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Our film MASHED POTATOES wins Short Documentary Award at Ozone Film Festival.  Film by Annie Spell and Music by Brian Stoltz.

MASHED POTATOES documents the occupation of the Texas bar ditches by antiwar activists outside of Crawford near the Presidential Ranch in August 2005.  

Recorded in it’s entirety by one of the attorneys who was on the scene primarily to defend the rights of those directly involved in the uprising, the film captures that aspect of the event which could only be uncovered by one working deep within the organization managing the month long rebellion.

The main stream media missed the true story of Camp Casey.  

MASHED POTATOES serves it up here for history.  

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Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Lake Charles tossed out the aggravated battery conviction of Mychal Bell Friday afternoon.

Notwithstanding that, the NAACP remains committed to the defense of the young men to ensure proper treatment by the court system and protection of their rights under law.

As such, NAACP Interim President & CEO Dennis Courtland Hayes, the Louisiana State Conference of NAACP Branches, members of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus, the RainbowPUSH Coalition, the National Action Network will still participate in a rally and march in Jena on Thursday, Sept. 20.

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Running Time 41 min.

Film by Annie Spell

Music by Brian Stoltz

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Sun Aug 12, 2007 at 10:37 AM PDT

Democrats to protest Pelosi

by Annie Spell


Monday, August 13, 2007
4:00 PM
Our Lady of the Gulf Church
228 South Beach Blvd.
Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

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BY Buddy Spell
May 30, 2007
And there ya go.....

By way of background, Cindy Sheehan and I became acquainted in 2004. At the time, several Louisiana activists had established a resistance beach head in the Greater New Orleans Area to confront the war advocates regardless of whoever won the sham election in the coming November. Cindy contacted me seeking our endorsement of a new group she had organized called Gold Star Families for Peace.

I instantly sensed her strength, sincerity and passion. We became immediate friends.

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Tue Mar 20, 2007 at 04:38 PM PDT


by Annie Spell

March on the Pentagon
Buddy Spell
March 20, 2007

En un lugar de la Mancha, de cuyo nombre no quiero acordarme, no ha mucho tiempo que vivía un hidalgo de los de lanza en astillero, adarga antigua, rocín flaco y galgo corredor.*

And there you go.... Yet another action full of hope and anticipation ending in status quo unresolved expectations of meaningful returns. It happened.  It was important for the moment. It was quickly forgotten and even more quickly dismissed. File it away in the " ‘A’ for effort drawer".

All that’s left now is to finish unpacking those last few supplemental and always unnecessary travel items, to haul the suitcases back to the attic, and to look forward to yet another year of war and the further destruction of America’s soul. The therapeutic effect of hellraising has always, for me, had a short shelf life.

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Wed Feb 21, 2007 at 07:37 PM PST

My campaign poster

by Annie Spell
Annie Spell for Covington City Council
535 East Boston Street
Covington, Louisiana 70433

Civil rights attorney, antiwar activist, and social justice advocate Annie Spell has qualified as the lone Democratic candidate in a field of five seeking two at-large seats on the Covington City Council.


COVINGTON, LA. I am a local attorney and social justice advocate and I have just qualified as the lone Democratic candidate in a field of five seeking two at-large seats on the Covington City Council.

The short answer to why I am running for Covington's City Council is simple, I love Covington. It is my home. I have planted roots here and have made a personal investment in the City's future. It is where we are raising our daughter and I want Covington to be the best possible home town for her that it possibly can be. It is also where I intend to live out the best years of my life and I want to contribute what I can to ensuring that Covington remains a safe, progressive, prosperous, culturally significant, and vibrant community for us all.

A post-Katrina world calls for a new, progressive voice on the City Council; a voice which offers new ideas to address challenges, both old and new, which confront us all as we move forward into the "new normal". I will contribute that fresh outlook which is now required and which will open community debate and thoughtful discussion on the issues we must tackle in the days, months, and years ahead.

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The solution to a $50,000 crack in the only public pool in Covington, Louisiana is to spend $5,000.00 to bus the children "who would normally use the pool" to the YMCA claims Covington City Councilman Lee Alexius.  Meanwhile, City Councilman Trey Blackall is looking for "a nice Republican warehouse" to store a statue of Pres. Ronald Reagan until the City's 1.3 million fountain park is being built.

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Saddam Hussein, Iraq's Baathist party and Osama bin Laden were not involved in the September 11th attacks. On August 21, 2006 in response to a question about what Iraq had to do with the attack on the World Trade Center, Bush responds, "Nothing, except for it's part of -- and nobody's ever suggested in this administration that Saddam Hussein ordered the attack."     The US 2004 9/11 Commission Report states that Bush repeatedly linked Saddam Hussein and the Baathist party to the September 11th attacks, despite the fact that there was no convincing evidence of Saddam's involvement in 9-11.    Rex Tomb, Chief of Investigative Publicity for the FBI states: "The reason why 9/11 is not mentioned on Usama Bin Laden's Most Wanted page is because the FBI has no hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11."  
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Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 06:59 AM PDT

Lying Liars

by Annie Spell

This administration contradicts a bi-partisan congressional report that says there is not now, nor was there ever, a connection between Iraq and al Qaeda.   Remember the Downing Street Memos - July 23, 2002.  That is why we really went to Iraq.

This administration seeks to pass legislation that will retroactively pardon the President for lying about and illegally torturing individuals in secret prisons located outside of the United States.  The supporters of this administration fight for the 2nd Amendment, but turn ignorant when it comes to the other Amendments.

This President promotes a perpetual war that has netted his Vice-President's Halliburton over 7 billion (yes, BILLION) in contracts (most of them no-bid) and his daddy's Carlysle group millions more.  I find it odd that the supporters of this Administration are upset about illegal aliens in the states.

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Sun Sep 03, 2006 at 06:18 AM PDT

The Angry Liberal Left

by Annie Spell

We, the people of the angry liberal left in order to have a more perfect government, protected from those who would attack our liberties, do believe that being pro-peace is not akin to being a traitor to our country and protesting the policies of the President of the United States and the administration is not the same as wishing defeat on our country and death to our soldiers.
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