Important message from Dr. Lovegren:
Friends concerned about democracy, please forward this announcement to your mailing lists of concerned citizens. Because we need money right away to secure our venues, prepare educational material and financing some needed advertising, please encourage those on your distribution list to pre-register as soon as possible, sending donations if possible. We should have on-line registration and Pay Pal working by tomorrow evening I hope. This will be an historic event, I'm certain.
Victoria Lovegren, Ph.D.
Founder, Ohio Vigilance
"But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing. It behooves you, therefore, to be watchful in your States as well as in the Federal Government."
-- Andrew Jackson
Rally, Teach-In and Public Hearing
Friday, June 3rd and Saturday, June 4th in Cleveland
Cleveland, OH - The public is invited to participate in a rally, teach-in and public hearing on "Election Investigation and Reform" on June 3rd and 4th. Our keynote speaker Friday will be nationally known election reform advocate Bev Harris of Black Box Voting. Plenary speakers include Bob Fitrakis of the Free Press, Bob Koehler of Tribune Media Services, Jonathan Simon of Verified Vote, Dorothy Fadiman, documentary filmmaker and the Reverend Marvin McMickle of Antioch Baptist Church.
On Friday, June 3rd, , the rally and film showing will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church, 8869 Cedar Ave. The public hearings, workshops and discussion groups on everything from campaign finance reform to reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act will be held on Saturday, June 4th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Tri-C Metropolitan Campus. Suggested donation is $20 with advance registration ($10 for students / seniors / low income) and $25 on the day of the event. However, NO ONE will be turned away for inability to pay.
To register in advance, send your name, address, phone number and email to:
Ohio Vigilance, P.O. Box 18336, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
Indicate whether you would like to give a three-minute testimony on Saturday about any election irregularities you witnessed. Any donation to help cover our costs will be appreciated. You may also register and/or make a donation at www.ohiovigilance.org.
The 2004 Ohio contest was not "a model election," as J. Kenneth Blackwell claims. Saturday's workshops and discussion groups will cover a lot of ground. Attendees will learn about the media lockdown and watch videos describing countless Americans who were disenfranchised in this latest presidential election. The need for grassroots communication, organization and action will be discussed as attendees learn how to be videographers, bloggers, and reporters - how to obtain public records, monitor election boards and "become the media."
Expert speakers explain the unprecedented shift in exit poll numbers by 5.5%, unexplained by mainstream news media sources. Topics like voter suppression and intimidation tactics being used in America today will be tackled head-on. The public will have a chance to learn, firsthand, about the different types of ballots and equipment being debated in Ohio, what went wrong with Ohio's "recount" and what is going on with the "Real ID" Act.
Sponsors: Ohio Vigilance, Black Box Voting, Ohio Voters Reform, Global Exchange, J30 Coalition, Ohioans for Democratic Values, Citizen Act, CASE-Ohio, The Free Press, NAACP, Rainbow Push and others
FOR MORE INFO: www.ohiovigilance.org or (216) 849-7470