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by repost / elle Tuesday, Nov. 02, 2004 at 11:03 AM 419-575-2385

Take it to the Capital--Columbus, Ohio Democracy Not Disenfranchisement! Education Not Occupation! Health Care Not Warfare!

November 3; Take it to the Capital--Columbus, Ohio Ohio State House at Noon Federal Building at 5:00 p.m. This is a call to converge on the State Capital-Columbus, Ohio to nonviolently demand a real democracy for the people, by the people, for justice and for no stolen election! On November 2nd we vote. On November 3rd we make it count. Organize walkouts, take the day off work or school. This election people in Ohio and across the country are prepared to fight back. Unlike 2000, this time we will determine our own history. Massive corruption, disenfranchisement, and election fraud have already begun to erupt inciting probable re-count scenarios. To counter these actions pro-democracy and anti-war organizers in dozens of cities across the country are making preparations for demonstrations on November 3, the day after the election. Emphasizing healthcare, education, and the direction of US foreign policy, while drawing attention to the flaws of the electoral system that leads to mass-disenfranchisement in the United States, demonstrators will hit the streets next Wednesday from Columbus, Ohio to Vermont to San Francisco to Florida. The demonstrations are meant to confront corruption, disenfranchisement and possible stolen elections with people power and street heat to spark a grassroots demonstration on the real meaning of democracy and join together to reclaim the country after November 2. Widespread attempts to disenfranchise or intimidate new voters, youth, students, African Americans and Latinos in Ohio and across the United States are taking place by Republicans in collusion with Republican government officials. "In state after state, Republican officials and operatives are working to deny American citizens the right to vote," charges Wade Henderson, executive director of Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (the countryıs largest civil and human-rights coalition). Miles Rapoport, former Secretary of the State of Connecticut and President of the nonpartisan public policy organization Demos, says "As the election approaches, chilling reports continue to surface of major efforts to prevent people from voting. Legions of partisan challengers' are being readied for the polls on election day; Latino registrants in rural Georgia are being targeted; and tens of thousands of new Ohio registrants have been challenged. All appear to be organized campaigns. These anti-democratic activities must be stopped." Additionally, the US "Federal Election Assistance Commission" admits they lack 500,000 trained poll workers for Tuesday and companies like Diebold control millions of electronically-cast votes without oversight. Troy, Michigan Republican State Rep. John Pappageorge, a Michigan Bush campaign Co-Chair, was quoted in July 16 edition of the Detroit Free Press as saying, "If we do not suppress the Detroit vote, we're going to have a tough time in this election." Blacks comprise 83 percent of Detroit's population, and the city routinely elects Democratic candidates by substantial margins. The British Broadcasting Company has also disclosed a memo to top Republican officials in Florida identifying voters in predominantly black precincts for possible challenge. The secretaries of state, usually the chief election official at the state level, in four battleground states--Michigan, Missouri, Florida, and Ohio have all taken top campaign posts for Bush and have been accused of manipulating state election laws to restrict voter access on behalf of Republicans. Ultra-right Ohio Secretary of State, J. Kenneth Blackwell, the co-chair of the Ohio Bush campaign, together with the Ohio Republican Party are at the center of this nationwide effort to steal the election through voter suppression, intimidation and corruption. In the months leading up to the election, Blackwell attempted to require that registration applications that were not posted on the correct weight paper be cancelled. His efforts to suppress the vote have continued. Blackwell sought to restrict access to provisional ballots: he challenged of the validity of over 35,000 new voter registrations in the state (recently thrown out by a Federal Judge): he issued unclear directives regarding the right of ex-felons to vote. Now, the Ohio Republican Party is threatening to suppress and intimidate new voters at the polls on Election Day. Enough is enough! This time we are watching. Together, we can stand up for our right to vote, hold politicians accountable for their actions, prevent another stolen election this year and create real democracy.

Here's what you can do to help: 1: Circulate this call to action widely, talk to your organizations, family and friends and plan to attend.
2: Plan transportation, car-pooling, etc.
3: Bring signs, banners, flags, drums, food, water, warm/dry layers, etc.
4: Consider participating in non-violent civil disobedience. There will be a briefings held early on Nov.3 to prepare people.

Participating groups (to date): This Time We're Watching, The Central Ohio Peace Coalition, The Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition, The Columbus League of Pissed Off Voters, The Toledo League of Pissed Off Voters, and Reach Out Bowling Green.

Contact: Reach-Out Bowling Green Phone: 419-575-2385 The Toledo League of Pissed Off Voters Office: 419-878-2385 cell: 419-902-2909
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