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Nov. 3rd, 2004

02:39 pm - Nationwide Resistance URLs

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Ok ok, I get it. Everyone is sad and depressed because no one saw a Bush win coming down the pike... Don't mourn, organize! I'm really insanely impressed by all the really spontaneous coordinated organizing that is happening right now around the nation to bring pissed off folks together and try to figure out a collective strategy for how we're all going to spend the next 4 years.

Here's some links.
http://www.ucimc.org/feature/display/21536/index.php.
http://www.ttww.org/cgi-bin/dbman/db.cgi?db=ttwweventsearch&uid=default&view_records=1&ID=*&sb=15&so=ascend
http://www.indyvoter.org/
http://www.beyondvoting.org/
http://www.nov3.us/urgentresponsenetwork.php
http://www.chicagonewyork.net/dontjustvote/

Protest at Race and Main at 5pm. Party at 6pm.

It is vitally important that you spend time with people today. Make noise. And do some happy things. The last thing we need is for all the liberals and progressives and radicals to go into a deep torpor over this trauma. Go outside and scream at the top of your lungs if you have to. Hug your friends. Throw some parties. And think about how you might resist the bullshit that's coming down the line.

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From:benchilada
Date:November 3rd, 2004 08:46 pm (UTC)
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I'll try to get there, but my wife is sick.
Please tell me somebody will be video/audio taping everything...
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From:aethyric
Date:November 3rd, 2004 08:56 pm (UTC)
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*sigh* for the first time in eleven months, i wish i were back in urbana today. *highfive*
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From:juniperesque
Date:November 3rd, 2004 09:24 pm (UTC)
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I expect to be at the party. Not sure about the protest.
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From:lidora
Date:November 4th, 2004 12:44 am (UTC)
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so that part where i skipped all my classes, stayed at home and ate choclate all day probably wasn't the best decision.

well, at least i've got the prairie greens meeting tonight to cheer me up.
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From:mfeltes83
Date:November 4th, 2004 12:54 am (UTC)
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You're certainly not alone. That was my reaction, too.

Tomorrow, however, we make a fresh start.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:November 4th, 2004 04:19 am (UTC)
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Oh, I certainly spent a GOOD portion of the day staying at home and eating chocolate and not getting anything done and feeling kind of out of touch. That's what stress and trauma do and a little bit of "time out" is important. We've definitely got to REST a lot after all the campaigning that we've done and stuff. Just have to make sure to be aware of falling into depression or isolation.

I'm actually insanely energized after the Greens meeting tonight. It was so nice to see new faces.
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From:blakes_7
Date:November 4th, 2004 05:36 am (UTC)
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I skipped work....
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From:blakes_7
Date:November 4th, 2004 05:36 am (UTC)
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Organizing and protesting has helped with Bush in SO many ways in the past. What was it? The whole friggin' world protested Bush so that he wouldn't unilaterally invade Iraq?

That sure worked.

Face it...Let's just brace for the horrendous next 4 years until he's forced to get out of office...

...that is until he establishes the theocracy.

American have spoken. They want their morals legislated. They want a theocratic wacko in office. They want to send their kids to war on lies. And they see protesters as traitors because they're told they are and they don't listen to what the protestors say.

There is no hope for this country anymore. What began with the Nixon administration has worsen up to now. We're lost. That light at the end of the tunnel is a train. America is dead and just doesn't know it yet.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:November 4th, 2004 03:37 pm (UTC)
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See my response to erikforperson below.
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From:erikforperson
Date:November 4th, 2004 07:17 am (UTC)
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Politics has always gone in cycles and will come back to the left again. Think of the progress lefties made from FDR to LBJ - nearly 40 years of liberal programs, most of which are still around today.

The rise of the New Right as a seemingly unstoppable force over the last 30 years has been alarming, but nothing in American politics has ever been permanent. Things will swing back in our favor again.

Giving up, though, won't accomplish anything.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:November 4th, 2004 03:35 pm (UTC)
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Agreed!

Things swing back because there's always a movement building in the background when things are bad.

Sure the anti-war protests didn't stop us from invading Iraq, but they laid a ground work, they organized networks, they got people working together, same with the fair trade social justice movements, same with this post election movement. We'll protest on the day of his inauguration but that won't stop the inauguration. We'll uncover the ways in which he stole votes through disenfranchisement but that won't get him replaced with Kerry. But we'll be working together in ways we never have before. The RNC march was bigger than the biggest anti-war marches. The next marches will be bigger and more widespread than that. And it isn't the marches that will bring things back to reality, it will be what the marches stand for, it will be the underlying social networking and organization and education and outreach that is neccessary to bring a million people together in the streets.

It has been worse than this before and it was because people fought through those times instead of rolling over and playing dead that it isn't that bad this time.
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From:gabbogabbogabbo
Date:November 4th, 2004 08:59 pm (UTC)
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First off, Zach - I just wanted to mention that your comments on LJ the past two days have really encouraged me to be positive at a time when I wanted to shrivel up and give up. It has given me a different outlook than I would have had otherwise.

Secondly, however you feel about Slate and the Democratic party notwithstanding, I thought this was a pretty good piece just generally:

http://slate.msn.com/id/2109133/
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From:zarfmouse
Date:November 4th, 2004 09:54 pm (UTC)
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Thanks.

I just read that piece and it definitely reflects a lot of my same thinking about the Democratic party. I'm not sure what is to be done about them but I've definitely thought about the same gotchas that come with trying to redefine the direction of a party that has spent the last 15-20 years trying to become more and more directionless.

Luckily it isn't my problem, since I've mostly given up on that party. :)
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 4th, 2004 06:53 pm (UTC)

Language has Power

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In the national exit polls, the following can be observed:
* If people identified "Iraq" as their most important issue, they voted 26% for Bush, and 73% for Kerry.
* If people identified "Terrorism" as their most important issue,
they voted 86% for Bush, and 14% for Kerry.

We need to learn how to turn language to our advantage. It's one of the more powerful ways to affect thought.
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 5th, 2004 01:45 am (UTC)

Re: Language has Power

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http://www.blackboxvoting.org/

"Black Box Voting has taken the position that fraud took place in the 2004 election through electronic voting machines. We base this on hard evidence, documents obtained in public records requests, inside information, and other data indicative of manipulation of electronic voting systems. What we do not know is the specific scope of the fraud. We are working now to compile the proof, based not on soft evidence -- red flags, exit polls -- but core documents obtained by Black Box Voting in the most massive Freedom of Information action in history."

There's organizing going on. They are looking for volunteers in a bunch of states (states where electronic systems were in use) to make FOIA requests. They're also looking for help with the printing fees for the information, legal help from any lawyer types, etc.

Effectively, they're attempting to audit the systems with no ballot receipts. They're making progress. Some counties are more cooperative than others about openly sharing logs.

(Last anon and this anon are both me (http://skywind8.blogspot.com/).)
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