November 28, 2007

(Guest post by Julia Rosen. Julia is the Online Political Director of the Courage Campaign and an editor at Calitics.)

The movement to censure Senator Feinstein for her votes confirming Mukasey and Southwick brought together 35,000 people and over 40 grassroots groups, organizations and clubs. While the resolution failed to pass, it changed the conversation.

It changed the conversation online. It changed the conversation at the California Democratic Party Executive Board Meeting and within the party staff. And finally it leaped into the media's spotlight, from the NYT editorial board to Fox News. Conversation changers are great, but where the rubber meets the road is on the Senate floor.

And there is a real whopper up next week, when FISA comes up and telecom immunity is debated and at this point, likely filibustered. Sen. Dodd is promising to do whatever it takes to block telecom immunity, but he can't do it alone.

During a speech about the move to censure Sen. Feinstein, California Democratic Party Chairman Art Torres relayed a conversation he had with the Senator, where he brought up telecom immunity. He stated that it was "very important" to him, so we are asking that he relay the importance of holding the line on telecom immunity to the Senator. Chair Torres has Senator Feinstein's ear and they go way back together. While we know it is hard for regular folks to get through to Senator Feinstein, hopefully Chairman Torres can. Take action: sign the letter to Chairman Torres.

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