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FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski in Minneapolis

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  • We just learned about a free event tomorrow (Tuesday, August 24) at the University of Minnesota that will feature FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. Our friends at Free Press just sent out the following action alert about it, and we wanted to make sure you saw it.
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  • Tell Chairman Genachowski: Do Your Job. Save the Internet!
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  • Please attend if you can. Genachoswki is stalling under industry pressure and if net neutrality supporters don't hold his feet to the fire, he may sell us out. So it's important that we come out to make sure Genachowski knows he needs to act now to protect a free and open Internet.
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  • Franken: Net Neutrality “Biggest Issue Since Freedom of Religion”
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Becky Bond, CREDO Action

Dear Friend,

Last week (August 15-21), 750 Minnesotans packed South High School to tell the FCC to do its job and protect the open Internet. Thousands more watched the event via the Web.

Now we've just learned that FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is speaking tomorrow (Tuesday, August 24) at the University of Minnesota. The event is free and open to the public.

Show up to tell FCC Chairman Genachowski: Do your job. Save the Internet.

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar will be joining Genachowski at Tuesday's event. We need you there, too:

Who:    Sen. Amy Klobuchar, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski
When:  Tuesday, August 24, 2010, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management
3M Auditorium
321 19th Ave South, Minneapolis MN 55455

Sen. Klobuchar has voiced her support for Net Neutrality in the past. Chairman Genachowski once pledged to preserve Net Neutrality. He has also proposed a "Third Way" to restore the FCC's power to protect consumers and promote universal access. But now he's reluctant to take the final step — bringing these issues to a final vote at the FCC.

Genachowski needs to listen less to the big corporations behind closed doors in Washington and listen more to Internet users. He needs to hear from you.

Show up Tuesday Morning. Urge Genachowski to Protect Net Neutrality. <>

We have created a website where you can learn more about tomorrow's event, download fliers to distribute at the venue and invite others to come along.

Last week, Sen. Al Franken told a standing-room-only crowd that "Net Neutrality is the First Amendment issue of our time." Minnesotans followed Franken's speech with hours of impassioned public testimony urging the FCC to oppose a scheme by big companies to carve up the Internet for themselves.

We have amazing momentum, but unless the FCC gets involved right now, a few corporations will take over the Internet and stifle free speech online.

It's that important. Please go to Tuesday's event and let Chairman Genachowski know that Minnesota supports Net Neutrality.

Related:

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FCC should reject the Google-Verizon net-neutrality plan, Ryan Blethen, Seattle Times | WA

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  • The Google and Verizon net-neutrality plan is bad policy that will only benefit the two companies. The FCC should quickly reject the proposal.
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  • Stop Google And Verizon From Setting Our Public Internet Policy
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Franken: Net Neutrality “Biggest Issue Since Freedom of Religion” The Uptake

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  • “Net Neutrality is the biggest issue since Freedom of Religion, which until last week I thought we had worked out” – Senator Al Franken
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  • Full video of the Minneapolis FCC hearing August 19 can be found here.
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  • The Internet: Wired to whose advantage?
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Summary: Advocating for Peace: Week of August 22

3 New Items including:

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  • Bring the Troops Home Picnic
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  • The occupation of Iraq isn't over - it's being rebranded
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

Bob Gorrell

Bring the Troops Home Picnic, Military Families Speak Out, Minnesota Chapter
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Coleen Rowley
Sunday, August 22, 1PM, Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis

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The occupation of Iraq isn't over - it's being rebranded, Debra Sweet, World Can't Wait

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  • The occupation of Iraq is only being re-branded, not ended. Despite President Obama's fallacious claims that the war in Iraq is winding down, the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment is deploying!
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  • We Are Not Your Soldiers!
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  • Collateral Murder: U.S. Soldier Ethan McCord's Eyewitness Story
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Healing of Memories Workshop October 25-27, Sheila Laughton, Loyola Spirituality Center
Please pass along to vets, service members, family members, and those who care for them that you know.

Second Circuit Ruling Reverses Lower Court's Decision in ACORN

A deeply conservative panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously reversed the multiple victories we had in the lower court.

Bill Quigley, Center for Constitutional Rights

We have gotten some of our best feedback from friends and allies this year on our work defending ACORN, so I am sorry to have to pass along the news that a deeply conservative panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously reversed the multiple victories we had in the lower court.

The panel somehow found that ACORN was not being punished when Congress cut off its funding based on rightwing grandstanding, FOX news rants and a video that turned out to be a lie. The court did find that ACORN had standing to sue, just not on Bill of Attainder grounds, and they sent the case back to the District Court to look at possible First Amendment and due process violations.

The Bill of Attainder provision in the U.S. Constitution says that no person or organization may be singled out for punishment by the government without benefit of a trial. The appeals court turned our argument on its head and declared that since hundreds of unspecified allied organizations might be affected by the de-funding it was perfectly legitimate since Congress did not just single out ACORN!   

Though ACORN has obviously been seriously damaged by this campaign, they continue to struggle on and make the best of their situation, while government and independent investigations clear them of wrongdoing again and again. But because we cannot stand by and let this ruling empower the targeting of other politically vulnerable groups like ACORN, we will fight this deeply flawed decision. We will be seeking en banc review by the entire Second Circuit, and will keep you posted on our progress.

For more information visit our case page. Thank you for standing with us and our allies at ACORN. The fight continues!

Fight Washington Corruption

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Join the campaign to Fight Washington Corruption -- sign the pledge today.

Charles Chamberlain, Democracy for America

It's no secret that lobbyists and the big corporations they work for have too much power in Washington today. We've seen them beat back progressive legislation over and over again these past two years.

The public option, climate change legislation, Wall Street reform -- these are just a few of the things killed or watered down by lobbyists and their corporate sponsors.

We're sick of it. That's why MoveOn, Democracy for America and a coalition of progressive groups have joined together in the Other 98% campaign. We're working to get members of Congress and candidates for office to pledge their support for breaking corporate control of Washington and building a better democracy.

Join the campaign to Fight Washington Corruption -- sign the pledge today.

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Our campaign to beat back lobbyists and big corporations calls on Congress to:

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  • Overturn Citizens United to get unlimited corporation money out of elections.
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  • Pass the Fair Elections Now Act to publicly finance federal elections.
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  • Enact a Lobbyist Reform Act to reduce the influence of corporate lobbyists.
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Making our government work for the people and not the powerful isn't going to be easy, but together we can do it. So far, over 475,000 Americans across the country have joined the campaign to fight Washington corruption. Join the movement to beat big corporations -- sign the pledge today.

Get government working for the people and not the powerful -- sign the Fight Washington Corruption pledge today.

Together, we can get government working for the other 98% again.

Thank you for everything you do.

Glenn Beck's 'Restoring Honor' Rally Denounced By Civil Rights Leaders

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  • Glenn Beck's 'Restoring Honor' Rally To Face Countermarches From Civil Rights Activists, Al Sharpton
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  • Guns, Divisive Rhetoric to "Honor" Lincoln and King?
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DeNeen Brown, Washington Post | DC

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Joanne Thielen

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Social activists and civil rights leaders, among them the Rev. Al Sharpton, are planning marches and demonstrations -- including the unveiling of a nearly four-story-tall original sculpture on the Mall -- on Aug. 28 to coincide with a rally organized by Fox News personality Glenn Beck.

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Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally, with former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin among the scheduled speakers, will take place on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, 47 years to the day after Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech there.
The conservative talk show host announced in November that he wanted to reveal a "100 year plan for America" <http://www.glennbeck.com/content/articles/article/198/33466/> at the Lincoln Memorial. More recently, he said that the purpose of his Aug. 28 event is to restore the country's "values" and to pay tribute to military families.

More...

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Guns, Divisive Rhetoric to "Honor" Lincoln and King? Paul Helmke, Huffington Post
Most jarring is the sad irony of all of these people at the podium, with their supporters spread across our National Mall, celebrating, in part, their worship of guns, while invoking, quite blatantly, the legacies of two great Americans whose magnificent lives were cruelly cut short by bullets.

The occupation of Iraq isn't over - it's being rebranded

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  • The occupation of Iraq is only being re-branded, not ended. Despite President Obama's fallacious claims that the war in Iraq is winding down, the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment is deploying!
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  • We Are Not Your Soldiers!
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  • Collateral Murder: U.S. Soldier Ethan McCord's Eyewitness Story
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Debra Sweet, World Can't Wait

We received this notice from people planning protests when the 3rd Battalion is sent to Iraq next week (Aug 22-28). Some of you may have heard about this upcoming action during the webcast we did a couple weeks ago.

This is a nation-wide call to action! Come to Fort Hood, Texas, Aug. 22 to participate in peaceful actions with veterans and anti-war leaders opposing the deployment of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment's 5,000 Soldiers to Iraq. This is your invite. Can you attend?

Despite President Obama's fallacious claims that the war in Iraq is winding down, the 3rd ACR is gearing up for yet another deployment! Furthermore, many Soldiers facing deployment are known to be unfit for combat due to injuries sustained in prior tours. The Peace Movement must not let this stand!

The Soldiers of the 3rd ACR and the people of Iraq need you to be here Aug. 22. This will be a RADICAL demonstration, with optional direct action elements and possible legal implications. While all are welcome to participate at whatever level they are comfortable, we value greatly those willing to put their bodies on the line.

Nearly ten years into our current wars, the time for half-measures is over. Congress has failed the people, as has Obama and the deMOCKratic process. They will not stop these deployments. We have to do it ourselves. We have a responsibility to the people of Iraq and our own Soldiers. We will be at Fort Hood Aug. 22.

Our message is that wounded warriors should never be forced to deploy. Our message is that the people of Iraq should not suffer at the hands of American troops. We will make this message clear with our voices, wills and bodies. We welcome our brothers and sisters from any social justice movement and their chosen messages of solidarity. We stand united as citizens of the world opposed to U.S. Empire.

We invite all who plan to participate to attend a brief planning meeting Aug. 21st at 5 p.m. We will be discussing plans for the following day's actions, as well eating, drinking and enjoying each others' company, before rallying at Fort Hood the following day.

Contact us now to RSVP, learn the location of the Aug. 21st meeting and stay up to date as more becomes available. Please send us your name, contact information and a brief bio of you as an activist, and we will be in touch. We are moving forward rapidly and look forward to welcoming you to beautiful Killeen, Texas!

Related:

We Are Not Your Soldiers! Get in touch with us ASAP to bring anti-war veterans and activists to your school or community. School has already started, or is about to start in many areas. Now is the time to set up a We Are Not Your Soldiers presentation and bring the reality of these unjust occupations to youth who need to resist military recruiters.
Call: 347 385 2195 or visit We Are Not Your Soldiers!

New on YouTube: You have to watch this video. Ethan McCord, seen in the "Collateral Murder" video rescuing two severely injured children, speaks out and corroborates the damning evidence that these wars are completely immoral.

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WikiLeaks' Collateral Murder: U.S. Soldier Ethan McCord's Eyewitness Story

Protests of UST Law Prof Delahunty's Co-Authoring of Bush Torture Memos

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  • "The University of St. Thomas School of Law, as a Catholic law school, is dedicated to integrating faith and reason in the search for truth through a focus on morality and social justice."
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  • Center for Torture Accountability lists U St. Thomas Professor  Delahunty as deserving probe.
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Coleen Rowley, Evergreene Digest

Leafleting and bannering on August 16th and on August 30th to remind the St. Thomas School of Law how it’s failing to follow its own Mission Statement when it employs Robert Delahunty who coauthored with John Yoo the Office of Legal Counsel memos that declared the Geneva Conventions no longer applied to “non-state Actors” thus opening the door to torture.

August 16, Monday:  4:30 - 5:30 pm, at 1000 LaSalle Avenue, Minneapolis  (during a student reception event)

August 30, Monday:  10:00 - 11:00 or 11:30 at 1000 LaSalle Avenue, Minneapolis (Robert Delahunty’s return to classes)

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Center for Torture Accountability lists St. Thomas Professor  Delahunty as deserving probe, The Center for Torture Accountability<>
Delahunty helps John Yoo write memos making legal case for suspending constitutional rights and protections

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