Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Filibuster Stories Go Here

Got any filibuster stories? Post them here.

Quick update. As Bobby menioned, there is a passing reference to the Stanford Filibuster. We put our Filibuster for the Filibuster flyer on our website and will include photos as soon as they are available. If you take any pictures you want on the web, feel free to send them to me.

Check out the Stanford Students for Choice filibuster flyer and make sure to read Marie's earlier post.


At May 11, 2005 5:43 PM, Blogger Marie said...

Okay, just getting back from being out there 5 hours today (I was just having so much fun! I really couldn't leave) I spoke for maybe 2 hours off and on and got through some great stuff - Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, a speech by Harry Reid, The Giving Tree, 2 Chapters of America: The Book - A Citizens Guide to Democracy Inaction, part of the chapter on Ann Coulter in Lies, and the Lying Liars who tell them, and repeated our statement many times over. The throat is a bit scratchy now but my heart is warm :) Were done with six hours - I'm tired already - respect to Princeton for doing this over two weeks. I got a kick out of one of my profs stopping by for a half hour, though he tried not to show it, he is one of the only Democrats in conservative Hoover. His speech was very nonpartisan.
Wow, thanks for everyone who's been helping out. We want to keep this going, make sure to help out by signing up for another slot tomorrow or later on. We can't do it without you.
Thanks everybody!!

At May 11, 2005 6:08 PM, Blogger christie said...

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At May 11, 2005 7:26 PM, Blogger Marie said...

Okay, forgot to say this before. The filibuster is already extending! We got sign ups till 5pm tomorrow already. Seriously, I think I can get more of my PS114 reading done if I filibust it out. Second shifts, 3rd shifts, lets make it happen.

At May 11, 2005 7:31 PM, Blogger Dean Wallace said...

Like Marie it was hard to leave once I was there. I'm in a pretty boring class right now and want to get back to the filibuster. Lots of people stop by and have no idea what the filibuster is, but after some explanation are compelled to sign the two letters to their senators. Just wanted to say that our filibuster had passing mention in an article on Princeton's filibuster on

Other protests have been organized at Harvard, Stanford , Berkeley, Boston College, Tufts, Yale, University of Texas-Austin, and Carleton College in the past three weeks.

Lets keep the filibuster going for days and we'll definitely get more coverage and people hearing what we have to say!

At May 11, 2005 9:40 PM, Blogger Eric Z said...

I'm all for may be a lot to wish for, but what if we beat out princeton?

At May 12, 2005 12:41 AM, Blogger Gilbert Martinez said...

If ya'll make it through the Saturday, maybe I can show up. Actually, I'll be able to make it tomorrow.


At May 12, 2005 6:28 PM, Blogger Marie said...

Okay, high point of my day, reciting Romeo and Juliet with Dean from 4-5 this afternoon. Rocked my world. Our bag of letters to Senators is getting huge. I couldn't be happier with how this is going, and how engaged people become when they learn just a little bit about the issue. Keep it up amazing people, it's been fun.

At May 12, 2005 6:43 PM, Anonymous Varoon from Berkeley said...

Wow...looks like you guys are going strong.

Keep up the good work!

At May 13, 2005 4:10 PM, Blogger debz said...

Yesterday i emailled the organizers of Filibuster Frist at Princeton (which clocked 384 hours in total) to let them know of our progress, and today they sent me this long-ass email. I thought you guys might want to have a look. Oh, and I'm totally famous - check out the Filibuster Frist 'Across America' section:

"Dear Debashish,

Your filibuster on the Standford campus is wonderful, exciting news. Thanks for keeping us in the loop. As you know, we've ended the Princeton filibuster proper but we are already putting into place our plans to maintain an activist postion on campus until the filibuster question is resolved one way or another.

My suggestion to you is that you keep the filibuster going as long as you can until the filibuster question is resolved. I assume people are enjoying themselves with it.

After ensuring the continued health of the event itself, you will want to generate as much attention for it as possible, as well as work to bolster its appeal and legitimacy.

We will be happy to help you with contacting media. Four pieces of advice for now.

1. Get the attention of your local media outlets, from the campus paper to the local papers. A filibuster event makes for good visual footage. Local television is often the door to greater local and national attention.

2. Get faculty to participate. This is more useful than, I expect, you know. The media love the fact of faculty participation, especially when it is a place like Stanford with a lot of really interesting and prominent minds. We got much more attention, and generated much more appeal, with the participation of a nobel-winning physicist than all of the political VIPs who showed up.

a) You have an excellent law school, something Princeton lacks. Professors of law -- any of them, but especially constitutional scholars -- work really well in this context and excite the media.

b) I have two specific suggestions. The chair (?) of your Classics dept. is Ian Morris. He is a very charismatic speaker and a deep, wide-ranging thinker. Another person, whom I believe is on campus for the year, is Josiah (Josh) Ober, a Princeton professor of ancient Greek history, with the same qualities as Ian. You can contact them, telling them that I suggested you do so, explain what the event is about, what its intentions are, and ask them if they would like to speak. You should give them the option of simply reading from a favorite text, as most of your participants are doing, but ask them if they might be able to convey some of their own thoughts on the filibuster issue. Josh is a historian of ancient Athenian democracy and, if he has time, would be able to speak eloquently and importantly on questions of how a democratic community should regulate itself and to what ends. (I am assuming that neither Ian nor Josh support the nuclear option; I don't know it for
a fact.)

Ian is also well-positioned to put you in contact with other faculty whose participation he thinks would benefit the event. (And, Josh, would you be able to get a statement from Victor Davis Hanson that the students could read at the event and/or post on-line? If VDH is, in fact, made nervous by the nuclear option, his opinion would carry some weight, associated as he is with the conservatives.)

I am copying this message to them, so your invitation to speak can be short. But if you are interested, you should make a formal request. Please remember that they are very busy. (Josh and Ian, if you're interested in learning about the Princeton event, you should go to

3. Despite the greater relative appeal of professors, you should still try to get California elected officials, from the local, state and national level, involved. Contact their offices, explain your actions and intentions, and invite them to come participate in the filibuster. Many of them, especially such luminaries as Boxer and Feinstein and Pelosi, will not be able to attend. But they may very well send representatives to read their statements. I know Pelosi just issued a statement supporting the Princeton filibuster (I'll send the attachment in the next email; you should post it on-line if you can). It would be especially neat if you could get one of their staffers who is a Stanford graduate (of which I am sure there must be many) to speak on their behalf.

One note on political figures: we have found that the best way to generate appeal and legitimacy for the event is to frame it is as a non-partisan issue (which, in fact, it ought to be; ask John McCain or Lincoln Chafey). Therefore, while we have encouraged elected officials to participate, we have shied away from representatives of political action organizations, especially those of an explicitly Democratic orientation or who take strong positions on deeply polarizing issues. We have tried very hard to keep our event about the filibuster and nothing else. You should, of course, craft your own strategy.

But, while I am thinking about it, you might consider targeting for participation conservative faculty who support the preservation of the filibuster in its present form. If well-known as conservatives, their participation lends a lot of legitimacy to the argument that the filibuster is important for the US system of government, that your event is not about protecting the interests of a certain party or political faction.

4. Publicize each of the notable speakers, whether academics or politicians. Do you have a website? You should. You can issue press releases on it, announcing significant participants. You can put your schedule of speakers up on it. Anyone interested can view it; most of the media were primarily following our website by the end of our activities. You can also issue press releases to announce notable speakers. As I said, I would be happy to help you with that.

Again, my thanks and congratulations.

Best regards,


At May 13, 2005 4:38 PM, Anonymous a Princeton organizer said...

Keep up the good work, folks. You make us proud, and you make our democracy strong. Keep the movement alive!

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