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Late, as usual

I’m late, as usual.  But it’s still useful, so here you go.  Note that Michael sent this out on 9/22.

Note From Michael Moore

9/22/08

Friends,

This is it. The time has arrived! At midnight tonight, you can be one of the first people ever to legally download, for FREE, a brand new, feature-length film. It’s my new movie, “Slacker Uprising,” and I’m giving it to you as a gift of thanks for coming to my films over the 20 years I’ve been a filmmaker.  

It’s also one of my contributions to help get out the vote November 4th. That’s why I’m giving you my blanket permission to not only download it, but also to email it, burn it, and share it with anyone and everyone (in the U.S. and Canada only). I want you to use “Slacker Uprising” in any way you see fit to help with the election or to do the work that you do in your community. You can show my film in your local theater, your high school classroom, your college auditorium, your church, union hall or community center. You can have your friends and neighbors over to the house for a viewing. You can broadcast it on TV, on cable access, on regular channels or on the web. It’s completely free — I don’t want to see a dime from this. And if you want, you can charge admission or ask for a donation if it’s to raise money for a candidate, a voter drive, or for any non-profit or educational purpose. In other words — it’s yours!

“Slacker Uprising” chronicles the 62-city tour I did leading up to the 2004 election. It is electrifying to see the tens of thousands of young people who were ready then for the uprising — and who, this year, are actually making it happen. This is my concert film tribute to the young voters who are going to save this country from four more years of Republican rule.

There are a number of ways, beginning at midnight tonight, that you can download or stream “Slacker Uprising” thanks to our distributor, Brave New Films:

1) Blip.tv will provide standard resolution streaming, free of commercials and advertising.
2) Amazon Video on Demand will provide a high quality version of the above stream.
3) iTunes will make it easy for you to download “Slacker Uprising” on your iTunes, iPod, or Apple TV, and view it there or transmit it to your television. This way, the film can be portable as well as for home viewing.
4) Hypernia is providing bandwidth, servers and management to host “Slacker Uprising” online, so you can download the film and view it at any time or burn it onto a DVD.

I am fortunate to have all these great people bringing you my movie for free. There will be no ads and they have all agreed to supply their services free of charge. All of them wanted to be part of this historic moment when the first major feature-length movie is being released for free on the internet.

(For those of you who don’t download, there will be a low-cost DVD available.)

This past Thursday we held the world premiere of “Slacker Uprising” in Ann Arbor (you can read about it here). The response was incredible and I want to encourage you to screen this movie with large groups. I believe it will inspire our get-out-the-vote efforts at a time when we need to get millions registered in the next two weeks.

Thanks again for all your support over the years. I hope you’ll like my new film. It’s all yours, anytime after midnight tonight. Enjoy!
Yours,
Michael Moore
MMFlint@aol.com
SlackerUprising.com
MichaelMoore.com

And here’s the trailer:

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The Motherlode of all Voter Registration Diaries

Hat tip to Jack and Jill Politics.  Go here to find all you need to know … that’s EVERYTHING … about how to register to vote, including info for felons, a hot topic as we approach registration deadlines (more on that soon).  The info is broken down by state, complete with links, phone numbers, and deadline dates.  As an example, and because this is where I live, here’s the info for Alabama:

Alabama

Deadline for registering to vote is Friday, October 24, 2008.

Voter registration form is here.  Request a form to be mailed you, here.

All forms should be sent to your county board of registrars, the list is here.

Absentee Ballot download, here.  Information on absentee ballots, here.

Contact Information:

Alabama Secretary of State
334-242-7210

Now, wherever you live, run to this Diary, find your state’s info, get informed, get registered, get your friends and neighbors registered, and then vote!

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Elections Matter

It’s already old news by this morning that last night, Al Gore finally stepped up to the plate and endorsed Barack Obama for President.  We could have a debate about whether or not he should have or could have done this during the primary, but it would be sort of silly.  Obama has won the nomination without him.  We could also have a pretty interesting discussion about whether or not Gore would have done this for Clinton, but that might also be silly and fruitless.  Of course, if you want to have the debate, I’m up for it.  Just ask.

What I’d like to focus on, though, is part of the text from Gore’s endorsement.  If you’d like to watch the whole thing and Obama’s speech after, please head over to Zennie’s Zeitgeist.  Really, please head over there and watch it.  You’ll be glad you did.  But I just want to look at a piece of Gore’s endorsement that ties up something I’ve tried to focus on here at AshPolitics.

I’ve said recently that if you care about our Constitution, you should, “Do your homework and use your vote.”  I trust that as you read my blogs and the blogs of others, as you learn about the issues facing us in this election, you will figure out that elections matter.  Al Gore went to the same place in his endorsement:

In looking back over the last eight years, I can tell you that we have already learned one important fact since the year 2000: take it from me, elections matter. If you think the next appointments to our Supreme Court are important, you know that elections matter. If you live in the city of New Orleans, you know that elections matter. If you or a member of your family are serving in the active military, the National Guard or Reserves, you know that elections matter. If you’re a wounded veteran, you know that elections matter. If you lost your job, if you’re struggling with your mortgage, you know that elections matter. If you care about a clean environment, if you want a government that protects you instead of special interests, you know that elections matter. If you care about food safety, if you like a T on your BLT, you know that elections matter. If you bought poisoned, lead-filled toys from China or adulterated medicine made in China, if you bought tainted pet food made in China, you know that elections matter! After the last eight years, even our dogs and cats have learned that elections matter.

Pay attention to the second sentence there:  “If you think the next appointments to our Supreme Court are important, you know that elections matter.”  Reproductive choice matters.  The right to habeas corpus matters.  Supreme Court justices, therefore, matter.  Who we put in the White House, who has the opportunity to appoint justices to the Court, therefore, matters.  It matters very much. 

If you aren’t registered to vote, then for heaven’s sake, get registered.  Learn about the candidates.  Get educated on the issues.  And then use your vote wisely.  Elections matter, folks.  They really matter.      

 

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