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Sen. Mike Gravel is close to qualifying for the Democratic debates - he is currently only 10,000 unique donors away from the requirement of 65,000 unique donors needed. If you have not already donated to his campaign, a donation of just $1 qualifies you as a unique donor.

Sen. Gravel represented Alaska as a Democrat from 1969 to 1981. During his time in the Senate, he was noted for his unabashed opposition to the Vietnam War and for reading the Pentagon Papers into the Congressional Record, risking expulsion from the Senate.

He is "committed to ending America's imperial policies (especially in Venezuela and Iran), legalizing marijuana, fundamentally reforming our politics through direct democracy, abolishing mass surveillance on American citizens, prioritizing climate change, dismantling America's carceral state, and building a foreign policy of peace."

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Donate $1here if you'd like to see Mike Gravel on the debate stage, moving the conversation to the left.

Mike Gravel: Bio (from his website)

Born in Springfield, Massachusetts to a humble family, Gravel served in the military for three years, achieving the rank of First Lieutenant. After his military service, he graduated from Columbia University, paying his way by working as a cab driver and a bar boy. After college, he moved to Alaska without a job or money, working on the railroad as a brakeman. Within six years he was a state legislator; two years later, he became Speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives.

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In 1968, Gravel was elected to represent Alaska in the U.S. Senate. He made a name for himself as a fierce opponent of the Vietnam War, urging the U.S. government to end the conflict immediately and stop the bloodshed. In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg approached U.S. senators with a momentous leaked document revealing high-level malfeasance and systematic lying that had resulted in thousands of deaths in Vietnam; if a senator were to read it into the Congressional Record, it could be published widely and avoid censorship. Only Mike Gravel agreed to read it into the record.

On the night of June 29, 1971, Gravel, despite his severe dyslexia, began reading the 4,100 pages of the Pentagon Papers into the Congressional Record, breaking into sobs. "The story is a terrible one," Gravel warned. "It is replete with duplicity, connivance against the public. People, human beings, are being killed as I speak to you. Arms are being severed; metal is crashing through human bodies," he told the press, before reading for several hours straight, reading the report into the Record well after midnight.

In 1981, Sen. Gravel left Washington. In the decades afterward, he worked as an anti-war and pro-direct democracy activist as well as the CEO of several cannabis companies. In 2008, he ran for president, calling for an immediate military withdrawal from foreign countries, recognition of gay marriage, and a Green New Deal. Today, he resides in California with his wife of 35 years, Whitney. He is a proud father and grandfather.

Sen. Gravel is running for president to bring a message of anti-imperialism and direct democracy to the Democratic debates. He is not seeking to contest any primaries, but rather to qualify for the debates, push the field toward sane views on American imperialism and the need for fundamental political reform, and then endorse the most progressive candidate. All campaign staffers are volunteers, and money is only being spent on campaign expenditures (such as airplane tickets and web hosting). All leftover funds will be donated to get clean water for Flint, Michigan.

 

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I've donated to Gravel (twice, in fact). I'm not a Democrat, but I would love to see a consistent and sincere anti-war voice on that party's debate stage.

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thanks, Meryl Ann - I donated and spread the word; hope he makes it onto the debate stage. I have no party allegiance to either corporate party but he is an individual that represents my values.

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Thank you Meryl Ann for your effort.

People should be rushing to get Mike Gravel on the "debate" stage, just so he can give his 60 seconds of anti-war message. That they are not is symptomatic of the apathy of the public to war, and more war. Where is the revolution when people will not even spare a buck for Gravel, or support alternative forums such as OEN?

Money talks, its silence is complicity.

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Doing it today!

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Dan, I was not trying to shame you, of all people. You are an inspiration to the cause.

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I WAS IN aLASKA ALL THE TIME THAT mIKE WAS OUR sENATOR. a fine, honorable guy. We were both anti VietNam, I have met him, shaked his hand, talked with him on the street.

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Is there anyplace you haven't been?

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