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GARLIC & GRASS
A Grassroots Journal of America's Political Soul
http://www.garlicandgrass.org

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Wednesday, October 6, 2004
Garlic & Grass presents...
>>> 1-2-3 DEMOCRACY <<<
A Party for Grassroots Democracy
A Benefit for Instant Runoff Voting
A Musical Showcase for Three Great Local Bands
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Read below or online at...
http://www.garlicandgrass.org/123Democracy
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WED OCTOBER 6TH @ THE FABULOUS EL RIO
3158 Mission St. :: San Francisco, CA
http://www.elriosf.com
8-12pm :: Doors at 7pm :: $7 :: 21+

ALL PROCEEDS GO TO THE:
Center for Voting and Democracy
http://www.fairvote.org

GROOVY LIVE MUSIC BY:
Sunfire Pleasure
Chemystry Set
Research & Development
[sets will be 50 min.]

SPEAKERS INCLUDING:
** MATT GONZALEZ **
STEVEN HILL, Center for Voting and Democracy
JUNE BRASHARES, Activist Violently Arrested on TV at the RNC
RENEE SAUCEDO, Green Party
TOM AMMIANO, Democratic Party (invited)
[speeches will be 3-10 min.]
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TIRED OF BEING CALLED A 'SPOILER'?
Want to vote for somebody who actually speaks for you -- without pissing off
your friends and family? Come out and support San Francisco's pioneering
reform. Instant Runoff Voting -- or 1-2-3 Democracy -- lets you rank your
choices and thus makes 3rd party candidates both "votable" and "electable."
Why party now? We get to use 1-2-3 Democracy for the first time here in San
Francisco this November 2! So join us and sound the bells. Let's make 1-2-3
Democracy work here in San Francisco -- and push it far and wide so that
everyone in the country gets to vote for whomever they choose in November
2008. Find out more about how it works, support this progressive change, and
hear some great live music. Come on down to the fabulous El Rio and party
with your fellow citizens in an event for grassroots democracy. It's as easy
as 1-2-3.
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3 NAMES FOR THE SAME THING
No need to get confused.
Instant Runoff Voting = Ranked Choice Voting = 1-2-3 Democracy
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HOW DOES IT WORK?
Instant Runoff Voting is as easy as 1-2-3. Let's say you really want to vote
for Ralph Nader, but you don't want to elect Bush. So you enter on your
ballot Nader as your #1 choice. Then you put John Kerry as your #2 choice.
Done! If Nader doesn't get enough votes to win, your vote counts for Kerry.
Easy as 1-2-3! You can even put down a #3 choice too, for, say, David Cobb,
the Green Party candidate.
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WHY PARTY NOW?
This great reform is coming to San Francisco! This November 2, it will be
used by all San Franciscans (but only for local elections). In order for
1-2-3 Democracy to spread statewide, and eventually nationwide, so that
every citizen can rank her choices, it needs to go smoothly here. 1-2-3
Democracy is a straightforward idea, but it's not impossible to imagine
people becoming confused. And we don't want to give the corporate media or
the powers that be any excuse to repeal this progressive reform. So we need
to do some voter education before November 2. The Center for Voting and
Democracy (CVD) is doing a great job educating people every day, but they're
not exactly flush with funds. If we can educate ourselves and our friends --
and raise a few hundred bucks for the great hard-working folks at CVD --
we'll ensure that this reform goes well here and then spreads far and wide.
That's why now is the time for you to come out and support 1-2-3 Democracy!
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SUNFIRE PLEASURE :: http://www.sunfirepleasure.com
Sunfire Pleasure is a five-member psychedelic rock band with elements of
funk, prog-rock, metal, ska and jazz. With a searing lead guitar and
thundering rhythm section, tempered by a flute and sexy female vocals, the
band has weaved its distinctive style into an explosive and enticing new
sound.

CHEMYSTRY SET :: http://www.chemystryset.com
Chemystry Set is a five-member afro/prog/punk/groove/whatever
music-of-the-moment family with a strong leaning towards creative musical
twists, explosive rhythms and lyrics that poke beneath the surface.

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT :: http://www.researchanddevelopment.us
Research & Development is a six-member prog/funk/new wave/jazz extravaganza
featuring lush horn arrangements, sprawling orchestrated compositions, and
an intriguing blend of whimsy, mystery, humor, and grandeur.
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BY THE WAY
Yours truly will be emceeing this event and also playing a few songs on
guitar for your listening pleasure. If you like G&G and enjoy what we do,
come on out to support and participate in our first ever bricks-and-mortar
event!
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In peace,
Tony

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Tony Brasunas
Publisher
GARLIC & GRASS
A Grassroots Journal of America's Political Soul
http://www.garlicandgrass.org
tony@garlicandgrass.org


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