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There is no discrimination and the only goal is peace.
Discussions and things to do for people who want to work toward a more peaceful reality.
Please scroll down to learn more about #ProtectiveOurVote2020, how you can make a difference by taking action or donating.
Take a picture, to build awareness, for social media posts (print out photo below).
Also, if you would like to read words from Nonpartisan Peace’s first campaign on behalf of Net Neutrality by Jennifer Elster and Gloria Steinem scroll to the bottom of the page.
But right now the focus is:
#ProtectOurVote2020 CALL TO ACTION:
To maintain a healthy democracy, we need evidence based elections in the U.S. Fortunately, we know how to validate the results of an election, even one that has been hacked. But in order to do that, we need to reform our voting technology and some of our voting laws and procedures.
Here is what we need:
1. Voter hand marked paper ballots everywhere;
2. A strong chain of custody of those ballots for each step;
3. Rigorous post-election ballot audits (called Risk Limiting Audits) that check the machines that tabulate the paper ballots before the election results are finalized;
4. The capability to conduct a full manual recount if significant tabulation problems are uncovered.
If we do not have a paper (Voter Hand Marked Paper Ballot) to cross check the digital vote we will have no way of tracking if the machine was hacked.
What can you do?
CALL FOR ACTION to #ProtectOurVote2020:
Call the election officials in the states where they have paperless voting machines, such States as Kansas, Kentucky, Indiana, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas, and request Voter Hand Marked Paper Ballots, a chain of custody, audits and the ability to do a full recount if problems are uncovered.
How do you do that?
Go to https://www.verifiedvoting.org/verifier/ . That will bring up a map of the US. You can either click on a state on the map or select a state from the pull down window on the upper left hand side.
Walking through an example, suppose you choose Pennsylvania. That will take you to https://www.verifiedvoting.org/verifier/#year/2018/state/42 . On the upper right hand side, you'll see a box with info about PA, including names and contacts of the key statewide election officials.
Next, you can choose a county in PA, either by clicking on the PA map or by using the pull down window on the upper left hand side. Suppose you choose Bucks County, which is https://www.verifiedvoting.org/verifier/#year/2018/state/42/county/17 . You'll see that the entire state map is white aside from a bit on the right hand side of the map, which is brown. That's Bucks County. It's brown because folks there are voting on paperless voting machines, called Direct Recording Electronic or DREs. In addition, there is a box on the right hand side that contains info about Bucks Co, including the name and contact info of the chief election official there.
Call them and ask them to Protect Our Vote 2020 !
Does that make sense? I know it's annoying to do, but will be so worth your while.
The above call to action information was provided by Barbra Simons of Verfied Voting. If you don’t feel like calling, consider making a donation to Verified Voting now!
Also, there are social media materials below if you would like to spread the word online or protest.
Social Media for action #ProtectOurVote2020
Print out below sign and take a picture with the sign and spread awareness in your community and on your social media outlets..
“Please print the following image on the Landscape setting from your printer so that the letters are big. Also, it is good to not cover the hashtag with your fingers (which I have done several times). In order to safeguard our election it will take all of us to spread the word among our communities.
There is one simple message of awareness that needs to be raised which is: Don’t Let Our Elections Get Hacked and join this initiative for a safe and fair election.”
— Jennifer Elster June 26 2019
#ProtectOurVote2020 Social Media
For social media and/or circulation please use the #ProtectOurVote2020 hashtag, and if you’d like you can download the following images with wording.
“Naomi Klein, Laurie Anderson and myself care about #ProtectOurVote2020
Join the initiative to safeguard our election systems from being hacked by getting involved.
Securing our election systems is crucial for America and the worlds well being and the cause needs you:
CALL TO ACTION use downloadable social media posts for upload, and/or if you would like please print the sign and take a picture of yourself holding it up (just as we did) and say something like:
Don’t let our 2020 election be hacked: #ProtectOurVote2020 and join the initiative for a safe and fair election.
If this isn’t your bag consider making a donation to VerifiedVoting.org an organization devoted to securing our election systems.
So let’s spread the word!”
—Jennifer Elster June 26, 2019
“Thank you to my friend Chief Perry of the Ramapough Lenape Nation for supporting the #ProtectOurVote2020 initiative to safeguard our election systems against hacking.
CALL TO ACTION visit link in bio to find downloadable #social #media posts you can upload, or if you prefer you can print the materials and take a picture of yourself holding it up (just as we did) and say something like:
Don’t let our election be hacked: #ProtectOurVote2020 and join the initiative for a safe and fair election.
If we don’t do this collectively, all efforts on behalf of campaigns will be a waste of time. This is urgent!
And special congrats to Chief Perry for recently receiving the Radical #Leadership #Award from the Center of Constitutional Rights for his staunch activism on behalf of Native American rights.
—Jennifer Elster June 25, 2019
May 5th, 2019
For social media and/or circulation please use the #ProtectOurVote2020 hashtag, and if you’d like you can download the following images:
An important time, as any so far, to donate to Stacey Abrams.
August 1, 2018
"Kicked back with Bobby Joe on the back roads, talking history of the Civil War and the Battle of Rich Mountain in Randolph County, West Virginia. Spent the day in the town where the second battle in the Civil War occurred and was won by the Union.
I'm having a most incredible time, but I never lose sight that tension is tight in America.
And as I always say (and many can't fathom – yet), the extreme division in this country makes another civil war actually possible."
Bobby Joe and I never exchanged which political party we belonged to.
And we lost a fight that will bite us for a very long time. Net Neutrality.
May 16, 2018
The Senate voted to restore Net Neutrality. This is a victory. Now it's time to take the vote to the house!
May 14, 2018
"The South needs diverse leadership to broaden their mentality. Stacey Abrams is campaigning to become the first female, black Governor... in Georgia! She lays it out. Her family grew up poor in the Deep South, her brother was a heroin addict and has been locked up several times, she herself has her own financial debt to the government, and yet she still managed to problem solve her way through. Stacey graduated from Yale and has been the House Minority Leader for the Georgia General Assembly for seven years. I'm giving her a hug here because I heard a woman's voice who cares and who understands how to get in there and fix social issues. I don't agree on every topic with her, but I see her as an important and qualified force to make a change for better in America. Take a moment to donate to her campaign by going to StaceyAbrams.com.
Even if you give five dollars. Give to altering the nasty course we have been on in this country and #support her campaign. I did. It will make you feel better about your day."
– Jennifer Elster
Get behind Stacey Abrams for governor of Georgia and donate to her campaign NOW.
May 9, 2018
May 4, 2018
Get behind Stacey Abrams for governor of Georgia and donate to her campaign NOW. I believe she has the heart and the determined ability to make an important difference in the South. This is the immediate type of change that is needed.
April 10, 2018
Call or Tweet Congress to save Net Neutrality. Check the scoreboard for who is for and against Net Neutrality and TAKE ACTION NOW: https://www.battleforthenet.com/scoreboard/
February 23, 2018
ONLINE PROTEST FEBRUARY 27th.
TAKE ACTION NOW to raise awareness that we only need #OneMoreVote
The FCC published the final notice of the repeal in the Federal Register, which starts a 60-day clock until the rules are removed. The effective date for the repeal is April 23. The publication of the repeal in the Federal Register is an important procedural milestone because it sets into motion a countdown for challenging the rule change.
The online protest on February 27 is called Operation: #OneMoreVote and is organized to get that final vote we need.
TAKE ACTION. Do not lose endurance:
Protest and Tag #OneMoreVote on February 27th online.
Call Congress at the US Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 (an operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you request).
Text MISSION to 384-387 to contact Congress and stop the FCC.
Easily email Congress here.
Visit your lawmaker’s office sometime between 12:00pm-1:00pm on February 27th and encourage your lawmaker to be an Internet hero by supporting the congressional effort to save Net Neutrality.
FIND WHO TO CONTACT:
#OneMoreVote campaign is ultra important!
Make your mark online
ONLINE PROTEST MATERIALS HERE:
YOU CAN DRAG AND DROP THE ARTWORK ONTO YOUR DESKTOP AND PRINT FOR A PROTEST:
Original artwork by Jennifer Elster
January 9, 2018
"Continue to stand up for
aka our ability
in an open internet to
fight injustice" – Jennifer Elster
"A Senate bill that would reverse the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to repeal Net Neutrality received its 30th co-sponsor on Monday, ensuring it will receive a vote on the Senate floor." The Hill, read more:
December 28, 2017
Sign petition for Congress to use the Congressional Review Act to overturn the FCC's repeal of Net Neutrality.
Sign the petition NOW!
December 14, 2017
The Federal Communications Commission has repealed Net Neutrality. Congress can still overrule this FCC vote!!
Do not lose endurance. Call Congress at the US Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. An operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you request, or text BATTLE to 384-387 to contact Congress.
December 1, 2017
(Updated December 11, 2017)
Gloria Steinem and I have come together to stand up for Net Neutrality (read below).
What is Net Neutrality? Net neutrality is the principle that ISPs (Internet Service Providers) like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon must not discriminate or favor any particular content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication. Internet service providers are prohibited from intentionally blocking, slowing down or charging specific websites, and online content to reach consumers faster.
Gloria and I have written the following text, suggest the following actions, and hope you will take this topic as seriously as we do.
"DEMOCRACY = NET NEUTRALITY
PROTECT OUR INTERNET FREEDOM
DON’T LET THE FCC DENY OUR RIGHTS
JUSTICE DELAYED IS NOT JUSTICE: SPEECH DELAYED IS NOT FREE
Are you afraid of losing your online freedom? You should be. The FCC is about to repeal the rules of Net Neutrality by a vote on December 14th. Here are some actions that can save our internet freedom:
Removing Net Neutrality will allow ISPs to impose a class infrastructure online, dividing the haves from the have nots. The internet will have a tiered payment plan for the online content and services you create, use and love: fees for fast lanes will leave behind those that are unable to afford the extra charges. Imagine walking on certain sidewalks only if you pay. That is the way ISP's will be able to distance the less powerful forever. Large businesses will eat small businesses -- and with no legal recourse. Even big business now has limits of monopoly. In cyberspace, it will have none.
Without Net Neutrality, ISPs will be able control the speed and quality with which certain information reaches you, thus curating the content of your online life. The independent voices of small media outlets, of people in need, and of protesters could be stifled if they are in conflict with the agenda or bottom line of the ISP. Their content could be blocked altogether. As bad as the news is, it is far worse to not know what is really going on. Our safety and our democracy are at stake.
Repealing Net Neutrality is a threat to both our freedom of speech and our ability to read and hear the speech of others. The internet was created as an open space, unlike cable TV. Without Net Neutrality, it could turn into slums and gated communities.
Do you want corporations curating everything you hear, read and see? This is already a problem given the power of advertising -- of ads that reward the number of clicks, not the accuracy of the content. To repeal Net Neutrality could be the equivalent of giving most people pencils while the rich are on satellites.
Net Neutrality preserves our democracy online -- the place many and perhaps most people in the world now talk to each other. We are also divided by illiteracy, no electricity, water scarcity, and much more. Don't let the FCC destroy our major way of fighting injustice."
WHAT YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW:
1. BattleForTheNet.com has made it fast and simple to email and call your Senators and Representatives. ACT NOW. Do both!
Let the FCC know that they are threatening our very democracy by proposing the abolishment of Net Neutrality.
2. Email members of FCC whose current position is to repeal Net Neutrality.
Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov ASK AJIT PAI TO REMOVE THE NET NEUTRALITY REPEAL FROM THE DECEMBER MEETING.
Email them: (subject could be) DO NOT REPEAL NET NEUTRALITY. NET NEUTRALITY = DEMOCRACY. (email can contain) BY REMOVING THE RULES OF NET NEUTRALITY, YOU ARE TAKING AWAY OUR RIGHTS AND THREATENING OUR DEMOCRACY. THIS THREAT TO OUR DEMOCRACY IS FAR GREATER THAN WHAT YOU ARE CURRENTLY COMPREHENDING. YOU MUST VOTE FOR NET NEUTRALITY NOT NET DISCRIMINATION. IT IS IMPORTANT FOR ALL OF US.
3. FIND A PROTEST NEAR YOU: https://events.battleforthenet.com/
YOU CAN DRAG AND DROP THE ARTWORK ONTO YOUR DESKTOP AND PRINT FOR A PROTEST:
Original artwork by Jennifer Elster: