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Closed-Door DNC Platform Hearing THIS SATURDAY in Portland!!

The Democratic Party will be holding a secretive and exclusive Platform Hearing this Saturday (May 22nd) in Portland. This hearing will shape the Democratic Party platform and is being controlled exclusivly by corporate elitists. Ordinary Democrats and liberal activists are unjustly being denied participation by party elites.
Across America, John Kerry is holding closed-door sessions to draft a platform for his campaign. Despite the fact that Kerry isn't officially the Democratic nominee, he meets with big-money donors by invitation only to create a corporate vision for America and pawn it off under a Democratic label. If we fail to act now, when we go to the polls in November we will be deciding between two candidates who are pro-war, anti-gay, anti-choice, and completely controlled by corporate interests. If WE THE PEOPLE allow the corporations (Heinz!) to control John Kerry like they control George Bush, we will only be sending more troops to torture innocent civilians in Iraq (and elsewhere) We will see our civil rights continue to be taken from us and the irony will be that while we cheer the demise of Bush fascism, Kerry fascism will step right in to fill its place.

Let us not be blind to the situation in front of us. We have the opportunity to show John Kerry that he can offer a different vision for America. He can refuse to bow to corporate interests. Secret meetings in the shadows should not be a part of the Democratic Party. If John Kerry is serious about creating a platform to counter the corruption of the Bush presidency, he should do it in the open and with the input of all Democrats - not just those who can afford the entry fee.

When John Kerry holds his first private Platform Hearing this Saturday at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland ( http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=174-05192004), let's show him that it is the citizens - not the corporations - that will have the final say in this election. Kerry's website says that Saturday's DNC Platform Hearing will address issues of Homeland Security. "From improving port security to funding first responders, Democrats know how to make America more secure. Members will hear from police and firefighters, public health officials, and community leaders about how to redress America's homeland security."

Do we really want corrupt Portland cops forming the foundation of Kerry's campaign? Does anyone here feel comfortable with that? We need to make sure that the first thing that John Kerry does when he gets in the White House is to repeal the Patriot Act. We may not be able to influence George Bush, but we can influence John Kerry. Oregon is going to be an important state for Kerry, and his success or failure depends on whether or not he can convince enough of us to vote for him. Let's capitalize on our power by refusing to have our votes bought by corporate dollars. Let's refuse to have crooked cops running not only the city, but the country as well. We need to make it clear that if John Kerry wants our votes, he is going to have to do more than barrage our airwaves with his ads.

When the DNC delegates meet in secret this weekend in Portland to rubber-stamp John Kerry's big-money platform, let's crash the party and tell them that our votes will cost more than a Madison Avenue commercial. If anyone knows the time that the Platform Hearing will be held, please post that here because I have been unable to find the time (yet another secret... ).

We cannot allow the Democratic elite force a platform down our throats. We must demand participation in the process and a voice in the plan that will shape America. I urge anyone - Democrat or otherwise - who cares about the future of America to join with me in opposing the secretive and elitist strategies of John Kerry and the DNC.

homepage: homepage: http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=174-05192004

backbone 21.May.2004 06:42

gk

Calling all progressives! Show up! Plans are for a 70' backbone puppet. They need puppet volunteers and marching musicians. 10 a.m. Oregon Convention Ctr.

I shouldn't be surprised but... 21.May.2004 08:10

Cannabis Rex

Typical. When the fuck is America going to wake up and realize tha our 2 party system is a sham? I'm a registered demokrat but after a friend showed me this website I've begun to realize that 3rd party candidates are the only way were going to get out of this fking mess were in in this country.

This id bullshit - the party of the people my ass - closing this process of to citizens will ensure John Kerry a weak ass platform that steers clear of any of the most important issues - a vote for Kerry is a vote for another 4 years of unjust wars, coporate malfeasance and destruction of our rights - I for one and going to do everything I can to make sure people know about this!

10am? I'm there - do I need to bring anything special?

"Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media." Noam Chomsky

You're featured on Foxnews 21.May.2004 15:17

axiom

Carl Cameron just featured your story on Foxnews.

Kerry is a puppet just like Bush 21.May.2004 15:51

GoNader

I can't figure out where Kerry stands on any of the issues, but he doesn't seem to stand with me.

Sometimes he acts like he is in favor of gay rights, but then he gives a speech opposing gay marriage.

Kerry brags about how he works to help those of us who are unemployed, but 3 times this year he has failed to show up at the Senate to vote for legislation that would extend unemployment benefits. Each time the legislation was defeated by narrow margins, but the most recent vote lost by ONLY ONE VOTE and Kerry was the only Senator who did not vote on this critical issue.

Kerry is a lot of talk, but no action. He claims that as president he will do all kinds of things. He has been a Senator for 30 years and has never authored a signifigant piece of legislation to do anything. Why should we believe that he will do better as President?

He is just ultra rich privledged white man pretending to be a working man's progressive democrat. He is a puppet for big corporations and Washington DC insiders. he is no better than Bush.

what we need is a candidate like Nader who will directly oppose Bush instead of try to be like Bush. the Democratic Party needs someone who will stand up and undeniably support gay rights and abortion rights and bring our troops home from Iraq immediately

This is a lie! 21.May.2004 20:27

mr.truthteller

All someone had to do was call the number provided by the DNC to get in, but you would rather spin your little conspiracy theory. You might think it's more fun to distort and lie, but it doesn't serve anyone to act like Lars Larson and Rush Limbaugh. Pay attention, stick to the real issues, and stop lying to people.

Fact checker needed 21.May.2004 20:38

mr.truth

In your bizarre attempt to overlook a man's whole life so you can pretend he's a Republican, you missed a couple of things:
1. At least two Republican senators switched their votes to embarass Kerry. Read the news reports.
2. Kerry was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1984. That's 20 years.

You Kerry-is-a-Republican folks sound just like the Gore-is-a-Republican crowd four years ago. You and people like you helped give us the worst president since Nixon. Thanks.

Nader vs Kerry 22.May.2004 00:18

mr honesty

Nader has consistantly stood for the same issues year after year after year.

Kerry can't hold the same position for 3 days in a row.

You know where Nader stands. Kerry is all over the place.

People need to get a clue and realize that Kerry will sell us out once he gets elected.

Kerry is so afraid that Nader will beat him that Kerry's legal henchmen are trying to force Nader's name off the ballot in various states. What kind of Democrat is that?

This corrupt 2 party system is bogus. We need solid grass roots movement to get Nader on more ballots in more states, not less.