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Green Grassroots Emergency Election Protection Zoom #121 Dec. 19 , 2022
GRASSROOTS ELECTION PROTECTION & CAMPAIGNING TO 2024
Our elections need to be protected and our progressive campaigns need grassroots support, exclusive of the party system.
In this GREEGREE zoom #121 we lay out a template for our work through November, 2024 (and maybe beyond).
We look first at a list of 20+ core issues dealing with election protection that will be in varying degrees the upcoming focus of our work. They are listed below.
We are then joined by RAY MCCLENDON of the Georgia NAACP, who explains the nitty-gritty importance of grassroots “relational” campaigning with “democracy centers” for progressive candidates everywhere.
Ray focusses in particular on Georgia, where the recent GEORGIA MIRACLE has helped swing control of the United States Senate, among much more.
HOWIE HAWKINS of the Green Party lays out the details of Ranked Choice Voting, which can constitute a major leap forward for true democracy.
RAY LUTZ of Audit USA tells us how audits can play a crucial role along with hand-marked paper ballots in guaranteeing accurate vote counts.
Below is the partial list of key issues that are core to protecting free, fair, reliable and accurate elections.
Along with safe energy, this will be the core of our work heading toward 2024.
SOME KEY ISSUES:
X Hand-marked digitally-scanned paper ballots must be made universally available. Scanners must be standardized, with transparent source coding and standardized auditing procedures.
X Paper ballots will be mailed to all eligible voters. Ballots returnable by mail, widely available drop boxes, &/or in person or by family members or authorized agents at easily accessible election centers.
X No photo ID or other potentially discriminatory requirements for ballots.
X No mass challenges allowed against duly registered voters.
X Ex-felons are eligible to vote.
X The Voting Rights Act must be re-instated.
X Allow same day voter registration, and registration at schools, Motor Vehicle agencies, social security offices, etc.
X 30 days of early voting, including Saturdays, Sunday & holidays (except Thanksgiving).
X Folding chairs, porta-potties, food & water, protective cover against bad weather must be provided at precincts where long lines accumulate and waits exceed fifteen minutes.
X Citizens United must be repealed.
X No corporate contributions to partisan campaigns or parties, with PACs disallowed.
X Strict limits on personal contributions to partisan campaigns
X No weapons allowed within a half-mile of any polling station.
X Gerrymandering must be abolished; Congressional and state legislative districts must be drawn by non-partisan commissions, with California as a model.
X Statewide referenda shall be made legal and binding in all states, to be decided by simple majority.
X Institute ranked choice voting wherever possible.
X. Lower the voting age to 16.
X Abolish the Electoral College
X Move money donated to progressive candidates away from media advertising, toward grassroots relational campaigning.—————————————–
Green Grassroots Emergency Election Protection Zoom #120 Dec. 12 , 2022
CELEBRATING GRASSROOTS VICTORY IN GEORGIA!
We are joined on GreeGree #120 by ANDREA MILLER of the Center for Common Ground and RAY MCCLENDON of the Georgia NAACP.
They are chief architects of the astounding grassroots victories in Georgia 2020-2 for the US Senate seat now held by RAPHAEL WARNOCK.
These electoral landmarks turned on turnouts organized without help from the Democratic Party, which spent some $50 million on media advertising.
Much of that money lines the pockets of party consultants who are highly paid and often make kick-backs on the ads they place.
Yet as we hear from SUE DORFMAN, on-the-ground campaigns were forced to beg even for simple yard signs and door hangers.
We further hear from reporter STEVE ROSENFELD with various reports from around the US on the complexities of our tortured democracy.
Next week we’ll get a full report on our two-year plan to protect American democracy in the lead-up to 2024.
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Green Grassroots Emergency Election Protection Zoom #119 Dec. 5 , 2022
Part 1: 5G, Nuclear, Radio Frequency contamination witth Julie Levine and Doug Wood
Issuing their deliberations from inside a padded cell, the NRC is also poised to green light extended operations at the Diablo Canyon Nukes, where TATANKA BRICCA fills us in ON the latest developments. Karl Grossman comments!
DENNIS BERNSTEIN OF KPFA / PACIFICA’S “Flashpoints” show chimes in on the insanity of a new $1 billion military aircraft of mass suicide. As for Fascism in Florida, CAROLINA AMPUDIA and WENDI LEDERMAN inform on the sorry state of the Sunshine State Dems….not to mention the outright dictatorship of Ron DeSantis. STAY TUNED!!!
Part 2: Georgia Dec. 6 Elections w/ Ray McClendon and Andrea Miller
We open the second segment of our GREEGREE zoom #119 with ANDREA MILLER of the Center for Common Ground & RAY MCCLENDON of the Georgia NAACP, along with GABRIEL WHEATON.
In tandem they explain the nuts and bolts of grassroots campaigning, including the Center for Common Ground’s computerized phone banking, which has generated tens of thousands of calls to get out of the vote.
As we know, Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock has won re-election by a slim margin…generated in significant part by the kinds of grassroots organizing engineered by the Center for Common Ground and NAACP.
Though we didn’t know at the time what the actual outcome would be, the grassroots campaigning the underlay this victory must stand as a template for what must be done to save the nation from fascism in 2024.
Toward the end of this monumental hour, we hear from TATANKA BRICCA and DAVE ROSENFELD on the campaign in California to save rooftop solar and stop the bailout of the insane Diablo Canyon nuke.
As we all know, Diablo is America’s #1 apocalypse in progress. Rooftop solar generates more power in California than do the Diablo Nukes. The choice for the future is obvlous. NO NUKES!
Green Grassroots Emergency Election Protection Zoom #118 Nov. 21 , 2022
Part 1: ELECTION MADNESS IN GA AND ARIZONA, & THE SANITY OF SCANNED PAPER BALLOTS
On GREEGREE zoom #118 we begin with a “How To” session from ANDREA MILLER of the Center for Common Ground and RAY MCCLENDON of the Georgia NAACP.
Ray and Andrea explain how citizens from inside Georgia and around the US can plug into help turn out the vote in the upcoming December 6 US Senate runoff in Georgia.
This historic election will determine whether the US Senate will be 50-50 or 51-49, and will have enormous impacts on the fate of the nation.
JOHN BRAKEY of Audit USA then updates us on the “Lake Effect” in Arizona, in which a MAGA gubernatorial candidate is finally forced to concede defeat.
We also discuss major electoral studies confirming that the fairest and most reliable way to conduct a vote is with hand marked paper ballots that are then scanned.
The scanners provide the initial—very fast—results, which can then be checked with risk limiting audits and, if necessary, actual hand counting.
The election protection movement has fought for this outcome since Ohio 2004.
With confirmation from the Brennan Center and others, we now have a national “gold standard” for our democratic future.
Brakey tells of the new legislation likely to get bi-partisan approval for precisely this method from the Arizona legislature.
Hopefully this will lead to a national standard that will help further American democracy.
This is a major achievement to be greeted with genuine gratitude and pride.
Part 2: Diablo, California, and the recent Nuclear madness
Green Grassroots Emergency Election Protection Zoom #117 Nov. 14 , 2022
Part 1: THE “MIRACLES” OF GEORGIA & ARIZONA, 2021-2: HAS DEMOCRACY BEEN SAVED?
Our GREEGREE zoom #117 welcomes RAY MCCLENDON of the Georgia NAACP, JOHN BRAKEY of Arizona’s election protection “scanned ballot image” movement, and democracy journalist STEVE ROSENFELD.
Together they outline the hard realities of the struggle—in many ways successful—to protect our democracy as seen in the outcome of the 2021 “Georgia Miracle” and the 2022 mid-terms.
As a pillar of grassroots/relational campaigning, McClendon has played a key role in promoting the Get Out the Vote movements that made the difference in twin Senate victories in 2021, and that may hold the key to the “Manchin Runoff” in 2022.
Working with Andrea Miller of the Center for Common Ground, McClendon has been at the core of shifting progressive campaign donations away from mainstream Democratic Party media buys and into the machinery of on-the-ground organizing.
Based in Arizona, Brakey has pioneered the use of digital scanning in tandem with mailed-out hand-marked paper ballots. Making a mockery of the 2020 Cyber-Ninja recount fiasco, Brakey has made Arizona into a living laboratory for reliable vote casting and counting.
Working the election protection beat, Rosenfeld has published innumerable articles on the 2021 double victory of Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossof, and in the on-going struggle to securable a reliable voting process.
With these three critical players, we provide an absolutely unique and irreplaceable primer on how American democracy must proceed if our nation is to survive.
Above all, we come to understand the pivotal, permanent role of female and Millennial/Zoomer voters in re-shaping the government core of the nation in the age of Trump fascism and eco-suicide.
Part 2: Will Rooftop Solar Shine Through the “Reactor Gap”?
THE NUCLEAR WAR VS. SOLAR ENERGY: DIABLO AND BEYOND
In the second hour of GREEGREE #117 we explore the utility industry’s nuclear war versus solar energy, as centered in California and elsewhere.
Long-time activist DAN HIRSCH has spent a lifetime fighting both nuclear power and nuclear weapons.
He lays out the battle in California to finally close Diablo Canyon while pushing onward with the transition to renewables and efficiency.
He’s joined by KEVIN KAMPS of Beyond Nuclear, who explains the insane Democratic Party push to re-open Michigan’s Palisades reactor.
Kevin also tells of plans to use ancient, decrepit nukes that are likely to explode to generate hydrogen for military and other insane purposes.
TATANKA BRICCA of the Romero Institute fills us in the specifics of the Diablo fight.
New York’s RON LEONARD gives us the deep detail on the astonishing progress of renewables in the marketplace.
DAVE ROSENFELD introduces us to the Solar Rights Alliance, a major grassroots player in the fight to save rooftop solar in CA.
Together these activists and experts provide us with a unique and powerful overview of what it will take to protect renewables while finally burying atomic power.
Only then can we solve the climate crisis and guarantee a safe, clean, cheap reliable energy future.
No meeting on Monday, Nov. 7 before Nov. 8 election.
Green Grassroots Emergency Election Protection Zoom #116 Oct. 31 , 2022
Hosted by Harvey Wasserman
Part 1: GUNS, GREENS, YOUTH TURNOUT& the 2022 ELECTION
David Hogg John Rosenthal
#Neveragain– Stop Hangun Violence
We devote the first hour of the GREE-GREE zoom gathering #116 with the great DAVID HOGG and a deep dive into two issues at the core of American politics: gun violence and youth turnout.
Now a senior at Harvard University, Hogg has become a national icon in the movement to lower the death toll from guns and motivate the youth vote.
David’s work, in tandem with JOHN ROSENTHAL, has significantly changed views of gun registration and control in Massachusetts and elsewhere.
Hogg and Rosenthal have helped pioneer the AMERICA CALLING organization which aims to vastly expand the turnout among young voters.
Rosenthal’s efforts, in conjunction with Hogg, have tangibly lowered the gun violence death rate in Massachusetts, and could do the same nationwide, saving more than 26,000 lives.
These two grea activists are already legends in making real change in American politics.
Rooted in the younger generations now taking control of the electorate, while simultaneously working to end gun violence, they are not to be missed.
Part 2: PROTECTING the VOTE COUNT
Lynn Bernstein, NC Election Protection https://www.transparentelectionsnc.org
John Brakey, AZ Anti-Ninja https://auditelectionsusa.org
Emily Levy, https://Scrutineers.org
Dan Wolf, Recording poll tapes https://Americacounts.us
Ray Lutz, Auditing Ballot Images https://Citizensoversight.org
For part 2 of our GREE-GREE zoom gathering focusses on the desperate need to protect the right to vote and to guarantee reliable, trackable ballot counts.
We open with the legendary JOHN BRAKEY, whose work in Arizona has made a huge difference in protecting the vote count from election destroyers like the Cyber-Ninjas and their ilk.
LYNN BERNSTEIN from North Carolina warns us of police action against those who dare to make public records requests or set foot in election board parking lots.
DAN WOLF introduces his vital new AMERICA COUNTS software for recording and archiving poll tapes.
EMILY LEVY updates us on her great work with the SCRUTINEERS.
RAY LUTZ takes us forward with the latest work from his vitally important CITIZENS OVERSIGHT organization.
Among those adding to the dialogue are ERIC LAZARUS, CONNIE KLEIN, MIMI S., WENDI LEDERMAN, STEVE CARUSO and many others.
With our democracy on the line, this vital discussion is not to be missed.
Green Grassroots Emergency Election Protection Zoom #115 Oct. 24, 2022
Hosted by Harvey Wasserman
Part 1: Rep. Jaimie Raskin, Joel Segal, Ray McClendon, Jim Garrison, Alan Minsky
REP. JAMIE RASKIN OF THE 1/6 COMMITTEE TELLS IT LIKE IT IS
Our 115th GREE-GREE Session is honored with the presence of US REPRESENTATIVE JAMIE RASKIN, Democrat of Maryland, prominent member of the 1/6 Committee.
We first pose to him the hope to remove the statue of General George McClellan from the streets of DC, and for official recognition of Sally Hemings as the third First Lady of the United States.
We hear from MIKE HERSH about the details of Rep. Raskin’s great career.
Rep. Raskin then lays out the case for federal criminal prosecution against Donald Trump.
Our own JOEL SEGAL tells of his long-standing friendship with Rep. Raskin, and then asks critical legal questions on prosecuting Trump and on preserving our democracy.
RAY MCCLENDON of the Georgia NAACP gives us a critical presentation of the desperate need to shift the Democratic Party to becoming an actual democracy organization with a shift to grassroots organizing.
McClendon underscores the need to stop pouring millions of donor dollars into media advertising and switch to establishing the kind of GOTV / person-to-person campaigning that won the “Georgia Miracle” in 2021, shifting control of the US Senate.
BRYNN TANNEHILL informs the Rep. on the plight of trans citizens under Republican regimes.
DENNIS BERNSTEIN of the nationally-syndicated FLASHPOINTS radio show hears from Rep. Raskin on how to protect the vote in places like Florida and Arizona, as well as the danger of “madman” Putin using nuclear weapons.
JIM GARRISON of the Ubiquity Institute asks why Donald Trump is not yet in prison, to which Rep. Raskin responds with a strong second to that notion.
Next week’s session #116 will include DAVID HOGG of the Parkland Shooting exploring the impact of gun control on this year’s mid-term elections.
Part 2: Dan Wolfe, Danny Sheehan, Robin Streichler, Tatanka Bricca, Dorothy Reik, Ron Leonard, Denny Zane (prop 30 instigator), Myla Reson, Descendent of Sally Hemmings- Evelia Jones (TBC), Wendi Lederman
Green Grassroots Emergency Election Protection Zoom #114 Oct. 17, 2022
Part 1: Mohawk Return to Schoharie Valley, Bethany Yarrow, UNF***K the Earth Russell Greene
Part 2: Clifford Tasner, Americans for Democratic Action, ACTERRA, Linda Hutchins-Knowles, Ray Lutz Citizens Oversight
We start with TATANKA BRICCA talking to us about STEPHEN STILLS and his hearing loss.
We hear from RICHARD LANGWORTHY in London expressing deep concern about a fascist victory in the US this November.
CLIFFORD TASNER, President of the Los Angeles chapter of Americans for Democratic Action joins us.
So does DOROTHY REIK of the Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains.
We do a deep dive on the horrendous uproar surrounding the progressive City Council member KEVIN DELEON that has put Los Angeles in turmoil.
PAUL SHERMAN and LEAH HERZBERG add in their opinions to the massive controversy.
LINDA HUTCHINS-KNOWLES the talks to us about her work on green transportation.
TATANKA BRICCA adds more critical information about the moves to EV and clean mobility.
WENDI LEDERMAN and RON LEONARD add critical details.
And then RAY LUTZ gives us the latest on the movement for election protection.
NEXT WEEK (Oct. 24, 2022) we welcome REP. JAMIE RASKIN of the January 6 committee. Don’t miss us!!!
Green Grassroots Emergency Election Protection Zoom #113 Oct. 10, 2022
INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S DAY & AN HOUR OF WOMEN’S ISSUES WITH CHRISTIAN NUNES OF NOW
We begin GREE-GREE #113 with a celebration of Indigenous People’s Day led by TATANKA BRICCA and the reminder that whatever democracy and freedom we enjoy in America is rooted with our native peoples—especially with the Hodenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy.
JOEL SEGAL fills us in on the fight of Puerto Rico to rise again from yet another horrific storm, one that’s also brought terrifying death and destruction to much of Florida.
We then hear from CHRISTIAN NUNES, President of the National Organization for Women, as she and WENDI LEDERMAN take us on a deep dive into the core of women’s issues in the world today. Roe v. Wade is “on the ballot” and, as Christian tells us, the issues cut far deeper than abortion.
What we’re seeing, we hear, is about men trying to deepen their control over women, creating more slavery, autocracy and privilege among the rich.
The attack on a woman’s right to control her own body is inseparable from the fight for democracy and the desperate need to save our planetary ecology.
CYNTHIA PAPERMASTER, MARY DOUGLAS, DANNETT ABBOT-WICKER, HEDY TRIPP and LYNN FEINERMAN all contribute to this deeply moving excursion into the rise of the movement for matriarchal justice and power.
Part 1: NOW’s Christian Nunes and Wendi Lederman
Puerto Rico and Florida and Hurricane Ian, Sacramento Protest Oct. 11 No Nukes, anywhere, getting away from privatization.
Green Grassroots Emergency Election Protection Zoom #112 Oct 3, 2022
WE NEED AN ELECTION-READY TEAM FOR PROGRESSIVE POLICIES & CANDIDATES
We start GREE-GREE #112 with BARBARA HAYS of the Maryland National Organization for Women. Barbara gives us a brilliant overview of the impact of Roe v. Wade on the mid-term elections and the role we can expect women to play.
We are then honored with TATANKA BRICCA, DANNY SHEEHAN and SARA NELSON of the ROMERO INSTITUTE, who give us a unique look at the need to pull together a national progressive grassroots movement.
That movement needs to compile a clear and powerful progressive agenda spelling out for the American people exactly what needs to be done to save the nation.
From this “island of stability” must come a slate of candidates for the Presidency, Vice Presidency and a full cabinet, plus the Congress and a wide range of state and local offices…a “government in waiting” ready to run things once the fascists are defeated.
Sara also runs through “where the rubber meets the road” in critical energy issues in California and around the nation.
Her in-depth analysis of how to change the energy picture in California joins Danny’s brilliant, piercing critique of where we need to go to save what’s left of our democracy.
Energy activist JENNIFER TANNER wraps things up with powerful invocation of the kinds of strategies that have and will continue to work to save our planet.
Next week we will do another deep dive into the California energy picture just a day prior to a major statewide pro-solar march in Sacramento. See you then!!!
Part 1: https://youtu.be/MlqC5LpQlmM
Part 2: https://youtu.be/oYnQv68ojtc
Green Grassroots Emergency Election Protection Zoom #111 Sept. 26, 2022
Getting Money Out Of Elections, General and Primary, to Restore democracy
GREE-GREE #111 takes us deep into the ability of Big Corporations to buy what’s left of our democracy.
Thankfully, we’re joined by the uniquely powerful JUDITH WHITMER, rebel Chair of the Democratic Party of Nevada, where an uprising of grassroots activists has transformed the playing field.
Judith has helped lead the charge to at last put the Democratic Party apparatus in reach of grassroots activists who actually support a progressive agenda….and who are willing to fight for a progressive agenda.
We learn from GREG COLERIDGE that the horrendous Citizen’s United does not protect dark money’s ability to buy primaries, as they’re themselves the bailiwick of private corporations, ie the political parties.
Thus we realize the possibility of actually having fair and accessible systems to choose partisan candidates, a revolutionary development to say the least.
DOROTHY REIK, THERESA BONPANE, JUSTIN LEBLANC, MARY STONEWALL and others chime in with great questions.
We’re FURTHER joined by WENDI LEDERMAN, who has compiled a brilliant and extremely important roster of non-partisan grassroots organizations around the country.
Such groups have already vastly impacted our political process, at war with dark money. We clearly need to grow this list, which now embraces some 500 groups—-a hard activist core that could revolutionize our politics….and not a moment too soon!!!
Part 2: Renewable Energy, No Nukes with Robert Freehling, Kevin Kamps, Ron Leonard
#110 Gree-Gree Zoom September 19, 2022
MINNESOTA ATTORNEY-GENERAL KEITH ELLISON ON FAIR & SANE ELECTIONS
Our GREE-GREE #110 opens with EMILY LEVY with the latest report on Scrutineers on critical training and information on election protection.
We are then joined by the legendary KEITH ELLISON, Attorney-General of Minnesota and lead prosecutor in the legendary George Floyd case.
Keith is a former multi-term US Representative and Vice-Chair of the national Democratic Party.
We discuss with him the relatively safe, democratic voting conditions in Minnesota and the desperate need to replicate them nationwide.
Keith is gratefully joined by RAY MCCLENDON of the Georgia NAACP, connecting powerful pro-democracy organizers in critical states where conditions are very different.
Joining them also are BOB FITRAKIS, JULIE WIENER, WENDI LIEDERMAN, HEDY TRIPP, TATANKA BRICCA and others.
The need for a national organization of progressive state Attorneys-General and secretaries of state has never been more critical.
We finish this amazing hour with JAMIAH HARGINS and his truly mind-boggling organization promoting urban farming and water conservation.
DANETT ABBOTT, MYLA RESON, PAUL SHERMAN, CYNTHIA PAPERMASTER and others chime in to this fantastically hopeful and powerful course of action for greening all of Los Angeles & ALL the world’s cities..
The second hour of our GREE-GREE #110 takes us into the desperate need to shut the Diablo Canyon nuke & switch to renewables.
We start with ROBERT FREEHLING who tells us that rooftop solar in California has FIVE TIMES as much generating capacity as DIABLO CANYON, substantially out-producing it.
Freehling explains that the growing output of rooftop solar has already far outstripped the annual output of Diablo Canyon at cheaper cost.
JENNIFER TANNER, RON LEONARD, TATANKA BRICCA, DANNETT ABBOTT, PAUL NEWMAN, PAUL SHERMAN, JUSTIN LEBLANC, PETER DEUTSCH, JEFFREY BARKDULL, ERIC LAZARUS and more jump in.
This campaign to clarify the realities surrounding Diablo Canyon & renewable energy in California will continue until we win. WE HAVE NO CHOICE!
#109 Gree-Gree Zoom September 12, 2022
JIM HIGHTOWER HIGHLIGHTS THE LONE STAR LOW-DOWN AT GREE-GREE #109
Our Green Grassroots Emergency Election Protection zoom this week features the great Texas commentator JIM HIGHTOWER.
Jim’s brilliant populist screeds have been enlightening the airwaves and op ed columns for decades.
Irreverent, witty and often downright belly-laughable, Hightower brings to this show a critical grassroots perspective that virtually no one else can offer.
His reports on the bottom-up campaigning now transforming Texas politics help transform our view of what’s possible in a Lone Star state undergoing a top-to-bottom demographic transformation.
Everywhere beloved for his legendary commitment to “small d” democracy, Jim’s unique perspective bursts our hour at the grassroots seams.
Do not miss this genius screed from deep in the belly of the southern Heartland.
Part 1: Jim Hightower, Nancy Larson Ohio Dist. 47 Candidate
Part 2: Sep 12, 2022 Jim Hightower continues and Solar/Nuke discussion with experts Ron Leonard, Tatanka Bricca, Myla Reson, Danett Abbott Wicker, Wendi Lederman, Justin LaBlanc and more!
END Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant Statewide Press Conference
Tuesday, August 30, 2022 Emergency Statewide Press Conference
To Oppose Governor Gavin Newsom’s $1.4 Billion Giveaway to PG&E to Keep the Unreliable Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant Open
See our Diablo page: https://grassrootsep.org/major-statements-on-diablo-canyon-nuke
#108 Gree-Gree Zoom August 29, 2022
DIABLO ARMAGEDDON, *ARIZONA BRAKEY*, GRASSROOTS CONGRESS
Our Green Grassroots Emergency Election Protection zoom opens with a tribute from WENDI LEDERMAN to Women’s Equality.
We also honor the great HOWARD ZINN, who would have been 100 years old this month. Zinn completely upended the popular view of our nation’s story, and his PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES remains a foundational document. Thank you, Howard!!!
We then do a deep dive into the decrepit, dangerous, earthquake-surrounded Diablo Canyon Nukes at San Luis Obispo, CA. Governor Gavin Newsom is pushing to keep them open indefinitely despite a broad-based agreement to shut them in 2024-5. The ramifications for the future health, safety, economy and ecological survival of the human race are without parallel.
We hear from DONNA GILMORE, KEN COOK, DANETT ABBOTT, ACE HOFFMAN, MYLA RESON, JUSTIN LE BLANC, TATANKA BRICCA, LINDA SEELEY and many more.
Arizona’s great JOHN BRAKEY tells us of major victories there.
John Brakey – Audit USA
Center For Popular Democracy (Analilia Mejia- co-exec director)
Walk The Walk (Anoka Faruqee- spokesperson)
Jan BedDor – MI Election Reform Alliance
Evangelicals For Democracy (Richard Cizik)
#107 Gree-Gree Zoom August 22 , 2022
GREG PALAST * FLORIDA FASCISM *KANSAS VICTORY *POWER THE POLLS
In our GREEN GRASSROOTS EMERGENCY ELECTION PROTECTION zoom #107 we open with WENDI LEDERMAN explaining how Florida’s extreme right-wing Gov. Ron DeSantis has arrested 20 citizens for the crime of voting while black. Despite a huge public referendum win confirming the right of ex-felons to vote, DeSantis and his fellow vigilantes are intent on terrorizing the electorate.
The great GREG PALAST then introduces his new film VIGILANTE: GEORGIA’S VOTER SUPPRESSION HITMAN. Legendary investigative reporter Palast introduces the astonishing reality of Georgia’s Gov. Brian Kemp, scion of an historic slave-owning family, and his all-out assault on the ability of thousands of Georgia citizens to cast ballots at all. Greg’s hour-long presentation includes powerful questions from DANNETT ABBOTT, DR. RUTH STRAUSS, RAY MCCLENDON, DENNIS BERNSTEIN, MARY BUTLER-STONEWALL, STEVE SPITZ, ALEX WILLIAMS, PAUL SHERMAN, GEORGE RIPLEY and many more.
HELENA BUCHMANN tells us how grassroots organizing defeated anti-choice conservatives in Kansas.
MARTA HANSEN of Power the Polls explains the extreme importance of Poll Workers in the electoral process and how her grassroots organization works to bring them out.
WENDI LEDERMAN finishes by presenting our burgeoning list of more than 500 grassroots groups around the US.
Next Monday—-August 29—-GREEP #108 will feature Minnesota Attorney-General KEITH ELLISON in an organizing congress headlining major grassroots 2022 organizations from around the nation. BE SURE TO JOIN US!!!
#106 Gree-Gree Zoom August 15 , 2022
POST-TRUMP RAID FASCISM; CHAOS IN OHIO; VET VOTES; ATOMIC CHAOS; GRASSROOTS LINKS
At GREE-GREE #106, WENDI LEDERMAN starts us off with an astounding listing of grassroots 2022 groups around the US workin on election protection.
We also hear from ZURIE POPE about fascist chaos in Ohio.
And from SUZANNE GORDON on the shafting of the Veterans Administration nationwide.
We then do a deep dive on the atomic chaos in Zaporizhzhia, California and elsewhere.
KEVIN KAMPS of Beyond Nuclear, MYLA RESON & TATANKA BRICCA, DOROTHY REIK, DENNIS BERNSTEIN and others in California and elsewhere.
We’re finally re-joined by BRYNN TANNEHILL to discuss the fascist reaction to the FBI on Mar-a-Lago.
What comes next? It’s up to you…
#105 Gree-Gree Zoom August 8 , 2022
A DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO GRASSROOTS VICTORY IN 2022…& THE GLOBAL NUKE NIGHTMARE, FROM UKRAINE TO DIABLO CANYON
Must see Addendum out take below (Part 3)!!
A PEOPLE’S GUIDE TO GRASSROOTS 2022 ORGANIZING
Joel Segal, “This is a model to be replicated in every state!”
Robert Wilson, “10-15% more voter turnout would have a massive impact.”
Andrea Miller, “We are going to make sure that people will be able to make it to the polls.”
On the GREE_GREE zoom #105 we offer a definitive template on the nuts and bolts of the grassroots organizing needed to turn the people’s will in the 2022 mid-term elections.
ANDREA MILLER and RAY MCCLENDON fill us in on the granular steps that forced the 2021 “Georgia Miracle” onto the changing face of American politics. They’re followed by TATANKA BRICCA who adds to the narrative his hands-on experience organizing with the likes of Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta.
Co-Convenor JOEL SEGAL then joins ROBERT WILSON with their accounts of parallel campaigning in North Carolina. Joel and Robert later introduce us to LARRY HALL, a critical leader of the NC Legislature.
On August 29 we’ll convene a National Congress of Grassroots 2022 Organizing to link on-the-ground groups together from all over the US. WENDI LEDERMAN is compiling a master list of the nation’s on-the-ground operations to be represented as we further gather the progressive momentum needed to save this nation.
Hearing from DOROTHY REIK, DR. RUTH STRAUSS, LYNN FEINERMAN and more, we’re joined by Beyond Nuclear’s PAUL GUNTER, who provides the detail on the massive reactor bailouts included in the just-passed Biden-Manchine Inflation-Reduction Act.
We also dive into the horrifying realities of six atomic reactors at Ukraine’s Zaporizyzya, six big nukes surrounded by heavy weaponry in the Russo-Ukrainian war zone.
This ungodly nightmare of exploding reactors carries into California, as LINDA SEELEY of the San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace updates the fight to shut the insanely dangerous Diablo Canyon nukes as soon as possible.
Overall this unique excursion into grassroots organizing and safe energy imperatives is not to be missed.
A PEOPLE’S GUIDE TO GRASSROOTS 2022 ORGANIZING
ANDREA MILLER, RAY MCCLENDON, TATANKA BRICCA, JOEL SEGAL & ROBERT WILSON
from GREEN GRASSROOTS EMERGENCY ELECTION PROTECTION
“The ‘Georgia Miracle’ was achieved through hard work, unity, and —most all relational politics—building countless meaningful connections person to person, precinct by precinct. Newly-established Democracy Centers and venerable institutions such as the NAACP, minority business associations the ‘Divine Nine’ Sororities and Fraternities came together to drive voter registration and turn out efforts that helped achieve highly-improbable victories in both Georgia Senate run off elections.”
“Grassroots organizers utilized highly-effective people power and new technology—not expensive, impersonal, and increasingly ineffective TV advertising. They reached out to ‘low propensity voters’ who are too often ignored. This smart, strategic organizing melded old school politics and cutting edge data-driven outreach: the blueprint for electoral success in the 21st century.”
— Mike Hersh, National Communications Director for Progressive Democrats of America
#104 Gree-Gree Zoom August 1 , 2022
Bill Russell, Grassroots organizing in GA/NC, Health Care, Money out of politics, Loccal winners, Abortion
Green Grassroots Emergency Election Protection Zoom #104 opens with the legendary Bill Russell, the the Greatest of All Time professional athlete/civil rights activist in all sports based on having won 11 NBA championships in 13 years, including the last two as the first African-American coach of a major professional team. Russell did all this while serving as one of our most critically important pioneering activists of equal rights for all citizens.
He will be incredibly missed, as will NICHELLE NICHOLS, Star Trek’s first African-American female, one of the great icons of our culture (&counter-culture).
RAY MCCLENDON clarifies the on-going very much alive & well prosecution of Donald Trump in Fulton County, Georgia. Ray further updates us on the escalating grassroots campaign in GA leading into the 2022 mid-terms.
JOEL SEGAL connects that GA campaign to his work in NC…and then explains in great detail the considerable impact of the new Biden-Manchin bill, not yet passed, on our national health care system.
RON LEONARD, RAY LUTZ and TATANKA BRICCA illuminate the huge leap forward this bill also offers to the solar industry which has been under terrible attack from the US fossil/nuke dinosaurs.
GREG COLERIDGE of MOVE TO AMEND then covers his organization’s spectacular work—along with SAM ROSENTHAL—to reverse the horrendous SCOTUS Citizens United decision allowing big corporate money to buy our elections.
Greg is followed by three great grassroots candidates supported by Progressive Democrats of America: JASON CALL from WA, RACHEL VENTURA and JOHN LAESCH from IL.
And we hear from DR. RUTH STRAUSS, WENDI LEDERMAN, DOROTHY REIK, DANNETT ABBOTT, JUSTIN LEBLANC and many more who fit the critical mass of moving ahead with American democracy.
As a parting shot, we jump briefly into the world of psychedelics, reminding all our participants for future sessions to see: FANTASTIC FUNGI & the 4-part HOW TO CHANGE YOUR MIND.
#103 Gree-Gree Zoom July 25 , 2022
Rooftop Solar v. Nuclear Newsom, Ray McClendon & Grassroots Georgia, State-by-state w. ROE…& Trump’s 1/6 Treason
We open GREE-GREE #103 with TATANKA BRICCA and RON LEONARD updating us on the fossil/nuke industry’s assault on rooftop solar, which is being defended by Florida’s right-wing Ron DeSantis but betrayed by California’s alleged progressive Gavin Newsom.
From Georgia the NAACP’s great RAY MCCLENDON updates us on the campaign to fund grassroots campaigning, which holds the fate of the Peach State and with it the nation. Ray also updates us on the Fulton County DA’s move to indict Trump. Ray is joined by Flashpoint’s DENNIS BERNSTEIN with key questions on the Donald’s traitorous travesties.
HOWIE HAWKINS of the Green Party updates upon the Democratic Party’s assault on the Green and other third parties, a never-ending attack on democracy.
JOEL SEGAL emphasizes the importance of the “Georgia Miracle” organizing paradigm.
LULU FRIESDAT, DR. RUTH STRAUSS, MYLA RESON, DANETT ABBOT, JUSTIN LEBLANC, HAL GINSBERG, SAM BELL, BRIAN STEINBERG and many more great activists chime in on January 6, Roe v. Wade and much much more.
In this most vitally critical mid-term season, please be sure to join us on these fascinating, compelling and inescapable issues. See you now!!! See you next week!!!
#102 Gree-Gree Zoom July 18 , 2022
Michigan’s Pro-Choice Referendum; Grassroots In GA, NC, OR, FL; CA Green New Deal; Bannon’s Fascist Wet Dream
We hear from BRIAN STEINBERG about Michigan’s amazing statewide referenda to win a Constitutional Amendment guaranteeing a woman’s right to control her body, and to make it easier for ordinary citizens to exercise their democratic rights.
An astonishing 750,000+ signatures have been gathered, guaranteeing a sea change in Michigan politics that should be matched throughout the country if the progressive movement was actually awake.
JOEL SEGAL, WILLIE FLEMING, RAY MCCLENDON and ROBERT WILSON then fill us in on the all-important grassroots/relational organizing in North Carolina and Georgia, two states that would swing the entire nation.
Florida’s JIM LANGFORD joins Oregon’s LAWRENCE TAYLOR & SHERRY HEALY to update the Progressive Democrats of America’s work to democratize the Democratic Party.
TATANKA BRICCA then updates us on California’s campaign for a Green New Deal and the desperate attempt to get the horrendous Diablo Canyon shut before it unleashes an apocalyptic cloud killing millions of people and permanently destroying the American ecology and economy.
At the top of the second hour we’re joined by MARK KARLIN, founder/editor of BUZZFLASH.
Mark has broken a mind-boggling expose of Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley’s being poised take control of the country in the absence of Mike Pence.
We then hear from STEVE BANNON in a one-minute clip of his pre-election celebration that DONALD TRUMP was about to abolish elections and make himself king.
This astonishing, unprecedented ranting rivals the Hitler Inner Circle’s celebrations of the burning of the Reichstag.
For anyone who cares about American democracy, this one-hour excursion into the attempted Trump coup is absolutely essential. Don’t miss it.
#101 Gree-Gree Zoom July 11 , 2022
Julian Assange, The Roots Of Roe & The Looming Disaster Of The Diablo Canyon Nukes
We start the GREE-GREE gathering #101 with a remarkable report from DEEPA DRIVER on the torturous treatment of JULIAN ASSANGE. Reporting from London, Deepa gives us a brilliant history of Wikileaks and its astounding impact on the world of internet journalism. She also fills us in on the horrific treatment being criminally imposed on its founder and the courageous willingness to bust official secrecy that he represents.
We then hear from the great DENNIS BERNSTEIN on Henry Hyde and the deeply rooted connections between anti-abortion fascism and the cynical official use of the drug trade. Host of the nationally syndicated FLASHPOINTS news show, which originates at Pacifica’s KPFA in Berkeley, Dennis recounts the vile machinations of the Republican Congressman from Illinois in shaping the cynical Hyde Amendment, which banned the use of public money to fund abortions for those who could not afford them.
The Holier-than-Thou Hyde was of course enmeshed in exactly the kind of extra-marital affair he denounced while working to deprive women of control of their own bodies. With the Reagans, as Dennis tells us, Hyde was also tainted with massive drug imports perpetrated by America’s right-wing clientele.
We end with a deep dive into the horrors of America’s decayed, disastrous atomic reactor fleet, 92 radioactive dinosaurs waiting to explode. TATANKA BRICCA, SCOTT DENMAN, ACE HOFFMAN and others warn that the longer these de facto weapons of mass radioactive suicide continue to operate, the more likely our nation will fall victim to a bona fide apocalypse.
#100 Gree-Gree Zoom June 27, 2022
GEORGIA, GRASSROOTS CAMPAIGNING, PACIFICA RADIO, NUKES V. SOLAR & THE ROE CATASTROPHE
GREE-GREE #100 begins with the great ANDREA MILLER of Center for Common Ground telling us how grassroots organizing and Democracy Centers can make a real difference, and could decide the 2022 election.
She’s joined by STEVE ROSENFELD and RAY MCCLENDON who fill us in on the political realities in the Peach State, including the likelihood of a Trump indictment and what’s needed to save the races for Stacy Abrams and Raphael Warnock in the fall.
JAN GOODMAN then tells us of the hard battles to save democracy at the Pacifica Radio Network, which has been ravaged by a series of stolen elections and insider destruction.
KPFK’s DENNIS BERNSTEIN, host of the legendary Flashpoints Show, adds vital background to the fight over the progressive nation’s most valuable piece of media real estate.
We also hear from TATANKA BRICCA on the California showdown between the lethal madness of the Diablo Canyon nukes vs. the desperate need to protect rooftop solar and a real green revolution.
In the second hour we go to the insane overturn of ROE v. WADE with WENDI LEDERMAN, LYNN FEINERMAN, DANNETT ABBOTT-WICKER and many many more.
We scroll through the moral, ethical, political and spiritual realities of what may be the most critical decision of the decade and what the impacts might be on the apocalyptic upcoming 2022 midterms.
We will be off for July 4. But in the meantime, as the national political scenes shakes and quakes, don’t miss this show.
#99 Gree-Gree Zoom June 20, 2022
ON JUNETEENTH WE VISIT AUSTRALIA, DEFUND THE FASCISTS & SAVE PACIFICA RADIO
We open the GREE-GREE zoom #99 with CLAIRE ATKIN of Check My Ads and its brilliant, cutting-edge campaign to strip internet-based income from fascist media mavens like Steve Bannon.
Launched in early June, Claire’s pathbreaking strategy includes grassroots campaigning against the violent-laced hate-mongering of the extreme right wing.
Claire is followed by LEHMAN WEISCHSELBAUM’s call for whistleblowers to unearth fraud and theft in the 2016 election that put Donald Trump in the White House.
We hear from RAY MCCLENDON, NAACP Political Director for the NAACP in the state of Georgia about the possibility of indicting Trump in Fulton County.
From Australia DR. CAROLYN ORR describes the huge turn-around in parliamentary politics with the unseating of a horrendous anti-environment conservative and the installation of a pro-democracy pro-environment coalition.
In our second hour,
CRISIS AND SOLUTIONS AT THE PACIFICA RADIO NETWORK
We spend a landmark hour examining the extremely critical history and current status of the priceless and irreplaceable Pacifica Radio Network.
We start with the great ALAN MINSKY, long-time KPFK Program Director and current Executive Director of the Progressive Democrats of America.
As only he can, Alan gives us a brilliant overview of how the network has functioned and what its immense political value really can be.
HARVEY WASSERMAN then recounts the tragic assault against the most recent attempt the reform the Pacifica by-laws by a New Day organization that won the popular vote by 55% to 45%, thus mandating the rules change desperately need to save the network.
New Day Pacifica Founder JAN GOODMAN then explains the detail of the by-laws change going forward.
She is joined by New Day supporter MYLA RESON who further explores the realities of this astonishing anti-democracy coup which has cost the progressive movement its most powerful broadcast voice.
If you believe the progressive movement needs a democratically elected and run broadcast network, don’t miss this vital discussion.
That full hour of detailed discussion can be found at https://youtu.be/keAkQycl7Bg?t=3865 .
GREE-GREE #100 on June 27 will go deep into Georgia to learn if Fulton County will indict Trump, and whether the “Georgia Miracle” can be repeated in the fall.
#98 Gree-Gree Zoom June 13, 2022
A NEW PROGRESSIVE COALITION & A DEEP DIVE INTO THE JANUARY 6 HEARINGS
Our 98th GREE-GREE (Green Grassroots Emergency Election Protection Coalition) Zoom starts with a critical new progressive alliance and culminates at the January 6 Hearings.
We begin with TATANKA BRICCA who introduces us to DREW GLOVER, the charismatic new Executive Director of the National Progressive Action Coalition.
Drew explains to us in riveting in-depth detail how the NPAC will at last draw the left out of its silos and into the kind of unified political campaigning our country so desperately needs.
We then hear from ROGER HALLAM in England about the Extinction Rebellion and the huge demonstrations they’ve led in Great Britain.
In our second hour we’re joined by the legendary TV / documentary producer DAVID SALTMAN who gives us the insider’s overview of the first night of the January 6 hearings.
David is joined by our legendary co-convenor JOEL SEGAL and by DENNIS BERNSTEIN, nationally syndicated host of KPFA’s FLASHPOINTS.
Brilliant commentary also comes from our listenership, as always, including WENDI LEDERMAN, DR. RUTH STRAUSS, LYNN FEINERMAN, DANNETT ABBOTT-WICKER, MYLA RESON and many more.
We will follow in Zoom #99 with more vital analysis of the 1/6 coup. Join us!!
#97 Gree-Gree Zoom June 6, 2022
DANNY SHEEHAN & BRYNN TANNEHILL SOUND THE WARNINGS
Our latest masterful Green Grassroots Emergency Election Protection (GREE-GREE) gathering is powered by two great observer/activists in the devastating miasma that has become the American political scene.
BRYNN TANNEHILL takes us through the dire straits we face in the electoral process as laid out in her book AMERICAN FASCISM. It takes root especially with gerrymandering scams completely gutting our democracy. The GOP advantage in the US Senate skews 7% toward the Republican Party, which is now an overt fascist juggernaut. And that’s just a small part of the internal authoritarian cancer that’s sending our nation toward dictatorship.
In our second hour, the great DANNY SHEEHAN gives us a tutorial on the legal and other challenges we face in hanging on to the last shards of our democracy. With his unique, incredibly extensive understanding of the legal system, the Indigenous community, the environmental issue and much more, Danny’s time with us is absolutely essential to understanding where we must go to survive.
Along the way, we hear from CHUCK O’NEAL about a legal victory (!) for the environment; from TATANKA BRICCA about the battle for renewables and against nuclear power in California; from PAT MARIDA about the Ohio’s insane attempt to revive nuclear power, and much more.
We also hear from our great GREE-GREE stalwarts about a wide variety of critical issues, including the Alaska Congressional candidacy of SANTA CLAUS for the US House, in competition with Sarah Palin, THE WICKED WITCH OF THE NORTH. We hope you are among the hard activist core we now need so much to survive. Please do JOIN US in this call and in our upcoming zooms.
#96 Gree-Gree Zoom May 23, 2022
CELEBRATING OUR VICTORIES WHILE FACING FASCISM
Our 95th Green Grassroots Election Protection (GREE-GREE) zoom begins with celebrations of the shut-down of Michigan’s Palisades nuclear plant and the ouster of Australia’s awful right-wing anti-Earth prime minister.
TATANKA BRICCA embraces new labor union support for Green New Deal legislation as it proceeds in California.
We also honor Russian diplomat BORIS BONDAROV for his enormously courageous denunciation of dictator Putin’s fascist assault on the people of Ukraine.
MIKE HERSH and STEVE ROSENFELD give us the rundown on key primary races, including Pennsylvania and Oregon.
CAROLYN HARDING updates the insanity of gerrymandering in Ohio and her own expulsion from the State House…also known as the Hall of the Living Dead.
LYNN BERNSTEIN and JOHN BRAKEY update their own expulsions from the parking lot (!) of the election center in Wake County, North Carolina, along with commentary from JOEL SEGAL.
JULIE WEINER and LULU FRIESDAT report on major confrontations over voting machines and other election issues in New York.
PAT MARIDA explains the latest pro-nuke push in Ohio.
WENDI LEDERMAN and NICK VASQUEZ report from Florida about election and climate issues.
As for the 800-pound-gorilla ROE v. WADE, we hear from MARY BUTLER, ERIC LAZARUS, DOROTHY REIK and others.
We will be off for Memorial Day but will be joined the week after by DAN SHEEHAN and others to dig deeper into women’s rights and their potential impact on the 2022 mid-terms.
See you then.
#95 Gree-Gree Zoom May 16, 2022
The Puritan Assault on Women & Individual Rights
Our brilliant, intense, path-breaking hour-long exploration of the imminent demise of Roe v. Wade is led by the great Christian Nunes, President of the National Organization for Women.
Christian’s incisive, uncompromising view of this latest Puritan attack on women sets the tone for an important examination of Calvinist fascism and its heartless autocracy, especially as they come with the race-based slaughter of 10 African-Americans in Buffalo.
As this 95th Green Grassroots Emergency Election Protection (GREE-GREE) zoom unfolds, we also discuss the INDIGENOUS ORIGINALISM of thousands of years of tribal law in which a woman’s ability to control her own body was never questioned.
In the course of our discussion we hear further from MARY BUTLER-STONEWALL, CHARLOTTE DENNETT, DENNIS BERNSTEIN, JOEL SEGAL, NEIL PENN, DR. RUTH STRAUSS, MICHAEL BRACKNEY and many more.
JULIE WEINER tells us about the fight over voting machines in New York, which has also had big news about Gerrymandering.
SUSAN PYNCHON reports on the incredible battles in North Carolina over voting rights, and in Arizona over the “Brakey Bill” which protects and archives electronic ballots for the first time in US history.
We further hear from TIM WHITE, ERIC LAZARUS, WENDI LEDERMAN, JEFFREY BARKHDUL, SUE DORFMAN, RAY LUTZ and many more great activists and commentators.
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#94 Gree-Gree Zoom May 9, 2022
WILL ROE TURN AMERICA UPSIDE-DOWN? WILL WE GET BURNED OFF THE EARTH?
The medieval demand that women be denied power over their own bodies has prompted one of GREE-GREE’s most powerful zooms ever.
Beginning with the great MIMI KENNEDY, we said through a full hour of powerful discussion about what the back-stabbing assault on Roe v. Wade really means and how it will affect our upcoming elections.
Plunging to the core of this horrific landmark, we also hear from LYNN FEINERMAN, DR. RUTH STRAUSS, MARY STONEWALL-BUTLER, MYLA RESON, WENDI LEDERMAN, JOEL SEGAL, JUSTIN LEBLANC, JULIE WEINER, ERIC LAZARUS, NANCY NIPARKO, TATANKA BRICCA and more.
We then get a devastating report from climate scientist DR. CAROLYN ORR on the killer impacts of global warming and the pollution of our air.
RON LEONARD updates on the grid in Puerto Rico, just recently the subject of an in-depth energy report in the New York Times.
Next week, we do yet another full hour on Roe, this time with the great CHRISTIAN NUNES of the National Organization for Women. See you then!!!
#93 Gree-Gree Zoom May 2, 2022
GREEN CALIFORNIA, PROTECTED BALLOTS in AZ, A NATIONAL SUMMIT, STUDENT DEBT, TX/OH/NY
This brilliant marathon GREE-GREE #93 takes us first to a Green California with TATANKA BRICCA and BEN EICHERT.
We then spend an astonishing 40 minutes with JOHN BRAKEY & KEN BENNETT discussing major new legislation proposed in Arizona to protect the ballots and establish a digital image library to guarantee maximum accountability. Should it pass this could become the first such bill to pass anywhere in the US.
JOEL SEGAL takes our third section into the realm of a nationwide strategy for grassroots elections to be launched at a national summit zoom on June 11.
We also hear from ANTHONY GUTIERREZ of Common Cause about the horrors of race-based disenfranchisement in TX.
JULIE WIENER explains some welcome reforms in NY.
ERIC LAZARUS introduces an in-depth analysis of the economic benefits of cancelling student debt.
Congressional candidate PETER MATHEWS tells us of a “lost” campaign mailer.
RACHEL COYLE updates us on the insanity in Gerrymandered Ohio, with a nod to Florida from SUSAN PYNCHON & WENDI LEDERMAN.
This two-hour deep dive into democratizing our energy & elections is not to be missed!!!
#92 Gree-Gree Zoom April 25, 2022
VIOLENCE v. ELECTION WORKERS & OHIO MADNESS w. NINA TURNER et. al.
Our action-packed GREE-GREE #92 begins with a devastating view from JOEL SEGAL of violence being perpetrated against poll workers, a direct assault on our democracy.
We hear from HAL GINSBERG of Our Revolution on the move to prevent 1/6 Insurrectionists from taking over Congress at the polls.
PAT MARIDA of Ohio fills us in on the state’s pro-nuke scam, while TATANKA BRICCA and RON LEONARD update us on the war against rooftop solar.
Then the legendary NINA TURNER tells of her race to represent Cleveland in the US Congress.
Ohio’s RACHEL COYLE explains the insane Gerrymandering disaster there, while NICOLE SANDLER and WENDI LEDERMAN do the same from Florida.
We also hear from election protection greats JOHN BRAKEY and MIMI KENNEDY.
This is a completely jammed two hours. Don’t miss it!
#91 Gree-Gree Zoom April 18, 2022
SAVING AMERICA WITH GRASSROOTS CAMPAIGNS IN 2022 AND 2024; SAVING ROOFTOP SOLAR AS WELL
With the great ANDREA MILLER and JOEL SEGAL our GREE-GREE gathering #91 dives into the realties of grassroots campaigning.
While the major parties will blow tens of millions on TV advertising, we saw in Georgia 2021 how effective “relational campaigning” can be.
Andrea reveals the realities of a Democratic Party dependent on a foreign-owned data company, and unwilling to do the nitty-gritty work of getting on the ground.
If a right-wing wipe-out is to be avoided, democracy centers and door-to-door tactics will be key.
TATANKA BRICCA, WENDI LEDERMAN and RON LEONARD then fill us in on the war against rooftop solar. Anti-green moves in CA and FL are now at the cutting edge.
Join us to save both our democracy & our planet!!
#90 Election Protection Apr. 11, 2022
GERRYMANDERED MADNESS & A GREEN ENERGY FUTURE
Utter chaos in Ohio’s gerrymandering war and the California’s big green shift define our GREE-GREE zoom #90.
We are now officially the GREEN GRASSROOTS EMERGENCY ELECTION PROTECTION Coalition. Saving the planet is inseparable from saving our elections.
Today’s amazing gathering deals with the blood war over Ohio’s Congressional and Legislative districts, now being sabotaged by a GOP determined to trash the will of the Buckeye State as expressed by two popular referenda demanding a fair districting process.
We hear from COMMON CAUSE, the LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS, INDIVISIBLE and more on a battle that could determine control of the US House, the Ohio Legislature and thus our future. JOEL SEGAL fills us in on the Constitutional legalities.
ANDREA MILLER briefs us on grassroots organizing for 2022.
Then we hear from TATANKA BRICCA and SARA NELSON and more on fight to take California—and thus the United States and the world—to green power. WENDI LEDERMAN fills in from Florida.
This is a powerful, packed excursion in the election and energy democracy. Don’t miss it!
#89 Election Protection Apr. 4, 2022
BISI / AMARIS: Massive Change Network
#88 Election Protection Mar. 27, 2022
SPECTACULAR GRASSROOTS ACTIVIST SUMMIT
This week’s show is rooted in our monumental March 27 Summit in Santa Monica.
On a warm, sunny southern California Day, dozens of local activists gathered to meet and hear brilliant movers and shakers from throughout the nation.
The program was zoomed to the Progressive Democrats of America and the Grassroots Emergency Election Protection Coalition. Speakers included:
MIMI KENNEDY, PDA, “Mom” “Dharma and Greg” “Midnight in Paris”
DOLORES HUERTA, Legendary Organizer
ALAN MINSKY, Progressive Dems of America
CHRISTIAN NUNES, Prez, Ntl. Organization. for Women
JOEL SEGAL, Author, Affordable Care Act
MENNA DEMASSIE, Congressional Black Caucus
TATANKA BRICCA, Green California, Amnesty USA
JAN GOODMAN, New Day Pacifica
DAN SHEEHAN, Iran-Contra, Indigenous Right
SARA NELSON, Silkwood, Romero Institute
DOROTHY REIK: Progressive Dems Santa Monica Mtns
JOHN BRAKEY: auditelectionsusa.org
JULIE LEVINE, 5G-Free California
Prof. PETER MATHEWS, “Dollar Democracy”
LIBBE HALEVY, Nuclear Hot Seat
LINDE HOUCK, Actors’ Gang
ANKUR PATEL, Progressive
MYLA RESON, KPFK Local Station Board
Convened by Harvey Wasserman, this historic event will live on as a major turning point. Don’t miss it.
#87 Election Protection Mar. 21, 2022
CIVIC DUTY VOTING, CHAOS IN TEXAS, INSANITY IN OHIO
Our GREEP zoom #87 leaps into the issue of Civic Duty Voting with the great MILES RAPOPORT, former Secretary of State of Connecticut.
Miles has served as president of Common Cause and Demos. He is most recently the co-author, with E.J. DIONNE, of 100% Democracy being published this week by New Press.
Miles’s discussion of universal mandatory voting is groundbreaking and fascinating. He’s a great presenter and his hour with us is utterly riveting.
We then hear from MYLA RESON and election protection activists SUSAN YOUNG and TERRI BURKE about the major challenges facing voters in Texas. Leading that agenda is a brutal race for Attorney-General, where a grassroots victory could be a game-changer nationwide.
We follow with an astounding dive into the unreal rabbit hole that is Ohio. As we hear from RACHEL COYLE, DAVID DEWITT and STEVE CARUSO, GOP fanatics have trashed public mandates to draw fair and balanced districts for upcoming elections for the state legislature and US Congress.
The result is that Ohio does not have Congressional districts or state Legislative districts with which conduct a primary election. It would be hard to invent a wackier debacle. STAY TUNED!!!
#86 Election Protection Mar. 14, 2022
DEMOCRACY IN CHAINS FORGED BY MONEY IN POLITICS
At this 86th zoom session of the Grassroots Emergency Election Protection Coalition we are joined by activist NICOLE DVORAK who has pioneered powerful new means of tracking the purchase of politicians by giant corporations. Nicole’s work offers a roadmap for building the critical data base needed to expose exactly how our democracy is being destroyed by big money.
We also proudly host NANCY MACLEAN of Duke University, whose landmark DEMOCRACY IN CHAINS digs deep into the destruction of our essential government structured by a greedy Uber-rich class of fascists and autocrats who threaten us all. Nancy is interviewed by the great Tatanka Bricca, whose detailed knowledge of what plagues our electoral system sets a critical framework from a truly unique discussion.
Central Ohio’s STEVE CARUSO also reports on the insane attempts of the Ohio Republican Party to sabotage efforts to draw fair representational districts in the Buckeye State. Those assaults have been shockingly resisted by Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor of the Ohio Supreme Court in one of the great sagas of actual courage in American politics.
Unless we find more of it, this nation is doomed.
#85 Election Protection Feb. 28, 2022
Gerrymandering Gone WILD…Killing Solar…Ukraine Nukes
We hear first from Pennsylvania, where citizen action has won a massive victory over some of the worst excesses of gerrymandering.
We then hear from Ohio where Chief Justice Maureen O’Hara has single-handedly stopped a GOP hijacking of the districting process.
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Ohio Supreme Court postpones contempt hearing with Gov. DeWine, secretary of state, others…
In addition to the postponement, the court issued a schedule for those who want to object to the third set of maps. The plaintiffs must file their objections by 9 a.m. Monday. The commission has until Thursday to respond.
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#84 Election Protection Feb. 21, 2022
GERRYMANDERING CATASTROPHE, 5G & UBIQUITY UNIVERSITY
We start our Grassroots Emergency Election Protection Zoom #84 with the amazing network UBIQUITY UNIVERSITY, founded by JIM GARRISON, with GEORGE CAPPANNELLI and SHELLY ALCORN.
This HUGE global network offers the opportunity to link pro-democracy work throughout the globe.
Our deep dive into Gerrymandering features great, powerful organizers such as JENNIFER ROBERTS, ROBERT WILSON, JUDITH WHITMER, RAY MCCLENDON, MYLA RESON, DENNIS BERNSTEIN, RUTH STRAUSS, TATANKA BRICCA & many more fighting at the core of this life/death issue.
In Ohio, North Carolina, Nevada, Texas, Wisconsin and elsewhere, the mess of our election maps has moved the US to the level of a failed state.
Without a solution to this horrifying problem our democracy cannot survive.
We also hear from Julie Levine and Julian Gesser on the desperate dilemma of fighting life-threatening 5G, now being foisted on the entire nation.
Don’t miss this incredibly vital, powerful & important gathering.
Ukraine War: 15 More Chernobyls?
#83 Election Protection Feb. 14, 2022
EVICTING OUR ELDERS WHILE STEALING OUR ELECTIONS
We’re joined by the great BILL LUEDERS, editor of the Progressive Magazine.
Bill shares the riveting, deeply disturbing tale of the eviction of this 90-something mother from her home of many years.
The shocking greed and hard-heartedness is reflected in the Trump/Bannon assault on our elections, as told by JOEL SEGAL.
We hear from HAL GINSBURG of Our Revolution about their work banning traitors from elected office.
Folks in Philadelphia and Ohio update us about the Gerrymandering debacles ruining our government.
TATANKA BRICCA also illuminates the fight in California, where progress has been made on both democracy & renewable energy.
All-in-all, it’s yet another powerful conversation among truly great activists. Don’t miss it!!
#82 Election Protection Feb. 7, 2022
GERRYMANDERING FIGHT BACK & RIGHT-WING TERROR
We start our Grassroots Emergency Election Protection Zoom #82 by celebrating a major victory for solar energy in California, and with Arizona’s GOP-led refusal to gut the electoral process there.
Though sane Republicans are an endangered species, there seem to be enough in some states to fight for our democracy.
We’re then joined by the great JENNIFER ROBERTS of the Carter Center to discuss serious push-back against partisan gerrymandering.
Unfortunately, we receive news curing the zoom that the US Supreme Court has refused to uphold an Alabama Supreme Court decision throwing out that states horrific partisan re-districting. But it’s a provisional ruling, so there’s hope.
We’re then led by the great JOEL SEGAL in an in-depth discussion of how to fight back against the Trump/Bannon fascist coup being staged now in the US.
We’re also joined by HAL GINSBERG of Our Revolution, TATANKA BRICCA from the Romero Institute, MIKE HERSH from Progressive Democrats of America and many powerful others.
With comments from our numerous great participants, we face the reality of the desperate need for a national grassroots campaign to save what’s left of our democracy.
The stakes could not be higher. Be part of the solution!!!!
#81 Election Protection Jan. 31, 2022
GETTING TO GRASSROOTS ELECTION PROTECTION
Our GREEP call #81 features two great grassroots organizers, WILLIE FLEMING of North Carolina, and RAY MCCLENDON of the Atlanta NAACP.
Together they cover the desperate need for on-the-group relational organizing with Democracy Centers and trained activists pouring into the election process.
As Steve Bannon has pledge to “take over elections” with fascist at every precinct, the pro-democracy movement must rally grassroots organizers and activists to make sure the forces of violent intimidation do not turn our elections.
Ray is co-author of the key book on the GEORGIA WAY which explains in first-person interviews and professional detail how two US Senate seats were won in Georgia on January 5, 2021, changing everything.
This monumental task is aided by EMILY LEVY and her Scrutineers organization, which trains democracy activists in how to navigate becoming a poll worker, where all the difference will be made.
US Senate candidate PETE PECKARSKY explains from Wisconsin two critical lawsuits he has filed to protection elections there from being nullified in 2022 and 2024.
We also hear from JOHN BRAKEY and RAY LUTZ about breaking developments in Arizona.
As the assault on every corner of what remains of our tattered democracy, these are critical piece of our survival. Don’t miss them!
#80 Election Protection Jan. 23, 2022
PDA / GREEP TOWN HALL TO SAVE AMERICAN DEMOCRACY
In the face of the Trump Cult’s fascist assault on American democracy, the Grassroots Emergency Election Protection Coalition has joined with the Progressive Democrats of America to present a uniquely powerful and comprehensive town hall.
The meeting—which drew more than 300 citizen participants—featured more than two dozen top-of-the-line intellectuals, organizers and activists offering their brilliance and their guidance on election protection.
We open with actress/activist MIMI KENNEDY and PDA Executive Director ALAN MINSKY with their deep insights into the forces attacking the remnants of our republic.
We’re then joined by ANDREA MILLER and RAY MCCLENDON, creators of the crucial “Georgia Way,” which against all conceivable odds turned two US Senate seats in Georgia to progressive campaigners who unseated Mitch McConnell.
They are followed by an astounding line-up of key players in saving American democracy, including: REV. RODNEY SADLER, CHRISTIAN NUNES, MIKE FOX, TATONKA BRICCA, SARA NELSON, DANNY SHEEHAN, LORI PESANTE, ROBERT WILSON, JAMES FUKUDA, DANNY GOLDBERG, KENNY BRUNO, JOHN BRAKEY and JAN GOODMAN.
Nowhere in recent US history has there been such a powerful confluence of key grassroots pro-democracy organizers and thinkers. If you care about protecting our nation from a Trump Cult fascist take-over, do not miss this broadcast!!!
Preceded by the weekly PDA Sunday meeting, 4 PM ET/ 1 PT
Grassrootsep meeting every Monday 5 PM ET/ 2 PM PT
#79 Election Protection Jan. 17, 2022
VOTING RIGHTS BILLS UNDER ATTACK ON MLK DAY…AND A PLAN TO FIGHT BACK On
Martin Luther King Day we confront the horrendous blitzkrieg against voting rights and the future of American democracy.
At this GREEP ZOOM #79, we begin with the Ohio Supreme Court’s welcome overturn of a horrendous gerrymandering travesty.
We get a report from MAYOR JENNIFER ROBERTS on the battle for voter rights in North Carolina and the work of the Carter Center.
We hear about Wisconsin’s outrageous denial of drop boxes and the ability of voters to send in their ballots with family members.
We hear from JENNIFER TANNER, TATONKA BRICCA, WENDI LIEDERMAN and RON LEONARD about the attack on solar in CA, FL and throughout the country.
We hear from MYLA RESON on the denial of democracy at the Pacifica Radio Network.
Then the great Constitutional attorney JOEL SEGAL presents the idea of a Presidential Executive Order to implement the voting rights acts.
This extremely powerful, detailed, critically important discussion on how to preserve our democracy should not be missed.
#78 Grassroots Election Protection Jan. 10, 2022
GETTING GRANULAR ON GRASSROOTS ELECTION PROTECTION WHILE WINNING ARIZONA
Today’s GREEP zoom #78 features a smack-down focus on the nitty-gritty grassroots realities of getting into our election boards and making sure the Steve Bannon fascists don’t seize control of our democracy and burn it outright.
With TATONKA BRICCA, DANNY SHEEHAN, RAY MCCLENDON, LORI PESANTE and many more, we dig deep into exactly what we need to do to stop the election apparatus from being stolen.
We hear of great work being done in California, Georgia and elsewhere, with a clear eye toward what our focus must be for the coming year.
We also hear from JOHN BRAKEY and RAY LUTZ about the culmination of their amazing work in Arizona.
This week’s confirmation by the county of Maricopa and the state of Arizona that the grifter Cyber Ninjas demanding a pro-Trump recount were miles off-based is embodied in a 90+page report burying forever the idea that The Donald might’ve won that election.
This powerful, content-laden exploration of what pro-democracy forces face in 2022 sets the stage for how our movement must work if we are to emerge with something other than a Bannonite dictatorship. JOIN US!!!