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Democracy For The Southern Adirondack/Tricounty Area
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Tricounty DFA Update: Vigil Saturday, 11am, Meeting Next Wednesday With Special Guest Robert Muller
Hello Everyone;

In this update for May 29, 2008;

1. Vigil Saturday 11am For Peace & To Bring Troops Home
2. Monthly DFA Meeting Next Wednesday, June 4th With Special Guest Bob Muller
3. War Issue Comes To A New Head
4. Friday Night Progressive Film Festival

1. Vigil Saturday 11am For Peace & To Bring Troops Home

There will be another weekly vigil for peace and to bring our troops home this Saturday, May 31st at 11am at the corner of Glen, Bay and South Streets in downtown Glens Falls, in front of the Civil War Monument. The vigil will last one hour. Please come and bring a sign and a friend, although we have some signs if you can't get one. Given the revelations in the news today, this may be a particularly good time to come!

2. Monthly DFA Meeting Next Wednesday, June 4th With Special Guest Bob Muller

We will be having our usual Democracy For The Greater Glens Falls Area Link-up or "meetup" next Wednesday, June 4th, at 7pm, at the Rockhill Bakehouse Cafe in downtown Glens Falls. The Cafe is located on the corners of Exchange and Elm Streets and Hudson Avenue, just west of the Roundabout.

We will be hosting a special guest: Attorney Robert Muller, who is running as a Democrat for New York State Supreme Court, 4th Judicial District. Bob is presently Queensbury Town Justice, and has been a well known area attorney for nearly 30 years. He will be talking about his race and his extensive qualifications for the bench.

These are very important Judicial seats. What is interesting about this race is that there are three seats being contested for by four candidates (at present). Three of the candidates are Republicans, with Muller the only Democrat. Voters can chose three candidates out of the four. However, you do not have to vote for three. You can vote for only one. So-- although it is true that Democrats are outnumbered in the district, if all the Democrats here were to vote for only one candidate-- Muller-- their votes would not be diluted, which would give him a huge head start.

Also, the Presidential primary season effectively ends on Tuesday, so that should lead to some interesting discussion, especially given recent events (noted next).

3. War Issue Comes To A New Head

Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan today confirmed what many have know for a long time: the Iraq War was based on lies, that the real reasons for the war were not the ones that were offered. That is the definition of conspiracy. McClellan effectively indicted Bush & Co. for war crimes-- specifically, conspiracy to wage aggressive war and waging aggressive war, what are known as Class A War Crimes under the Nuremberg war tribunals standard.

These semi-revelations come at the moment when Congress is again considering funding the war for another full year. True and are on the job, calling on Americans to contact Congress and demand timelines for withdrawal be established and war funding drawn down.

If you share these concerns, here's what they are proposing:

From True Majority: ""I am calling to urge the Representative to put the timetable and troop readiness restrictions back into the Iraq funding legislation. I oppose any Iraq funding which gives the President another blank check for war."


"...The House will vote again next week. And if the House stands firm by voting no, Bush will have to bring our troops safely home.

"We need 69 more no votes on top of May's 149 no votes to reach a decisive majority of 218."

"Sign our new petition and send it to as many friends as you possibly can:

"Congress is home this week, so call the local district office of your Representative

"Please report the results of your calls here:

4. Friday Night Progressive Film Festival

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

Friday May 30 7:30 pm Progressive Film Forum
THE GLEANERS AND I (2001) Agnes Varda 82 min. RT Rating = 91 %
Veteran French filmmaker Agnes Varda ads a triumphant and ultra-contemporary chapter to her life's work of cinematic investigations into the lives of characters relegated to society's margins (usually women) with the graceful and compelling documentary, THE GLEANERS AND I. Departing from Jean-Francois Millet's celebrated 1867 portrait of women picking through a harvested wheat field entitled "Les Glaneuses," Varda constructs a modest and compassionate visual essay on the concept and lifestyle of "gleaning" or scavenging, once ubiquitous in rural 19th Century France. With digital camera in hand, Varda vagabonds around France in search of the 21st Century's incarnation of the gleaners. From potato fields in central France, to abandoned vineyards in Burgundy, to supermarket dumpsters in Paris, Varda's film portrays a completely surprising and ultimately complex populace, who subsist off of the waste of others. The film's casual style allows the intelligence, dignity, and honesty of the subjects to shine through as Varda herself pieces together a modern aesthetic and ideology of gleaning. With affectionate humor and searching intelligence, Varda points the camera at herself, marveling at her own process of aging and the gleaning that lies at the center of her own art and life.

Thanks Everyone! See you all Saturday and Wednesday.


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