Howard Zinn died suddenly of a heart attack while swimming in the pool in Santa Monica on January 27; he was 87.  I Googled “Zinn Tribute Death”; 1,790,000 results popped up.  Add my homage to the list; with a twist.

First, assuming some of you would be unfamiliar with Professor Zinn’s work outside of the fact he authored, A People’s History of the United States; I looked for an obituary that encompassed at least what I knew to be the highlights of his life-long activism.  The Washington Post printed an obituary on January 28; they were doing a pretty good job until this:  “Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Roslyn Zinn of Auburndale, Mass….” I knew that Roz, as he called his beloved wife and editor, had died in 2008.  (In the interest of full disclosure, I will tell you that WaPo finally got around to printing a brief correction, 3 (three) days after that glaring mistake.

Despite my recent travails with the Boston Globe – see, “jbjd” BANNED in BOSTON – I found their obituary much better; at least they mentioned Howard’s involvement with the labor strife at Boston University, which occupied so much of his time and energy in his last years there as a tenured Professor.  (For those of you who don’t know, Martin Luther King, Jr. received his Ph.D. in Philosophy at BU, and years later an honorary D.Div. Dr. King honed his preaching skills in Marsh Chapel, located adjacent to the School of Divinity, at the mid-point of the sprawling urban campus.)

Here is a portion of that Boston Globe obituary:

As he wrote in his autobiography, You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train (1994), “From the start, my teaching was infused with my own history. I would try to be fair to other points of view, but I wanted more than ‘objectivity’; I wanted students to leave my classes not just better informed, but more prepared to relinquish the safety of silence, more prepared to speak up, to act against injustice wherever they saw it. This, of course, was a recipe for trouble.”

Certainly, it was a recipe for rancor between Dr. Zinn and John Silber, former president of Boston University. Dr. Zinn, a leading critic of Silber, twice helped lead faculty votes to oust the BU president, who in turn once accused Dr. Zinn of arson (a charge he quickly retracted) and cited him as a prime example of teachers “who poison the well of academe.”

Dr. Zinn was a cochairman of the strike committee when BU professors walked out in 1979. After the strike was settled, he and four colleagues were charged with violating their contract when they refused to cross a picket line of striking secretaries. The charges against “the BU Five” were soon dropped.

(Note from jbjd:  The Globe misidentified the strikers on the picket line Howard would not cross, as “secretaries.”  They belonged to District 65, Clerical and Technical Workers Union, the first clerical workers to organize at a private university, a full decade before Harvard.  The 900-member bargaining unit included several positions in addition to Secretary, representative workers from all of which positions staffed the picket lines.)

The best recollection of those heady times comes from Professor Zinn.  In “Remembering Murray Levin,” a touching eulogy to his long-time friend and BU colleague, Professor Zinn provides a vivid account of campus strife.

Silber was ruthless in dealing with opposition. For student demonstrators, he was quick to call the police. Faculty faced the kind of punishment overbearing administrators can deal out: if untenured, they had little hope of getting tenure, whatever their record in scholarship and teaching; if tenured, raises in salary were withheld.

Murray, long tenured, with a distinguished record in teaching and publications, saw his salary held down again and again. But he never wavered in his outspoken opposition to what was becoming more and more of a police state at Boston University: censorship of student newspapers, intimidation of activist students, the taking of photos of faculty and students who walked on picket lines. The Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts issued a report on Boston University, saying it had never before received so many complaints of violations of free speech about any other institution in the state.

The campus conflict came to a head over the refusal of the Silber Administration to recognize the newly formed American Association of University Professors (AAUP) faculty union, the District 65 union representing secretaries and clerical workers, the union of library workers. While resisting decent salaries for secretaries, Silber was raising his own salary year after year by huge increments, until he was getting more than the presidents of Harvard, MIT, Yale, Princeton—indeed, he became the highest paid university president in the country. And his captive Board of Trustees, which faculty came to see as a politburo doing the dictator’s bidding, was giving Silber special bonuses and real estate deals.

In a National Labor Review Board (NLRB) election, the faculty voted to unionize. But after a contract was negotiated, Silber reneged and, in an unprecedented action, the faculty went out on strike. Picket lines went up immediately in front of all the major buildings on campus. Murray Levin was a stalwart of the union. Our radical corner of the political science department consisted of Murray, myself, and Frances Fox Piven—and we all became heavily involved in strike activities. The secretaries, their union still unrecognized, within days went out on strike, and the streets around Boston University now saw a rare sight in academe—faculty and secretaries walking the picket lines together in solidarity.

I confess, I had a selfish reason for wanting to see the labor unrest at BU mentioned in Howard’s obituary:   I met him during that time, when he became my first college professor.  This was a ‘lecture’ class in Political Science, so designated because the primary manner of teaching had him standing at (or leaning on) a lectern at the front of the auditorium, speaking to students (and several non-students) crammed into stationary rows of seats arranged in increasingly higher levels moving further away from him, anxious to be ‘swept up’ in the ‘cause.’  Grades were based on written assignments and class participation.  We routinely numbered well over 100 students, more than were actually enrolled and could expect to receive a grade.  Not surprisingly, much of the class discussion related in some way to the labor turmoil on campus.

I had begun working at BU shortly after the NLRB Certified the election that brought District 65 onto the campus but before recognition and negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement.  Like most of my co-workers, I had no background with organized labor.  But in the spring of 1979, when union organizers – some from campus, some from the parent union who had come from out of town – advised, the only way to compel management to join us at the bargaining table was to walk off the job, I went.  I found temporary work by day and staffed the picket lines by night, holding my sign, “Clerical Workers are Tough.”  But after a couple of days of communal defiance, the euphoria of taking a stand subsided.  Now we grasped the imminent threats of losing our jobs.  We would have benefited from some hand holding from the more seasoned organizers.  Only they were nowhere to be found, busy giving interviews to the press, and meeting among themselves.  The next morning, I found them.  ‘The ‘union’ is issuing position statements in the Globe; yet no one has asked my opinion of anything. What’s the difference between management deciding what is best for me; or the union?  If you don’t schedule a general meeting this afternoon, I will cross the lines tomorrow.’  The next morning, I went back to work.  Within a few hours, I received a call from one of the organizers:  a general membership meeting would be held that afternoon.

I repeated this story in class, correctly anticipating I would incur the wrath of some of my classmates, just as my conduct had outraged (and surprised) some of my co-workers.  But I feared this disclosure could alienate my esteemed teacher.  On the contrary; Professor Zinn, who would refuse to cross our picket lines, defended my decision.

Walking alone across campus, I saw Professor Zinn engaged in animated conversation with a man I recognized as Professor Murray Levin.  Howard was already a legend by this time; I had no pedigree.  Speaking up in class was one thing; here, I had no classmates to act as buffer.  But my presence on the path clearly had been detected; going around the two men would have made me even more conspicuous.  Now, I would have to say something.  So, living in my head, I practiced a polite “hello,” determined I could at least get that out, and then keep on walking.  All would have gone according to plan except that as I was making my exit, Professor Zinn exclaimed, “Wait!,” reaching out his arm to draw me into their conversation.  He turned to Professor Levin.  “Murray, I want you to meet my star pupil.”  I could have predicted at that time, I would never forget those words, or how special I felt when he spoke them, for as long as I live.

(Talks with management stalled during our first contract negotiations in the fall of 1979.  I was a member of the Contract Committee; my first project had been to survey the rank and file so as to determine their positions on the issues BEFORE we drafted the proposal.  We were set to meet to take what could be our first strike vote, which would also be the first strike of clerical workers at any private university.  (Technically, that spring walkout was in response to an Unfair Labor Practice, that is, BU management refused to recognize the NLRB-Certified clerical workers union; this would be an economic strike, over our collective bargaining agreement.)  The meeting was to take place at Marsh Chapel, which had always served as a neutral site for labor gatherings.  But just as we began assembling in the plaza abutting the Chapel, word came down, in an apparent attempt to stave off a strike vote, Dr. Silber had not only denied permission to meet there but also threatened to have anyone inside arrested for trespassing.  We knew he meant what he said.  Hundreds of employees from both ends of campus could be seen, walking toward the plaza; several members of the press had shown up, prepared to capture this historic event.  I commandeered a scout.  ‘See if the auditorium in the basement of CLA is open.’   It was.  Now, I proposed we should surreptitiously file into the auditorium, grabbing members of the press along the way.  I figured, by the time Dr. Silber found out where we had gone, with reporters and cameras; he would not do anything about it.)

(We checked in at the door to pick up our ballots for the strike vote.  But when the motion was made to vote to strike, I stood to make an objection.  ‘How can we take a strike vote without voting on whether we accept the proposal on the table, first?’  Union officers and national organizers, sitting on the stage, agreed.  Chaos ensued; union members were trying to tear their official ballots in half, prepared to vote twice.  Now, I shouted, ‘Stop!  You cannot use a defaced ballot!’  The room became silent.  ‘The first vote, that is, the vote on whether to accept the proposal on the table, does not have to be secret.  This can be a hand or voice vote; if the proposal is not accepted, the vote on whether to strike can be done with the secret ballots.’  A representative from the National union shouted from the stage.  “We can always count on you, ‘jbjd.’”)  (We rejected management’s proposal and voted to strike.)

Now, after Howard’s death, reading these lines from his eulogy to his dear friend, Murray, I confirmed the reason my teacher had held me in such high esteem 30 (thirty) years ago.

It would be hard to characterize his politics in simple terms; “socialist,” “radical,” “progressive?” In the thirty-five years I knew him, including twenty-four years as his close friend and colleague at Boston University, there was never any occasion to describe him in any of those ways.

Murray Levin… refused to accept the orthodoxy of American liberalism—its pretensions to democracy, justice, equality. …Despite his huge teaching load (which included advanced courses on American political ideas and Marxist philosophy), as well as his political involvement, Murray never stopped writing. He wrote several iconoclastic books on Edward Kennedy—refusing to go along with the reverence of so many liberals in Massachusetts for the Kennedy clan. His book Political Hysteria in America: the Democratic Capacity for Repression was in many ways an ideological companion to Herbert Marcuse’s One-Dimensional Man in its puncturing of the myth of American tolerance.

See, Howard equally rejected political ideologues cloaked in banners that identified their wearers as grounded on the left; or on the right.  And despite all of his literary accomplishments, in his world of civil disobedience, words apparently held less import to him, than deeds.  And nothing, it seems, meant more, than combining words with corresponding consistent deeds to promote social change.

Here’s how he explained this ‘modus operandi’ for change, in the essay, “Changing Minds, One at a Time,” which appeared in the March 2005 issue of Progressive Magazine.

That question leads me to a larger one, which I suspect most of us have pondered: What does it take to bring a turnaround in social consciousness…

It seems to me that we need not engage in some fancy psychological experiment to learn the answer, but rather to look at ourselves and to talk to our friends. We then see, though it is unsettling, that we were not born critical of existing society. There was a moment in our lives (or a month, or a year) when certain facts appeared before us, startled us, and then caused us to question beliefs that were strongly fixed in our consciousness–embedded there by years of family prejudices, orthodox schooling, imbibing of newspapers, radio, and television.

This would seem to lead to a simple conclusion: that we all have an enormous responsibility to bring to the attention of others information they do not have, which has the potential of causing them to rethink long-held ideas. It is so simple a thought that it is easily overlooked as we search, desperate in the face of war and apparently immovable power in ruthless hands, for some magical formula, some secret strategy to bring peace and justice to the land and to the world.

“What can I do?” The question is thrust at me again and again as if I possessed some mysterious solution unknown to others. The odd thing is that the question may be posed by someone sitting in an audience of a thousand people, whose very presence there is an instance of information being imparted which, if passed on, could have dramatic consequences. The answer then is as obvious and profound as the Buddhist mantra that says: “Look for the truth exactly on the spot where you stand.”

But there is still a large pool of Americans, beyond the hard-core minority who will not be dissuaded by any facts (and it would be a waste of energy to make them the object of our attention), who are open to change. …It is a challenge not just for the teachers of the young to give them information they will not get in the standard textbooks, but for everyone else who has an opportunity to speak to friends and neighbors and work associates, to write letters to newspapers, to call in on talk shows.

The false promises of the rich and powerful about “spreading liberty” can be fulfilled, not by them, but by the concerted effort of us all, as the truth comes out, and our numbers grow.

Notice that, nowhere in his essay, “Changing Minds…” did Professor Zinn use the word R-I-D-I-C-U-L-E.  Not once did he suggest, even if informed engagement fails, ridicule is an appropriate tack to impose on different thinkers.

You will understand then, given Professor Zinn’s overarching emphasis on working for social change through teaching and education, whether reading and writing books or, “speak[ing] to friends and neighbors and work associates…”; and his rejection of ridicule as a tool for such change; I was struck by the outpouring of post-mortem accolades from thousands of so-called Progressives on internet sites like Daily Kos; Democratic Underground; Politijab; and the Huffington Post.  Ha!  These are the same people who resort to ridicule (this includes name calling) and smears to chill the expression of opposition to Barack Obama, their favored candidate in the 2008 general election.  (To be consistent, given his anti-Obama sentiments, instead of praising Howard Zinn, these Progressives should rightly excoriate him, too.  See, for example, his “Obama at One” essay, published in The Nation two weeks before his death. He opens with this line:  “I’ve been searching hard for a highlight. The only thing that comes close is some of Obama’s rhetoric; I don’t see any kind of a highlight in his actions and policies.”)

Let me be clear:  I presume posters on those Progressive blogs share a good faith belief in the sincerity of their tributes to Howard Zinn.  But I also believe they are thumbing their noses at the principle of ‘educating for change’ that guided his life work.

Which brings me to that ‘twist’ I mentioned earlier.

In living loving tribute to the memory of this gifted teacher, I issue this challenge to all of you so-called Progressives from sites like Daily Kos, Politijab, Democratic Underground, and Huffington Post who join me in mourning the passing of the late great Howard Zinn:


If you have been making fun of those people who question whether Barack Obama is eligible to be President under Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution, stop.  Professor Zinn said, take seriously your “enormous responsibility to bring to the attention of others information they do not have, which has the potential of causing them to rethink long-held ideas.”  Now, I know his admonitions cannot be carried out literally in this case, since no information available to you in the public record can establish, Barack Obama is eligible to be President under Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution.  (Of course, conversely, nothing exists from which his critics can confirm, he is not.)  But that’s no reason to call anyone names.

However, simply not engaging in conduct that is intended to chill speech is insufficient to pay tribute to the man. I challenge you to go further.

Some of us suspect that members of the DNC Services Corporation who Certified to state election officials Barack Obama was Constitutionally qualified to be President in order to get these officials to print his name next to the D on the general election ballot; failed to ascertain beforehand, he was eligible for the job.  And plenty of evidence that is available in the public record supports the conclusion, they did not.  (Please note, even assuming these D’s swore he was Constitutionally qualified without first determining this was true; this does not mean, he is ineligible for the job.)

See, the laws in some states require candidates whose names appear on the ballot must be eligible for the job.  In those states, members of the DNC Services Corporation or of state Democratic clubs, Certified to state election officials, Barack Obama was Constitutionally eligible to be President, getting these officials to print his name next to the D on state general election ballots.  But no state requires any public official to check.  So, citizens who had enacted these laws in their states decided to check, on their own.  They asked those Democrats who had submitted these Certifications to their state election officials, on what documentary basis did you ascertain Mr. Obama was Constitutionally qualified for the job?  But the D’s wouldn’t answer.  Next, citizens turned for help to their Attorneys General who, under state constitutions, are the chief law enforcement officers in the states.   Specifically, they charged that members of the D party had certified Barack Obama was Constitutionally qualified to be President just to get his name printed on the state ballot, but hadn’t actually ascertained he was eligible for the job.  They submitted well pleaded complaints, detailing the overwhelming circumstantial evidence that supports their charges, including the fact D officials refuse to identify the documentary basis for Obama’s Constitutional Certification.

But in what can at best be characterized as a flagrant abuse of discretionary authority, these state government officials, Republican and Democrat alike, refuse even to acknowledge receipt of the complaints, let alone to investigate these reported crimes.  In this regard, the dismissive conduct of these elected officials toward citizens of the state mimics that of Certifying members of the D Corporation (and, in the case of TX, the state D club).  (See, CLUBS RULE)

Surely you agree, Howard Zinn would not suffer such a display of hubris from either public officials or party representatives without a fight!  And, admiring his sense of fair play – as you obviously do – neither should you.

Accept this challenge to do something about this.  Here’s how.

Contact these A’sG in applicable states – so far, GA, HI, MD, SC, TX, and VA – on behalf of those citizens who have petitioned their government to investigate charges of election fraud and let them know: ignoring the people in this way is unacceptable.  And, if you are from an applicable state, become one of these citizens.  (Complaints are posted in the sidebar of the blog; varying numbers have been downloaded and filed in each of the 6 identified states.)  (I assume other states have similar ballot eligibility requirements; look up the laws in your state and get back to me.  If yours is an applicable state, I will draft another complaint. If you’re not sure, come to the blog with your research, and ask.)

Keep in mind, working together is how the disparate unions at  BU – Faculty; Clerical and Technical Workers; Librarians; and Buildings and Grounds – managed to gain recognition and obtain collective bargaining agreements.

Finally, please, stop calling those of us who are addressing the issues related to Barack Obama’s Constitutional eligibility for President, racists.  That’s just plain stupid.  (To see what my son looked like at age 3, click on this link to my story on Curtis Cooper.  They look so much alike, my son thought I had posted a picture of him.  REST IN NOBLE PEACE, CURTIS COOPER )

P.S. Searching the internet, you can find plenty of material describing Professor Zinn’s general disdain for Barack Obama.  I liked this interview with Amy Goodman from Democracy Now!, in May 2009 entitled, “I Wish Obama Would Listen to MLK.”  (The tape is set to cue at the 35:00 mark.)

(I was unable to embed this video but it is well worth watching.  Also, the transcript can be found below the video, at that same link.)

Read the transcript here.

Again, my reasons were partly selfish.  The 15-year-old girl he mentions at around the 40-minute mark, the girl who refused to give up her seat on the bus 9 (nine) months before Rosa Parks, is Claudette Colvin.  I mention her whenever I have the opportunity; I was pleased but not surprised, the ‘People’s Historian’ Howard Zinn would know about her, too.

P.P.S.  For further reading about Claudette Colvin, see this story that appeared in the New York Times in November 2009.


  1. Texas Voter says:

    What an inspiring story. How fortunate we all are that you have this background.

    I’m not holding my breath until opponents decide to play nice with us becasue they are taking marching orders from Saul Alinsky-styled Marxists.

    Texas Voter: Thank you. But even if detractors are Marxists, this does not mean, they wish to appear hypocritical. Let’s wait and see, first, whether we can count on our ‘loyal opposition,’ for help. ADMINISTRATOR

  2. CherrieLane says:

    Amazing story, as are you, jbjd.

    CherrieLane: Thank you. And welcome to the blog. (I cannot help noticing, you are from HI; have you downloaded and filed a citizen complaint of election fraud? Just asking…) ADMINISTRATOR

    • CherrieLane says:

      “Just asking” is fine.
      Downloaded today, you suggest faxing to all persons and
      not registered mail?

      CherrieLane: Registered mail is fine; I just did not want costs to prohibit citizens from sending these documents. Good luck; you will feel wonderful when you add your name and HI address to that complaint and send it off.

      The critical documentation is proof of sending to the AG.ADMINISTRATOR

    • CherrieLane says:

      Thanks, I had a good friend tell me about this site, he had sent one off here in HI as well(he hasn’t heard anything yet). I’ll be sure to keep you abreast of any communication on their behalf. I’m sending mine off tomorrow 2/27/10.
      I’ll do all I can to spread the word, to those who will listen to reason.
      Thank you for all of your work and long hours putting all of this together.

      CherrieLane: You are welcome. Yes, spread the word about the work that goes on here at this blog, and the documents prepared and offered free of charge, on the honor system. But please, you need not reason with people; just give them the link. I have done the rest. ADMINISTRATOR

  3. Michelle says:

    jbjd-what a wonderful compliment, from a wonderful person, extremely touching. Who knew those years ago his star pupil would be at the center of this DNC criminal enterprise. Observant and prescient.
    “Murray, I want you to meet my star pupil.” I could have predicted at that time, I would never forget those words, or how special I felt when he spoke them, for as long as I live.

    Michelle: It is incredible. Because those people from sites ‘on the left’ who keep tabs on “jbjd” – Politijab has pages of comments I have posted throughout the internet, over time – wrongly assumed my politics were ‘on the right’ based on my campaign to expose the election fraud that gave us BO. They seemed oblivious even to the idea that my work could be independent of party or political affiliation. Then, when Howard Zinn died, they made sure to go on the record with their thoughts on the passing of this admitted leftist star. I thought, ‘How can you ‘love’ him and yet ‘hate’ me? You need to examine the work more closely.’ And it hit me: my relationship with Howard might be that ‘thing’ that allows them to set aside their animus long enough to take a good look at the work.

    This was my homage Howard. (In his honor, I included that beautiful over-sized photograph of Murray Levin, too.) ADMINISTRATOR

  4. Michelle says:

    I re-read the story of Curtis Cooper, coming from Chicago I am familiar with the South Side and the political horror stories there. This has been going on for generations. “Blood Money” was mentioned and it so true, it is so corrupt and punishing to the people who live there and Curtis and his family have paid the highest price, a tragedy that did not need to happen except for the greed of the corrupt politicians. Murder by corruption would it be considered murder 1? That had to break your heart since your son and Curtis look so much alike. I have to say a prayer for him and his family. I know many people like guns, but I hate them because of all the children in that area that were killed by bullets in their chronic drive by shootings. I would guess hundreds of children by now and what for, money, drugs, power, gangsta cool? Sickening. I worked with many mothers and fathers from that area, they are good people just trapped by unjust circumstances topped off by the worst corrupt politicians ever. Notice the politicians live in mansions, away from their constituency. One of these fine days these folks are going to rise up and get decent government-I hope and pray. I love the stories you tell about your son, now I can picture him much better.

    Michelle: I posted that picture of Curtis Cooper when I learned BO had been awarded the Nobel Prize. (Rest in Noble Peace…) I wanted to somehow honor his memory, in the midst of this ‘slap in the face’ (a child dies as the result of corrupt practices in Chicago; and one of his killers is awarded the Nobel Prize). ADMINISTRATOR

  5. Pete says:

    Your teacher was not a leftist. Nope, he was a information and education intellectual and asked how it applies to society person. The problem with social and political science (or for that matter global warming) is that some pick certain facts, while others pick different facts.

    Questioning Obama and his past aren’t things to be ridiculed, this is what Jefferson and Madison expected us to do. This was our mandate as a free people, to remain free, and to ensure a government that was of the people. Those whom use ridicule for questioning Obama do not believe in the ‘spirit’ of this democratic republic, or of the Constitution from which it was formed.

    Your teacher wrote “I don’t see any highlight in his action or policies”. That just sums it up nicely. When Obama could have released his records and ‘settled the issue’, he had justice department blogger teams ‘ridicule’ people like you. These are not the actions of someone interested in freedom and Constitution. These activities would have set off alarm bells not only in patriots, but ‘leftists educational minds’ if they weren’t blinded by party glasses.

    Pete: Welcome to the blog. Yes; as this memoir exposes, I was apprehensive about Professor Zinn’s response to what I considered to be principled ethical conduct – countering my union officials when I thought they were wrong – because I so respected his opinion AND I was not yet sufficiently familiar with his teachings to predict he would approve. (Since that time, he has been supportive of every ‘fight’ I have reported.)

    Interestingly, after I posted this article, I received an apology from a commenter ‘on the right,’ who tended to discount my ‘motives’ in trying to expose the problems of the 2008 election ostensibly because I refused to adopt ‘his’ particular definition of NBC.

    Another blogger ‘on the right,’ one of my most ardent critics – he dismissed the work because I had supported HRC and he wrongly assumed, I was a D (I am Unenrolled) – made a much-needed financial donation to the blog, specifically so that I could continue my efforts in TX. Let’s see what is the response from the blogs ‘on the left,’ named in the article. ADMINISTRATOR

  6. azgo says:

    Hello jbjd,

    Great story about Howard Zinn and of course, his ‘star pupil’. Wow, I was in Boston (Lexington, Belmont and Cambridge) during the summer of 1979. I knew something big was going on but I couldn’t figure it out ’til I read your story. (he he!)

    I have a friend in Alabama and I’ve referred this person to your web site. I’ve been enticing this person to check out Alabama’s election laws to see how the laws are written to get the candidate’s name on the ballot. I hope this happens as I think we have another state to add to the collection.

    Meanwhile, I have found this information . What do you think?

    Here is the prettiest certification yet, as required by Alabama law. I didn’t know they came in color;
    (note – the three signatures),+certification+of+nomination,+president&hl=en&gl=us&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESjBNYQo3DaKYE4dVuh-UH73BXcyNDOOZtP2T5PTMzaWXDaOtXF5m4YcYDd7h1tJE_tfWsVpulZtnryXeCWFfz6u1AwkQSeZh5coPub5ehH0q0473q1tkkV_PLnlnmtapKdEIV5Q&sig=AHIEtbSeV5JQG2gzGNAlYIqHKIck9-MULg
    Here are the state of Alabama laws:

    “Section 17-13-101

    Applicability of Section 17-9-3 and this chapter.

    The provisions of Section 17-9-3 and this chapter shall apply to presidential preference primaries held under the provisions of this article unless clearly inconsistent herewith or inappropriate for the conduct of a presidential preference primary.”

    “Section 17-9-3

    Persons entitled to have names printed on ballots; failure of Secretary of State to certify nominations.

    (a) The following persons shall be entitled to have their names printed on the appropriate ballot for the general election, provided they are otherwise qualified for the office they seek:
    (1) All candidates who have been put in nomination by primary election and certified in writing by the chair and secretary of the canvassing board of the party holding the primary and filed with the judge of probate of the county, in the case of a candidate for county office, and the Secretary of State in all other cases, …”

    Section 17-14-31

    Certification of names of candidates; nominating petitions; names of electors; statement of electors.

    (b) The certificate of nomination by a political party convention must be signed by the presiding officer and secretary of the convention and by the chair of the state executive or central committee of the political party making the nomination. Any nominating petition, to be valid, must contain the signatures as well as the addresses of the petitioners. Such certificates and petitions must be filed in the office of the Secretary of State no later than the 6th day of September next preceding the day fixed for the election.

    azgo: OMG! Sweet Home Alabama! Hopefully, your efforts will inspire others to look up the laws in their states – for themselves and for their friends!

    AL will need one extra step. Your friend – or someone else in AL – will need to contact the AL SoS. See, as you found, the law says:

    The following persons shall be entitled to have their names printed on the appropriate ballot for the general election, provided they are otherwise qualified for the office they seek:

    This is slightly different from saying, ‘All candidates whose names appear on the ballot must be eligible for the job.’ That is, under AL law, while only those qualified are entitled to be on the ballot; technically, this does not mean, the SoS cannot exercise discretion to place someone’s name on the ballot, notwithstanding the candidate is ineligible. (Remember, citizens are not actually voting for POTUS in the general election, anyway, but only for Electors.) The SoS needs to confirm the process of getting BO’s name on the ballot. For example, the office can confirm, ‘We received the signed Certification via the D state party Chair saying, BO was the duly nominated candidate for POTUS of the D party; and so, we printed his name on the ballot. Period.’ And with that, we have a ‘go.’

    Once I ‘dot’ that final “i” and ‘cross’ that (SoS) “t,” I will draft and post a new citizen complaint of election fraud for AL.

    Nicely done, azgo. (And thank you for those remarks on the story.) ADMINISTRATOR

  7. azgo says:

    Here are the presidential preference and general election state certifications by Alabama Dem. Party.

    I found the documents here:

    See: Certification of Democratic Party candidates (certified to counties 8/29/2008)

    See: Certification of Democratic Party candidates (certified to counties 12/17/2007)

    Note: presidential preference certification – “filed qualifications with me” – Alabama ‘D’ party chair …how interesting!

    Note: presidential preference certification – “This certification is subject to such disqualification or corrective action as hereafter may appropriately be made.” …also interesting!

    azgo: Nicely done. Now, I have to do some research to see whether by the word “qualifications,” the AL D state Chair was referencing Constitutional eligibility for the job of POTUS, as required under AL law.

    azgo, the reason I asked citizens to look up their state laws is that, if they cannot become empowered to learn how their government works, which will show them what went wrong ‘last time’; then nothing prevents the same thing from happening again. That is, people with superior knowledge and information will use that advantage to steal the power from the people. And changing candidates or elected officials will not produce different outcomes.

    Based on this leg work you have done for your friend’s state, I should be able to complete the required research and draft and post an AL complaint shortly. ADMINISTRATOR

  8. EllenD says:

    Hope this helps, jbjd.

    EllenD: Hello! Thanks for thinking of me. But know what? I already knew this was coming. Know why? The first stop for the person who introduced this concept to state legislators was this blog. This person’s efforts stemmed from the fact, AZ is not an applicable state for citizen complaints of election fraud because no law there required only eligible candidates could get their names on the ballot.

    But see my previous comments on the subject of the AZ proposal. ADMINISTRATOR

  9. SNK says:


    This post is EPIC!! You are STILL his star pupil!!

    SNK: Thank you so much; this one means everything to me.

    I also post on a site populated by commenters decidedly fixed on the ‘right.’ (“We are the world…”) Not surprisingly, notwithstanding my disdain for all things Obama, my expressed support for HRC has made me a target. Well, after I posted my homage to Howard Zinn, with a twist; this comment was left on that other blog, by one of my more persistent tormenters.

    I’m not quite sure where to start… Perhaps an apology to you… After reading your recent article, I heard your heart, and I have realized you aren’t the opposition. We need more community organizers like you… How’s that for a twist?


  10. Mohloaka Tubman says:

    You unlikely got so worked up over the outright THEFTs of the 2000 & 2004 elections — far, far, far, far more egregious and deeper VIOLATIONS of the pretext and mythology of u.s. “democracy”

    Mohloaka Tubman: Welcome to the blog.

    Reading the majority of comments on this blog, you will see, we tend not to engage in subjective speculation but rather, in cold hard facts. However, I decided to print this comment, anyway.

    I grant all hypotheticals – and this has gotten me in trouble – so as to shift the focus away from the speculation and onto the real issue. In this case, this means, I agree that the 2000 and 2004 elections manifested “far, far, far, far more egregious VIOLATIONS of the pretext and mythology of u.s. “democracy”.” And I agree, I did not get “so worked up” over these “THEFTs” (as I have gotten ‘worked up’ over similar violations in the 2008 election). (All mistakes in original.)

    Okay, now that this is out of the way, will you please help us to address the election fraud that occurred in the 2008 Presidential (Electors) election? (Here is an easy to follow roadmap of this fraud as it played out in the state of Texas. Come back after you have digested this. ADMINISTRATOR

  11. S. Gompers says:

    Wonderfully written jbjd.

    S. Gompers: Welcome to the blog; great name. And thank you so much. You can imagine, I really wanted this one to come out right. ADMINISTRATOR

  12. […] Here is the comment as it was posted on drkate’s blog, reproduced in its entirety: jbjd January 15, 2011 at 4:35 pm Rosa Parks was an orchestrated act of political theatre. Teenager Claudette Colvin refused to give up her seat, first; but she was too young and too dark-skinned to constitute a worthy test case. From GUESS WHOM HOWARD ZINN CALLED HIS “STAR” PUPIL? jbjd. […]

  13. Al says:

    Yet another well written, informative and interesting post, jbjd! Keep shining like a “Star”.

    Al: Thank you. ADMINISTRATOR

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