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Signature needed: Cable industry lobbyists swarming Congress after we flooded the FCC with comments

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We need you to contact your legislators now. We’ve made it easy to contact all three members of Congress who represent you with one submission—and we’ve tailored the message according to their position on net neutrality. It’s a nice, easy way for you to save the internet by combating corporate power.

Rachel ColyerDaily Kos

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Net-neutrality-meme-e1398433124309.jpgSeptember 23, 2014 | Sources tell us cable industry lobbyists are “swarming” the Hill. Their full army of lobbyists are out “slinging tight one-pagers” and “repeating carefully crafted and plausible-sounding talking points” in order to prevent real net neutrality rules.

It may be unsurprising that they’ve unleashed so many lobbyists. After all, Big Cable has spent $42.4 million on lobbying this year and are outspending net neutrality advocates 3-to-1, but folks on the Hill are telling us that this uptick is unusual––they must be concerned we are winning.

We need you to contact your legislators now. We’ve made it easy to contact all three members of Congress who represent you with one submission—and we’ve tailored the message according to their position on net neutrality. It’s a nice, easy way for you to save the internet by combating corporate power.

sign-btn.pngPlease, click here to sign and send a message to your legislators: “Do not believe the cable industry lobbyists. Instead, listen to your constituents and support real net neutrality.”

While the cable companies may have gobs of money at their disposal, we have something they don’t­­—the overwhelming support of the public, the media, small businesses, investors, and tech companies. Basically, everyone is on Team Internet except for the cable companies and their closest profiteers.

We’ve won in the arena of public opinion in a show of force that has struck fear into their soulless corporations. They never suspected we could mount the campaign we, the American public, have mounted. Now, they are retreating to the halls of power. But, we can flood Capitol Hill the same way we flooded the FCC with overwhelming support for net neutrality—and you are key.

sign-btn.pngPlease, sign and send a message to your legislators—Click here.

Don’t get the impression all is lost—because it’s not. We’ve got our own troop of dedicated pro-net neutrality s/heroes on the Hill too—and they have members of Congress primed and ready to support Title II net neutrality. All we need to do is give Congress the political cover to stand up to Big Cable.

sign-btn.pngThis fight isn’t over and we still have a few strategies we can play to win. To contact your members of Congress, please, click here.

Keep fighting,

Chris Hedges | The Coming Climate Revolt

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  • Civil disobedience must be used to abolish the oil, gas and coal companies and replace a government held captive by corporations. Otherwise, we will say goodbye to life as we know it. 
  • Approaching the End of Human History?

Chris Hedges, Truthdig

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/climatemarch_590.jpgMore than 100,000 people march through midtown Manhattan as part of the People’s Climate March on Sunday in New York. John Minchillo/AP Images for AVAAZ

Sep 21, 2014 | Chris Hedges made these remarks Saturday at a panel discussion in New York City titled “The Climate Crisis: Which Way Out?” The other panelists were Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein, Kshama Sawant and Sen. Bernie Sanders. The event, moderated by Brian Lehrer, occurred on the eve of the People’s Climate March in New York City. For a video of some of what the panelists said, click here.

We have undergone a transformation during the last few decades—what John Ralston Saul calls a corporate coup d’état in slow motion. We are no longer a capitalist democracy endowed with a functioning liberal class that once made piecemeal and incremental reform possible. Liberals in the old Democratic Party such as the senators Gaylord Nelson, Birch Bayh and George McGovern—who worked with Ralph Nader to make the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Mine Safety and Health Act, the Freedom of Information Act and the OSHA law, who made common cause with labor unions to protect workers, who stood up to the arms industry and a bloated military—no longer exist within the Democratic Party, as Nader has been lamenting for several years. They were pushed out as corporate donors began to transform the political landscape with the election of Ronald Reagan. And this is why the Democrats have not, as Bill Curry points out, enacted any major social or economic reforms since the historic environmental laws of the early ’70s.

2014/09/nasa-glacier-640x360.jpgWe are governed, rather, by a species of corporate totalitarianism, or what the political philosopher Sheldon Wolin describes as “inverted totalitarianism.” By this Wolin means a system where corporate power, while it purports to pay fealty to electoral politics, the Constitution, the three branches of government and a free press, along with the iconography and language of American patriotism, has in fact seized all the important levers of power to render the citizen impotent.

Chris Hedges, a weekly columnist for Truthdig, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported from more than 50 countries, specializing in American politics and society.

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Related:

Approaching the End of Human History?, Noam Chomsky, In These Times

  • The likely end of the era of civilization is foreshadowed in a new draft report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the generally conservative monitor of what is happening to the physical world.
  • The short, strange era of human civilization may be drawing to a close. 
  • The UN’s New Report on Global Warming Is the Most Terrifying Yet
  • 5 Crucial Lessons for the Left From Naomi Klein’s New Book

 

The Senate is about to reauthorize the PATRIOT Act?

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The petition to the Senate reads: "The current Senate version of the USA FREEDOM Act effectively reauthorizes the PATRIOT Act for an additional 2.5 years, legalizes currently illegal surveillance activities, and grants immunity to corporations that collaborate to violate privacy rights. Oppose the USA FREEDOM Act in its current form."

Becky Bond, CREDO Action

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nsa_spying_180.gifSeptember 19, 2014 | It’s been over a year since Edward Snowden brought public attention to the breathtaking scope of President Obama’s indiscriminate spying on American citizens who aren't suspected of any wrongdoing. And now there’s a bill in the Senate that could effectively reauthorize the PATRIOT Act without fixing the worst constitutional abuses by the NSA.

We can’t let Congress effectively reauthorize the PATRIOT Act for an additional 2.5 years, legalize currently illegal surveillance activities, and grant immunity to corporations that collaborate to violate privacy rights.

But that’s exactly what a bill now being considered in the Senate, Sen. Patrick Leahy’s USA FREEDOM Act, would do.

sign-btn.pngTell the Senate: Oppose the USA Freedom Act in its current form. Click here to sign the petition. 

CREDO Action, powered by CREDO Mobile phone customers, is a social change organization that supports activism and funds progressive nonprofits.

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Special Project | Advocating for Peace & Justice: Week Ending September 7, 2014

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  • “Without justice, what are kingdoms but bands of robbers?” – St Augustine. 
  • 9 New Items including:
    • Inspiring Team with Cop Watchers
    • Remembering: UN International Day,Victims of Enforced Disappearances
    • McDonald’s workers block streets during nationwide wage protests
    • Victory: First Amendment Rights Triumph Over Columbus Police and Fort Benning Officials
    • Chris Hedges | The Crime of Peaceful Protest
    • This Revolutionary Moment
    • Close the SOA! Resist Empire & Militarization
    • What White People Can Do About the Killing of Black Men in America
    • Thomas Paine, Our Contemporary

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 

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Inspiring Team with Cop Watchers, Cop Block

August 26 | Ferguson Man Forms an Inspiring Team with Cop Watchers to Hold Police Accountable

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Remembering: UN International Day, Victims of Enforced Disappearances, Maria Luisa Rosal, Popular Resistance 

  • Let us not forget the United States, through the School of the Americas the US played a leading role in forced disappearances, Thousands upon thousands of disappearances occurred across the American continent as a whole, and in Guatemala alone there were over 45,000 disappearances, 5,000 of which were of children. Disappearances have been part of Latin American security doctrine since the 60s.
  • Victory: First Amendment Rights Triumph Over Columbus Police and Fort Benning Officials! 

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McDonald’s workers block streets during nationwide wage protests, John Wojcik, Peoples World

  • "I had to raise my kids on $8 an hour," said Cecelia Carella, 47, as she rolled up her left sleeve to show an arm covered with burns and scars she said she got from working with the fryers. "Only recently," she said, "when all the protests started, they raised us up to $9.25."
  • Nearly one quarter of US children in poverty

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Victory: First Amendment Rights Triumph Over Columbus Police and Fort Benning Officials! Arturo, Brigitte, Hendrik, Karolina, Kat, María Luisa, Pablo, and Roy, SOA Watch

We have collectively secured not only our historical and sacred space of convergence to remember the martyrs, but have successfully defended and protected our First Amendment rights!

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Chris Hedges | The Crime of Peaceful Protest, Chris Hedges, Truthdig

  • The trial of Cecily McMillan, 25, is one of the last criminal cases originating from the Occupy protest movement. It is also one of the most emblematic. The state, after the coordinated nationwide eradication of Occupy encampments, has relentlessly used the courts to harass and neutralize Occupy activists ...
  • Father Roy Bourgeois | Columbus (GA) Police Chief Ricky Boren Denies Our Right to Peacefully Assemble

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This Revolutionary Moment, Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, Popular Resistance
  • As we’ve covered in previous newsletters, there are now academic studies that demonstrate the lack of democracy in the US and that the government functions as a plutocracy that represents the needs and wishes of the wealthy elite. At the same time that the government is dysfunctional, we are experiencing multiple crises that demand immediate action.
  • The Fix Is In; The Revolution Is Coming
  • Thomas Paine, Our Contemporary

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Close the SOA! Resist Empire & Militarization, Katherine Henao, SOA Watch

  • Converge on Ft. Benning, GA, November 21-23, 2014
  • Police Deny Street Permit for Annual Vigil at Fort Benning, GA
  • Father Roy Bourgeois | Columbus (GA) Police Chief Ricky Boren Denies Our Right to Peacefully Assemble

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What White People Can Do About the Killing of Black Men in America, Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, Huffington Post

White people need to get off the computer and get involved with our voices, feet, votes and resources to help make sure that this epidemic of black deaths in America ends. This is not a 'black problem it is an American problem and it will take all of us working together to solve it.

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Thomas Paine, Our Contemporary, Chris Hedges, Truthdig

  • Thomas Paine is America’s one great revolutionary theorist. Paine’s brilliance as a writer—his essay “Common Sense” is one of the finest pieces of rhetorical writing in the English language—is matched by his clear and unsentimental understanding of British imperial power. No revolutionist can challenge power if he or she does not grasp how power works.
  • Chris Hedges | The Rules of Revolt

 

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