We're doing something different in this edition of the Downsizer-Dispatch. We're going to share some of my schedule with you.
Call this: "What I'm doing to Downsize DC today, and how you can help."
Please note: There are some simple action items for YOU today.
At 2 PM . . .
I'll be on a conference call with other organizations combating warrantless eavesdropping by government agents as well as special immunity for telecoms and government employees who may have violated the privacy rights of Americans.
We've explained at our website and in our Tuesday message, which you can read here, what was at stake.
The good news is that our efforts appear to be working, particularly for the big surveillance bill.
We still must be vigilant because it would be real easy to sneak the immunity provision into one of the large appropriation bills. WE WANT "CLEAN" BILLS.
So I'll be learning and strategizing in this meeting. But you can take important and specific action here and now. Please send a message through our proprietary Electronic Lobbyist System.
THEN CALL your representatives in Congress to oppose the passage of any such "immunity" provisions. You can see their office number on the campaign page once you're logged-in.
Again, your efforts ARE making a difference. Let's see this all the way through to victory.
At 3 PM . . .
I'll be on the radio. Accent Radio Network host Jerry Hughes has become a big fan of DownsizeDC.org.
I will be on during this time slot each Friday for the foreseeable future. I'm very excited about this opportunity. Mr. Hughes is trying to help me get a bigger, better distribution deal for the Downsize DC radio show -- perhaps even a relationship with a bigger network. These Friday appearances are like additional auditions.
Before I give you the details, I want to ask you to support this show. You can do so by listening and calling-in. Please call the show with a question or email.
The toll-free call-in number is: 1-866-222-2368
The email is: Jerry at AccentRadio dot com
Time: 3:00 PM Eastern, 2:00 PM Central
Noon Mountain, 11 AM Pacific
Guest: Jim Babka, President, DownsizeDC.org
Length: 1 hour
Host: Jerry Hughes
Show: Straight Talk w/ Jerry Hughes
Topic: Warrantless Spying, Telecom Immunity, and Downsize DC
Click on the CIL|On Demand button, right side of page. You'll need Winamp or Windows Media Player.
You can listen to the show in more than 20 markets. A complete list is available here.
Speaking of MY radio show . . .
The Sunday episode will be more timeless (rather than current events). I'm going to focus on what asset the DC Downsizer movement needs most, and how best to use that asset.
Notice, I said "movement." There are lots of good groups doing good work. But if they're not pursuing the key asset and figuring out how to employ it, then they're work can never rise above good to become great.
In the spirit of the upcoming Holiday, we're also going to count our blessings. This has been a tremendous year.
The show broadcasts Sunday, and we’ll have more details for you then. Please carve out the time and make a note to yourself that you'll participate.
Last, but not least . . . Please consider making a generous one-time contribution or a monthly pledge to DownsizeDC.org.
Over the last 24 hours, we've heard from two supporters planning to make contributions shortly. Others have written to express their enthusiasm for our efforts, but expressed regret about their inability to give. Almost everyone can afford a $3 per month credit card pledge.
Pledges are important and we still need generous contributions to make our monthly goal.
Obviously, the more you can give, the further it goes. But every bit counts. Please join us, financially, now.