Posts tagged activism
Posts tagged activism
On July 28th, celebrities, community groups, and more than 100 organizations nationwide will join forces at the “Stop the Frack Attack” in Washington, DC, where they will make three demands for Congress:
1. Stop dangerous fracking
2. Close 7 legal loopholes that exempt the oil and gas industry from parts of the Safe Drinking Water, Clean Air, and Clean Water Acts
3. Implement a pathway towards 100% clean renewable energy.
Celebrities like Mark Ruffalo, Pete Seeger, Lois Gibbs, and Margot Kidder will stand alongside community groups and environmental leaders to fight against fracking, a great threat to public health, the environment, and critical natural resources.
Margot Kidder, best known for her role as Lois Lane in Superman, endorsed the action:
"Fracking is proof our addiction to fossil fuels has gone too far. In the face of this kind of destruction, doing nothing is not an option. I’ll be in DC on July 28th because I’m worried about the world my grandchildren will inherit without immediate action. We have to stop the destruction, and we have to do it now."
Learn more about the event and the dangers of fracking at StoptheFrackAttack.org!
Must read for everyone. Everyone. Everyone.
Woman should not be the man’s whipping post.
BY MONA ELTAHAWY, female Muslim activist. A woman with courage, insight and understanding.
Yes, Men hate Us. It Must be Said.
“Elected officials serve one purpose — to represent their constituents, the people who voted them into office,” reads a statement posted to the website. “Last year, many of our elected officials let us down by giving in to deep-pocketed lobbyists and passing laws meant to boost corporate profits at the expense of individual liberty.”
The legislation in question include the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act. In an act of retaliation aimed at those that supported these bills, the groups have released a roster of politicians that have not only expressed favor for the laws, but that are also up for reelection this year.
“You are one person. You have one vote. Use that vote on November 6 to hold your elected official accountable for supporting bills such as NDAA, SOPA and PIPA,” reads their statement.
As usual the police department are defending the sadists in their department.
Environmental groups are trying to build a critical mass around issues like global warming to inspire public action and encourage legislators to get their heads out of the sand. The Sierra Club is working to block new coal burning power plants, a new coalition is organizing actions against a tar sands pipeline, and folks in West Virginia are sitting in trees in an attempt to halt destructive strip mining. It’s great work, but what if it’s not enough? What if it’s too little, too late? What if we never get enough mass for it to ever reach that critical point?
Another front line fighter for the little guy goes to jail. Read his words to the court.
As the government’s memorandum points out, I have also made public statements about the value of civil disobedience in bringing the rule of law closer to our shared sense of justice. In fact, I have openly and explicitly called for nonviolent civil disobedience against mountaintop removal coal mining in my home state of West Virginia. Mountaintop removal is itself an illegal activity, which has always been in violation of the Clean Water Act, and it is an illegal activity that kills people. A West Virginia state investigation found that Massey Energy had been cited with 62,923 violations of the law in the ten years preceding the disaster that killed 29 people last year. - Tim DeChristopher
Pick your bad billionaire. Remember, they may all be despicable but you can choose only one!
So check out a bit of their background, and consider - which billionaire is doing the most damage? We know, it’s a tough call. But you can do it. We just aren’t buying the line that these folks are worthy of special treatment and that Social Security must go before they do.
Gaza Flotilla, Van Jones, Bernie Sanders, Rachel Maddow, Michael Moore, Bradley Manning, David House, Julian Assange, Ray McGovern, Glen Greenwald, Wisconsin Teachers and Firemen………………..how ‘bout you? Call/email a legislator. Fight - more people, we need more.
It’s hard to reconcile the hypocrisy that our own president thinks he can wage physical war in Libya without Congressional approval, yet a few hackers — likely very young — can’t get away with cyber crackdowns that aren’t killing anyone.
The only fear is of fear itself.
The FBI: anal, overdressed, illiterate (haven’t read the Constitution lately have we?), three legged pit bulls who live for their paychecks.
The very people sworn to uphold our Civil Rights are perhaps the most flagrant violators.
27 Federal Legislators write Pres Obama a letter indicating we should get out of Afghanistan. FBI poised to move to indict these legislators for antiwar activism. What do these legislators mean, “End the war”. That’s patently, FBI-J. Edgar Hoover in Pantyhose UnAmerican. It is amazing how public servants can crap right in front of you and tell you their shit doesn’t stink. Free Speech if the FBI says so. Free Speech if you say what you’re told to say. That’s not free speech. The FBI is more like communism than communism. The number one problem in this country is apathy. And threatening those who would speak up is contributing to apathy. The FBI is one of the main contributors to the demise of America. It would seem those legislators should be high profile targets for the FBI, Homeland Gestapo and the TSA Molesters Amalgamated. The legislators are pretty powerful and just might stop this war. And then the Fucking Balless Investigators won’t be able to suck off the Pentagon anymore.
Well, thanks to Wikileaks, we now know that when the Bush administration reached out to the Saudis in the summer of ‘08 to ask them to increase oil production to lower prices, the Saudis responded by saying they were having a hard time finding buyers for their oil as it was, and instead asked the Bush administration to rein in Wall Street speculators.
GOP fucks us again and again and again.
It takes thousands of years for individual drops of rain to maneuver through silent passages and gently accumulate into underground aquifers. Purified and enriched over the millennia by mineral deposits deep in the earth, groundwater is the sacred lifeblood of local watersheds upon which all life — including human communities — depend. Yet it takes no time at all to destroy this delicate balance. In fact, all it takes is a simple piece of paper.
Under New Hampshire’s Groundwater Protection Act — initially lauded as an important legislative tool, corporations are awarded permits by the state to siphon off water from local aquifers. Thus, despite the Act’s title, the law in fact authorizes the exploitation of water within the State of New Hampshire. It is much like the federal Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act, which govern how much pollution of our air and water can occur.
This is not a mistake or somehow unique, and it is not about corruption within a generally functioning system. Rather, the major environmental laws in the United States, which have now been exported and adopted around the world, are laws not borne of protection, but of exploitation.
Rae Abileah, a Jewish-American activist of Israeli descent with the peace group CodePink, disrupted Netanyahu’s speech. Standing in the congressional gallery, she yelled, “No more occupation! Stop Israel war crimes! Equal rights for Palestinians! Occupation is indefensible!” As she screamed, members in the audience tackled her to the ground, and undercover security forces later dragged her outside.She was attacked and throw to the floor by AIPAC members. Ms Abileah had to be treated for neck injuries. Violence against peaceful protest unprosecuted by authorities merits litigation against local authorities.