January 05, 2005

January 6, 2005 -- Washington, DC, Lafayette Park -- 10:00 A.M. -- Stand Up For Democracy Rally

In addition to the Defend Democracy Rally and Vigil scheduled to take place at Upper Senate Park on Capitol Hill, from 12:00 Noon to 4:00 P.M., there will also be a rally as follows:

On January 6th in Washington, D.C.

Tell Bush: We Will Stop Voter Disenfranchisement!

Tell Congress: Stand Up for Democracy!

On January 6th, 2005 Congress will meet in joint session to certify the 2004 presidential election. On that day, if one member of the House and one member of the Senate object to the certification of the vote, then all members of Congress will finally discuss these issues. On January 6, 2001, not a single Senator would join with the Representatives who demanded an inquiry into the Florida recount. This year, let's make our Senators take a stand!

Join Medea Benjamin, John Bonifaz, David Cobb, Congressman John Conyers (invited), Alysia Fischer, George Friday, Rev. Jesse Jackson (invited), Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (invited), Rev. Lennox Yearwood and many others as we: Rally at 10:00 a.m. in Lafayette Park across from the White House. We will then march to Capitol Hill to join with others at the U.S. Capitol at noon.

We need an investigation into the Ohio vote on November 2, the seriously problematic "recount," partisan, discriminatory decisions made by the Secretary of State, electronic voting machine fraud, not enough machines in predominantly Black precincts, and all of the other ways that voters were disenfranchised in the USA.

While our Senators and Representatives are inside Congress, tallying the electoral college vote, We the People must have a presence outside, bringing attention to the disenfranchisement, suppression and fraud that pervaded the 2004 election - and demanding real reforms to extend and protect democracy in the U.S. Please join us on January 6 in Washington, DC. Check www.votecobb.org, or www.pdamerica.org for more information.

Leading up to the January 6th events there will be a major rally in Columbus, Ohio on January 3 at 2 p.m. organized by Rev. Jesse Jackson, the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition and other groups. For more information go to www.rainbowpush.org.

If you can't come to DC, we urge you to organize an action on January 4th or 5th at a Senator's office in your community. And on January 6th let’s flood the Senate with calls all morning and afternoon; the Capitol Hill information number is 202-224-3121.

If the Ukraine can have a re-vote,

why can't the U.S. have at least an investigation into vote suppression?

This call to action is initiated by United Progressives for Democracy, the Cobb/LaMarche campaign, Code Pink, D.C. Anti-War Network, Green Party of the U.S., Independent Progressive Politics Network, International Labor Communications Association, No Stolen Elections, Progressive Democrats of America, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition and Truth in Elections. To add your group send your endorsement to indpol@igc.org.

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