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We Marched for Our Lives!

The March for Women's Lives was absolutely amazing!

Talk about a Rush! A Million plus activists all working together for not only Women's Lives, but the Lives of All Americans living under the current administration's tyranny.

Men, women, generation x, and children of all ages came from every cranny of the world to participate in this Demonstration for Freedom! It was a work of art- flawless, beautiful, and awe inspiring.

The speakers energized the supporters with enlightening facts of where we are headed if we cannot gain control of our country. We are one election away from the possible demise of our economy, educational system, civil rights, health care system, environment, privacy, security, and our place in international affairs. We are a mess!

When we are asked we will rise to the occasion! Most impressive of all was the age span of the Marchers. They went from riding into strollers to walking with canes. It blew my mind! And the young kids and young adults were there in a magnitude you cannot imagine. Colleges sent bus loads of students- it was spectacular. This generation of youth is not apathetic, and it will take them and the generation of activists before me to engage this entire country into a mobilized strategy beyond compare.

We will send Bush back to Texas- you can count on it!

Stand With Us- Democracy Is Not A Spectator Sport!!


Watch Video from the March..

Posted by Jessica Falker on April 27, 2004 at 11:15 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Pat Tillman - Ex-NFL player who gave up $3.6 Million contract Dead in Afganistan

More sadness today...for someone that really believed in our country - enough to die for it...

Ex-NFL player Tillmankilled in Afghanistan

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"Pat Tillman, who gave up a lucrative NFL contract with the Arizona Cardinals to join the Army Rangers, was killed in action in Afghanistan, military officials said Friday.

In the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Tillman decided to turn down a three-year, $3.6 million contract with the Cardinals to enlist in the Army."

A true hero - Pat Tillman is someone that went in with eyes wide open - someone that really sacrificed for his country...

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., noted that Tillman declined to speak publicly about his decision to put his football career on hold. β€œHe viewed his decision as no more patriotic than that of his less fortunate, less renowned countrymen who loved our country enough to volunteer to defend her in a time of peril,” McCain said in a statement.


-Al

Posted by Jessica Falker on April 23, 2004 at 12:58 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

One way to lose your job...

Take a photo to show those families that have lost so much just how much care other soldiers take care of those we have all lost:

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This is very sad, but something we should all see - as seeing gives us better understanding. It is a dishonor to those that serve to hide these services from other Americans. We ALL mourn the death of our countrymen, especially when it is in our name they fight.

For those of you that have lost someone - you are always in our thoughts - and our hearts go out to you.
For those of you that are there - we wish you a speedy and safe return.
For those of you that are have gone - we are thankful that you made the journey for us.
For those of you that are going - we wish you safe passage through these times.

Some of us may disagree with this war, but we all respect, love and appreciate those that have gone - especially when they do not believe they should go. Serving our country is not about serving it only when you believe in what you are doing – it is about going when you are needed. We should all take a moment and be thankful for those that have given so much in the past, those that are giving so much now, and those that will give so much in the future. Anyone that goes is a hero - as you show you are willing to risk their lives for their country - no matter the cause. It is not something to be taken lightly. It is my belief that there is no real glory in the fighting - but that the true glory lies in the willingness to serve our country.

As best said by Commodore Stephen Decatur (US Naval Officer) in 1816: "Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations, may she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong." - the true motto of those that serve in the military...

Posted by Jessica Falker on April 22, 2004 at 03:53 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Local Candidate Suggestions?

My Vote is My Voice is moving forward on another mission objective to support local candidates. One way that we will accomplish this is to provide our membership with links to local progressive candidates that may interest them. A link will be added to our site for any progressive candidate that passes a preliminary screening performed by Jessica.

Please do not think of the link as a MViMV endorsement of a candidate, but rather as a tool offered to our membership to help you become informed and allow you to support progressive candidates that you may not have, otherwise, heard of. It is, of course, important to be informed in your support of a local candidate; because even if there is not much power associated with the position the candidate is running for, they gain political clout when they have held a political office.

Remember, a local political office may just be one step in a long political career. We are looking for true political change. This will require more than politicians that run on a progressive platform; it will require that these candidates have the skills and character to follow through.

Since our membership is represented by many different regions of the country, we will rely on you to provide us with local candidate suggestions and pertinent information.

Please use this posting as an opportunity to discuss local candidates that you are supporting.

Posted by Jessica Falker on April 22, 2004 at 03:36 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Forwarding fraudulent emails gives them power.

Please don't forward on fraudulent emails regarding progressive candidates. The process of forwarding keeps the email alive. Instead do some research and correct the email. Reply to ALL with the facts instead. Please use this thread to post any information that you have regarding false information that is being used against candidates running for office. We need to be informed to have the power!

This post comes as a result of a fraudulent email regarding Kerry that Jessica brought to our attention today. It is entitled, Made in Mexico, and it claims that "Bush has not moved one factory out of this country because he is not the owner of a single factory." It contrasts this statement with Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz-Kerry and it claims the Wall Street Journal reported the number of factories that the Kerry's owned in and outside of the United States. It does not cite the article that the Wall Street Journal reported any facts in however. This is always a good sign that the email is fraudulent!

Al had the facts to debunk this email, so I will ask him to post those here.

Posted by Charlene Johnston on April 22, 2004 at 11:20 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

DFA Meetups

DFA Meetup has increased the usability of the site. check it out. http://dfa.meetup.com/letter/

Remember to vote on the Agenda.

Posted by Jessica Falker on April 22, 2004 at 11:05 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Oklahoma Unites Voters!!

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Today we delivered the 57 page document "Myth Breakers" to our State Election Official. It was a great success! He was pleased to see we were motivated to offer educational resources about e-voting.

We found out, Mike Clingman, Secretary of the State Election Board, was as concerned as we are in not only protecting voter privacy, but in making sure we have practical, non-rushed, economical, and secure verified voting systems.

He is eager to work with us not only at the local level, but on a National scale to make sure the Vendors do not control the future of our vote!

We will continue not only to get this Document to every county in our state, but to be sure to keep working with our Election Officials. We were told that it is extremely imprtant for voters to work with their Election offics to be sure to have safe and secure voting practices.

Oklahoma has an excellent track record by using optic scan voting machines. We were fortunate to have all 77 counties set up with the same exact machines all at the same point in time!

This does not mean we may not become captive by the e-machine- so we must be diligent!!

Check out Voters Unite to find outhow you can help!!

Posted by Jessica Falker on April 21, 2004 at 12:05 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Voters Unite!!

Join "Voters Unite" the group designed to spread the realities of the voting system to their Election Officials.

"These last four days have been stunning! There's so much concern about our elections that people all over the country have jumped to take action -- even on incredibly short notice. On Tuesday, April 20, at 1:00 Eastern Time, 23 small groups of people in 15 different states will be delivering exactly the same document to their county election officials. Many in the groups will be wearing identical t-shirts to show our solidarity. "Myth Breakers for Election Officials" is a collection of e-voting information that decision makers should know -- but don't. Unite with us."

Add your state to the list! www.VotersUnite.org/takeaction.htm.

Thank You for Your Support!!

Ellen Theisen
http://www.votersunite.org/

Posted by Jessica Falker on April 18, 2004 at 12:18 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Air Quality vs. Energy Policy

ANOTHER VERMONTER TO THE RESCUE (Vermonters rock!)
Senator Jeffords (I-VT) is protesting the EPA's refusal to provide air-quality documents to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. His protest came in the way of putting four of President Bush's nominations for positions at the EPA on hold. Jeffords said, "The information I requested, quite simply, would help us and the public better understand how the administration arrived at its questionable interpretations of the Clean Air Act." Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) joined Jeffords in writing to the EPA "to express our commonly held position that the agency is obligated to respond to requests from each the chair and ranking member."
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,116541,00.html

HOPES HANG ON A JUST SUPREME COURT
The Supreme Court will soon hear cases challenging the death penalty, the Bush administration's treatment of terrorism suspects and the case of Cheney's efforts to hide details of his secret Energy Task Force. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2001901820_scotus13.html. http://www.americanprogress.org/site/pp.asp?c=biJRJ8OVF&b=36854.

Posted by Charlene Johnston on April 16, 2004 at 05:14 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Bush Planned Iraq War early on...

No big shock - Bush was planning the Iraq invasion long before the general public was told.

My favorite quote from this article:

"The book says Franks, who was in charge of the Afghan war as head of Central Command, uttered a string of obscenities when the Pentagon told him to come up with an Iraq war plan in the midst of fighting another conflict."

Gee, why would Franks be pissed about a new war? Do you think it might have been because he Knew:
a) We were spreading our forces too thin
b) Iraq - while having a brutal despot as dictator, was not a threat to us. (Hell, even I knew that)
c) We should be wary of removing the only person from Iraq that can keep the various factions together
d) There were ulterior motives for going to Iraq that were not officially known to anyone but the Bushies and Haliburton...
e) All of the above and more...

(Yes, some of these links are historical - people that were playing as canaries for the country. )

-Al

Posted by Jessica Falker on April 16, 2004 at 03:18 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)