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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.

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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!

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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

FCC Hearing on Net Neutrality Comes to Minneapolis Thursday August 19

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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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Andy Driscoll and Lynnell Mickelsen, Truth to Tell
, KFAI-FM

“The FCC recently announced that up to 24 million Americans don't have access to broadband. The exclusion of millions of people from the defining technology of our time only widens the existing gulf between those that have and those that don't. Everyday people like you and me must have a voice in shaping the future of the Internet. This hearing will give members of the public the chance to communicate their ideas, experiences and concerns directly to the commissioners.” – Amalia Deloney, grassroots policy director for the Center for Media Justice.

A recent court decision left the FCC’s authority over Internet providers in legal limbo. Without this authority, the agency cannot protect Net Neutrality, the principle that guarantees free speech online, and cannot ensure that every American has access to affordable broadband service.

In a recent speech, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken called Net Neutrality “the free speech issue of our time.”

The FCC will hear from Minnesotans on Future of Internet Thursday, Aug 19 at Minneapolis' South High School (map). TruthToTell's Andy Driscoll and Lynnell Mickelsen explore the issues and testimony Minnesota media justice types will deliver to Federal Communications Commissioners Michael Copps and Mignon Clyburn at a hearing on the future of the Internet on August 19 at 6PM at South High School Auditorium in Minneapolis.

Guests: Steve Renderos, Media Justice Coordinator, Main Street Project
Margaret Kaplan, Operations Director, MN Center for Neighborhood Organizing (CURA)
Chaka Mkali, Director of Organizing and Community Building, Hope Community, Minneapolis
Laura Waterman Wittstock, Author, Consultant, Co-Producer/Host - First Person Radio (KFAI)

Broadcast: in Minneapolis/St. Paul KFAI-90.3/106.7/Streamed @ KFAI.org 9-10AM, Monday, August 16

Archived: Click here

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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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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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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