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The San Diego Democracy for America Meetup Group Message Board › Speaker's Bureau: SD for Democracy

Speaker's Bureau: SD for Democracy

Miriam R.
La Mesa, CA
Post #: 4
Our Media Committee is working on developing a speaker's bureau to provide guest speakers to community groups county-wide. The focus will be on the need for people of all parties to join together to preserve our democracy and restore America to being a country governed of the people, by the people, and for the people.

I need someone who can help put together a PowerPoint presentation or slideshow. I'd also welcome input on topics to include. Ideally, I want to send two speakers to each audience--one Democrat, and one Independent or "reformed" Republican or person who is still a registered Republican but has grave concerns about the erosion of democratic principles.

My goal is to include topics that should unite, not divide, bringing in as many supporters as possible. These include:

* government propaganda paid for with tax dollars
* corporate takeover of media
* News that's not being reported in mainstream media--and why
* threats to civil liberties under the Patriot Act, etc. (citizens and immigrants
imprisoned and even tortured without charges or legal representation,
snooping into library records, searches of private homes without warrants)
* economic instability caused by reckless deficit spending
* increasing government secrecy
* corruption (Tom Delay, Enron, Schwarzenegger's special interest backing, etc)
* shift to preemptive wars rather than an isolationist foreign policy
* Republicans changing rules to eliminate ethical challenges in Congress
* failure of Bush administration to seriously investigate crimes
* Efforts to eliminate filibuster to create one-party rule
* how Republicans and Democrats have flip-flopped on protecting states' rights (as the Schiavo case illustrates) and are abusing separation of powers guaranteed under the Constitution
* How corporate interests are overseeing regulatory agencies--ie, EPA allowing pesticide testing on children to appease Dow Chemical, a major Bush donor, and how pharmaceutical companies have paid FDA researchers conducting tests on drugs later proven dangerous.
* Orwellian use of "double-speak" ie "Clear Skies" for a bill that would increase mercury levels by 500% (intentionally misleading the public)
* repeated lying to the American people, including the biggest whopper of all,
weapons of mass destruction used as justification for a war
* evidence of election fraud/failure of those in power to even allow genuine election reform bills to be heard
* Quotes from prominent Republicans who have publicly criticized Bush for moving America toward totalitarianism. For instance, I've been collecting quotes that include a former moral majority leader and right-wing evangelical radio preacher, a Republican Congressman from Texas, a prominent publisher of a conservative magazine, and more.
* We may also end with the "14 points of fascism" (all of which will have been covered in the prior presentation, without calling it that), and ask the audience if they think we've gone too far in this treacherous direction.

We will end with "take action" opportunities for any/all of these issues
as well as inviting audience members to attend DFA Meetups and/or join San Diego For Democracy.

Any other topics we should include?

We also need names and contact info for community groups, as well as volunteers to participate as speakers. We will create "talking points" on all key topics. We especially need "reformed Republicans" or independents, to give our message broad appeal--not just preaching to the choir.

Post here, orl e-mail me at with your ideas/contact info.
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