Action #1: Waking Amy!
Help us get David Ray Griffin on Democracy Now!
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May 13th Update - BREAKTHROUGH!
Thank you everyone who participated in our "Waking Amy" campaign. Your emails and phone calls to Democracy Now asking them to have David Ray Griffin on the show have paid off. Last week a group of us from the 9-11 Visibility Project met with Amy Goodman when she was here in Seattle on her book tour. After acknowledging she had received hundreds of emails, she told us she was definitely going to have Dr. Griffin on her show. I also called the studio today and spoke with producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous, who confirmed this. He said he was going to call Dr. Griffin's publisher, Interlink Press, immediately and set up a date for the interview.
This is a major breakthrough! Dr. Griffin is the author of the book, "The New Pearl Harbor," which provides a sober and rational analysis of the evidence for US Government complicity in the events of 9/11. Democracy Now reaches hundreds of thousands of viewers/listeners around the world, and is a mainstay for the peace and justice movement in the US.
Now is the time to thank Amy and the producers and staff of Democracy Now. This is just as important as your earlier emails. We need to show them our support for their decision, which could trigger a shift in the alternative media's overall coverage of the 9/11 issue. Please send the following email to Amy and the Democracy Now staff:
(copy and paste or use your own words)
Dear Amy and the folks at Democracy Now,
Thank you for committing to having Dr. David Ray Griffin on your show. This is a crucial step forward for the 9/11 families and citizens of the world who have been demanding for almost three years truth and accountability regarding likely Bush Administration complicity in the event of 9/11. Please contact the 9-11 Visibility Project as soon as you have a date for Dr. Griffin's interview, so they can help promote the show.
Thank you and sincerely,
EMAIL ADDRESS QUICK-LIST
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firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
THE ORIGINAL ACTION ALERT
|We Love Amy Goodman! Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a national, daily, progressive, independent, news program airing on over 140 TV and radio stations in North America. Democracy Now is a leading voice in the national, alternative media, and regularly provides hard-hitting, critical analysis of the corporate media and US government. While having not yet asked the important questions surrounding 9/11, Democracy Now is considering having David Ray Griffin on the show, author of the book, The New Pearl Harbor. This would be a major step forward for the 9-11 Truth movement and the national alternative media in general, as The New Pearl Harbor provides a sober and compelling analysis of the evidence for US Government complicity in 9/11. Please read our recommendations below and then call and email Democracy Now today!
Feel free to copy and paste, but keep in mind it is always better to use your own words. If you do copy and paste the sample letter, please preface it by saying, "I endorse the following letter from the 9-11 Visibility Project." Similarly, if you borrow long phrases from the sample letter, you may want to indicate that it's a quote by saying something like, "I endorse the 9-11 Visibility Project action alert statement that..." This way each letter makes its own personal statement without being repetitive.
Dear Democracy Now producers and staff,
Thank you for your unrelenting critical analysis of US and World politics. I am a big fan of your show. I am writing today to ask you to please have David Ray Griffin on your show, professor, theologian and author of the new book, "The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11." Dr. Griffin provides a sober and rational analysis of evidence strongly suggesting US Government complicity in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Consider the following: There has been no serious investigation into 9/11. The current commission is not asking the important questions being demanded by the 9-11 families, who are now more frustrated than ever. Also, not a single person in the FAA, NORAD, or any of the intelligence agencies has been reprimanded, despite the official claim that 9/11 resulted from a massive "failure" in our intelligence and air defense systems. For these reasons as well as other compelling evidence detailed in Griffin's book, the notion of high-level complicity can no longer be dismissed as "conspiracy theory," and must be taken seriously.
Please note also that Howard Zinn has endorsed Dr. Griffin's book, and Princeton University Professor Richard Falk has written the foreward. Dr. Griffin is a highly-respected Professor of Philosophy at the Claremont School of Theology in California, and is the author and editor of more than 20 books.
Lastly, a free press is the keystone of democracy, but it must be willing to ask the difficult questions. If 9/11 was America's version of the German Reichstag fire (and evidence suggests it was), these questions need to be asked now, while we are still able to ask them. As you know, we cannot rely on the corporate media to be our watchdogs. You are our best hope in this regard. Please do the right thing. Please respond when you have a date set. The 9-11 families, all Americans, and the citizens of the world are counting on you.
Thank you and sincerely,
Also read an open letter to Amy Goodman from 9/11 Visibility Project webmaster Emanuel Sferios.
Try to do everything below, but if you feel overwhelmed, just do one or two things. Remember the best approach is to establish and then MAINTAIN contact. Call and/or email a few times a week. In your emails, ask that they respond back. Ask them to give you a date for Griffin's interview. Be friendly but persistent. Remember the gravity of the issue.
Phone: (212) 431-9090
Calling is the most important thing you can do! Suggestions: Ask for a producer. If none is available, talk to whichever staff person answers the phone. Ask them to call you back when they have a date for Griffin's interview. If you don't hear back within a week call them again. Please be friendly and persistent.
FAX: (212) 431-8858
Remember, a FAX often gets seen by lots of office staff. Send one if you can.
Email everyone individually, or copy/paste the quick-list below.
General email account: email@example.com
Producer/Correspondent Jeremy Scahill: firstname.lastname@example.org
Producer Mike Burke: email@example.com
Producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous: firstname.lastname@example.org
Outreach Coordinator Denis Moynihan: email@example.com
EMAIL ADDRESS QUICK-LIST (copy and paste):
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
ONLINE COMMENT FORM:
You can use this form in addition to emailing everyone individually, but it is not sufficient by itself.
SNAIL MAIL ADDRESS:
Although they take more time to send, postal letters are often taken more seriously, for this very reason.
PO Box 693, New York, NY 10013
Recommended Talking Points
- First off, note that the primary reason Democracy Now is considering having David Ray Griffin on the show is because his book (certain to be attacked as "conspiracy theory") has been endorsed by none other than Howard Zinn, author of "A People's History of the United States." Zinn--along with Richard Falk, who wrote the Foreword--is the most prominent left academic in the US to date (in league with Noam Chomsky) to endorse the full critique of the official story of 9-11. Others are certain follow his example, since many have simply been waiting for an opportune time to come forward. So be sure in your emails and phone calls to Democracy Now that you mention Howard Zinn's endorsement of Griffin's book.
- Next, be aware the alternative left media has been traditionally hesitant to address issues easily attacked as "conspiracy theories." Unfortunately, the conspiracy theory label has been effectively used in the past to marginalize dissident voices. To deflect these attacks, the left media chooses to frame their perspective using what they describe as an "institutional analysis" rather than a "conspiracy analysis." The idea is that US foreign aggression is the logical and expected consequence of corporate, profit-based institutions. Of course there is no contradiction between the two types of analysis. The point is simply to be aware of this perspective when you speak or write to them. For example, you may want to use the word "complicity" rather than "conspiracy" in your emails and phone calls.
- Remember to always be polite. Thank them for their commitment to peace and justice and for covering issues (like Haiti) typically ignored by the corporate media. Remind them that the Bush Administration's complicity in 9-11 is one of these same issues, and that 9-11 continues to be the driving force behind the war on terror.