If the media didn't cover it, did it happen?


Hell yes, it happened.

A one year anniversary protest and rally against Blackwater was held on Saturday, September 13th in front of Blackwater lobbying firm Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice's headquarters in downtown Winston-Salem. The protest coincided with protest rallies held the same day at Blackwater facilities located in San Diego, Idaho, and Illinois. The event was sponsored by Blackwater Watch. Co-sponsors included North Carolina Stop Torture Now, UNC Chapel Hill Students for a Democratic Society and Fight Imperialism-Stand Together. There was no coverage of the event by the mass media. The protest was covered by alternative media however and video will be available for later viewing.
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Headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice is the third lobbying firm hired by Blackwater since October 2007. Womble Carlyle lobbyists representing Blackwater are: John Mashburn, former general counsel and policy director for Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., who is the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee; and Mark Harkins, who was chief of staff to Rep. Brad Miller, D-N.C., chairman of the Investigations and Oversight subcommittee of the House Science and Technology Committee.

It's a crying shame that North Carolina's most powerful institutions - the General Assembly, our federal officials, the media, have all closed ranks in silence about the mercenaries. America is a free country, they say, and war is good business. So what's the big deal if the revolving door spins one more time? I wonder what Congressman Brad Miller thinks of Mark Harkins' move to the Dark Side? He's too much of a gentleman to say anything, I'm sure. So I'll say it for him: Prostitution is good business too.

Elizabeth Dole

I have meet Elizabeth Dole about 36 yrs ago but not by choice but by being pulled out of class and being put on the bus in S.C to go to one of her events.This lady did'nt ask the parents for permission for child to be pulled out of class.When i was at the event she claimed then that she lived in S.C. Now today she claims that N.C is home but i fail to see that since she stays in Kansas more than N.C.When Elizabeth Dole used me as a child to make looked like i adore her that makes me sick still today.Just goes to show you she'll use anything or anyone to get elected.Go Kay Hagan you got my FULL support.

52 Days: Dole’s irresponsible votes have left American soldiers vulnerable and unprepared

DAY 52

Today in Winston-Salem, Kay continues her discussion of her recently released veterans and military policy with the help of Viet Nam veteran Sen. Max Cleland at her seventh Veterans’ Town Hall. What has Elizabeth Dole done for our troops in combat? She voted against funding for armored humvees and opposed billions of dollars for new protective gear. Dole’s irresponsible votes have left American soldiers vulnerable and unprepared at a time when they are counting on their country to protect them while they protect us.

Read the entire post to read more on today's reason on why Elizabeth Dole is wrong for North Carolina and check back for updates over the next 52 days.

53 Days: Dole votes against First Responder funding

DAY 53

Yesterday served as a reminder to thank our first responders for their sacrifices and the bravery they exhibit on a daily basis. Across the country, first responders stand ready to react to any emergency and protect Americans who need help. However, during her tenure in the U.S. Senate, Elizabeth Dole has consistently voted against funding for first responders, denying them grants for working in higher risk areas, grants to improve communications and money for training bioterrorism workers.

Read the entire post to read more on today's reason on why Elizabeth Dole is wrong for North Carolina and check back for updates over the next 54 days.

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