[Mb-civic] Fw: Michael Moore on Tour ... Slackers Unite!
tarrariley at shaw.ca
Mon Sep 27 14:25:11 PDT 2004
Fwd: Michael Moore on Tour ... Slackers Unite!I'm sure you've seen this notice from Michael Moore - but I didn't see it in the notifications I get from you, so I thought I'd send it to you!
Tomorrow I begin a little 20-state, 60-city tour to try and convince the
fed-up, the burned-out, and the Nader-impaired to leave the house for
just a half-hour on November 2nd and mark an "X" in a box (or punch a
chad or touch a screen) so that America and the world can be saved. (I
don't mean "saved" as in all workers will henceforth control the means
of production. That's, um, going to take a few more years.)
What I'm asking is that our fellow Americans, as the collective landlord
of a public housing project at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., take just a few
minutes to evict the tenant who is currently wrecking the place (not to
mention what he's doing to the rest of the neighborhood). After all,
isn't this one of the coolest things about a democracy, getting to give
some payback to those in power? "YOU'RE FIRED!" Oooh, that feels good --
especially if the recipient of the pink slip is someone who wants to
send your kid off to war.
So, having nothing better to do for the next month (and eager to visit
such swinging states as Iowa! Ohio! Arkansas!), I have decided to go to
every battleground state in the country and do whatever it takes to get
out the vote. I will do your laundry, I will clean your house, I will
give you a year's supply of beer nuts if you will commit to me to go to
the polls on Tuesday, November 2.
I'm calling it "The Slacker Uprising Tour
<http://www.michaelmoore.com/press/>," a coast-to-coast effort to bring
the non-voting majority out of hibernation and kick some political butt.
My goal is to get as many of the 100 million non-voters in America as I
can to give voting a try -- just this once. I want at least 56% of all
eligible voters to vote and thus set a modern-day turnout record.
I'm putting out the red alert call to slackers everywhere to help me
lead this revolt. I want everyone in their teens and twenties who exist
from one packet of Ramen noodles to the next bag of Tostitos to take
your fully-justified cynicism and toss it like a Molotov right into the
middle of this election. As "non-voters" you have been written off. But
if only a few thousand of you vote, it could make all the difference.
You literally hold all the power in your hands. That's even cooler than
holding a TV remote.
I, the original slacker -- I, who have endured all sorts of attacks for
my slacker demeanor -- yes I am coming to an arena or stadium just
outside your dorm room (or that little space off the furnace room where
your parents still let you stay, rent-free). Why arenas and stadiums?
Because there are so many of us -- AND they serve beer and chips. >From
the Sun Dome to the Key Arena, from the Patriot Center to the Del Mar
Race Track, I will be there and I will bring prizes and presents and
clean underwear for all in need.
Before I arrive, I have arranged for free screenings of "Fahrenheit
9/11" in each city. When I get there I will have with me dozens of voter
registrars who will register new (or recently transplanted) voters
(please check here for voter registration deadlines
<http://www.michaelmoore.com/takeaction/vote/register.php> -- they are
fast approaching in most states in the next 10 days!). Absentee ballot
applications will also be available. And the good people of Move-On
<http://www.moveon.org/>, ACT <http://actforvictory.org/> and other
groups will be present at each of my appearances to sign up volunteers
to get out the vote on election day.
Details of where I will be appearing will be available in your local
media. Many venues, due to advance word already out there, have "sold
out" (at most stops, students get in for free and community people pay a
nominal fee -- usually $5 -- to cover costs). Again, check your local
media to find out the times and dates and how to get advance tickets.
A partial list of the cities I'm visiting includes: Seattle, Big Rapids
(MI), Mt. Pleasant (MI), Tucson, Dearborn, Phoenix, East Lansing,
Detroit, Ann Arbor, Albuquerque, Toledo, Columbus (OH), Ames (IA),
Cleveland, Fairmont (WV), Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Bethlehem (PA),
Fairfax (VA), Carlyle (PA), State College (PA), Minneapolis,
Gainesville, Nashville, Miami, Memphis, Orlando, Salem (OR),
Jacksonville, Tampa, Kansas City, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Madison, Green
Bay, Las Vegas, Reno, Denver, and, of course, Tallahassee, Florida.
Others will be posted later.
While on the road, I will try to keep my blog up-to-date and post some
pictures we take in each city. The three campuses on the tour which
register the most students to vote (or who have the most non-voters
committing to me to vote) will receive a special scholarship from us at
the end of the tour.
Thanks, in advance, to everyone out there who is working hard during
this election. I know it will make a difference.
Let's leave no non-voter behind.
mmflint at aol.com <mailto:mmflint at aol.com>
P.S. Good news! This current weekend our distributor has added an
astounding 600 new theaters to the list of those still showing
"Fahrenheit 9/11." This is highly unusual for a film entering it's
fourth month of release, but the demand has been strong to bring it back
in many areas and our wonderful distributors have responded. This is a
perfect time to either see it again on the big screen or take a friend
who hasn't seen it, as it won't be around in theaters for long. The DVD
and home video come out October 5!
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