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Local ABC 7 protests featured on ABC Local News

Our protest efforts have paid off! ABC 7 taped us demonstrating yesterday morning and aired a segment on the "Path to 9/11" controversy during the 10pm news.

Also, according to a diary at dailykos, the much bigger national write-in and call-in campaigns are taking their toll as Variety magazine featured a story that ABC is considering pulling this farce from the air.

Now is the time to rachet up the pressure! Come out today at 11am, 5pm and 10pm for 30 minutes to protest in front of the ABC studios ot State and Lake. If you don't have time to make your own sign, we have extras!

Chicago ABC ACTION ALERT - 11am, 5pm, 10pm

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Local activists will be protesting in front of the ABC 7 studios in Chicago during all newscasts (11am, 5pm, 10pm) (15 minutes prior to each newscast) starting on 9/6 until 9/11, or until ABC 7 pulls the mockudrama.  If you are in the Chicago area and can make it for just one of these time slots, please come out and bring a sign.  The ABC 7 studios on State St are conveniently located just next to the State and Lake El stop and also are conveniently surrounded by floor-to-ceiling glass windows at street level.

In case you haven't heard about the right-wing smear masquerading as a "non-partisan" "docudrama" set to air on 9/10 and 9/11, check out these great diaries and resources to get up to speed:

Today's events = How the "War on Terror" should be run

Cross-posted at 

Assuming that today's news regarding the foiled terrorist plot is accurate and that there was an imminent threat, Dems now have an example of how terrorism is really fought. Based on news reports, The British terror cell was brought down by a long-term international law enforcement action, not by killing tens of thousands in Iraq as per the the Bush administrations strategy.

Dems should immediately call for a drawdown of military resources in Iraq and annouce a plan to transfer those dollars to beef up intelligence gathering, domestic law enforcement and international law enforcement coordination. Leaving our troops as sitting ducks in Iraq in the middle of a civil war will lead to further loss of American and Iraqi lives; whereas, investment in operations just like the British operation that foiled this plot, will actually save lives.

Blagojevich surges ahead in latest Rasmussen poll

Gov. Blogojevich posted huge gains in the latest Rasmussen poll of the Illinois Governer's race:

Election 2006: Illinois Governor 
Date      Blag. Topinka
Jul 6      45%  34%
Apr 18   38%  44%
Mar 27  41%   43%
Feb 22  42%   36%
Jan 25   37%   48%

(from Rasmussen site)

Observations on the Bush Protest

Coalition Diagram
I attended the Bush/Judy Baer Topinka protest rally last week, and I have to say that I'm surprised at the relatively positive coverage that the protest received. For me, the protest was chaos.

There were two distinct groups speaking with two megaphones at the same time. In one protest group (the one with the bullhorn plus a speaker setup), there were speakers talking about Iraq, Palestine and Gay Marriage. In the other group, reps from the AFL-CIO, local union workers and victims of gun violence were speaking out about Judy Baer Topinka. There was also a rogue individual with a bullhorn who felt it was his duty to point out (loudly and repeatedly) his feeling that Democrats are no better than Republicans.

Iraqi Peace Deal Mirrors Democratic Withdrawal Plan

It seems as though the people who are concerned with solving the actual problems facing everyday Iraqis (the Iraqis themselves) agree with Senators Feingold and Kerry on how to end the Iraq debacle.

From the The Times:

THE Iraqi Government will announce a sweeping peace plan as early as Sunday in a last-ditch effort to end the Sunni insurgency that has taken the country to the brink of civil war.
The Government will promise a finite, UN-approved timeline for the withdrawal of all foreign troops from Iraq; a halt to US operations against insurgent strongholds; an end to human rights violations, including those by coalition troops; and compensation for victims of attacks by terrorists or Iraqi and coalition forces.

Culture of Corruption: Hastert embroiled in highway land deal scandal

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It appears as if the Republican culture of corruption has come home to roost in Illinois' 14th District. The Chicago Tribune published an article today detailing the corruption. Think Progress has a great breakdown of how the deal went down, but basically here's what happened:

  1. Hastert purchases significant amounts of isolated land in his district.
  2. Hastert secures funding to build a highway through his district that goes close to his properties.
  3. Value of Hastert's land skyrockets.
  4. Hastert sells and nets a cool $1.5 million profit.

YearlyKos Progressive Ground Zero

YearlyKos - 2006Once again, I missed the early sessions due to continued jet lag. I really wanted to go to the Mike Stark ( guerilla radio call-in workshop, but at least I’ve had a few chances to talk with him one-on-one (I’ll try to get a picture soon). He’s a very cool guy who does some important and hilarious work (if you’re not familiar with him, check out his site).

The first panel I attended was a panel discussing the open-source, grassroots energy plan, Energize America. The plan is the product of a collaborative effort between hundreds of Kos contributors and can be reviewed and commented on by anyone. Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico was the top luminary on the panel which also featured Jerome a Paris and other top energy bloggers. The plan had some great insights into how to address the US energy crisis. One idea that I really liked is to set a goal of 20 million houses with active or passive solar power systems in the next 5-10 years.

Yearlykos - Dispatch #2 from Laptop Row

YearlyKos - 2006 Ok, so I didn’t get around to my end of day post; instead, I’ll give you a Day 1 recap including…evening activities…

The afternoon session consisted of regional caucuses. I met some more activists from the Chicago area who are involved in some interesting projects. One of the Chicago-based attendees I talked to is planning on starting a progressive book club with traditional in-person meetings and nationwide live chat with the authors and other prominent figures in the netroots. Another attendee is very active in Michigan grassroots and works with a coalition of Michigan state grassroots groups called Joining Forces. We talked about the possibility of extending this cooperation to the Regional level; a possible project for IllinoisDemNet.

YearlyKos Off to a Great Start; Early Brush with Celebrity

YearlyKos - 2006 Well I made it to sunny, very hot Las Vegas.  I didn't make it to the hotel until late last night, but I did manage to make a donation to the Las Vegas school district before I went to bed. 

This morning I woke up a bit late...uhmmm...jet lag...yeah that's the ticket.  Anyway, I was able to grab a quick bit of breakfast and then head to the registration area.  It was still fairly early, and the hall was pretty empty, but to my surprise one of the first people I saw was Ambassador Joe Wilson.  (I'm going to try to post a picture.)

 I was able to speak with him for a few minutes about the shameful outing of his wife, Valerie Plame, by the Bush administration.  In my opinion, Joe Wilson is the kind of public servant and patriot that this country needs.  He struck me as a very nice person who believes very passionately in this country and just got caught up in a huge political maelstrom because he wanted the truth to be told about his trip to Niger.

Anyway, my morning was off to a great start. 

Later on, I attended the African-American caucus primarily because I got my schedules mixed up, but it was a great session regardless, and I learned a lot about the African-American perspective on technology, politics and activism.  I also attended a workshop put on by the Center for American Progress on television and radio appearances.  I'm about to head back in for some on-camera practice.  Check back tonight for more on today's events.

 Over and Out from Vegas

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