Investigate the Propaganda Pundits

From Free Press:

Dear Friend,

The Pentagon is infiltrating the media with pro-war propaganda.

The scheme reaches all the way to the Bush White House, where top officials recruited dozens of “military analysts” to spread favorable views of the war via every major news channel — without revealing they were working from Pentagon scripts and often lobbying for major military contractors looking to cash in on the war.

This is a violation of every conceivable standard of journalism — and possibly of federal law.

Take action at:  https://secure.freepress.net/site/SPageNavigator/Punditsol

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Published in: on May 30, 2008 at 7:41 pm  Comments (1)  

Activists Face Six Months in Prison for Putting Up Anti-War Poster

Three activists who were arrested at a press conference near Lafayette Park appeared in Washington D.C. Superior Court yesterday where they were given a trial date of January 3, 2008, and face a six-month prison sentence.

Adam Kokesh of Iraq Veterans Against the War, Tina Richards of Grassroots America, and Ian Thompson of the A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) Coalition where arrested during a press conference near Lafayette Park where the National Park Service deployed mounted police and a SWAT team to disrupt it. (See URL for video below.) The press conference was called to display the lawful way to apply posters in response to almost $40,000 in postering fines levied against the ANSWER Coalition.

Published in: on October 6, 2007 at 11:39 pm  Comments (1)  

Happy Birthday Arianna

It’s the birthday of journalist and writer Arianna Huffington, born in Athens, Greece (1950). She went to Cambridge and moved to America in 1980. She was a conservative columnist, but over the years she’s become more and more liberal. Arianna Huffington wrote,

 

“One of the definite changes in my thinking was born of the hard reality I confronted when I discovered how much easier it was raising money for the opera and fashionable museums than for at-risk children. So I came to recognize that the task of overcoming poverty will not be achieved without the raw power of government appropriations.”

Her book, How to Overthrow the Government, came out in 2000.

[Writer’s Almanac]

Published in: on July 15, 2007 at 9:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

SOS Live Earth 7/7/7

Al Gore present Save Our Selves (SOS) A Campaign for a Climate in Crisis. Live Earth will use the global reach of music to engage people on a mass scale to combat our climate crisis.

Published in: on July 7, 2007 at 1:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Quiet Americans

May 27, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

Since my daughter is graduating from college today, I am thinking a lot about the class of 2007 and the world they are about to enter. I’m not sure what they call this generation. (more…)

Published in: on May 26, 2007 at 7:49 pm  Comments (2)  

From Freedom States Alliance:

April 18, 2007

News of the Week

FSA Affiliate Updates

Research

What’s New At Freedom States Alliance

What happened at Virginia Tech on Monday was a tragedy– another 33 lives lost to the outrage of gun violence. Freedom States Alliance invites you to join us for a nationwide Moment of Silence to both remember those lost, and to pledge to work for a better future together. To learn more and sign the pledge, please visit: http://www.freedomstatesalliance.com/momentofsilence.
For more news and information, visit the Freedom States Alliance affiliated web sites:

50caliberterror.com | GunGuys.com | LicensetoMurder.com
WhoIsMaryRosh.com | GunLoophole.com

Freedom States Alliance (FSA) is an outside the D.C. beltway project working to reduce gun injury and death in the United States. Much of our focus is on public awareness campaigns intended to change the way Americans think about guns, gun violence and the gun industry. Our online resources serve to inform and update citizens in a timely manner about key developments. We also provide web-based and capacity-building resources for statewide grassroots organizations and others working to address this important public health issue. For more information about the groups we work with, see http://www.freedomstatesalliance.com/mission.php.

Published in: on April 18, 2007 at 11:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

Republicans move to block Al Gore ‘Live Earth’ rock concert

Republicans in Congress are trying to bar former vice president Al Gore’s anti-global warming mega-concert from its planned venue on the steps of the US Capitol building.

Gore is planning a single-day, series of free “Live Earth” concerts on seven continents, with the goal of calling attention to the climate change crisis. The US concert, scheduled for the steps of the Capitol on July 7, 2007, has drawn an A-list slate of pop performers, including the Police, Kanye West, Faith Hill, Bon Jovi and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Published in: on March 29, 2007 at 11:45 pm  Comments (4)  

Do You Believe the NRA Should Get Their Way and Allow Terrorists to Buy Military Guns in the United States?

I Don’t.

The NRA and the gun lobby protect the right of possible terrorists to buy guns.

According to the Violence Policy Center of Washington, D.C., “Current law is so weak that being a known member of a foreign terrorist organization does not prohibit a person from legally buying and possessing guns.”

Will you join me in telling the NRA we won’t let them compromise our national security?

Do you oppose the NRA’s efforts to allow potential terrorists to buy guns in the United States, including military weapons?

Do you support national security above the gun lobby’s interests in profit and power?

Will you call upon our law enforcement officials to defy the NRA’s impact on our national firearms policy, which threatens our national safety?

Published in: on March 27, 2007 at 10:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

Americans in the Opinion Polls, Not in the Streets

Demobilizing America

Outsourcing Action in an Imperial World

By Tom Engelhardt

Published in: on March 25, 2007 at 4:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

Marching With a Mouse

March 16, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

There aren’t a lot of environmental groups with their own investment bank consultants, so when you hear that Environmental Defense has just hired the boutique Wall Street firm Perella Weinberg Partners, you know that we’re in a new world. Every college activist should study this story, because it is the future. In the old days, when activists wanted something done, they held a sit-in or organized a protest march. Now they hire an investment bank.
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Published in: on March 15, 2007 at 10:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

The political power of the network

Online campaigns and e-petitions are only the beginning of what the net can do to politics, argues Bill Thompson.
[Thx R]

Published in: on February 28, 2007 at 11:44 am  Leave a Comment  

Slow Motion Disaster Unfolding In The Southern Ocean

Don’t Let Stubbornness Sink the Ship
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Published in: on February 22, 2007 at 12:00 am  Comments (1)  

An Open Letter To Congress, from a Concerned Citizen

by Ward Reilly
Dear Members of Congress,

Greetings from a common United States citizen. I am an Infantry veteran, having volunteered for the military from 1971 to 1974, and I grew up during the Viet Nam era, the most tumultuous time in our history, until now.

I write to you today in regards to the elections on November 7, 2006, and about how you must now save our nation.

On election day, we, the voting citizens of your nation, your boss, ordered you to stop the war in Iraq, and to do it now. We handed you our power, THE power, to do a job.
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Published in: on February 20, 2007 at 4:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

Speak out Against the Deadly Use of Cluster Munitions

Via Amnesty International:  For decades, the U.S. has been using indiscriminate cluster bombs in civlian areas, unnecessarily killing innocent civilians, including many children. These bombs were meant to be used on the battlefield – not in villages or towns. The majority of the time, these bombs also leave behind scores of unexploded mini-bombs, threatening civilians in a way similar to landmines.

Today, you can do something to help stop this human rights scandal. Write your Senator to co-sponsor the Cluster Munitions Civilian Protection Act (S.594). Take action

Published in: on February 19, 2007 at 12:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

How Media Kool Kids Try to Bar Access to Your Government, Or…

…Capitol Hill Junior High

David Sirota

Published in: on February 13, 2007 at 1:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

In the Land of Our (Founding) Fathers

FREEDOM — “IF YOU CAN KEEP IT”

By Bernard Weiner

Published in: on February 7, 2007 at 2:15 am  Leave a Comment  

Armchair Activism That Works

1. Progressives should think creatively about the potential of current technology to build power.

2. Networks of volunteers are particularly well-suited to gathering information.

3. Progressives need just the kind of information volunteer networks can produce.

4. The time to start is now.

Published in: on February 2, 2007 at 6:18 pm  Leave a Comment