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Can the Catfood Commission: Sign the Petition

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  • Alan Simpson's vulgar assertion that the program is "a milk cow with 300 million tits" shows the true intent of the Catfood Commission (aka National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, aka deficit commission): cutting Social Security at all costs.
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  • It's Time to Show Alan Simpson, Vet Hater, the Door
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FireDigLake.com

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Jim Fuller

Deficit Commission chair Alan Simpson says that Social Security is "a milk cow with 300 million tits."
Wrong: it's a vital lifeline for senior citizens. And if it's cut in any way, the elderly will be forced into poverty and eat cat food to survive.

Sign the petition to President Barack Obama to can the Catfood Commission <http://action.firedoglake.com/page/-/SimpsonEatsCatFood.jpg> before it guts Social Security

The deficit commission is a stacked deck that will needlessly cut Social Security. Alan Simpson's vulgar assertion that the program is "a milk cow with 300 million tits" shows the true intent of the deficit commission: cutting Social Security at all costs.

Don't fire Alan Simpson. Can the whole Catfood Commission to save Social Security.

Related:

It's Time to Show Alan Simpson, Vet Hater, the Door, David Culver, Evergreene Digest

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  • I call on the Congress and President to show Alan Simpson to the door of the deficit commission’s deliberations and to restore honor and decency to our national conversation on veterans!
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  • I also call on my fellow citizens to hold their President, Congressional Representatives, and Senators accountable for removing Mr. Simpson by contacting them and reminding them that their oath of office demands meeting this country’s obligations to its veterans.
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  • Alan Simpson Condemns Disabled Vets for Breathing Agent Orange
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  • Veterans Group Calls for Removal of Alan Simpson
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Secrets and lies: National Organization for Marriage (NOM) Exposed!

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  • Along with our friends at the Courage Campaign, we've launched a website that pulls back the curtain on NOM for everyone to see.
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  • We'll post up-to-the-minute news on NOM over the coming months and years, so bookmark the site and come back often.
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Joe Solmonese, Human Rights Campaign

Are you tired of the National Organization for Marriage, a.k.a. NOM, putting on a mask of tolerance for the media?

Are you sick of their claim that they speak for a majority of Americans – while they support extreme anti-gay zealots and keep their donors secret?

Well, we are. And today, along with our friends at the Courage Campaign, we're launching a website that pulls back the curtain on NOM for everyone to see.

NOM Exposed uncovers shocking secrets so people can get the real facts as NOM throws its weight around in race after race this election cycle. We'll post up-to-the-minute dirt on NOM over the coming months and years, so bookmark the site and come back often.

Check out our new site – then add your name to the "NOM Doesn't Speak for Me" petition and help spread the truth!

NOM recently released a slick new ad on behalf of Tom Emmer, the candidate for governor of Minnesota with ties to a group that condoned the execution of gays. The ad disguises NOM's anti-LGBT agenda behind a fake claim of protecting civil rights.

NOM even had the gall to compare itself to Martin Luther King, Jr., flashing images of his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. It's a flagrant distortion of reality – the latest in a history of deception since NOM opened for business during the Prop. 8 campaign.

NOMexposed.org is about spreading truth. We've spent months digging into NOM's funding, shady ties, ethics violations, and more. We created this site so that every time someone searches for NOM – voters, elected leaders, reporters – they'll get the real story. They'll find out that:

▪    Brian Brown, NOM's President, has said that "allowing gay marriage is akin to allowing polygamous marriage."
▪    Not to be outdone, NOM founder Maggie Gallagher has said same-sex marriage is worse than polygamy.
▪    NOM has close ties to the powerful and secretive right-wing religious group Opus Dei.
▪    Robert George, the "reigning brain of the Christian right" and Chairman of NOM's board co-authored the Federal Marriage Amendment that would have written anti-gay discrimination into the U.S. Constitution. He also believes that repealing antiquated laws banning sodomy will lead to incest.
▪    To hide its political activities, NOM has blatantly flouted campaign finance laws.

That's just the tip of the iceberg. We've tracked NOM's financial ties, showing how huge, secret donations have swelled its budget from $500,000 to $10 million in just three years. We've connected the dots to the hierarchy of the Catholic Church and the Mormon Church.

Now we need your help to get the word out – share shocking facts on Facebook and Twitter or spread the truth by simply passing this email along.

If you believe that strong families aren't about "straight" or "gay" but about love and commitment; if you're a person of faith; if you're straight or LGBT, married, partnered or single – add your name and say "NOM Doesn't Speak for Me." We'll share this petition with officials and the media in states where NOM is at work.

Visit NOMexposed.org – add your name, and share the truth with friends and family.

We've called NOM out before, whether revealing the audition tape for "Gathering Storm" or alerting the press to their lies. But NOM Exposed goes deep into the organization's roots and represents a commitment to keep tabs on their activity and connect the dots for voters.

NOM wants to claim the middle ground. But people don't know who they really are. We are not going to sit by and let them dictate the terms of the debate. We're going to expose the lies – not just today, but every day.

Won’t you join us?

Caving in and turning over the free and open Internet to the big phone and cable companies

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  • Call and help stop the Waxman Net Neutrality cave
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  • Net Neutrality Bill Gives FCC No New Rulemaking Power
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Progressive Change Campaign Committee

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Will Shapira

Urgent news -- it's hard to believe, but Representative Henry Waxman may be about to cave and turn over the free and open Internet to the big phone and cable companies.

The National Journal is reporting that Waxman just cut a deal that would kill Net Neutrality -- the First Amendment of the Internet -- and he's pushing House leaders to hold a vote this year.

The Washington Post is calling it a "big win for the Bells and cable." But ending the Internet's level playing field and letting big corporations control whose opinions get heard more online would make the rest of us big losers.

House leadership can stop this bill. Can you call Speaker Pelosi and DCCC Chair Chris Van Hollen? Tell them the worst thing for Democrats before a big election is another cave to corporations -- and they should kill Waxman's bill. Click here for the numbers and a script.

A world without Net Neutrality means that free speech online is replaced with speech for the highest bidder. Is that more likely to be you or Fox News?

The National Journal reports that under Waxman's bill, "nondiscrimination language does not apply to wireless providers" -- meaning, phone and cable companies could kill free speech on that little thing known as wireless internet (aka the future of the Internet).

The bill "leaves open their ability to block applications" and actively blocks the FCC's request to "allow the government to impose rules designed to preserve the Internet's openness."

At a time when Democrats need to inspire people to vote, a bill that caves and gives control of the Internet to big corporations is about the worst idea possible. Let's make that clear!

Can you call Speaker Pelosi and DCCC Chair Chris Van Hollen? Tell them to use their clout to kill Waxman's bill -- click here for the numbers and a script.

Thanks for being a bold progressive,

Jason Rosenbaum, Adam Green, Julia Rosen, Stephanie Taylor, and the rest of the PCCC team

Related:

Net Neutrality Bill Gives FCC No New Rulemaking Power, Eliza Krigman, Tech Daily Dose

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  • The FCC will not have rulemaking authority under a network neutrality bill that key House Democrats plan to introduce soon, according to a recent draft obtained by Tech Daily Dose.
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  • Jim Hightower: The fight for net neutrality
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Six Tips for Activists from MADD

Advocacy group has led the fight against drunken driving for 30 years.

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Ambreen Ali, Congress.org

Mothers Against Drunk Driving began as an idea being tossed around at a kitchen table. Three decades later, it is one of the country's most recognized and effective advocacy organizations.

MADD quickly built a broad grassroots network that helped set the minimum drinking age at 21. It then fought alcohol trade groups to impose a .08 blood alcohol content limit on drivers.
Since MADD's inception, drunken-driving deaths have fallen dramatically from 22,000 in 1980 to 10,800 in 2009.

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Speak up in solidarity with local peace activists!

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  • Rally –Monday Sept. 27 in front of FBI offices 4:30PM
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  • ING Building 111 Washington Ave. Minneapolis (corner of Marquette and Washington Ave., down town)
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  • Sponsored by area peace and justice groups
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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Bob Heberle

On Friday (Sep 24), five local peace activists'  homes were raided by the FBI.  All were outspoken activists from the Anti-War committee and Freedom Road.   The Anti-War Committee’s office was also raided.  Theses groups are being targeted for their well-informed viewpoint and their ability to legally organize.   

It is essential in this new age of suspicion and fear that we stand in solidarity with other legitimate peace groups and let the world know that, while they are welcome to disagree with our political opinions, they do not have the right to  persecute us for our beliefs, nor trample on our first amendment rights.

For more information, call Women Against Military Madness (WAMM), 612-827-5364

Related:

Urgent Fascism Alert: the FBI raids nonviolent antiwar activists, Gary Kohls, Evergreene Digest

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  • FBI cites terror link in raids of local activists
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  • The FBI confiscates picture of Martin Luther King!!
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Tell the Senate to Act Now to confirm judicial nominees!

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  • Well-qualified men and women are not receiving the careful consideration and vote their nominations deserve.
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  • You can help solve the problem.
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Alliance for Justice

With over 110 vacancies on the federal bench, many of our courts are in crisis, as judicial caseloads for existing judges have risen to emergency levels. With 1 in 8 seats on the bench empty, justice is being unacceptably delayed.

The current Senate has confirmed fewer nominees than any Senate in the last 40 years.  Republican Senators are using procedural tricks to obstruct uncontroversial nominees. Well-qualified nominees are left languishing on the Senate floor, and even nominees approved unanimously by the Senate judiciary committee face significant delays in receiving a vote.  

Now, with the Senate preparing to break for the midterm elections in less than two weeks, no confirmation votes have been scheduled for judicial nominees. 

None!

But there's still time!

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Well-qualified men and women are not receiving the careful consideration and vote their nominations deserve. You can help solve the problem: contact your Senators to encourage them to swiftly confirm judicial nominees.  

The Senate needs to quickly vote on the President’s nominees currently being held hostage by delay tactics and procedural machinations.

Tell the Senate to Act Now to confirm judicial nominees!

World Day against the Death Penalty

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  • The death penalty is a fundamental human rights abuse, violating the right to life. On October 10th supporters worldwide will focus their efforts on abolishing the death penalty in the United States.
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  • Help stop the execution of Reggie Clemons and others on death row for World Day against the Death Penalty.
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  • VA to execute first woman in nearly a century
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Laura Moye, Amnesty International USA

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Will Shapira

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  • Virginia may execute the first woman in the state in more than a century, despite troubling information about her mental competence. She is scheduled to be killed by lethal injection tomorrow (Sep 23).
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  • Yesterday (Sep 21), a man on Georgia’s death row tried to commit suicide, but officials revived him just so that they could execute him on Friday (Sep 24).
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  • Last month August), our hearts sank along with yours, when a federal court denied Troy Davis’ petition, putting him back at risk of execution. However, doubts about Troy’s guilt persist. There is a very real possibility that he may be innocent of the crime for which he could face death.
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As more high-profile death penalty cases are brought to the public’s attention, the more people begin to ask the all-important question: Is the death penalty really the right thing to do?

Unequivocally, we can say: No, there is a better way!

On October 10, 2010 supporters worldwide will join together to mark World Day against the Death Penalty – holding events, teach-ins, rallies, demonstrations and taking other powerful actions to advance the ever-growing movement against the death penalty.

We’re so grateful that this year’s World Day activities will focus on the death penalty in the U.S. With supporters around the world helping us shine a powerful light on this injustice, we know we can’t lose!

There are 18 pending executions currently scheduled in the U.S. The reasons for these individuals sitting on death row vary, but the intended outcome is the same – death. And there are no do-overs when it comes to carrying out the death penalty.

For example, the case of Reggie Clemons in Missouri illustrates just how flawed the death penalty can be. The case has:

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  • No physical evidence linking Clemons to the crime
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  • Two highly questionable witnesses - both of whom were initially charged with the crime
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  • Alleged police coercion
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  • Sharp racial inequities evidenced by the jury selection where blacks were disproportionately dismissed
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You can support World Day against the Death Penalty by taking action.

Thank you for joining our growing global movement to abolish the death penalty!

Please visit our World Day against the Death Penalty page for fact sheets, event ideas, community petitions and more ways you can help abolish the death penalty!

Related:

VA to execute first woman in nearly a century, Steve Szkotak, Associated Press/Florida Times Union
The U.S. Supreme Court and Gov. Bob McDonnell declined to intervene. All her legal appeals have been exhausted, her attorney said.

Torture: The Prisoner's Reality and International Law

Live streamed on Saturday October 9 (6pm London & 10am Pacific time) at http://www.veteransforpeace.org

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Betsy Reznicek, Veterans for Peace

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Bob Heberle

http://www.veteransforpeace.org/files/Image/tortureperspectives2.jpg

Phil Butler:  Phil graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, class of 1961. Flew the A4C with VA-22 aboard the USS Midway. On April 20, 1965 his aircraft went down over Vinh from malfunctioning VT fused bombs. Spent 4 days and nights  attempting to evade capture but was finally tracked down by two well-trained german shepherd dogs. He was repatriated eight years later on February 12, 1973.  He is also the author of  an incredible  book: "Three Lives of a Warrior."

Moazzam Begg - Moazzam Begg was seized by the DIA in Islamabad in February of 2002.  He was flown to the U.S. detention facility at Kandahar then Bagram where he was held for a year before being transferred to Guantanamo.  He was labeled as an "enemy combatant" but never charged with a crime.  In all, Moazzam spent three years in prison, much of it in solitary confinement.  He was subjected to over three hundred interrogations as well as death threats and torture.  He was released in January of 2005 along with three other British citizens.  He is the author of "Enemy Combatant: My Imprisonment at Guantanamo, Bagram, and Kandahar."  Begg will be joining us from England via web cast.

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Moderator: Jean Abbott - Jean is Clinical Director of the Center for Survivors of Torture and War Trauma in St. Louis, Missouri. The center provides free counseling for refugee and immigrant survivors of torture and war trauma.

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