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Monday, April 02, 2007
 
Tricounty DFA Update: 4th Anniversary Wednesday! "Killowatt Ours" video, more
Hello Everyone!

Congratulations to everyone who have worked so hard and contributed so much to build Democracy For America in our area! Incredible as it may seem, this week we enter our fourth year of continuous operation. I know I speak for everyone that the many new friendships we all have made, and the sense of community we have created, have alone made it all worthwhile.

Come down and join us again, and also join us online at DFA-Link by clicking this link-- it'll help keep you, us and DFA National in Burlington in contact with one another: http://dfalink.com/register.php?c=g&id=91042f3ae603ef90&

In this update:

1. Gala Anniversary Meetup Reminder
2. Circular Letter On Climate Change
3. Step It Up Day On Global Warming
4. Killowatt Ours Premiere
5. Time To Join DFA-Link!
6. Bush's New Enemy: Iraqi Labor Unions. Also, Elizabeth Edwards
6. Friday Night Film Fest
7. Those Cats Still Need A Home!
8. On The Lighter Side...

1. Gala Anniversary Meetup Reminder

This Wednesday, April 4th, at 7pm at the Rockhill Bakehouse Cafe in downtown Glens Falls we'll be holding our gala Fourth Anniversary Glens Falls DFA Meetup or Linkup!

We will be having a special "green" themed meeting. Green energy has been a big issue with us ever since we took the DFA lead a year ago when we hosted Jim McAndrew of Adirondack Windpower and endorsed the Barton Mines windpower farm. We're hoping Jim will be able to make it for a progress report on the big 27 megawatt Adirondack Wind project.

2. Circular Letter On Climate Change

We'll also get back around to our Circular Letter On Climate Change. This started in January, was improved through the February Meeting, but was put off during the March meeting because of our resolution on the Iraq War.

3. Step It Up Day On Global Warming

We'll also discuss what we can do for green issues in May, particularly Step It Up Day and maybe Earth Day. Step It Up Day is sponsored by well know regional author Bill McKibben, who has often spoken in our area and is known to many of us here.

Step It Up is calling for Americans to ask Congress to cut carbon emissions 80% by 2050. We'll be discussing what we might be able to do for Step It Up Day.

For More on Step it Up day on April 14th go to: http://www.stepitup07.org/
4. Killowatt Ours Premiere

Then we will be holding the area premiere of Killowatt Ours, a video by the Southern Energy Conservation Initiative, and DFA National's big initiative for this month. It links our personal energy use to the destruction of forests, communities and people's health for coal mining. It shows how we can save the environment through our own energy tactics. This is a terrific video and is not to be missed. http://www.killowattours.org

5. Time To Join DFA-Link!

There have been many new members of this list in the last few months, and it's been some time since I alerted everyone to the importance of signing up with DFA-Link. DFA-Link makes it possible for us to create a community online, as well as at the cafe. We can all find and contact one another. It also makes it possible for you to receive message from DFA National in Burlington, like polls where YOU get to decide. It also has many great tools we all can use. It is really important to DFA's future for everyone to join DFA-Link. Just click this link, gave a name (and you don't have to use your whole name) create a password, and you've joined. It's really easy and you can control what you get: http://dfalink.com/register.php?c=g&id=91042f3ae603ef90&

6. Bush's New Enemy: Iraqi Labor Unions. Also, Elizabeth Edwards

Sometimes I like to pass along what strikes me as a seriously overlooked article and issue. This one is a dilly. Labor unions in Iraq and across the Arab world are trying to fight for the rights of workers, build democracy and a civil society, support women's rights and resist fundamentalist extremism. You think that' be something the U.S. would want to support? Think again.
"...the reactionary Bush administration has repeatedly snubbed them. In 2003 U.S.-appointed Iraq proconsul L. Paul Bremer preserved Saddam-era laws that prohibited collective bargaining, even as he supplanted much of the ex-dictator's legal system with his own executive orders. Bremer declined to unfreeze union assets that the IFTU claimed rightfully belonged to it, thus stunting the federation's ability to act while the American administration pushed through aggressive privatization measures."
The "must read" of the week: http://www.playboy.com/magazine/features/iraqi-unionism/iraqi-unionism.html

Also, although we've all heard about Elizabeth Edwards, Dick recommends this moving tribute by Frank Rich:
"it will be good for the country if Mr. Edwards can stay in this race for the duration, whether you believe he merits being president or not. (For me, the jury on that question is out.) The more Elizabeth Edwards is in the spotlight, the more everyone else in the arena will have to be judged against her. Next to her stark humanity, the slick playacting that passes for being "human" and "folksy" in a campaign is tinny. Though much has been said about how she is a model to others battling cancer, she is also a model (or should be) of personal transparency to everyone else in the presidential race." http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/040107D.shtml

6. Friday Night Film Fest

The Rockhill Bakehouse Cafe's Friday Night Film Fest continues at 7:30 with:

Apr 6 DARK DAYS (2003) Marc Singer 88 min.
A groundbreaking documentary from British director Marc Singer with a moving soundtrack from DJ Shadow, shows a way of life that is unimaginable to most people. The film focuses on a group of homeless people that live deep underground in an abandoned New York City railroad tunnel. During the daytime they scavenge for food on the streets of New York. At night, they retreat to the tunnel where they have built homes out of scrap metal, plastic, and plywood. They have electricity, furniture, and working kitchens, not to mention community, comradery, and the support of each other. Some of them have lived in the tunnel for 25 years. Shot in vivid black and white, capturing both the grit (chicken wire, concrete walls, all precisely detailed) and the honesty (the residents have hit rock bottom and admit it) of the tunnel, Singer's film consists of candid conversations with tunnel residents, who are intelligent, funny, op

7. Those Cats Still Need A Home!

By the way, I am still trying to find a home for a pair of lovely cats that belonged to an elderly area couple who recently had to permanently go into a nursing home. One is a yellow male tabby with a lot of pep named Sammy, the other a grey female tuxedo cat named Mitzie with the sweetest personality who explodes into purrs with the slightest attention.

After living for some years with the doting attention of an older couple, consignment to a shelter will be a cruel fate. They are having a hard time adjusting to being alone. If anyone is in need of a cat, or has room and heart for one, please let me know at ldudley@nycap.rr.com

By the way, I know these cats are good Democrats! ;-) And as we all know, Democrats have to stick together!

8. On The Lighter Side...

Wendy Duvall sends this along: My favorite is #21.

T-Shirt Slogans

1) (On an infant's shirt): Already smarter than Bush ...

2) 1/20 /09: End of an Error ...

3) That's OK, I Wasn't Using My Civil Liberties Anyway ...

4) Let's Fix Democracy in This Country First ...

5) If You Want a Nation Ruled By Religion, Move to Iran ...

6) Bush. Like a Rock. Only Dumber ...

7) You Can't Be Pro-War And Pro-Life At The Same Time ...

8) If You Can Read This, You're Not Our President ...

9) Of Course It Hurts: You're Getting Screwed by an Elephant ...

10) Hey, Bush Supporters: Embarrassed Yet? ...

11) George Bush: Creating the Terrorists Our Kids Will Have to Fight

12) Impeachment: It's Not Just for Blowjobs Anymore ...

13) America: One Nation, Under Surveillance ...

14) They Call Him "W" So He Can Spell It ...

15) Which God Do You Kill For? ...

16) Cheney/Satan '08 ...

17) Jail to the Chief ...

18) Who Would Jesus Torture? ...

19) No, Seriously, Why Did We Invade? ...

20) Bush: God's Way of Proving Intelligent Design is Full Of Crap ...

21) Bad president! No Banana ...

22) We Need a President Who's Fluent In At Least One Language ...

23) We're Making Enemies Faster Than We Can Kill Them ...

24) Rich Man's War, Poor Man's Blood ...

25) Is It Vietnam Yet? ...

26) Bush Doesn't Care About White People, Either ...

27) Where Are We Going? And Why Are We In This Hand Basket? ...

28) You Elected Him. You Deserve Him ...

29) Impeach Cheney First ...

30) Dubya, Your Dad Shoulda Pulled Out Early, Too ...

31) When Bush Took Office, Gas Was $1.46 ...

32) The Republican Party: Our Bridge to the 11th Century ...

33) 2004: Embarrassed; 2005: Horrified; 2006: Terrified ...

Thanks for four great years, everyone! See you at the Cafe Wednesday! And if you haven't, don't forget to sign up for DFA-Link: http://dfalink.com/register.php?c=g&id=91042f3ae603ef90&

Larry Dudley

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