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CrossLeft: Progressive Christian Activism

Tonight, several members of the CrossLeft leadership team, http://www.crossleft.org, will be blogging with the My Vote is My Voice community. CrossLeft is a grassroots group of interdenominational progressive Christians. CrossLeft's goal is to create a virtual and physical community that furthers the mobilization of the Christian left, and provides a place for dialogue between the left and the right, supporting the exchange of ideas and differences. We reject the notion that religon is defined by a set of wedge issues used by expedient politicians at election time. We believe that it is time that there be a movement to recenter the conversation as it relates to Christianity and our core values. Jesus taught us to love God, our self and our neighbor- this being the foundation for all other commandments- and we believe that as Christians we must be in action around that core value of our faith. We can not be mere spectators. We have a moral obligation to raise our voices, take responsibility and engage the Progressive movement. That is why we are here blogging with the My Vote is My Voice community today. We look forward to having a chance to share with you tonight a little about us and what we hope to accomplish through our group of Grassroots Progressive Christian activists.

Posted by Kety Esquivel on September 26, 2005 at 08:05 PM | Permalink | Comments (37)

Filibuster Roberts and Anti-War Events

This post was originally about the DC protest to End the War on Iraq the weekend of 9/24/05.  I'm interrupting it to bring news.

The progressive grassroots are aggravating the heck out of the Capitol this month.  Hooray!!  First the protest now they've taken down the toll-free number, 877-762-8762, because too many Americans are calling their Senators and telling them to filibuster Roberts.  This is an outrage; similar to when my Secretary of State had the State Police shutdown his fax because we were jamming it with our concerns over election practices.

The reaction for taking down the 877-762-8762 number is: 
1.  Get the news out on all blogs
2.  Tomorrow morning call the alternative Capitol numbers to ask your Senator to fight the Roberts nomination:  888-818-6641 (I checked it at 10:30 PM and it's still operating) and 888-355-3588.
3.  Call your local radio station and draw attention to the fact that so many Americans recognize that Roberts is not the person to be leading the Supreme Court that we have the government running. 
4.  Thank Thom Hartman for devoting most of his radio show today in opposition to Roberts.

We resume with the previous post......................

MViMV participated in this weekend's End the War on Iraq events.  One Board member was in DC for the weekend events and one Board member marched in Montpelier, VT, on Saturday.

MViMV is a member group of United for Peace and Justice and their push this weekend to "End the War on Iraq."  As a member group, we were asked to provide two volunteers to help for a few hours in DC this weekend.  Thanks to Dan who helped UFPJ on our behalf. 

Posted by Charlene Johnston on September 22, 2005 at 04:12 PM | Permalink | Comments (9)

Is Your Right to Have Your Vote Counted at Risk?

My vote is my voice – but only if my vote is counted as it was cast.

Will electronic voting machines ensure that? Or will the lack of transparency, the potential for hacking, and the problems auditing the electronic vote raise more doubts than ever about the veracity of the results?

When you go to the polls to vote, are you more worried about how quickly your ballot is counted or about whether it's accurately counted?

Are you comfortable having voting systems outsourced to private firms?

Today in Washington, the bipartisan Commission on Federal Election Reform issued a report calling on Congress to require that all electronic voting machines have a voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) -- and to use that paper trail to audit the election results. 

Here in California, we have a Secretary of State and dozens of county elections officials who oppose such an idea because they're concerned that it will slow down the vote tallying process.

I know nobody likes to wait for election results, but should we choose speed over accuracy and transparency?

My opinion is that accuracy should be the first directive. The very legitimacy of our government depends on the right to vote -- and the right to have your vote counted.

I've written a bill (SB 370) that would require California's elections officials to use the voter-verified paper audit trail to conduct the 1% manual count required by state law.   

Will the Governor sign this bill?  Or will he follow the Secretary of State's advice and veto it?

I want to hear what you think we should be doing to ensure the accuracy and the integrity of California's elections.  I'll be here from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. EDT (5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. PDT) to answer your questions and chat about these and any other issues you may want to discuss. 

Debra Bowen, Chairwoman
California Senate Elections, Reapportionment & Constitutional Amendments Committee

Posted by Senator_Bowen on September 19, 2005 at 07:33 PM | Permalink | Comments (34) | TrackBack

Katrina Evacuees: Next Steps?

There is a lot of anger in the African American community in response to what happened in New   Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, and there is a need for concrete actions in order to direct this anger constructively.

"African Americans for Democracy" is developing steps to re-establish democratic mechanisms to empower New Orleans evacuees, particularly those in the poorest and predominately black parts of the city which also bore a catastrophic level of destruction.

There are three steps, in order of priority and complexity:

1. Putting a more personal face on the evacuees (online posts, audio, video) 

2. Helping the evacuees develop local "meetups" where they are now displaced

3. Reconnecting the evacuees with the local elected officials who represented them in New Orleans

This last step is the most ambitious, but offers a tangible vision that speaks to our ideals as Americans. It is providing a mechanism for "virtual democracy" for the people of New Orleans, given that events have scattered them throughout the country and effectively shut off their political voices.

The handling of Katrina's aftermath has revealed some plain truths about racism and classism.  These truths provoke many of us to anger. Through this project, we can turn our anger and the tragedy of this hurricane into something lasting and positive for affected Gulf Coast residents.

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Let's talk about what you experienced watching the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and discuss the variety of actions that might be taken on behalf of Katrina evacuees.

Posted by Quintus Jett on September 12, 2005 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (56)

Contribute Something Tangible To The Hurricane Victims

Do you want to contribute something you can see and feel to those who are displaced by Hurricane Katrina?

We do too, so My Vote is My Voice will be collecting phone cards to be distributed directly to the hurricane victims after they are moved to Texas. These phone cards will allow people to make the important calls that will help them rebuild their lives.

My Vote is My Voice will start the phone card drive by contributing $100 worth of phone cards. Every single phone card that is sent to us will be added to those we purchase, and will be hand delivered to the hurricane victims.

Phone cards may be sent to:

My Vote is My Voice

23C Mansfield Pl.

Rutland, VT 05701

Thank you for showing the kindness we know is inside each of you.

The MViMV Board

Al, Charlene, Jessica, Liane, and Ralph

Posted by Jessica Falker on September 1, 2005 at 05:38 PM | Permalink | Comments (21)