ColorsNW – Dispatch from Precinct Caucus – Rainier Beach

Submitted by Naomi Ishisaka, Seattle –

Our caucus met at Rainier Beach High School in South Seattle where a very diverse group of many hundreds of people packed into a stuffy, hot lunchroom to caucus for their candidate of choice. While there were many, many Obama supporters, there were also a number of Clinton supporters as well, with many people – particularly white women – displaying their support for Clinton.

The process was incredibly chaotic, with no room between the different groups and a lot of difficulty hearing the speakers. After the first tally of our group, 53 people voted for Obama, 12 for Clinton.

After the first vote, supporters weighed in on their choice. Many speakers — all caucasian — spoke passionately for their support for Clinton, with one woman adamantly saying, “When you are looking for someone to fix your car, you need a mechanic, not a dreamer,” implying that Obama does not have the qualifications to lead the country. Another pro-Clinton speaker said that only Clinton had a plan for health care or Social Security.

A much more diverse group of Obama supporters also spoke, with one woman saying that she had nothing against Sen. Clinton but felt that the energy that Obama has tapped is the spirit of multilateralism in foreign policy, transparency in government and collaboration vs. authoritarianism. Ultimately, our group awarded four delegates to Obama and one for Clinton.

The enthusiasm and energy in the Democratic party — particularly among Obama supporters — is incredibly powerful. I have not seen this level of excitement — particulary among people of color — in my life. – Naomi Ishisaka, ColorsNW

Democratic caucus Rainier Beach, Seattle

Rainier Beach caucus Seattle

Rainier Beach caucus Seattle

Rainier Beach caucus Seattle

Results after first tally.

Rainier Beach caucus Seattle

Rainier Beach caucus Seattle

A supporter speaks for Obama.

Rainier Beach caucus Seattle

Rainier Beach caucus Seattle

Rainier Beach caucus Seattle

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