From: Nader 2000 Campaign [mailto:campaign@VOTENADER.COM]
Sent: Wednesday, October 11, 2000 10:44 AM
Subject: Action Alert: A Vote for Ralph is a Vote for Ralph!
Dear Citizen Activist:
We are headed into the final month of the campaign in good shape and with
some hard work, prepared to wipe the smug smile off the faces of the two
major corporate parties. The political landscape now is more favorable to us
than at any time this year. And the super rallies have proven that our
campaign is not going to politely fade into the history books.
The debate commission has been exposed and with their heavy handed tactics
of denying Ralph Nader a chance to view the debate in an anteroom they have
validated everything we have said about them. Our focus this week is to
explain why for most of the country, a vote for Nader is not a "wasted" vote
or a "spoiler" vote.
PRINT MISSION: The topic for this week's letter to the editor is refuting
the democratic argument that if you vote for Ralph Nader you are spoiling Al
Gore's chances or wasting your vote. Except for a very small number of
states, people have a free vote. They can vote their conscience for Ralph
Nader, send a message that they understand that the system is corrupt and
it's time to clean up Washington.
In at least three-fourths of the country, and perhaps as many as nine states
out of ten, a vote for Ralph Nader is not a vote for George Bush-it's really
a vote for Ralph Nader.
Here's why: the president is not elected by the popular vote, but by a
majority (270) of the 538 electoral votes. These electoral votes are cast by
state, and it's winner-take-all within each state. Thus, a Nader vote has no
chance of "spoiling" the outcome for Al Gore unless it potentially changes
the outcome within each state. The truth is, for 90 percent of the states
(including the biggest ones), that's not going to happen
So here's the test. If you live in Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri,
Ohio, Pennsylvania, or Wisconsin, you live in a battleground state and you
should still vote for Ralph Nader and tell your nervous friends that they
should vote for their hopes and dreams and not their fears. If you live in
any of the 43 other states a vote for Bush or Gore is a wasted vote because
of the electoral college, and its winner take all system. Vote for Nader
and send a message that we our not going to give up our government without a
DIRECT ACTION MISSION: This week we need to direct our energy into our own
neighborhoods. All politics is local, and we have to get our message out to
people who don't know that Ralph is running. You can get flyers from the
local coordinators or download the flyer from our website:
http://www.votenader.org/downloads/NaderFlyer3.pdf and distribute it in your
neighborhood. Before you go door-to-door, please contact your county
coordinator to find who is coordinating canvassing efforts in your
neighborhood - we don't want to create duplicate efforts. If you don't know
your county coordinator, just ask your state coordinator
WEB MISSION: The mission for this week is to find a political website that
is missing a Nader link and send the administrator a request. Let's make
sure that we are using all the tools at our disposal.
FUNDRAISING MISSION: There is a new house-party contest on our website. The
winner gets to host a GOTV rally at the end of the campaign with a celebrity
from our national steering committee. To find out more details go to:
ISSUE OF THE WEEK: KEEP OUR AIRWAVES PUBLIC
In a blatant effort to curry favor with the corporate media, the Democrats
and Republicans in the Senate are working to pass a bill that will kill
grassroots radio. In January 2000 the Federal Communications Commission
(FCC) voted to create new Low Power FM (LPFM) radio service. Local,
non-commercial stations could be built for between 5 and 10 thousand
dollars. Since then thousands of excited schools, activist groups, arts
organizations and all sorts of non-profits in every state have applied or
prepared to apply to build a neighborhood radio station. Over 1300
applications for (LPFM) licenses have already been received by the FCC.
Legislation to gut the LPFM initiative has passed in the House of
and is poised to be passed in the Senate THIS WEEK! The airwaves belong to
the people, not corporate interests. We have no time to waste. The Senate
will only be in session for a few more days. The bill to quash LPFM now
stands at 53 co-sponsors in the Senate, including many key Democrats. Make
your Senator think twice before doing the bidding of the big broadcasters.
Send to: The Honorable __________
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
To find your senator, go to www.senate.gov
Thank you for your support of the Nader 2000 campaign!
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happenings in the Nader 2000 campaign: you can find out how you can
volunteer (http://votenader.org/volunteer.html), how you and your friends
can make contributions (http://votenader.org/donate.html) and how to
ENCOURAGE OTHERS to VOLUNTEER and WORK to TRANSFORM THIS YEAR'S RACE INTO AN
OPEN DEBATE ON CORPORATE CONTROL OF OUR DEMOCRACY AND OUR LIVES. Please
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Paid for by the Nader 2000 General Committee, Inc.
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Lawrence A. Parker
The Ohio Center for Critical Thinking Instruction
Truth, Honor and Courage