by Michael dEstries
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Tomorrow afternoon, Natalie Portman will join Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Eric Garcetti (President of the Los Angeles City Council) in addressing a large celebrity crowd gathered to support Barack Obama as the best Presidential candidate for the environment.

Called “ANGELENOS GO GREEN FOR OBAMA”, the event will be the first major political fundraiser to be both zero-waste and carbon neutral. Green highlights include fully compostable platware and flatware, organic food and drink served by top LA chefs, and a local offsetting of CO2 emissions through organizations such as TreePeople and The Climate Registry.

Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora are listed to perform. Tickets are available from the official site here.

It’s cool to see that Portman will be speaking out for why she believes Barack Obama is the best candidate — especially when it comes to the environment. She most recently appeared in Declare Yourself’s celebrity-filled “Go Vote” video. We’ll drop more info on this event as we get it!

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • mike

    Democrats will vote for the Democrat. Republicans will vote for the Republican. That’s how it has always been.
    John McCain and Joe Biden are politicians. They know their numbers, and they know Washington.
    What is different about this election is culture. Where is America going, culturally?
    This is where Barack Obama and Sarah Palin come in.
    Some say race is a factor against Obama, but I say it is the opposite: Obama has been propelled upwards by his skin color. The positive ‘racism’ (Black-Americans supporting him, White-Americans feeling guilty about the legacy of slavery) far outweighs the few remaining pockets of negative racism (traditional bigotry) that still exist in our country.
    Whereas Black-Americans account for 12 percent of America, women number about 51 percent.
    This is where America’s reaction to Sarah Palin gets interesting. It is not only sexism at play, but regionalism too. Keep in mind that America’s reaction could be vastly different from the media’s reaction, which tries to intervene in how America thinks and observes for itself.
    For the last decade, American women have been trying to become either the fifth ‘Manhattanite’ cast member of ‘Sex and the City’ or a ‘Desperate Housewife’ on Wisteria Lane. The White male executives who created, packaged and marketed these female stereotypes have made plenty of money as women across America spent time and money trying to become ‘Carrie Bradshaw’. But somehow, these wanna-be’s never lived it up as glamorously.
    Sarah Palin is all about God, Family, Country and Shot-Guns. She is a completely New American Woman. She was not constructed by a Public Relations agency in either New York City or Los Angeles. She is not a Hollywood creation. Sarah Palin is simply a product of American small-town wholesomeness: happy childhood, hard work, self-discipline and a bright, and almost chirpy, outlook on life.
    Sarah is not the high-maintenance, drama-seeking, bulimia-suffering fragile caricature of a working woman as peddled by TV.
    Her husband, Todd Palin, is not a neurotic metro-sexual obsessing over the price of organic arugula, or whining about his commitment phobias to his shrink. He is a man’s man, and frankly, a woman’s man: just your regular American guy—wholesome and uncomplicated.
    Sarah and Todd are American ‘retro’, but it is retro made cool all over again. They are a brand of Americana that has been tested and true—genuine, confident and mature.
    Something happened to the Obama brand on the way to the election. It is as if the fashion gods decided that “Didn’t you know? No one wears Obama after Labour Day.”
    Once exotic and different, the Obama brand has been turned into something weird and creepy. “Obama’s Witnesses,” “Obama’s Blue-Shirts,” “The Obama Youth Fraternity League”…Plus, after the initial swooning over him, most people still think that there’s something “off” about Obama; as if he’s hollow, or hiding something.
    Today, the Obama brand has become decidedly “uncool”. That’s why people tuned out from watching him debate McCain.
    On the other hand, Americans are discovering that they are intrigued by Sarah Palin. The TV pundits may want to spin things their way, but the surest measure of who won the Vice-Presidential Debate is that, at the end, the vast majority of viewers walked away from their TV sets and said to themselves, “I’d like to see more of Sarah Palin—unfiltered and uncut.”
    The Obama camp may be celebrating too early. There are still plenty of people out there that haven’t made up their mind, and Obama’s triumphalism may begin to sound like arrogance, and he’s already been accused of that.
    This is indeed a culturally interesting time to be an American.

  • hockeyMom


    Big Media – Big Hollywood – Big Bozos!

    Obama disgusted me when he removed the American flag from his BIG plane & replaced it with his Big O, smoking his Big cigarette!

    Sadly, money talks when it comes to reporting the truth today.

  • John

    How is wanting to wreck the environment, and kill innocent wildlife, ‘wholesome’?

    Palin is a nightmare for the US and the world, and it isn’t to do with being a female.

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  • Cid

    The truth about palin accordingly to real Alaskans:

    Us, the rest of the world will no longer look up to America if maccain/palin win!

    Instead we will look down on you and despise you! If that’s what you want, go ahead and elect maccain!

    But then don’t come running to your allies for help when you want to invade another helpless country because you need more oil!
    Right now the USA is seen by the rest of the world as a bully! You are the most conflictive nation on earth! You don’t promote peace, you promote war! We can clearly see that on the presidential debates, where war is a central issue! You are obsessed with war and enemies(that you yourselves created…)!

    Isn’t it interesting that in a survey made in 12 European countries, Obama was by far the favourite in all of them? Are we all wrong? Or are you so blind and brainwashed by your media, that you can’t see that maccain/palin would be a disastrous choice for the USA and the world?
    You could argue that we don’t have anything to do with your election!
    Well, I beg to differ! The day you stop promoting wars so you can stick your dicks in someone else’s desert for oil, when you stop dictating world rules and dragging all of us to the abyss (as we are witnessing with this financial crisis), then we won’t give a damn who you elect for president…

    Until then it is of our concern too who goes to the white house! You know, ‘ruling’ the world isn’t just perks…If you wish to lead the world you must accept that we will expect the best of you, not the worst (=bush, maccain and palin)…

  • natalie portman

    Wow, wish i could fly out there and see it. Natalie portman on the Obama band wagon? I think McCain has one foot in the grave.

  • Manuel

    That makes her even more sympathic!

  • VeggieTart

    Mike, what are you smoking? There are plenty of women against Scary Palin because of what she stands for: she’s anti-choice, anti-environment, in favor of abstinence-only “education,” gets her kicks killing wolves from the air, and thinks humans co-existed with dinosaurs. And it has nothing to do with sexism or regionalism, as plenty of women from her home state aren’t all that fond of her either. She may not be a Hollywood creation, but every word coming out of her mouth is a carefully rehearsed Republican talking point. Or did you fail to notice her refusal to answer the questions at the debate?

    Let’s face it, if McCain wanted to put a woman on his ticket, he had plenty of far more qualified, intelligent, and capable women he could have picked. But he went for the inexperienced dingbat who had the right conservative chops to satisfy the evangelical base of the party. He was never less a maverick than when he picked her.

    By the way, Planned Parenthood, the National Organization for Women, and Humane Society Legislative Fund have all endorsed Obama/Biden. That solidifies my decision.

  • roz

    Palin has energized me against McCain more than anything to date. She is absolutely wrong for the US. Bush’s tired ideas in a new package.

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  • Remy Chevalier