October 12, 2006
Longhouse Coalition Call
Exceptionally, the only thing I'm sharing with you here is the following Longhouse Coalition call, an initiative which is the result of a collaborative effort between Bob Mendelson and long-time ERN subscriber Carol Wolman, amongst others. This quite unique effort is partly inspired by the Native American vision and thus encompasses a couple issues vital to Native American constituencies. But it covers far more and deserves to be examined as a potentially worthy option to the stale and mostly corrupted Democrat/Republican two-headed hydra oligarchy that currently controls the US Congress and Senate.
Admittedly, their hope of establishing in the next Congress a significant presence of elected representatives who are not beholden to any corporate or elite agenda is still a very long shot, but unless there is a start somewhere, there will never be any positive outcome to the current stalemate for US democracy.
To get a quick understanding of where these people are coming from, I recommend you give a look at least to the first third of this video interview of Carol Wolman - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMZRufeXmcs - produced during the 4th of July celebrations, in addition to reviewing the following material.
My hope through networking this material is to help bring to this still fledging but determined group the assistance they urgently need to improve their chances of making a difference in the forthcoming November 7 mid-term elections, but most importantly to, hopefully, be much better prepared for the next elections in 2008. Only time will tell if this initiative will bear fruits, but only people like you and me can ensure it grows and becomes a significant, uncorrupted voice to truly represent the Will of the people. Who knows where this could lead! Perhaps this template will one day spread to the far corners of the planet and allow all committed Light Servers to Be the Change they want to see in the world.
In this regards, Carol Wolman deserves all the support she can get for her courageous, heart-centered, eloquent stand and commitment to make democracy work for the good of common people and for the Highest Good of All.
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
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From: "Carol Wolman" email@example.com>
Subject: The Longhouse Coalition- please read and pass along
Date: 17 Sep 2006
Please take the time to read the attached intro, and then join us. This November is our chance to take Congress and turn things around. By bringing in all the good candidates, across party lines, we can break the corporate stranglehold on this country.
I am a member of the Longhouse Coalition, running for Congress in CA District 1. I never expected to enter politics, but was persuaded to take my activism out of the shadows and step forward when I saw the plan described in this email.
There are less than 7 weeks until an Congressional election that will be crucial for the future of this country and the planet. Right now it looks like we have no good options. Bush controls the media, the money, the military. The leaders of the Democratic Party, Howard Dean (DNC chair) and Nancy Pelosi (House Minority Leader) have said that impeachment is not on their agenda, even if the Democrats take back the House. Corporate interests control most of the politicians in both parties, via campaign contributions, perks, etc.
Please take the time to read the attachments to this letter. You can help us take back the country for the people this November 7th, by spreading the word. If you want to do more, you can help us recruit candidates. We are especially seeking candidates who are Native or of mixed blood. Email us at LonghouseCoalition@yahoo.com for more info.
We are bypassing the mainstream media, and using word of mouth, phone calls, emails and music groups to tell people about this.
It will be like Solidarity in Poland- a people's movement coming out of nowhere to take the country back from an oppressive regime- peacefully, legally and democratically. This plan has been carefully thought out and gradually executed over the past year. The pieces are all in place, as you will see from the attachments. All that remains is for the will of the people to be activated.
Please do everything you can to help us. Email us with questions, suggestions, reports of what you are doing.
Peace, love and light,
Carol Wolman, MD LONGHOUSE COALITION
The website is now online (as of October 12) at http://www.longhousecoalition.org/
Note from Jean: In a separate Sept 30 email, Carol Wolman, who is a long-time ERN subscriber, mentioned this: "In the past 3 days, we have recruited over a dozen new candidates, people already on the ballot as Greens or Independents. We are now reaching out to Progressive Democrats. The bandwagon is rolling!" She also urged people to make phone calls to reach out to all those who may be receptive to this initiative in addition to sending them this material through email -- which might not be enough to actually get enough people actively networking and supporting this excellent initiative -- and recommend them to do likewise.
THE LONGHOUSE COALITION
The USA has some real troubles. So does the world. Big troubles, and at the same time this country is run by some folks who seem determined to make them even worse. War in Iraq, terrorism, out-sourced jobs and the economy, Global Warming, Katrina, and so on. A litany of woes.
It seems that only if we make immediate and major changes that global disaster can be averted, yet our government doesn't appear to have either the will, or plan, to bring things back into balance. On the contrary, it appears the people who bribe our politicians are actually profiting from the mayhem and economic hardship most of the rest of us are experiencing.
Both major political parties, Republican and Democratic, receive tremendous financial support from corporations, so it's no surprise their voting is to the advantage of corporate interests.
With both parties bought out by corporations, how can we fix things? We're continually confronted with the choice of taking the lesser of two evils, but we've come to the point where we can't take any more 'evil', even if it's 'lesser'.
BUT, were a third party with great ideas to happen along, say for example, the Green Party, the first thing we'd hear from the Democrats is, "You can't afford to vote for the Greens because you'll split the 'Left', so the Republicans will win everything. Problem is, too many Democrats are really as 'conservative' as the Republicans, they just wear a different-looking logo. I call them 'Republicrats', or 'Dee-publicans'. Still, it appears we're stuck in a rut.
Fortunately, there's a solution-- the Longhouse Coalition, a non-partisan coalition, not a third party. That's the key--it's not a third party, so it can't divide the 'Left'. It's a means for people who want basically the same thing to cooperate across party lines, based on a simple and effective platform neither designed nor paid for by corporations, that gives people what they want, not what corporate elites want.
The Longhouse Coalition (whose name is derived from the English equivalent of the Iroquois Six Nations' government, the Haudenosaunee- -more on that later) platform offers people a workable, win-able, and near foolproof alternative.
A Democrat who's really 'Progressive', or 'moderate', will have little difficulty backing the Platform (which follows shortly). Whoever promises to support the Longhouse Coalition platform will receive our full support. There'll be no division of the 'Left'. So, we can't hurt the 'Left', or 'Center'. But for those instances where the 'Democrat' is as 'conservative' as today's Republican Party, we'll present the People with a good alternative.
Then we'll let the conservative Republicans and conservative Democrat split the conservative vote, guaranteeing a sweeping victory for the good alternative, the Longhouse candidates who had the will, moral caliber, and guts to stand up as an Independent candidate when the country most needed them.
After you've read the platform and said, "Well, this is great, but what chance do we have of having it really happen?", remember this-- it's already been done. This isn't the first time, nor is it unique. It's been done recently, too. This isn't from a musty old page of history. It's yesterday's news.
In the 1990's Poland was ruled by an oppressive totalitarian 'Communist' regime, which in many respects is mirrored by the Bush/corporatista regime today. A bunch of shipyard workers went on strike in Gdansk, led by a young man named Lech Walesa. A series of dramatic events followed, and a grassroots movement named Solidarnosz (Solidarity) was birthed. It grew like wildfire because the idea was right, the time was right, and the Polish people were ripe for change. And it was done, peacefully, democratically, and legally.
There are a few charts following that show how simple, logical, and do-able this is. You'll find that the vast majority of seats in Congress up for election have either natural allies such as Progressive Democrats or Greens already on the ballot, or else leave us with the opportunity to run a Peoples' Write-In candidate. Write-In ballots will provide us with a more tamper-proof vote record than electronic voting machines, and because this is a popular movement, word will spread so that everyone will know who the Longhouse candidate is in their own district.
People, in a single election we can retake the House of Representatives and a third of the Senate! Over the course of the next two years moderate incumbent Democrat senators (& even some Republicans) will come over to our side as they see which way the winds of public opinion are blowing, and thus, their careers.
So, we can stop the administration dead in its tracks at first, and over the following period complete the steps needed for a peaceful, legal, and democratic, shift to a sustainable and just society.
For those worried about the late start--starting late in the season isn't a disadvantage--it's an advantage. It's deliberate, a tactic. The 'opposition' has loads of money, and controls the media. Had we started earlier, that money would have bought loads of lies and disinformation. Time would have given them the opportunity to do it most effectively, and time for the poison to do its work. Now there isn't enough time for these folks to mount an effective, fully thought out smear campaign. It'll be a knee-jerk reaction at best, and it'll work for us, not against us.
In the end, it's the best way to accomplish something like this. So, this is fully do-able. Americans were at one time known as the "Can-Do" nation, a nation of individuals with gumption, energy, and spirit, a people with the will to accomplish the 'impossible'. We can be that again. Our choice if we don't is very unpleasant.
An earth heartlessly, ruthlessly, exploited. People heartlessly, ruthlessly exploited. Wars. Dare I say it--the fundamentalists' Armageddon. I say, give 'em what they want. Let's send the whole gang of Corporatista politicians home, whether they wear Donkey ears, or Elephant ears. Let's give them a real political Doomsday, let their political stars go down in flames, instead of having them sending more bombs and death to the rest of the world.
In order to successfully pull off another 'Solidarity', it's important we use some basic techniques to accelerate growth of the movement, so the Corporatista regime is always a day late and a dollar short. If we really want change, some effort is needed. Not a whole lot, mind you, but some.
Start by copying the platform to your computer's 'desktop'. Print out some paper copies, and perhaps burn it onto a CD or two. Then, immediately after reading this, think of which of your friends will really like the platform. Send it to them. Then, call them by phone. Explain to them what you've read here, then encourage them with enthusiasm to do likewise. Keep the chain growing. This will greatly accelerate distribution, and gather momentum.
I apologize, but for emphasis, here's part of the earlier paragraph repeated, along with some new stuff.
In order to successfully pull off another 'Solidarity', it's important we use some basic techniques. Start by copying the platform to your computer's 'desktop'. Print out some paper copies, and perhaps burn it onto a CD or two. Then, right after reading this, think of which of your friends will really like the platform. Send it to them. Then, call them by phone.
This is so very important. Not everyone looks at their computer every day, so e-mail may sit for days or weeks before being read. Further, a phone call is personal, and getting an idea across in person, rather than writing, is often more effective. But put both e-mail & phone call together, and a powerful message comes across of support for the movement.
This enthusiasm in turn encourages others. So please, explain to them what you've read here, then encourage them with enthusiasm to do likewise. Keep the chain growing. This will greatly accelerate distribution, and gather momentum.
Then, send it to whoever you can think of who might be willing to help. By the way, this gives people who aren't millionaires an excellent opportunity to have a say in Congress. Write-In candidates will be elected largely through the popularity and togetherness of the American home-grown version of Solidarity--the Longhouse Coalition. If you'd like to be a Longhouse Coalition Write-In candidate please send an e-mail to LonghouseCoalition@yahoo.com.
Our website should be up shortly at http://www.longhousecoalition.org/ , too, but maybe not till later this coming week. So for now, applications have to be by e-mail sent to the first address. There were three of us who really got this started, and this expanded to a council of seven, but the period of three or seven people deciding things has to be gotten over with very quickly-- like now!--if this is to be democratic.
We'll handle this issue right now, so no one need concern themselves about it further. We've decided--unanimously--to accept candidates on a first-come, first-served basis*(with one exception--next paragraph), trusting Creator will send us the people meant to be here at this time. We expect multiple applicants for many districts, so the tie-breaker will be who applied first.
However, we don't want a boatload of Republican infiltrators hopping on board and be forced to keep them, either. So, to emphasize democracy yet still have a safeguard, the council of seven will be increased to include the first twenty four coalition candidates and myself, co-writer of the platform and one of the original three. This council of 25 will then be responsible for approving the later candidates, the sole criteria being whether the person is genuinely for the platform. A simple majority will suffice to approve a candidate. If an applicant scares over half the people, it's probably better we go in a different direction.
The one exception to the first-come first served rule is that in order to prove clearly we're non-partisan, and will work with 'good' Democrats (to walk the walk of our talk), a grace period up to October 7 (1 month before the election) has been granted for members of the Green Party, the Progressive Caucus, Russ Feingold's Progressive Patriots group, Democrats.com's slate of progressive Democrats, and the Black Caucus. The two attached lists should clarify that. One shows who the protected candidates are, and one which districts are completely open right now. If for any reason the lists aren't included with your copy, just e-mail LonghouseCoalition@yahoo.com and we'll be happy to send them to you.
There. That's it. Short and simple, as uncomplicated and democratic as can be. Just one last thing--a little bit about where our name comes from. Originally, a 'longhouse' was a long and narrow Native American dwelling in which all the families of a clan lived together, each with their own family area. The Haudenosaunee (Longhouse) was symbolic of all member tribes living together as one family. That's what we want to see happen in America today. An interesting question arises when we look at the Haudenosaunee's history a little closer. The founders of the Haudenosaunee were the great Huron/Mohawk prophet known as the Peacemaker, and his assistant, Hiawatha.
Because the Peacemaker was viewed as a prophet sent from God, the law he gave the Iroquois was considered holy, and thus, the government a sacred place, and governing a sacred function. Service to the people, not self-enrichment, was the goal. Interestingly, the law of the Haudenosaunee, in which equality and democracy were emphasized, served as the primary model for the United States' Constitution, so at least from one perspective, the holy law of the Iroquois present in our Constitution confers holiness on it, too.
This may help explain why many folks treat the Constitution as a holy document. Intuitively, they understand that it is! They just didn't know the holiness came through a Native American prophet. It also puts an entirely different spin on George W. Bush calling the Constitution a worthless scrap of paper. If the Constitution is sacred, then its house--Congress--is also sacred. And since the White House is a part of it all, it's a 'holy place', too. So, Christians who are into prophecy, that means George W. Bush claimed Creator's law worthless in the holy place. May be a good idea to impeach him, don't you think?
Robert Leon Mendelson
LONGHOUSE COALITION PLATFORM
Available from http://www.longhousecoalition.org/PLATFORM.pdf
1: Impeach Bush/Cheney & lesser officials for treason, the one charge the president can not grant a pardon for.
2: Pull out of Iraq/Afghanistan and allow UN Forces to do the job of peace keeping, rebuilding.
3: Rescind the Unconstitutional Patriot Act.
4: Call for sharp reductions in Defense spending with the savings going to essential social/environmental programs
5: Support the Kyoto Treaty as a necessary first step to control green-house emissions, with rapid development of solar/wind power in every home.
6: Support the right to choose for every woman in the world as a step toward sustainable populations.
7: A single payer national health insurance program is badly needed now.
8: Immediate arsenic reductions in our drinking water now.
9: Due to the racial bias, failure to deter crime, widespread errors and humanitarian objections we oppose the death penalty.
10: We demand a livable wage, strong unions, repeal of the Taft-Hartley restrictions and increase of minimum wage so that people have the honest means to support themselves.
11: We oppose trade pacts, agreements, and institutions including NAFTA, FTAA, CAFTA, and WTO as written only for the global corporations without protection of the small business or local populations.
12: We call for democratic reform to strengthen participation and minority representation, including proportional representation, instant run-off voting, monitoring of elections and public financing of elections.
13: We stand for citizen controlled open debate between all legal candidates for President as well as all public offices. Not just between Republicans and Democrats, but all legal candidates.
14: We are opposed to deregulation of telecommunications companies, and support increased non-profit use of airways and public access to telecommunications.
15: We are opposed to bank deregulation. We call for creation of community investment banks to give low income people low cost loans and first time small business a chance to borrow at low rates.
16: We are for legalizing all natural substances in their unrefined, un-distilled, natural form. They have a better safety record than do alcohol or cigarettes. We are spending billions losing the war on drugs and jailing a lot of people who otherwise would be good hard working citizens. Control it and tax it like you do alcohol and create new business and tax sources. All criminal 'strikes' related with such natural substances will be expunged from criminal records.
17: To help restore the balance with the Native Nations, we are for giving back to the tribes 30% (equal to 2 Pennsylvanias) of the National Forests with the creation of a Ecology Council of the major ecology groups to help them develop a sustainable income and land use program. If Mixed Bloods with 1/8 Native American heritage are accepted as tribal members, the amount returned is to be increased to 45% (3 Pennsylvanias).
18: Create a Dept. of Peace with Congressional oversight, and full access to the daily briefings from the various intelligence agencies including the DOD (Department of Defense) agencies.
19: Doing away with the Presidential Emergency Powers. No more writing laws by the Executive Branch.
20: Shift the USDA priorities to all help for farming has to go to those who make less then one million dollars a year.
21: Put in place a recall mechanism for all Federal Office Holders.
22: We support the New Covenant Peace Plan for Israel/Palestine, which perfectly conforms to requirements of Hebrew Tribal Law, Jewish Law from the Torah & Prophets, Muslim Law from the Qur'an & hadiths, and New Testament Law, too. It leaves what's today called 'Israel', the West Bank, and Gaza, as One federal state, composed of two tribal districts, Judah (Israel), & Ephraim (Palestinians--West Bank & Gaza). Jerusalem is shared as national capital. Right-of-return issues are addressed, too.
For more details, visit http://www.LonghouseCoalition.org
LONGHOUSE COALITION CANDIDATES
(According to Bob Mendelson, 41 people are currently involved as of October 12)
CLIP - Please, read the rest at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nativeland/message/8238