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Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 10:25 PM PDT

I didn't do enough...

by KSpidel

Seriously. This election... I simply didn't do enough (Oh and BTW, this is a rant...)

I just left the Arizona Democratic Party election night event. Some of you on DU for year might know my name. Those who I haven't had the pleasure to exchange posts with, my name is Kevin Spidel. I ran the national Field for Dennis Kucinich' 2004 Presidential Campaign, out of which I founded Progressive Vote by mortgaging my house. That became the field arm of Progressive Democrats of America (PDA.) I became their National Deputy Director and helped to elect several members to Congress including Donna Edwards, Jerry McNerney, and others. We also became the national field arm for the Progressive Caucus. I led Christine Cegelis' battle against the DCCC for what I felt was right for the grassroots. We spent $60k to their $800k and only lost by 1.4 votes per precinct. I don't give this background for any type of bragging or to single me out from the many others on this forum that have also put blood sweat and tears into their vision for the future through he electoral process.

I say these things simply because I wanted to give context to what I am about to say...

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Judge throws out:

Section 2B - The meat of it. "No unlawful stop detention or arrest made by a law enforcement official."

Section 3. - The papers part.  Willful failure to complete or carry an alien registration document.

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While America paints the state as racists that lacks moral leadership, there is one strong candidate for Governor standing tall and the nation should take note!

Last Friday I mentioned the media trying to marginalize Terry Goddard's candidacy as he stood up to to the current Governor on SB1070

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While the nation paints Arizona as racists... there are leaders willing to stand up and fight... yet the media is saying the campaign is falling apart?

Let's recap, Goddard wins award for defending Arizona Shows leadership over SB1070 While Brewer desperately raising money to defend against and the media is reporting he is falling apart?

He looks pretty strong and committed to us!

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If not, You should be in loop. Here is a review of it

Look at some of the plan's

* Programs to help low-income Americans who need to better understanding the value of broadband, or how to use computers or navigate the Internet;

* Better use of wireless spectrum so that more people, especially those in underserved areas without wired connections, can have high-speed Internet access;

* New rules to speed up and reduce the cost of Internet deployment; and

* The expansion of existing programs that would allow subsidies for low-income Americans to receive broadband.

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Mon Dec 21, 2009 at 04:43 PM PST

Little Boxes

by KSpidel

We are politically active. We think politically. We act politically.

Guess what?

Most American’s don’t.

Putting ideals into little boxes that are "liberal" or "progressive" hurts us more than it helps us.

Justin Glick over at Next American City writes:

I just finished Tony Judt’s piece in the NYRB on how to revive social democracy, and perhaps it’s just because I myself strongly sympathize with social democratic ideals, but I think a lot of what he has to say will resonate for many Americans on both the left and the right.

I just spent time on the campaign trail with several candidates that do not pass the local litmus test of what fits in a "progressive" box but by my experience are extremely progressive.

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Thu Dec 10, 2009 at 01:37 PM PST

Evangelical and environmental?

by KSpidel

Matt Frei's diary: Evangelical and environmental?

If the green movement truly wants to convert America it needs to convert more evangelical Christians. Let me explain.

This week, I spoke to Pastor Tri Robinson from the Vineyard Church in Boise, Idaho, who described to me his journey from scepticism to conviction about the need to tackle climate change via the Bible.

This is a growing trend inside the evangelical movement.

Pastor Tri described himself as both a "tree-hugger and a social conservative".

He is against abortion and for caps on carbon emissions. And he prays that he won't have to choose between the two at the next election.

But that is exactly what awaits him because for now there is no prominent conservative politician on the horizon who is, to put it bluntly, both pro-life and pro-planet.

Remember how the last Republican convention was electrified by the call to "drill baby drill"?

Pastor Tri and his flock are looking for a political home.

The candidate who is able to give them one, who can straddle the divide between social conservatism and environmental activism, who can recruit God in the service of the planet, is onto a winner.

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(Original post here)

An Open Letter to America: "Now is the time for us to stand up and stand together"

By Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr.

July 1, 2007

My Fellow Americans:

The power of our voices against the U.S. occupation of Iraq is reaching the top echelons of the military and the administration. Our government is persecuting Americans who speak out against the U.S. military presence in Iraq. The U.S. military has launched politicized attacks on its own military members and moral leaders who oppose the war to discredit their voices of dissent.

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For those folks unable to be in DC with us this morning for the "Day of Action to Restore Law and Justice" pu ton by the ACLU and Amnesty International... go to at 10:30am EST for a live webcast!

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Hip Hop Heavies like Dead Prez and Mystic to perform in Washington DC on June 19th to create awareness about the mobalization on the 26th.

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I am  writing to you from the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. This base  has become synonymous with U.S. disregard for human rights and rule of law. It  is the icon of bad U.S. policies in the "war on terror," where people  are held indefinitely without even the right to ask a court to review the  lawfulness of their detention. Just last week, a fourth person died of apparent  suicide in Guantanamo. Many more have attempted suicide as an escape from the  uncertainty that comes with life in one of Guantanamo's prisons.

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