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Be Your Own Hero, Demand a Filibuster Now

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URGENT: Our senators are looking for support especially by phone. If you are a
member of MoveOn in particular, PLEASE appeal to them to mobilize their own
participants on this.

Dear Friends and Activists,

Please note the updated action link below. Now that an Alito filibuster is
looking increasingly likely, this new action deals also with the threat of an
abusive Senate rule change, the so-called nuclear option.

Please distribute this inspirational piece as widely as possible.


Even if you have already sent emails or made calls, the most powerful way for
you to follow up is by calling and faxing the LOCAL district offices of your
senators. You can get all their numbers in an instant with one click at


The national toll free numbers are 888-355-3588, 888-818-6641 and 800-426-8073,
just ask for any senator by name.

From time to time people will arise with the vision and the passion to inspire
other people, and the bravery to take a stand for justice even if they have to
do it alone. Sometimes tyranny maintains its power only by a kind of mental
intimidation, a threat that would collapse entirely if it were just challenged.
And whether those people are celebrated or not, all who take a stand against
tyranny, in any way they can, deserve to be recognized as heros.

So it was with Rosa Parks. She was a simple seamstress who did not set out to be
a hero. While she worked as a volunteer secretary for the NAACP, she did not see
herself as a national leader. But on that day in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955,
she decided she would no longer suffer the humiliation and surrender her bus
seat because of her race. In her own words, "The time had just come when I had
been pushed as far as I could stand to be pushed I suppose."

That one simple act of resistance precipitated the Montgomery Bus Boycott,
perhaps the key pioneering event in the creation of the whole civil rights

Today we have a Congress controlled by a numerical majority who operate as
bullies. They hold votes open for hours at a time while they browbeat and
threaten even their own party members. They disrespect and disregard long
established rules of procedure and decorum. They exclude the participation of
those representing at least half of the American people from any kind of
meaningful decision making. And if ever opposed, they threaten they will not
hesitate to further abuse their power by moving to abolish the right to

Do they not fear the American people? Thousands and tens of thousands and
hundreds of thousands of our citizens are calling and emailing and faxing their
senators right now to demand that Samuel Alito not be allowed to run our Supreme
Court into some right wing ditch. And if you are asking, "Who will lead the
filibuster that will stop this?" If you are asking yourself, "Who will stand up
against the intimidation and the fear and expose those bullies for the fringe
minority that they truly are?" The answer is . . . YOU are doing it right now.

With every personal message you send, you are telling our senators that it is
time for we the people to take a stand. With every phone call you make, you are
telling them it's time to take our country back. With every fax, YOU are a hero
for democracy. The majority of the American people no longer believe in done
deals. The other side has already lost, and the proof of it is that they are
reduced to making empty verbal threats. They'll clean our clock one Republican
senator was quoted yesterday as saying.

But privately the other side is telling its own few supporters that something
dreadful has happened, that we actually think we can win, and that we will
succeed unless they redouble their own lobbying efforts. And it's not working
for them. On the Ed Shultz show yesterday, and Ed does not screen his calls,
EVERY person who called in was demanding that there be a filibuster if necessary
to save our Supreme Court from Samuel Alito.

There is only one way to deal with a bully. You must stand up to them. And we
must keep standing up to them. We must keep calling our senators to tell them
that the American people support them for taking a courageous stand. They must
stand alone on the floor of the Senate, but we must continue rallying to their
side. If the other side declares war on the filibuster we must call and call
again to express our outrage. Each of us in our own way must find the courage to
stand individually and declare, "The time has just come when I've been pushed as
far as I can stand to be pushed."

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Joan Brunwasser is a co-founder of Citizens for Election Reform (CER) which since 2005 existed for the sole purpose of raising the public awareness of the critical need for election reform. Our goal: to restore fair, accurate, transparent, secure elections where votes are cast in private and counted in public. Because the problems with electronic (computerized) voting systems include a lack of (more...)

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