Californians organize to stop Schwarzenegger's nominee for California Secretary of State -- who has been exposed as a tool for the corporate voting machine conspiracy!
California activists are organizing the "We Mean Business" rally for the South Steps of the Capitol Building in Sacramento. The rally is set for Tuesday, March 29, starting at 9:00 AM ("and hours thereafter").
Suggested street theater -- Dress in a business suit and carry a briefcase (if you have one) full of fake money with Diebold written across the bills. Our slogan? "We Mean Business"
The threat is that the corporate interests are planning to bring in a 70-million dollar Arnold fundraiser and a Diebold law firm rep to reorganize California's elections.
EVIDENCE -- from http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/3/26/143223/384
Please read the list below and ask yourself: Are these these the kind of folks you want advising our Secretary of State who will soon need to spend our HAVA millions on e-voting equipment and oversee Schwarzenegger's ballot initiative to redistrict Calfiornia? Do you see hints that would reasonably lead us to suspect that at least five of these folks may have partisan or e-voting influences--influences that may well eclipse their concerns for what is best for the voters?)
The Rap Sheet:
Bryant, Cynthia: Chief Legislative Affairs Secretary to Schwarzenegger; formerly lead policy director for Senate Republican caucus--specialized in political reform act.
Cain, Bruce: Redistricting specialist
Clark, Bradley: Registrar of Voters for Alameda County and it was his guidance that brought paperless e-voting to Alameda.
Hawkins, Ernest: Director of "Election Center," a dubious organization funded by e-voting vendors.
Lapsley, Robert: Bush appointee to the State Department and responsible for strategic modernization initiatives in elections
Merksamer, Steven: Too much to mention--just think of him as the partner of a powerful Sacramento law firm that specializes in redistricting. Also, he is connected with fundraising efforts for Schwarzenegger's special election (which has redistricting as its centerpiece).
Miller-Malek, Beth: Directly connected to Schwarzenegger's chief fundraiser and attempted to gut workman's comp.
Ortega, Adan (Jr.): Spokesperson on chromium levels for the "bad guy water dept." in the real "Erin Broconovich Scandal." He allegedly only co-habits in office space shared with Diebold communications firm--a communications firm for whom he does consulting work.
Wood, Wiliam: California Corporations Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Corporations
And get big business out of the elections department! Vote to protect our Vote! No on McPherson! No on Merksamer! (Arnold's fundraiser on the McPherson transition team)
Although the Senate overwhelmingly approved McPherson, the Assembly is divided, with the wise ones distrustful of McPherson's highly partisan transition team.
BTW, the Assembly Rules Committee grilled McPherson for 90 minutes before spring break, adjourning without an approval. We can stop this. Please join us!
*Let friends and contacts in Sacramento know about the rally -- their support is needed.
*If you can join our "We Mean Business" rally, please let us know at email@example.com --- this is a permitted rally.
*Please immediately call and e-mail the 5 Democrats on the 8-member Assembly Rules Committee. Urge them to vote NO on McPherson for CA Secretary of State. The vote is Tuesday. Monday is a holiday.
916-319-2039 and/or 818-838-3939
916-319-2062 and/or 909-388-1413
916-319-2052 and/or 310-223-1201
916-319-2054 and 562-997-0794
Assembly member Joe Coto
916-319-2023 and/or 408-277-1220
[Also, because the office is closed for the Easter holiday until Tuesday a.m., here's a list of numbers to fax your opposition:
-Cindy Montanez, Chairwoman Assembly Rules 916.319-2810
-David Cogdill, Vice-Chairman Assembly Rules
-Fabian Nunez, Speaker of the Assembly 916.319.2146
-Kevin McCarthy, Assembly Republican Leader 916.319.2132
-Joe Baca 916.319.2162
-John Benoit 916.319.2164
-Joe Coto 916.319.2123
-Mervyn Dymally 916.319.2152
-Betty Karnette 916.319.2154
-Michael Villines 916.319.2129
-Joe Nation 916.319-2106
-Maureen Evans 916.319-2107
Thank you for previously contacting Assembly speaker Nunez's office to register your opposition to McPherson. McPherson wants to bring in a 70-million dollar Arnold fundraiser and a Diebold law firm rep to reorganize California's elections. Shades of Florida, 2000. Ohio, 2004. Bad news. Fight back.
Rally Organized by Progressive Democrats of Los Angeles--affiliated with Progressive Democrats of America (PDA)
CONTACT: Marcy Winograd, chair PDLA: firstname.lastname@example.org -- OR to sign up for PDLA's list serve, go to pdla.org and click "Join PDLA"
To find your state contacts for PDA outside of the LA area, please visit www.pdamerica.org - click on California and join the growing progressive movement inside the Democratic Party.
Please circulate this e-mail to a minimum of 10 people in your address book. Send it to leaders of unions, advocacy groups, election protection groups, religious and social networks in our diverse communities -- we are all in jeopardy when our elections are tainted.