mo’ politics

mo’ politics

Some Anarchist lobbying from one of our prominent Northeast anarchists, along with a photo that we poached from Daniel Tucker:

While Sailing Anarchy’s voice is often loud enough and pervasive enough to bring about change, as anyone who has ever been involved in politics knows, rule #1 is to get a seat at the table. In the upcoming elections for the board of directors at US Sailing, Sailing Anarchists have an unparalleled opportunity to get a seat at that table.

"Mrs. Rockhead" a/k/a Maureen McKinnon-Tucker is a nominee for the US Sailing board of directors. There are all sorts of truly good reasons why you should vote for Maureen. She is an inspiration both on a national level and on a personal level. I have know her since before the fall which paralyzed her from the waist down. The manner in which she has embraced life and made all of her friends and colleagues recognize that a disability is not an impediment to leading a full and happy life is one of the most influential  experiences that I have had. Spend 10 minutes with Maureen and I promise that you will never have that vague disquiet when you meet someone in a wheelchair again. Her love and determination when Dan and Maureen’s three year old was diagnosed with cancer and the matter of fact way that they adjusted their lives, worked through a successful cure, and shared their happy family life with the rest of us was an inspiration to me and many of the sailors that followed their story here in the SA forums.  Go the Pebble!  Winning a gold medal in China and helping Nick Scandone achieve his life’s dream was almost like icing on the cake. "Moral fiber" doesn’t even begin to describe Maureen.

But you don’t just elect inspiring people – right now, this sport needs people that can get things done.  That’s Mo’s specialty:  She is organized and energetic, incredibly capable, and a powerhouse in the Arts Festival.  She’s a local mover and shaker on anything to do with disabilities, and above all, she is very involved in re-energizing enthusiasm and growth into the sport of sailing.  Community sailing programs such as Sail Salem, Piers Park, disabled sailing, sport boat sailing, and all manner of regattas and events have benefited from her energy and effectiveness.

These are all good reasons to vote for Maureen. Plus she is one of the nicest people you will meet.

But Anarchists and sailors have another good reason to vote for her. We get a seat at the board room table of US Sailing. Maureen is a big supporter of SA who thinks that the future of sailboat racing needs to reconnect US Sailing with the activists who strive to grow our sport at the grass roots. Sure, Maureen is training for another paralympic campaign – but most weekend she can be found racing with friends and fellow club racers on the local race course.  Maureen races with her husband, Rockhead, on their Viper. Did I mention she is paralyzed from the waist down? But the Viper is really not hard compared to her trip on a foiling moth!  Maureen will be a seat at the table for disabled sailors.  She will be a seat at the table for women sailors. And she will be one of the youngest members of the Board.  But most of all she will be a seat at the table for the grass roots of sail boat racing and for those who strive to ignite the love of the sport in everybody.

If you are a member of US Sailing, click here to vote for her right now.  If you are thinking about joining or re-joining US Sailing in order to ensure Maureen’s place at the table, go here to set it up, then vote for her.  There are only a few days left, so please don’t put it off: Let’s see just how powerful this community’s voice can be.  VOTE FOR MO!