Peaceful Protest = Creating Chaos?

Ok I think we’ve finally entered silly season here folks. For a guy who got his big start by making a speech at an anti-war rally a few years back (a speech he seems to have built his entire campaign around), this statement by his campaign about this Saturday’s protest at the DNC meeting in DC does really fly in the face of reason.

Apparently, one of his senior campaign managers (David Plouffe) told reporters during a recent presser that he didn’t “think its a helpful dynamic to create chaos” at this meeting.

So let me get this straight… he hits the national scene by making a speech at a rally, but now we’re not supposed to lobby for voting rights?

Does anyone else see a serious disconnect in what Plouffe is saying here?

Well the folks who’re helping to organize this chaotic dynamic (you know – the rally for voting rights?) have a few words to say in response to Plouffe’s load of horse-pucky. Take a look…

WOMENCOUNT PAC responds to Obama campaign’s accusations of “creating chaos” at Saturday rally

San Francisco, CA May 29, 2008 – WomenCount PAC strongly denounces the Obama campaign’s claim that a planned rally before the DNC Rules Committee on Saturday is intended to “create chaos” and underscores that the event represents voters from more than 30 states gathering to stand up for the future of our country.

“We are coming to fight for a better world for our children and our grandchildren,” said Susie Tompkins Buell, a founding member of WomenCount PAC. “So much is at stake in this election and we will not be accused of creating chaos when we are standing up for the democratic principle that every vote counts.”

WomenCount PAC is a partner in the Count Every Vote ’08 rally planned for Saturday, May 31st at the Marriott Wardman Hotel in Washington, D.C. The goal of the rally is to support the counting of every vote cast in Michigan and Florida.

In issuing this press release, the PAC is reacting to a comment made by Obama campaign manager David Plouffe who told reporters on Wednesday, “We don’t think it’s a helpful dynamic to create chaos” outside of the DNC meeting.

“We invited the Obama supporters to join with us in our efforts. It is Senator Obama who continually speaks for raising our voices together and returning to the core democratic principles that formed this country,” said Karen Feldman, the spokesperson for the Count Every Vote Rally ’08 committee. “Wasn’t it Senator Obama who recently called for a change in Washington DC saying that every voice must count?”

“This is a civil rally aimed at exercising our first amendment right to free speech,” said Rosemary Camposano, communications director for WomenCount PAC. “We believe strongly that the principles of our democracy are being compromised by having lawyers and small groups of people determine the outcome of elections rather than the democratic principal of ‘one person one vote’.”

WomenCount PAC, in addition to supporting other women candidates for Congress in 2008, has endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. The rally supports the PAC’s message to continue the political process until every vote is cast and counted.

WomenCount PAC was created to ensure that the 51 percent of American citizens who are women have their values and votes counted in the political process.

Guys this latest statement by Plouffe is just another example of the double standards and sexism (yes sexism) that exists in this election process. By claiming that our aim in rallying for voting rights is to create chaos around the decision process, he’s trying to paint us “hysterical” or out of control.

We have no intent of causing chaos, so the only reason ther’d be chaos if their followers turned up is if they created it. I’m sorry but that doesn’t say much regarding his confidence that their folks can peacefully coexist with those rallying for voting rights.

See in their world, it’s all right to speak out against an unjust war (and it is) but it’s not all right to lobby decision-makers in the cause of full voting rights for over 2 million Americans. That second bit is not only “ok” but it’s the duty of every American who gives a shite about our basic freedoms. Our right to vote is the cornerstone of our Democracy and for someone – especially a candidate for our Party’s nomination for the highest office in the land to stand in the way of full representation of the voters (any voter!) is not only nuts – it’s unthinkable! We’re Democrats and Democrats don’t freaking do that.

Another cornerstone? That’d be our freedom of speech – our right to peaceably assemble and make our voices heard. Seems Obama’s got a problem with that one as well.

And I’m sorry but if I ever hear him brag about all those new voters he’s signing up or bringing into the “process” I’m going to scream. The hypocrisy on so many levels here is just mind-blowing.

He can speak at rallies – but we can’t assemble at one. If we do we’re creating chaos.

He can register voters – we’re not allowed to exercise that right to vote once he’s signed us up.

Only in Obama-land does this in any way shape or form make any sense.

I mean it’s hardly like they’re inviting rabble rousers like Abbie Hoffman (well they couldn’t invite him – he’s not with us any more) or domestic terrorists like that Ayers fella that Obama’s known for all these years – is it.

Here’s a list of the scheduled speakers.

WomenCount and Count Every Vote ’08 Rally organizers announce speakers for DNC RBC rally May 31stStephanie Tubbs Jones, Kim Gandy and others to speak at rallySan Francisco, CA May 29, 2008 ~ The initial list of speakers for the rally in support of Count Every Vote ’08 in Washington DC is being released. Another 5 to10 speakers and celebrities will be announced one day later.

“We are very excited about the amount of support we are receiving from many prominent elected officials and organization leaders.” announced Karen Feldman of Count Every Vote ’08. “These officials are as committed as we are to seeing that every vote cast in this election is counted fairly and proportionally. They realize how high the stakes are if, once again, millions of voters feel their votes have been disregarded.”

“My entire adult life has been dedicated to registering and inspiring young people to get involved and vote. This is a logical continuation of that work. How can we even think of ignoring 2.4 million voters in an election this close?” commented Jehmu Greene, who has agreed to emcee the rally. “We must move away from the dangerous precedent of allowing small groups of people to determine the outcome of elections.”

The following speakers are planned to address the rally crowd beginning at 9:45am. The event will begin at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel at 7:00am Saturday, May 31st and continue until the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee has announced their decision. A detailed time schedule will be released on Friday as well as 5 to 10 additional speakers and celebrities.

The speakers are:

Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, OH 11th Congressional District
Congresswoman Corrine Brown, FL 3rd Congressional District
2008 Congressional Candidate Eric Massa, NY 29th Congressional District
Ambassador Elizabeth Bagley, Former US Ambassador to Portugal and Senior Adviser to Secretary Madeleine Albright
Kim Gandy, President of the National Organization for Women (NOW)
Brent Wilkes, National Executive Director, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
Jehmu Greene, Former President of Rock the Vote
Lulu Flores, President, National Women’s Political Caucus
Amy Rao, Founder, Integrated Archive Systems and President, 11th Hour Project
Reverend Marcia Dyson, African-American Minister from Washington, DC
Jim Hannagan, Founder, Florida Demands Representation


WomenCount PAC was created to ensure that the 51 percent of American citizens who are women have their values and votes counted in the political process.

Hmmm… Rock the Vote, President of NOW, Members of Congress, Ambassadors, members of the clergy… yeah we’d better watch out for that crowd – they mean trouble!

I’ll be at this rally on Saturday (and no before you KosBoyz go after me for bringing my kids – we found a sitter), and I hope anyone who cares about voting rights will join us in DC on Saturday at 7 am at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel (2660 Woodley Rd NW, Washington, DC 20008).

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12 Responses to Peaceful Protest = Creating Chaos?

  1. Since when did people involved, peacefully, become a bad thing? I have a real hard time with that proposition.

    Geez, pack as many people into the Convention Hall as can fit, have a vote, and be done with it. Someone wins, someone loses, and we all go on out to take on the wingers. Why is that so difficult?

  2. Gilbert Martinez says:

    This is why Obama scares me. Democracy is now “breaking the rules” or “creating chaos”. Add to that the fact that Obama wants to siphon all progressive dollars through him. And his supporters, who could reign him in are happily following along. You bet that scares me. The whole Hillary is waiting for Obama to be assassinated meme is a manifestation of this repressive, intolerant “movement”. You knew there was trouble brewing once the Obama campaign, its surrogates and supporters started painting the Clintons as racists.

    To quote Homer Simpson: “Don’t blame me, I voted for Kodos.”

  3. Gilbert Martinez says:

    BTW, I think we entered the silly season as soon as the Clintons were painted as racists. That and the least experienced candidate in many, many, many years never had to answer questions about his inexperience.

  4. Gilbert: I challenge you to paint Sen. Obama as less experienced than Ronnie Rayguns. (And please don’t fall for the temptation to claim that he was a real Governor. The facts show that he was never a real President either, so please don’t try to go there.)

  5. Frenchdoc says:

    Alegre and Pamela, how come you guys are not on the list of credentialed blogs at the Convention?

  6. nene says:

    Now THAT’S community organizing. I wish they would characterize it that way, anyway. Show ’em how it’s done.

  7. Frenchdoc

    I’m on the wrong coast be attending the meeting…

  8. Darrell

    If I am not mistaken the entire time “Ronnie Rayguns” was in office, it was “only a movie.”

  9. Frenchdoc says:

    Pamela, I didn’t mean the meeting, I meant the Convention in Denver.

  10. Frenchdoc

    Duh – you did say the convention. I thought about trying to get credentialed, but decided I really could not afford the time away from my business.

  11. JP says:

    there were rules set up prior to the start of the primary.

    everyone running agreed to them.



    and everyone on the rules committee, except for one.

    to many of us, this is a fairness issue–play by the rules. i get the concept of disenfranchisement, but you folks need to also understand that many Democrats see this issue differently, and we’re not some sort of Obamabots taking orders from the mothership. To read the way many of you talk about Obama supporters like we just must not be smart enough to see thru Obama is rather insulting.

  12. Jessica says:

    Amen JP on all points.

    And I’m all for people speaking out and protesting and hope Saturday’s event is well-attended.