Chafee may vote no, and also back a filibuster!

Lincoln Chafee is pro-choice, and there are signs that he will go for broke to halt Alito.


Washington: 202-2224-2921

Providence RI – 401-453-5294

Newport, RI – 401-845-0700



Help Hillary make up her mind!

New York’s junior senator has not released a statement on the filibuster yet. Although she plans to vote against Alito, she does not yet support a filibuster.
Please help her make the right decision, and as soon as possible.
Email her, or call one of her offices, RIGHT NOW. (Contact info below.)
If Kerry can support the use of this bold tactic, why can’t she?

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Numbers for key senators: CALL NOW!

Dear Enraged and Engaged Activists,

Thank you for all the tremendous work you’ve done at home, at school, and many of you in Washington, D.C., to defeat the Alito nomination. The judiciary committee vote, with all eight democrats voting NO, was an encouraging first step.

Despite rumors in the media, all hope is not lost. The Senate Democrats can FILIBUSTER. We’re asking for one last push from our dedicated activists. Please call the Senators listed below to implore them to filibuster to save the Court from the radical right wing agenda. The support of these Senators is crucial in mounting a filibuster. And a no vote without a filibuster is a meaningless gesture. Our Senators’ commitment to women’s rights is a hollow shell if they will not fight to preserve them.

It only takes a few moments to call the offices of the Senators listed below, and your call could truly tip the balance and save the court.

Sen. Blanche Lincoln 202-224-4843
Sen. Mark Pryor 202-224-2353

Sen. Joseph Lieberman 202-224-4041

Sen. Mary Landrieu 202-224-5824

North Dakota:
Sen. Byron Dorgan 202-224-2551
Sen. Kent Conrad 202-224-2043

South Dakota:
Sen. Tim Johnson 202-224-5842

West Virginia:
Se. Robert Byrd 202-224-3954



Just off the phone with Ryan in Senator Kerry’s office in DC: Kerry is now publicly
in support of a filibuster, and is now working with colleagues in the Senate to drum
up the necessary support (41 votes).

We must call him and say YES, and he must go for it ON THE FLOOR–even if he thinks he does not have every vote.

CALL NOW: 202-224-2742

Sheila Parks


Four strikes against Alito

I. Repression

From a friend:

This Washington Post article just goes to show any reasonable person that by using a police state to create a climate of fear, Bush effectively silences dissent in the short term to promote his reactionary Christo-Fascist agenda. Are you willing to get arrested, ruin your career, be humiliated? Remember this: 19 of the 56 signers of our Declaration of Independence lost everything so we could oppose any future tyrant. Now is the time to fight the confirmation of Alito – If he’s on the court, free citizens may lose our day in court to peacefully oppose the lunatic living in the White House.

Suit Turns D.C. Arrests Into Free Speech Victory

By Paul Schwartzman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, January 26, 2005; B01

Joe Mayer attended the demonstration downtown that morning in 2002 to protest what was then a brewing conflict in Iraq. He also went to ensure that his daughter Alexis did not get arrested and potentially harm her fledgling career as a lawyer.

What transpired was what the retired Army colonel most feared: He and his daughter were among a mass of protesters arrested, handcuffed and detained for as long as 36 hours, an ordeal that included hours confined on a bus and many more hours on floor mats at the Police Academy before they were released.

“It was frightening, the police charging at you in their riot gear for no apparent reason,” said Mayer, 71, recalling yesterday the clash at Pershing Park. “I’m thinking, ‘What’s going on?’ “

Read more.

II. Surveillance

White House Dismissed ’02 Surveillance Proposal

By Dan Eggen
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, January 26, 2006; A04

The Bush administration rejected a 2002 Senate proposal that would have made it easier for FBI agents to obtain surveillance warrants in terrorism cases, concluding that the system was working well and that it would likely be unconstitutional to lower the legal standard.

The proposed legislation by Sen. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) would have allowed the FBI to obtain surveillance warrants for non-U.S. citizens if they had a “reasonable suspicion” they were connected to terrorism — a lower standard than the “probable cause” requirement in the statute that governs the warrants.

The administration has contended that it launched a secret program of warrantless domestic eavesdropping by the National Security Agency in part because of the time it takes to obtain such secret warrants from federal judges under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

Read more.

III. Two editorials: Buzzflash and the Times agree!

This Isn’t A “Vote Of Conscience” Concerning A Filibuster; It’s A Vote To Save Democracy. And If Reid Can’t Cajole And Bluster 41 Democrats Into Saving Democracy, He Should Resign His Position.

Read this vital BuzzFlash Editorial at:

Senators in Need of a Spine

Judge Samuel Alito Jr., whose entire history suggests that he holds extreme views about the expansive powers of the presidency and the limited role of Congress, will almost certainly be a Supreme Court justice soon. His elevation will come courtesy of a president whose grandiose vision of his own powers threatens to undermine the nation’s basic philosophy of government – and a Senate that seems eager to cooperate by rolling over and playing dead.

Read more.



Harry Reid met with progressive lobbyists on Tuesday and told them he has nearly 44 votes against Alito, but there are 8 Democratic Senators who will not support a filibuster.

Only 41 votes are needed for a filibuster. If Reid has nearly 44 votes against Alito, every one of those Senators should support a filibuster or their vote against Alito is meaningless.

So call the Democrats who are leading this battle and demand a united Democratic filibuster:
Harry Reid (NV)
Dick Durbin (IL)
Chuch Schumer (NY)
Debbie Stabenow (MI)
Pat Leahy (VT)

Use these toll free numbers to call the Capitol: 888-355-3588 or 888-818-6641. If you can’t get through, look up the Senator’s District Office number in your phone book or here:

Reid would not name the “Alito 8” who are blocking a Democratic filibuster – so we need to identify them and tell them not to betray the Democrats who funded them and voted for them.

The most likely suspects are the “Red State” Democrats:
Tom Carper (DE)
Kent Conrad (ND)
Byron Dorgan (ND)
Tim Johnson (SD)
Mary Landrieu (LA)
Blanche Lincoln (AR)
Mark Pryor (AR)

Also call these “Blue State” and pro-choice Republicans:
Lincoln Chafee (RI)
Susan Collins (ME)
Lisa Murkowsky (AK)
Bob Smith (OR)
Olympia Snowe (ME)
Ted Stevens (AK)

For extra credit, call all the 2008 Presidential candidates who are sitting Senators – Evan Bayh, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Russ Feingold, and John Kerry – and tell them to either LEAD THE FILIBUSTER or FORGET ABOUT YOUR SUPPORT.

You can also send that message to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (202-224-2447) and the Democratic National Committee (202-863-8000).

Share what you learn with members here:



Dear friends,

I write to alert you to a crucial national effort in which I am proud participant–an effort to drive out the Bush regime.

On Jan. 31, during Bush’s State of the Union address, and then again on Saturday, Feb. 4, there will be mass protests nationwide, demanding that Bush step down, and take his cohorts with him.

The State of the Union will define the Bush agenda in the coming months. Will Bush be able to legitimize the rampant spying by his government, andhis unnecessary losing wars, and his malign neglect of New Orleans, and his efforts to transform the Supreme Court into a bludgeon for his own imperial authority? Will he drag this nation that much closer to the brink of fascism? Or will he be challenged and confronted hugely, and in the light of day?

It’s up to us. It’s up to you.

Please spread the word. Give money.
Hit the streets in your own city on Jan. 31,
and be with us in Washington on Feb. 4.

Visit for more information.

Please join me and other patriots–Harry Belafonte, actor Mark Ruffalo, filmmaker St. Claire Bourne, U.S. Representative Cynthia McKinney, U.S. Representative Bobby Rush, U.S. Representative Maxine Waters, Susan Sarandon, Rev. Al Sharpton, Sean Penn, Jessica Lange, Congressman Major Owens, curator of the Darwin Show at the Museum of Natural History Niles Eldredge, Lewis Lapham, Martin Garbus, Executive Director of the National Lawyer’s Guild of Los Angeles Jim Lafferty, Tom Morello, Michael Eric Dyson, Cornel West, Howard Zinn, Harold Pinter, among many others–in signing the Call below.

Mark Crispin Miller

The World Can’t Wait – Drive Out the Bush Regime

Your government, on the basis of outrageous lies, is waging a murderous and utterly illegitimate war in Iraq, with other countries in their sights.

Your government is openly torturing people, and justifying it.

Your government puts people in jail on the merest suspicion, refusing them lawyers, and either holding them indefinitely or deporting them in the dead of night.

Your government is moving each day closer to a theocracy, where a narrow and hateful brand of Christian fundamentalism will rule.

Your government suppresses the science that doesn’t fit its religious, political and economic agenda, forcing present and future generations to pay a terrible price.

Your government is moving to deny women here, and all over the world, the right to birth control and abortion.
Your government enforces a culture of greed, bigotry, intolerance and ignorance.

People look at all this and think of Hitler – and they are right to do so. The Bush regime is setting out to radically remake society very quickly, in a fascist way, and for generations to come. We must act now; the future is in the balance.

Millions and millions are deeply disturbed and outraged by this. They recognize the need for a vehicle to express this outrage, yet they cannot find it; politics as usual cannot meet the enormity of the challenge, and people sense this.

There is not going to be some magical “pendulum swing.” People who steal elections and believe they’re on a “mission from God” will not go without a fight.

There is not going to be some savior from the Democratic Party. This whole idea of putting our hopes and energies into “leaders” who tell us to seek common ground with fascists and religious fanatics is proving every day to be a disaster, and actually serves to demobilize people.

But silence and paralysis are NOT acceptable. That which you will not resist and mobilize to stop, you will learn – or be forced – to accept. There is no escaping it: the whole disastrous course of this Bush regime must be STOPPED. And we must take the responsibility to do it.
And there is a way. We are talking about something on a scale that can really make a huge change in this country and in the world. We need more than fighting Bush’s outrages one at a time, constantly losing ground to the whole onslaught. We must, and can, aim to create a political situation where the Bush regime’s program is repudiated, where Bush himself is driven from office, and where the whole direction he has been taking society is reversed. We, in our millions, must and can take responsibility to change the course of history.

Acting in this way, we join with and give support and heart to people all over the globe who so urgently need and want this regime to be stopped.

This will not be easy. If we speak the truth, they will try to silence us. If we act, they will to try to stop us. But we speak for the majority, here and around the world, and as we get this going we are going to reach out to the people who have been so badly fooled by Bush and we are NOT going to stop.

The point is this: history is full of examples where people who had right on their side fought against tremendous odds and were victorious. And it is also full of examples of people passively hoping to wait it out, only to get swallowed up by a horror beyond what they ever imagined. The future is unwritten. WHICH ONE WE GET IS UP TO US.

The World Can’t Wait! Drive Out the Bush Regime!

To sign this call, click here.


"Appellate courts are rubber stamps": Alito

To The Editor of Newsday:

On the first day of Senate Judiciary Committee hearings Samuel Alito, in responding to Sen. Biden’s question, said the reason discrimination cases reach appellate courts is that they are weak. According to Alito, the strong cases settle at the trial level, the questionable cases settle also, but for less money, and the weak cases are dismissed by the trial court, and those are the ones that reach the appellate courts. The reason Alito concludes they are weak? Because they have been dismissed at the trial level, thereby setting the stage for appeal. Conclusion: Because only the “weak” discrimination cases reach the appellate courts, those cases deserve to be dismissed. In other words, according to Alito, it is the job of the appellate court routinely to affirm the trial court’s dismissal of discrimination cases.

This shabby reasoning speaks for itself. If decisions of the trial courts are routinely affirmed, then there should be no need for appellate courts. The reason appellate courts exist, in reality, is that district courts sometimes make mistakes — but not in Samuel Alito’s world view.

No Senator followed up on this or on many other important issues regarding this candidate. It is imperative that the nominee be brought back before the Judiciary Committee for further questioning by real lawyers. I urge the Judiciary Committee to recall Samuel Alito in order to get to the root of his lazy approach to decision-making and to determine conclusively whether he is the royalist — or fascist — he appears to be.

I urge all Senators to filibuster this candidate and to prevent any full-Senate vote unless and until his philosophy and personal history — including his membership in the Federalist Society — are fully and honestly disclosed.

William E. Betz


Diebold behind Alaskan stonewalling

Diebold Blocks Alaska Voters From Viewing Election 2004 Results, Data!
Contract with State said to Bar Release of ‘Company Secrets’ Such as the Records of Who Citizens Voted For
Democratic Official: ‘It’s impossible to say whether the correct candidates were declared the winner in all Alaska races from 2004’
In just one more story which illustrates the many undemocratic dangers of allowing private companies to “own” our public elections, Diebold, Inc., one of America’s largest Voting Machine Companies is currently blocking citizens in Alaska from viewing election data from the 2004 general election!

“All Alaska races from 2004” are now being questioned, said a Democratic party official in a written letter to the state Elections Director.

Questions have begun to arise about results from that election, including the reported revelation that “district-by-district vote totals add up to 292,267 votes for President Bush, but his official total was only 190,889.”

The BRAD BLOG has obtained a copy of the letter sent yesterday by Jake Metcalfe, chair of the Alaska Democratic Party to Whitney Brewster of the Alaska Division of Elections. The letter responds to Brewster’s refusal to supply the party with the requested data files and outlines a number of additional concerns about the reported 2004 election results…