|Betreff: January 5 Newsletter - I want my country back
|Datum: Wed, 5 Jan 2005 19:26:12 +0100|
Once again, here it is, free of charge, direct to the Capitol Switchboard:
Several Congressmen including some from Florida are calling for an investigation of the vote machine fraud in Ohio, Florida, and New Mexico along with other irregularities before voting to approve electors from those states on Wednesday of this week.
They need one Senator to also contest the electors to get the investigation. Senator Nelson of Florida is the most obvious. Everyone contact his local and Washington office tomorrow and ask that he insist on the vote machine fraud being investigated before voting to approve the electors.
888-671-4091 Florida residents only. Others use the Capitol Switchboard # above.
George Bush and the return of Little Black Sambo
By Jane Stillwater http://jpstillwater.blogspot.com
Remember Goodman, Schwerner and Cheney -- and the Civil Rights Summer of 1964? How brave we all were back then as we worked hand in hand for a new world of hope and justice and harmony where "colored people" would be allowed to vote.
It's 40 years later and "colored people" are still being systematically deprived of their right to vote -- only this time on such a grand scale that it would cause even Martin Luther King's jaw to drop.
I marched in Montgomery.
I was at Malcolm X's funeral.
I taught in freedom schools, I picketed, I marched. And for every white person like me out on the line, there were at least five "Negroes" risking their lives to have the right to vote.
Now, 40 years later, George Bush is doing every single thing he can think of to resurrect Jim Crow, Stephen Fetchet and Little Black Sambo.
In predominantly African-American precincts in Florida and Ohio in November 2004, absentee ballots were lost, people were intimidated, voting machines were not provided, legitimate voters were "purged" from voting lists, people were instructed to vote on the wrong day, provisional ballots were "lost," votes disappeared and even dead people were allowed to vote as long as they voted for George W. Bush.
I don't know how African-Americans feel about being placed once again at the back of the bus but I know how I feel. I am totally pissed off!
In 1964, civil rights worker James Cheney was lynched because he tried to help secure Black people's right to vote. His battered body was found at the bottom of a river in Mississippi in the summer of 1964.
James Cheney died in order to protect EVERY American's right to vote.
Now there is a new Cheney in town -- a ruthless man who wants to turn back the clock to the bad old days of bigotry, racism and Jim Crow. Dick Cheney should be ashamed for trying to steal the souls of Black folk.
"I have a dream where a man will be judged by the content of his character and not by the color of his skin," said Martin Luther King. And to the bigoted hateful corrupt men in the White House today who are once again stealing the African-American vote, I have this to say: We stopped this kind of criminal behavior once and we'll stop it again.
"We SHALL overcome."
From Zogby: Pattern of Republican Intentionality Casts New Doubt on Bush Ohio Win. Jesse Jackson demands Ohio presidential recount, blasts GOP election officials and says Kerry supports the process. http://www.zogby.com/Soundbites/ReadClips.dbm?ID=10485
From Vee Brown: Greg Palast on the 'Apartheid Ballot Counting System in America' http://www.independent-media.tv/item.cfm?fmedia_id=10074&fcategory_desc=Under%20Reported
Contest the vote at http://www.contestthevote.org/
From Granny Bee: What if your bank told you they have some good news for you? That they’re going to save themselves some money by not giving you a receipt on your ATM withdrawals any more. And they’re going to save even more money by reporting to you monthly only the balance in your account, not the individual transactions that show how they reached that balance? Would you trust them? Or would you run lickety-split to another bank? But that’s exactly what the companies who make voting machines are telling us. http://makethemaccountable.com/caro/Comment_040229_VotingMachineFraud.htm
From Dennis Kucinich: "Whatever Happened To Peace On Earth?" http://www.alternet.org/story/20867/
From Sula and the We Do Not Concede Coalition: Tens of thousands of voting irregularities have been documented in Ohio, Florida, New Mexico, Indiana, North Carolina, Washington, Nevada, Texas and many others states! Is THIS What A Democracy Looks Like? Is THIS How a Democracy Works? View/Download Video Footage of Voter Suppression in Ohio Election 2004 http://www.donotconcede.com/
Sign the protest petition: http://www.rainbowpush.org/petition/
Thanks to "Peter Johnson" email@example.com
Copy and paste one block of five fax-email addresses into the 'To' field of your email message. Then send it to the Senators. You are only allowed 5 per day and we are running out of time so select your five and send five to three friends. Ask them to do likewise.
From Jane Stillwater: It took Bush FOUR DAYS to even comment on the tsunami disaster, the worst natural disaster in history. Is Bush ignoring this because it happened to Asians? AND Bush promised $15 billion in relief to Africa for the AIDS tragedy. How much of that has been delivered? Zero, zip, nada. Meanwhile 2,000 people A WEEK die of AIDS in Zimbabwe alone, most of them women and children. Is Bush ignoring this because it happened to Africans? 35 million Americans live below the poverty line, most of them children. Is Bush ignoring this because it happened to children? If you aren't a millionaire, Bush doesn't care about you. Get over it.
Wear an orange scarf: To protest election fraud -- and to symbolize our Dubya in an orange jump suit! Accessorize!From Jane's friend, Philip: I was there in '64 passing thru the south on our way from San Francisco to Atlanta. After we crossed the Mississippi we had State Trooper escorts to the next town/city where local police or sheriffs deputies would ride our bumper......... They were eerie days...... [And Bush wants them back!
From Global Black News: Emergency Leadership Summit Creates Action AgendaTo Deal with New York City's 50% Black Male Unemployment "If you are not shocked by that number then you are brain dead. There is no constituency - Black, white, male, female - that should be unemployed at the rate of 50% except for retirees."
On Iraq Trip, John Kerry to Skip Election Finale
When Congress meets in a special joint session Thursday, January 6th,
to count electoral ballots from the presidential race, Sen. John F. Kerry
will be noticeably absent, thousands of miles away on a fact-finding trip
in the Middle East.
So why did we waste our time and money on this frat boy? He is now like bu$h... AWOL.
Kerry can be contacted via this link: http://Kerry.Senate.gov/bandwidth/contact/office.html
How can it be controversial to remind people that voting is a civil right? -- A Letter to Clear Channel CEO John Hogan
After reading Jesse Jackson's piece at
I sent the following message to my senators and a similar message to my representative.
Please stand up for honesty and integrity in our deeply flawed electoral process by joining Rep. Conyers in objecting to the Ohio electoral vote count. As I understand it, if any senator lends his voice to this call, there will have to be an investigation. I hope my senators will be at the vanguard of demanding that this bastion of democracy really is a democracy.
Professionally conducted exit polls simply are not that wrong. Properly conducted poll are not magic, they're science. It astonishes me that people are more willing to trust unverified and clearly distorted voting results over good science. When the two don't agree, the scientific evidence deserves to be valued over hackable black box
My own belief is that the main difference between the 2000 and 2004 elections is that the Republican operatives made sure they stole it big enough that the losers would be intimidated into rolling over. I could be wrong. But rather than wondering about it, why not find out?
J David Morris
Tuesday, January 4th,
From Almira: 20 voting
facts you should know: 1. 80% of all votes in America are counted
by only two companies: Diebold and ES&S.
Robert Scheer: Backing Gonzales Is Backing
From: Grandma Mari-- Isn't there something immoral about celebrating and spending all this money when so many are suffering in Asia, Iraq and from the Florida hurricanes? Who was that dude in Rome? Ah yes Nero! The Grave Dancers and Texas Cocaine Fratboy are at it again.
From: Jan- - All except for his "coronation" is irrelevant for the "Frat Boy". I hear Maggie is busy constructing his "coronation suit" - "Blazing Orange"
From: Maggie - - Actually I am debating between blazing orange & the conventional black and white prison stripes!