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Urge Progressive Senators to Take A Stand on Jan. 6, When Congress Meets to Certify the Vote [Dec. 30th, 2004|09:00 pm]
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[x-posted to my journal]

from No Stolen Elections! and United Progressives for Democracy:

January 6, 2005:
Take Action on Election Violations as Congress Meets to Certify the Vote!

More than a month has passed since voters cast votes for the President and Vice-President of the United States -- but every day, more and more stories surface that call into question the election's integrity.

Machines broke down, counted backwards, eliminated votes, and registered votes for the wrong candidate. Progressive and African-American neighborhoods experienced by far the longest lines on election day, the most vote spoilage, the most elimination of provisional ballots, and the most victimization by precinct manipulation.

Four hundred thousand callers phoned voter protection hotlines, with complaints ranging from absentee ballots lost in the mail, to outright voter intimidation and disenfranchisement. And partisan election officials with conflicts of interest undermined voting rights in states from Ohio to Florida to New Mexico. Even progressive Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee have questioned the elections' legitimacy, in a series of rigorous, painstakingly detailed letters documenting the unprecedented extent and scope of vote suppression, available at http://www.house.gov/judiciary_democrats/ .

How can we have confidence in American democracy when so many questions about this election remain unanswered? In addition to the long-standing issues subtly undermining democracy -- corporate domination of the two major parties, plurality elections, and corporate media bias - the recent election betrayed democratic principles overtly.

Despite the efforts of a few valiant members of Congress, most of our Senators and Representatives have ignored our pleas for serious investigation into the "irregularities" that surrounded the 2004 election. But one more opportunity remains for these government officials to stand for democracy.


On January 6, 2005, Congress will meet in joint session to certify the 2004 presidential election. On that day, if one member of the House and one member of the Senate object to the certification of the vote, then all members of Congress will finally discuss these issues. On January 6, 2001, not a single Senator would join with the Representatives who demanded an inquiry into the Florida recount. This year, let's make our Senators take a stand!

The following seven Senators are some of the most progressive members of the Senate. Please call them immediately, and urge them to defend democracy on January 6.


Senator Barbara Boxer, (202) 224-3553,

Senator Dick Durbin, (202) 224-2152,

Senator Russ Feingold, (202) 224-5323,

Senator Tom Harkin, (202) 224-3254,

Senator Jim Jeffords, (202) 224-5141,

Senator Edward Kennedy, 202/224-4543,

Senator Patrick Leahy, (202) 224-4242,


While our Senators and Representatives are inside Congress, tallying the electoral college vote, We the People must have a presence outside, bringing attention to the disenfranchisement, suppression and fraud that pervaded the 2004 election - and demanding real reforms to extend and protect democracy in America. Please join us on January 6 in Washington, DC. Details on the DC protest TBA. Check http://www.Nov3.US or http://www.counter-inaugural.org for more information.

If you can't come to DC, we urge you to organize a protest outside a Senator's office in your community, and list your event at http://www.Nov3.US.

This call to action is initiated by No Stolen Elections! and United Progressives for Democracy.
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the worst corporations [Dec. 20th, 2004|08:53 pm]
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another one to keep around all year. from neversurrender.org (Act For Change/Working Assets):

Never Surrender to the worst corporations. For the gifts you do buy, don't buy them from the worst corporations. Also avoid rewarding bad companies when you purchase food and household goods. A short list of corporations who don't honor American values of justice, equality and stewardship of our shared natural resources include:

Please check back often as this list is in progress.

The Worst Corporations
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petition: ask DeLay to step down [Dec. 20th, 2004|07:39 pm]
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from CommonCause.org. here's the text of the petition:

Ask Delay To Step Down

The Ethics Committee admonished House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) twice over the past week for improper conduct on three separate matters. He also has a third black mark on his record from 1999, when the panel admonished him for yet another matter. According to the Ethics Committee’s investigative report Representative DeLay utilized the resources of the Federal Aviation Administration for partisan purposes when he asked them to use their resources to track down a plane carrying Democratic Members of the Texas legislature who were fleeing to prevent a quorum to vote on a Republican-friendly remap of congressional districts. He also created the appearance of special treatment to energy interests in exchange for campaign contributions at a fund raiser at the Homestead resort in June of 2002.

Tom DeLay is ethically unfit to serve as a leader of the people’s House. America has higher standards than to let someone with his track record lead an institution as important to our democracy as the United States House of Representatives. We believe the time has come for Rep. DeLay to step down.

We the undersigned call on Representative DeLay to step down from his position as House Majority Leader.

Sign the petition.
(and pass it on!)
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Gift buying guide - support companies with equitable workplace policies for GLBT employees [Dec. 18th, 2004|02:37 pm]
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i wish they had posted this a little earlier, but it will be useful to keep bookmarked for the whole year, not just the holidays.

from the Human Rights Campaign:

With the holiday season here, every purchase you make can advance the cause of equality. Using our holiday gift buying guide, the choices you make will send a signal to retailers and manufacturers that fair policies are good for business. See below for information on a few purchases you might make this holiday season. You can also search our Corporate Equality Index to see how a particular company stacks up.

Happy gift-hunting!

Gift Buying Guide
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i only wish i was kidding [Dec. 16th, 2004|11:28 am]
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[Current Music |Lion's Share- The Germs]

right now. this minute. on fox news channel. the headline:

"christmas under attack!"
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Planned Parenthood email from today [Dec. 9th, 2004|05:05 pm]
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Dear xxxxx,

Without much fanfare and media attention, yesterday President Bush signed into law the Weldon Amendment, or so-called "Abortion Non-Discrimination Act" (ANDA). This latest attack on women's rights allows institutions to refuse to comply with existing or future laws that protect women's access to abortion services. It also allows health care institutions to refuse to give women full information about all of their reproductive health options.

PPFA and others will be working to see the law blocked in the courts or repealed in Congress, where Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) has promised Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) a vote to repeal the bill.

Please join the fight to repeal this amendment. Contact your representatives in Congress today.

P.P. website has the form to fill out and will email your representative for you!
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opinions [Dec. 8th, 2004|10:26 am]
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ok, i need your honest opinions here. i'm thinking of not buying into the materialistic christmas bullshit this year (hypocritical, i know, because i make my living off of the materialistic christmas bullshit) and instead of buying gifts, i'm thinking of making donations to different charities in my friend's names.

is this a bad gift? i guess i shouldn't care too much, because i'm doing a good thing. but tell me honestly, if you opened up a card that said "Joe has made a contribution of $XX.XX to UNICEF in your name" would you be disappointed?

seriously, tell me what you think.
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(no subject) [Dec. 8th, 2004|09:19 am]
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From How to Save the World:

Here's a reminder, at this busy shopping season, of the Pledge to Buy Local:

1. Never buy anything imported if there's an affordable locally-made alternative.
2. When you're shopping for gifts, buy only domestically-made goods, especially local, quality, hand-crafted goods. Or give gift certificates to local restaurants (owned and managed by local people) or other local services.
3. Find out which businesses in your community have won awards for being excellent employers, or recognized as especially socially or environmentally conscious. Send them a note of congratulations, and go out of your way to give them your business.
4. If you can't find a reasonable locally-made alternative:
1. complain to the store, especially if you know that a locally-made alternative is available but not carried by the store,
2. try to put off buying the imported item if it's non-essential -- a huge proportion of imported products we buy are 'impulse' purchases -- stuff so cheap we buy it because we can't resist the deal -- stuff we don't really need and which usually doesn't last and ends up in the landfill,
3. identify and call local companies that might be able to produce the item locally -- or consider starting a business to produce it yourself!
5. If you can't tell where something is made, assume it's imported. Beware of misleading 'assembled in..' and 'printed in...' labels that make imported goods that are repackaged domestically look like domestic goods.
6. Boycott stores that sell mostly imported goods. Let them know that they are costing local people jobs. If they say the local goods are too expensive, remind them that you get what you pay for -- in more ways than one.
7. Find out whether the major companies in your community have outsourced or exported jobs to other countries. If they have, complain to them, to the local newspaper, and to the Chamber of Commerce.
8. Tell your local politicians you want tax laws and regulations changed to reward local employment and penalize the export of local jobs to other countries. If they support so-called 'free' trade agreements, work to defeat them -- these agreements escalate job dislocation.
9. Talk to the purchasing department where you work and encourage them to Pledge to Buy Local too.
10. And while you're reading the labels to see where stuff was made, you can help the world at the same time by buying cruelty-free products (no animal testing) and fair-trade products.
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jesus. [Dec. 7th, 2004|09:02 pm]
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god help us all.
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(no subject) [Nov. 22nd, 2004|03:04 pm]
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From my real momma:

No Sweat bet the rent that the big brands will respond to consumer and worker demands for humane working conditions, but only if they see a serious competitor succeed by filling that demand. These activist/entrepreneurs suspect that by coupling individual choice with collective action, progressive consumers can have a disproportionate and positive impact on the culture and economy we live in.

Check out these great shoes at Market.MotherJones.com and make MoJo the first stop for your holiday gift list. The red MoJos are there along with plenty of other stuff for all the progressives in your life. Including you.

Proceeds benefit not just the workers who make these products but Mother Jones investigative reporting.

And be sure to check out NoSweatShop.com and their complete line of union made clothing, from fine union shops in the US, Canada and the developing world.

"When you vote with a dollar it always gets counted." -A. Nieman
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