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Istanbul joins Asia and Europe for Peace

The morning is rising over Kadikoy, a neighborhood of Istanbul that sits on the Asian side of the Bosphorus. In this photograph you can see the “iskelesi,” the ferry terminal that allows commuters to cross to all points on the European side.

At about 1 pm today Istanbul time, demonstrators will line up along [...]

Boycott Fast Food Today To Support Striking Fast Food Workers

Workers in fast food restaurants are paid such low wages that they typically need government assistance programs, even when they work full time. Today this economic injustice is being protested by fast food workers, who will go on strike in over 35 cities today.

You can support the strikers, by participating in a boycott of [...]

The Cipher March on Washington

Something odd is going on in Washington, DC today. The Chicago Defender lists a “March for Jobs and Justice” in DC as part of the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of a larger civil rights March on Washington (it is the only commemorative event listed by the Chicago Defender that includes any reference to current [...]

Unity Through Tear Gas

I’m writing today from Istanbul, where I’ve been talking to a friend of mine who has been an active participant in the recent wave of demonstrations in Istanbul’s Taksim Square. “I never thought this could happen,” he told me. “The square was not one place filled with demonstrators of one mind. So many people [...]

News About Electronic Surveillance Gets Even Worse

Several new pieces of news reveal that online spying, involving both the NSA and corporations, is even worse than we thought. [...]

Today is 1984 Day

Today, in 20 cities across the country, people are protesting the ominous growth of an American surveillance state. The demonstrators are calling it 1984 Day – after the novel in which Big Brother maintains autocratic power through they creation of a system of ubiquitous surveillance. [...]

Restore the 4th announces August 4 Protests against Warrantless Surveillance in LA, SD and NYC

If you’ve been paying attention over the last few months, you know that the NSA and FBI have been engaging in massive warrantless seizure and storage of innocent people’s internet records, phone records and even postal mail habits. Crowds of people protested that surveillance activity in a large number of cities on July 4 as [...]

Democracy Conference Coming Soon In Wisconsin… But What Is It?

From August 7-11 in Madison, Wisconsin, people will be attending The Democracy Convention, a convention that is promoting democracy. Of course, democracy is nothing more than a system of government that allows citizens to dictate the course of their government. Democracies can be as varied as the political opinions that shape them.

So, which kind [...]

Greenpeace Activists Climb Europe’s Tallest Building To Protest Arctic Oil Drilling

The Shard, at over 300 meters tall, is the highest standing skyscraper in all of Europe. It’s also the home of Shell Oil’s headquarters in Britain. The combination of these factors led six activists associated with Greenpeace to climb the tower, without permission, as a dramatic protest against drilling for oil in the Arctic. They [...]

Restore the Fourth Movement to Fight Warrantless Surveillance Reports Media Success… What’s Next?

The Restore the Fourth movement against massive warrantless seizure of papers and effects by the U.S. Government reports significant success in pulling Americans’ attention back to the NSA PRISM scandal with its nationwide day of protest:

Your protests this week brought major local, national, and international media attention to our movement and, more importantly, to [...]

On Huge Petition to Pardon Edward Snowden, Barack Obama goes Silent

On June 22, the petition to pardon Edward Snowden surpassed a hundred thousand signatures, and has continued to gather signatures ever since, reaching 127,000 signatures this morning.

Once a petition surpasses 100,000 signatures, the Obama administration has committed to responding to it. But two weeks later, there’s no response. Keep watching that space, but don’t [...]