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Thursday, November 8, 2012

FW: Where Do We Go From Here Post Election??

> Date: Tue, 6 Nov 2012 16:16:03 -0800
> From: theteam@peaceteam.net
> Subject: Where Do We Go From Here Post Election??
> To: angusfarms@hotmail.com
> Dear Friends and Activists:
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> When President Obama was challenged a couple months ago about various
> disappointments, he said it was not about him, it was about us. That
> is to say, WE were to blame for not pushing him harder. We agree.
> As one prominent example, because we did not stand strong enough
> demanding real health care reform in the form of single payer, we
> ended up with a bad bill that was a part of the mood of
> disappointment. And candidate Romney had the gall to solicit that
> disappointment as a reason to vote for him instead, as if he would
> not have changed things for the worse.
> So unless we get cracking right now, and advocate for policy change
> in voices that WILL NOT be ignored, in another two years we will
> again be faced with a choice between candidates hard to defend and
> even greater evils.
> With all that in mind, we take note of something President Obama had
> to say last night in his victory speech.
> "The role of citizens in our Democracy does not end with your vote.
> America's never been about what can be done for us. It's about what
> can be done by us together through the hard and frustrating, but
> necessary work of self-government."
> Isn't that what we've been saying all along, that is is not enough to
> vote for someone and then HOPE they bring about the progressive
> change we want? We must force their hands every day of our lives.
> And here is the three part plan we propose from this point on:
> 1) Citizen Ballot Initiative Movements
> The brightest spot of last night's election was some very good law
> was made by citizen initiative across the country. Two states
> legalized gay marriage, three legalized marijuana, etc. This is the
> best form of "self-government" (to quote President Obama). We need to
> get to work right now preparing ballot initiatives for the next
> election cycle, educating voters, recruiting support, for single
> payer, public financing of elections, you name it, whatever we really
> want.
> We don't have to wait for some politician to do us a big favor and
> actually do their job representing the interests of the people. We
> can go to the people (ourselves) directly and make it law in many
> states. And the added benefit is such measures will bring people to
> the polls who will also support the candidates we'd really like
> better in any case.
> Please email us if you would like to participate in such actions and
> let's get it together.
> 2) Citizen Drafted Legislation Seeking Sponsorship
> The right wing has long had ALEC, a coordinating group dedicated to
> writing bills expressly drafted to favor their corporate special
> interests and pushing them on legislatures. We should be doing the
> same with our greater numbers. Let us write the bills WE want, and
> demand that our legislators sponsor them.
> If they refuse to sponsor, let us publish that and recruit other
> candidates who will. And if we start that process immediately, and
> current legislators will not act, we can STILL put those same bills
> up as citizen ballot initiatives state by state, and have a head
> start on educating our fellow citizens that way.
> Please email us if you would like to participate in these actions,
> especially if you have experience drafting law at the legislative
> level.
> 3) Enlightening Media Policy Action Projects
> We need to find other creative ways to educate and advocate for
> policy change.
> That is why we put so much energy into producing a full length
> feature dramatic film, "The Last War Crime," about the lies that took
> to war in Iraq, false intelligence which could only be obtained by
> torture. And we will put in real theaters near you just as soon as
> enough of you are ready to get real about it. And that means we need
> tens of thousands of you (speaking nationwide) to request tickets,
> and we are still not there yet. Please check out the new closing
> argument clip at
> http://www.peaceteam.net/closing_argument2.php
> If this video sample does not touch something inside you there is
> nothing more we can do for you.
> In the meantime we are fighting back hard against the repressive
> forces trying to stop the word from getting out about this movie.
> Monday our lawsuit for political speech discrimination against right
> wing radio station WMAL was filed in federal district court in
> Washington, DC. This is a very serious action raising constitutional
> questions of probable first impression. Check out this link to hear
> the ad they rejected, and you can also read a draft of the complaint
> from a link on the same page.
> http://www.peaceteam.net/extraordinary_vacation.php
> We are especially interested in hearing from qualified parties NOW
> who would like to submit amicus briefs in this case. This has a
> chance to make real precedent in a great test case.
> And we want you to know, we can't wait to get back into production
> for our next movie planned, to be called "Citizens United", in which
> we will confront the issue of corporate personhood. But first, we
> need to get this first one out there.
> So those are our proposals for how to proceed going forward. Please
> join in now in every possible way, and we will not have to bite our
> nails again so hard two or four years hence.
> Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed
> to be ours, and forward this alert as widely as possible.
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