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Net Neutrality Fight Shifts To The States

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Lindsay Chestnut protests near the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C., last month. The FCC voted to repeal net neutrality rules, prompting officials in a growing number of states to fight back with lawsuits and proposed legislation. Carolyn Kaster, Associated Press (AP)

  • Some state officials want to take action to protect their residents against the FCC’s decision to repeal net neutrality.
  • The Internet Association, a trade group that represents tech companies such as Amazon, Facebook and Google, has announced that it too will join the upcoming legal fight.

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01/25/2018 | While Congress wrestles with whether to restore net neutrality rules after the Federal Communications Commission scrapped them last month, a growing number of states have decided to take on the issue themselves.

Legislators in at least 15 states, from California to Rhode Island, have introduced bills that would create state net neutrality laws or use other approaches to require that internet service providers follow net neutrality requirements in some way to ensure an open and equal internet.

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Senate Dems One Vote Shy of Net Neutrality Revival. Tell Your Senators How to Vote Now. Countable 

  • https://d15oah1tzzrs2i.cloudfront.net/snack/image/60076/large_60076-1516128561.jpgEfforts to rescind the FCC's decision to repeal net neutrality have reached a crucial pivot point. There are now 50 votes guaranteed in the Senate to block the repeal. They only need one more vote! If you support net neutrality, Now is the time to reach out to your senators and make sure they know how you expect them to vote.
  • Related: The FCC just voted to gut net neutrality rules. But Congress can stop them.

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We Need More Than a 'Not Trump' Strategy for Real Change

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From the cover of "US Politics in an Age of Uncertainty: Essays on a New Reality." (Haymarket Books)

A new book of essays by leading political analysts delves into the social and historical forces that produced our 45th presidency.

Paul Street, Truthdig 

https://smhttp-ssl-62992.nexcesscdn.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/USPoliticsAgeUncertainty_127.jpegJanuary 24, 2018 | With the news cycle taken over by the latest madness emerging from the mouth or Twitter feed of the childish “orange one” in the White House, could we step back from the circus to reflect like adults on the social and historical forces that produced the clown presidency? Haymarket Books’ new collection of essays by leading left political analysts, “US Politics in an Age of Uncertainty: Essays on a New Reality,” is required reading for anyone interested in such reflections on Donald Trump.

All the contributors rightly place the Democrats at the center of the story of what went wrong. “The horrors and challenges presented by the Trump administration,” writes Princeton professor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor in the book’s seventh essay, “should not obscure the very important discussion of how the administration came into power. You cannot understand the emergence of Trump without taking account of … the failure of the liberal establishment to provide a real alternative to the reactionary populism … of Trump.”

Paul Street holds a doctorate in U.S. history from Binghamton University. He is former vice president for research and planning of the Chicago Urban League. Street is also the author of numerous books, including “Racial Oppression in the Global Metropolis” (2007), “The Empire’s New Clothes: Barack Obama in the Real World of Power” (2010), and “They Rule: The 1% v. Democracy” (2014), and a regular contributor to Counterpunch, Z Magazine/ZNet, Black Agenda Report and teleSUR English. He has taught American history at several Chicago-area colleges and universities.

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Resisting Trumpism Requires Fighting Harder and Smarter Against Trumpism, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Resisting Trumpism Requires a Grand Unifying Theory
    • The right has skillfully equated prosperity with morality to take political power and reshape the nation in its worldview. It is time for the rest of us to catch up.
  • Part 2: Fight Harder and Smarter Against Trumpism
    • President Trump and his party are counting on activists feeling disoriented and powerless, which is why progressives must plan wisely for 2018.
  • Related: There’s a popular groundswell for impeachment — and it’s totally not happening.

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Researchers Against the War Machine - The Story of NARMIC

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NARMIC wanted to research the power and money behind the defense industry and get this research into the hands of peace activists who were resisting the Vietnam War so they could fight more effectively. They wanted — as they put it — to “fill the gap” between “peace research” and “peace organizing.” They wanted to do research for action — hence, their use of the term “action/research” to describe what they did.

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Derek Seidman, Eyes on the Ties / Portside

October 24, 2017 | It was 1969, and the American War on Vietnam seemed unending. Mass outrage over the war had spilled into the nation’s streets and campuses — outrage over the rising heap of body bags returning home, over the never-ending spree of bombs that barrelled down from US planes onto rural villages, with the images of fleeing families, their skin seared by napalm, broadcast across the world.

Hundreds of thousands of people had begun to resist the war. The fall of 1969 saw the historic Moratorium protests, the largest protests in US history.

Derek Seidman is a researcher with Public Accountability Initiative and its flagship site LittleSis, based in Buffalo, New York.

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Resisting Trumpism Requires Fighting Harder and Smarter Against Trumpism

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  • Part 1: Resisting Trumpism Requires a Grand Unifying Theory
    • The right has skillfully equated prosperity with morality to take political power and reshape the nation in its worldview. It is time for the rest of us to catch up.
  • Part 2: Fight Harder and Smarter Against Trumpism
    • President Trump and his party are counting on activists feeling disoriented and powerless, which is why progressives must plan wisely for 2018.
  • Related: There’s a popular groundswell for impeachment — and it’s totally not happening.
  • Related: We Need More Than a 'Not Trump' Strategy for Real Change

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Resisting Trumpism Requires a Grand Unifying Theory

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The right has skillfully equated prosperity with morality to take political power and reshape the nation in its worldview. It is time for the rest of us to catch up.

Sonali Kolhatkar, Truthdig 

Dec 07, 2017 | The past few weeks have been hellish for Americans. With one assault after another on our Constitution and our rights, it has felt like an endless stream of slaps to the face and punches to the gut.

From the decision by Federal Communications Commission Chair Ajit Pai to end net neutrality to the unconscionable late-night vote Friday by Senate Republicans on a tax reform bill that had amendments scribbled in by hand to Donald Trump’s unprecedented undoing of national monument designations in Utah to the Supreme Court’s Muslim ban-affirming order on Monday, it feels as though the entire nation is under attack all at once.

Sonali Kolhatkar is a columnist for Truthdig. She also is the founder, host and executive producer of "Rising Up With Sonali," a television and radio show that airs on Free Speech TV.

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Part 2: Fight Harder and Smarter Against Trumpism

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President Trump and his party are counting on activists feeling disoriented and powerless, which is why progressives must plan wisely for 2018.

Sonali Kolhatkar, Truthdig

Dec 20, 2017 | The Republican Party is celebrating the passage of a deeply unpopular and comprehensive rewrite of the U.S. tax code, which critics argue is skewed unjustly toward the rich. Members of the party, however, are convinced that we will learn to love the new tax code, as House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday. “When people see their withholding improving, when they see jobs occurring, when they see bigger paychecks, a fairer tax system, a simpler tax code, that’s what going to produce the results,” he said at his weekly press conference. “Results are going to make this popular,” he added, sounding like parents telling their child, “When you’re older, you’re going to thank me for forcing you to take violin lessons.” But like a child who grows up resenting a domineering parent, voters are likely to punish the GOP at the ballot box, as some have predicted. And unlike my analogy, voters are not children.

My actual child recently approached me, wondering if he could ask me a serious question. I braced myself, sat him down on my lap and nudged him to speak. Some of his schoolmates had been discussing writing letters to Congress about outlawing shark fin soup in order to protect endangered sharks. But another friend worried that if they did so, President Trump would know where they live and might retaliate. My son wanted to know if it is dangerous to write letters to Congress.

Sonali Kolhatkar is a columnist for Truthdig. She also is the founder, host and executive producer of "Rising Up With Sonali," a television and radio show that airs on Free Speech TV.

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Roughly half the public believes Trump has committed crimes and should be impeached. Don’t hold your breath.

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We Need More Than a 'Not Trump' Strategy for Real Change, Paul Street Truthdig 

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From the cover of "US Politics in an Age of Uncertainty: Essays on a New Reality." (Haymarket Books)
A new book of essays by leading political analysts delves into the social and historical forces that produced our 45th presidency.

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  • Immigrant youth have waited too long for a permanent solution to the crisis created by Trump’s vicious deportation agenda. 122 Dreamers lose their protection every day. The time for hesitation is over.
  • See where your Senators stand and make a call to Senators who are voting to deport Dreamers.

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Donald Trump is racist.

This was clear when he was a businessman and gave preferential treatment to whites applying for rental units in his buildings in the 1970s. It was clear in 1989 when he took out $85,000 worth of ads in New York newspapers calling for the death penalty of the Central Park Five (who were later exonerated by DNA evidence). It was clear when he led outrageous, years-long charges falsely claiming President Obama faked his birth certificate. And he made racism the backbone of his campaign from the moment he announced his candidacy and used his speech to attack immigrants.

Indivisible Team Our mission is to fuel a progressive grassroots network of local groups to resist the Trump Agenda.

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Senate Dems One Vote Shy of Net Neutrality Revival. Tell Your Senators How to Vote Now.

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Efforts to rescind the FCC's decision to repeal net neutrality have reached a crucial pivot point. There are now 50 votes guaranteed in the Senate to block the repeal. They only need one more vote! If you support net neutrality, Now is the time to reach out to your senators and make sure they know how you expect them to vote.
Related: The FCC just voted to gut net neutrality rules. But Congress can stop them.

Countable

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January 16, 2018 | Half the Senate - forty-nine Democrats and independents, one Republican - plan to co-sponsor Sen. Ed Markey's (D-MA) legislation that would undo the FCC's repeal of net neutrality.

Last month, the Federal Communications Commission voted to dismantle net neutrality regulations, allowing internet providers to speed up – or slow down – access to apps and websites.

Markey’s bill, if made law, would reverse that ruling.

Under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), Congress can nullify recently passed legislation with a simple majority.

Countable helps you make your voice heard by contacting your reps about issues that matter. Check out your reps!

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The FCC just voted to gut net neutrality rules. But Congress can stop them, Take Action Now, The Nation 

  • Here's how it happens.
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  • Democrats also have power and responsibility to use ALL of their leverage to win the Dream Act by January 19. A handful of Democrats have yet to commit to publicly state that they will vote ‘No’ on any spending measure that does not include a Dream Act as protection for young immigrants.
  • Related: The Huddled Masses Were Never Welcome

United We Dream

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With the government funded until January 19, and an average of about 850 DACA recipients losing their protections every week between now and then, we need to keep up the pressure on all Democrats who refused to stand strong.

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United We Dream the 1st & largest national immigrant youth-led organization fighting for relief & fair treatment for all undocumented immigrants.

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The Huddled Masses Were Never Welcome, Kevin Young, Counterpunch

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Uniting immigrants and the native-born is an urgent imperative for the left. To do so, we must collectively reject not just the toxic politics of Trumpism but also the more subtle poison of liberal nationalism.
 

 


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The FCC just voted to gut net neutrality rules. But Congress can stop them.

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  • January 3, 2018 | To save net neutrality, we need to get every member of Congress to promise to vote to overrule the FCC vote. Use this page to track them, call them and tweet them.

    Soon we'll begin tracking which members of Congress have cosponsored a "Congressional Resolution of Disapproval" to overrule the FCC. Right now, we know which ones have come out against the FCC's plan, and which have supported it. We need to try to move all of them, but here are the priorities.

    Your representatives: These are your members of Congress. Start here.

  • Team InternetThese are the other members of Congress who've come out against the FCC plan. Thank them, and ask them to vote for the CRA.
  • UnknownThese are all the members of Congress whose stance we don't know yet. Ask them to vote for the CRA!
  • Team CableThese are the members of Congress who supported the FCC plan. We still might be able to move them

-OR-

 

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While the FCC voted to end net neutrality, Congress can reinstate this critical regulation by passing a “resolution of disapproval” to undo the vote. Both Republicans and Democrats have spoken up against the FCC’s plan. Check out where your representatives stand <>, then use Free Press Action Fund’s call tool <>and script to give them a call.

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Google and Facebook on an Internet Censorship Rampage at Request of US, Israeli Officials, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • Part 1: Google’s Eric Schmidt Admits Political Censorship Of Search Results
  • Google’s efforts are just one part of a much wider government-corporate drive to assert control over the flow of information over the Internet ... .
  • Part 2: Facebook Says It Is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the U.S. and Israeli Governments
  • As is always true of censorship, there is one, and only one, principle driving all of this: power.

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