Malik Rahim: ‘This is a Winnable Seat’

November 20, 2008 in Congressional Campaigns

From Malik Rahim:

Dear friends in the struggle,

As you may be aware, I am seeking election to the United States House of Representatives on December 6. I apologize in advance for the impersonal nature of this letter. I wish I would have had time to call my friends to discuss the details of this campaign. I’m sending this message because I need your help.

Four days after Hurricane Katrina and two days before founding Common Ground I made this decision to run for Congress. This decision was made due to the lack of government response to Katrina. My hope is that never again will any disaster turn into such a tragedy.

This is a winnable seat; a seat not just for residents of the New Orleans area but a peoples’ seat for all those who stand for environmental peace and justice. This goal can only be reached with your support.

I will provide concrete alternatives to the wars being waged against our communities at home and to the wars continuing abroad. Our communities deserve no less. I will continue to advocate for safe, affordable housing, the establishment of universal healthcare, and invest in a comprehensive storm protection system and wetland restoration. I would initiate repeal of the so-called Patriot Act , author legislation to remove FEMA from the Department of Homeland Security, demand an end to the costly and senseless incarceration of nonviolent offenders, and advocate for full funding for our schools. Running a viable campaign requires funding.

Now with less than three weeks away, the campaign has set a goal of raising an additional $20,000 by Friday November 28. With your help we can achieve that end.

You can contribute on the campaign website at

I also urge you to get active with our campaign. Canvass your neighborhood and tell your friends and family. If you are out of town, we need additional volunteers on election day and the week leading up to the election. You can phone bank remotely from home or promote the campaign online.

In closing, I want to remind you that I will work tirelessly for the people of District 2. But even if you are not in my Congressional District, your cause is in my heart; you will have not only a committed advocate, but an office to work out of on the Hill.

In the struggle for environmental peace and justice,

Malik Rahim

Send your donation today. Individuals may contribute up to $2300. Use the attached donor form to make as generous a donation as you can. Then forward this email to your friends, co-workers and neighbors, and be sure to Vote Malik in the December 6 election.

Please donate online at or make your check or money order payable to “The Committee to Elect Malik Rahim” and send to:
The Committee to Elect Malik Rahim
331 Atlantic Ave.
New Orleans LA 70119

7 responses to Malik Rahim: ‘This is a Winnable Seat’

  1. After you give every dollar you can, sign up to volunteer. You can volunteer to make phone calls to voters for Malik from your home. It doesn’t matter where you live. Sign up at

  2. The campaign is gaining momentum. I got this letter from team Rahim today:

    Dear campaign supporters,

    Because of your help the campaign has raised almost $10,000 in ten days! I want to especially thank Green Party members from around the country. Your money has allowed us to purchase 10,000 pushcards, signs, stickers, t-shirts and a modest radio package on WBOK AM that will debut tomorrow. It has allowed our volunteers to have materials for door to door canvassing, and has begun to change the perspective of many of our friends that had been sitting on the sidelines. Our biggest challenge is to move voters away from a quiet resignation of incumbent reelection to the hope and inspiration that Malik offers: universal healthcare, troops out of Iraq, sustainable energy, rebuilding the wetlands and and power of the people instead of the corporations.

    To do that we need to continually increase our presence. We have succeeded in galvanizing pockets of grassroots support. Now we need to spread our message throughout the district. We hope to increase our radio advertising to the more popular FM urban market stations and to premier a digital billboard by Monday the 24th. But advertising costs are astronomical. With two weeks left in the campaign to go we must raise $1,000 per day to reach out campaign goal of $30,000. Donate now at and please encourage friends and family to contribute.

    Thank you again for your recent contribution. We could not do it without you, and every donation brings us closer to our goal.

    For environmental peace and justice.

    Together, we are making a difference!


    Shawn G. Christy
    Committee to Elect Malik Rahim

  3. You guys convinced me. I donated $5 and signed up to do work from home.

  4. Does anyone have polling data?

  5. I haven’t seen any polling info on this race.

  6. I have not heard of any public polling either.

  7. Malik Rahim is mentioned in the latest New Orleans Times-Picayune article about William Jefferson’s impending trial. Republicans are leaving messages to tell people to vote for their candidate, Joseph Cao.
    We can’t let the anti-Jefferson vote default to the Republicans, who are responsible for the tragedy of Katrina. Get on there and let New Orleanians know that they can vote for a great candidate and still vote against the bad:

    (btw, a lot of comments there are ignorant and/or racist, as is unfortunately the case when you venture outside of GPW. Let’s leave comments that would make Malik proud as well as win him votes.)