Party*Wednesday, Dec. 26, 6:30PM,
Thursday, December 20, 2007 3:37 AM
Wednesday, December 26, 2007, 6:30 PM, "CONVERSATIONAL PARTY"! Food,Drink, Fun!
***WHO SHOULD COME: *We Welcome Anyone Who Enjoys Engaging in a lively, respectful exchange of ideas, and encourage people from various political/philosophical perspectives to join us.
*Come at around 6:30 to order food and mingle; at around 7:00, we'll start a discussion/debate about issues currently in the news.
*Where: Giovanni's 9353 Clairmont Mesa Blvd. San Diego , CA , [masked]
*Why: You'll love it because you'll be tired of all the trappings of the holidays and need a reality check!
*How to find the organizers. Jesse Thomas & Donna Orlando ~ "We'll be in the meeting room section of Giovanni's, which is to the right of the main entrance when facing the building. Order food at the counter in the main restaurant -- it will be brought to you."
San Diego voting officials have filed suit against , Secretary of State Debra Bowen
There needs to be more citizen knowledge and participation about this.
Let's make sure that Secretary of State Debra Bowen does not get swiftboated for decertifying the voting machines.
There seems to be some urgency to this problem right now as San Diego voting officials have filed suit against her in the last few days See these links:
CA: San Diego County - County suing state over voting-machine use conditions
CA: San Diego County sues secretary of state
CA: San Diego County - County sues official over voting machine rules
CA: San Diego sues Bowen over voting machine restrictions
With Christmas and the Holidays , I wanted to get the word out San Diego folks ss could think on it over the holiday.
We could start thinking about what to do about this.
Merry Christmas to all who celebrate it and Happy New Year to everyone.
FOX ATTACKS : Memo to Edwards and Obama: Stay strong. Reject FOX.
From: [address removed]
Subject: Memo to Edwards and Obama: Stay strong. Reject FOX.
Reply-To: [address removed]
Dear activists, colleagues and friends,
Pardon the holiday interruption, but the bullies at FOX are at it again. This time, they are trying to get Senator Obama and Senator Edwards to buckle to their threats and accusations. The senators are standing tall, tough and strong.
1. Watch the video
2. Sign the open letter
We must encourage them to resist the name-calling and intimidation and refuse to legitimize the propaganda network.
Watch video of the attacks: http://foxattacks.com/senators?utm_source=rgemail
Then sign the open letter supporting their decision. You helped us beat FOX on the Nevada debates, and stopped the Detroit debate. Now it's time to take your email lists, your blogs, your radio and newspapers, and let the world know. We support strength. We support candidates who don't cave to the bullies.
Thanks for everything you do,
P.S. We just redesigned BraveNewFilms.org. In addition to being the home for the best political video on the web, we're now starting to do live events. On Monday we covered Senator Dodd's filibuster threat with Cenk Uygur hosting several experts explaining the situation as it unfolded. We'll have similar coverage of the January 3rd Iowa caucuses. So stay tuned!
Hey Folks . . . How about adding your name to the Wexler petition to impeach Cheney. Read on:
I wanted to make sure that you saw my floor statement from earlier this week in opposition to the FISA bill. We were successful in delaying action on this flawed bill until early next year, and rest assured I will continue to work to produce a bill that gives the government the powers they need while also protecting our freedoms.
Read My Statement in Opposition to the Flawed FISA Bill:
Thank you again for your help in keeping the pressure on Congress to stand up to the administration on this important issue. I can't tell you how empowering it is to me to work on these critical issues knowing that I have the support of thousands of patriots like you from all across the country.
From: "Robert Wexler " <[address removed]>
Date: December 19,[masked]:39:30 PM PST
To: [address removed]
Subject: Rep. Wexler's Quarter Million Person Challenge / Blog Radio Announcement
Reply-To: [address removed]
We have already reached 100,000 supporters. Thank You.
Now We Need Each of You To Send an Email to Ten More People to Get 250,000 Signed Up at WexlerWantsHearings.com by the End of the Year.
I can guarantee that your 100,000 voices calling for impeachment hearings will now be heard in Congress. Together, through our new Quarter Million Person Challenge, let's now set a new goal of 250,000 Americans signing up to demand action.
It has been just 5 days since I called for impeachment hearings for Vice-President Dick Cheney and already over 100,000 people - including you - have answered that call by adding your name as an impeachment supporter at www.WexlerWantsHearings.com. This is a truly remarkable response that demonstrates the power that average, everyday Americans can have when we come together to pursue justice and accountability.
Never mind that the national media ignored my call and rejected an op-ed that I wrote along with my Judiciary Colleagues Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI). The Netroots and citizen activists like yourself are spreading our message and demanding action.
Quarter Million Person Challenge
Our movement continues to grow by the hour and the day. But, with the media blackout, I need your help to grow our effort. With 100,000 supporters already signed-up, if each of you e-mail ten of your friends (a "Chain-ey letter") about www.WexlerWantsHearings.com and the need for Cheney impeachment hearings we will reach over a million Americans and perhaps we can reach a new goal of 250,000 signers by the end of the year!!
More on the Media Blackout
The New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, USA Today, and Boston Globe have all rejected our op ed (though the Miami Herald just put an edited version in its "Letters to the Editor" section). We have heard from the editors of some of these publications and they are telling us that they are getting overwhelmed with phone calls and letters of complaint. (Well done everybody!)
In short - we need to keep the pressure on if this news will spread far beyond the Netroots community.
With warm regards,
Congressman Robert Wexler
SIGN PETITION: www.WexlerWantsHearings.com
HUD & New Orleans
During the worst housing crisis in New Orleans history, the Department
of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is pushing a deeply flawed plan
to demolish thousands of units of affordable housing, with plans to
rebuild only a fraction. If HUD gets its way, the majority of
affordable public housing in the city will be eliminated--essentially
shutting out thousands of low-income Katrina survivors who have been
fighting for over 2 years to return home.
Tomorrow, the New Orleans City Council will vote on whether or not to
permit HUD to carry out its demolitions, and several council members
are on the fence. We need to show the city council that people across
the country want our federal government to do better than HUD's plan,
and that we want the council to vote against it.
I joined ColorOfChange.org in calling on the city council to vote
against these reckless and premature demolitions and insist on a fair
redevelopment plan. I also sent a message to President Bush, calling
on him to stop HUD from carrying out its plan. Will you join me?
It just takes a minute to do this.
"Democracy Won; Blackwater Zero"
That was the headline on my Huffington Post piece late Tuesday night, breaking the news from the San Diego County Registrar of Voters that the people of the tiny border town of Potrero -- who had just spent a year of their lives fighting Blackwater -- had won an overwhelming landslide victory.
From the bottom-up, they beat Blackwater at the ballot box. By a stunning 2-to-1 margin.
In the first up-or-down vote related to Blackwater ever held in the United States, Potrero voters decisively recalled five elected leaders from office who had previously approved Blackwater's plans to build a base in their small town -- a mercenary training facility consisting of 15 firing ranges, a helipad, and a heavy vehicle operator's course covering the equivalent of 10 football fields.
The best part? This traditionally conservative rural community -- Potrero voters embraced the re-election of George W. Bush, 62%-37% over John Kerry, in 2004 -- shocked even the most optimistic observers by electing the entire slate of "Save Potrero" community leaders running as a coalition to block Blackwater's base. The "Save Potrero" candidates individually received anywhere from 62-71% of the post-recall vote to replace the staunch pro-Blackwater Planning Group members.
The battle to block Blackwater's base is not over, however. While all of the pro-Blackwater members of the Potrero Planning Group were booted from office, the base may still be approved by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. To block Blackwater's base in California, it's going to take a people-powered movement of patriots across America.
Let's face it. The larger our numbers, the louder our voice. 12,257 people have already signed on. Will you join the movement today at our new web site?
As trite as it may sound, this really is a David and Goliath story. The "David" in this case is personified by Carl Meyer, a soft-spoken local farmer who helped organize his neighbors to protect their way of life and hit Blackwater between the eyes.
Day and night, Carl and the "Save Potrero" grassroots team hand-painted signs, sent xeroxed mailers, knocked on doors, called voters, and generally did everything possible to win. Well, except for spending obscene amounts of money on overpriced consultants and expensive glossy mailers.