American Truth Commission

American Truth Commission

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Last Update: September 20, 2012

Alex ReyesAlex ReyesFounder

The American Truth Commission is a state of California LLC (limited liability company). Media Alliance (Oakland, CA) is the Commission's 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor.

Program Implementation Plan

EDUCATION

National discussion of democratic philosophy and of U.S. antidemocratic conduct and its enduring impact on American democracy. Topics will include:

Modern voter suppression legislation/extralegal schemes.

Financial corruption of U.S. economic and government systems.

“Culture War” against the U.S. Constitution’s call to “promote the
General welfare.”

Official misrepresentations leading to U.S. wars in Iraq and Southeast Asia.

Evidence of the theft of the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections and resulting composition of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Late- and post-World War II U.S. recruitment of Nazi Germans and Eastern European Fascists for domestic lobbying, foreign intelligence and scientific purposes.

ADVOCACY

Education program content will be advocated by the following means:

www.americantruthcommission.org. Website will include public petition tool.

Mass News Media resources, including op-ed pages and news programs.

Nationwide public forums.

Advertising in key print and digital media.

Use of White House's online citizen petition application.

Initiation of legal action, if necessary.

Type: citizen sector

The Problem

Too many American people possess a lack of respect for their democratic government and democratic processes. This long-term disrespect has resulted for years in low national voting totals, voter suppression legislation and a polarized body politic. American political gridlock is also due to a society-wide ignorance of democratic social philosophy, the natural complement to a democratic form of government. A national education and advocacy campaign is necessary to combat the low state of American democracy.

The Solution

A "small 'd' democracy"-based national education and advocacy campaign using all mass media, public forums and legal action, if necessary. A board of advisors consisting of academicians, journalists and former government officials will represent the Commission in mainstream news media and at public forums. The Commission will network with all other like-minded organizations and work cooperatively with them. Engaging in such a strategy will reach a mass United States audience. There is at present no politically independent, "small 'd'" democratic voice in mainstream social and news media.

Example

To start, the American Truth Commission will consist of a single San Francisco office and a board of advisers consisting of experts in various fields of domestic democratic corruption. An East Coast office will be established as soon as funding is secured and a talent search has been completed. The closest model to The American Truth Commission is the National Resistance Committee, a military draft registration resistance organization. Created in 1980, the Committee began with offices in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. I served as the Eastern U.S. director. The NRC's advisory board included Daniel Ellsberg, Vietnam War-era draft resister and now writer David Harris and antiwar Catholic priest brothers Daniel and Philip Berrigan. The National Resistance Committee's public strategy was based on holding news conferences at key moments in the life of the current military conscription program. The Jimmy Carter-called registration program suffered a critical legal setback before the program began, with the Supreme Court nullifying a lower federal court order stopping the program due to sex considerations. People speaking of their opposition to the impending program, NRC organizers, including myself and other organizations representatives were featured in national television news reports about the registration program's early near-death experience. In December 1981, a call I made to a Reagan White House domestic policy staff member about a U.S. attorney's plan to prosecute a draft non-registration case against a religious college student in Minnesota led to a suspension of all federal prosecution of such cases. It remains my belief that the program was not ended by the Reagan administration because the Polish government crackdown of the Solidarity trade union movement occurred the weekend following the Reagan White House's suspension of enforcing the military draft registration program. Reagan was able to override his presidential campaign opposition to registration by evoking the Cold War flare-up. If I am correct, the mission of the National Resistance Committee would have been accomplished. One can only imagine a changed course of post-early 1980s American military policy if there had been no military conscription program. I believe it possible to create such a profound effect upon American governance and society with a finely-honed message and well-informed presence in the Digital Media Age.

Budget: $100,000 - $250,000

Marketplace

Peers include world of progressive social change organizations. Competitors to having a fundamental impact upon social thought and goverrnance include the national Republican Party, many American conservative and all neoconservative figures and organizations.

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