Saturday, June 30, 2007

Fwd: Send the pundits a message

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From: Barbara Boxer <>
Date: Jun 27, 2007 2:50 PM
Subject: Send the pundits a message
To: greensmile

Dear greensmile

Let's shock the pundits -- and Karl Rove. Contribute before the June 30 deadline!

Nothing in politics can be taken for granted.

That's why I am asking for your help before a critical deadline. This Saturday, June 30th marks the end of the second fundraising quarter for 2007, a date that will be used by press, pundits, and strategists across the country -- and Karl Rove too -- to assess the early strength of my campaign.

The community already helped us achieve one huge goal last month: reaching 10,000 donors for 2010 before May 31st. Now we want to achieve an even bigger goal: Surpassing $2 million in cash-on-hand before the June 30th reporting deadline.

With just 3 more days to go before June 30th, can you help us blow past our $2 million cash-on-hand goal?

Let's show the press, pundits, and strategists that our campaign is off to a roaring start -- contribute today and help us surpass our $2 million end-of-quarter goal!

Truthfully, my Republican colleagues are a bit frustrated with me. I keep pointing out inconvenient truths to them, like the failure of the war in Iraq. I have even invited people like Al Gore to testify about global warming before my committee. They'd like nothing better than to replace me with one of their rubber stamp GOP Senators, reciting Karl Rove's talking points on command.

That's not going to happen. Let's send the Republicans a message that my Senate seat is not theirs for the taking by surpassing $2 million in cash-on-hand before this Saturday's deadline.

Let Karl Rove and the Republicans know that this is one Senate seat they can cross off their wish list. Contribute today and help me exceed $2 million cash-on-hand by this Saturday's reporting deadline!

Democrats have 51 seats in the United States Senate. Just 51. And we definitely can't afford a single defeat that would return us to the days of Republican control.

What has Democratic control of the Senate meant? Putting global warming front and center on the agenda. Shifting the debate to how to end the war in Iraq, not how to cover up George Bush's mistakes. Raising the minimum wage for the first time in ten long years. Sending the President a bill to fund a real stem cell research program. Uncovering rampant abuses in power, such as the White House's role in firing United States Attorneys who did not hew to their right-wing political line.

Republicans and their special interest allies are accustomed to using their money advantage to throw their weight around and intimidate their opponents. Help me blow past our $2 million in cash-on-hand goal by June 30, and let Republicans know that if they really want my seat, they will be in the fight of their lives.

Please donate to my campaign by the June 30 deadline. Help me surpass $2 million in cash-on-hand so that Republicans know that this seat is not theirs for the taking.

In just a few short months of Democratic control of Congress, we have made tremendous accomplishments, but there is so much more left to do. Thank you for all of your support.

In Friendship,

Barbara Boxer
U.S. Senator

P.S. The June 30th deadline is just days away. Please contribute today -- and help us blow past our $2 million end-of-quarter goal!

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Fwd: Don't pass up this chance

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From: Gene Karpinski, League of Conservation Voters <>
Date: Jun 29, 2007 1:07 PM
Subject: Don't pass up this chance
To: Greensmile

Dear greensmile,

Our next President can begin the real battle against global warming.

Or not.

Force the candidates to take a stand.

Donate today.

LCV's good friend and environmental ally Robert Redford sent you a message the other day, asking you to support our Heat Is On campaign at this critical stage in the presidential primaries.

We need to be able to keep the pressure on the presidential candidates each and every day of the primary campaign - especially with the debates coming up.

A generous donor has agreed to match dollar for dollar the next $5,000 that we raise. Help us take advantage of this great offer before our deadline tomorrow.

Don't wait to give! Click here to contribute $35, $50, or $100 before the June 30th deadline.

As a long-time LCV supporter, you've been instrumental in helping us win environmental battles in the past. Global warming is now the defining issue of our day and it's time to make sure our next president is ready to tackle it.

LCV is making that possible. Across the country, The Heat Is On is already putting global warming front-and-center in the race for president by:

  • Organizing hundreds of volunteers to ask the candidates tough questions about their global warming plans;
  • Getting the first ever global warming questions asked in presidential debates;
  • Running ads in early voting states like New Hampshire and South Carolina that challenge the candidates; and
  • Educating political reporters about global warming and generating dozens of news stories on the importance of global warming in the 2008 election.

But we need to make sure we can keep up the pace as the race heats up. With the June 30th filing deadline fast approaching, the candidates are busy raising money and refining their platforms. We can't let them get ahead of us. Now is the time to make an impression - and force them to take a stand on global warming.

We're on the verge of making global warming a core issue in the 2008 elections - but we need your support, today, to help keep The Heat Is On going strong.

Make a secure online donation of $35, $50, or $100 today.

Our next leader will have the chance - and the responsibility - to set America, and the planet, on the right course. Help us make sure we have the chance to vote for the right leader.

Thank you for your continued commitment.


Gene Karpinski

P.S. Don't forget to tune into the Live Earth Concerts on 7.7.07 which will be streamed live by MSN at

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Last day of the quarter, please support the liberal!

Thanks to you, we're within striking distance of our $9 million fundraising goal with just under 48 hours to go. If we make it, the campaign will have the resources we need to compete going forward.

I'm proud of the way this community has stepped up in these last crucial days. And like so many Americans, I'm proud of Elizabeth and the way she stood up to Ann Coulter and said no to hate speech.

In these last 48 hours, I'm asking you to do two things. By contributing today, you can help us reach our goal. And you can join with me in letting Elizabeth know how proud we are of her by leaving a personal message for her when you contribute. Please give what you can, at:

July 3rd is Elizabeth's birthday and a great way to celebrate would be a donation by our June 30th deadline to help us hit our goal.

All of us are working so hard to reach this goal because we know the stakes are so high. Our cause is building one America—a place where everyone has a fair shot at the American Dream and no one is left out in the cold. It's truly universal health care. It's stopping global warming. It's bringing our troops home starting today. And it's not just talking about poverty—it's eliminating it.

But none of us can do this alone. This campaign is about working together on the big changes we believe in. It's true now, and it will still be true when I'm president—we're in this together.

So in these last 48 hours, please make a contribution to help us reach our goal, and join me in thanking Elizabeth for showing that hate and fear are no match for civility and courage.

Please give what you can:

Thank you,

-- John Edwards
    Friday, June 29, 2007

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Join National Religious Campaign Against Torture

My apologies for getting this out AFTER the rallies but it is just full of links you can use to join NRCAT and to get informed about the upcoming rallies. These people get out and march, they got me out there too.

Dear Friends of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT):

Wherever you may be on June 26, there will be opportunities to tell your members of Congress that you want U.S.-sponsored torture to end:

> WASHINGTON, DC - Rally and Congressional Visits:
  • Have you and your delegation members registered with NRCAT? If not, click here to do so.
  • If you need transportation, check with ACLU at 1-202-675-2311. They are providing free buses from a number of locations.
  • Rally: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Upper Senate Park ( Constitution Ave. between New Jersey and Delaware Aves., NE). Closest Metro Station: Union Station. There will be five speakers from the faith community.
  • Look for the 6'x2' NRCAT banner "Torture is a Moral Issue" and table to pick up your packets for your congressional visits and to learn about other NRCAT efforts to end U.S.-sponsored torture. Please register to make sure there’s a packet prepared for you.
  • Congressional Appointments: 2 – 5 pm, individually arranged. Please tell the scheduler that you are from the faith community.
  • De-briefing: 5:30 pm, Mott House, 122 Maryland Avenue NE, across Maryland Ave. from the Supreme Court.

> NEW YORK CITY - Interfaith worship and March co-sponsored by the Metro New York Religious Campaign Against Torture:


  • Call your Members of Congress or their staff by phone at their DC offices on June 26 or anytime during Torture Awareness Week, June 25 - 29. For more information about your elected members of Congress and contact information, click here.

Wherever we are on June 26, it is important to call on our Members of Congress to:

  • End torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of detainees.
  • Close secret U.S. detention facilities.
  • Stop extraordinary rendition - secretly kidnapping people and sending them to countries that torture.
  • Close the detention center at Guantánamo and give those held there access to an independent court.

Thank you for your commitment to end U.S.-sponsored torture.

Rev. Richard Killmer
Executive Director
National Religious Campaign Against Torture

You have received this message because you endorsed the "Torture is a Moral Issue" statement of the National Religous Campaign Against Torture, took action through the NRCAT website, or signed up to receive more information from NRCAT.

National Religious Campaign Against Torture: - New Web Address

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

MoveOn: petition to stop torture TODAY

Dear friends of peace:

I took action on this MoveOn request and I urge you to do the same.

All the money in the world spent for guns, missles, and soldiers won't make us safe if the world hates us. I did NOT help MoveOn get votes for congressmen so they could continue to rubber-stamp Cheney's love of torture. Demand that your representative listen to the people, listen to their conscience, listen to the generals who know better than Bush what works and what does not in a total national defense strategy. End torture now, close gitmo now.

It hasn't hit the news wires yet, but retired Generals Robert Gard and John Johns just went public with something big. They're calling on Congress to ban the use of torture, restore the right to trial and shut down the disastrous prison camp at Guantanamo Bay.

There's a growing chorus of judges, scholars, military experts, and regular folks who believe that President Bush's abuse of our Constitution is making us less secure. The Generals join it just in time: there are new reports that even some Bush administration insiders are pushing to shut down Guantanamo.

This could be a tipping point in the fight to restore our liberties. I signed a petition to stand with these Generals and push Congress to stop torture, close Guantanamo, and bring back the right to trial. Can you join me by clicking the link below?, end torture


Note: MoveOn puts user-specific data in some links as a convenience so this is not a forward straight from my in-box but the message to "pass it on" that comes after I respond to those links.

Robert Redford: support HEAT IS ON campaign

Dear Concerned Friend of the Environment:

I've been committed to solving global warming for about 20 years, but only now I feel we are finally at a tipping point.

It's people like you and me - Americans who are fed up with destructive policies - who will make history. It's up to us to ensure that the presidential candidates understand the urgency of addressing global warming and offer solutions.

That's why I'm asking you to support The Heat Is On campaign. By pushing global warming into the 2008 election spotlight, it's forcing candidates to take a stand on the issue - and giving all of us a chance to make educated choices about the future we leave to our children.

Apathy is our biggest enemy. Please don't pass up this historic opportunity.

Click here to give $35, $50, or $100 to keep The Heat Is On going strong.

We need high-level moral leadership more than ever, but we also need the grassroots power to demand it. That means YOU getting involved today.

Start by supporting The Heat Is On campaign. The Heat Is On campaign is working hard to make sure the American public knows what these candidates plan to do about the defining issue of our day.

From organizing in early voting states, to educating political reporters about global warming, to tracking the candidates' positions, LCV is leading the way to ensure that the candidates are talking about the issues and committed to solving global warming.

And The Heat Is On is making waves across the country. As the candidates pick up the pace on the campaign trail, I urge you to help The Heat Is On campaign stay out front.

Make a secure online donation of $35 or more today.

Your gift will help lead the way toward leaders who get global warming - and plan to solve it.

Don't wait to do your part. Our country - and our planet - is at a tipping point. Help LCV make sure we head in the right direction.

Thank you.

Robert Redford

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Keep Edwards in the fight [Joe Trippi ]

[NOTE: there are only 4 days left in the quarter, so NOW is a good time to chip in]

Dear Progressive Voter,

With 7 days left until the end of the quarter, we are closing in on $7 million and everyone is doing their part. Small change for big change is working.

But while thousands of people are building up this campaign, the Washington establishment is trying to write us out of the race. And their reason? They say it's MONEY - they don't think we are raising an obscene enough amount. But the truth is, they don't want people to hear what John Edwards is saying, because it will mean the end of big money's stranglehold over our government.

Our plan calls for raising $9 million this quarter and if we do - no matter what the chatter boxes say - we will be ahead of pace to have the resources we need to compete and win in the early primary states. That's when the Edwards campaign will have our day in the sun, but we need your help to get there.

We have 7 days to reach $9 million and every dollar counts. Please give what you can:

If you're ready for big change on the issues that matter, your time is now.

End this war. Take on poverty. Build one America. Work for economic justice. Stand up for truly universal health care. Take action on global warming.

The policies are real. And John Edwards is the candidate who is leading on every issue.

But only you can make it happen.

Please do what you can today to help take the next bold step for real change.

Because in a time when millions have lost faith in Washington, we are building faith in each other. What you do today matters. This campaign we are building together matters.

And your time is now.

Help us reach $9 million in 7 days:

Thank you,

-Joe Trippi
Saturday, June 23, 2007

Stop PBS from hurting its own good name

I'm sure you've already heard that PBS will be hosting the next Democratic presidential forum on Thursday, June 28, at Howard University in Washington, D.C. What you may not know is that PBS has invited Frank Luntz, a longtime Republican pollster and strategist, to provide "immediate public feedback on the performances of the candidates" during post-forum coverage on the Tavis Smiley program.

Of course, when Luntz's appearance was announced, the press release made no mention of his Republican ties or long history of being criticized for his work.

» Take Action Today!

If you don't know much about Frank Luntz, here are some important facts about this discredited Republican pollster:

  • In 1997, the American Association for Public Opinion Research formally reprimanded Luntz for refusing to release documentation in support of comments he made to the media regarding his polling work on the Republican Party's 1994 "Contract with America" campaign platform, according to a article.
  • Washington Post polling director Richard Morin reported that the National Council on Public Polls censured Luntz "for allegedly mischaracterizing on MSNBC the results of focus groups he conducted during the [2000] Republican Convention."
  • In September 2004, MSNBC dropped Luntz from its planned coverage of that year's presidential debate coverage, following a letter from Media Matters that outlined Luntz's GOP ties and questionable polling methodology.

» Take Action Today!

  • According to a January 29, 2007, article on The New Republic's website, Luntz "not only helped write Republican House member Newt Gingrich's Contract with America; he was also responsible for its presentation to the public." He also "advised Republicans trying to impeach Bill Clinton."
  • Luntz's 2002 memo "The Environment: A Cleaner, Safer, Healthier America" coached Republicans on new ways to talk about global warming and warned the party that the environment "is probably the single issue on which Republicans in general -- and President Bush in particular -- are most vulnerable."
  • A June 2004 memo by Luntz, "Communicating The Principles Of Prevention & Protection In The War On Terror," urged Republicans to use concepts such as "It is better to fight the War on Terror on the streets of Baghdad than on the streets of New York or Washington" and "9/11 changed everything," which have been staples of Republican rhetoric ever since.

With his well-documented Republican ties and history of being criticized and reprimanded by his peers, it's clear that Frank Luntz cannot be trusted to provide objective analysis of Thursday's forum.

» Take Action Today!

Today, I'm asking you to contact PBS and let the organization know that it should reconsider its decision to use Luntz in light of his partisan Republican ties and history of questionable scientific methodology. If Luntz must be a part of PBS post-forum coverage, let it know you expect that its viewers will be informed of these facts on the air.

[Signed by David Brock of Media Matters]

To Contact PBS Directly:

PBS/Public Broadcasting Service
2100 Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA 22202
Email PBS

Tavis Smiley Show
4401 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Email the Show
Always remember: an effective media contact is a courteous media contact.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Freepress: don't let big media take FM away from independent broadcasters.

I thought you might be interested in this activism campaign to support low power FM radio at If you go to the URL below you can check out what is at stake and send your own message directly to your member of congress. Take action on this action alert from Free Press at: