Buttons and More Buttons

Christy\'s buttons

Here’s the two buttons I got from photographer and button maker Christy Cusick at our Congressional District caucus on May 17. They’re 1 inch buttons, but next to our 1 1/4 inch buttons they still seem tiny. Tiny=really cute! You can check out the other designs she uses at her Obama fundraising page. Here’s a little about her and her buttons:

Hello my name is Christy Cusick with the 1344-36 WA state. I am working on making buttons for the Barack Obama campaign. I have had the opportunity make 3000 buttons that have gone to over 15 states and growing. If you need buttons for events or just want one for yourself to wear please let me know. I am looking for people to help spread the word.

Enjoy a small 1 inch button designed by Bellingham, WA artist Tara Vodopich, Fairfax, CA artist Tenaya Amelia, and Seattle, WA photographer Christy Cusick. Help us get the word out and wear a button for Obama! Send me your address in an e-mail and I will ship your buttons off ASAP! You can also make a donation to help me reach my fundraising goal of $600.00. A standard donation is $10.00 and gets you one dozen buttons.

Henry with Babies for Obama ButtonWe’ve got some photos on flickr of the Babies for Obama and Yes WA Can buttons that you see used for size comparison in the photo above. They both made their debuts at the CD caucus. This is our little friend Henry modeling the Babies for Obama button. Again, tiny=really cute! But, moms and dads, make sure your little one is not likely to hurt themselves with a button before putting one on them, please! Henry doesn’t have the coordination yet to grab at it and was supervised very closely. No babies were harmed for this photo.


Cafe Vivace button making

Chris and Sal making buttons.
Photos by Andrew Caldwell

One of the things we’ve been needing to get up here are these button making photos from last week’s button making party at Cafe Vivace on Capitol Hill in Seattle. Rose Minier, one of the Seattle Obama super-organizers, hosts a button making party each week at Vivace. They’ve churned out tens of thousands of buttons! It got started with the appropriately named Ten Thousand Button Project, organized by Rose and another Obama super-organizer, Jen Hauseman. The original 10,000 went to PA, and now they send them out all over the US, focusing on states with upcoming primaries. This week they meet on Thursday at 6pm and will be working on buttons for Puerto Rico.

Sal, #13 in the photo above, has been instructing us on our spanish for buttons for Puerto Rico. Chris, behind, is a dedicated button making volunteer.

Rose organizing at the button making party.
Their fearless leader, Rose.

Andrew Caldwell at Vivace button making party.
Andrew with button. Thanks for the photos Andrew!

More photos from Vivace on flickr.


Excitement is in the air

We’re a little behind here, bear with us. We’ve got many things to post, but Saturday was our Congressional District Caucus (7th CD, Washington state), where our delegates to the national convention were chosen. We’ve been very busy with that and now are just plain exhausted. It was an incredible day though. We campaigned hard but unfortunately Jody didn’t make the final cut of delegates to the national convention. However, the 7th is sending a fantastic Obama delegation to Denver!! More on that later when I get some photos posted, but I AM SO PROUD of who the delegates chose. It sends a great message to the rest of the country about who we are here–progressive, diverse, inclusive, timely and fired up!

It was great for me to finally meet button maker Sal Celis, and I met another Seattle Obama button maker, Christy! Christy makes tiny little Obama buttons. We traded buttons and I’ll get some photos up of hers, as well as some other buttons and pins I got there. (Christy, if you read this please email me at the email address on the contact page. I’m having trouble with the email address you gave me…probably my tired eyes…)

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Sal’s Buttons

Sal Celis\' buttons

Sal is an Obama button maker here in Seattle. He bought a button maker after trying ours out at one of the delegate events Jody has been taking the button machine to. He’s got some cool designs and we hope to have some of them up on the templates page soon! He’s focusing right now on making batches of buttons to send to Puerto Rico ahead of their primary on June 1. Congratulations on becoming an Obama button maker Sal!

The buttons we got have a thin stripe around the edge. Nice touch! More of his designs below.

Stripe around the edge of Sal Celis\' buttons.

Sal\'s button collection


From Seattle to Kentucky

Jody got an exciting email today from Jennifer at the Bowling Green, KY Obama campaign office. He’d sent them the batch of buttons that got made at the IN & NC watch party. They were so happy to get them (read her email in the sidebar) and we want to share her excitement and thanks with everyone that helped make the buttons and donated for the supplies and shipping! It’s hearing feedback like this that makes this all worthwhile and keeps us charged up and inspired.

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Superchunk with button

Superchunk with Button by Will Marsh

Photo by Will Marsh

Thanks to photographer Will Marsh for allowing us to post the Superchunk button evidence! The photo appeared on Pitchfork Media too. Ok, so it’s hard to tell at this size, but if you click on the photo to go to Will’s flickr you can look at “all sizes” to see the full sized photo and tell it’s one of our Yes We Can buttons on the guitar strap. I promise!


Button Spotting

Jody was looking through photos today on flickr from the Change Rocks concerts with Arcade Fire and Superchunk held in North Carolina this past weekend. Who’s guitar strap did he spot wearing one of our “Yes We Can” buttons? None other than Mac’s from Superchunk! If you know us, you know that’s a big deal. We’re super Superchunk fans from way back.

The buttons got to the concerts via Merge Records. We had a batch to send to NC and Jody had a stroke of genius in thinking they may need them for the concerts Merge was putting on with the Obama campaign. We were so happy to hear they wanted them. We thought if we can’t be at the concerts, at least our buttons can!

The site is shaping up finally. Still lots of work to do on it though. No rest for the weary.


Welcome to Buttons 4 Obama!

Hello! We’re obviously working on constructing this site. Please come back soon and see the progress. Or you can keep refreshing and watch us push pixels around.

In the meantime, check out our related links.

buttons4obama on flickr

Buttons Makers For Obama group on barackobama.com

The awesome Official Barack Obama website

Buttons 4 Obama was started by me, Joann, and my husband Jody. He’s an Obama Washington state delegate and is running to be an Obama delegate to the national convention!

Jody’s blog on barackobama.com

See you back here soon!