Gravel Wraps Up Pittsburgh, New York City Swing

Senator Mike Gravel wrapped up a 3-day campaign swing through Pittsburgh and New York City at the Sheraton Hotel where he addressed an enthusiastic crowd attending Reverend Al Sharpton's 9th Annual National Action Network Conference.

"There are candidates speaking at this convention today that have said that 'nothing is off the table with regards to Iran'. This is a reference to war, perhaps nuclear war. This is nothing but immature leadership." Senator Gravel, well known for his filibuster in the U.S. Senate which led to the end of the Vietnam War draft went to to say, "George Bush does not have the boots on the ground today to invade Iran because of my filibuster 25 years ago."

"We are losing an entire generation of our young men and women to our jails and prisons. Drug addiction is a public health issue. Rather than incarceration, we must place a much greater emphasis on rehabilitation." Gravel said that America's drug laws unfairly target the poor and the inner cities, and referenced a law passed by congress in 1986 that demands a mandatory five-year prison sentence for selling five grams of crack cocaine. "You would have to sell 500 grams of powder cocaine to get the same five-year sentence."

"Listen to what the other candidates are saying. They want to withdraw combat troops. They want to leave tens of thousands of soldiers and Blackwater contractors on the ground in Iraq. We must give the Iraqi's back their country and stop the civil war. We must enlist tens of thousands of Iraqi's and instead of giving them guns, we give them shovels and pay them to rebuild their country" said Gravel Thursday on Sirius Radio with host Alex Bennett. "I will withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq within 60 days and raze Abu Ghraib prison and Guantanamo. We must tell the world that the United States does not stand for torture. It is unacceptable human behavior."

Thursday evening, Senator Gravel addressed the Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century where he talked about his military experience and his outrage at the government's treatment of Iraq War veterans. "How is it that it took the Washington Post to tell the Congress that Walter Reed was mistreating our veterans." During the Q and A, the question was asked whom the senator liked in the race. "I like me. With your help, I'm going to win."

On Wednesday, Senator Gravel was awarded the Progressive Panther at the University of Pittsburgh for his achievements in the U.S. Senate, "I am truly grateful for this honor."

Comments

Rehab, not jail

i couldn;t agree more that the old law that automatically gets you 5 years for cocaine posession is crazy. We should be sending poeple to drug rehab, not prisons. There's been a study that showed that for every dollar we spend on drug rehabilitation, we get 7 back. Being "tough" isn't the answer in this case, we'll jsut overcrowd prisons and create a society of outcasts that have nothing left to lose

narconon

The narconon project tries to help people with addiction but i don't think that incarceration is an option

One thing I agree with is

One thing I agree with is that drug addiction is a real social epidemics and incarcerating people with drugs problems will only make things better as they need healing not more degradation. As far as I know opiate addiction is one of the most common form of drug dependece, perhaps the change should start from here.

Cnn debate

Dear All Mike Gravel supporters,

Mike should be included in the upcoming debate on CNN. If you want to help, please call Jim Walton, President of CNN Newsgroup, personally in his office at 404-878-1720. If enough people call, which I and many of my friends already have, maybe theyll change their minds. Please post this number as many places as you can so we can get a high call volume.

Go Gravel!

Ari Rutenberg

Ari.rutenberg@gmail.com

Good Job!

Senator Gravel keeps impressing me more and more. Too bad that they didn't air any segments from Senator Gravel's address to the National Action Network convention. I'm glad that he brought the issue of Iran, and linked it to his filibuster of the draft. A good connection linking a current issue with the Senator's vast experience. Also, I'm glad that he raised the issue of minimum sentencing and the drug war. Thank you for taking a strong stand against torture and abuse at Guantanamo. I also like his response to the obnoxious question of "who do you like in the race?" That question should be discredited on its face since it is never posed to the perceived frontrunners but rather the perceived dark horses in the race to make their candidacies appear less legitimate. I didn't like the Senator's response to the question in the debate in Carson City (when he said he'd vote for Vilsack or Richardson since I felt it took away some of the seriousness of his campaign) but this answer now was perfect, humorous, and straight to the point. Keep it up, things are looking better.

Is there any place to get audio, video, or a transcript of the Senator's speech at the National Action Network?

I agree, we need more video availibility.

It would be nice if a volunteer could video each speech Senator Gravel makes and get it on utube or Google video. Since the media refuses to recognize Senator Gravel much, we need exposure in another way. The Internet could do this for us.

DON

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FINDING PICS AND VIDEO OF MIKE GRAVEL ON THE INTERNET

 I had good success today with this Yahoo search :

"mike gravel" redeployment.

Lots of interviews with our candidate.

One picture of Mike with the author and  "granny" in Keene, NH

One had video of some Congressman from Montanna,  but for some unknown

reason , I could not hear the audio;  the picture was very good.

 I tested out putting the link in here , That worked, however,

when I used the link , our webmaster threw out the entire reply.

That might be perfectly the thing to do , because the cashe of that site was

prohibited to me by my server, on account "anonymizing utilities."

  tannhauser PACOM  ,  tanaiste

PUT THE VIDEO ON THIS SITE !

I have been getting up to speed on the "redeployment" issue today.

I got great results from this Yahoo search :  "mike gravel" redeployment .

Some of the blogs had video ( I did not see one of Mike Gravel,

but I did see one of Mike Lange  R-Montanna at DIRECT DEMOCRACY:

http://mike_connery.mydd.com/

And many sites had pictures of Mike Gravel. For example ,

straightmute .blogspot  had a pic of the author, Mike,

and granny in Keene , NH  !

I tested some cashes of some sites , and for many I got a prohibition

from my server due to "anonymizing utilities."   ?  Does this

site anonymize the utilities ?   I suppose doing such a thing might

lead to pornography and I don't know when I forgot whatall ! a la

Gonzoles  !

I did like this site , which I guess our candidate favors, as they streamed

the forum from Las Vegas, and promised "interactive." THINK PROGRESS

I think I recall I was at  :  http://thinkprogress.org/?tag=election

The above don't light up on my screen as a web address . (Now it does -- I added

two  //s.  Ain't computin' FUN   ?   ?      ?

 tannhauser PACOM  ,  tanaiste

Great Idea Donald

Gravel 08