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FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski in Minneapolis

  • 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.
  • Tell Chairman Genachowski: Do Your Job. Save the Internet!
  • 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.
  • Franken: Net Neutrality “Biggest Issue Since Freedom of Religion”

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.


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

  • The Google and Verizon net-neutrality plan is bad policy that will only benefit the two companies. The FCC should quickly reject the proposal.
  • Stop Google And Verizon From Setting Our Public Internet Policy

Franken: Net Neutrality “Biggest Issue Since Freedom of Religion” The Uptake

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

Summary: Advocating for Peace: Week of August 22

3 New Items including:

  • Bring the Troops Home Picnic
  • The occupation of Iraq isn't over - it's being rebranded

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

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

  • 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!
  • We Are Not Your Soldiers!
  • Collateral Murder: U.S. Soldier Ethan McCord's Eyewitness Story

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

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.

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

  • Overturn Citizens United to get unlimited corporation money out of elections.
  • Pass the Fair Elections Now Act to publicly finance federal elections.
  • Enact a Lobbyist Reform Act to reduce the influence of corporate lobbyists.

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.