Culver in Seattle says:
"I was thinking today about how the 'red v. blue' states
graphic is really misleading considering the slim margins that the
candidates won some of those states by, so I sat down and created the map
that's attached. In the dozens of hours I've been watching the news I
haven't seen one like it, but thought that you and the BoingBoing readers
might find it interesting. I think it definitely portrays our fellow
states far differently than the extreme way we've been seeing to
From the open publishing newswire: "Bakunin" writes: I was out in the streets tonight. About 1,000 people showed up to protest Bush, the war in Iraq, and the election results. The spirit was good, and so was the turnout.
Unfortunately the police had us almost completely in control. They blocked streets at every red light, effectively dividing the march into sections. The section of the march I was in - towards the back - never took the streets, or even tried to. On several occasions the cops completely divided the march, not allowing those of us in the back to join our comrades on the other side of the street. There have been reports of a few arrests (six at this point) and the use of pepper spray. By 6:30 a couple hundred people made their way back to the Square, while another several hundred gathered at the intersection of 5th and Morrison. It was around this point (around 6:50) that I used my transfer to come home.
"christ" writes: Just got home from the Portland protests and am feeling a little... disheartened. Things started out well- nice to see the feminists, queers, radicals, progressives, anarchists, etc. all in one place and pissed off. We began marching ON THE SIDEWALKS, which sorta defeated the whole point of the march. At first, not many cops around... I think we could have taken the streets and dunno why we didn't.
It immediately became obvious that folks marching had many different ideas about what we were doing. The chants were random and short lived, some wanted to shout FUCK BUSH while others wanted to sing THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE. But, I wondered, is this what democracy looks like? Marching ont he sidewalks? Waiting for the lights to change before we cross the street?
"lkae" writes: I'm a middle school teacher who could not stay at home with my depression and gloom and needed to be out with other angry folks. I have been saying for months that if he steals the election again we need to have riots in the streets. I have a five year old and a teaching job, so I don't feel like i can be a leader in this and serve jail time but we need to have the message sent that we are pissed. On one hand I am pleased with the way people abided the law and took the "high road" when confronted by the police. On the other I am wondering where the fuck is the rage?
Video of speakers at Pioneer SquareAt the Square, various people took the mike, giving their viewpoints about the Bush Administration, the Election, and what the people must do in order to correct the radical swerve to the right our country is taking. Angry, yet thoughtful; raw, yet respectful of each other; boistrous, yet non violent, this first part of the evening, at the Square and afterwards for about an hour, saw much outrage, much condmenation of Bush policies and equally as much creative insight on how to achieve the change everyone was in the streets to generate.
This video gives a window into the mood of the crowd, some words of the speakers, most of whom seemed to be speaking spontaneously and eloquently from the heart of their outrage and disillusion. Mostly young people, but not only young people comprised the majority of the gathering.
November 3, 2004
Downtown protest takes to the street
PORTLAND, Ore. - Angry protesters took to the streets of Portland on Wednesday, calling for an end to the Iraq war and greater scrutiny of President Bush's re-election victory.
The demonstrators, who numbered more than 100, were met by police in riot gear and on horseback. At least three people were arrested, but there were no reports of injuries.
The protesters chanted "Not our president, not our war," and sought an investigation into Bush's victory over Democrat John Kerry.
"I want to see democracy in America," said Cyrus Smith, 24. "I want all the votes scrutinized."
As police arrested one man, protesters yelled, "Police go home." One held a sign reading: "Let's do what Kerry wouldn't - revolt."
One demonstrator, Eric Blickenstaff, 30, of Portland, lost his brother in the war in Iraq. Spc. Joseph M. Blickenstaff died last December when his combat vehicle tumbled off a dirt road in central Iraq.
"This is the international sign for distress," said Eric Blickenstaff, holding an upside-down American flag. "Our country is in distress. The religious right won the election."
A Portland alternative media Web site was encouraging people to gather Wednesday evening for an anti-war protest regardless of the outcome of the 2004 presidential election.
(From AP and KATU reports)
From the open publishing newswire: Today, I had planned on attending the vigil here in Eugene, mostly for photos and perhaps a story since I feel that it is important to document the dissent that is happening so that people know that we are not all conceding. I was not happy that Bush was going to continue in his charade as the president, but I didn't vote for Kerry either, so I would not be up in arms about Kerry's defeat like I knew a lot of those at the rally would be. To me, it seemed more than likely that Bush would be president for another four years given the great pains that he and his administration went to in putting their agenda into place, so the election results came as no surprise. My vote went to truth, to Nader.
With a little time to spare before the rally, I went to a park close to where I work, with camera in hand. Being in nature always righteously aligns me, especially this time of year with the glorious bounty of autumn color. To my surprise one of my favorite creatures was there in the small bubbling brook running parallel to the McKenzie River. Gracefully poised in the late afternoon sun was a magnificent Blue Heron. I was standing so close to it, much closer than I had ever gotten to one before. As I approached her to take photographs, she started moving as if readying to fly and after a few moments, sure enough, off she went. The sight of a Blue Heron in flight is about one of the most majestic there is. And the sound of those wings...
From the open publishing newswire: I've been there, but not often. Tonight, I attended what I believe to be the longest standing vigil group in Oregon. I went to the Benton County Courthouse shortly after 5:PM. Hugs, extra signs and music were available. This was the support I was seeking and kept me committed until 6:pm in spite of the chilly north wind.
Across the street from the vigil group were about twenty Bush supporters. (minus the man with an American flag and the word, "victory" pasted atop who boldly joined us "nowar" demonstrators).
I'm not familiar yet with this year's election numbers but Bush won in Benton County four years ago in this conservative college town. Tonight's commuter response showed strong support for the Bush/Cheney group.
From the open publishing newswire: I don't for a moment believe that Kerry actually lost the popular vote. Of all the votes lost -- with partisan scrub lists, at-the-polls shenanigans over IDs, etc., and Diebold hackings, or just plain thrown out -- a majority would undoubtedly have voted for Kerry and put him over the top. What happened was simple: last time, the Republicans stole it by the seat of their pants, so this time they ratcheted up their efforts and stole it big. They got away with it this time because the Democrats never called them on it last time. Instead, the Democratic leadership and their national support groups spent four years building the myth that the blame was with Nader. Considering who was disenfranchised, this lack of action was nothing less than Racist with a capital "R".
...Given a choice between fighting or ignoring a serious injustice, the Democratic Party leadership chose to look the other way (belated mentions near the end of this year's campaign notwithstanding). The Party got what was coming to it on Tuesday when the number of disenfranchised and unrepresented voters grew in number, in just the right states.
Protest as LifestyleWhat will we accomplish by getting in the streets today? The Democrats have not cried "Fraud!" If we stand in Pioneer Square today and shout "Fraud!" we will appear fanatical, insane, ridiculous; all of the things that we ascribe to the evangelists, the fundamentalists, and Zionists that have an approval rate of about 51%.
This is the time to center. Ground. Focus. Whatever you want to call it... and put your energy into your individual protests. Fight CAFTA. Fight the Forest Service. Fight those who exploit animals. Fight sweatshops. Fight corporate globalization. Fight privatization.
From the open publishing newswire: Over 30 cities across the nation are mobilizing for a time of popular outrage and widespread non-cooperation if Bush is elected, if the elections are canceled, or if there is overt election fraud again. No matter who wins, we will be uniting to open up a new political space to define democracy as grassroots and participatory.
What if on the day after the presidential election people from all walks of life across America mobilized in their communities to go beyond voting and demonstrate our visions for a truy democratic society? Because the crisis of our democracy did not start with Bush and won't end with Kerry, the Beyond Voting campaign is calling for our election year debate to expand beyond Democrats versus Republicas to the larger issue of whether the U.S. will be a Democracy or an Empire. No matter who wins, we will be uniting to open up a new political space to define democracy as grassroots and participatory. [ Read More ]
From the open publishing newswire: The votes are in, the selection is over. It never mattered. Liberals are turning radical, radicals are going revolutionary...and the conservative are second guessing themselves. I have been listening to portland imc web radio all day and I am now very excited, EXCITED, not despondent about tomorrow...and the next day...and the next.
Now, we can start our future the future that we have been begging for. Momentum is on our side. Had John Kerry won, we wouldve woken up late tomorrow and missed being out in the street. Now, they will make it a point, they may come out eary, they may take back the streets, maybe the city, and perhaps, just perhaps, they may begin to take back their lives.
November 3, 2004
Political ProtestsBy Christine Horner
President Bush claimed a re-election mandate today with 59 million Americans chosing him over Senator John Kerry.
In the wake of Bush's re-election hundreds of Kerry supporters rallied in Downtown Eugene and Portland.
Late Wednesday afternoon a criwd gathered at the Federal Courthouse in Downtown Eugene.
Activists say this rally wasn't organized to be a Bush bashing session but a forum to vent emotions in a positive manner.
By 6:00 the large crowd that included University of Oregon and high school students had dwindled down to about 50.
Their candles and giant peace flags flickered in the wind as they mingled and waved signs at the traffic.
Three local groups that included "Justice Not War" organized the night's event to promote peace.
Jodi Lemmer, one of the ralliers said, she "wanted to be out with people who were upset about the election, the war and upset about Measure 36."
Carol Melia was there for the same reason, "I came out here because I was very moved after finding out that kerry didn't win and realizing that the war was going to continue and stem cell research wasn't going to happen and the Supreme Court is going to go down for the next few years."
Things were less peaceful up North where more than a 100 angry demonstraters took to the streets of Downtown Portland.
The protesters chanted, "not my president not my war."
Police in riot gear and on horseback tried to control the unruly crowd.
They arrested at least five people but no one was injured.
Farther North...about 300 people stopped traffic in Bellingham, Washington tonight with their protest.
In Eugene, several opponents of Measure 36 say they also came to the rally to vent their hurt and outrage that Oregon voters passed the anti-gay marriage measure.
There were two police officers at the rally in Eugene but things remained peaceful.
Burlington, Vermont - November 3, 2004
Armed with signs and loudspeakers, 150 anti-Bush protestors lined Pearl Street in Burlington Wednesday night. Passing motorists noticed, but the large crowd wanted more attention. So, they marched their message down Church Street.
"There is still a left wing movement in this country. We're still going to work. Despite the election results, we have work to do," said protestor Ben Davis.
After a quick rally in City Hall Park, the protestors circled downtown marching in the middle of streets and blocking traffic. Some drivers cheered them on.
"It's what is needed. This is incredible to see," said John Heald whose vehicle was blocked by protestors.
Others were irritated and questioned the significance of a post-election protest.
"I've got to get to work. Now I have to turn around and go back," said motorist Joe Soutiere.
Burlington Police met protestors at each intersection in an effort to control traffic and keep people safe.
"There was one altercation with someone who was harassing the protestors. When you have a large march like this, you should get a permit. We prefer they get a permit, so we can work with the group. And the permits are free. We're just here to make sure there are no problems," said Burlington Police Lt. Rich Long.
"Voting wasn't enough," said protestor Doyle Cunning. "These folks are out here to express their concern for their futures and for the direction George Bush is leading this country. We are trying to figure out what to do next beyond voting."
Weekly protests are being planned as the President takes office for another four years.
Darren Perron - Channel 3 News
11/4/04- A group of about 40 or 50 people gathered at Lansing's Foster Park Wednesday nightto protest the election. The group says they would have protested no matter what the outcome. They say they don't feel either candidate had it right on important issues, such as the war in Iraq and the patriot act. Protestors also say they feel their votes don't count.
Sarah McDonald, member, Direct Action: "We'reout here to build a movement, to go beyond voting and make change on our own without politicians doing it for us."
After rallying at the park, the group marched to Congressman Mike Roger's office.
From the open publishing newswire: MONDAY Nov 1 2004: New information indicates that hackers may be targeting the central computers counting our votes tomorrow. All county elections officials who use modems to transfer votes from polling places to the central vote-counting server should disconnect the modems now.
There is no down side to removing the modems. Simply drive the vote cartridges from each polling place in to the central vote-counting location by car, instead of transmitting by modem. "Turning off" the modems may not be sufficient. Disconnect the central vote counting server from all modems, INCLUDING PHONE LINES, not just Internet. In a very large county, this will add at most one hour to the vote-counting time, while offering significant protection from outside intrusion.
It appears that such an attack may already have taken place, in a primary election 6 weeks ago in King County, Washington -- a large jurisdiction with over one million registered voters. Documents, including internal audit logs for the central vote-counting computer, along with modem "trouble slips" consistent with hacker activity, show that the system may have been hacked on Sept. 14, 2004. Three hours is now missing from the vote-counting computer's "audit log," an automatically generated record, similar to the black box in an airplane, which registers certain kinds of events.
KERRY WON: Here are the Facts / Election Stolen in Ohio
Enchanted State's Enchanted Vote
We who live in the post-World War II period possess an immensely valuable symbol, even if we don't understand it or use it effectively: the example of Nazi Germany.
"The German experiment, except to those who are its victims, is particularly interesting, and, like the offer of a strong man to let himself be vivisected, should make a great contribution to political science. For the Germans are the most gifted and most highly educated people who ever devoted the full strength of a modern state to stopping the exchange of ideas; they are the most highly organized people who ever devoted all the coercive power of government to the abolition of their own intellectual life; they are the most learned people who ever pretended to believe that the premises and the conclusion of all inquiry may be fixed by political fiat."
We've been conditioned to see Germany
under Hitler as an unquestionably horrible example of dictatorial
tyranny and inhuman barbarity--and to see our present American culture
as completely opposite to that of Nazi Germany. And we like to think
that if a tyranny such as that in Germany under the Nazi regime were
present and growing in America we'd unquestionably be able to see it.
How could Germans living under Hitler's National Socialism not have seen what it was? How did their lack of social and personal awareness make them blind to their reality?
How could Americans now possibly be living under a creeping dictatorship and not know it? And how could we not only not see a police state condition but actually think we're living in complete freedom?
Because most of us don't WANT to know what's going on. We've lost the ability to think critically about political, economic, and social dangers confronting us.
If we have a job--as most
people did in Nazi Germany--if the political-economic system seems
stable--as it does in America--then that's all we want to know.
Religious right relishes chance to push agenda
Abortion and gay marriage to be targeted
as moral crusaders demand election payback
‘ANTI-SEMITIC’ LITERATURE AT CANADIAN UNIVERSITY FOUND TO BE THE WORK OF JEWISH MAN (AFTER ‘ANTI-SEMITES’ HAD BEEN BLAMED)
Toronto, Canada, Thursday, October 21, 2004 Arrest made in hate campaign at Ryerson
Bid to Fuel Jewish, Arab Tensions on Campus
By Jonathon Kingstone,
RACIST PAMPHLETS plastered across Ryerson University were intended to pit Jewish and Arab students against each other, campus officials said yesterday as police announced an arrest.
"(This) lifts a really dark cloud that was hanging over our campus," said Ryerson president Claude Lajeunesse. "These actions were trying to generate hate (but) they've been unsuccessful."
At least 15 anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic posters and graffiti have been found at the downtown university since June, some containing death threats against students.
On Monday, a man was "caught in the act" by campus security posting hate-filled literature, Toronto Police said. A "large amount" of racist flyers was also found.
A 21-year-old Toronto man is scheduled to appear in College Park court today to face nine hate crime charges.
It's alleged he acted alone and was not affiliated with any known racist group, Det. Matt Moyer said.
Microcosm of the City
The accused was also not a Ryerson student but targeted the multicultural campus because it represented a "microcosm" of the city, Supt. Randal Munroe alleged.
The posters and graffiti were aimed at both Jews and Arabs, calling for violent acts against both groups.
Police were reluctant to comment on a motive, but Lajeunesse said the intention was to turn the two communities against each other.
"Rather than divide our campus it has united our campus," Lajeunesse said yesterday.
Several forums were held between the groups as well as a "faith" summit.
Both the Canadian Arab Federation and Canadian Jewish Congress have been involved with the student groups.
"The arrest brings a huge sigh of relief," the CJC's Bernie Farber said yesterday.
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AFTER BUSH ‘RE-ELECTION’
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