Critical connections to make and actions to take
USA, Election 2004:
were all the votes counted? This Time We're Watching... see also our post-election e-news
"PUBLIC HEARINGS IN OHIO! They might have conceded - but
we haven't conceded our right to have our votes count. The Ohio Citizens
Alliance for Secure Elections (CASE-OH), This Time We're Watching, the
League of Young Voters, People for the American Way Foundation - a leading
member of the Election Protection Coalition, Common Cause Ohio, Ohio
Election Reform Now, Columbus Institute for Contemporary Journalism,
WVKO Radio, and Ohio Voterization Project are calling for public hearings
to investigate voting irregularities and vote suppression in Ohio surrounding
the 2004 General Election.
Election serves as whack upside the head for environmental community
11 Nov 2004
"The Bush victory dealt a devastating wallop to the environmental community, but some members say it also delivered a much-needed reality check to a movement struggling to find its soulů
From the December 2004 Issue of The Progressive Magazine:
Favors Molly Ivins
Word from Washington Ruth Conniff
..."In the Presidential election, the Democrats were cast, once again, as unprincipled and purely political, Blodgett points out.
weren't seen as believing in anything," he says. "It comes
down to whether we can connect with voters around a set of beliefs.
Bush had no problem conveying his strong beliefs. Instead of alienating
people, they connected with people."
"Benjamin ranks as an accomplished organizer. She co-founded the anti-war group Code Pink. And before that, she co-founded Global Exchange, an organization committed to social and environmental justice. At Global Exchange, she monitors labor rights in sweatshops and launches high-profile campaigns against business giants like Nike and The Gap. In 1999, Benjamin's work helped to shed light on the horrendous working conditions endured by garment workers in the U.S. territory of Saipan, which led to a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against more than a dozen U.S. retailers...
Question: How could Kerry have lost by three million votes when the left was so united behind him?
Benjamin: Kerry lost because he never provided a clear message or
an inspiring vision about the direction this country should take. And
we have to admit that Bush's fearmongering and gay-bashing worked. Bush
kept on message, while Kerry didn't. On Iraq, Kerry had a terribly mixed
message. It was very confusing to people to understand where he stood
on that issue.
The single women's
vote: up-dated information from Women's Voices. Women Vote
"In 2004, unmarried
women were overwhelmingly looking for change, and they turned out this
election cycle to bring it about. In a year characterized by strong
voter turnout, exit polls show unmarried women constituted 23 percent
of the 2004 electorate, an increase from the 19 percent reported by
the exit polls in the 2000 election. See the detailed results and complete
summary memo below: all documents are pdfs"