Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Gone Votin'


Gone Votin'
by Still Bernin'

What else is there to tell you? By now you're either painfully awake or blissfully ignorant, wrapped in a cocoon of consumerism and mass media propaganda and gone fishin'. There is no in-between. You're either a part of the problem or you're fighting like heck alongside your fellow activists to help solve it.

So which is it? Which side are you on--and your family members, neighbors,
friends, co-workers and online casual acquaintances? It's time to choose teams. Start building your "voting team" and make plans on how and when you'll vote on November 6 or earlier if possible. Most municipalities have early voting, so make the most of it. There's no excuse for not voting by saying you don't have any time free on a Tuesday anymore!

Be prepared. You're going to come across some real doozies of reasons why a friend or family member can't vote this time around. Here are a couple I've encountered so far:

"We don't vote--we just complain about things." 

"My vote doesn't make any difference. They'll do what they wanna do no matter how we vote."

"The election is rigged. They control they voting machine tallies and purge voters off the rolls. Why bother?"

"Voting for a third party candidate is paramount to 'throwing my vote away.' But I don't support either of the corrupt establishment parties, so I'm protesting them by not voting." 

"I can't get to the polls. My boss will fire me if I leave work early/arrive late."

And so on. 
I suspect you have some good replies to these types of excuses for not voting, but in case you don't, here are some of mine:

"You don't get bitchin' rights if you don't have any skin in the game. Get off your backside and vote or you can shut up forever."

"How do you know your vote 'doesn't make a difference'? If everyone thinks that it does make a difference--and enough of us show up to vote--then perhaps we'll send a strong message to the corrupt system that we're mad as hell and
we're not going to take it anymore!"

"How are we going to expose and overturn the corrupt system if we don't show them up?  If we want to expose them for the crooks they are, then we have to catch them in the act. We have to vote (or attempt to vote) and document what's happening so we can convict them."

"The only way you 'throw away your vote' is by not voting. Vote your conscience and not what others tell you to do. As Eugene V. Debs said: I'd rather vote for what I want and not get it, than vote for what I don't want and get it."

"I can take you to the polls--no problem! I also have a number you can call and these nice folks can take you to the polls. If you're boss threatens to fire you for voting, then let me talk to him and I'll remind him that's illegal." 

(Editor's note: In the Toledo area, you can call 419-Vote-Now for a ride to the polls from the Jobs for Justice/Interfaith Worker Justice Coalition. If you have or  expect any troubles at the poll, read this article: "What To Do If Someone Tries to Stop You From Voting.")

Our planet and people don't have much time left if we don't turn things around soon. It's not time to go fishin'--it's time to go voting. We the People must take our righteous indignation to the streets and the voting booth. We must vote our conscience and morals and not what the political pundits of TV tell us. We've got to raise the volume a little louder and make our numbers swell even greater if we are to ever are going have a chance of taking our country back from the one-percenters bent on destroying it for their profits without a concern for our lives.

BIO: Still Bernin' will be seen on the highways and by-ways encouraging voters to get to the polls in the coming days. Get out there and join Bernin' and make a difference--Vote!

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Here's more on who is behind the censoring of 800+ alternative media pages and other news stories the mainstream media doesn't want you to know--like voter purges beyond your imagination. And I didn't know why Sears was filing bankruptcy. The vulture capitalists are at work again destroying American jobs and community in order to line their already bulging pockets. More reasons to vote! https://youtu.be/nyaHbYLXwMc

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A fireside chat with Jill Stein and 

Constance Gadell-Newton

Have you seen Jill Stein’s latest Fireside Chat ?

You can watch the video here :

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsH6X9JfgEo
In her October 17th Fireside chat, Jill Stein discusses the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi and US support for the brutal Saudi Arabian regime, and talks with Ohio Green Party candidate Constance Gadell-Newton about how she's getting her message out despite being excluded from media, polls and debates.

Their conversation goes into a discussion of how our tax dollars are used against us, how the growth of militarism around the world hurts us locally, and how the support of the Green Party can help promote social justice.

100 % Green Energy by 2030 is an Ohio Green party goal which includes the creation of a green economy, creation of jobs in the energy transition, protecting water, a moratorium on fracking and injection wells, shutting down the pipelines that cross Ohio. In less that eleven years, we have the power to completely change the face of Ohio and become a state that leads in the production of clean energy.

Jill reminds us that we are not powerless. Now is the time to stand up for the courage of our convictions. We have to vote for what we want and need, and not concede to what we think is the worst of two evils. To help spread the word, Jill Stein asks us to like and share this video, and to spread the word every way we can. Constance Gadell-Newton will win the election with just 34 % of the vote in a three-way race. If only half of all unaffiliated voters in Ohio vote for her, she’ll win! The Green Party of Ohio needs 3 % of the vote to maintain party status, offering a choice, and a voice for all Ohioans.

Constance Gadell-Newton, and the Green Party of Ohio needs your vote. We are counting on you to come out and vote on November 6th. If you have family or friends, neighbors or co-workers, who will also benefit from our plan for Ohio, feel free to pass on this message, post it on the social networks, spread the word!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsH6X9JfgEo
Thank you so much for your help!  Let's win in 2018! Please visit our website to see our platform or make a donation:  www.ConstanceforOhio.com  `

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 From Common Cause:

We all deserve a say in our future -- and our democracy works best when every eligible voter can cast a vote and have their vote counted. 


That’s why every election year, thousands of ordinary Americans step up to serve their communities as Election Protection volunteers. Together, we make that foundational principle of our democracy -- that everyone should be equal on Election Day -- a reality. 


This year, I’m asking you to step up as an Election Protection volunteer -- to make sure no voter is silenced, and help your neighbors participate in our democracy. 



VOLUNTEER

As a nonpartisan volunteer poll monitor, you will assist voters on Election Day should they encounter any problems voting. You’ll receive training, get materials, meet other volunteers and our professional staff, and on election day help voters know their rights -- and how to get help. 


Volunteers commit to taking at least one Election Day shift to stand outside of assigned polling location after receiving training. You will distribute “Know Your Rights” cards to voters, answer basic questions from voters at the polls, and help voters resolve any problems that occur, with the help of trained legal professionals. 


Volunteers like you will be voters’ first line of defense against suppression tactics, confusing laws, outdated infrastructure, and other impediments to making themselves heard. 


 

Thanks for all you do,

Marilyn Carpinteyro, Chief of Internal Affairs
and the team at Common Cause

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How does war impact people differently around the world? Tune in to our next free webinar on October 24 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (GMT minus 4), featuring three different global perspectives on war & militarism. RSVP here.

Our October 24 webinar will feature:


  • David Swanson, Director of World BEYOND War, who will speak from the perspective of a resident in the United States, the world's largest warmonger, and what it means to be an anti-war activist at a time when global opinion polls show that the U.S. is seen as the greatest threat to world peace.
  • Kathy Kelly, Co-Coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, who will speak from the perspective of someone who has experienced war firsthand. Kathy has lived in active combat zones in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Haiti, Lebanon, Gaza, and Palestine.
  • Barry Sweeney, World BEYOND War Ireland Coordinator, who will speak from the perspective of a resident of a less militaristic society, Ireland. How would people in Ireland react if half of their tax money was spent on war, as it is in the U.S.? Do Irish people feel that their country has any enemies? Despite being a less militaristic society, how does the Irish government facilitate U.S. warmongering?
Don't miss this interesting conversation!

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World BEYOND War
greta@worldbeyondwar.org

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EWG Action Fund
The chemical industry is trying to pull one over on us. And the House of Representatives is about to do the industry’s bidding.

Big Ag’s buddies in Congress have snuck a dangerous provision into this year’s farm bill, a must-pass piece of legislation that has huge implications for the country’s food system. This provision would preempt local governments from adopting their own pesticide regulations.

It would strip away local bans on Monsanto’s cancer-causing glyphosate.

Essentially, Congress thinks that Big Ag and the pesticide lobby should determine what chemicals are safe to have in our parks and playgrounds.

No way.

I know the power of community activism. And we ALL need to pull together right now. We have a right to protect our communities and our health. Your representative needs to hear from you TODAY if we are going to stop this bill.


This is an outrageous attack on community activists and local governments’ authority! If passed, this bill would undo more than 150 restrictions on the use of hazardous pesticides in parks and on playgrounds in one fell swoop.

We can’t allow Big Ag to strip away our power. We have a right to protect our local parks and playgrounds from toxic pesticides like glyphosate. It’s time to stand up and fight for our health and our environment!

Please join me right now and tell your representative to stand up for your community. Big Ag shouldn’t dictate how local governments can protect their citizens!

Thanks for your support.

Erin Brockovich

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