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ActionSpeaks Portland says thank you

Today was a historic day and you directly helped bring it about!
Not since 1877 have the electors been challenged in this manner.
Today Senator Boxer and Representative Tubbs-Jones challenged
the electoral votes from Ohio. As per process, the Senate and the
House of Representative moved to their appropriate chambers to
futher debate the issue.

During this time 10 Senators came forward (including Ron Wyden), came forward and spoke about the horrible problems in Ohio and elsewhere!

Senator Wydens Speech
 http://wyden.senate.gov/media/speeches/2005/01062005_electoral.html

In the house even more came forward to speak against the electoral votes from Ohio. Again I cannot emphasize enough on how historic this action was.

In the end both chambers defeated the challenge.

SENATE
74-1
 http://tinyurl.com/6jcyb

HOUSE
267-31
 http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2005/roll007.xml

****************** MOVING FORWARD *********************************
Do not be disheartened! This was not about overturning the election, this was about bringing appropriate attention to the broken and fraudulent election processes in Ohio and the rest of the country.

As Representative Conyers said in his interview with William Pitt.
We have come a mighty long way. It seems to me, as we began this adventure, to make the ballot as important as it is ...
Read More:  http://www.truthout.org/docs_05/010705W.shtml

********************* ACTION ITEMS ******************************
Please do make an effort to call Senator Wyden and thank him for speaking out on the floor of the Senate. He did not have to do this. All ten Senators who spoke deserve our respect and our thanks!

As for Senator Boxer and Representative Tubbs-Jones and the other 30
representatives who voted Yea in the house. They deserve more than our
thanks. They deserve every ounce of support we can give them.

These individuals are true patriots.

They are demonstrating what democracy looks like and each will be remembered in history as the best and brightest of our time! Make an effort to call each and everyone of these American Heroes and thank them for their effort and sacrifice.

We consider today to be a success!
We received more than what was needed and that was 1 Senator and 31
Representatives. It is truely time to unite and move forward to reform the voting procedures of America.

As for the Senators and Representatives who cast no vote either by choice or by being absent. We want to know what was more important than certifying the election?

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Join us this eve at Billy Reeds on NE MLK Blvd from 6:30-8:30p and
again next Tuesday at the Unitarian Church. See www.actionspeaksportland.org
for details.

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What? 06.Jan.2005 23:36

ChrisPDX

How dare wyden let Barbara stand alone. He doesn't represent me. And Where was blumenauer's Vote? And wU vOTED no! Come on. Nothing will ever be done by this. Please don't kid yourself. It its all over. Get out why you still have the chance!

Yes 07.Jan.2005 09:24

Den Mark, Vancouver

Yes. Every senator let Barbara Boxer stand alone. Staggeringly shameful cowards. I would have expected women in the Senate to stand tall with her, to challenge the rich white guys, but not one did. Even Obama let Barbara Boxer stand alone. Of course, he has his career to think about! That the debate happened was good, but we settle too easily for tiny crumbs from the feast above us on the table of power.

Yes 07.Jan.2005 09:25

Den Mark, Vancouver

Yes. Every senator let Barbara Boxer stand alone. Staggeringly shameful cowards. I would have expected women in the Senate to stand tall with her, to challenge the rich white guys, but not one did. Even Obama let Barbara Boxer stand alone. Of course, he has his career to think about! That the debate happened was good, but we settle too easily for tiny crumbs from the feast above us on the table of power.

think strategy 07.Jan.2005 10:33

ya

you only needed one senator and one representative.

The Strategy In The House 07.Jan.2005 14:05

Den Mark, Vancouver

The strategy in the House was apparently for as many people as had guts to stand up with Stephanie Tubbs Jones. THAT is the strategy i expected in the Senate!

We have to start voting with our dollars! 07.Jan.2005 15:32

juliana

Wake up! The same s--- that the US has done to 'third world' countries is now being employed here at home. Our votes do not count. We need to stop being so naive as to support a corporate billionaire who's a huge part of the system and start from the grassroots. They don't care about us!! How would our lives have been better if Kerry had challenged the sElection? Most of still would not have health care or a living wage and we'd still be in Iraq. That's 51 million dollars of OUR money in his campaign fund.

The 'Moral Values' stance is an outright lie. This must have been orchestrated by the corporate media to distract people from thinking about fraud. On Counterspin they said reporters asked voters, "what is more important to you - money or moral values?" how many would come out and say $?!

We need to do what has successfully been done all over the world and organize strikes. Buy Nothing Days. No Driving Days. When we truly make a dent in the economy, then we'll have a chance at bargaining for real change.

I have nothing against Kerry (well, maybe a little) but I voted for Nader.
My vote counted just as much as yours!

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