Protecting the election – an opportunity to play a key role

Protecting the election – an opportunity to play a key role

Dear James,

In the last two presidential elections, hundreds of thousands of voters–maybe millions–were blocked from voting or having their vote count. What we’ve experienced over the last 8 years is the result. We can’t let that happen again.

Unequal distribution of voting machines caused long lines at the polls–especially in urban areas, including several with large Black populations. Voters had to wait for up to 10 hours, sometimes in the rain.1 Many walked away without voting, either out of frustration or because they couldn’t wait any longer. With a huge number of new voters, it could be even worse this November.

Together, we can help fix this problem before election day.

We’re recruiting an army of volunteers to find out where there might be problems and work to solve them ahead of time. You’re one of our most committed and active members, and we really need your help. Participating won’t take much of your time, and you’ll be helping us create the most comprehensive map of voting infrastructure that’s ever been created.

It’s simple. We’ll ask you to call an election official, ask some questions, then tell us what you heard. And we make it easy by giving you everything you need. Can you help?

http://colorofchange.org/protect08/?id=1593-67632

In 2004, in Columbus, Ohio alone, between 5,000 and 15,000 voters left the polls without casting ballots.2 Voters in majority-Black neighborhoods in the city waited for hours, while voters in majority-white suburbs breezed in and out of polling places in about 15 minutes.3 Similar situations played out across the country that year, and again in 2006, with thousands of people prevented from voting in key swing states–enough to change the outcome of a close election.

In some places, long lines are a result of poor planning by election officials. In others, they’re a result of deliberate manipulation by partisan election officials trying to affect the outcome–one tactic that’s used to suppress votes.

In both cases, we can address this problem before the election by making sure election officials know we’re watching. With your help, we’ll identify areas where there are likely to be long lines, and hold officials accountable for preventing them. If they’re not planning well enough, we’ll try to get them the resources they need. And if it seems they’re operating in bad faith, we’ll shine a spotlight on them and make sure they don’t get away with it.

But we can’t do it without you. Please join us–you’ll be our eyes and ears in an unprecedented grassroots effort to monitor the election and protect voting rights:

http://colorofchange.org/protect08/?id=1593-67632

— James, Gabriel, Clarissa, Andre, Kai, and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org team

October 6th, 2008

References:

1. "No One Should Have to Stand in Line for 10 Hours to Vote" (Editorial), New York Times, 08-25-08

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/26/opinion/26tue4.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

2. See reference 1.

3. "Several Factors Contributed to ‘Lost’ Voters in Ohio," Washington Post, 12-15-04

http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A64737-2004Dec14?language=printer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Election 2008: Tookit for AIDS Community Voters and Non-Profits!

Dear James M,

Join the Call for a National AIDS Strategy!

Click here to endorse or learn more!

http://www.nationalaidsstrategy.org/

Communities with low voting rates – including people of color and low-income communities — are also disproportionately affected by HIV.

We can change this! All organizations, including non-profit organizations, can legally register and turn out voters for elections.

This is a non-partisan and simple activity that any organization can do!

On behalf of the Campaign for a National AIDS Strategy, CHAMP has helped to create a Voter Registration / Get Out the Vote Toolkit that any organization can use to get your staff, clients, and community members registered, and to make sure that they are able to vote.

We hope you find these materials useful.

Many state deadlines for registration and/or absentee ballots are coming soon — so please act now to ensure that we do all we can to get out the vote in our communities.

Click here to access the toolkit

http://www.champnetwork.org/nas

and supporting materials, and please let us know if you and/or your organizations find them useful.

In solidarity,

Julie, Cameron, Vanessa, Josh, Coco, and the rest of us at CHAMP

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32 Broadway, Suite 1801, New York, NY 10004

Tel: 212.937.7955 • Fax: 401.633.7793 • E-mail: champ at champnetwork.org

www.champnetwork.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jim Crow is Back

Dear James,

Jim Crow is back.

https://lwv.simpledonate.org/appeal.aspx?PID=&CID=EC0059&FNAME=James&SOURCE=EN0910TR&HPC=25&F=2

The sinister spirit of hateful Jim Crow laws, established in the previous century to keep African Americans in the South from voting, is resurfacing across the country. A new generation of partisan special interests is working to disenfranchise people they view as a threat to their political power in the 2008 elections.

That is why I am writing to you with great urgency and asking you to help us fight back against this assault on our democracy by joining the League of Women Voters, with a gift of $25, $35, $55 or more today.

It is critical for the League — as the number one advocate for your voting rights — to take immediate action to ensure the integrity of your vote and the 2008 elections.

So I’m reaching out to citizens like you all across the country because at this very moment, some politicians are engaged in an orchestrated, election year effort to cut many Americans out of the democratic process. In Congress, state legislatures, and at the local level, the powers that be are attempting to pass discriminatory laws that require voters to show photo identification at the polls. And now the U.S. Supreme Court has joined in these efforts, with its recent decision to uphold Indiana’s blatantly discriminatory voter ID law.

Heralded by its supporters as a much-needed defense against voter fraud, the photo ID requirement is the 21st century version of Jim Crow.

With the 2008 elections looming, only the League has the independence, credibility, and grassroots strength to take on the entrenched political interests that are trying to hijack the election process for their own partisan ends.

Our opponents will only succeed if people of principle like you and me sit on the sidelines and let them win. It’s time to put Jim Crow back where he belongs — in the history books. Please help the League get the job done by becoming part of the League of Women Voters today.

Sincerely,

Mary G. Wilson

President, LWVUS

P.S. By becoming part of the League of Women Voters today, you will send a powerful message to the powerbrokers and government insiders who are working to manipulate the vote for partisan gain. Please join today!

Copyright © 2008 League of Women Voters, 1730 M Street NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20036-4508.

All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MSN Actions: News from Mexico Solidarity Network; etc..

News from Mexico Solidarity Network

Mexico Solidarity Network

http://www.mexicosolidarity.org/

Red de Solidaridad con Mexico

MEXICO SOLIDARITY NETWORK

WEEKLY NEWS AND ANALYSIS

SEPTEMBER 22-28, 2008

1. ECONOMIC CRISIS AFFECTS FAMILY REMITTANCES

2. NEGOTIATORS FAIL TO REACH AGREEMENT IN TEACHER STRIKE

3. NEW CHARGES EXPECTED IN BRAD WILL CASE

4. PFP RAIDS AFI

5. MSN PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS (Contact MSN@MexicoSolidarity.org)

1. ECONOMIC CRISIS AFFECTS FAMILY REMITTANCES

Family remittances from migrant workers in the US are expected to decrease by at least US$2.5 billion during the coming year, a decline of almost 10% over 2008, according to Treasury Secretary Agustin Carstens. “We are entering a much more complicated period than we expected,” said the normally upbeat Carstens during testimony before the Senate. Family remittances are the main source of financial support for more than 10% of Mexican families.

2. NEGOTIATORS FAIL TO REACH AGREEMENT IN TEACHER STRIKE

Negotiators failed to reach an agreement in the six week teachers strike in Morelos that has kept most of the state’s public schools from opening. More than 20,000 of the state’s 25,000 teachers are on strike, demanding an end to the Alliance for Quality Education (ACE) signed in May by President Felipe Calderon and Elba Esther Gordillo, “permanent president” of the National Union of Education Workers (SNTE). Teachers object to provisions in the ACE that violate their labor rights, including mandatory periodic evaluations. Many current teachers either bought their positions from previous teachers or inherited them from family members, and the ACE would prohibit these kinds of hereditary transactions. Given the high levels of unemployment in Mexico and the highly politicized nature of evaluations, teachers are concerned about the stability of their positions, especially those who oppose the virtual dictatorship exercised by Gordillo over the 1.3 million member union. Gordillo is closely allied with Calderon and was probably responsible for a good deal of the electoral fraud that brought the current president to power. The ACE would increase her already powerful control over Latin America’s largest union. Teachers in Morelos have taken the lead in challenging the ACE, but many teachers around the country are opposed to the plan and to Gordillo’s increasingly corrupt and problematic control of the union. On Tuesday, thousands of teachers from six states participated in marches, meetings and building occupations in opposition to Gordillo, the ACE and last year’s privatization of much of the Social Security Institute for State Workers (ISSSTE). On Saturday, the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE), a dissident faction of the teacher’s union, called for a national conference to overturn the ACE.

3. NEW CHARGES EXPECTED IN BRAD WILL CASE

The Federal Attorney General signaled this week that members of the Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca (APPO) will be charged in the murder of US journalist Brad Will. Will died in October 2006 during confrontations between the APPO and paramilitary forces aligned with Governor Ulises Ruiz. Will was videotaping at the time of his death and recorded paramilitaries firing weapons in his direction. But the Attorney General claims Will was short at close range, less than two feet, by members of the APPO. Photos taken of a shirtless Will immediately after he was shot show only one bullet wound in the stomach area, yet the Attorney General claims a bullet wound discovered later on his right side was the cause of death.

4. PFP RAIDS AFI

In a surreal action that likely left Mexico’s organized crime bosses chuckling, 300 heavily armed Federal Preventative Police (PFP) raided the Mexico City offices of the Federal Agency of Investigation (AFI, the rough equivalent of the FBI) on Thursday. AFI agents engaged in a series of increasing public protests this week claiming labor rights violations and objecting to their imminent transfer to the PFP. Since the beginning of his sexenio, President

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