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I 'm a candidate for the Sonoma County Democratic Central Committee.
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So ... you've read Miles' compelling and articulate letter, and now the question is, what to do? Don't look at me. I'm a Libra and an enneagram "nine" so in my book, everybody's right. Clearly, there is a battle going on for the heart and soul of the Democratic Party -- or at least to transplant them in. But the more I read about the "puzzling" behavior of the Democratic Party machinery -- as in this move on the part of the Democratic Party hierarchy to certify Diebold voting machines in Maryland-- the more I see the need for a mass movement outside both party systems. Look at the way the Latino community in L.A. mobilized this past week against limiting immigration. That got peoples' attention. Of course, immigration, like Social Security, is an "inside the matrix" issue. In other words, it's acceptable to discuss publicly, unlike hackable voting machines and questioning the official 9/11 story.

Does it make sense to create a grassroots as opposed to corporate Democratic Party? Of course it does. But while you are working "inside the matrix" for worthy candidates who might indeed land John Conyers in a position to impeach Bush-Cheney, always always keep an eye and ear outside the matrix as well, because that's where the real machinery is. Pay FULL attention to the man behind the curtain. What do I mean by this? Here is a link to a very telling article about an encounter with John Connally, former Governor of Texas who was wounded in the Kennedy assassination. Connally didn't believe the official Warren Report story, but would never speak his mind publicly because, he said, "I love this country, and we needed closure at the time."

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Well, what we need right now is "opensure."

The temptation is great to fall back into the warm and fuzzy world of the matrix, where all we have to do is register Democratic voters -- and put aside the more disturbing issues of hackable voting machines and criminal perpetrations at the highest level. Well, can you say "2004?" Just as Einstein insisted that a problem could never be solved at the level of the problem, so we need to go beyond the shell game of electoral politics and wake up to the bigger picture. Whatever we do, the most important and ultimately empowering thing we can do is expand the field of awakening.

If you see that best way for you to expand awakening is to work as a grassroots Democratic party organizer or support financially the candidates of your choice, do it! If you feel you can best expand the field of awakening by sending a heartfelt letter to the DNC or the DLC or the DCCC letting them know that you're a stand for the truth coming out, and you will only support candidates and parties who take a similar stand, do that too. Victory for the Democrats -- providing it is riding the crest of a grassroots "up-wising" -- will be a step away from fascism, and that's a good thing. But don't for a minute buy the belief that the Democrats are our only hope, otherwise things are truly hopeless.

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There is a "field" for waking up, wising up and growing up that is becoming stronger every day. The Empty Envelopes Campaign at this time -- particularly when the envelopes contain compelling and heartfelt calls for leadership -- is just a step toward growing that field. In future weeks and months, we hope to provide even better and more effective ideas and actions.

A Chance to Stand Up and Have Your Vote Counted

VelvetRevolution.us supports legislation requiring accountability and transparency in elections. Although there are several bills presently pending in Congress proposing to address this, and none of them does everything we hope for, VR believes that a bill introduced by Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ), The Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act (H.R. 550), (complete text of the bill in PDF format here, more info available here) is currently the most comprehensive on this subject and has the best chance of passage. If it does pass, it will begin to fix multiple fundamental problems with our voting systems in time for the 2006 election cycle. Moreover, it currently has over 150 co-sponsors and several of them are even Republicans! This bill is a good starting point and if we pass it now, we will be on a much stronger footing to continue our fight for truly verifiable and transparent elections in the world's most important democracy. You can sign up below, and put your name to the petition.

9/11 Truth Breaks Through the Soundless Barrier

This past week, actor Charlie Sheen caused a stir on CNN when he raised questions about the official 9/11 story. An informal poll after the appearance indicated that some 82% of those responding had similar questions. In fact, the issue was so "hot" that CNN decided to have radio host and investigator Alex Jones on as well. A subsequent appearance by actor Ed Asner on the show was cancelled at the last minute, ostensibly because the producer couldn't find anyone to represent an opposing viewpoint. It's a positive sign that the story is breaking through the "soundless barrier." However, researcher Mark Robinowitz http://www.oilempire.us/index.html has a caveat here: It is common in perpetrations such as these for "disinformation" to be purposely implanted to "pollute" an otherwise true story to insure the entire story will be discredited. If you check his website, he has an excellent analysis of what the unlikely, likely and most likely scenarios are. Mark is concerned that if the alternative story has too many holes in it initially, the entire "truth" movement will lose credibility before it gains momentum.

While this is true, it is also true that the biggest barrier to the real story coming out -- along with government and media stonewalling -- is the unwillingness for the public to believe that such a horrendous perpetration took place. As Hitler knew, the bigger the lie the bigger the resistance to believing something that big could be a lie. Which is why I value the work of David Ray Griffin. As a retired professor of theology, he is an unlikely candidate for "conspiracy kook," which is what makes his books, The New Pearl Harbor and 9/11 Commission Report Omissions and Distortions so powerful. If you live in the Bay Area, you have two chances to hear him this weekend. Otherwise, you can watch the video here. Here are the Bay Area appearances:

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Sunday, April 2, 12:30-3:30 pm 1187 Franklin, SF Democratic World
Federalists Luncheon http://www.dwfed.org

Monday, April 3 at noon Commonwealth Club of CA in SF,

Swami and Steve on Radio This Saturday 10 a.m. to noon EST.

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