This article ("Why Smoke Was Coming out of my Ears") http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_joan_bru_060919_why_smoke_is_coming_.htm made my day, made me feel really even more sick, that is. It
was, as always, a brilliant--and useful--recap of THE PROBLEM (increasingly
scary) and advice for what to do. I saw the fantastic "Stealing America"
the other night--everyone should do the same.
I'm also (anxiously) working ways to get to politicians and newsmakers and
to enlist everyone I can reach (I don't think my friends are tired yet of my
obsessing over broken machines and stolen elections because I give them lots of documentation),
and these are some of the things I've done and ideas I've got. I've written
letters marked "personal" on the envelopes to Howard Dean, Rahm Emanuel
(chair of the Democratic Congressiona l Campaign Committee), Chuck Schumer
(chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee), begging them to go
public on the stealing of the 2004 election (especially) and to institute
lawsuits, such as the one by voting activists in Ohio (to take the
management of the Nov. election away from J. Kenneth Blackwell). The DNC
web site reports that election protection activities have been put into
place by the DNC in 15 states, but that sure hasn't gotten much publicity.
I've written David Brancaccio ("NOW" on PBS), asking that he interview
Freeman and Bleifuss. Since Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert's great skits on
voting machines have been used in at least two films I've seen, I'm going to
write them to urge them to interview Freeman and Bleifuss.
I've written two letters to the editor of "The Washington Post" that I knew wouldn't get
printed, even though my percentages are usually good there (one on J. Kenneth Blackwell as the poster child of vote suppression
in response to David Broder's article on the "GOP Heartland Plunge" and the
other criticizing the reporter who wrote the "Appreciation" for Warren
Mitofsky for assuming anyone believing that the exit polls were more correct
than the "vote count" were conspiracy theorists). I followed these with a
letter to the ombudsman of "The Post," which, expectedly, got no reply, but
I'm planning to call her on the phone when I come up for air and am prepared
to discuss in detail. I also wrote to David Broder about his column. I
plan to write or call R. Morin about his "Appreciation" piece; he's "The Post's"
pollster, and I still have the article he wrote right after the election,
quickly calling challenges to the reported outcome as "conspiracy theory."
I'm also working on MoveOn.org's massive phoning (get out the progressive
vote) project, a really easy way to get involved (see http://moveon.org/r?1987).
There are two more election activity groups that you might want to
publicize: VerifiedVoting is soliciting individuals and organizations for
an election transparency project (see
www.verifiedvotingfoundation.org/article.php?id=6386) and Pollworkers for
Democracy (Mainstreet Moms, VoteTrustUSA, Working Assets) wants people to
sign up as poll workers or poll watchers on election day and make reports
(see www.pollworkersfordemocracy.org). Both seem extremely well organized.
As you wrote, this really IS a nonpartisan issue. We all have a stake in taking back our democracy.