ABOUT VELVET REVOLUTION
Velvet Revolution is a term coined to describe the peaceful
road to change in countries where governments ignored the
inalienable rights of the people.
A few inspiring Velvet Revolutions occurred in the former Soviet
Union, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, South Africa, and of course,
most recently in Ukraine. The citizens of those countries, tired of corruption and
arrogant power, joined together by the millions in a sustained
campaign of opposition – they demonstrated, boycotted, petitioned,
and engaged in strikes until the pillars of power were replaced by
the halls of the people.
("VR") is a network of more than 120 progressive organizations reaching millions
of people demanding progressive change through our VR Media, Electoral Reform,
Conflict Resolution and Youth Revolution Campaigns. Indeed, Americans everywhere are excited about our many recent successes including
helping to bring Election Reform issues and the Downing Street Memos to the
attention of the American public. Our
Board is diverse, experienced and strong. Although the VR name and concept
are relatively new, the people and organizations behind it are not.
VR is not a new startup but rather a continuum and the next logical step
for those involved -- a marriage in which strengths are magnified by the
common goals of the partners. Indeed, it is experience, ideas and vision
that provide the promise of success for VR.
The Need for VR
VR's issues are not a matter of Right and Left. They are a matter of Right and
Wrong! The tactics and the power of the Democrats and progressives in this country
have not been sufficient to check the actions of a corrupt Republican agenda.
The left has not
been able to develop the necessary tactics to win this battle for the heart of
America, despite the
fact that there are many fine progressive organizations with many members.
The leadership of the Democrat Party has generally engaged in a pattern of
appeasement, and few organizations have had the clout or backbone to go
toe to toe with the right. In many major battles recently, the Democrats have
rolled over, and the result is a frightening world of perpetual war and
civil strife, both literally and figuratively, led by a President who is
blind and indifferent to the destruction he sows.
VR was conceived to fight for the Constitutional rights of all American
citizens and to fight the corrupt tactics of the Right and the Left where
warranted. In short, VR has taken the lessons learned abroad
where despotic, corrupt and war-mongering governments ignored the rights
of the people, and the people themselves rose up en masse and refused to
back down until positive change was secured.
VR is putting together one of the most massive coalitions of progressive, democratic and religious organizations ever joined in the United
States to stand up against a corrupt Anti-American agenda in D.C. We are
bringing together such groups, supporting their efforts, and mobilizing our own.
A list of just some of the groups that we are working with is on the front
page of our website, www.velvetrevolution.us,
and it is growing each day.
VR is a citizen's brigade that will use every available legal and peaceful
means to depose the a corrupt agenda, no matter where it is found (currently,
the so-called "neo-conservatives" are leading the way in this regard!)
from the corridors of power. Our
allegiance is not to political parties, but to the will of the people in
support of their right to the free pursuit of happiness and a government as
advertised: Of the People, by the People and for the People.
- We will lead with truthful information through all types of media,
starting with the Internet and the use of cutting-edge technology, which
we are even now developing and using online with lightening speed.
- We will have a 24/7/365 war room mentality - instead of waiting for
elections and campaigns - to respond quickly and effectively to lies and
self-serving political propaganda.
- We will have grant making ability to be able to immediately deliver
funds to our members, large and small, to support their opposition actions
on the ground, on the net, and across the airwaves.
- We will have email lists with tens of millions of members who can
act on a dime to mobilize opposition to un-Constitutional power grabs by the
political and corporate elite.
- We will have a battery of volunteer and paid attorneys who can go
into court to quickly stop major assaults on the rights of the people.
- We will take over where the corporate media has failed us, creating
our own media starting with the Internet and moving into radio and TV.
- We will employ economic boycotts against companies and states that
oppose the freedom of the people.
- We will be unrelenting in our drive to secure information about
wrongdoing by those who abuse their power.
- We will use the full power of the citizenry to fight for what is just.
- We will not be scared. We will not be intimidated.
VR's first campaign targeted electoral reform. It is our belief that
the past three national elections have been tampered with and are most likely aberrations
of the American Voters intentions. The evidence
mounts, and yet there is a disappointing lack of widespread action. VR
has changed this by becoming a leader in election reform with many
successes and many more to come.
VR has built a massive mobilization effort to demand that the nine major voting machine companies (which happen to
largely and undemocratically be supporters of just one major political party)
make their machinery transparent, verifiable, tamper-proof and providing auditable ballots. Our website,
has a wealth of information about election reform, updated daily with the
most reliable information. We are also supporting litigation and legislation
to require election transparency, and we are one of the first major
organizations to support a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right
of all citizens to vote.
- We are demanding that the media do its job rather than merely reporting
what the elite power structure wants us to hear, and we will create and support independent
- We are opposing the war in Iraq and support peaceful dialogue and policies
- We are supporting freedom in the broad sense of the word, and especially
- We are opposing religious based rationales for governmental action and we
- We are galvanizing and mobilizing young people to join this revolution.
Last fall in Ukraine, we saw how an organized opposition was able to tear down decades of
corruption and despotism in just a few short weeks, without any bloodshed, all
because they were prepared. They did this by the actions of less than 1% of the
population in Independence Square. We have learned from these lessons and will act
now to bring change here at home. We have organized quickly to lead in a way that
will inspire people to follow.
VR will use the lessons learned in civil rights movements
worldwide to insure that the policies and laws of the United States
respect a rule of law based on the inalienable rights of freedom, liberty,
peace and happiness.
millions of Americans have made it very clear recently that they want a
government that is tolerant, honest and respectful.
Quite simply, we will lead and continue the fight in this great country
for Truth, Justice and the American Way. VR is your movement.
We are a citizens brigade! And without you...we're nothing!
Feel free to email
if we can answer any other questions or if your organization may be
interested in coming aboard as an affiliate organization!
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