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Support Alan Grayson's Return to Congress: Saturday, 12 November

Alan Grayson, the former congressional representative whose speech on the House Floor went viral on YouTube, because he spoke truth, needs your help. After telling the raw truth about healthcare reform, Grayson lost his seat. But Saturday, 12 November, 2 p.m. we can help change that.Grayson famously said that Wall Street controls our economic policy, Big Oil controls our energy policy, and the military-industrial complex controls our foreign policy.

Alan Grayson is a strong leader of the Progressive Movement. The landmark legislation that he introduced on healthcare (The Medicare You Can Buy Into Act, HR 4789), clean elections (The Save Our Democracy Platform, HR 4431-35), peace and taxes (The War is Making You Poor Act, HR 5353), and employee benefits (The Paid Vacation Act, HR 2564) created a powerful progressive legislative program. Grayson introduced and passed legislation preventing Wall Street from using bailout money for bonuses (The Pay for Performance Act, HR 1664).

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Grayson also teamed up with Rep. Ron Paul to pass the Paul-Grayson Amendment, providing for the first independent audit of the Federal Reserve in a century, which uncovered $16 trillion in bailouts. Grayson has developed innovative policies to help the struggling middle class. For instance, Grayson’s Mandatory Mediation Program cut foreclosures in his county in half, and was so successful that the Florida Supreme Court ordered it adopted statewide.

Time and time again, Grayson has exhibited grassroots leadership as well. He attracted over 100,000 signatures on petitions against corporate money in politics, and 100,000 more against cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. His 2010 campaign drew contributions from almost 100,000 people, far more than any other Democratic Member of the House. His YouTube channel is the most-watched channel of any Member of the House, with almost 10,000,000 views.

Grayson also has been a compelling and forceful voice for Progressivism in the media. For example, Grayson boiled down the Republican healthcare plan to this: “Don’t get sick!” He has appeared on national TV hundreds of times, articulately defending Progressive principles. Grayson says what many others are thinking, but no one else is saying. A short clip of Grayson explaining Occupy Wall Street on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher a few weeks ago quickly reached 500,000 views on YouTube. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow says that Grayson has a knack for explaining Progressive ideas in clear, plain terms. MSNBC’s Ed Schultz has said about Grayson, “this man is what it’s all about!”

America Needs Alan Grayson in Congress

The Progressive Movement needs an honest, fearless leader like Alan Grayson.

And Alan Grayson needs your help. Grayson famously said that Wall Street controls our economic policy, Big Oil controls our energy policy, and the military-industrial complex controls our foreign policy. Thanks to the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, Wall Street, Big Oil and the military-industrial complex can spend, and have spent, unlimited amounts of money to defame and defeat Grayson. Alan Grayson needs our help to fight back, and to fight for our Movement.

Justice, Equality, and Peace. Jobs, Health, and Peace. Grayson for Congress

WHO? Congressman Alan Grayson & AFL –CIO President Richard Trumka, Ed Asner, Michelle Phillips, John Heard, Elliot Gould, Ed Begley Jr., Mike Farrell, Joan and Kurtwood Smith, Jon Bauman, Eric Roberts, Earl Katz, Mimi Kennedy, Frances Fisher, Peter Coyote, Sara Nichols. Producers Norman Lear, Jeff Wald and Jordan Sommers, Stephen Nemeth , Naren and Cheri Shankar, Joel Diamond, Michael Butler, Jan Goodman and Jerry Manpearl, Lili Haydn, Vivek Maddela, Lila Garrett, Nina Merson, Jodie Evans, Teray Stephens, and educator Paul Cummins SO FAR.

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WHAT WILL WE HEAR? Alan Grayson’s powerful Progressive Voice: “What we have now is a government of the lobbyists, by the lobbyists and for the lobbyists. What we need now is a government of the people, by the people, for the people. And the alternative has a name- People Power. Together we are demonstrating a whole new paradigm of government. A government in which our elected officials know their best shot at government is NOT catering to lobbyists and selling favors. “

Hear It Now

WHERE: 939 San Vicente Boulevard, Santa Monica

WHEN: Saturday, 12 November, 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. $100.00 PDLA, ADA and Pacific Palisades Members: $75.00

ALSO: 7:30 p.m.: Exclusive sit-down dinner with Alan Grayson, Richard Trumka and select members of the Advisory Committee C0-Chair $5,000 Co-Host: $2,500 or Sponsor: $1000

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Items for auction:

  • Pink cowboy boots.
  • Flag tie, signed.
  • Photoshopped movi poster - George Clooney as Grayson
  • Vanity Fair profile, signed
  • Button: The Republican Healthcare Plan – Die Quickly! (how many?)
  • Button: Grayson for Congress (how many?)
  • Air Force One napkin (how many?)
  • Presidential Jelly Beans
  • Air Force Two matches
  • Vial of air from the South Pole – purest on Earth
  • Antarctica merlot
  • Zimbabwe $50,000,000 bill
  • Ethiopian Jewish figurine of Moses
  • Grayson Sunday brunch
  • Grayson Sunday dinner