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FCC 'The future of the Internet' Hearing in Minneapolis on August 19

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  • Net Neutrality is the First Amendment issue of our time. Free speech in America is at risk if we stand back and let "four or five mega-corporations effectively control the flow of information." The world is changing, and increasingly, having access to the Internet and knowing how to use it determines who stands to benefit from the new economy, and who is left behind.
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  • Tell Google: Don't be evil
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  • Stop Google And Verizon From Setting Our Public Internet Policy
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Steven Renderos, Main Street Project

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Jim Fuller

As you know, the telecommunications industry giants are threatening net neutrality. If their proposals are made into law, there will be a two-tier internet: an information superhighway for big biz, back roads to bump along on for We the People. Such an arrangement will severely curtail the ability of activists like ourselves to communicate openly and freely on the internet. Especially at risk is Evergreene Digest and it’s fellow websites in what I call the progressive media: AlterNet, Consortium, TruthDig, Axis of Logic, Twin Cities Daily Planet, etc. These are media outlets that have dared to challenge the conventional, corporate, and increasingly embedded media by producing high-quality journalism that treats women, communities of color, working people and other groups ignored by the mainstream media as legitimate audiences, sources and subjects for the news.

The FCC needs to hear from you! And Main Street Project is providing an opportunity to do just that, face-to-face, on Thursday, August 19, at 6PM at South High School in Minneapolis. Show your support for net neutrality and progressive media by attending and speaking up! Please RVSP.

Here is very important information on this hearing. Please read it carefully so you can participate effectively in this action.

On August 19, Free Press , Main Street Project, and the Center for Media Justice are co-hosting a public hearing on the Future of the Internet. This important hearing is a valuable opportunity for those outside of Washington to share their ideas, experiences and concerns with the Federaql Communications Commission (FCC).

The hearing will feature two public interest champions, FCC Commissioners Michael Copps and Mignon Clyburn. Deliver your message directly to the commissioners and encourage them to bring it back to Washington. Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie will also speak. Additional speakers will be announced as they are confirmed.

Public Hearing Details
Location: South High School Auditorium, 3131 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN
Date/Time: Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, 6PM
For further information, click here
Questions? Contact Steven Renderos at Main Street Project for more information: Main Street Project, 2105 1st Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN, 55404    

Background information:

Tell Google: Don't be evil, Credo Action

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  • Google-Verizon Deal: The End of The Internet as We Know It
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  • Hightower: Big biz wants to own the information superhighway while We the People bump along the backroads
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  • Progressive Media - Including Evergreene Digest - Needs Your Help
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Stop Google And Verizon From Setting Our Public Internet Policy, The Pen

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  • Since when is it the place of special interest corporations to determine what public policy should be?
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  • Tell Google: Don't be evil
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Please forward this on to your networks. Download flier (PDF) here.

Opposing net neutrality is a lobbying juggernaut that seeks to destroy this openness so that phone and cable companies can rebuild the Internet as a gated community that pads their bottom line. They've had their say inside the Beltway, but the FCC needs to hear from the rest of us. Join us at the hearing on Aug. 19, 2010 to urge the FCC to protect Internet users, pass real Net Neutrality rules, and connect everyone to fast, affordable broadband service.

Net Neutrality is the First Amendment issue of our time. Free speech in America is at risk if we stand back and let "four or five mega-corporations effectively control the flow of information." The world is changing, and increasingly, having access to the Internet and knowing how to use it determines who stands to benefit from the new economy, and who is left behind.

Write Congress Through Facebook!

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  • You can now e-mail your lawmakers using Facebook.
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  • Learn more about how your advocacy group can get a similar tool.
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Congress.org

Congress.org has unveiled a new tool, called "Tell Congress," on our Facebook page.

With just a few clicks, you can send a message to your representatives on the important issue of the week. You do not need to be a registered user of Congress.org.

This week (August 8-14), we are looking at the Bush tax cuts, which are due to expire at the end of the year if Congress doesn't act.

To send a message, click on the "Tell Congress" tab on our Facebook page and choose between: Let the Bush Tax Cuts Expire, Extend All of the Bush Tax Cuts or Extend the Middle Class Tax Cut.

When you're done, you can share the tool with your friends on Facebook and post it on your wall to help generate more letters to Congress and amplify your voice.

To learn more about how your advocacy group can get a similar tool, click here.

Stop Google And Verizon From Setting Our Public Internet Policy

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  • Since when is it the place of special interest corporations to determine what public policy should be?
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  • Tell Google: Don't be evil
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  • FCC Hearing on Net Neutrality Comes to Minneapolis Thursday August 19
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The Pen

Something stunningly outrageous happened this week (Aug 1-7), when Google and Verizon announced they had reached a "deal" for the future of the internet. Since when is it the place of special interest corporations to determine what public policy should be?

Stop Google & Verizon action page:

Actually it has been going on in back rooms all along, a prime recent example being a health care bill written (the one that passed) substantially by Liz Fowler, a former Wellpoint executive, who is now apparently in line to also administrate the bill she wrote (another outrage).

But never before has it been so brazen that two industry giants should publicly declare they have reached a private agreement, and to expect Congress and the President to just fall in line.

They must not. Congress must reject this public carving up of the public interest and instead establish clear principles in law that industry giants must not be allowed to use their power to discriminate access to the internet of the future.

Stop Google & Verizon action page:

This is just another example of why corporations must be put back in their place. Corporations truly are NOT the people. Let them conduct their business, but under regulations that serve primarily the public interest. And they cannot be allowed to have inappropriate and harmful influence on the election of the very representatives duty bound to keep them so regulated.

That is why we have the long term objective of a constitutional amendment soundly repudiating the Supreme Court's enshrinement of corporate speech rights as superior to all others, by virtue of their financial power.

That is why we need your help now to spread the message movement any other way you can.

And here is the Facebook link for the Stop Google and Verizon action page further above.

And this is the Twitter reply for this same action

Please take action now, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours, and forward this alert as widely as possible.

Related:

Tell Google: Don't be evil, Credo Action

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  • Google-Verizon Deal: The End of The Internet as We Know It
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  • Hightower: Big biz wants to own the information superhighway while We the People bump along the backroads
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  • Progressive Media - Including Evergreene Digest - Needs Your Help
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FCC Hearing on Net Neutrality Comes to Minneapolis Thursday August 19, Andy Driscoll and Lynnell Mickelsen, Truth to Tell, KFAI-FM

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  • Since when is it the place of special interest corporations to determine what public policy should be?
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  • Stop Google And Verizon From Setting Our Public Internet Policy
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  • Tell Google: Don't be evil
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The Party of No, No, No, No, No . . .

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  • The GOP is putting partisanship above principle. It's time for them to learn that America won't stand for the "Party of No."
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  • Tell the Senate: We’ve Had Enough Delay. Stop Republican Obstruction.
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Marge Baker, People For the American Way

Last week (August 1-7), the Senate confirmed President Obama's second nominee to the Supreme Court, Elena Kagan. But unnoticed by much of the media, Senate Republicans also blocked a large group of lower court nominees-including a significant number approved unanimously by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Before adjourning for recess, the Senate confirmed four judges, and agreed to move forward on one more. But it refused to act on seventeen more nominees, nine of whom were approved by voice vote or unanimous roll-call vote in the Judiciary Committee.

Led by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, GOP Senators even demanded that some nominees be re-nominated by the President, then re-approved by the Judiciary Committee. Although the process can't block confirmation of nominees, it does eat up weeks of time.

Republicans are able to get away with this procedural foot dragging because they think no one will notice. But they're wrong.

Join me in raising your voice against Republican obstruction. Sign our petition to let the Senate know that we won't stand for this blatant obstruction any longer.

Throughout the Bush Administration, Republicans stacked the Courts with judges willing to twist the law to favor corporate interests over the rights of individual Americans. Now, Republican Senators don't want to confirm judges who will stand up for the law.

Tell the Senate leaders that you've had enough delay. We need judges who will keep faith with the Constitution-- its amendments, its history, and its core values like justice and equality under the law. We'll be delivering these petitions to Senate Majority Leader Reid and Minority Leader McConnell when they return to session.<>

The GOP is putting partisanship above principle. It's time for them to learn that America won't stand for the "Party of No."

Tell Google: Don't be evil.

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  • Google-Verizon Deal: The End of The Internet as We Know It
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  • Hightower: Big biz wants to own the information superhighway while We the People bump along the backroads
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  • Progressive Media - Including Evergreene Digest - Needs Your Help
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Credo Action

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Ken Mitchell

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Google's motto is "Don't be evil," but Google is about to cut a deal with Verizon that would end the Internet as we know it.

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According to a front-page New York Times story, the deal would allow "Verizon to speed some online content to Internet users more quickly if the content's creators are willing to pay for the privilege."(1)

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It would create fast Internet lanes for the largest corporations and slow lanes for the rest of us.

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That is why CREDO is joining MoveOn, Free Press, and Color of Change in rallying Google users to tell Google, "Don't be evil."

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Speak up for a free and open Internet by signing this petition. With massive amounts of public pressure, we can stop this deal.

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Google is furiously backpedaling on its closed door negotiations with Verizon over the future of the Internet -- a direct result of a strong and immediate public backlash. The company has denied some details from the New York Times story, but won't say definitively that it is not striking a deal with Verizon that will stop the FCC from imposing net neutrality rules.

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From the beginning, the Internet has been a level playing field that allows everyone to connect to one another and to the world of content available online -- whether it's Daily Kos or FOX News.

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This deal would change all of that by allowing Google and Verizon to pick what websites you can see over others. It would undermine the open Internet upon which hundreds of millions of people rely.

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Our Internet connection should be free of corporate gatekeepers -- there's only one Internet, and it shouldn't matter who your provider is or whether you're logging on from home or your cell phone.

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Sign this petition to tell Google, "Don't be evil."

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Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin created Google to make information freely available to everyone online.

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But this deal is a complete reversal that abandons their core principles. It's evil and Google must walk away from it.

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Sign this letter and tell Google's founders: "Your Verizon deal IS evil, and it must be stopped."

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(1) Google and Verizon Near Deal on Web Pay Tiers, New York Times | NY, August 4, 2010

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Related:

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Google-Verizon Deal: The End of The Internet as We Know It, Josh Silver, Free Press, in Huffington Post

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Hightower: Big biz wants to own the information superhighway while We the People bump along the backroads, Jim Hightower, Hightower Lowdown

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  • The fight for net neutrality
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  • Act! FCC & Net Neutrality
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Progressive Media - Including Evergreene Digest - Needs Your Help, David Culver, Editor, Evergreene Digest

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  • An outrageous federal court decision could hand over control of the Internet to companies like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon, thus ending our ability to tell you the truth!
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  • Ten Things You Can Do to Help Progressive Journalism
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Summary: Advocating for Peace & Justice: Week of August 8

4 New Items including:

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  • Living by the Sword, Dying by the Sword
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  • Iran: Help Prevent A War
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Mr. Fish

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Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War ~ Andrew Bacevich, Reviewed by Andrew Bast, Newsweek

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  • Groupthink is alive and thriving in Washington, D.C., argues Bacevich, who's convinced that America's mightily militaristic and endlessly idealistic approach to the rest of the world is costing the country dearly. Boiling down his argument to the simplest terms: the world would get along just fine without this overarmed global policeman, and more important, the United States would fare far better at home if it weren't squandering so many of its gifts abroad.
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  • The American Way of War: How Bush's Wars Became Obama's
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Living by the Sword, Dying by the Sword, Gary G. Kohls, MD, Evergreene Digest

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  • For the past 17 centuries most Christians, contrary to the way of Jesus, have been disobediently and faithlessly trying to live by the sword, and it hasn’t worked out so well. Jesus showed us the way to live. Let us follow that way. Amen.
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  • Repenting of the Annihilation of Nagasaki Christianity by American Christians on August 9th, 1945
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The Real Aim of Israel’s Bomb Iran Campaign, Gareth Porter, FireDogLake.com

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  • What is important to understand about this campaign is that the aim of Gerecht and of the right-wing government of Benjamin Netanyahu is to support an attack by Israel so that the United States can be drawn into direct, full-scale war with Iran.
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  • The Republican back door to war with Iran
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  • Iran scientist: CIA offered me $50m to lie about nuclear secrets
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  • Write and speak out!  Silence is complicity!
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Iran: Help Prevent A War, Joe Volk, Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)

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  • Take Action: Tell Your Rep, No War with Iran
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  • The Real Aim of Israel’s Bomb Iran Campaign
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Iran: Help Prevent A War

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  • Take Action: Tell Your Rep, No War with Iran
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  • The Real Aim of Israel’s Bomb Iran Campaign
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Joe Volk, Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) 

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Coleen Rowley

A new House resolution could lead to a U.S. war with Iran--even if the bill never becomes law. Please urge your representative to oppose and denounce this resolution.

The resolution, H. Res. 1553, claims to assert Israel's right to defend its sovereignty but actually signals to Israel that the United States will unconditionally back Israeli "use of military force" against Iran. It's a green light to war.  Similar extreme resolutions have been introduced before, but this one already has the support of a significant number of representatives-nearly one-third of the Republican caucus.  Whatever the conflict between Israel and Iran, war is not the answer.

Why could this resolution lead to war?

If enough members of Congress cosponsor the resolution, Israel could perceive that it has a "green light" to attack Iran in the months ahead.
If Israel attacks Iran, the United States will almost certainly be drawn in, either because Iran retaliates against U.S. forces in the region, or because the United States feels pressure to help Israel if its assault falls short.

H. Res. 1553 is, in effect, a U.S. declaration of war on Iran.  Peace between Iran and the United States is still possible through peaceful means, and, today, contrary to this bill's premise, Iran does not pose a nuclear threat to Israel.

Another Middle East war would have catastrophic consequences on the people of the region and on U.S. interests. The Iranian government says that it is not developing nuclear weapons. The Israeli intelligence agency Mossad says that ,even if Iran is secretly developing such weapons, it will not have a deliverable nuclear weapon for four years.  Time is on the side of a peacefully negotiated outcome.

Take Action. Urge your representative to denounce H. Res. 1553 as a flagrantly irresponsible encouragement of a catastrophic war with Iran.

Ask five friends to write as well.

Background

The operative part of the resolution states

Resolved, That the House of Representatives--
(1) condemns the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for its threats of `annihilating' the United States and the State of Israel, for its continued support of international terrorism, and for its incitement of genocide of the Israeli people;
(2) supports using all means of persuading the Government of Iran to stop building and acquiring nuclear weapons;
(3) reaffirms the United States bond with Israel and pledges to continue to work with the Government of Israel and the people of Israel to ensure that their sovereign nation continues to receive critical economic and military assistance, including missile defense capabilities, needed toaddress the threat of Iran; and
(4) expresses support for Israel's right to use all means necessary to confront and eliminate nuclear threats posed by Iran, defend Israeli sovereignty, and protect the lives and safety of the Israeli people, including the use of military force if no other peaceful solution can be found within a reasonable time.

Read the full bill text.

On the 2C blog, FCNL's Jim Fine talks more about how the U.S. could indirectly declare war on Iran.

Related:

The Real Aim of Israel’s Bomb Iran Campaign, Gareth Porter, FireDogLake.com

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  • What is important to understand about this campaign is that the aim of Gerecht and of the right-wing government of Benjamin Netanyahu is to support an attack by Israel so that the United States can be drawn into direct, full-scale war with Iran.
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  • The Republican back door to war with Iran
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  • Iran scientist: CIA offered me $50m to lie about nuclear secrets
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  • Write and speak out!  Silence is complicity!
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