Sisters and Brothers,
While hundreds of thousands of votes in Ohio have yet to be counted and
reports of voter disenfranchisement throughout the country particularly
among minority, immigrant, young, and low-income Americans continue to
pour-in and questions are left to be answered about the massive gap between
early polling data and the final total in Florida a state where half of
the voting populous used touch-screen machines that leave no paper trail,
John Kerry just conceded the presidential election.
KERRY MAY HAVE CONCEDED THIS ELECTION, BUT WE WILL NEVER CONCEDE OUR RIGHT
TO A FAIR AND JUST DEMOCRATIC PROCESS!
Thousands of people in nearly 40 cities took to the streets yesterday. No
one has the authority to undermine our rights, to silence our voices and
our vote. There are many unanswered questions about the integrity of this
election and we need to continue to demand answers. We urge you to continue
your efforts to protect voters’ rights and push for investigations into
voting irregularities, and to transform your frustration, depression, and
outrage into action.
FOUR THINGS YOU CAN DO TO DEMAND DEMOCRACY
1) MONITOR OHIO. Watch the situation in Ohio and be ready to respond to
calls of support from Ohio groups. Read the reports by
http://www.blackboxvoting.org/ and by Greg Palast
(http://www.tompaine.com/articles/kerry_won.php) alleging that Ohio's
touchscreen machines skewed the election. See also
2) MEET-UP with members of your community. Have a community meeting to
create a space to speak-out and discuss voting irregularities in your
community, what happened nationally, and where do we go from here to demand
accountability. Post your meeting on-line at www.Nov3.US - click on
"Directory of Local Actions."
3) CONNECT with the Urgent Response Network:
1. Sign the Pledge of Action, and check your email for alerts
2. Check this and related websites regularly
3. Sign up to receive text-message alerts on your cell phone
4. Call 917-779-0013 for an automated voice mail message
4) INFORM YOURSELF about and advocate for the full platform of voting
rights, election, and structural reforms that will democratize America. Go
to www.Nov3.Us and click on "Defend Voting Rights," "Reform Our Elections,"
and "Deepen Our Democracy," for some great places to start.
Again, stand by, be vigilant, and don’t forget that all of your effortsfor
peace, justice, and democracy are going to create positive change in the
long run . . . . AND MARK YOUR CALENDARS: JANUARY 20, 2005, INAUGURATION
DAY, WILL BE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW THE NATION OUR MOVEMENT IS STRONG!