'No More Stolen Elections"
October 18, 2004
A growing coalition of distinguished US activists are signing a pledge "to protect the right to vote leading up to and on Election Day, November 2nd." Unlike the contested 2000 failed election, this time any evidence of fraud or vote manipulation will be met with "nationwide protests starting on November 3rd, either in my community, in the states where the fraud occurred, or in Washington DC."
No Stolen Elections!
We all remember the votes that were never counted in Florida 2000. While we are all working hard for a positive outcome on November 2nd, we also have to be prepared for a repeat of a 2000 stolen election. By signing the No Stolen Election pledge, you will be joining with thousands of others in the November 3rd Urgent Response Network. Please sign the pledge and pass it around far and wide.
We have established a Fair Elections Advisory Council made up of US and international elections experts who will give us their assessment on election day itself. If they find significant fraud, we will activate the Urgent Response Network on or immediately after November 3rd, calling on people everywhere to engage in protest, including non-violent civil disobedience, in front of their local federal buildings and other appropriate places.
We will also be asking those who can to converge in the states where the most serious fraud occurred, as well as in Washington DC.
In addition to signing the pledge, please work with other people and groups in your area to protect the vote on Election Day on November 2nd and to build the Urgent Response Network.
Pick a venue for your local protest in the case that the Urgent Response Network is activated, and list the time and place on the website. We also recommend that you set up a place to jointly watch the election results on Election Night.
Let us commit ourselves to making sure that this time around, the person who occupies the White House is the one who won the election.
The "No Stolen Elections" campaign was initiated in September of 2004 as a joint project of United for Peace & Justice, Global Exchange, Code Pink, and The Liberty Tree Foundation for the Democratic Revolution. Members of these groups manage this website in cooperation with the many individuals and organizations which have joined this effort.
We wish to recognize other essential efforts in opposition to a repeat of 2000's stolen election:
This Time We're Watching Our goal is to support existing election protection work with one more stop-gap measure: preparing, community-based rapid mobilizations in the event of broad voting rights violations on election day, and/or disputes over the legitimate winner of the presidential election . . . and to hold the next president accountable to the principles of peace and justice.
Because the crisis of our democracy did not start with Bush and won't end with Kerry, the Beyond Voting Campaign is calling for our election year debate to expand beyond Democrats versus Republicans to the larger issue of whether the US will be a Democracy or an Empire. No matter who wins, we will be uniting to define democracy as grassroots and participatory.
Pledge of Action to Stop a Stolen Election:
"I remember the stolen presidential election of 2000 and I am willing to take action in 2004 if the election is stolen again. I support efforts to protect the right to vote leading up to and on Election Day, November 2nd. If that right is systematically violated, I pledge to join nationwide protests starting on November 3rd, either in my community, in the states where the fraud occurred, or in Washington DC."
• Stewart Acuff - Organizing Director, AFL-CIO
• Fred Azcarate - Jobs with Justice
• Patrick Barrett - RadFest: Midwest Social Forum
• Brian Benford - Madison Common Council
• Medea Benjamin - CodePink
• Adrienne Maree Brown - League of Pissed Off Voters
• Mike Brune - Rainforest Action Network
• Dennis Brutus - poet
• Andrea Buffa - Global Exchange
ª Linda Burnham - Women of Color Resource Center
• Leslie Cagan - United for Peace and Justice
• John Cavanagh - Institute for Policy Studies
• Steve B. Cobble - political strategist
• David Cobb - Green Presidential Nominee
• Rev. James Demus - NAACP, Chicago
• Charlie Derber - Boston College
• Karen Dolan - Policy Studies & Cities for Peace
• Theresa El-Amin - Southern Anti-Racism Network
• Daniel Ellsberg - author
• Larry Fahn - Sierra Club
• Lisa Fithian - Root Activist Network of Trainers
• Arun Gandhi - M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
• Ed Garvey - Fighting Bob Fest
• Greg Gerritt - Friends of the Moshassuck
• Ted Glick - National Coordinator, IPPN
• Jim Goodman - Family Farm Defenders
• Rev. Graylan Hagler - Ministers for Justice
• Jody Grage Haug - Green Peace Action (GPAX)
• Andy Heidt - Madison Common Council
• Dolores Huerta - United Farm Workers
• Rev. Jesse Jackson - Rainbow/PUSH
• Reverend James Lawson - civil rights leader
• Natalie Johnson Lee - Minneapolis City Council
• Van Jones - Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
• Rabbi Michael Lerner - Tikkun
• Pete Karas - Racine Common Council
• Brenda Konkel - President, Madison Common Council
• Doug La Follette - Wisconsin Secretary of State
• Barbara Lubin - Middle East Children's Alliance
• Ben Manski - Foundation for the Democratic Revolution
• Jessica Marshall - National Youth and Student Peace Coalition
• Elizabeth Martinez - Institute for Multiracial Justice
• Mike McCabe - Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
• Robert McChesney - Free Press
• Michael Moore - Author
• Holly Near - singer-songwriter
• Maya O'Connor - Labor Greens Network
ª Jamala Rogers - Organization for Black Struggle, St. Louis
• Rebecca Rotzler - Alder, New Paltz
• Marc Sanson - Co-Chair, Green Party of the US
• Renee Saucedo - La Raza Centro Legal
• John Sellers - Ruckus Society
• Charles Shaw - Newtopia Magazinev
• Jane Slaughter - Labor Notes
• Eleanor Smeal - Feminist Majority
• Damu Smith - founder, Black Voices for Peace
• Starhawk - activist and writer
• Ajita Talwalker - United States Students Association
• Chuck Turner - Boston City Council
• Chris Vaeth - his Time We're Watching
• Jason West - Mayor, New Patlz NY
• Bob Wing - War Times
• Dean Zimmermann - Minneapolis City Council
• Howard Zinn - historian
• Gar Smith - Environmentalists Against War