Voter suppression is easier if it's done in the dark
My friend who is coordination Voter Video sent a mass email out to 1,000 filmmakers and cameramen to get their help. (If you dabble with a video camera and can be in Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, or any hotly contested state, please offer to help.) Most of the replies she's been getting are positive, but a couple of Republicans have replied, and it's pretty funny. Here's the email she sent me:
Some guy decided our endeavour “is a thinly veiled effort to subvert our election process,” because he doubted we were going to go into union halls. (Presumably to show voter intimidation by unions.) I don’t get the hostility, and frankly, I don’t think he understands that our effort is a documentary about what happens when you get TO the polls, not before hand. Though, that would make a good story, too.
I thinks he’s a Rove operative.
I just had this guy send an e-mail bitch at us claiming that we were graduates of the Michael Moore school of documentary making, and claims that the Republican party of the Emancipation Proclamation is still the same party that esteems and protects individual rights. His subject line suggested we were actually getting funding! He thinks we’re being paid by some agenda-driven, wealthy ideologue! If he only knew that it’s a handful of people who don’t want Jacksonville, FL pt. 2 to occur without someone to note it – and that in that handful of people is one newly unemployed citizen, and 3 overworked and underpaid ones. If he thinks our tiny gaggle is a threat, I wonder what he thinks about Election Protection.
I too have to wonder what these guys are thinking. If the RNC thinks that they are doing the right thing by sending a bunch of Freepers to the polls to look for elderly black women to harass, then they should be proud to have it on camera, wouldn't you think?