Monday, September 11, 2006

Press Release: Dave Berman to Address Progressive Dems of Sonoma

Press Release: Dave Berman on Elections & the Consent of the Governed

For Immediate Release:
September 7, 2006

Contact: Anna Givens 707-545-6286
Progressive Democrats Sonoma County
Web: www.pdsonoma.org

No Basis for Confidence in Election Results as currently Reported. What about the Consent of the Governed? National and internationally recognized author, Dave Berman will be the featured speaker Wednesday, September 13 in Santa Rosa at a meeting of Progressive Democrats Sonoma County.

WHERE: Round Table Pizza 1003 Guerneville Rd. Santa Rosa, CA

WHEN: Wednesday, September 13. 7:00 pm.

WHY: An extraordinary 92% of Americans believe that the public should have the right to observe vote counting and obtain information about it, according to a new Zogby poll of 1018 registered likely voters, taken August 11-15, 2006. Progressive Democrats Sonoma County, agrees with Attorney Paul Lehto, who commissioned the recent poll, that 'this flies in the face of electronic elections where vote counting is commonly considered a trade secret of the vendors of electronic voting machines.' We join the many CA citizens and organizations who are working to reclaim oversight and control of our elections. To do otherwise is, in the words of Lehto, "like the biggest step backwards for democracy imaginable."

Berman’s new book, 'We Do Not Consent: Peaceful Revolution and Other Provocations from the GuvWurld Blog' is a compilation of essays originally posted on his blog, http://guvwurld.blogspot.com The book is dedicated to "conscientious objectors everywhere" and covers topics such as election integrity, U.S. involvement in Iraq, media reform, propaganda, and strategies for large scale social change.

Berman's Voter Confidence Resolution, was adopted by the Arcata City Council in Humboldt Co. last year. It affirms that, "the Declaration of Independence refers to the Consent of the Governed as the self-evident truth from which Government derives 'just Power' .. elections are {currently} conducted under conditions that prevent conclusive outcomes, {therefore} the Consent of the Governed is not being sought. Absent this self-evident source of legitimacy, such Consent is not to be assumed or taken for granted."

Dave Berman has been a featured speaker on The Thom Hartmann Show, Peter B. Collins' Show and Air America. His articles have been published in the Eureka Times Standard, Eureka Reporter, Humboldt Advocate and Arcata Eye. Radio and TV stations in Northern CA, Portland, OR and Houston, TX have broadcast Dave's message about Voter Confidence, and publications as diverse as the Lone Star Iconoclast and New Zealand's Scoop.co.nz have reported on his work.

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We Do Not Consent, Volume 1 (left) and Volume 2 (right), feature essays from Dave Berman's previous blogs, GuvWurld and We Do Not Consent, respectively. Click the covers for FREE e-book versions (.pdf). As of April 2010, paperbacks are temporarily out of print. Click here for the author's bio.

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"Give a damn about the world you live in? Give a damn about what you and I both know is one of the most shameful and destructive periods in American history? If so, do something about it. You can start by reading We Do Not Consent."

— Brad Friedman, Creator/Editor, BradBlog.com; Co-Founder, VelvetRevolution.us


"If in the future we have vital elections, the "no basis for confidence" formulation that GuvWurld is popularizing will have been a historically important development. This is true because by implicitly insisting on verification and checks and balances instead of faith or trust in elections officials or machines as a basis for legitimacy, it encourages healthy transparent elections. It’s also rare that a political formulation approaches scientific certainty, but this formulation is backed up by scientific principles that teach that if you can’t repeat something (such as an election) and verify it by independent means, it doesn’t exist within the realm of what science will accept as established or proven truth."

— Paul Lehto, Attorney at Law, Everett, WA


"Dave Berman has been candid and confrontational in challenging all of us to be "ruthlessly honest" in answering his question, "What would be better?" He encourages us to build consensus definitions of "better," and to match our words with actions every day, even if we do only "the least we can do." Cumulatively and collectively, our actions will bring truth to light."

— Nezzie Wade, Sociology Professor, Humboldt State University and College of the Redwoods


"Dave Berman's work is quietly brilliant and powerfully utilitarian. His Voter Confidence Resolution provides a fine, flexible tool whereby any community can reclaim and affirm a right relation to its franchise as a community of voters."

— Elizabeth Ferrari, San Francisco, Green Party of California


"This is an important collection of essays with a strong unitary theme: if you can't prove that you were elected, we can't take you seriously as elected officials. Simple, logical, comprehensive. 'Management' (aka, the 'powers that be') needs to get the message. 'The machines' are not legitimizers, they're an artful dodge and a path to deception. We've had enough...and we most certainly DO NOT consent."

— Michael Collins covers the election fraud beat for "Scoop" Independent Media


"What's special about this book (and it fits because there's nothing more fundamental to Democracy than our vote) is the raising of consciousness. Someone recognizing they have no basis for trusting elections may well ask what else is being taken for granted."

— Eddie Ajamian, Los Angeles, CA


"I urge everyone to read "We Do Not Consent", and distribute it as widely as possible."

— B Robert Franza MD, author of We the People ... Have No Clothes: A Pamphlet for every American