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New Initiative Calls for Mass Protest on Nov. 3 if Election is "Stolen"

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We speak with Medea Benjamin, an organizer with the No Stolen Elections campaign that is calling on people everywhere to engage in protest and non-violent civil disobedience if they find that significant fraud in the election. [includes rush transcript]

  • Medea Benjamin, an organizer with the No Stolen Elections campaign. She joins us from Palm Beach, Florda.

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AMY GOODMAN: As we turn to Palm Beach, where Medea Benjamin is standing by, an organizer with the No Stolen Elections campaign. Welcome to Democracy Now!

MEDEA BENJAMIN: Hey, Amy. Thanks for having me on.

AMY GOODMAN: What’s happening in Palm Beach, Florida?

MEDEA BENJAMIN: Palm Beach, Florida, is the home of the infamous Theresa LePore and the butterfly ballot. She’s up to her same tricks this time around, disenfranchising voters. The longest lines in the whole State of Florida for early voting are happening right here. Eight hours and 40 minutes from yesterday at one of the polling stations. Making people who didn’t get their absentee ballots stand on those same long lines even though it was the fault of the county for not sending out the absentee ballots in time. A lot of people will be disenfranchised. And the question is what happens on November 3, Amy, and that is a question for the whole United States. If there is a stolen election again, we are trying to organize people around the country, and particularly here in Florida, to say we won’t stand by quietly and let it happen again. That’s why this No Stolen Election campaign has been put together, and we encourage all of your listeners to go onto the website which is nov3.us. Take the pledge that you will be out there on the streets with us on November 3, if need be.

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