Alameda County

A sample organizational letter re hackable voting to paraphrase asap for the Alameda County Board of Supes (email addresses 2 pp. down):
Dear Supervisors:

We voted to write to you because we are alarmed that hackable voting machines were approved for Alameda County. We are grateful that the Board of Supes at least agreed to insist on independent security testing of those machines, and thank you for that, but we hope you are aware that THERE WAS NO TESTING, only a whitewashed “assessment.” Please do not approve the county’s fake “security report” which does not state that there are no vulnerabilities. Again we have a county purchasing a voting system for millions of dollars that is not safe from “fraud or manipulation”. Will taxpayers and pollworkers again have to foot the bill and do the extra work to compensate for the delivery of a defective product?

You voted on June 8 to have the WHOLE SYSTEM tested, including the SOFTWARE. Please stick to that wise decision. We need meaningful voting system testing, to make sure votes are counted as cast. We want proof–by having a qualified independent techie try to hack them–that these voting systems are secure from attacks. A genuine security and vulnerability test–what you voted for and what your constituents want and deserve–requires penetration testing, aka “hack” testing. So please TABLE the fake test and require the Registrar of Voters to produce the legitimate security assessment you voted for in June.

We are aware that though there will only be one machine per precinct, for disabled access, any voter who wishes may use those hackable machines. That is enough to throw an election.
What is decided in the Bay Area can affect national decisions.

Thank you for the attention you have accorded this matter. Please respond. We have members from all districts.

Sincerely,


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fwd from BFUU’s Social Justice Cttee
CONTENTS: alert re Alameda County e-voting with Tues am meeting, free workshop Wed. re voting rights, events @ BFUU, national and local alerts with easy actions.
Tues deadline to stop Bank of Wal Mart!

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Concerned Californians: Alamedans’ fight for fraud-free voting is your fight too. Please forward to friends and organizations you know in Alameda County.
Alameda County Security Testing of E-VOTING Machines

TUES OCT. 10, 10:30 a.m. PRESS CONFERENCE. Meeting starts 11:00 a.m.
All who value democracy are urged to attend. The plaintiffs and lead attorney on the lawsuit filed earlier this month will be there.
1221 Oak St., 5th floor, Oakland, CA
Included in this Alert
* Reject Fake “Security” Testing of Voting Machines
* Sample Letter and Talking Point Details
* Phone and E-mail contacts for Alameda County Supervisors
The “Security” Report is a Whitewash
1. NO TESTING WAS DONE.
2. NO attempt to BREAK into the system was done.
3. ONLY outsider attacks were considered, NOT insider attacks, NOT vendor attacks.

YET – the report states, “The Sequoia Electronic Voting System selected by Alameda County to conduct election operations is inherently secure.”
They might as well have stated ” MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.” Just because you say it, doesn’t make it so.
PROTEST THIS REPORT
Tell the Board of Supervisors you want meaningful voting system testing, to make sure your vote is counted as cast.
Background: On June 8th the Alameda County Board of Supervisors approved pursuing a Sequoia contract bid with this important condition:
Approved as recommended with two amendments: Staff was directed to conduct independent security vulnerability testing prior to paying for the electronic voting system,
and return to the Board to consider options for public disclosure of the results
The intention of the Board of Supes was evident during the discussion that led up to the vote. The terms “hack test” and “hackability” were brought up 4 times in 10 minutes.
On June 14th the contract was signed with Sequoia, WITH NO CHANGES THAT WOULD CONTRACTUALLY FORCE OR ALLOW THIS TESTING TO HAPPEN.
Citizens had to engage lawyers to pressure the Supervisors to live up to their own policy decision.
On October 4th, a lawsuit was served on the county, demanding an “independent security and vulnerability test.”
Amazingly, the next day, the county released its weak excuse for a security report, to be presented for supervisorial approval this Tuesday, October 10th.
http://accurate-voting.org/wp-content/uploads/2006/10/alameda_sequoia_vuln.pdf
Tell the Board of Supervisors what you think of this report. Remind them that they voted to have the WHOLE SYSTEM tested, including the SOFTWARE. Ask the Supes to PROVE these voting systems are secure from attacks by having a qualified person try to hack it. A genuine security and vulnerability test–what they voted for–requires penetration testing, aka “hack” testing. Ask them to TABLE the fake test and require the Registrar of Voters to produce the legitimate security assessment they voted for, NOT this WHITEWASH.
http://openvoting.us/alameda/securitytesting.php

http://openvoting.us/alameda/assessment4oct06.php

Come to the BOS Meeting Tuesday and speak.
1221 Oak St., 5th floor, Oakland, CA 94612 (between 11th

and 12th Streets)

metered parking, garage one block west, nearest BART=Lake Merrit
Public Comment comes first. This is item 14 on the agenda. For those who can stay, it is helpful to have the public present during the BoS discussion.
Also Send LETTERS and call
District 1 Supv. Scott Haggerty district1@acgov.org
(510) 272-6691
District 2 Supv. Gail Steele dist2@acgov.org
(510) 272-6692
District 3 Supv. Alice Lai-Bitker bosdist3@acgov.org
(510) 272-6693
District 4 Supv. Nate Miley bosdist4@acgov.org
(510) 272-6694
District 5 Supv. Keith Carson dist5@acgov.org
(510) 272-6695
Find your Supervisor district: http://www.acgov.org/images/map1024.gif
Alert prepared by Voting Rights Task Force members Michelle Gabriel, Jon Barrilleaux, Jim Soper, Dan Ashby, and abridged by PhoeBe ANNE (sorgen.)



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FREE class – ELECTION MONITORING: OBSERVING & RECONCILING THE COUNT
this Wed., Oct 11– 6:45 P.M. to 9 P.M.
Grand Lake Neighborhood Center
530 Lake Park Avenue, Oakland
(1 block E. of Grand Lake Theater)
A key part of election protection is making sure the votes are counted as cast. Given our age of electronic voting this is an impossible task. There are, however, numerous areas of the election process that can be monitored and checked to ensure as best as possible that the counting is not being manipulated.
Election monitoring starts long before election day and continues long after election day. Observing the polls is just one of 10 areas you can observe and watch for problems — accidental or intentional. Learn where to observe, what to look for, where to report your observations, and how to check the results of the election.
THE MIDTERM NOV. ’06 ELECTION CAN CHANGE THE POLITICAL COURSE OF THIS COUNTRY! LEARN HOW TO HELP PROTECT OUR VOTES!
MICHELLE GABRIEL, the presenter, has spent the past year as an election integrity advocate in Alameda County as part of the VOTING RIGHTS TASK FORCE. She holds two degrees from M.I.T. and an MBA from UC Berkeley. Her experience as an engineer and Operations Manager for small and large high tech companies in the Bay Area has given her an enlightened and important perspective on the voting process.
R.S.V.P. to jackieriskin@yahoo.com or
510-524-7733


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EVENTS @ BFUU EVENTS @ BFUU EVENTS @ BFUU
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EVENTS at BFUU – The Berkeley Fellowship Unitarian Universalists Hall
1924 Cedar @ Bonita, Berkeley 94709 (wheelchair access)

You are CORDIALLY INVITED TO BFUU’s Social Justice Ctteejane@janeheaven.com, dave@miracle.org, rkyr@UOREGON.EDU, Tanahashi@aol.com, karunatanahashi@hotmail.com, Aummahal@aol.com, edie@hartshorne.net, ksetchko@yahoo.com, betsy@betsyrosemusic.org, abby@graphic-solutions.org, inaudio@pacbell.net, wnisker@inquiringmind.com, tejada17@rediffmail.com, tlip@earthlink.net, paul@teamrhythm.com, sheenaqoj@earthlink.net Events
All Welcome-Donations Requested, usually $10 suggested-No one turned away for lack of funds.
Scroll further for event details and alerts


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 7pm, ROBERT GREENWALD’S latest film:
“IRAQ FOR SALE: WAR PROFITEERS”
Made possible by donations from over 3,000 people, this film takes you inside the lives ordinary folks whose lives have changed forever because of the profiteering of private corporations & policy makers who initiated the invasion and occupation.
BFUU Social Justice Committee’s Conscientious Projector Film Series.
510-528-5403


SUNDAY October 22, 1:00 -4pm

ELECTION FORUM
Mayoral and City Council Candidates and Local and
State Ballot Measures will be disucssed.
The Social Justice Committee is non-partisan and takes
no positions on candidates or parties and has not
taken positions on local and state ballot measures.
We have invited all candidates to come. The League of Women Voters will have presenters on State Ballot Issues 2-4pm
Info 510-526-8419



FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27, 6:30 PM
AN EVENING OF CLAIRE BURCH FILMS
in appreciation & memory of ALLEN COHEN,
poet and editor
of the The San Francisco Oracle (The Rainbow Newspaper of the Haight Ashbury)
Doors Open 6pm until 9pm
Beloved Berkeley Writer, Filmmaker, Poet, Composer Claire Burch will present her films including:
ORACLE RISING
plus excerpts from
THE TELEGRAPH AVENUE FOLLIES
A WORLD WE NEVER MADE
CHANT OF A POOR MAN
RAGO AND FRIENDS
MORE STREET SURVIVORS
and Chrstopher Sorrenti’s
EXPERIMENT 104
BFUU’s Social Justice Activist Series
510-547-7602 for info on Claire Burch event



SATURDAY OCT 28, 7:30 to 10pm
BREAKING the SILENCE with founder, Yehuda Shaul sharing personal testimony and slides/video showing
ex-Israeli soldiers who expose crimes against Palestinians in the Occupied Territories in over 300 testimonials, photos and audio pieces.
event co-sponsored with BFUU’s Social Justice Cttee, Bay Area Women in Black, Jewish Voice for Peace, Jews for a Free Palestine, and Break the Silence Mural Project
http://www.shovrimshtika.org
“It is time to tell.”
info: skershna “at” earthlink.net



Conscientious Projector Film Series
Friday November 17, 7pm
Berkeley UU Fellowship Hall
1924 Cedar at Bonita w/c accessible
Great Film on the Death Penalty with Discussion to follow
“State vs Reed”
www.myspace.com/statevsreed



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END CORPORATE RULE
http://www.reclaimdemocracy.org

Help stop the Bank of Wal-Mart by sending an email through the link below. The deadline for public comment is Tuesday.
A bank owned by the world’s largest corporation would create a very dangerous concentration of commercial and financial power, especially given Wal-Mart’s history of labor abuse.
http://walmartwatch.com/bank




Please contact Elected Reps. and Senators. Thank ours (Boxer/Feinstein ) for voting against the Military Commissions and Detainee Bill which passed the Senate on Sept. 28, a day to live in infamy as gutting Habeas Corpus, the War Crimes Act of 1996, the Geneva Convention of 1949, and that most basic human right–the right of detainees to know the basis of the charges. The bill gives the President undue power.
Please let our elected representatives know the destruction of Constitutional government is not a light matter. To paraphrase Dr. King “We begin to die when we do not speak out on things that matter.”
Checks and balances, granting the Pres. power of a dictator and allowing the Pres. to declare anyone an “enemy combatant.” There is hope, though our dissent has not reached critical mass.

PHONE the TOLL FREE numbers of Congress and say the Bill passed by both the House and Senate is not acceptable.
1-800-828-0498, 1-800-614-2803, 1-800-862-5530 or the
toll number 1-202-224-3121
SPEAK OUT ABOUT SAVING OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS and Democracy. Habeas Corpus goes back to the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215!





GOP Leaders Plan to Force Vote on Peru NAFTA Just After Election Day!
Action NOW Can Stop New Threat to Our Economy, Environment and Security
Contact Congress now, before the November election, to urge opposition to a sneak post-election vote on the Peru-U.S. NAFTA expansion deal.
Please Take Action Now!
1. Call your representative and senators to demand they take a position now. Ask for a letter before the election confirming their position: http://www.citizen.org/trade/callcongressperu

2. Send an email to your representative, and both senators, to demand they take a position now. Ask for a response before Election Day explaining their position: http://www.citizen.org/trade/emailcongressperu
3. Write a Letter to the Editor to your local newspaper exposing this undemocratic plan to sneak a vote and demanding that your representative make his or her position public: http://www.citizen.org/trade/media
4. Distribute our Peru NAFTA Expansion fact sheet in your community; download a copy here (PDF): http://www.citizen.org/documents/Peru2pgFact





KPFA Local Station Board Elections
If you are a KPFA member, watch for your ballot which will be mailed mid Oct.
BFUU’s Social Justice Cttee unanimously endorsed the candidacy of this lists’s volunteer web maestra, PhoeBe ANNE (sorgen). The slate I’m running on, the “Concerned Listeners,” got a majority vote for endorsement.
We had also voted to endorse our friend, Aki Tanaka, who is on the other slate. (Running on a slate in no way obliges an elected board member to vote with that block.)
http://www.kpfa.org/elections/2006/
website of the slate I’m on:
www.kpfalisteners.org




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Friends’ related EVENTS elsewhere, NOT at BFUU
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“Reclaiming Democracy through Election Reform”
An evening of education and action”
This Tues, Oct 10, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
First Unitarian Church of Oakland
685 14th St. (at Castro)

Covering two important November ballot measures:
· California Prop. 89 (Clean Money and Fair Elections Initiative)
· Oakland Measure O (Instant Runoff Voting)
Plus: An Overview of Election Reform
There will also be music, refreshments, and time to network with participating organizations.
info: Emily Stoper 510-655-9332 or emily.stoper@csueastbay.edu
http://www.uulmca.org/action_network/take_action.html

Nov. 4 is International Day of Climate Action
and
Workshop by Johan GALTUNG – “Father of Peace Studies”
from our TRANSCEND and Neighborhood House colleagues
NOTE This event is NOT at BFUU this time but in RICHMOND

Future US Foreign Policy in the Age of Globalization:
PARTNERSHIP, NOT DOMINANCE
Co-sponsored by TRANSCEND USA and
Neighborhood House of North Richmond
820 23rd St., Richmond, California 94804

Sat, Nov 4, 2006
Registration: 1:30 pm, Workshop: 2:00 – 6:00 pm

$10-$50 sliding scale, payable at the door
No one turned away for lack of funds

Welcome by Barbara BECNEL, Introductory remarks by Rev. Phil Lawson

After Galtung’s brief introduction to theTranscend method of conflict transformation, we will examine:
* US domestic policy and persistent inequities at home
* Middle East: Israel/Palestine, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Syria, and Afghanistan
* Asia/Pacific, including China/DPRK, Russia, and India
* Latin America/Caribbean and Africa
* Europe and the UN

For each region, we will define political, military, economic, and cultural goals sought by major actors involved. Key issues for discussion include “terrorism”, foreign aid, human rights, environment, and energy. The format is highly interactive, with lecture, facilitated discussions and small group exercises

info and to pre-register:
510-232-4493, langlois-rine@comcast.net
See also: www.transcend.org

*From Richmond BART, take 74 bus northbound. *wheelchair accessible.

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