Saturday, July 29, 2006

Videos, Events and Other Links of Interest

Help America Vote On Paper is an 18 minute movie you can download or view for free at Google or purchase as a DVD from the Ecological Options Network.

Democracy For New Hampshire has put together some great materials to promote the hand counting they are fortunate to conduct. Their "Election Preparedness Kit" features this 63 page .pdf called "We're Counting the Votes" and they also have several free videos demonstrating counting methodology.

Another film on electronic voting debuts Sunday night Decatur, GA. It is called The Right to Count and DVDs are available at that link.

SolarBus.org has added a multimedia page featuring quite a few downloads of radio/TV/movie coverage of election issues. Take the time to surf the rest of this site. It is a gold mine.

BlackBoxVoting.org has a discussion thread with an enormous number of suggested slogans for the election integrity movement. Here are my contributions:

We Do Not Consent to secret vote counting machines.

There is no basis for confidence in American election results.

Give me liberty, or give me Diebold.

Hand count paper ballots publicly to legitimize democracy.

Hand count paper ballots publicly to verify democracy.

Hand count paper ballots publicly to verify it is democracy.

Media should not report what cannot be proven and hasn't been independently verified.

Only state-run media report unverified election results as fact.

The Consent of the Governed is hereby withdrawn.
51 Capital March is the first site I have discovered displaying the cover of my book, right in between Greg Palast's latest, Armed Madhouse, and the famous Conyers' report, no less!

Georgians For Verified Voting cite the Consent of the Governed on their home page.

Cindy Sheehan and others are setting up Camp Democracy at Fort Fed Up on the National Mall in Washington DC. The Declaration of Peace is a related project with an impressive list of endorsers.

Spearhead has a new CD called Yell Fire! and I can't stop playing it. Believe in coexistence.

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