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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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Tell Mott's: get the scabs out of your applesauce!

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  • Something's Rotten at Mott's
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  • Tell the CEO of Mott's: Your workers are what makes your company successful. And you can't get away with screwing them over. Not on our watch!
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  • Strikers at Mott’s pick up nationwide support
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Manny Herrmann, American Rights at Work

For Mott's workers, these past few months have been far from sweet.

Even though the parent company of applesauce and juice-maker Mott's raked in $555 million in profits last year, it's trying to slash wages and is even scheming to take away its workers' pension plan!

For months, Mott's refused to negotiate in good faith with its workers. By May, 305 workers in Williamson, NY were left with no choice: go on strike, or take up to $1.50-an-hour pay cuts lying down. And now, as the strike heads into its tenth week, things took an abrupt turn for the worse: the company is hiring strike breakers – better known as scabs.(1)

Why? Because Mott's management thinks that in a depressed economy, they can get away with it! But they're wrong: we've got more than 100,000 committed activists on our side, and we're not giving up.

Tell the CEO of Mott's: Your workers are what makes your company successful. And you can't get away with screwing them over. Not on our watch!

We have a chance to make a real difference here, because pressure to resolve the strike is building every day. Both of the U.S. senators representing New York, the state attorney general, a gubernatorial candidate and even the New York City Council have all pressured Mott's to negotiate a settlement. (2)

And independent apple growers have strongly urged Mott's to return to the bargaining table – because Mott's is one of the largest buyers of apples in New York. Harvest season is coming up, and if the company doesn't come to an agreement with their workers soon, millions of tons of unsold produce could be left to rot on the trees. Hundreds of farmers could lose their livelihoods. (3)

Tell Mott's management to act now, before their hunger for money leaves Mott's workers and hundreds of farmers with nothing on their dinner tables.

Mott's has spent millions to build a wholesome public image. Every time a concerned buyer like you speaks out, Mott's is reminded that its sweet image is turning sour – and workers have a better chance of getting Mott's to resolve the strike!

Thanks for all you do to defend workers' rights across America.

(1)http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2010/07/want_a_job_motts_plant_in_wayn.html
(2)http://ufcwblog.blogspot.com/2010/07/new-york-city-council-bashes-motts.html
(3)http://www.mpnnow.com/opinions/x1609353789/Guest-essay-Apple-industry-urges-resolution-to-Mott-s-strike

Related:

Strikers at Mott’s pick up nationwide support, John Wojcik, People's World
Union leaders say that Mott's is doing what more and more corporations tend to do when joblessness, particularly regional unemployment rates, are high: cutting wages and benefits.

Summary: Advocating for Peace & Justice: Week of August 1

5 New Items including:

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  • Fast and Vigil Against Torture
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  • Six Facts No War Supporter Knows
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Drew Sheneman

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Support Bradley Manning! The World Can't Wait
Sign the statement

Six Facts No War Supporter Knows, David Swanson, Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)
No one who supports (The Afghan war) can be aware of any of the following six facts.
Secret files show true Afghanistan war

Fast and Vigil Against Torture, Sonja Johnson, Women Against Military Madness
Interrogation memos written by John Yoo (UC Berkeley) and Jay Bybee dated August 1, 2002, have now been named "torture memos" because the methods described in these memos and used on prisoners are cruel, inhumane, and degrading—in other words, torture.

Why Wikileaks’ Doc-Dump Is Such a Big Deal (Even if There’s Nothing New Within), Joshua Holland, AlterNet
"So, this document dump pushes what a few war-nerds may have grasped from a thousand stories on page B-6 onto the front page, revealing not a series of “unfortunate incidents” but a pattern of disregard for civilian casualties that disproves a central tenet of our COIN strategy — that war can be fought in a kinder, gentler, more progressive way thus helping win the hearts and minds of the local population." --Joshua Holland

Why Negative? Peacenik, YouTube
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Coleen Rowley
Being negative won't keep bad things from happening, and pessimism doesn't help make good things happen, so why not be optimistic? Believe in world peace, and help make it happen.

Support Bradley Manning!

Sign the statement

The World Can't Wait

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

Bradley Manning is the U.S. soldier now in a US military prison in Kuwait who has been arrested and charged with two violations for releasing classified information (the Wikileaks "Collateral Murder" video) and facing 54 years in prison. He is being held in isolation from the outside world - with no contact with his civilian attorneys working to defend him.

If the allegations are true, we believe that Bradley Manning is a hero for bringing to light the realities of the crimes being committed in the U.S. occupation. We call for his immediate release and that his attorneys be allowed to talk to him.

This statement was signed by almost everyone attending the Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) conference in Austin this past weekend (July 24-25).  We're urging all groups to post and circulate it.

Sign the statement

We Stand With Bradley Manning. The US Army has Bradley Manning in custody in a prison in Kuwait, reportedly without access to legal counsel.  The Army says he's responsible for leaking the video footage which was named "Collateral Murder" and sent around the world by wikileaks.org. They will likely court martial him.

Needless to say, the soldiers in the video -- not to mention the commanders who trained the troops for and ordered the massacre -- are under no arrest, no scrutiny, not even investigation

World Can't Wait has projected "Collateral Murder" onto buildings and before large groups of people and high school classrooms.  Every instance, even among those who "know" how bad the US occupation is, brought renewed outrage and dedication to end the wars. It's impossible to overestimate the role of courageous people in the military who blow the whistle, and of principled media like wikileaks.org that get the truth out to the public.

"From what I've heard so far of (Wikileaks co-founder Julian) Assange and (Army Pfc Bradley) Manning…they are two new heroes of mine," Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers, spreading opposition to the Vietnam War based on their contents.

World Can't Wait urges everyone who wants an end to the wars to support Bradley Manning.

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See "The strange and consequential case of Bradley Manning, Adrian Lamo and WikiLeaks"

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Read Glenn Greenwald, Salon.com. June 18, 2010

Listen to Democracy Now! With Amy Goodman. June 17, 2010

"Wikileaks Commissions Lawyers to Defend Alleged Army Source" Kevin Poulsen and Kim Zetter, Wired.com. June 11, 2010

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For more background information, see Wikileaks reveals video showing US air crew shooting down Iraqi civilians and Army Intelligence Analyst Charged for Releasing Wikileaks Video: Killers Remain Free

Write to Bradley with your support:
Inmate Bradley Manning
TFCF (Theater Field Confinement Facility)
APO AE 09366
USA

Climate Change Legislation Languishes

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  • It's time to show our senators the full extent of our outrage at their refusal to take on the greatest crisis of our time.
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  • Who cooked the planet?
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  • The truth: Still there, still inconvenient
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Gillian Caldwell, 1Sky

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Amelia Kroeger

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I am furious and frustrated.

We're sweltering here in Washington DC -- living on a planet that just survived the hottest six months in recorded history -- and yet last week the Senate announced it plans to do absolutely nothing for the foreseeable future about our climate crisis.

Big Oil, Dirty Coal and their allies in Congress have succeeded once again in blocking bold climate action.  As a result, they will continue to reap record profits at the expense of our health, safety and economic security.

It's time to show our senators the full extent of our outrage at their refusal to take on the greatest crisis of our time.

Call your senators toll-free and tell them two simple things:
•    They've failed to do their job on climate -- and you won't take 'no' for an answer;
•    You'll hold them accountable for their lack of action.

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Related:

Who Cooked the Planet? Paul Krugman, New York Times | NY

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  • Will any of the deniers say “O.K., I guess I was wrong,” and support climate action? No.
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  • The truth: Still there, still inconvenient
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