This Week On The Fallon Forum: Pre-Caucuspalooza, John Nichols

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Dear Friends,

As you know, the official Iowa Caucus is on January 3rd. Well, the Peoples Caucus is tomorrow at 7:00 pm at the Occupy Caucus Headquarters, 504 E Locust in Des Moines. You should definitely plan to attend.

The Peoples Caucus is modeled after the Iowa Caucus. Resolutions will be offered and participants will break into candidate “preference” groups. But the twist is folks will indicate preference not for the best candidate but for the worst one, the candidate whose headquarters they want to visit over the next few days as part of the Occupy Caucus campaign. (And to reiterate: THERE WILL BE NO DISRUPTION OF THE JANUARY 3rd CAUCUS!)

Now, to be clear, if one were to overstay one’s welcome at a candidate’s campaign headquarters, one could possibly be arrested. But simply visiting candidates’ headquarters to deliver a message about the grievances of the Occupy Wall Street movement is an important action to take. If you feel that corporate power is out of control in America, come tomorrow night and let your voices be heard. A big turnout will send a big message to Wall Street and K Street.

Monday, Charles Goldman and I talk with peace activist Tom Hayden.

Tuesday, attorney Kimberly Graham fills-in for me to discuss divorce law.

Wednesday, John Nichols of The Nation is my guest.

Thursday, comedian Bob Zany joins me. What, you don’t think the caucuses have provided ample comic material? Think again.

Bob’s funniness is known coast-to-coast, and he’ll be in Des Moines for some pre-caucus laughs on January 1st, 8:00 pm at Java Joe’s Fourth Street Theatre. I’m hosting the show, though it remains to be seen whether I can be funny for a full ten minutes. Tickets are $15 at (515) 282-5282. Thanks to Open Sesame, Tinker Heating and Cooling, and Tally’s Restaurant Bar & Catering for sponsoring.

Also, I want to make a plug for “Building the Progressive Movement Inside and Outside the Democratic Party.” It’s a forum organized by Progressive Democrats of America, National Nurses United and The Nation Magazine. Three local folks – Jay Howe, Jeff Cox and myself – will offer our perspectives during panel discussions. National leaders are participating too, including Rep Barbara Lee, Tom Hayden, John Nichols and Jean Ross. It’s free, open to the public and at the Unitarian Church in Des Moines, 1800 Bell Ave, 1:30-5:30 pm., December 30th.

So, tune in at 98.3 WOW-FM and online. You can download the Fallon Forum as a podcast, too.  And don’t forget to visit The Fallon Forum website at  Thanks!



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