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Democracy For The Southern Adirondack/Tricounty Area
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Tricounty DFA Update: Meeting Reminder-- Uncounted Video, Primaries, More
Hello Everyone;

In This Update:

1. Link-up Meeting Reminder: Uncounted Video
2. Primary News
3. FISA Fiasco-- The Immunity Bill That WIll Not Die
4. Friday Night Progressive Film Festival
5. Delegate Counter

1. Link-up Meeting Reminder: Uncounted Video

The first Wednesday in March is tomorrow, March 5th, so we'll be holding our usual DFA-linkup at the Rockhill Bakehouse Cafe at 7pm. On the agenda is the rescheduled showing of the video Uncounted, an expose on election fraud,. We'll also be discussing the nation wide commemoration of the start of the Iraq War, which we decided to do at our last meeting. We'll be doing that in coordination with and other groups, and some local problems that have arisen.

The Cafe is located one block west of the roundabout in downtown Glens Falls.

2. Primary News

In late news tonight, Barack Obama has won a solid victory in the Vermont Primary and Hillary Clinton has won an equally solid victory in the Rhode Island primary. The popular vote has been called for Clinton in Ohio, although Obama is still running strong in the delegate count because delegates are awarded by congressional district. Texas is uncalled as I right. There are reports that some counties in Ohio won't be counted until after 4am, and because of the bizarre dual primary/caucus system in Texas, it might be sometimes tomorrow before it's clear who won what, if anything.

We'll have something else to discuss at our meeting, it seems.

3. FISA Fiasco-- The Immunity Bill That WIll Not Die

There is other important political news: FISA and Telecom immunity will not die. A few weeks ago it appeared an outrageous White House effort to give legislative immunity to telecommunications companies for illegally spying on Americans for the administration had been defeated.

However, this effort to undermine our Constitution has been revived.

Several groups are sending out emergency appeals for immediate citizen action:

From DFA National: "Republicans want to bring immunity back to life and the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Silvestre Reyes (TX-16) said over the weekend he was ready to make the deal. We must stop him.
Call Rep. Reyes right now and demand he stands with the Democratic majority and against telecom immunity."

"Intelligence Committee Chairman,
Rep. Silvestre Reyes
(202) 225-7690"

From DFA Partner Working Assets: "Last fall, the House passed the RESTORE Act, a FISA reform bill that does what we need FISA reform legislation to do: increase oversight of domestic surveillance and deny retroactive immunity to the telecom companies. Now, because the House bill is so different from the legislation that the Senate just passed, there will be a conference between leaders of the House and the Senate...
"Unfortunately, signs coming from House leaders (most notably Intelligence Committee Chairman Silvestre Reyes) now indicate that they're getting ready to capitulate as well.

"The Senate legislation gives George Bush and Dick Cheney exactly what they wanted. But it will only become law if Democrats in the House roll over by giving up on the RESTORE Act and the rule of law..

And From People For The American Way:

This is a last call for our emergency petition to Stop Telecom Immunity. If you are not one of the 25,000 Americans who already signed, please do so now. And then make sure to ask your friends to sign.

4. Friday Night Progressive Film Festival

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

Fri Mar 7 7:30 pm Adirondack Progressive Film Forum

THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK (1984) Rob Epstein 88 min. RT = 100 %
Winner of the 1984 Academy Award for best documentary, this is the moving and ultimately life-affirming portrait of the first openly gay man elected to political office in California. Milk's tremendous courage and humanity, as he fought for the civil rights of all people, soars above the prejudices of his day. The film chronicles the successes of his life, the tragedy of his assassination, and the uproar which greeted Dan White's infamous "Twinkie Defense."

5. Delegate Counter

Drew sends along this link to a delegate counter so that you can follow how many delegate Clinton and Obama have:

Thanks, everyone! See you all tomorrow at the Cafe,


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