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Thank You, Readers, for Winning the Fight to Save Real Net Neutrality

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It is time to celebrate a victory in "one of the most intense – and bizarre – lobbying battles in the history of modern Washington politics. 

David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

Thank%20You%20%28Lg%29%20w%3A10%20yr%20banner.jpgFebruary 27, 2015 | Dear Readers, 

As you perhaps know by now net neutrality activists, including you, our readers, scored a landmark victory yesterday in the fight to govern the internet. Here's the story.

Net neutrality activists score landmark victory in fight to govern the internet, Dominic Rushe, Guardian US

  • FCC says ‘we listened and we learned’, and passes strict broadband rules that represent ‘a red-letter day for internet freedom’

  • How activism won real net neutrality

To be sure, the fight isn't over yet. Multi-national telecom corporations that spend billions bribing corrupt elected officials and bumbling bureaucrats don't fold their tents like the Arabs and silently steal away. GOP-lead congressional action and court battles are down the road.

PineTreeLogo200%20w%3A10%20yr%20Banner_0.jpgBut it is time to celebrate a victory in "one of the most intense – and bizarre – lobbying battles in the history of modern Washington politics. 

Once again it is our privilege to say thank you for whatever part you played in this protracted action to save a free and open internet and publications like Evergreene Digest that depend on it. 

It is also time for me and the Evergreene Digest crew to double down on our efforts to produce the best progressive website on the net. Truly, we cannot do this without your support.

Peace,

Dave and the crew

Our Attitude Toward the Elderly Is Getting Old

  • (We) ought to prioritize the needs of the elderly, for ultimately it is our own future that we otherwise imperil. We have to stop separating ourselves from seniors. If we are lucky enough to survive into our golden years, we had better hope that our public support systems have caught up with our needs, or else we need to work hard now to create such systems.
  • Retirement Theft in Four Despicable Steps

Sonali Kolhatkar, Truthdig

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sonalielderly_590.jpg Feb 12, 2015 | While disembarking from a long flight recently, I was dismayed to watch a couple who seemed to be in their 50s openly roll their eyes and criticize another couple in their 60s or 70s who were holding up the line. The two elders were painstakingly removing their hand luggage from the overhead bins and making their way down the cramped aisles. Apparently they weren’t spry enough for folks who were just a decade or so younger. “Look at how much time they’re taking!” complained the relatively younger man.

We have a serious social disconnect over aging in the United States. While it was shocking for me to overhear such callous disregard for seniors expressed out loud, it was particularly egregious to hear it coming from people who in 10 to 20 years will likely be in a similar situation. We imagine aging is something that happens to everyone else but us.

Sonali Kolhatkar, a Truthdig contributor, is the host and producer of KPFK Pacifica’s popular morning drive time program Uprising, based in Los Angeles, California. 

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Retirement Theft in Four Despicable Steps, Paul Buchheit, Nation of Change

  • The fear of running out of money in retirement is America’s greatest financial concern. It's a fear greater than death. But the American workers who have paid all their lives for retirement security are being cheated by wealthy individuals and corporations who refuse to meet their tax obligations, and who have found other ways to keep expanding their wealth at the expense of the middle class.
  • The Great American Class War
  • The right’s sinister new plot against pensions

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Special Project | Advocating for Peace & Justice: Week Ending February 28, 2015

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“Without justice, what are kingdoms but bands of robbers?” – St Augustine. 

8 New Items including:

  • How activism won real net neutrality
  • To Check Power of Greedy Bosses, Workers Need to Bargain in New Ways
  • Stop the 'fast track' to job loss
  • A “Grand Alliance” To Save Our Public Postal Service
  • New Budget Chair to cut Social Security!
  • Eve And Nashua Stand Trial In Columbus, Georgia And Celebrate Victory For SOA Watch!
  • Homelessness in America
  • Film ‘Selma’ is about more than ‘dreamers'

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Steve Benson

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How activism won real net neutrality, Jay Cassano, Waging Nonviolence

“This is a classic example of how history gets written,” said Kevin Zeese, an organizer with Popular Resistance.“ Down the road, 50 years from now, people will say that Obama saved the Internet, that he was the president who said what needs to be done and made it happen. But the reality is that Obama was forced to save the Internet by the people.”

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To Check Power of Greedy Bosses, Workers Need to Bargain in New Ways, Sarita Gupta, The American Prospect

  • When workers' power is diminished and people’s voices are shut out of the workplace, job quality and job standards suffer.
  • Across the board, most bosses are looking out for their own bottom line, not ours.
  • Right-to-work laws are union-hating Republican's weapon of choice

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Stop the 'fast track' to job loss, Sarah Arnold, the Nation

  • Fast track authority would allow the President to sign the TPP, and then railroad the deal through Congress in only 90 days with limited debate and no amendments allowed. 
  • Will you join The Nation and RootsAction in calling on Congress to reject "fast track" for the TPP?
  • The Trans-Pacific Partnership: We Won’t Be Fooled By Rigged Corporate Trade Agreements

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A “Grand Alliance” To Save Our Public Postal Service, Dave Johnson, Campaign for America's Future

  • In the face of aggressive attacks, a wide range of national organizations have come together to create A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service. These organizations are united in the demand that the public good must not be sacrificed for the sake of private investment and profit. A strong public Postal Service is our democratic right. The Alliance is fighting to protect and enhance vibrant public postal services now – and for many generations to come.
  • Here are a few things you need to know about the Postal Service “crisis”.

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New Budget Chair to cut Social Security! Michael Phelan, Social Security Works

Tell the new House Budget Chair Tom Price: Expand, Don't Cut, Social Security

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Eve And Nashua Stand Trial In Columbus, Georgia And Celebrate Victory For SOA Watch! María Luisa Rosal, SOA Watch

Eve put the SOA on trial, as well as a US culture of militarism when she affirmed, "torture is not a political tool. My own President asks 'is this who we are?'. All of us would like to say no, but if the School of the Americas is kept open, then I am afraid the answer is yes. This is who we are."

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Homelessness in America, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • You can’t fucking get rid of us. You can’t criminalize our existence. We’re here. And we’re no longer going to allow you to use the police, to use private security, to use discriminatory laws, to incarcerate us and harass us until we leave town. We no longer accept that as the way our relationship is going to function with local governments and communities where we happen to fucking live whether we have a house or not. We have the right to exist. And we’ll use that as a building base for getting strong enough, for overcoming the corporate influence of decision-making and government and all of that.
  • Part 1: Homelessness Isn't Inevitable But Rather A Manifestation of a Society that Is Sorely Lacking in Justice
  • Part 2: Luxury Hotel Canceled Prepaid Christmas Reservation Because The Guests Were Homeless
  • People are living — and dying — out in the cold

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Film ‘Selma’ is about more than ‘dreamers', Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • As “Selma” shows, Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement must be seen not as “dreamers,” but as the motor force for change that transformed America. To make America better, look to movements, not presidents, people in motion, not legislators in session.
  • Part 1: What ‘Selma’ Gets Right—and Wrong—About Civil-Rights History
  • Part 2: Lessons From ‘Selma’: It Takes a Movement

Net neutrality activists score landmark victory in fight to govern the internet

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  • FCC says ‘we listened and we learned’, and passes strict broadband rules that represent ‘a red-letter day for internet freedom’
  • How activism won real net neutrality

Dominic Rushe, Guardian US

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Thursday 26 February 2015 | Internet activists scored a landmark victory on Thursday as the top US telecommunications regulator approved a plan to govern broadband internet like a public utility.

 

Following one of the most intense – and bizarre – lobbying battles in the history of modern Washington politics, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed strict new rules that give the body its greatest power over the cable industry since the internet went mainstream.

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler – a former telecom lobbyist turned surprise hero of net neutrality supporters – thanked the 4 million people who submitted comments on the new rules. “Your participation has made this the most open process in FCC history,” he said. “We listened and we learned.”

Net-neutrality-meme-e1398433124309.jpgDominic Rushe is technology editor, east coast for the Guardian US.

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How activism won real net neutrality, Jay Cassano, Waging Nonviolence 

“This is a classic example of how history gets written,” said Kevin Zeese, an organizer with Popular Resistance.“ Down the road, 50 years from now, people will say that Obama saved the Internet, that he was the president who said what needs to be done and made it happen. But the reality is that Obama was forced to save the Internet by the people.”

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The Oscars: a decadent and stupid ritual, an orgy of luxury branding and self-congratulation

  • “You know what? Fuck 'em. You made a very good film, so feel good about that and start working on the next one,” director Spike Lee said last month during a candid interview with The Daily Beast in response to Ava DuVernay's omission from the Best Director category.
  • Part 1: Why It Should Bother Everyone That The Oscars Are So White
  • Part 2: We are all d**k-measurers now: The Oscars and awards-season devalue and pervert art.
  • Hollywood Heroism in the Age of Empire: From “Citizenfour” and “Selma” to “American Sniper”

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Jimmy Margulies



Part 1: Why It Should Bother Everyone That The Oscars Are So White

Since the first Academy Awards were held in 1929, just 7 percent of winners in the Best Actor category have been black men. Halle Berry’s 2002 win for her performance in “Monster’s Ball” made her the first black woman to win the Best Actress award. There has not yet been a second.

Brennan Williams, Christopher Rosen, and Irina, Huffington Post

s-HALLE-BERRY-DENZEL-WASHINGTON-large640.jpgDenzel Washington and Halle Berry share a laugh while holding their Oscar statues after winning the awards for Best Actor ("Training Day") and Best Actress ("Monster's Ball"), respectively, at the 74th Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California.

2/20/2015 | #OscarsSoWhite that if Common and John Legend win an Academy Award for Best Original Song this Sunday, it will be only the 32nd time in 87 years that a black person has held a competitive Oscar on Hollywood's biggest stage. That's 32 times out of more than 2,900 winners.

"It's a white industry. Just as the NBA is a black industry. I'm not even saying it's a bad thing. It just is," Chris Rock wrote last year in a thoughtful op-ed for The Hollywood Reporter. Rock's piece went viral because of how clearly he laid out the problems in Hollywood: It's a place where at every level, from the top on down, diversity is lagging behind society.

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Part 2: We are all d**k-measurers now: The Oscars and awards-season devalue and pervert art

 

"Boyhood" or "Birdman"? Beck or Beyoncé? Who cares. We must stop turning creativity into another dumb competition.

Steve Almond, Salon

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Sunday, Feb 22, 2015 | The other night I watched “All Is Lost,” the 2013 film about an aging sailor whose solo voyage in the Indian Ocean goes horribly wrong. The aging sailor happens to be Robert Redford. He’s the only person on-screen for the entire film and, other than a brief opening voice-over, he’s virtually silent.

I’ve never been a huge Redford fan, but I was blown away by his performance: by the physical rigor of the role and by how he uses his body and his face and his hands to convey emotion. “All Is Lost” is about a lot of things—solitude, hope, invention—but at its heart, it’s a parable about the human compulsion to try. Cunning and effort not only keep the old man alive; they express his essential selfhood in the face of nature’s indifference.

Steve Almond's new book is "Against Football."

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Hollywood Heroism in the Age of Empire: From “Citizenfour” and “Selma” to “American Sniper” TGP Staff, the Greanville Post

  • Moral and political courage is in short supply these days and rarely represented in any form in the Hollywood celluloid universe.
  • Under a regime of neoliberalism, a persistent racism and politics of disposability are matched by a theater of cruelty in which more and more individuals and groups are considered throwaways.
  • The Oscars: a decadent and stupid ritual, an orgy of luxury branding and self-congratulation

Indiana Republican: ‘No One Has the Guts’ to Let the Poor ‘Wither and Die’

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  • John Johnston proved just how much Republicans loathe Americans who are living in poverty.
  • GOP Assault on Social Security Could be 'Death Sentence' for Nation's Disabled.
  • New Budget Chair to cut Social Security! 

Allen Clifton, Forward Progressives

avatars-000041944926-uqllgp-t200x200.jpg?435a760June 12, 2014 | A Republican in Indiana has once again proven just how much disdain the GOP has for the poor by saying one of the most disgusting things about them that I’ve ever heard. 

During an online discussion about poverty, Republican John Johnston said of the poor, “no one has the guts to just let them wither and die.” But to grasp just how much Johnston hates the poor, you really need to see his comments in their full context.

Allen Clifton has a degree in Political Science. He is a co-founder of Forward Progressives, and author of the popular Right Off A Cliff column. He is also the founder of the Right Off A Cliff Facebook page, on which he routinely voices his opinions and stirs the pot for the Progressive movement. 

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GOP Assault on Social Security Could be 'Death Sentence' for Nation's Disabled, Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams

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  • The claim that either the old-age or disability trust funds has run dry is 'one of the hoariest lies in the conservatives' playbook.'
  • New Budget Chair to cut Social Security! 

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New Budget Chair to cut Social Security! Michael Phelan, Social Security Works

Tell the new House Budget Chair Tom Price (R-GA): Expand, Don't Cut, Social Security

Michigan pediatrician: God doesn’t want me to treat your baby because you’re lesbians.

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  • Only 22 states have laws prohibiting doctors from refusing to treat patients based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • The American Medical Association (AMA) strongly urges physicians not to deny care to LGBT people, but has no explicit rules regarding the practice.
  • The Contrerases say they hope that by going public with their story, they can ensure that children from same-sex families won’t face discrimination in the future.

David Ferguson, Raw Story

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19 February, 2015 | A Detroit-area pediatrician has refused to treat a baby girl because the child’s parents are a same-sex couple.

According to MyFoxDetroit.com, Krista and Jami Contreras got a shock when they brought their newborn daughter Bay Windsor Contreras to Dr. Vesna Roi for her first medical visit.

In spite of the fact that they had set up an appointment with Dr. Roi well in advance, they were met by a different physician, who informed them, “I’ll be your doctor, I’ll be seeing you today because Dr. Roi decided this morning that she prayed on it and she won’t be able to care for Bay.”

David Ferguson is a contributor to Raw Story.

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