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News :: DNC
Gov. Howard Dean Refuses to Affirm Civil Rights of Convention Protestors in Boston and New York
02 Jun 2004
Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, M.D. has declined to affirm the civil rights of convention protesters in Boston and New York, it was announced today.
Gov. Dean ignored the invitation from David A. Lynn, Webmaster, Shadow Protest, to confirm basic protester rights. Lynn issued the invitation in response to a solicitation mailing he received from Democracy for America dated May 14, 2004 that was signed by Gov. Dean. The mailing indicated Democracy for America supports "Equal rights under the law for everyone…."

"I am very disappointed," said Lynn, a former Dean volunteer. "I have received voluminous solicitations for money from Democracy for America and for other candidates with Gov. Dean's signature attached. Usually, they are long on solicitation, and short on substance. I get even more email of this type."

Lynn noted that several protest groups in Boston and New York have complained that security arrangements are being designed specifically to prevent protest demonstrations and gatherings, and this prompted him to write to Gov. Dean on May 21, 2004. "I did not ask him to endorse any protest group or protest action. I simply asked him to confirm publicly that his philosophy of 'equal rights for everyone under the law' applied to everyone, including convention protesters."

"Either it does not," said Lynn, "or Gov. Dean lacks the political courage to stand up and say so."

"Many average Americans worked very hard for Gov. Dean during the primary season, writing letters to undecided voters and digging deep into their pockets repeatedly to keep his campaign alive," Lynn continued. "Some of those same people will be outside the convention halls in Boston and New York, protesting the Iraqi war, demanding universal health care, and calling for an end to the PATRIOT Act -- issues Gov. Dean claims to champion. However, he now sees fit to abandon these same people because standing up for their rights is politically inconvenient."

"Gov. Dean has repeatedly said that average Americans have the power to take their country back," said Lynn. "I am deeply saddened that, for those of us who would stand outside the convention halls, Gov. Dean is one of the people we must take our country from."

David A. Lynn is Webmaster of the Shadow Protest, In the fall of 2003, he was a volunteer for Philly4Dean who coordinated letter writing campaigns to undecided voters in Iowa and New Hampshire. He also served as a Perfect Storm volunteer for Gov. Dean in Iowa during the Iowa caucuses in 2004.

Laura Gross, Director of Communications for Democracy for America can be reached at 802-651-3200 x134.

ON THE WEB: A portion of the Democracy for America mailing to which Lynn referred, as well as the complete transcript of David A. Lynn's letter to Gov. Dean can be found at

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