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We must fight [Jan. 28th, 2005|09:08 pm]
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cole_a_cola
My mind is going a thousand places at once. I have so much to say, but I don't even know where to start. This is going to be another one of my long, rambling political entries, but I'm not going to apologize for it.

I just watched the movie "The 60's," I cried throughout the entire movie. Our lives, our futures, have been paid for in blood. Millions of people black and white alike have sacrificed themselves for us to only turn our backs on them. What the hell is wrong with us!!! We sit silence while history repeats itself. Once again the American people are being lied to. Once again we are sending our friends, brothers, sisters, and neighbors to die for a cause that may or may not be dying for. Don't give me that crap about "liberating the Iraqi people," on Sunday hundreds of people might die so our President George W. Bush can proclaim, "Freedom is on the march." How can freedom be on the march when we don't even embrace freedom here.

This is my destiny. This is my life. I won't shut up talking about politics, because it's much bigger than politics. It's about changing the world. It's about molding my county into one that I would want to raise my children in. I too like the thousands of people before me am willing to give my life for America. I'm willing to sacrifice all of me. I care that much. I really do. I may never be a senator, or an elected official, but I will change America. As I have said before my America has yet to be formed.

I saw an opportunity for change in John Kerry, but this opportunity has not gone away. It's just a little harder to find, but we cannot sit back. We live in a county where racism continues to thrive. We live in a county where our president lies to us. We live in a county where opposing ideas are censored out. Thomas Jefferson once said, "dissent is the greatest form of patriotism." I believe that. I'm not against America, I just love it that much. This is our country, we cannot lay down and let it die. We must fight. We must read. We must believe in something.

I often feel likes my hands are tied behind my back. I want to act up. I want to fight, but I have no idea how, or where. I want to do so much, but I don't even know what to do. "Faith without works is pointless." As long as the flag continues to fly above this great country of ours I will believe in the possibility of tomorrow. I will never turn my back on the past, I will let it empower me. There is so much we could do if we only tried.

I must try.
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Regional Conference Focusing on Employment and Environment [Jan. 17th, 2005|06:25 pm]
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catgirl516
Hi, I just joined the community. I'm a currently student at Albion College in Michigan and also the co-chair of the Young Democrats of America 2005 Great Lakes Regional Conference. This conference will focus on issues in employment and the environment for the Great Lakes Region. Click here if you are interested in attending, even if you are not from the Great Lakes Region!Collapse )
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Torch: a politically charged show on CD [Jan. 16th, 2005|06:02 pm]
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samwise03
This is a plug for a project that will be finished soon called Torch. It will be a show released only on CD and in other online audio formats. It follows the story of former rock star named Gallahad who was a fierce opponent of the Vietnam war in the 60s and was arrested after a shootout killed 12 people in rural Ohio. Here's a small synopsis for those who want to know more.

Torch synopsisCollapse )

It isn't finished yet, but the reason I'm already plugging it is some of the music from the show has been released and can be downloaded from the website. The show's creator has decided to release some of the music prior to the release of the CDs because of their relevance to our current situation in Iraq and other world affairs. We're the Good Guys is a controversial and satirical political song that specifically targets the Bush administration and its foreign policy. Check it out here: http://www.darkenlightenment.com/Goodguys.mp3 and pass the link on to your friends.

Torch raises important questions about the nature of art, freedom and responsibility, censorship, racism, sexism, the role of media in American culture, the American political system, the American criminal justice system, and many other current issues. There is a little something in this to offend almost everybody, which is the mark of most great truths whose time has come. But Torch is primarily an entertaining adventure combining mystery, action, suspense, comedy and one of the most unusual love stories ever written. The music will range from 60’s rock and roll, to gentle romantic ballads, and even hard-edged Techno.

Check out the website for Torch at http://www.torchtheworld.com and tell everyone you know about it.
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(no subject) [Jan. 12th, 2005|12:58 am]
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alliem1985
Not One Dime On Inauguration Day
Jan. 20th -- Spread the word!

This might be the closest we could come to a general
strike in this country and could be powerful
symbolically if it were wide spread...

Not One Dime Day - Jan 20, 2005

Since our religious leaders will not speak out against
the war in Iraq, since our political leaders don't
have the moral courage to oppose it, Inauguration Day,
Thursday, January 20th, 2005 is "Not One Dime Day" in
America.

On "Not One Dime Day" is for those who oppose what is
happening in our name in Iraq can speak up with a
24-hour national boycott of all forms of consumer
spending.

During "Not One Dime Day" please don't spend money.
Not one dime for gasoline. Not one dime for
necessities or for impulse purchases. Not one dime
for anything for 24 hours.

On "Not One Dime Day," please boycott Wal-Mart, Kmart,
Target etc...

Please don't go to the mall or the local convenience
store. Please don't buy any fast food (or any
groceries at all for that matter).

For 24 hours, please do what you can to shut the
retail economy down.

The object is simple. Remind the people in power that
the war in Iraq is immoral and illegal; that they are
responsible for starting it and that it is their
responsibility to stop it.

"Not One Dime Day" is to remind them, too, that they
work for the people of the United States of America,
not for the international corporations and lobbyists
who represent the corporations and funnel cash into
American politics.

"Not One Dime Day" is about supporting the troops. The
politicians put the troops in harm's way.

Now 1,200 brave young Americans and (some estimate)
100,000 Iraqis have died. The politicians owe our
troops a plan -- a way to come home.

There's no rally to attend. No marching to do. No left
or right wing agenda to rant about. On "Not One Dime
Day" you take action by doing nothing.

You open your mouth by keeping your wallet closed.

For 24 hours on January 20, nothing gets spent, not
one dime, to remind our religious leaders and our
politicians of their moral responsibility to end the
war in Iraq and give America back to the people.

Please share this with as many people as possible.
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WOW [Jan. 6th, 2005|02:32 pm]
College Democrats

frijole

GO HERE RIGHT NOW AND WATCH!!!

CSPAN Live RealPlayer Feed of Joint Session contesting certification of Ohio's results

There was just an INCREDIBLE speech from Dennis Kucinich, and its bouncing around between different people now, its really great.



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well sorry if you missed it, it was pretty good, lots of passionate speeches from the left and the usual bull from the right, capped off by DeLay saying it was a "disgrace," "partisan," etc. and doing it with a straight face.
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Turn Your Back On Bush [Jan. 3rd, 2005|11:05 am]
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punkqueen51586
http://www.turnyourbackonbush.org/


Don't know if any of you are close enough or would be willing to fly in from where you live. They have a link on that webpage for housing arrangements and help. I know the area decent enough to help you out with some hotels or whatever, and I know the metro. I go to College Park, so no problem for me :-D

Should be interesting though. Hope at least some of you can come.
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(no subject) [Dec. 22nd, 2004|02:46 pm]
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land_rover_gal
Hi, I'm ordering a t-shirt off line that has this John Kerry face graphic, and you can put some text on it too, well its Very expensive, So i'm going to stick to Only ONE SENTICE, and well i dont know what to say on there and i want it to be something Cute and funny (not serouis) that at least has to say JOHN KERRY and something about him running in 08 and only a sentice long, please doses anyone have an idea for a saying or something?.lol<3 June i would so greatly accepriate it! Happy Holidays
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(no subject) [Dec. 22nd, 2004|11:19 am]
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on_astring
I found this on my friends page:

A Challenge To THE MEMBERS OF LIVEJOURNAL.COM:
December 27 is No-LJ Day.

I plan on participating.
LJ is quite the addiction.
(and I am an update whore.)
I am interested in seeing how it goes....
i'd be cool to have a blank friends page that day.

ps... if you plan on participating PASS IT ON.
I am posting it in my LJ all my LJ communities. :)
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(no subject) [Dec. 18th, 2004|11:15 pm]
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cole_a_cola
Hey. I've had this Marvin Gaye CD, "what's going on" forever, and I just really listened to it for the first time. It's so amazing. The record was released in 1971, yet every single song on the album relates to today. What kind of world do we live in where were are in the same place in which we were more than thirty years ago. What aren't we holding on to our progressive roots, and moving forward. We are in a stand still. So many people are merely content with the condition America is in. This goes far beyond politics, the problem lies within us. As I see it my America has yet to be formed. We are told so often that we are only one person, and that we have no power within ourselves. That's such bullshit. Individuals are responsible for the majority of the advancements that have occurred throughout the entire history of the world. The 1960's were an amazing time. During this time people actually found their strength and they fought. They died. Civil Rights. Vietnam. Two major issues of our time. They endured so much for you and I, and only one generation later we are totally oblivious to their sacrifices, and we merely sit while time moves backward. George W. Bush once said, "I think we can all agree that the past is over." I never thought that I would be quoting Bush, but it's true. The past is done. Gone. Live in the moment, and for the future. In the song "Save the Children" Marvin Gaye says,
"Who's willing to try to save a world
That's destined to die
When I look at the world it fills me with sorrow
Little children today are really gonna suffer tomorrow
Oh what a shame, such a bad way to live
All who is to blame, we can't stop livin'
Live, live for life
But let live everybody
Live life for the children"
John Kerry lost, but the fight is not over. This goes far beyond us. We must fight for our children, and their children. This world soul not be destined to die. There is so much we can do, they key is actually doing it. As a generation we underestimate ourselves. If we look deep within ourselves we would realize that there really is nothing we cannot do. This election has helped me find my strength. I will contuine to fight. Who would have thought a CD would stir up all of these emotions?
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(no subject) [Dec. 9th, 2004|03:07 pm]
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jessicaeast
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, speaking in Kuwait yesterday to troops deploying into Iraq, got an earful of complaints about poor combat equipment, personnel policies that keep soldiers in the Army beyond their terms of enlistment, and other issues that reflect the strains the war in the Middle East is placing on the U.S. military.

"A lot of us are getting ready to move north relatively soon," said Wilson, an airplane mechanic with the Tennessee Army National Guard, according to a transcript of the meeting released by the Pentagon. "Our vehicles are not armored. We're digging pieces of rusted scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass that's already been shot up . . . picking the best out of this scrap to put on our vehicles to take into combat. We do not have proper . . . vehicles to carry with us north."

Rumsfeld replied: "If you think about it, you can have all the armor in the world on a tank and a tank can be blown up."

Sure, that's the way to respect American soldiers and build morale when they ask for acceptable equipment.  Rumsfeld has gotta go.
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