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Three Regional Rallies Against Surveillance Put Protest in Reach for Most of USA

At 11:30 am Eastern Time this morning, I’ll be outside Union Station in Washington, DC to help kick off a national demonstration against massive unconstitutional surveillance by the U.S. military and Department of Justice. If all goes well, there will be no way for you to find me; I hope to be lost in a [...]

Know of a nifty Liberal Utah Group or News Source? Tell Me About It!

For a while now, we’ve been maintaining a list of liberal social movement organizations and news sources for Utah and Utahns. It’s a pretty conservative state, all right, but the last time we looked a few years ago we were surprised at the number of vibrant, active groups on the left.

Tonight, I headed over [...]

What kind of an Organization is Life Choices? Does it belong in your Public School?

This morning, I read in the Bangor Daily News and at WGME that Pastor Debbie Phillips of an organization called “Life Choices” was brought to the public middle and high schools of Biddeford, Maine. What happened, what kind of an organization is Life Choices, and does it belong in your public school?

What happened in [...]

NRA claim about Crime and Right-to-Carry States: Is it True? (Fact Check)

Yesterday, I noticed the recent Twitter posting of a disgraced former GOP chair:

“In right-to-carry states the violent crime rate is 24% lower than the rest of the US and the murder rate is 28% lower.”

A quick look at the latest available Uniform Crime Reports shows that this claim is not true. But I [...]

Fact Check: Is the Murder Rate Really 28% Lower in Right-to-Carry States?

Former San Bernadino County Republican Chair Bill Postmus has come out with a new claim on Twitter, that “In right-to-carry states the violent crime rate is 24% lower than the rest of the US and the murder rate is 28% lower”:

Is this true? Finding out is a simple matter. First, consult the National [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

On Anti-Gay Bias, Texas and Mississippi don’t get God’s Memo

The Associated Press reports that the states of Texas and Mississippi are refusing to process the claims of same-sex married couples, as a matter of state values:

The Texas National Guard refused to process requests from same-sex couples for benefits on Tuesday despite a Pentagon directive to do so, while Mississippi won’t issue applications from [...]

Fair Sightings

A politically-strained civil libertarian’s got to relax, too. What better place than the county fair??

Oh, dear. There’s surveillance here, too. Even royalty are not immune.

Lies! That clearly is lettering. But it is nice to know I could just take it if I wanted to. There’s got to be a catch.

[...]

In 2013, Parties Abandon the Union Fair

In 2010, Democrats set up an unstaffed table in a shed with a few pieces of literature at the Union Fair in Knox County, Maine. Republicans paid for a prominently-placed tent, a tied-together tarp which was consistently staffed and which sold sweatshop-made promotional material.

In 2011, Knox County Democrats were gone entirely from the [...]

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 [...]