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moveon.org is one of the most inclusive and successful online political organizing groups I've seen come around. While their tactics are not exactly radical, they're efffective, and they've got the attention of mainstream lefties (not gore centrists, but real lefties who are part of the status quo). it would be great if pdx imc could sponsor a video showing. I'll pay the $15 for the tape, and maybe pitch in for flyers, if imc would organize a showing somewhere. It's a great opportunity to do outreach to folks who are a little less likely to attend the regular IMC events
Dear MoveOn member,
We've asked you to call your Senators, write your local newspaper, and visit your Congressman. Today, we're asking you to party.

With your help, on Sunday, December 7th, we'll hold thousands of house parties across the country to screen the new documentary Uncovered: The Whole Truth about the Iraq War. The documentary clearly describes, in the words of experts and former intelligence officials, how President Bush and his administration manipulated evidence to take our country to war. We've been to a few screenings, and it's a perfect centerpiece for a gathering. At 56 minutes, it's short yet substantial, and it brings up a lot of questions that make for good discussion.

The parties will be brought together through a huge cross-country conference call. At 5:30p PST / 8:30p EST, party attendees will be able to dial in to a call featuring director Robert Greenwald, the MoveOn team, and guests from parties all over the country. You'll also be able to submit questions for Mr. Greenwald and the team online.

This'll be fun, but it's also strategic. Coming together, we'll strengthen the MoveOn community. This is also a great way to get the word out - you can invite friends and co-workers who aren't yet part of MoveOn.

Can you host a party on December 7th? Sign up now at:

As a host, you have the option of just inviting your friends and colleagues, or allowing MoveOn members in your area to attend -- our software makes it easy to do either. We'll also provide you with a simple step-by-step guide to putting on a party.

(Since the MoveOn.org Voter Fund is a partisan, 527 organization, we need to remind everyone that 501(c)3 non-profit organizations, such as schools, libraries, and many clubs, should not support parties with staff time or resources. This could be viewed as an in-kind contribution to the Voter Fund, which could be against the law. Of course, members and leaders of those organizations can attend as individuals.)

If you've already ordered a copy of Uncovered, we'll make sure you receive it well before December 7th. If you haven't yet ordered a copy, you can get one now for $15 (including shipping) through the movie's distributors:

Here's a little more about Uncovered:

MoveOn.org doesn't usually sponsor documentary films, but this movie is a really important one. It's built around interviews with over 20 intelligence and military experts, many of whom are speaking out for the first time. True to the MoveOn ethic, director Robert Greenwald lets the facts speak for themselves. And the results are pretty shocking.

Uncovered combines expert interviews with extensive research to go behind the walls of government. Interviewees include:

Joe Wilson, the former Ambassador to Iraq who exposed that the famous "16 words" in Bush's State of the Union address about uranium in Niger were false. In retaliation, senior White House officials appear to have blown the cover of Wilson's wife, an undercover CIA agent.

John Dean, White House lawyer for President Nixon during the Watergate scandal.

Rand Beers, former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for combating terrorism.

David Albright, a physicist, nuclear weapons expert, and former weapons inspector with the IAEA Action team.

Rt. Hon. Clare Short, the British Member of Parliament who recently resigned her position as Tony Blair's secretary for international development because Blair did not support a UN coalition to rebuild Iraq.
It's a powerful film, and it'll be a great centerpiece for a house party. We hope you can join us on December 7th in parties around the country. Sign up now, at:

--Carrie, Eli, James, Joan, Noah, Peter, Wes, and Zack
The MoveOn.org Team
November 19th, 2003

P.S. If you'd like to check out the Uncovered trailer and some clips from the movie, go to the movie's website at:
Better Yet 19.Nov.2003 13:11

IMC volunteer videoresistance@ziplip.com

Better yet, I'll show you how to organize your own showings. This way you can do as many as you want to(maybe even a monthly movie night or something). It's not as difficult as you might think! There are many, many resources in Portland. I'll share some with you email  videoresistance@ziplip.com

I'll help too! 20.Nov.2003 09:04

Stephanie Venus65@aol.com

I would love to see a screening of this film in Portland. If you need help funding/setting up/promoting this event, please let me know.

There are now 10 showings in greater PDX 20.Nov.2003 10:01


This is just an update on the first message -- from a different party.

So far 10 citizens in this area have set up their homes, or in at least 2 cases, church/community building or art gallery for showings of this film.

Anyone can start a new showing and announce it to the Moveon members, or sign up for one of the existing showings here:


The opportunity also exists for an Indy/Moveon event. In other words, an event that would be announced in both here and at MoveOn.

Your own screenings! 20.Nov.2003 12:55

auntie cap

I like the idea of setting up our own screenings. While the moveOn movie sounds interesting, I can't help but be suspcious of the $15 pricetag for a copy of the film. I like the indy video screenings better. Free shows featuring coverage of important local and not-so-local events. I've always thought it would be a great idea for more people to have shows like that in their own homes, to get the word out. Any chance indy could loan out tapes for this kind of thing, at least for those who don't want to make their own videos?