Sunday, July 6, 2008

Moveon Rally for an Oil Free President

By: Barbara Wright

Our July Action Event is set: On Wednesday, July 9, from 5-6pm we will hold a “Rally for an Oil Free President” with other MoveOn members. The location is to be 735 E Washington Ave. We will meet at the designated location during the rush hour, 5pm. We will be waiving signs with the high prices at the gas station as our backdrop. We will also have educational flyers to hand out to pedestrians and passing cars. Hundreds of MoveOn chapters across the country will hold similar rallies. We are not targeting the gas stations or their owners themselves, but our location at gas stations will highlight the problem, and hopefully draw attention with great visuals. That’s where You come in! Please come and help us get this important word out.

McCain has ties to Big Oil, and the American people know it. We want to communicate our displeasure with the Failed Energy policies of the past that John McCain keeps rolling out and show our support for Barack Obama and his view of an Energy independent America that emphasizes renewable resources. MoveOn members held similar rallies in the summer of 2006 for an ‘Oil-Free Congress,’ and they went great. So we can feel confident that this event will be one that both members and those driving by will respond to. Register for this event at:

Why are we doing this? For the last 8 years we've had an oil-funded president. Gas prices have risen to all-time highs, little is being done to curb global warming, and the Oil Industry is making record profits. Now Big Oil has a new candidate for president: their friend John McCain. McCain has taken over $1 million from the oil and gas industry. He has 20 former oil lobbyists running his campaign -- and now he's returning the favor by pushing for coastal oil drilling that will line the pockets of Big Oil and do nothing to help us with high gas prices. We simply can't count on McCain to fix our energy crisis, and we can’t count on the mainstream media to get the message across. So on July 9th, we'll tell the local and national media: the American people need an Oil-Free President -- and that is NOT John McCain. Can you spend an hour next Wednesday educating Madison commuters about the differences between the McCain and Obama energy policies?

For more information call Barbara at 256-8804. We hope to see you there!!!

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