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The real damage is done by those millions who want to 'survive.'

 

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Documents for raids on anti-war activists unsealed

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  • Reveal McCarthyite attack on free speech, right to organize 
  • We demand that the U.S. Attorney makes a public statement that the investigation is closed and that there will be no indictments of anti-war and international solidarity activists. Moreover, we demand an end to repression and spying against the people’s movements.

Committee to Stop FBI Repression

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell.

Committee%20to%20Stop%20FBI%20Repression_1.jpgFebruary 27, 2014 | On Feb. 26, the application and affidavit used to obtain the search warrants for the 2010 raids on homes and offices of anti-war and international solidarity activists were unsealed, revealing lies and attacks on the constitutionally-protected rights to speak out and organize. The unsealing of these documents came as a result of legal action taken by the anti-war activists.

The timeline in the documents show what we have always stated. Shortly before the huge protest at the Republican National Convention, an undercover police agent and professional liar, going by the name of Karen Sullivan (identified in the affidavit as UC1) joined the Anti-War Committee and became active in the efforts to build the demonstration. She later joined Freedom Road Socialist Organization.

Committee to Stop FBI Repressionstanding together to protest the United States government’s attempt to silence and criminalize anti-war and international solidarity activists. 

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CIA caught spying on US Senate, Tom Carter, World Socialist Website

  • The revelations of CIA spying on Congress underscore the fact that America is run by an unelected, unaccountable military/intelligence apparatus. It is this apparatus, in conjunction with the corporate-financial elite, that dictates official policy in Washington, irrespective of which political party is in power.
  • Senators Okay With Spying On Citizens, But Outraged It Happened To Congress

Enough is Enough: No Comcast / Time-Warner merger!

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  • Enough of cable bills higher than heating or electric bills. Enough of companies demanding you buy channels you don’t want, and blocking programs you actually want to watch. Enough of rotten customer service, spotty cable, sluggish Internet.
  • It’s time we take a stand against huge corporations becoming behemoths, wiping out the competition and sticking it to those of us who have little choice to go elsewhere.
  • What’s the Right Path Forward on Net Neutrality?

Delara Derakhshani, Consumers Union

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angry-consumer.jpg March 13, 2014 | If Comcast is allowed to swallow up Time Warner Cable, it will control two-thirds of the nation’s cable customers, and nearly 40 percent of broadband users. That’s a recipe for disaster.

The Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice can stop this merger if they’re convinced it’s a bad deal for consumers. Let’s convince them.

Add your name to our petition and we’ll make sure these decision-makers know that consumers say 'Enough'. After you act, tell us about your cable nightmare so we can show that lack of competition has real consequences!

Take%20Action%20button%20with%20arrows.jpg The FCC and Dept. of Justice can stop this merger. Tell them 'enough is enough!'

Delara Derakhshani, Consumers Union, Policy and Action from Consumer Reports

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net-neutrality_0.jpg What’s the Right Path Forward on Net Neutrality?, John Light, Moyers & Company

February 4, 2014 | The recent DC circuit court decision that killed net neutrality put the Federal Communications Commission — and its newly appointed head, Tom Wheeler — in the position of needing to figure out what they can do to maintain their authority to ensure an open Internet. If they don’t, the Web as we know it could dramatically change. Journalists and advocates point to a future in which Internet service providers (ISPs) could give users faster access to some sites and slower access to others. So if, for example, Hulu paid Comcast to allow viewers a faster connection, and competitors such as Netflix did not, Comcast subscribers might decide Netflix, with its slower streaming services, was not worth their money.

 

 

Wanna know how to move the Democratic Party (and our country) to the left?

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  • (The Tea Party) moved their party to the right not by withholding votes on Election Day, but by getting out their votes on Primary Day.
  • That's the lesson we progressives need to learn. And remember.
  • Has the Left Surrendered?
  • We are all right-wingers now.

Ian Reifowitz, Daily Kos

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Progressive_values.png?1385100731Monday, March 10, 2014 | It's real simple, folks. We do it the way the Tea Party did in moving the Republican Party to the right. And it has nothing to do with denying our votes to "centrist" candidates on Election Day. You know how to do it?

Win some primaries. It's not hard to grasp. You think some Democrats aren't left enough? Beat 'em. Did someone you believed was a strong progressive end up voting or governing more to the center than the left? Back a primary challenger. Beat 'em. Knock out the Democrats you don't like and replace them with someone to their left. That's how you move the country left. Then work yourselves to the bone so that those progressives you helped win that primary beat their Republican opponent on Election Day. Because every election, whether the primary or the general, is about a choice. The way to advance progressive values is to back the most progressive candidate who can win. That's not always easy to figure out, but we have to try.

images/surrender.jpg Ian Reifowitz is a Daily Kos member.

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Has the Left Surrendered? Richard Eskow, LA Progressive

  • An independent left must never plead with Democratic leaders to be heard, as too many liberals have been wont to do. That way lies continued irrelevance – and continued contempt. The future left must be willing to say “no” to … Democrats, with all that the word “no” implies.
  • Chris Hedges | The Left Has Lost Its Nerve and Its Direction

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We are all right-wingers now, Thomas Frank, Salon

  • What the Hell is Barack Obama's Presidency For?
  • Is the left enjoying a moment of triumph -- or has a president with no bearings left the Tea Party in charge?
  • How Fox News, ineffective liberals, corporate Dems and GOP money captured everything
  • Has the Left Surrendered? 

This Is What Happened When Scholastic Tried to Bring Pro-Coal Propaganda to School

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  • “The United States of Energy” was a colorful series of lessons on the advantages of coal, aimed at 4th-graders—and sponsored by Big Coal. Here’s how educators and activists worked together to get it out of classrooms.
  • 7 Most Absurd Things America's Kids Are Learning Thanks to the Conservative Gutting of Public Education

Bill Bigelow, Yes! Magazine

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Mar 06, 2014 | While developing activities on coal and the climate crisis in 2011 for Rethinking Schools magazine, I ran across a curriculum, The United States of Energy, from Scholastic, the venerable education publisher.

It was a colorful series of lessons, aimed at fourth-graders, which explored the various sources for energy in the United States. The material on coal discussed its many “advantages.” But when I looked for discussion of the disadvantages … nothing.

Not a word about coal’s status as the largest source of climate-wrecking carbon dioxide. Nothing about how burning coal emits toxic mercury, or how mountaintop removal mining has destroyed 500 Appalachian mountains.

Bill Bigelow taught high school for 30 years. He is the curriculum editor of Rethinking Schools magazine. He is co-editor of A People’s Curriculum for the Earth, which will be published later this year.

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7 Most Absurd Things America's Kids Are Learning Thanks to the Conservative Gutting of Public Education, Katie Halper, AlterNet

  • Kids learn that gun control is a gateway to tyranny and that science is unchristian.
  • Publicly Funded Schools That Are Allowed to Teach Creationism

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