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‘Disenfranchised Voters’ Protest – At DNC

Another spontaneous outpouring from the grassroots, from MSNBC via YouTube and the Tampa Tribune:

Floridians Take Primary Protest To Democrats’ Leaders In D.C.

By BILLY HOUSE

May 1, 2008

WASHINGTON – Tampa Bay area residents and about 250 other Floridians – most of them Latino – upset with the stalemate over the state’s presidential delegates demonstrated outside of Democratic National Committee headquarters Wednesday.

Peacefully chanting, “Florida Must Count!” and “Count Our Votes!” and carrying placards and miniature Florida flags, many of the demonstrators acknowledged they were backers of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York.

Organizers, however, depicted the event as aimed at a larger issue, and not intended to boost Clinton.

“This is a civil liberties issue, not a campaign or candidate issue,” said Jose Fernandez, Florida state coordinator for the League of United Latin American Citizens, speaking to the crowd.

Standing in the crowd, Fred Araque, 66, a truck driver from Spring Hill, pointed to his wife Adela, 65, and said, “She is for Hillary, and I am for Hillary.

“I think most of the people here are for Hillary,” Araque said…

At the rally Wednesday, among those selected to speak at the entrance of DNC headquarters were Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston, a national Clinton campaign co-chairwoman, and Kim Gandy, the National Organization for Women president who has endorsed Clinton

Another speaker was Anita de Palma, 66, of Clearwater. She is a past Florida director of the League of United Latin American Citizens who is running as a Democratic candidate for the congressional seat now held by Republican Gus Bilirakis of Palm Harbor.

“This is our heritage!” said de Palma, referring to the right to vote and have that vote count. “Our forefathers fought for it, our fathers fought for it, and I’ll be damned if we are going to let it get away from us now!”

Also attending the event was Jim Hannagan, a marketing strategist who has launched an effort from Palm Harbor to petition the DNC to seat Florida’s delegates at the party’s convention in Denver.

Hannagan’s effort, known as “Florida Demands Representation,” has been holding its own rallies across Florida and he says it is well on its way toward collecting a hoped-for 1.5 million signed petitions to deliver to the DNC in June For information, go to www.floridademands representation.org.

Other organizations helping to organize or participating in the event sponsored by LULAC included the Florida Voters League, University of Central Florida, and the Southern Leadership Coalition.

DNC Chairman Howard Dean was in Connecticut and did not address the crowd.

Spokesman Luis Miranda said Dean has already declared that the national party is committed to seating Florida delegates at its convention in Denver.

“The key thing here is that we are committed to seeing that happens,” Miranda said.

So far, however, the party has been unable to come up with a compromise that the two candidates can agree upon as the August convention draws nearer.

During the rally, DNC officials passed out bottles of water and fliers reminding the protesters that Dean had stood alongside Florida members of Congress on the same steps in early April to say he is committed to seating a Florida delegation

No justice, no [fill in the blank]!

By the way, in case anyone has forgotten, LULAC is the League Of Latin American Citizens.

They are so eager to get out the vote they are even pushing to give illegal aliens that sacred right.

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