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DO YOU AGREE? SD DFA Seering Committee Voted TO Censure Diane Feinstein

From: Carol C.
Sent on: Wednesday, November 14, 2007 12:02 PM
DO YOU AGREE? SD DFA Seering Committee Voted TO Censure Diane Feinstein.

What it means is that SD DFA along with 10+ other counties in CA DFA, and the Courage Campaign and a few other organizations to censure the Senator. We are supportng the resolution calling for the California Democratic Party to censure the Senator DiFi. This is a group action. No signature is needed since most steering committee members agreed to censure. Of Course, you can send her an email, individually. Most of us have already.

It is a way of holding Dianne Feinstein a publicly accountable. To make the Senator aware that we are serious. To voic as a group our disapproval of her actions and votes in the Senate. And, we are all watching the Senate, and want her to vote with the majority of her party!

It has to go to the CA Democratic executive committee, tomorrow. We don't know if it will make it out of there. Or if it will go farther in the process.

Thus this help? Let me know.


Hey everyone -

Big day on the censure DiFi front, post-Courage Campaign email blast.

Mal Burnstein, Janet Stromberg, Sandra Yolles, East Bay for Democracy, Karen Bernal, etc all deserve a great deal of credit for pushing this forward (I played a part as well, of course, but that's besides the point).

Chances of passage are slim, but that may depend on how high the volume is come Saturday.

This is a very DeanFA-driven event. Still hoping DFA-National can reflect that back to the grassroots before Friday.

Meanwhile, check out Bob's post on Calitics below --- he does a great job of rounding up multiple links from blogs and the MSM. I haven't had time to read more than a third of them...
Dianne Feinstein Censure Resonates with Democrats
by: Bob Brigham)

This is a defining moment for the California Democratic Party and there will be a lot of people watching what happens.
UPDATE: It resonates and has momentum. Fire Dog Lake and the San Francisco Bay Guardian Politics Blog and Amor Mundi and Maha Blog and Chris Weigant and Later on and the front page of Daily Kos. The primary story is now up to 860 comments. You can censure Dianne Feinstein yourself.

Something is happening here. I'm curious what you guys think it is...

Too many times Senator Feinstein has failed to represent the people of California. Now she has announced that this Thursday she will support President Bush for the third time in two months. And it all comes down to Senator Feinstein's role on the Judiciary Committee.

Strike One: A Bush nominee for the federal bench, Leslie Southwick has a long history of rulings in lower courts that violate equality laws. Feinstein cast a deciding vote to give him a lifetime seat.

Strike Two: Michael Mukasey, nominated for Attorney General, refused to say he would oppose torture. But Feinstein voted to send his confirmation to the Senate floor anyway.

Now she's poised for her third bad vote in a row, on a rework of the FISA Act -- the law that's supposed to protect us all against illegal wiretapping.

When the Bush administration didn't want to follow this law, they asked major telephone companies like AT&T and Verizon to help. Several phone companies broke the law to help Dick Cheney read our emails and listen to our phone calls.

They knew it was illegal. But they didn't expect to get caught.

Now that they did, the Bush administration is trying to protect AT&T and others from lawsuits by granting retroactive immunity for breaking the law. The Senate Judiciary Committee can kill this bill if all ten Democrats vote against it.

Strike Three: Senator Feinstein is the only Democrat who says she'll vote for it.

Please call Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid right now and demand he remove Senator Feinstein from the committee and replace her with a Democrat who will stand up to President Bush's abuse of power.

Senator Harry Reid

Please report your call and let us know how it went:

Our elected officials are supposed to represent the will of their constituents when they vote. In a state the size of California, almost nobody could represent everybody all the time. But too often, Diane Feinstein votes against the people of California.

One of our Senators is a true representitive. In 2004, there were questions about the fairness of the presidential vote in Ohio. A lot of DFA members asked our other Senator, Barbara Boxer, to oppose accepting the results in the Senate. She told her staff if enough Californians asked her to, she would. Well, enough of us did and Senator Boxer protested that vote on the floor of the Senate.

But, before the Iraq invasion, many people contacted Senator Feinstein and asked her to vote against authorization. I did. And I got an email back saying, as a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Feinstein felt she had access to information I didn't. So, despite communications from "tens of thousands of Californians" asking her to vote against it, she was going to ignore us. It was more polite than that. But it was still a blatant refusal to represent Californians and we all know how it turned out.

The first vote on retroactive immunity for phone companies is Thursday. Please take action today. Senator Feinstein won't vote with Democrats against the Bush administration's abuse of power. Ask Senator Reid to replace her with someone who will.

Senator Harry Reid

Please report your call and let us know how it went:

Thank you,


Chris Finnie
California DFA Member[/b

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