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Friday, February 24, 2006
 
Triciounty DFA Update: Meeting Next Week, Walmart Movie and More
Hello Everyone!

In this update:

1. Glens Falls DFA "Meetup" Next Wednesday
2. Video -- "Walmart, The High Price Of The Low Price
3. Dean At Plumber's And Steamfitters
4. Democrats Rallying Around Common Anti-War Position
5. On The Lighter Side

1. Glens Falls DFA "Meetup" Next Wednesday

Our monthly DFA "Meetup" -- now Linkup, will be held next Wednesday, March 1 at the Rockhill Bakehouse Cafe in downtown Glens Falls at our usual time of 7pm. Please come and bring a friend. On the agenda will be a discussion of forums and a video, which was postponed from last month's due to a lack of time.

The Cafe is located on the corners of Elm and Exchange Streets and Hudson Avenue. To reach the Cafe, from Northway Exit 18 turn east towards downtown Glens Falls. Past the Hannaford market, bear right by Stewarts. Go past the Post Office and the Hospital. The Cafe is just past the Hospital on the left hand side of the street just before the five corners downtown. From the East, go down the Hudson Falls Hill onto Warren Street and past the bi-county incinerator, travel west on Warren St. to the five corners downtown. The Cafe is on Hudson Ave. to the center-left just past the light.

2. Video -- "Walmart, The High Price Of The Low Price

The main focus of the agenda will be Robert Greenwald's video, "Walmart, The High Price Of The Low Price," an espose of Walmart's abusive business practices and their effect on employees, communities and our entire country. Acclaimed film and video maker Greenwald also is the creator of the videos Outfoxed, Rupert Murdoch's War On Journalism and Uncovered, The War On Iraq.

The video is 97 minutes long; accordingly, in order to show the entire video, our meeting will have to start at 7pm sharp in order to have about 15-20 minutes for other business first! This should be very popular, so please come early to get a seat!

3. Dean At Plumber's And Steamfitters

Governor Dean is on the road again, speaking yesterday at one of our favorite unions, Saratoga County Democratic Committee Chairman Larry Bulman's Plumber's and Steamfitters. In this case it's Local 412 in New Mexico, not 773 here -- but I am sure we can dream along with Larry!

The Governor praised New Mexico for going with paper ballot voting machines, rapped Dick's Cheney marksmanship, the Republican Culture of Corruption and talked about the 50 State Strategy, that, as we know, began with Dean For America. http://www.freenewmexican.com/news/39887.html

4. Democrats Rallying Around Common Anti-War Position

The Governor is also busy rallying Democrats (finally ) around a common position on the war. This is a must read. (thanks to Pell!) Here is the link, but it may not be up that long: http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2006/02/20/democrats_may_unite_on_plan_to_pull_troops/?page=full

5. On The Lighter Side

Finally, here are some hilarious links on Dick Cheney and the Republican culture of gun abuse -- warning, there is what passes for Vice-Presidential language these days, that is, bad words that used to make mother frown (thanks Roger and Drew):

http://cheneyplaysfolsom.cf.huffingtonpost.com/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-hipp/cheneys-victim-sings_b_15948.html
http://folksongsofthefarrightwing.cf.huffingtonpost.com/

See you all next week!

Thanks,

Larry

Sunday, February 12, 2006
 
From Democratic Underground Blog
Whitewashing a Legacy

February 11, 2006By Joseph Hughes

America celebrated the legacy of Coretta Scott King Tuesday. More than 10,000 people - including four presidents - gathered at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church near Atlanta to honor King, her work and her memory. The six-hour ceremony was filled with laughter, tears, appreciation and inspiration, truly paying tribute to a woman of King's stature.
Presidents, luminaries and civil rights leaders alike remembered King's steadfast, purposeful activism, highlighting a life spent working for change. So it shouldn't surprise you when those long opposed to everything King stood for disrespected this great woman on her day and at a time when her and her husband's lessons are needed most.
Former President Jimmy Carter drew applause Tuesday when he rightly reminded the audience that "struggle for equal rights is not over." He added, "We only have to recall the color of the faces of those in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi, those who were most devastated by Katrina, to know that there are not yet equal opportunities for all Americans." Carter drew further parallels between the past and present when he said, "It was difficult for them personally - with the civil liberties of both husband and wife violated as they became the target of secret government wiretapping, other surveillance, and as you know, harassment from the FBI."
Perhaps the ceremony's most memorable moment came when Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery, cofounder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, received a standing ovation when he began a thought by saying, "We know now there were no weapons of mass destruction over there." As the raucous applause died down, Lowery continued, "But Coretta knew and we know that there are weapons of misdirection right down here. Millions without health insurance. Poverty abounds. For war billions more but no more for the poor."
As expected, the right-wing outrage machine quickly swung into motion. On "Hardball," the National Review's Kate O'Beirne said Carter and Lowery were "completely inappropriate," adding, "Liberals don't seem to be able to keep politics away from funerals." Sean Hannity and Michael Reagan lashed out, also comparing Tuesday's proceedings to the Paul Wellstone memorial. Rush Limbaugh called Lowery's standing ovation "a brief Wellstone moment," while the Drudge Report noted that the "King funeral turns political." MSNBC's Joe Scarborough asked, "Was this funeral of this great lady really the place go politicking?" One of his guests, fellow MSNBC host Tucker Carlson, called the comments in question "graceless" and "rude as hell." Similarly, Michelle Malkin said, "The Democrats just can't restrain themselves. Absolutely ungodly." Wednesday, a New York Post editorial suggested Carter might be the most shameless president of all time, saying he had "no clue" and "no class."
I'm sorry, but I must have forgotten the fact that funerals are the place to ignore the work of the deceased, not celebrate it. Because, after all, there was nothing purely partisan surrounding President Reagan's funeral. No, that weeklong Republican snuff film you saw had nothing to do with the Gipper - it was merely a coincidence. And those political attacks Bush made last Veterans Day - a day as solemn as Tuesday? Those baseless charges were nothing compared to King's funeral, when the help apparently got a little too uppity for the right.
Or was it that Bush was simply unprepared for what he was hearing? He can't speak to the troops without it being scripted, nor can he appear before an audience without it being staged. Perhaps the unvarnished truth was too much for his pretty little ears. Besides, when else was Bush ever going to hear from a predominantly African American audience? It's not like the president has made an effort to reach out to the black community. He's ignored both the Congressional Black Caucus and the NAACP. His administration's disastrous response to Hurricane Katrina still burns in African Americans' memory, making his 2 percent approval rate among them less than surprising.
So how dare the Republican Party lecture anyone about race. How dare a party without a single African American member of Congress tell anyone how to remember a hero like King? How dare a party whose Senators couldn't even unanimously apologize for not doing more about lynching criticize trailblazers like Lowery? How dare a party who turned the death of Rosa Parks into a photo opportunity deride Tuesday's services? How dare a party whose pundits speak about reducing crime by aborting black babies dictate how we should honor a leader of the civil rights movement? How dare a party whose vice says "Fuck yourself" to a U.S. Senator preach about proper etiquette?
Tuesday wasn't about a woman who kept quiet. It was about a woman who spoke truth to power. So how better to honor her legacy than by speaking some of that truth at her funeral? Republicans would be better suited listening to the messages offered Tuesday than attacking the messengers. They would also be wise to heed the words of Martin Luther King Jr., who, when speaking about his own funeral, said, "Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice; say that I was a drum major for peace; I was a drum major for righteousness." He didn't want a whitewashing. Neither did his wife. She wasn't a neutral player in this fight. She was a progressive voice for change. It would be foolish to consider her anything but.
Listen, Republicans, don't speak for the King legacy at the same time you actively speak against it. Don't dishonor a movement by protesting the celebration of ideals you've protested for decades. Don't claim a perspective on a constituency you don't represent. Neither Tuesday's honoree nor her husband got along to go along. They fought for equality. They fought for what's right. They fought to build up the very things your party is fighting to tear down. So expecting King's funeral to avoid those pressing issues ignores her life and dismisses the struggle millions of Americans still face.
Joseph Hughes is a graphic designer and writer by day and a liberal blogger by night. Read stories like this and many more at his blog, Hughes for America.

Saturday, February 11, 2006
 
Tricounty DFA Weekend Update
Hello Everyone!

In This Update:

1. Training Day Report & Thanks
2. Trained Activist Page Up
3. Governor Dean On Face The Nation Sunday
4. DFA Voting Technology Petition
5. Kirsten Gillibrand Reception
6. Jane Bouchard Needs Clippers


1. Training Day Report & Thanks

First: a report on last Saturday's DFA Training Day in South Glens Falls. A crowd of activists filled the Plumber's and Steamfitter's Hall until it nearly overflowed; in fact, so many people showed up, the training team ran out of manuals. All week I've been getting enthused, even thrilled reports on the quality of presentations everyone received.

Special thanks, of course, goes first to the DFA Training Academy Team from Burlington who gave up their day off between their bi-weekly trips around the county conducting training sessions for activists in different states: DFA Executive Director Tom Hughes, Training Academy Coordinator Arshad Hasan, Field Director Chris Warshaw and Lakshmi Barot.

Most of these sessions in other areas are state-wide. A measure of the success of the event is that about 60 people showed up last Saturday. A DFA training weekend in Kentucky last year that was state-wide drew 65.

Great thanks also goes to Larry Bulman, Saratoga County Democratic Chair and Business Manager of the Plumber's and Steamfitters Local 773, not only for his last minute funding effort, the use of his union's hall, but also his belief and understanding of the importance of modern, up to date, field operations. Thanks also to the Saratoga County Democratic Committee, Larry Bulman's PAC and Denise King for securing matching funding from the Dutchess County Democratic Committee and the State Party.

I also want to thank our volunteers: Pat Dudley, our outstanding catering manager, who with Dick Dudley donated extra supplies for the great luncheon everyone had. Also Hosting Committee volunteers Drew Monthie, Bob Rockwell, Miranda Kyhill, Deb Liddle-Hallahan and Roy Thomas.

2. Trained Activist Page Up

A special Trained Activist webpage has been set up on DFA-Link to allow the participants in the Training Day to keep in touch, work together and share information and experience. This is a great tool for all of us to use and share. http://www.dfalink.com/group.php?id=747

3. Governor Dean On Face The Nation Sunday

An alert that Governor Dean will be on Face The Nation with Bob Schieffer Sunday Morning. In the Albany area that would be on Channel Six at 10am. Given the frayed quality of the Democratic response lately, a dose of the Governor is long overdue.

4. DFA Voting Petition -- And State Action

Voting Technology issues are heating up again. DFA earlier this week issued a call for a national petition on voting reform issues. http://tools.democracyforamerica.com/petition/votingreform/

"The survival of our democracy demands that every vote be counted accurately. That's why Democracy for America members around the country are working with Congress and other organizations every day to ensure the integrity of your vote. We have made some progress. But this is crunch time. The mid-term elections are just eight months away. We must act now to ensure that our voting systems produce accurate and verifiable results every single time.
Unfortunately, the Republican leadership in Congress has resisted every call for real reform. Well, we can't wait any longer for Washington to act. The way to protect our elections is to go right to the source by reaching out to town and county election officials". -- Tom Hughes, DFA Executive Director.

These petitions will be returned to DFA groups at the state and local level to be submitted to local and state Boards of Elections. (More to come on that later) So please sign today and direct everyone else's attention to this critical issue, too: http://tools.democracyforamerica.com/petition/votingreform/

5. Kirsten Gillibrand Reception

From Washington County Democrats:
Christine Kopec and Alan Wrigley cordially invite you to a reception to meet Kirsten Gillibrand, Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, 20th District

Sunday, February 19, 2006 at 3:00 p.m.
95 Dunbar Road
Cambridge, New York

Contact: 518-677-3876 Snacks and refreshments provided.

Directions: From Greenwich- stay on 372 heading to Cambridge. As you come down the long hill at Stevenson Road(top of hill) you will be approaching County Rte 62, go left onto rte 62, travel approximately 0.7 mile and turn left onto Dunbar Road, # 95 is approx one half mile. It is a large, old, white farmhouse on the left. Ignore the circular drive and head toward the barns to park. Use the back door.

6. Jane Bouchard Needs Clippers

Jane Bouchard is clipping the Times Union, the Gazette and the Saratogian for the Gillibrand campaign. She is also looking for someone to work with her and take responsibility for clipping the Post-Star. If you are interested in helping with this project, please contact Jane at paulandjane1@earthlink.net

And last but not least, don't miss this great post by our Delaware Otsego DFA Host/Coordinator, Kelly Keck: http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2006/2/9/163649/6892



Thanks everyone!



Larry


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