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Wed, Nov. 10th, 2004, 08:45 am
keithdok: Liberal/Progessive Okies

So here's a plan.

Let's start a group. A group of 10, a dozen, however many people we can get together, and get started. Call it "Oklahomans for a Modern Society", and work in whatever small ways we can to drag Oklahoma, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century. Not on big things like gay rights at first, y'know, but start with small things like tattooing and big-but-not controversial things like public transportation. Write letters to the editor of the Daily Oklahoman, the Gazette, the governor, state representatives. Go to city council meetings and lobby for it. Make it an economic discussion. You know, how the government here is wringing its hands about "brain drain" and how to attract young, talented people to the state -- instead of its current policy of sending them scurrying to more liberal states 10 minutes after they graduate from college. Get those tax dollars here instead of letting them go untaxed and underground or to Texas.

We can get together, find our talents, brainstorm ways to affect change or even make our voices heard.

What do you think? Who's with me?

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Fri, Nov. 5th, 2004, 01:44 am
tosei: third options for dealing with the third rail

We need to find new ways to talk to people about social issues. Ways that don't involve papier mache phalluses or pressure groups or smug superiority. We need to take a third position; the republican position is wrong and the democratic position doesn't work. I'm convinced that this is primarily a failure of communication. The republicans are better at doing this than we are, and we need to catch up.

1. Instead of talking about seperation of church and state, perhaps we should talk about keeping the government out of your church...do you want uncle sam telling you how to worship? sure, it's just faith based initiatives now, but how long until they want something back? How much worldly participation can religion take before it becomes as tainted as politics? Do you want to put your soul in the hands of Trent Lott? Do you want the state telling your kid how to pray?

2. Why should the state have anything to do with marraige in the first place? Isn't that a religious matter? If civil marraige were abolished, then your church could deny marriage to whoever they want. Besides, why should people get a tax break just for being in a stable relationship, or rather, why shouldn't everyone get that tax break?

3. Isn't the best way to prevent abortion by educating people? Why are Republicans against sex education in the schools when it could concievably reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies?

4. How would Jesus want convicts to be treated? Where is the mercy in our justice system?

5. Your family has lived here for generations. It's beautiful and you love it here. Do you want your kids to be able to enjoy it too? Do you think it's right that Republicans think that if a corporation wanted to use the land next to it to store millions of gallons of pig waste that they should be able to do that without any oversight? Do you want to fish in a lake that's been poisoned or hunt in a forest that's been turned into a toxic waste dump?



and, crucially, we need to make poverty and health care MORAL ISSUES. We need to argue that no nation that allows children to starve to death or people with treatable illnesses to die because they can't afford insurance can truly call itself a christian nation or a moral nation.

Thoughts, anyone?

Wed, Oct. 27th, 2004, 12:54 am
tosei: William Jennings Bryan, where are you when we need you?

The beginning of the Populist Platform of 1892:

"We declare, therefore ­

First ­ That the union of the labor forces of the United States shall be permanent and perpetual.

Second ­ Wealth belongs to him who creates it, and every dollar taken from industry without an equivalent is robbery. The interests of rural and civil labor are the same; their enemies identical.

Third ­ We believe the time has come when the railroad corporations will either own the people or the people must own the railroads. The government [should] enter upon the work of owning and managing all the railroads, telegraph, and telephone companies for the public good."

It goes on to talk about a graduated income tax, the secret ballot, the referendum process, and equal rights for everyone. These ideas came from the part of the country we live in. It's time to take them back.

Tue, Oct. 5th, 2004, 11:33 am
tosei: sound familiar?

The Danger of American Fascism
Henry A. Wallace
An article in the New York Times, April 9, 1944.
From Henry A. Wallace, Democracy Reborn (New York, 1944), edited by Russell Lord, p. 259.


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Wed, Sep. 22nd, 2004, 07:05 pm
co_operative: (no subject)

The UCO Democratic Socialists had a showing of Outfoxed, the documentary on the Fox News Channel's unique approach to journalism today. We were very surprised when FOX 25 sent a reporter to cover the event. If you're interested in seeing how our local FOX station responds to criticism of its parent company:

The film will be shown tonight on the FOX 9 o'clock newscast.

jakebone\
crossposted to okieleftists, oklahoma, and okcity, sorry.

Sun, Sep. 5th, 2004, 04:07 pm
orgdotnews: (no subject)

Setting the record straight: CPUSA position on 2004 elections


Archive Front Page

Author: CPUSA Internet Department

First published 25.08.2004 20:00 by {article_topic_desc}

 

In the past month, several phony reports have been circulated by right-leaning papers and websites -- making various false claims about the Communist Party position on the 2004 elections.

Some have dabbled in dirty tricks to smear Kerry using the toxic mix of red-baiting and forgery. For instance, several websites have allowed a forged document to be posted that appears be an official CPUSA endorsement of Kerry, but it is in fact an incompetent counterfeit. They not only twisted our position around, they even got the name of our National Chair wrong (It's Sam Webb, not Marc Brodine)!

The red-baiting forgeries are just another part of the Bush campaign which is running on lies and fear. So, for the record, the CPUSA position on the 2004 elections:

1. The CPUSA is doing our utmost to help defeat Bush.
We're deeply concerned about the great dangers of a second Bush term, as is the majority of the country and world and every major progressive organization. On a wide range of key issues (Social security, healthcare, reproductive rights, overtime pay, minimum wage, and much more), there are real, substantial differences between Bush and Kerry.

2. The CPUSA does not endorse any candidate for President in the 2004 election.
We do not endorse the candidates of other political parties. We
have refrained from fielding our own candidate so as not to
distract from the main effort of defeating Bush and the
ultra-riight extremist agenda.

3. The CPUSA has it's own independent political platform for the 2004 elections.
Though our platform goes much further towards full social justice than
Kerry's, to win any of it requires defeating Bush. A movement
that can break the Republican stranglehold on government could
then win social progress on many fronts.

If you would like more information on the CPUSA, please contact cpusa@cpusa.org or call 212-989-4884. Thanks, and vote against Bush on November 2nd.

Thu, Aug. 12th, 2004, 12:50 pm
orgdotnews: (no subject)

Just Progress PAC is dedicated to electing good Progressives to state office in Oklahoma.  It was founded by a group of people who were inspired
by Howard Dean's grassroots Presidential campaign and wanted to emulate its successes in bringing people together.  We have endorsed three candidates
this election cycle and will be providing each with a significant cash donation (we're aiming at $1,000 per candidate) and a dedicated group of
volunteers.  

Which is where you come in.

If you want to help us elect good Progressives to office, and you want to have a good time in the process, then you should come to the first official

JUST PROGRESS FUNDRAISING BASH!!!!

When: Thursday, August 12, 2004 at 5:30pm.

Where: The Snooty Fox Restaurant and Bar
       5209 South Sheridan Road
       Tulsa, OK 74145
       (In the Farm Shopping Center)

Suggested Donation:  $25 (but come whether or not you can make a donation) 

For a map:	

Enter the URL below, hit the Get a Map link, and enter the address information. 

http://www.randmcnally.com

This event will help raise money to give to our endorsed candidates:

Mitchell Garrett for OK House District 23 (in Tulsa)
http://www.garrettfortulsa.com

Tom Adelson for OK Senate District 33 (in Tulsa) http://www.tomadelson.com/

Dan Giddens for OK Senate Distrcit 37 (in Jenks)
http://www.dangiddens.com


Come eat, drink, be merry and help change Oklahoma's political landscape for the better.

Forward this message to your friends, and have them forward it to their friends.

Wed, Aug. 4th, 2004, 06:17 pm
orgdotnews: (no subject)

Just Progress PAC is dedicated to electing good Progressives to state
office in Oklahoma.  It was founded by a group of people who were inspired
by Howard Dean's grassroots Presidential campaign and wanted to emulate its
successes in bringing people together.  We have endorsed three candidates
this election cycle and will be providing each with a significant cash
donation (we're aiming at $1,000 per candidate) and a dedicated group of
volunteers.  

Which is where you come in.

If you want to help us elect good Progressives to office, and you want to
have a good time in the process, then you should come to the first official

JUST PROGRESS FUNDRAISING BASH!!!!

When: Thursday, August 12, 2004 at 5:30pm.

Where: The Snooty Fox Restaurant and Bar
	5209 South Sheridan Road
	Tulsa, OK 74145
	(In the Farm Shopping Center)

Suggested Donation:  $25 (but come whether or not you can make a donation) 

For a map:	enter the URL below, hit the Get a Map link, and enter the
address information. 


	http://www.randmcnally.com

This event will help raise money to give to our endorsed candidates:

	Rex Berry for OK House District 68 (in Tulsa) 

	Tom Adelson for OK Senate District 33 (in Tulsa) http://www.tomadelson.com/

	Dan Giddens for OK Senate Distrcit 37 (in Jenks).

Come eat, drink, be merry and help change Oklahoma's political landscape
for the better.

Forward this message to your friends, and have them forward it to their
friends.

Sun, Jul. 4th, 2004, 11:30 am
orgdotnews: (no subject)



Happy Independence Day™

Tue, Jun. 8th, 2004, 11:38 pm
co_operative: (no subject)

Things you might like to know about.

"The Faithful Citizen Project"--This is a voter registration project sponsored
by The Interfaith Alliance trying to increase voter registration among those who
usually get overlooked during the election year: the poor, minorities, the
marginalized. Of course, they are willing to register anyone who needs to be.
The work will be with socially involved faith based groups. The kickoff for this
project, which will last until Election Day in November, is on Friday, June 25th
beginning at 6pm and lasting until 7:30pm at the Plumber and Pipefitters
Apprentice School (not their union hall) which is located at 5315 S. Shartel.
To get directions call 634-4030. Contact people include Tim O'Connor at
oconnorclc@sbcglobal.net and Jesse Isbell at timestudyrep@aol.com. Jesse, by the
way, would like to thank those who have called about Saturday's "Buy American
Rally" at Wal-Mart on the Northwest Expressway.

Oklahoma Victory 2004--This is the coordinated campaign effort by the state
party. They need volunteers to do neighborhood networking, phone calls, and
canvasing. Please call 424-1991 or state hq at 427-3366.

jakebone

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