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The Political Fungus

The government is shut down.

I am shut down. My outrage is decomposing, sprouting fruiting bodies.

Where is the rich ground where the spores of my activism should grow next?

Donation to the Rally Against Mass Surveillance

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Gut Check: Are the Organizations Behind the October 26 Anti-Surveillance March in DC Promoting It?

In case you haven’t heard, a big protest march in Washington DC is being planned for October 26, 2013. The demand: for the U.S. government to stop its massive warrantless surveillance programs that spy on the activities of hundreds of millions of innocent, law-abiding people. If you’re interested, come on down to DC for a [...]

Waiting For Congress To Confront NSA Spies? Here’s Some Action To Take In The Meantime.

A Republican Congressman attends a classified briefing on NSA spying, and emerges declaring that Americans need more protection from Big Brother surveillance. Still, Congress is failing to take concrete action to deal with the NSA scandal. What can you do while D.C. dithers? [...]

Turn your Gaze: Maine Drone Peace Walk, October 10-19

If we only look at the politicians, it’s easy to get discouraged. So many of them promise to act against powerful institutional interests and for the rights of everyday people, then gain office and turn out to do the exact opposite. Watching these politicians is important, if only to prevent their worst excesses, but it [...]

Can Peace Be Attained Through Bouncing And Swirling Dancers?

At midnight this weekend, Earthdance participants will dance to the same song all at the same time, and recite a Prayer For Peace in unison. Most of the time, it’s members of military organization that engage in such synchronized movements, marching in lock step to the beat of destruction. [...]

The Effect of a Lack of Trust

Time was, I paid a lot of attention to what Barack Obama said. I waited in line to attend his speeches and transcribed them so everyone could share in the knowledge of his plans. I showed up for meetings his staffers held on environmental issues, eager to disseminate his ideas on water policy for debate [...]

Protest Against NSA Spying On October 26

Barack Obama was elected President under a promise to restore respect for Americans’ constitutional rights, and to reform the FISA Amendments Act and Patriot Act, laws that had created an extreme surveillance state under George W. Bush’s Homeland Security mania. As President, Obama has broken these promises. Obama has moved to prevent reform of the [...]

Occupy: Something’s Coming September 17

Keep your eyes on s17ows.org. Something’s coming:

SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY: Tuesday September 17, 2013 @ 8am until 10pm

8:00am – 11:00am Gather in Zuccotti Park for autonomous actions

11:00am – 12:00pm March to Washington Square

12:00pm – 2:00am Rally in Washington Square Park

2:00pm – 4:00pm Money Warz Street Theater in Times Square

5:00pm [...]

Code PINK activates for Anti-War DC protests with Encampment Outside Congress

In recent years, the organization Code PINK shifted from protest actions to educational meetings and discussions as people stopped showing up for demonstrations. But last night Code PINK started an encampment outside Congress that will be ongoing, at least until Congress votes one way or the other on authorization of war against Syria. As the [...]

Stay Out of WalMart September 5 in These 15 Cities

The Nation reports that activists who work at WalMart in the following cities are planning marches and rallies tomorrow to highlight the low pay and abusive work environment at the retail chain:

Baton Rouge Boston Chicago Cincinnati Dallas Denver Los Angeles Miami Minneapolis New York Orlando Sacramento San Francisco Seattle Washington, DC

I can’t find [...]