited than by Ken Jenkins, a long time friend and fellow traveler, who compared Ms. Brouillet to Ralph Nader in her integrity, courage, commitment, persistence, and passion.
The party started at 3pm and it was a full house until the doors shut at 10pm. Attendees included Green Party people from all three counties included in District 18, friends of Ms. Brouillet, unaffiliated voters and two other congressional candidates. Barry Hermanson, Green Party candidate from San Francisco, and Jay Cabrera, an unaffiliated candidate from another neighboring district each spoke about the need for electoral reform and the need to challenge sitting incumbents. Mr. Cabrera is the only Hispanic running in the new 19th congressional district that is now 40% Hispanic.
Those speaking were Cindy Sheehan, known for her anti-war activism following the death of her son in Iraq; Dr. Peter Phillips, former director of Project Censored; Richard Gage, AIA, architect and founder of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth; Maria Gilardin, producer of T.U.C. Radio, Dr. Paul Rea, author of Mounting Evidence—Why We Need a New Investigation of 9/11; along with another half dozen friends and fellow activists.
The performers included Vic Sadot, Brian Wallace, Rebecca Cross, and Jeremy Goodfeather. Music styles were varied and all performers presented original material. Ms. Cross performed a song she had written a few years earlier as the theme song for Ms. Brouillet’s radio show, “Community Currency” on PRN.
The clubhouse at Willow Park Condominiums in Mountain View was arranged and paid for by a supporter and featured ample space. Acknowledging the uphill struggle she has undertaken, Ms. Brouillet insisted that the campaign must include fun. She certainly enjoyed the music and dancing during some of the entertainment with her husband, Jean-Luc.