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  • We’ve fought and won this battle before and we can do so again. But it’s going to take all of us working together. I will do my best working with my colleagues in the Senate to protect internet freedom, but we’ll need all of your voices engaged and ready to fight.
  • Related: Net Neutrality Redux: Why Republicans Shouldn't Mess With the Internet

Ron Wyden, Free Press Action Fund 

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June 9, 2017 | Two years ago we accomplished something amazing together. Nearly 4 million people across the country called on the FCC to put in place strong Net Neutrality rules to protect the internet as a tool for innovation, creativity and free speech. And we won.

Now the free and open internet is once again under attack as Trump's FCC, led by Chairman Ajit Pai, is threatening to roll back these crucial protections. If Pai gets his way, massive cable and phone companies will have the power to control what we see and do online, creating “fast lanes” for those that can afford to pay — and leaving the rest of us in the dust.

We can’t let this happen. Send your comment to the FCC today to protect Net Neutrality.

Net Neutrality rules have governed the internet since its inception, creating a space for free expression to flourish and for startups and small businesses to challenge huge legacy companies. Abandoning control of the internet to the handful of companies that provide broadband service would allow them to bury the speech of those they don't agree with and kill competition from startups before they even get off the ground.

Despite Pai's claim that he supports Net Neutrality, the proceeding he opened last month attacks not only the legal authority underpinning the rules — which is absolutely vital for enforcing them — but seeks to overturn these protections altogether. If Pai gets his way, Net Neutrality will be gone for good and people will be left with only the empty promises of big cable companies to protect them online.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Fight%20Back.jpgIf we want to defeat this attack on Net Neutrality, we’ll need all of you to speak out. Send your comment to the FCC today and tell it to leave Net Neutrality alone.

This administration has gone after so many crucial consumer protections that we have fought for, from ending exploitative prison-phone rates to banning your internet service provider from selling your personal data. The Trump team isn’t working for anyone besides the corporate lobbyists and millionaires that are filling the administration.

We’ve fought and won this battle before and we can do so again. But it’s going to take all of us working together. I will do my best working with my colleagues in the Senate to protect internet freedom, but we’ll need all of your voices engaged and ready to fight.

Thanks so much—

P.S. The Trump administration isn’t working for anyone besides corporate lobbyists and millionaires. We can’t let it destroy Net Neutrality — send your comment to the FCC today.

The Free Press Action Fund is a nonpartisan organization fighting for your rights to connect and communicate.

Ron Wyden is the senior United States Senator for Oregon.

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Net Neutrality Redux: Why Republicans Shouldn't Mess With the Internet, Mike Ludwig, Truthout <http://www.truth-out.org>

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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?

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How We Cover Mass Shootings Affects How Many There Will Be

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  • The shooting at a congressional baseball practice sadly presents the media with another opportunity to assess the way they cover high-profile violence.
  • Related: Arms Deal Stories Omit War Crimes Arms Will Be Used For

Erin Schumaker, Huffington Post

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06/14/2017 | As information filters in about the gunman who opened fire Wednesday on Republican congressmen at a baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, news organizations weigh their responsibility to inform the public of a newsworthy event against the possibility that the reporting will inspire future attacks.

A second shooting, later in the day at a San Francisco UPS facility, wasn’t related, but it only heightened the news frenzy. 

Erin Schumaker is Senior Healthy Living Editor, HuffPost

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Arms Deal Stories Omit War Crimes Arms Will Be Used For, Adam Johnson, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) 

  • http://fair.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/CNBCTrumpsDealsFeatured.jpg Reports on the Trump/Saudi arm deals focused on who would get paid–and ignored who it would cost.
  • As of Monday afternoon (May 22, 2017), no major newspaper—New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, LA Times, Chicago Tribune or Daily News—has run an editorial condemning Trump for cozying up with and selling massive amounts of arms to the Saudi dictatorship. As FAIR noted last week (5/17/17), this outrage remains solely directed at dictatorships not in good standing with the US State Department.
  • Related: The $110 billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia is fake news

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Arms Deal Stories Omit War Crimes Arms Will Be Used For

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Reports on the Trump/Saudi arm deals focused on who would get paid–and ignored who it would cost.

  • As of Monday afternoon (May 22, 2017), no major newspaper—New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, LA Times, Chicago Tribune or Daily News—has run an editorial condemning Trump for cozying up with and selling massive amounts of arms to the Saudi dictatorship. As FAIR noted last week (5/17/17), this outrage remains solely directed at dictatorships not in good standing with the US State Department.
  • Related: The $110 billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia is fake news

Adam Johnson, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Bomb%20with%20US%20Flag.jpg May 22, 2017 | The Trump administration wrapped up a weapons deal with the Saudi Arabian government this week that will be worth up to $350 billion over the next ten years. News of the deal came as Trump visited Riyadh and paid fealty to one of the United States’ most enduring allies in the Middle East.

The vast majority of the reports on the topic, however, omitted a rather key piece of context—namely, whom the weapons will be used to kill.

The famine and brutal two-year-long war in Yemen being waged by the Saudis that has killed over 10,000 civilians wasn’t mentioned once in reports of the $300 billion deal to Saudi Arabia by CNN (5/19/17, 5/20/17), Washington Post  (5/19/17), The Independent (5/19/17), New York Daily News (5/20/17), CNBC (5/20/17, 5/22/17), CBS News (5/20/17), Business Insider (5/20/17), Time (5/20/17), Fox News (5/20/17), Reuters (5/20/17), ABC News (5/20/17), Fortune Magazine (5/20/17) or Chicago Tribune (5/20/17).

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The $110 billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia is fake news, Bruce Riedel, Brookings 

None of the deals identified so far are new, all began in the Obama administration.

 

"We Don't Have the Rule of Law": Barrett Brown on Incarceration, Journalism and His Next Steps

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Barrett Brown at his residence in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday, May 20, 2017. (Photo: Candice Bernd)

The government is frankly illegitimate in many ways and should be treated as such. I think that will become more evident. Let's say, even if they successfully remove this administration, we still have this 35 percent of people in this country who will support any fascist authoritarian like this, and they're still there. They may increase in number.

Candice Bernd, Truthout

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Saturday, June 03, 2017 | Barrett Brown, who was arrested in 2012 and subsequently imprisoned for his reporting on hacked emails from private intelligence contracting firms, was unexpectedly back in the news recently after he was rearrested during a check-in for "failure to obtain permission" to speak to the press.

In 2011, Brown not only exposed that the private intelligence firm Stratfor had been snooping on activists on behalf of corporations, but also revealed plans by intelligence contractors to hack and smear activists.

Candice Bernd, is an editor/staff reporter at Truthout <http://www.truth-out.org>, and a contributor to Truthout's anthology on police violence, Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? With her partner, she wrote and produced Don't Frack With Denton, a documentary chronicling how their hometown became the first city to ban fracking in Texas, and its subsequent overturn in the state legislature. She was honored with the Dallas Peace and Justice Center's "Media Peacemaker of the Year" award in December. 

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A Deep State of Mind: America’s Shadow Government and Its Silent Coup, John W. Whitehead, Counterpunch 

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  • As long as government officials—elected and unelected alike—are allowed to operate beyond the reach of the Constitution, the courts and the citizenry, the threat to our freedoms remains undiminished.
  • So the next time you find yourselves despondent over the 2016 presidential candidates, remember that it’s just a puppet show intended to distract you from the silent coup being carried out by America’s shadow government.
  • Related: From the Archives | Vote all you want. The secret government won’t change

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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.
  •   http://movetoamend.org/sites/default/files/sign-btn.pngRelated: Sign now: Why We Protest Killing Net Neutrality

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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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http://movetoamend.org/sites/default/files/sign-btn.pngSign now: Why We Protest Killing Net Neutrality, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • 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/default/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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