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East Bay "Democracy for America" Meetup Message Board › Elections in Crisis? Meet our next Secretary of State

Elections in Crisis? Meet our next Secretary of State

Eden J.
Hey folks -

Just wanted to let you know about an important East Bay for Democracy event coming up on Monday...

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East Bay for Democracy hosts Election Protection Champion and Candidate for Secretary of State

SENATOR DEBRA BOWEN

Co-sponsored by California for Democracy and the Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club

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Please RSVP at:
http://dfa.meetup.com...­
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* If you care about the integrity of elections in California

* If you believe your Vote is your Voice

* If you're appalled at the outsourcing of our most important
civic right and the draining of public funds to provide profits
to vendors of hackable voting machines who refuse to be held
accountable for performance

Then you'll want to meet Senator Debra Bowen, brilliant Chair
of the California Senate Elections Committee, outstanding
advocate for voters' rights and transparency in government and the best candidate for Secretary of State in 2006, in what may be THE most important race in the nation.

Please RSVP at:
http://dfa.meetup.com...­

DETAILS

Monday, March 20
Redwood Gardens
2951 Derby
Berkeley

$3-5 donation for the event (free for anyone joining EB4D on
the spot) & $5 for pizza & drink.

6:30 Sign in
Pizza / Socialize / DVD:
"Votergate" - a documentary from
Votergate.TV that shows how secretive corporate controlled
voting machines have corrupted elections across the nation. It
includes interviews with top computer scientists, investigative
reporters, politicians, and citizens who have witnessed the
results of the outsourcing of democracy.

7:00 Program

FEATURED SPEAKER - Senator DEBRA BOWEN

LETTER WRTING We'll write scads of Election Protection letters
targeted to State or local decision makers, depending on
political priorities as of March 20th.

PLUS East Bay for Democracy Meeting AGENDA

ACTION ITEMS - New items put to a VOTE

NEW RESOLUTIONS
* Impeach George Walker Bush
* Electronic Voting: Voting machines should not be
purchased or used unless they provide a voter-verifiable audit
trail.
* CDP Progressive Caucus Position Paper on Iraq

NEW ACTION ITEMS
* Phone Bank for Debra Bowen
* Truth in Initiatives Campaign (Proposal to Endorse)
* Call for motions to Endorse Candidates at our April 17th
meeting

CALLS TO ACTION
* Jerry McNerney for Congress campaign precinct walking
* West Contra Costa Coalition to Inform Voters (WCCCIV)
Candidates Forum
* Berkeley Honda Strike

DOOR PRIZES Spuds Pizza / Books / Other? Bring your good stuff to contribute to our Prize Chest

Join us for our in-depth conversation with Senator Debra Bowen, California's Election Protection Champion!

To help us plan, please RSVP at:
http://dfa.meetup.com...­

Your EB4D March 20th Action Planning Team,
Janet S, Vicki, Eden, Yvonne, Norman, Frances, Jim, and Janet F

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EAST BAY FOR DEMOCRACY is a grassroots community that empowers people by providing inspiration, information, training and opportunities for action. Working together, we exercise our power to revitalize our communities and governments by participating in political and social action networks and providing support for progressive candidates and causes.

We have taken this, our original East Bay for Dean Meetup, to the next step and organized ourselves for ongoing grassroots political action. Like Meetup, our meetings include information, action and socializing. We also network with our DFA-inspired sister organizations around the Bay, California and the nation to further the cause of American grassroots democracy.

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We fully support the goals of Democracy for America (DFA) as articulated by Governor Dean:

First, Democracy for America will be committed to strong, sustained grassroots involvement in the democratic process. Today, half of Americans don't even bother to vote. People see what the problems are, but they are cynical about the system and prospects for change. Only through acting will people recognize the power they have to change this country.

Second, Democracy for America will be committed to promoting an America where candidates and office holders tell the truth about policy choices and stand up for what they believe. The era when politicians equivocate about matters as fundamental as war and peace must end.

Third, Democracy for America will be committed to fighting against the influence and agenda of the two pillars of George W. Bush's Washington: the far right wing and their radical, divisive policies, and the selfish special interests who for too long have dominated politics.

Fourth, Democracy for America will be committed to fighting for progressive policies, like health care for all; investment in children; equal rights under law; fiscal responsibility; and a national security policy that makes America stronger by advancing progressive values.
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