Hacking Democracy

Celebrating our independence

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4 julyHappy Independence Day!!
As we celebrate our independence on this special day, it’s useful to remember some of the things that make our country so amazing.  Tops among the many achievements we can be proud of is the right to vote in fair, free and transparent elections.  The Three Wise Guys is broadcasting an interview today with Susan Pynchon, Executive Director of the Florida Fair Elections Coalition in DeLand.  She has concerns, as many others do, that this bedrock of our democracy is endangered.  Hope you can check out this most informative interview today @ 6:30 pm on WMFE 90.7 FM. And please view some of the links on their website if you haven’t done so already.  They’re quite a revelation.
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Expose on Florida voting problems

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From the same producer of the “Hacking Democracy” film, Simon Ardizzone created the short film (above) “Protecting Democracy.”  It shows glaringly some of the problems that continue to haunt voting in Florida and the hard work that Susan Pynchon, Executive Director of Florida Fair Elections Coalition, has done and continues to do to promote election integrity.  She and Associate & Research Director Kitty Garber will conduct a panel discussion after the movie event on June 24th.  The questions surrounding the 2016 elections, which are still being investigated by the federal government, have yet to be resolved.  This short film generates even more questions and concerns.

The Fourth Estate, alt-facts and Russian hacks

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By Keith Simmons, USA TODAY

Also tying into the upcoming event and pertinent to the recently released information about Russian hacking of our election system, is a link to a piece in the CFL Grassroots Progressives website.   There’s a letter from the Supervisor of Elections in Seminole County stating that Russian hacking into our elections “didn’t work” and a rebuttal based on the recently leaked NSA document

The “fourth estate” is becoming an increasingly important resource for the protection of our democracy.  By forsaking alt-facts and publishing the truth, even if leaked by career civil servants, the legitimate media organizations are fighting against the extensive dysfunction and rampant rot within our three branches of  governmental “checks and balances.”  Sadly, these checks are now proving useless in protecting our country against “enemies foreign and domestic” but, thankfully, we still have a free press that is proving resilient in combating this corrupt administration.

Regarding the upcoming “Hacking Democracy” movie event, Daily Kos had a write up about the movie recently with a link to viewing the movie for free on-line. 

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/5/8/1660116/-Hacking-Democracy

Please view it on-line if you can’t attend or view it at home and come to the event later for the panel discussion to ask questions (around 3:00 p.m.)  If you can’t make it to the event, questions can be sent here or to email: cflgrassrootsprogressives@gmail.com or twitter account: @CenFLGrassroots and we’ll compile the questions/answers and publish the results from the panel.  We’d like to start a seriously overdue dialogue about the state of our electoral system and this could be a good start. 
Also, please sign up for email updates from CFL Grassroots Progressives as they continue to add to their site with useful information for resisting and winning.
 

Next Event–“Hacking Democracy”

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Our next event through the CFL Grassroots Progressives organization is June 24th–the Emmy award-nominated movie “Hacking Democracy” featuring a panel discussion with activists from the Florida Fair Elections Coalition.  They have inside and up-to-date data on our current election system/results from the 2016 election.  Information is above.  Please reserve a seat as seating is limited.  Parking is limited so car-pooling or parking on Edgewater Drive or side streets is recommended.  Publix is one block south of the Hall and parking is allowed there as well.  See you there!

Regarding the upcoming “Hacking Democracy” movie event, Daily Kos had a write up about the movie recently with a link to viewing the movie for free on-line.  http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/5/8/1660116/-Hacking-Democracy

Please view it on-line if you can’t attend or view it at home and come to the event later for the panel discussion to ask questions (around 3:00 p.m.)  If you can’t make it to the event, questions can be sent here or to email: cflgrassrootsprogressives@gmail.com or twitter account: @CenFLGrassroots and we’ll compile the questions/answers and publish the results from the panel.  We’d like to start a seriously overdue discussion about the state of our electoral system.  Hopefully, this could be a good start.    Here’s some additional information about Russian election hacking from the Supervisor of Elections in Seminole County and a rebuttal letter to his claim.