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Elana Kieffer says:
Jill Lofchie adds:
Though political engagement varied among the quests, all seemed to highly enjoy the event. I know some of the candidates' comments agitated the guests and spurred conversation at the event, which will hopefully lead to increased knowledge and political activism among the attendees.
Mingling at Tommy Doyle's
Hollen Reischer writes:
Over 100 young Jewish Chicagoans came together on October 7th to watch Obama and McCain square off on the issues. The bustling group braved an awful downpour for the opportunity to squash into a private room at Ginger's Ale House. Our numbers were so strong that we spilled out of our space, claiming nearly every seat at the sprawling bar. After inspiring introductions by Righteous Indignation Project party-organizer-extraordinaire Julia Leis and representatives Jane Ramsey and Sam Finkelstein from the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, the crowd enjoyed conversation over delicious drinks and scrumptious snacks. Party attendees were respectful, engaged, and enthusiastic about coming together in the name of civic engagement. A fantastic time was had by all; it was wonderful to see such a strong and diverse group present for the significant evening.
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Lisa Warshaw writes:
Progressive minds merged to savor the flavor of Mama’s Hot Tamales and digest a dose of debate in
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Shira Levine reports:
It was cool to see the enthusiasm everyone shared in wanting to witness historic dialogue and debate in a public forum rather than in the comforts of their homes with a select few friends or alone with the remote, volume and rewind button control and DVR.
"But it wasn't simply a get together to watch the debates," said Randi Greenberg, a web editor at Metropolis. "The panel that preceded the debate consisted of well-chosen experts who explained what would be the main points of discussion in the televised debate."
The issue debriefing was a favorite for many. "The pre-debate panelists were super informative," said Shirley Politzer, a Jewish educator. "It was very helpful to hear their insight right before the debate began."
For Greenberg it was different. "It's nice to watch the debates with like-minded peers and it was a good time for me to discover other causes too."
Many people didn't think 300 people watching the debates together would work. But a room full of opinionated global citizens is also a pack of conscientious folk who for the most part knew when to shut-up. Bingo also went over well. People were psyched to keep track of McCain and Obama's overused rhetoric. So did the side screen of questions guests hypothetically created for the candidates. In all, Debate Watch ended up a nice marriage of different organizations collaborating on ideas and ideals.
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