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Statement of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer on the McCain Acceptance Speech

For Immediate Release               
September 5, 2008       

Last night at the Republican National Convention, John McCain used the word “fight” more than 40 times in his speech. 

In the 16 years that we have served together in the Senate, I have seen John McCain fight. 

I have seen him fight against raising the federal minimum wage 14 times. 

I have seen him fight against making sure that women earn equal pay for equal work. 

I have seen him fight against a women’s right to choose so consistently that he received a zero percent vote rating from pro-choice organizations. 

I have seen him fight against helping families gain access to birth control. 

I have seen him fight against Social Security, even going so far as to call its current funding system “an absolute disgrace.” 

And I saw him fight against the new GI Bill of Rights until it became politically untenable for him to do so. 

John McCain voted with President Bush 95 percent of the time in 2007 and 100 percent of the time in 2008 — that’s no maverick. 

We do have two real fighters for change in this election — their names are Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

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Arresting the press at the RNC

Here’s what happened to Democracy Now Host & producer Amy Goodman at the Republican Convention.

Here’s what Amy had to say about what happened in her own words:

When I was in Denver I found out that the two convention cities were given a 50 million dollar grant from homeland security for police at the conventions. The protests were minor in Denver compared to what we’ve seen in Minniapolis/St.Paul The police presence was very high in both cities. There was a feeling of intimidation that you could get “swept up” in mass arrests just by being in the general area of the protests. From what I am hearing now, some of those arrested have been given felony charges. These are not terrorists. These are fellow Americans exercising their constitutional right to assemble peacefully and address their grievances.

Amendment 1 – Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression. Ratified 12/15/1791. Note

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The night before the RNC got underway a house with people from Iwitness video was raided and cameras, laptops etc were seized. This group from NYC had been very successful in exposing improper police behavior at the 2004 convention. At least 400 cases were overturned because of their work videotaping at the time. This is America folks. We have become a police state. When asked how Germans sat back and allowed Hitler to take over their country they responded that it wasn’t one event that they could point to…it was little changes over time… until they no longer recognized their country. I’m just trying to help point out some of those little changes happening today right here in the so called “Land of the Free.” These people are not “terrorists” they are journalists and they happened to disagree with the party that is currently in control of our government.

Amendment 4 – Search and Seizure. Ratified 12/15/1791.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

I urge you to read this article by Thom Hartmann to get a handle on the bigger picture and what this all means to our Democracy. This election in November is the most important one in my lifetime. I hope you do your homework if you have any question about who you’ll be voting for and why.

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Stories in the news

As I am sitting at the moment surfing the web here’s a few stories of interest I thought I’d flag…

Check out this special report from Reuters that covers gay marriage issues from several issues facing GLBT people. Immigration law, reforendums on the ballot in November, state by state gay marriage laws on the books, Reuters Special Coverage article on gay marriage.

Amy Goodman of Democracy Now was arrested in Minniappolis at the RNC. If you’re not listening to Democracy Now or watching it on TV check it out here.
Amy reports the stories the corporate owned media stations won’t or can’t report. After her experiences at the Republican Convention I’m sure her reports are going to be VERY interesting.

Donna Brazille was hit by pepper spray walking in to the Republican Convention

Thanks Jeff for the kind words….

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