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Saturday, August 21st, 2004
1:04 pm - Pimpage!!

For anyone of you out there who are foot-soldiering this summer, there is finally a community for you.

on_the_turf is a LiveJournal community devoted entirely to the art of CANVASSING.

If you canvass for Kerry, sign up.
If you knock on doors for the DNC, sign up.
If you lace up your tennies, assemble your clipboard, and go out along with hundreds of other people across the United States (and the world, I might add) to canvass, this is the community for you.

Stories are welcome.
Questions are welcome.
Canvassers, past and present, of every flavor, are welcome.


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Wednesday, August 11th, 2004
12:55 pm - We need volunteers

Hey everyone. 

There are still plenty of events that MfA.org is needing volunteers for (shows like Sonic Youth, Xiu Xiu, The Explosion, Burning Brides, The Velvet Teen, Statistics, End Transmission, etc.)  Please, if you have the time and there is a show near you, make sure you sign up.  Even if it isn't one of your favorite bands - we still need your help at the shows (especially in Michigan and New York).

You can look up events here and/or I've also got them listed here, by states, starting with tomorrow, August 11th until Sept. 2nd.  Make sure if you want to volunteer for a show that you go to http://www.musicforamerica.org/event, click on the event you want, and fill out the volunteer form.  You'll usually get a response back within two days telling you the time you need to be there, the location, and your contact person at the show.  Please take a few hours to help out.  We need all the voters we can get, and to do that, we need you helping us register them. 

Thanks for your time and if you have any questions about volunteering send an email to taya@musicforamerica.org and she'll be able to answer any of your questions or concerns.  

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current mood: working

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Sunday, July 11th, 2004
10:26 pm - To Quote My Mom, "BASTARDS!"


A Newsweek article titled "Election Day Worries" found here:


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current mood: scared

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Wednesday, July 7th, 2004

What: Spend a day in Portland registering voters.

Where: Portland, OR. Meet at the Southcenter Mall parking lot in Tukwilla, by the food court.

Time: Meet at 7:30 am. Be in Portland and registering voters by noon.

We all know how close this election will be. We also know that it is more important than ever to make this personal and to get the people to the polls. What many don't know is that while Washington could be very close, Oregon could be decided by a mere 500 votes. In other words, if we go down and work our butts off, we could change the course of the election.

So come join us on Saturday July 10th. It will be a one day trip. We'll go to Portland in the morning, register new voters all day, and come back to Seattle that night.

We are working on logistics and transportation. If you have questions or concerns about them, go ahead and RSVP as a yes, and then forward us your questions via e-mail. The most important thing right now is to get a head count.

This is an opportunity to make a huge difference with one day of work. Please join us, please invite friends, and please RSVP quickly so that we can get an accurate head count.

We don't want your money. We want to put you to work.

Take The Next Step in 2004. Take your country back!

questions: info@nextstep2004.org

Southcenter Mall-by the food court
633 Southcenter, Seattle, WA

Saturday, July 10, 7:30am


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Sunday, June 27th, 2004
11:40 am - bush is for licking

click here

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Wednesday, June 23rd, 2004

got this e-mail the other day from fellow next step leader, grant. he's organizing voter registration at fahrenheit 9/11 showings this saturday. if you are interested in the following, please e-mail grant at:

hope to see you there!



Thanks for volunteering to register people to vote at Fahrenheit 9/11. We have received and amazing response- thank you! Here's the deal: We’ll only be registering people at the Saturday (June 26th) showings of the film (if you want the scoop on why, I’ve included it below!). However, we’ve gotten some inquires about doing it on Sunday, too. Let us know if you’re interested in that.

To Recap: We’ll arrive earlier at the theatre and register people as they enter the film. Then, we’ll watch the film and register people as they exit the theatre and as the next wave of film watchers enter. Afterwards we’ll be meeting at the Big Time Brewery on University Ave in the U-District to talk about the film and our successful event.

Now, all you have to do is decide which showing you want to attend. Please email me back with your choice. If you are flexible between two or more theatres, please include that in your email.


THE NEPTUNE (1303 N.E. 45th at Brooklyn Ave, Seattle 98105) - Arrive at 6pm to get your supplies and meet your fellow volunteers. Showtime is at 7pm.

MERIDIAN 16 (1501 7th Ave, Seattle 98101)- Arrive at 6pm to get your supplies and meet your fellow volunteers. There are multiple screens showing the film, but our is at 7:45pm.

AMC RENTON VILLAGE 8 (25 S. Grady Way, Renton, WA 98058)- Show times have
not been determined yet. We will email you ASAP, most likely Tuesday evening, with this information if you want to go here.

GRAND ALDERWOOD CINEMAS (Lynnwood, WA)- Showtime’s have not been determined yet. We will email you ASAP, most likely Tuesday evening, with this information if you want to go here.

IMPORTANT: Once everything is set Wednesday evening please buy your ticket online or at the theatre to insure you have a seat for the film! You can purchase tickets for all of these showings (accept the Neptune) at www.fandago.com. You can purchase tickets for the Neptune showing at www.moviephone.com.

Thanks again! Call me or email me with questions!

Grant McCallum
Next Step Leadership


Why not Friday? Jay Inslee (Democratic member of congress) is using the Friday showings at the Neptune as a fundraiser for John Kerry, and Democracy for America (Gov. Howard Dean’s new organization) is having a big hurrah at the Friday showings at the Meridian 16. We figured all those people would be registered already.

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Tuesday, June 22nd, 2004
2:43 pm - a Serendipity...
givegethead www.aserendipity.com


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Wednesday, June 2nd, 2004
3:30 pm - a powerful must-read article

continued tax cuts don't bode well for government programs

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Tuesday, June 1st, 2004
6:36 pm

This was taken from

Pending Draft Legislation Targeted for Spring 2005
The Draft will Start in June 2005

There is pending legislation in the House and Senate (twin bills: S 89 and HR 163) which will time the program's initiation so the draft can begin at early as Spring 2005 -- just after the 2004 presidential election. The administration is quietly trying to get these bills passed now, while the public's attention is on the elections, so our action on this is needed immediately.

$28 million has been added to the 2004 Selective Service System (SSS) budget to prepare for a military draft that could start as early as June 15, 2005. Selective Service must report to Bush on March 31, 2005 that the system, which has lain dormant for decades, is ready for activation. Please see website: www.sss.gov/perfplan_fy2004.html to view the sss annual performance plan - fiscal year 2004.

The pentagon has quietly begun a public campaign to fill all 10,350 draft board positions and 11,070 appeals board slots nationwide.. Though this is an unpopular election year topic, military experts and influential members of congress are suggesting that if Rumsfeld's prediction of a "long, hard slog" in Iraq and Afghanistan [and a permanent state of war on "terrorism"] proves accurate, the U.S. may have no choice but to draft.

Congress brought twin bills, S. 89 and HR 163 forward this year, http://www.hslda.org/legislation/na...s89/default.asp entitled the Universal National Service Act of 2003, "to provide for the common defense by requiring that all young persons [age 18--26] in the United States, including women, perform a period of military service or a period of civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, and for other purposes." These active bills currently sit in the committee on armed services.

Dodging the draft will be more difficult than those from the Vietnam era.

College and Canada will not be options. In December 2001, Canada and the U.S. signed a "smart border declaration," which could be used to keep would-be draft dodgers in. Signed by Canada's minister of foreign affairs, John Manley, and U.S. Homeland Security director, Tom Ridge, the declaration involves a 30-point plan which implements, among other things, a "pre-clearance agreement" of people entering and departing each country. Reforms aimed at making the draft more equitable along gender and class lines also eliminates higher education as a shelter. Underclassmen would only be able to postpone service until the end of their current semester. Seniors would have until the end of the academic year.

Even those voters who currently support US actions abroad may still object to this move, knowing their own children or grandchildren will not have a say about whether to fight. Not that it should make a difference, but this plan, among other things, eliminates higher education as a
shelter and includes women in the draft.

The public has a right to air their opinions about such an important decision.

Please send this on to all the friends, parents, aunts and uncles, grandparents, and cousins that you know. Let your children know too -- it's their future, and they can be a powerful voice for change!

Please also contact your representatives to ask them why they aren't telling their constituents about these bills -- and contact newspapers and other media outlets to ask them why they're not covering this important story.

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Tuesday, May 25th, 2004
3:36 pm - john kerry

john kerry on the patriot act.

last night i went to a small john kerry fundraiser in which, by $50 donation checks, raised nearly $5000. i met congressman rick larson (for the second time in two days) and had the pleasure of hearing him speak. his message was clear: we need new direction in this country and george bush will not provide it.

tomorrow, kerry has a $1000 dinner here in seattle which will raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for his campaign. my dad won the raffle and will attend tomorrow's event. he's looking forward to it.

i also met laura ruderman who is running for secretary of state and we had a lengthy discussion about registering voters and how under our current secretary of state, sam reed, voter registration has greatly declined. i have yet to research what reed has done while in office, but will before i vote.

the event was a huge success and i was glad to see a good turnout.

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Monday, May 24th, 2004

tomorrow, the next step leaders will be hosting david silver, of the september project to see what he has to say about the upcoming election and getting involved. we are interested in seeing if next steppers would be interested in attending an event in which he will give the same presentation.

so i'm looking forward to talking politics and eating some yummy bbq tomorrow. oh yeah. more to come wednesday about this topic!


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Friday, May 21st, 2004

the hersch report
when you live in a world of gray zones, you have to have very clear red lines.

if you don't read anything else about the abu ghraib prison scandal, at least read this. it is a very in-depth report on the history of and the bush administration's involvement in this tragedy.

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Thursday, May 20th, 2004

Hey gang, the third next step 2004 event is THIS SATURDAY!!! We'll be hitting local bars to spread the message and register voters. For more information, sign up for the next step informational e-mail and you will receive an e-vite. You can also reach me for a limited time during the day at both Yahoo and AIM screennames "distantvictory," and on MSN messanger under distantvictory@yahoo.com.

In other news, we're looking into tee-shirt ideas and planning some new and fun events, including ones that all ages can participate in! Also, don't forget about The Next Step's other blogs on myspace and tribe. Let me know if you want to join and can't find it...


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9:54 am - yet more articles...

Fundamentally, the US remains a divided nation and that means this election, barring surprises such as the capture of Osama Bin Laden - which some Democrats speculate about - should almost certainly be close.

I saw an Israeli bulldozer starting to demolish a building as people were still inside. No notice was given.

Bush's view of Israel's actions was at odds with the position taken by Secretary of State Colin Powell. Speaking in Jordan on Sunday, Powell said: "We know that Israel has a right for self-defense, but the kind of actions that they are taking in Rafah — the destruction of Palestinian homes — we oppose."

The income taken in by Vice President Dick Cheney's former company Halliburton — now at $1 billion a month — has cast further doubts on the administration's true intentions.

The White House is about to get hit by the biggest tsunami since the Iran-Contra affair, maybe since Watergate. President George W. Bush is trapped inside the compound, immobilized by his own stay-the-course campaign strategy. Can he escape the massive tidal waves? Maybe. But at this point, it's not clear how.

787 U.S. service members have died since the start of operations in Iraq

It has been one of the largest and bloodiest operations in Gaza since Israel occupied it in 1967, leaving at least 34 dead and 100 wounded. There have been no Israeli casualties.

Health Minister Pierre Pettigrew said the change would give timely access to emergency contraceptives for women and help prevent unwanted pregnancies.

But it turned out that the sourcing was inaccurate and wrong and in some cases, deliberately misleading. And for that, I am disappointed and I regret it.

Both liberals and conservatives in the US believe that the media is dominated by their opponents.

With each alleged terrorist we torture, we most likely preclude the possibility of a criminal trial for him, and for any of the confederates he may incriminate.

However, two news stories that have since come to my attention—one that appeared on the same day, the other more than two months ago—suggest not merely that Bush is guilty of "failing to recognize failure" (as my headline put it) but that he is directly culpable for the sins in question, no less so than his properly beleaguered defense chief.

The protesters held placards and chanted slogans denouncing coalition troops for fighting in the Iraqi cities of Najaf and Karbala, sacred to Shias.

Mr Buffett, worth some $40bn, said he disagreed profoundly with Mr Bush's tax cuts for rich people like him.

Wolfowitz spoke at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, the latest called by legislators worried about the Bush administration's handling of the war.

US film-maker Michael Moore's conflict with his country's government has led to suggestions that he is unpatriotic. He is not the first American artist to face the charge.

Gasoline is now selling at more than $2 a gallon, which, after inflation, is higher than it's been since 1981. But that's not the amazing part. Actually, there are three amazing parts.

that's it for now...

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Wednesday, May 19th, 2004
4:40 pm - some articles from today...

We all decide, personally, whether to support or oppose a war. The Barclays convinced me that many of us, myself included, may have taken this responsibility too lightly.
a touching article about a family torn by war. one son fights in iraq while parents protest at home.

However, certain trade provisions are set to expire in September unless Congress reauthorizes the law. The uncertainty is causing manufacturers to lose orders, and Africans to lose jobs.
this is the first i've heard of this act, but it sounds like a worthy cause... bring jobs to an area wraught with poverty and disease.

They say loopholes have allowed manufacturers to make guns which are almost identical to assault weapons, but are not covered by the ban.
sounds like the ban needs to be increased rather than not renewed. any opinions you wish to share on gun control... supporting or opposing?

But he said his tax-cutting policies would soon bring benefits and added that the US needed a clear-spoken leader in times of war, not his rival Mr Kerry.
it always comes back to war. "in times of war," which mr bush created, we must stand proud and support our troops. those who oppose surely must support terrorism.

He was like an ordinary voter who turned up one night to hear a candidate at his local gym and - frustrated by the same-as-usual politics - got up onto the stage and grabbed the microphone himself.
a nice bbc article on dean. i predict him running in '08. if not '08, he'll go up against hillary clinton in the primaries in '12.

hm... that's a couple for now. i have plenty more articles to read and plenty more to post from today. maybe they'll come up tomorrow...


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10:01 am

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<a href="http://www.emogame.com/bushgame.html"</i>bush & voltron vs the hulcamaniacs</a>

an anti-bush game to pass the time. might not be too work-safe though, as i found out... heh. but it's not that bad :)


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11:50 am

Is there anything that kids on the east coast (i.e. ME) can do to spread the word?

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Monday, May 17th, 2004
4:23 pm - Conscientious Objection

"So, for the record, here is what conscientious objectors object to: We object to killing…. We object to being forced to register for war and killing, and we object to being forced to participate in the preparations for war and killing. We object to killing innocent civilians, and we object to killing soldiers…when war comes, many of us will perform peaceful alternative service. Many of us will go to jail rather than compromise deeply held beliefs. But we will not fight. We will not kill."
- Charles A. Maresca Jr., Former Associate Director of the Center on Conscience & War

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Friday, May 14th, 2004

battleground washington, a paler shade of blue

ah yes... the reason THE NEXT STEP is so important.

what do you guys think of polling? it's difficult to tell these days whether or not the poll is done by a partisan group or an independent group. especially when things are this close...

reform party gives nader ballot access

we haven't talked much about the alternatives to bush. kerry is the most obvious, being the other major party in the states. however, nader appears to be gaining momentum. any comments on third parties?

wars' cost estimated at $50 billion next year

we also haven't discussed the war much on here. any opinions about what's going on in iraq? any statements about abu ghraib? any comments about why we are there and what we are attempting to achieve? i find it interesting that, with the amount of news on iraq, we've pushed away everything dealing with our horrendous national debt acquired during the bush administration.

FEC rejects donation limits to nonparty political groups

if you don't read any other, at least check out the last one. this is great news in that 527s can continue raising an abundant amount of money to help oppose bush.

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Wednesday, May 12th, 2004
11:28 am - OUR NEXT EVENT: Pub Crawl for Democracy

Who says voter registration has to be hard work? One thing we learned last weekend is that sometimes the best way to get new voters is to go straight to our peers rather than go door to door.

What: Hit our favorite bars and register our friends
When: Saturday May 22nd. 9pm
Where: For specifics check your Next Step Mail.

RECAP: 1000 voters registered in the Central District

Saturday May 8 was a huge success. Working with ACORN, America Votes, USAction, and of course MoveOn, Next Step 2004 Teams walked a precint in the Central District. We knocked on doors, we started conversations, and we registered a thousand new voters. Even those of us who had never done it before had a great time.



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