Monthly Archives: March 2006

The March 19th (& 26th) version of the Downsize DC Conference Call Show

The March 19th (& 26th) version of the Downsize DC Conference Call Show

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Calls needed for today’s radio show

Calls needed for today’s radio show

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Tell-a-friend Milestone Reached

Our Tell-a-friend system allows DC Downsizers to tell their friends about about a campaign after they’ve sent their message to Congress. It’s one of our main outreach tools. ::::::We just passed 30,000 Tell-a-friend messages sent as of this morning! Thank you to everyone who is helping us grow!

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New March Mark Reached Today

We just rolled-over 22,000 Downsize DC messages sent to Congress so-far this month! Thanks to everyone who is helping us grow!

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Behind the scenes in Congress

Today’s Downsizer-Dispatch . . .:::

BEHIND THE SCENES IN CONGRESS::::

Why was the vote on the “Online Freedom of Speech Act” delayed? Because Congressional opponents of free expression on the Internet are playing procedural games to further their incumbent protection schemes. They would deny that incumbent protection is their real aim. Ending corruption is the purpose they claim. But two facts contradict this . . .:::

1. All their actions have helped incumbents and hurt challengers.:::

2. Corruption has worsened under the stronger campaign finance laws — think Jack Abramoff, Duke Cunningham, and earmarks.:::

But despite the evidence that campaign finance laws ONLY protect incumbents, and do NOTHING to reduce corruption, the drive to strengthen the campaign finance laws continues. The so-called “Let the People Decide Act,” which would end voluntary funding of campaigns, is the latest example. :::

But the hypocrisy gets worse. When the “Online Freedom of Speech Act” was first brought to the floor for a vote under a “special rule, the Incumbent Protection Gang in Congress opposed it because that “special rule” didn’t allow for debate. Now, the Incumbent Protection Gang wants to substitute their own watered-down “Internet protection” bill for the “Online Freedom of Speech Act,” using the same special rule, allowing no debate. :::

How do we stop this? We encourage those in Congress who favor free expression to continue fighting for this bill, and we scare those who oppose it.:::

How do we do that? By keeping up the pressure to pass the “Online Freedom of Speech Act.” If you have not sent a message for this purpose, please do so here.:::

IF YOU’VE ALREADY SENT A MESSAGE ON THIS ISSUE PLEASE DO THE FOLLOWING::::

Call your Representative and urge passage of the “Online Freedom of Speech Act.” The toll-free number is 877-762-8762. If you can’t get through, the Capitol Switchboard number is 202-225-3121. :::

IF YOU’VE SENT A MESSAGE AND MADE A PHONE CALL PLEASE DO THE FOLLOWING::::

Send another message to Congress asking them to sponsor the “Read the Bills Act.” You can do so here.:::

YOU CAN SPEAK WITH A V.I.P. ON SUNDAY::::

Remember to listen to Jim Babka’s interview with Bruce Mirken, Communications Director of the Marijuana Policy Project. Jim needs calls for this show. We’ll tell you how to listen and how to call-in to the program in a message on Sunday morning. :::

MEET JIM BABKA IN FLORIDA — 7 DAYS TO GO::::

Date: March 24th :::Event: LP of Florida Convention:::Location: Embassy Suites in Boca Raton:::Details here: www.lpf2006.org:::

IN MEMORY OF HARRY BROWNE::::

70 people contributed $8,886 in memory of Harry Browne. We’ve shared these names with Pamela Browne who expresses her gratitude to everyone. We join her in thanking . . .:::

William H Keen, Andrew L Sullivan, Jason Ferenczy-Zumpano, James J Schaefer, David Segesta, Randy Unthank, Jackson Harvey, Jim Cox, Vivian Wadlin, James Marquart, John Sparduto, Steven Garcia, Louis A Perrotta III, George R Whitfield, Joseph D Osborne, Ron Stringfield, Kelly Chaplin, Rob Power, J. Billy Verplanck, Art Lebowski, Jamie Crawford, Dan Steelandt, Arthur DiBianca, Neal Boyd, John D Weisenauer, Lisa Morgan, Diane McFarland, Eric Taylor, Ted A Semon, Sonja Smith, Dale Rinkoski, Gordon Clyde Wilson, Geoffrey Pike, Timothy P Sauer, Jody and Tom Morris, Dale Warren, Steve Dasbach, Erick Unthank, Tim Frye, John A Johnson, William Redpath, David W Landram, Paul Farris, Zachary Ullevig, Jed Martin, R Kelsey Williams, Vincent P Hanke, Patricia Wedel, Deryl Martin, John Hathaway, Chuck Patel, Bradley Moore, Jon Stevens, Jacalyn Young, Curry Taylor, Mallory Montgomery, Edward Clapper, Dan Litwin, James E Phillips, Ted Latner, Alan Eisen, Douglas S Washington, Autumn Browne, Stuart Lander, Terry Bronson

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We also want to express a special thank you and condolences to Harry’s daughter, Autumn Browne, who’s name appears above.:::

Special thanks also to the following people for starting monthly pledges in Harry’s memory: :::

Gary C Konigsberg, Michael Ciulla, Travis J Burden, J. Billy Verplanck, Dwight E Baker

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We still need $3,779 to meet our March fundraising goal. If you’d like to contribute or start a monthly pledge click here.:::

Thank you for being a DC Downsizer.:::

Perry Willis:::Communications Director:::DownsizeDC.org, Inc. :::

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Two more marks for March

We just past 600 new DC Downsizers recruited and 20,000 messages to Congress for March. Thank you to everyone who is helping Downsize DC grow!

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Action Item Update

Today’s Downsizer-Dispatch . . .::::::

The House vote on the “Online Freedom of Speech Act” has been delayed. But the need for pressure on Congress to pass this bill has not. The vote will still come soon. Send Congress a message in support of this legislation here.:::

REMEMBER: :::

The incumbent protection laws (campaign finance regulations) are due to be imposed on bloggers and webpage publishers. The mainstream media will be exempt from these burdens. The “Online Freedom of Speech Act” will preserve the Free Press rights of individuals, and place you on the same legal footing as the mainstream media. DC Downsizers have sent 16,158 messages to Congress in support of this legislation. More are needed. Add your voice. Send your message here.:::

IMPORTANT::::

If you’ve already sent a message please add more pressure with a phone call. The toll-free number to call your representative is 877-762-8762. If you can’t get through, the Capitol Switchboard number is 202-225-3121. :::

YOU CAN SPEAK WITH A V.I.P.::::

The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) is a very important organization. They’re a “proof of concept” for what Downsize DC is trying to do. MPP has passed numerous bills protecting medical access to marijuana. They also sponsor our radio show, “The Downsize DC Conference Call.”:::

You can speak with Bruce Mirken, Communications Director of the Marijuana Policy Project, when Jim Babka interviews him on Sunday. Let’s show MPP some love and respect this Sunday. Listen to the show and call-in. We’ll share the call-in number and listening details closer to air time. Stay tuned and be ready to particpate.:::

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE NEW CAMPAIGN FUNDING BILL::::

The Free-Market News Network has interviewed Jim Babka about the bill that would outlaw voluntary funding for political campaigns. You can hear the inerview here.:::

Please listen to the interview and then leave a comment. This is something you can do to promote Downsize DC that doesn’t cost money. The more comments there are on this interview, the more likely it is that there will be more such interviews. Thanks!:::

YOU CAN MEET JIM BABKA IN FLORIDA::::

Date: March 24th — just 8 days from now!:::Event: LP of Florida Convention:::Location: Embassy Suites in Baco Raton:::Details here: www.lpf2006.org:::

There’s much more news to report, but I’ve detained you long enough. For all the good news be sure to check-out the Downsize DC blog.:::

Thanks for being a DC Downsizer.:::

Perry Willis:::Communications Director:::DownsizeDC.org, Inc.:::

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March beats February in Two Ways

March is turning out to be a big month for Downsize DC. Not only have we set a new record for media interviews in one month, but the “odometer” on our membership recruitment just rolled over the 11,000 mark. We’re also out-performing last month in two ways . . .::::::February membership recruitment: 242:::March membership recruitment so-far: 547::::::February messages to Congress: 11,253:::March messages to Congress so-far: 19,281::::::Let’s keep pushing. Remember, today is the vote in the House for the “Online Freedom of Speech Act.” You can tell your Representative to vote YES on this bill by clicking here.

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Urgent! 24 hours to go before “Online Freedom of Speech Act” vote

Today’s Downsizer-Dispatch . . .:::

Please forward to anyone you know who cares about free expression on the Internet.:::

UPDATE: We’ve so-far sent 14,112 messages to Congress asking them to pass the “Online Freedom of Speech Act,” but we need to send many more before the vote tomorrow. We’re recirculating the message (below) explaining why this is important. Please help us pass this important legislation. :::If you don’t need the explanation below you can send your message to Congress by clicking here.:::

SPECIAL NOTE: I am doing more media interviews than we can publicize in these email messages. So please check our blog for the dates and times of Downsize DC media appearances. You can do so here.:::

Now here’s the explanation of the “Online Freedom of Speech Act” below the fold::::

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North Carolina and Cincinnati interviews, Today & Tomorrow

We had four organizational goals this month. One of them was to do more media interviews this month than in any previous month in our nearly two year history as Downsize DC. The previous record was 9, from May, 2005 (last month I did 8 of them). ::::::Well, I’m pleased to announce that I broke the record yesterday! I did the Alex Jones show to tie the record, and then taped an interview, which we’ll let you know about once it’s available on the Internet. ::::::Today and tomorrow, I do two more — to bring the total to 12. ::: :::Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2006 :::Stations: Based on the information we have, the show seems to be on several FM, Clear Channel stations in North Carolina, but we don’t have a list of which ones. :::Time: Approximately, we’ve been advised it could be a bit later than… ::: 4:07 PM Eastern ::: 3:07 PM Central ::: 2:07 PM Mountain ::: 1:07 PM Pacific :::Length: 20 minutes :::Guest: Jim Babka, ::: President, DownsizeDC.org :::Host: Allan Handelman:::Show: Rock Talk w/ Allan Handelman :::Topic: The Read the Bills Act :::Internet: check-out http://ifitrocks.com/streams.htm ::::::Date: Thursday, March 15, 2006 :::Stations: WAIF 88.3-FM Cincinnati, OH:::Time: 4:20 PM Eastern ::: 3:20 PM Central ::: 2:20 PM Mountain ::: 1:20 PM Pacific :::Length: 30 minutes :::Guest: Jim Babka, President, DownsizeDC.org :::Host: Roger Yeardley :::Show: Curved Air Show :::Topic: The Read the Bills Act :::Internet: Go to http://www.waifstream.com:::

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