Photo: At 24, Alvin Singh is the youngest candidate in this year’s municipal campaign. He is running for School Trustee. 

In a political landscape dominated by cigar-chomping men plotting strategy in corporate backrooms, COPE’s 2008 election campaign will be co-managed by a woman – and one under 30.  It will be a first for any major Vancouver civic party.

Rachel Marcuse
and long-time organizer Ivan Bulic will co-manage COPE’s campaign.


“When I moved back to Vancouver after four years at McGill, I was astounded at the changes,” said Marcuse. “Young working people can’t afford to live here, and I realized we need to bring progressive government back to Vancouver. COPE has worked hard for issues that are important to young people – affordable housing, transit, environment and preserving strong, diverse neighbourhoods.”

With a background in non-profit management, Marcuse has been working for COPE since 2006. Bulic has been involved in elections and campaigns since the 1970s, and has been COPE’s main organizer since 2005.

The COPE campaign will include the usual lawn signs, ads and door-knocking. But Marcuse also plans to use Facebook, Youtube, streaming video and mobile texting that speak to youth and are revolutionizing campaigns like those of US democratic hopeful Obama.

COPE’s campaign promises to deliver a few surprises and plenty of innovations.

 

 

選舉活動的運籌帷幄向來由男性所主導,但是,COPE 2008年競選活動將由一位不到三十歲的女性共同參與,這是創溫哥華市所有主要政黨的首例。

COPE的選務活動將由瑪裘斯(Rachel Marcuse)和布力克(Ivan Bulic)共同負責。

瑪裘斯說:「在麥基爾(McGill)居住四年後,我搬回溫哥華,非常驚訝這裡的改變。」她指出:「年輕薪工階級負擔不起房價,於是我了解到,我們一定要重新找回進步的溫哥華市政府。COPE推動年輕人所重視的議題向來不遺餘力,包括合理的房價、交通運輸、環境以及維護豐富多元的社區。」

瑪裘斯具有豐富的非營利機構管理經驗,2006年起加入COPE。布力克則早自1970年代便參與選舉及各項運動,從2005年起即擔任COPE的主要運籌者。

COPE選務工作將包括一般的草坪標誌、廣告和登門拜訪。不過瑪裘斯也計畫使用Facebook、Youtube、串流視訊和手機簡訊等工具,將觸角伸向年輕族群,並且仿效美國民主黨總統候選人歐巴馬(Obama)所代表的希望象徵,為選舉活動注入創新的元素。

COPE的選舉活動將融入多項創舉,保證令人耳目一新。

COPE Campaign to Focus on Youth and New Media 選務將利用新興媒體造勢,鎖定年輕族群