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  •  I have a suggestion which I diaried (none)
    I think the day the signatures are presented, there should be a massive email/phone call drive to major media outlets and a day-long boycott of those outlets and their sponsors.  Let's wield some of that grassroots energy.  Link.

    You ain't gotta be a scholar to know the next four years are gonna be ill. -KRS One, December, 2000

    by GN1927 on Sun May 29, 2005 at 10:33:00 AM PDT

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    •  Taking it to the street (4.00)
      We should have been in the streets on November 3rd.

      We should organize rallies around this news now.

      It worked in the 60's and 70's, both against the war and against a president who overstepped his powers.  Large enough, frequent enough, widespread enough and the rallies make the news.

      PFAW had us wired and ready for smart mob action against the nuclear option; maybe they could mobilize us for a nationwide rally?

      We can do it, people.

      •  I think we can, too (none)
        But Conyers' letter can very well have enough signatures to be re-delivered to Bush within the next few weeks, if not this week.  Not enough time to organize a physical protest in DC.  But plenty of time to organize a virtual protest conducted via emails, phone calls, and boycott of the news sources and their sponsors who refused to cover the Downing Street minutes.

        We need to deliver a real punch alongside Conyers' signed letter, and a message to those Congresspeople who might be too timid to take action: the grassroots has your back if you are doing the right thing.

        You ain't gotta be a scholar to know the next four years are gonna be ill. -KRS One, December, 2000

        by GN1927 on Sun May 29, 2005 at 10:57:28 AM PDT

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      •  People have begun this... (none)
        ... as outlined in ukiyo's diary from yesterday, Taking 'Downing' to the Street. Go look, there are photos, and an alert for anyone in the Tampa area to join in another protest this Thursday in front of the local Fox affiliate.

        This is what it is all about... what we have been building towards.

    •  the media isn't going to cover a boycott (none)
      its not going to cover emails to the white house, we need people on the streets, if conyers has the courage to put his political career on the line and expose himself to attacks from the right wing noise machine, then we should ask nothing less of ourselves.

      we are the citizens damn it, and it's time we start taking some fucking action.

      then ends do not justify the means, rather, the means dictate and determine the out come.

      by chinkoPelinke on Sun May 29, 2005 at 11:29:38 AM PDT

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      •  I'm talking logistics here (none)
        massive street demonstrations take months to plan, not days, and the media tends to turn a blind eye to them also.

        With respect to the Conyers' letter, we need to do what we can to have his back, even if all of us cannot manage to get to Washington in the space of a week.  That includes emails and boycotts.  I stand by my suggestion.  Several thousand emails, and notable decreases in circulation occurring on the SAME DAY Conyers delivers his letter to Bush is an easily doable plan which won't be defeated by lack of time to coordinate it, as a march would.

        We most certainly need another march on Washington; yours and my suggestions are not mutually exclusive.  However, given the timeframe that we have before Conyers delivers the signature to Bush, organizing the massive emails and a boycott is much more feasible and much more likely to draw in larger numbers of participants.

        You ain't gotta be a scholar to know the next four years are gonna be ill. -KRS One, December, 2000

        by GN1927 on Sun May 29, 2005 at 12:27:44 PM PDT

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