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Dec. 10th, 2004 @ 01:45 pm Make your voice heard, wherever you can is how I figure it...
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Two months from now, the members of the Democratic National Committee will
elect a new party chairman. And we welcome the spirited discussion among
candidates, activists, and progressive organizations on the direction and future
of the Democratic Party.

Under Chairman Terry McAuliffe's leadership, the DNC has spent the past four
years making the power of grassroots activism a top priority. Thanks to those
efforts, the Democratic Party is stronger than it has ever been before.

  • In 2000, the DNC only raised $35 million in small
    donations. Most of our resources -- over $150 million -- came in large
    donations. But in 2004, there was a remarkable turnaround. This year, the vast
    majority of our funding -- over $248 million -- came from average Americans
    donating what they could, while large donations actually went down to just $105
    million -- less than a third of our total.
  • In the past four years, the DNC expanded its
    small donor base seven fold, from 400,000 in 2000 to 2.7 million in 2004.
  • The DNC invested $80 million in grassroots field
    organizing in 2004 -- 166 percent over 2000.
  • The DNC fielded more than 2000 organizers in
    battleground states, and conducted 530 organizing conventions across the
    country, training nearly 80,000 attendees.
  • We also mobilized 233,000 volunteers, knocking on
    11 million doors, and making 38 million volunteer phone calls.

These remarkable accomplishments could not have been achieved without your
tireless dedication to our party and to the enacting the strategic plans we put
in place over the past four years.

One thing is certain: The gains of the past cannot be reversed. The power of
the grassroots will not put back in the bottle. And the future of the Democratic
Party looks stronger than ever. We all need to pull together and work

We want your opinion on our party's future. Use this link to give us your


The DNC Internet Team,
Doug, Jesse, Nancy, Morra, and Eric

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girl in a world
Dec. 8th, 2004 @ 11:34 am "Light up, light up - as if you had a choice...Louder - and we'll run for our lives..."
Current Mood: hotfired UP
Current Music: Snow Patrol "Run"
Newbie to the community! And of course I thought I'd just dive right in with a dirrty Dem's issue/anti-Bush sentiment that I hope you'll all appreciate :)

Recently, Action California (a group addressing civil rights issues) wanted to come to campus for an educational workshop regarding the upcoming gay marriage ban currently in the works @ la casa blanca. Apparently, such an issue does not mesh well with the "Catholic Tradition" or our bullshit "Mission Statement," and thus, the group was denied access to the campus.

Again, this was an *educational* workshop - not an advocacy meeting for gay rights, a mass marriage ceremony, or an orgie with every 'mo in town. It would have simply been an opportunity to *educate* students and staff on campus, and, hopefully, members of the community on just what this ammendment is all about, and whom it will affect. Believe it or not, this proposal will impact more than just the LGBT community: it will also prohibit (heterosexual) civil unions and cohabitation benefits, which will in turn severely decrease the legal and insurance benefits of people involved - which also includes the businesses who offer such benefits to their employees.

We feel that the administration's denying AC's access to our students is a serious violation of our rights as paying students, and also members of a community seeking education and involvement with things that matter to us as US citizens.

That said, I know most of you reading this are not on campus, or even remotely close to campus...but if you could, perhaps give me your thoughts about this - ideally supporting Action Cali's return and the promotion of civil rights ed - I would really appreciate it. If you truly feel as passionate as we do about this, perhaps you could spread the word to your peers as well - we need all the support we can get!
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Chanel Sunglasses
Dec. 2nd, 2004 @ 07:40 pm Some calls to action: Eye on Human Rights - Fair Trade. Write to GWB, etc....
Current Mood: busy
Eye on human rights from Care 2 newsletter... Please read HereCollapse )

X-posted.  Forgive me, please.  =)
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girl in a world
Nov. 10th, 2004 @ 04:11 pm Lend your signature to protect America's remaining forests
Current Mood: concerned
Please read....


From saveourenvironment.org:

There are only a few days left to protect our beautiful national forests from permanent destruction by road-building, logging and drilling! Please act now to prevent this by signing our petition to the Bush administration below before the comment period ends on November 15, 2004.

Despite their earlier promises to uphold the excellent Roadless Area Conservation Rule that currently protects our wild national forests, in July the Bush administration proposed a repeal of the Roadless Rule. As soon as the administration's plan takes effect, 58.5 million acres of our national forests will be at risk from drilling, road building and logging.

Once a wild area is opened up by a road it is never the same again. These forests belong to us and we need your help to let the Bush administration know we do not want to sell out our national forests to corporate special interests.

Your comments really do make a difference. You can help stop this senseless destruction of our national forests, but you have to act now before it's too late! .....

Click here to sign petition
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girl in a world
Nov. 7th, 2004 @ 05:34 pm (no subject)

Constitution Restoration Act of 2004

In keeping with our feature article on Christian Fundamentalism, this weeks link is a superficially boring but actually deeply disturbing bill known as the "Constitution Restoration Act of 2004".

Basically if this Bill becomes law it will make the Supreme Court obsolete and threaten to turn the US into a vast fundamentalist Christian Theocracy. Drafted by Pat Robertson and the Christian Dominionists (who’s founder wanted the Ten Commandments to replace the Constitution) the bill states that the Federal, State and Local government will have to acknowledge “God as the sovereign source of law, liberty, or government” and will make it matter of routine to totally disregard the views and actions of “any foreign state or international organization or agency” Christian conservative commentator Pastor Chuck Baldwin is urging people to lobby their Congressmen and Senators to get the bill passed, claiming it is “the most important legislation in the last fifty years”.

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Nov. 7th, 2004 @ 04:17 pm some resources
Hi - I just joined this community (and just created a journal) as a means of scraping myself off the pavement and linking up with others in an effort to hold onto our civil liberties.

Some good links:

So...where do we go from here? I'm living in the DC area and interested in any suggestions for becoming active in the community...
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Nov. 7th, 2004 @ 02:42 am Unsure what to do now (x-posted)
The following is an email that I sent to my brother.

I'm very curious about something.

Was your decision to go Republican motivated in any way by some desire (possibly unconscious) to "assimilate" more, especially since we live in such a Republican heavy county? In other words, maybe like a "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" kind of thing?

I feel so lost. I can't see myself registering Republican but at the same time, I'm tired of being on the losing team all the time with the fucking Democrats. The Republicans may not win elections ethically but at least THEY WIN ELECTIONS AND KNOW WHAT TO DO TO WIN ELECTIONS and as far as I'm concerned, that's all that really matters in the grand scheme of things. Like Clinton said, "you can't make any changes if you don't win elections."

I'm also starting to believe that maybe one of the reasons why Chad and I are over is because of my growing "Republicanness" (whether unconscious or not) as I've gotten older and his growing liberalness as he's gotten older. I gotta admit, I've never been a big fan of liberals (ESPECIALLY not after this election).

If I do decide to re-register to vote, I just can't see myself registering Democrat or Republican. And I don't see the point in registering with some worthless third party that's never gonna get into the White House in our lifetimes more than likely.

This election definitely changed me. For the better or worse is yet to be known.

Some quick backround on me - I was a registered Democrat for 16 years up until this past Wednesday. I contacted my local Registrar of Voters office about being removed from voter registration shortly after finding out about Kerry's concession and mailed out my request to be removed that night.

Any feedback at all (good or bad) would be greatly appreciated.
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Nov. 6th, 2004 @ 09:38 pm (no subject)
This is a new community so obviously it's up to whoever joins exactly what they want to see happen. But here's my main goals.

I want a place to really assess what issues are in danger from this administration.
I want a place to help me stay informed of when those issues are being threatened. Because the news has been doing a lot of selective reporting lately, in my opinion, and it's impossible on your own to hear in time whenever something is going on.
I want a place to brainstorm for ideas about how to go about this change and get involved.
And I need a place to talk to people who feel the same and are doing something about it, so I can stay inspired over the next four years, that things are really going to change for the better. That we won't just all roll over and let this adminstration plow our country into the ground.

And for a bit of inspiration of sorts. I know not everyone likes Michael Moore, but this is good regardless.

17 Reasons Not to Slit Your WristsCollapse )
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sunglasses, billie
Nov. 6th, 2004 @ 10:34 pm (no subject)
Thanks for making this! we're going to have alot of fun here! First thing i'm going to post is this...



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