It sound great to me. I'll send
you a couple of emails from the grassroots circuit and let you see what's being
said on this subject.
Keep on rockin' in the free
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Sent: Wednesday, November 14,[masked]:02
Subject: [dfa-23] DO YOU AGREE? SD DFA
Seering Committee Voted TO Censure Diane Feinstein
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
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
Thus this help? Let me
Hey everyone -
Big day on the
censure DiFi front, post-Courage Campaign email blast.
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
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
Dianne Feinstein Censure Resonates with Democrats
This is a defining moment for the California
Democratic Party and there will be a lot of people watching what
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
Something is happening here. I'm curious what you
guys think it is...
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
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
They knew it was illegal. But they didn't expect to get
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
report your call and let us know how it went:
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
Senator Harry Reid
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