How We Got Here, In Three Easy Steps (Videos)

“Deja Vote” a pagano/parente production

Citizens speak out about how the DNC handled the Florida and Michigan votes and how they treated the democratic candidates.

ONE: Just so we’re clear. The video above shows where we were at on May 31, 2008, rallying to Count All the Votes in Florida and Michigan at the DNC RBC Meeting in Washington, DC. All the votes were not counted.

TWO: The DNC (s)elected presidential candidate Barack Obama instead of candidate Hillary Clinton, who won the popular vote.

THREE: So, as the Democratic Party refused to acknowledge our collective voice, 18 million strong, we are selecting ourselves — The People, the original, inclusive base of the Democratic Party — and making our voices heard.

Of course, this is only the Reader’s Digest version of where we’ve been until now, but will serve as reminder and encouragement.

DC Rally Organizers Announce Speakers

WomenCount and Count Every Vote ’08 Rally Organizers

Announce Speakers for DNC RBC Rally May 31, 2008 in DC

Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Kim Gandy and others to speak at rally

San Francisco, CA May 29, 2008 ~ The initial list of speakers for the rally in support of Count Every Vote ’08 in Washington DC is being released. Another 5 to10 speakers and celebrities will be announced one day later.

“We are very excited about the amount of support we are receiving from many prominent elected officials and organization leaders.” announced Karen Feldman of Count Every Vote ’08. “These officials are as committed as we are to seeing that every vote cast in this election is counted fairly and proportionally. They realize how high the stakes are if, once again, millions of voters feel their votes have been disregarded.”

“My entire adult life has been dedicated to registering and inspiring young people to get involved and vote. This is a logical continuation of that work. How can we even think of ignoring 2.4 million voters in an election this close?” commented Jehmu Greene, who is slated to emcee the rally. “We must move away from the dangerous precedent of allowing small groups of people to determine the outcome of elections.”

The following speakers are planned to address the rally crowd beginning at 9:45am. The event will begin at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel at 7:00am Saturday, May 31st and continue until the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee has announced their decision. A detailed time schedule will be released on Friday as well as 5 to 10 additional speakers and celebrities.

The speakers are:

Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, OH 11th Congressional District

Congresswoman Corrine Brown, FL 3rd Congressional District

2008 Congressional Candidate Eric Massa, NY 29th Congressional District

Ambassador Elizabeth Bagley, Former US Ambassador to Portugal and Senior Adviser to Secretary Madeleine Albright

Kim Gandy, President of the National Organization for Women (NOW)

Brent Wilkes, National Executive Director, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)

Jehmu Greene, Former President of Rock the Vote

Lulu Flores, President, National Women’s Political Caucus

Amy Rao, Founder, Integrated Archive Systems and President, 11th Hour Project

Reverend Marcia Dyson, African-American Minister from Washington, DC

Jim Hannagan, Founder, Florida Demands Representation

Pelosi Prepares to Stop the Race Before Convention

In the May 29, 2008, SF Chronicle feature article, Pelosi Vows to Prevent Fight at Dem Convention, Carla Marinucci reports on Pelosi’s hour-long session with their editorial board:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she will step in if necessary to make sure the presidential nomination fight between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama does not reach the Democratic National Convention – though she believes it could be resolved as early as next week.

Pelosi predicted Wednesday that a presidential nominee will emerge in the week after the final Democratic primaries on June 3, but she said “I will step in” if there is no resolution by late June regarding the seating of delegates from Florida and Michigan, the two states that defied party rules by holding early primaries.

“Because we cannot take this fight to the convention,” she said. “It must be over before then.”

—-Obama, according to the Associated Press, is within 45 delegates of winning the nomination, a number he could reach by Tuesday. Pelosi said she is confident the Democratic National Committee’s rules committee, which meets in Washington on Saturday, will resolve the issue of Florida and Michigan.

Oh, and how about the magic number?

“For now, 2,026 is the magic number” of pledged and unpledged delegates needed by a candidate to win the party’s presidential nomination, she said, but “if they decide to seat (Florida and Michigan) this weekend, there will be a new magic number.”

While saying she believes those two states’ delegates should be seated, Pelosi added that it must happen ”in a way that is not destructive to any sense of order in the party.”

“If you have no order and no discipline in terms of party rules, people will be having their primary in the year before the presidential election,” she said. “So there has to be some penalty.”

She said the party committee will come up with a formula that is “fair and accepted by both campaigns,” perhaps allowing the states 50 percent of their delegates. But “if the resolution is not appropriate, then it remains for the (Democratic National Convention) credentials committee to resolve it,” she said. Then, “it will have to happen by the end of June” or she will intervene, she said.

So, I had to write to her:

Speaker Pelosi,

As a lifelong Democrat, I’ve supported you throughout your career. You’re going to step in to resolve the campaign before the Convention? So, you’re going to choose our nominee like the DNC has? Millions of lifelong, committed Democrats will leave the Party if you do, and we will not vote for Obama. We are protesting the disgusting treatment that the only viable candidate has received at the hands of The Media, the DNC, the DSCC, the DCCC, and the Obama campaign–treatment that has nothing to do with her policies and plans.

I’m ashamed that you as a leader and as a woman have stood by and let this happen, and that you haven’t spoken up to defend the rogue treatment of our first woman candidate and former First Lady. I’m ashamed that the Dem Party has thrown the Clintons, who have done so much for our country, under the bus. I’m ashamed that the Dem Party is going gaga over a completely unvetted, unqualified, candidate, with questionable policies and associations.

Why are Super Delegates being pushed to choose now? That’s not their job. Their job is to choose the most qualified candidate at the Convention who can win in November. All recent polls, and the popular and electoral votes (based on the primaries), show that the candidate who can beat McCain is Senator Clinton. It’s not the two candidate run that is destroying the Party, it’s the Party that’s destroying itself. It’s absolutely sexual discrimination to pass over the most qualified candidate with the most votes. Millions of lifelong Democrats won’t stand for it.

Sincerely,
LadyBoomerNYC
New York City
California Native

Here’s how Hillary Rapid Responders replied:

Someone should inform House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that Clinton supporters don’t quit on their candidate. Also, that she should wait on coronating Obama because WE ARE TAKING this election to the convention. And we sincerely thank Speaker Pelosi for being so concerned with all American voters being truly heard at the Democratic Convention.

Make comments and send emails today.

Make Comments here.

Email Carla Marinucci: cmarinucci@sfchronicle.com
Email Nancy Pelosi: AmericanVoices@mail.house.gov

Hillary’s New Campaign Ads

Here are two new videos from Hillary Clinton. The first, is entitled, “Falling Through – South Dakota” from 5/19/08. It’s clear the woman knows from which, what, where, and whence she speaks. She’s connected and connects. The detailed policies and platforms at the root of these short pieces are all available here.

Work, contribute, donate! We’re closing in on the finish line.

The second video, released on 5/23/08, taps into the fiscal “Responsibility” Hillary will take as President to reverse the course of our flailing economy. Interesting point about our debt and how we pay for oil.

Gotta go. Gotta get the hair done–have been sitting at this computer 24/7 for the last 2.5 months. Now that summer’s almost here, it’s time to greet the Spring! Preparing to see you all at the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee Meeting Rally on May 31, 2008 in DC. Peace out.

Count Every Vote Rally in DC, May 31, 2008, Sign Up!

http://www.hillaryresponders.com/

A Count Every Vote! Rally for FL and MI is being held in DC on Saturday, May 31, 2008. The rally will coincide with the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee Meeting, which is planned to determine the fate of votes cast in those two states. The following text is from their website, and the colorful button up top links directly to a sign up page. Sign up! Pass it on!

See you there!

LadyBoomerNYC

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Dear Fellow Hillary Supporters,

If you believe that the DNC must honor our core democratic principles and enfranchise the people of MI and FL and their respective delegations,

If you believe that Hillary Clinton is best for our party, most likely to win in November and best for our country,

If you believe the contest for the democratic nomination must not end before all of the votes from each State and US Territory have been cast and counted and that nominating conventions, not candidates (or the media), declare the nominee,

If you believe that the media and DNC have underestimated the passion, strength, intensity and determination of Hillary supporters and the power of the women’s vote,

Then Join a group of Hillary supporters who are planning to visit Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 31st to attend the meeting of the DNC Rules Committee. The Rules Committee will meet at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel -2660 Woodley Road NW, Washington, DC


….the DNC Rules Committee is meeting that day to make a determination with respect to MI and FL and we think it is essential to convene in Washington to support our cherished democratic principles, help enfranchise MI and FL and to show that Hillary has equally high numbers of passionate, devoted supporters who believe fervently that she will be the better general candidate and best president.

Our purpose is not to divide the party or attack the DNC or Senator Obama. At the same time, Hillary’s strong support cannot be dismissed in DNC efforts to unify the party.