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Wednesday, September 15, 2004

A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing?

Today UM Law students received a mass email:

The eyes of the nation will be on Florida between now and election day. Are you interested in learning more about why people are concerned? Would you like to become more involved in the process?

The week of September 27-October 1 will be filled with events and learning opportunities here at the Law School.

SAVE THE DATES for the opportunity to view two documentaries and a panel discussion about Florida voting and the events leading up to the 2000 election, as well as the events following and become trained to work as a poll-monitor.
View the film “Unprecedented.”

This documentary provides a brief history of the events leading up to the 2000 Presidential election and documents the months following the November election through the January inauguration.

Bring a brown-bag lunch and stay for an informal discussion following the film.
View the documentary “Trouble in Paradise- Two Years in Florida Politics—

A People’s History of Election 2000 and Beyond

Following the screenings ... meet the “Trouble in Paradise” film maker and participate in a panel discussion featuring UM Law School professors, community leaders, elected officials and election reform activists.
Attend a training to become qualified to work as a poll monitor on Election Day.

These events are being planned and sponsored by a coalition of law students and Law School organizations, including The Society for Peace and Justice, BLSA and SBA.

Why do I have a sneaking suspiscion that an ulterior motive of this "coalition" is to advance the notion that Republicans "stole" the last presidential election?

Hmm. Here's a review of one of the featured "documentaries", "Unprecedented", taken directly from its web site:

Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election is the riveting story about the battle for the Presidency in Florida and the undermining of democracy in America. Filmmakers Richard Ray Pérez and Joan Sekler examine modern America's most controversial political contest: the election of George W. Bush. What emerges is a disturbing picture of an election marred by suspicious irregularities, electoral injustices, and sinister voter purges in a state governed by the winning candidate's brother. George W. Bush stole the presidency of the United States… and got away with it. " …the movie highlights those on the front lines —from the African-Americans who were turned away from the polling booths for assorted reasons. In one memorable scene the filmmakers freeze-frame a 'protest' against the ballot recount, identifying participants as staff members of Republican elected officials." --Elaine Dutka, Los Angeles Times

It's not that I agree or disagree with their motive. Rather, I find it extremely annoying and distasteful that the political issues to be discussed by the "coalition" are distorted in the email. Come on guys, don't hide your partisan intent behind a "get out the vote" facade.


  • At 3:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Bricks - you rule dude. Way to see through the BS.


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