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Sen. Mike Gravel will add a critical voice of conscience to the debate stage. He currently needs fewer than 2,000 unique donors to hit the qualification threshold for the Democratic debates. He is only requesting new $1.00 donors.

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.

You can watch the countdown live with Senator Gravel tonight, July 12, on livestream, starting at 7PM EDT: You can join here.

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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.

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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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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