Tag Archive: Anthony Cody

The selling of #CCRAP

Cross-posted with Marie Corfield. Promoted by Rosi.

In a previous post I compared the selling of PARCC to an as-seen-on-TV gizmo that promises to make your life perfect for only “3 easy payments of $19.95.” But unlike the Veg-O-Matic, frustrated, white suburban moms, and parents of all colors in all locales, have quickly discovered that the cost of the PARCC and its conjoined twin, CCSS, is anything but easy. They’re standing up and fighting back in droves. And that doesn’t sit well with the folks who market and sell this hokum. So, as Anthony Cody recently reported, somebody created an easy-to-use “How to Talk About Testing” ad campaign guide complete with a cute little bunny rabbit graphic and a classroom-friendly layout and fonts. I guess they figure if they treat parents like second graders, all will be well.

I wonder how many “easy payments of $19.95” this cost? And who created it? And who it’s being sent to?

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Another Blue Jersey Thank You

ICYMI, Here's the story of how the national Democrats recognized Marie Corfield's LD-16 special election as the top grassroots-powered race in the country, in their yearly Essential Races List. Below, her thanks for the small role Blue Jersey played. Promoted by Rosi

As someone who is rarely at a loss for words, I’m struggling to find some that can express how I feel about all that has transpired this week. For those of you who missed it, Corfield for Assembly was voted the number one grass roots campaign on the DLCC’s list of Emerging Races for 2012. And it happened because you made it happen.

So here are some words that speak to how I’m feeling…

Gratitude. Apologies in advance if I fail to mention your name. There are so many people to thank—people I know, and people I don’t know. But you are no less important, and I am no less thankful for all your help.

• First and foremost, my team and my kitchen cabinet. I wouldn’t be here without you all. Your energy and enthusiasm—and my gratitude—are boundless.

• Everyone here at Blue Jersey, especially Jersey Jazzman, Kendall James, Senator “Jersey Girl” Weinberg, Deciminyan, and editor, mentor, friend, member of the kitchen cabinet, and fellow Hunterdon County Democrat, Rosi Efthim, who steered this cybership all week. (JJ & D, you were awesome on Twitter, too!)

• Every person I know on Facebook, including family, friends, co-workers, and the group I call ‘The Fight’— people from all over the country who saw my ‘You Tube moment’, felt a visceral connection, and sent me a friend request before I ever thought about running for office. And DFA.

• All my Tweeps, especially @DianeRavitch, @Darciecima, @stopthefreezeNJ, @leoniehaimson, @teacherken, @AnthonyCody, @johnleesandiego, and @NJParents1. The power of your connections cannot be underscored enough.

Humility. I never set out on this course, but life sometimes has better ideas. A door opens and we either choose to walk through, or let it close. I walked through. I am humbled and honored that so many people support me. I’m working very hard to do you proud.

Fired Up! This is no time to sit and watch the grass grow. Let’s get to work! We have 24 days to make this happen. We are the grass roots race to watch in the entire country. We must not rest on our laurels. We must now work harder than ever, and engage others to do the same.

My opponent, the Tea Party’s Donna Simon, is out of touch with the wants and needs of the middle class and working families of this district, and this state, and she has the voting record to prove it. On day one in Trenton I will be a voice for all the people who’ve been shut out of the so-called ‘Jersey Comeback’. I will be a voice for hardworking men and women, children, the poor, minorities, seniors, taxpayers and the LGBT community. I will fight to make sure that the real ‘Jersey Comeback’ is good for all of us, not just a chosen few.

To volunteer and donate (because I need you to do both), please go to my website. Then share it with everyone.

Thank you.

Now let's win this thing.