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Sign now: Why We Protest Killing Net Neutrality

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  • Part 1: Sign now: Don’t kill net neutrality
    • Net neutrality. The idea that every site, and every user, is treated the same online.
  • Part 2: Protesters Take Net Neutrality Issue To FCC Chair's Home Teaser
    • FCC Chair Ajit Pai Needs to be Personally Protested Because He Comes to the FCC With a Personal Agenda.
  • Related: Net Neutrality: Internet Groups Need to Fight for a Fair Internet Now

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Part 1: Sign now: Don’t kill net neutrality

Net neutrality. The idea that every site, and every user, is treated the same online.

Net Neutrality Defense Team (via DemandProgress.org

May 11, 2017 | Net neutrality. The idea that every site, and every user, is treated the same online.

It’s the principle that the internet should be an open platform where anyone can build a website, open a business, make art, start a movement, and create community. And that no cable company or internet provider has the right to interfere with what you do online.

Now that fundamental principle is in mortal danger. This is our fight.

  http://movetoamend.org/sites/default/files/sign-btn.pngSign your name: Save the Internet. Tell FCC Chair Ajit Pai to drop his plan to kill net neutrality.

When Aaron Swartz co-founded Demand Progress in 2010, he knew that a free and open internet was fundamental to freedom of speech and expression in the 21st century. The internet has eclipsed all other mediums as a platform for the free exchange of ideas. It has unleashed the power of ordinary people like nothing else. Online activism has literally toppled dictators.

But all the good the internet does for people could be stifled or destroyed by the likes of Comcast and Verizon if Trump’s FCC chair gets his way.

If Comcast, Verizon, and the other big internet service providers are allowed to block or throttle sites, or create paid prioritization schemes, they will essentially be in charge of the internet.

  http://movetoamend.org/sites/default/files/sign-btn.pngDon’t let Comcast take the internet from you. Sign our petition to save net neutrality.

You worked hard to win the FCC’s Open Internet Order in 2015, which classified the internet as a public utility, thus guaranteeing net neutrality. It’s going to take all of us working even harder to save it.

Just last Sunday, John Oliver featured the fight to save net neutrality on his show, and the number of people submitting their comments to the FCC to save the free and open internet crashed the website. (Don't worry, ours is still up and running fine!)

That’s why Demand Progress and our coalition set a goal to gather 1 million grassroots actions in support of Title II net neutrality protections before the FCC has its first vote on whether to kill the rules. We know we’re up to the challenge.

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Thanks for all you do,

The Team at Demand Progress



Part 2: Protesters Take Net Neutrality Issue To FCC Chair's Home 

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FCC Chair Ajit Pai Needs to be Personally Protested Because He Comes to the FCC With a Personal Agenda.

Kevin Zeese, Popular Resistance 

May 15, 2017 | Ajit Pai, the Chair of the FCC, is on a mission to destroy the Internet by reclassifying it so that it is no longer a common carrier where we all have equal access and repeal net neutrality rules so Comcast, Verizon and A&T can discriminate based on content..

Net neutrality activists began a vigil at the FCC chairman’s home in Arlington on Sunday, May 14 to protest. They will continue on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday until the public meeting at the FCC on Thursday, May 18. Twenty people stood outside of his home holding signs urging “Save The Internet,” “We Want Democracy Not Net Monopolies,” “Ajit Pai Stop the Lies” “Protect the Internet” and “Equal Access for All.”

Kevin Zeese is a participant in Popular Resistance, an online daily news and information service for people who want to play a role in improving the country, creating economic and social justice as well as to protect the environment. 

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Net Neutrality: Internet Groups Need to Fight for a Fair Internet Now, Compiled by David Culver , Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • Part 1: Net neutrality: why the next 10 days are so important in the fight for fair internet

US campaigners rejoiced in 2015 when ‘net neutrality’ enshrined the internet as a free and level playing field. A vote on 18 May could take it all back.

  • Part 2: John Oliver on net neutrality: 'Every internet group needs to come together'

The Last Week Tonight host discussed the potentially serious implications of new legislation that could affect the power ISPs have over what we view.

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Net Neutrality: Internet Groups Need to Fight for a Fair Internet Now.

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  • Part 1: Net neutrality: why the next 10 days are so important in the fight for fair internet
    • US campaigners rejoiced in 2015 when ‘net neutrality’ enshrined the internet as a free and level playing field. A vote on 18 May could take it all back.
  • Part 2: John Oliver on net neutrality: 'Every internet group needs to come together'
    • The Last Week Tonight host discussed the potentially serious implications of new legislation that could affect the power ISPs have over what we view.
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Part 1: Net neutrality: why the next 10 days are so important in the fight for fair internet

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US campaigners rejoiced in 2015 when ‘net neutrality’ enshrined the internet as a free and level playing field. A vote on 18 May could take it all back.

Olivia Solon, the Guardian

Tuesday 9 May 2017 | Thursday 26 February 2015 was a good day for internet freedom campaigners. On that day the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to more strictly regulate internet service providers (ISPs) and to enshrine the principles of “net neutrality” as law.

The vote reclassified wireless and fixed-line broadband service providers as Title II “common carriers”, a public utility-type designation that gives the FCC the ability to set rates, open up access to competitors and more closely regulate the industry.

Olivia Solon is a senior technology reporter for the Guardian San Francisco.

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Part 2: John Oliver on net neutrality: 'Every internet group needs to come together'

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The Last Week Tonight host discussed the potentially serious implications of new legislation that could affect the power ISPs have over what we view.

Guardian Staff, the Guardian

Monday, 8 May 2017John Oliver has sent out a warning over the Trump administration’s attack on net neutrality, detailing the problems that it could bring.

On his HBO show, Last Week Tonight, the comic spoke about the president’s desire to roll back Barack Obama’s attempts to prevent companies from exerting control over people’s access to certain sites.

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  • Part 1: Sign now: Don’t kill net neutrality
    • Net neutrality. The idea that every site, and every user, is treated the same online.
  • Part 2: Protesters Take Net Neutrality Issue To FCC Chair's Home Teaser
    • FCC Chair Ajit Pai Needs to be Personally Protested Because He Comes to the FCC With a Personal Agenda.
  • Related: Net Neutrality: Internet Groups Need to Fight for a Fair Internet Now.

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Mainstream Media as Arbiters of Truth ~ Robert Parry

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  • "Arbiters of truth" sounds bad enough, but when that "truth" is the US government's approved line, uniformly spouted by the press, it's much worse. From Robert Parry at consortiumnews.com: An angry mainstream U.S. media is shaking its fist at anyone who won’t clamber onboard the Russia-gate groupthink bandwagon.
  • Related: NYT Says Congress Has 'Duty' to Make War--Rather Than the Right to Reject It

Robert Gore, Straightline Logic

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Fake%20Media.jpg April 5, 2017 | An angry mainstream U.S. media is shaking its fist at anyone who won’t clamber onboard the Russia-gate groupthink bandwagon, reports Robert Parry.

The mainstream U.S. media is never more unctuous and unprofessional as when it asserts that it alone must be the arbiter of what is true and what is not, regardless of what the evidence shows or doesn’t show.

Robert Gore is a writer, investor, attorney, and former bond trader. His website is Straight Line Logic <http://straightlinelogic.com>. He is also a regular columnist for The Savy Street <http://thesavvystreet.com>.

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Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. His latest book, America’s Stolen Narrative, is available in print here or as an e-book (from barnesandnoble.com).

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NYT Says Congress Has 'Duty' to Make War--Rather Than the Right to Reject It, Adam Johnson, FAIR.org

The whole point of granting war-making powers to Congress, it should be noted, was so that Congress could serve as a barrier to war. Somehow for the paper of record, this task has morphed into a “duty” to approve wars that are already taking place, lest the self-evidently good and noble war effort be undermined.

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Net Neutrality Redux: Why Republicans Shouldn't Mess With the Internet

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  • Republicans are working to gut net neutrality and other consumer protections online, and Democrats are using the issue to drive a wedge between the GOP and voters. Meanwhile, the same activists who turned net neutrality into a household name two years ago have vowed to make Republicans pay.
  • Related: Live at Truthdig: What Is the Future of Net Neutrality Under Trump?

Mike Ludwig, Truthout 

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The internet is quite popular these days, but companies such as AT&T and Comcast that provide internet service are not. That's one reason why Democrats are betting that voters will punish Republicans in the next election for scrapping rules designed to stop internet providers from harvesting personal information without permission and manipulating how easily users can access certain parts of the web.

The threat of voter disapproval was not enough to thwart the legislation repealing online privacy rules that the Republican majority recently rushed through Congress with party-line votes. Democrats hammered their Republican colleagues for selling out their constituents' personal information to big business, a charge that could come back to haunt the GOP now that a looming fight over net neutrality at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) promises to keep the broadband lobby in the media spotlight.

Mike Ludwig is an investigative reporter at Truthout and a contributor to the Truthout anthology, Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect?

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An open internet is being threatened by the Trump administration:

According to an article by the media-advocacy organization Free Press, the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, “vigorously opposed rules [the FCC] adopted to protect the rights of internet users” when Pai worked at the FCC under Obama.

 

 

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NYT Says Congress Has 'Duty' to Make War--Rather Than the Right to Reject It

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The whole point of granting war-making powers to Congress, it should be noted, was so that Congress could serve as a barrier to war. Somehow for the paper of record, this task has morphed into a “duty” to approve wars that are already taking place, lest the self-evidently good and noble war effort be undermined.

Adam Johnson, FAIR.org

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March 27, 2017 | The New York Times argues that Congress has a duty to authorize war–rather than a responsibility to determine whether war should be fought.

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Not for the New York Times editorial board, which didn’t take the wave of civilians deaths as a reason to question the wisdom of America’s various “counter-terror,” nation-building and regime-change projects in the Middle East, but instead chose to browbeat Congress into rubber-stamping a war that’s been going on for almost three years.

The editorial, “Congress’s Duty in the War With ISIS” (3/26/17), began with a false premise.

Adam Johnson is a contributing analyst for FAIR.org

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Special Report | Disability Rights Advocates Accuse Washington Post Of Perpetuating ‘Myths’ About Benefits

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  • Disability rights activists worry about the ammunition stories like the one in the Post could give to benefit-averse Republicans, who now control the White House and Congress.
  • They are perpetuating the same myths that have been debunked over and over again without regard for how misleading reporting can affect people with disabilities already living on the financial edge. --Rebecca Vallas, Center for American Progress
  • Related: Special Project | Disability: Disabled, Shunned and Silenced in Trump’s America

Daniel Marans

http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/propaganda-lies.png 04/22/2017 | Disability rights advocates and a leading Democratic think tank are livid at The Washington Post over a March 30 front-page story on the prevalence of disability benefits in rural America.

The newspaper claimed that “as many as one-third of working-age adults” in rural communities receive disability benefits. But as the Center for American Progress calculated ― and The Huffington Post confirmed by looking at the raw data ― that proportion holds true in only one county in the entire country.

Daniel Marans, Reporter, Huffington Post

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Special Project | Disability: Disabled, Shunned and Silenced in Trump’s America, Melissa Blake, New York (NY) Times 

  • I’m a woman. I’m physically disabled. And I’ve never been more scared than I am right now.
  • Related: Trump Scrubs Civil Rights, LGBTQ Rights, Climate Change from WhiteHouse.gov

What does it take for activists to get your attention?

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Charlotte, NC - September 25: A demonstrator uses a bullhorn outside of Bank of America Stadium before an NFL football game between the Charlotte Panthers and the Minnesota Vikings September 25, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.. Protests have disrupted the city since Tuesday night following the shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Activists are small players in the struggle for attention, which is controlled largely by advertisers. But there are ways to resist and redirect attentions.

Brian Martin, Waging Nonviolence 

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April 8, 2017For major protests today, it is standard to have a media strategy. For example, there can be individuals assigned to media liaison. The location and timing of an action can be chosen with an eye toward media schedules. Some actions are designed specifically to attract media attention.

However, there are many factors that complicate activist efforts to reach the mass media. Major outlets choose what to report based on news values such as conflict, prominence and proximity. A politician will be quoted rather than an activist, and a scuffle at a rally will be reported rather than what the protest is actually about.

Brian Martin is professor of social sciences at the University of Wollongong, Australia and vice president of Whistleblowers Australia. He is the author of 14 books and hundreds of articles on dissent, nonviolence, scientific controversies, democracy and other topics.

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Fake News Isn’t New, It’s Americans’ Inability To Read Critically That’s Alarming

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  • A healthy skepticism is always in order.
  • Related: Norman Solomon on Trump and the Press

Frank Connolly, Huffington Post

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03/30/2017 | If you’re like a lot of folks, you’ve probably had quite enough of the ongoing media kerfuffle over “fake news.” What started out as an interesting discussion about politics, journalistic ethics, and the truth, has degenerated into a hyper-partisan food fight.

First, President Trump commandeered the term, using it to disparage news outlets he doesn’t like; then commentators and academics on the left responded by branding conservative websites they don’t like as “fake news,” too. By now, the meaning of fake news is largely a matter of partisan opinion – which means the term really has no meaning at all.

Frank Connolly, Contributor, Huffington Post; Senior Editor, MindEdge Learning

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Norman Solomon on Trump and the Press, FAIR 

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  • Donald Trump says the press corps are the “enemy of the people.” The press corps, in turn, say Donald Trump is “presidential.” Where the people find themselves in this dance is unclear. We’ll talk about what media really looking out for the public interest might look like with author and FAIR associate Norman Solomon, national coordinator of RootsAction.org and executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy.
  • Related: 'Soul-Sucking, Attention-Eating Black Hole': Why we need to look beyond Trump

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