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Suspicious Person Alert: Code Pink Action to Spy on Dianne Feinstein February 11

Whatever else you may think of the activist group Code Pink, they are very rarely boring. In a typical display of theatrical artistic flair, Code Pink has announced that it will be conducting surveillance at the San Francisco house of a Politically Important Person (SPIP), Senator Dianne Feinstein. Senator Feinstein is one of the most [...]

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 [...]

Patriot Act To-Do List: Watch Wednesday, Watch Thursday, PROTEST Saturday

WEDNESDAY: Watch the House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Patriot Act at 1:30 PM

THURSDAY: Watch the Senate Judiciary Committee mark up a bill to reauthorize the Patriot Act at 10:00 AM

SATURDAY: Join us at the Patriot Act PROTEST at NOON on the West side of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Let [...]

Why Patriot Act Reform Matters: 767 Days and Counting Without a Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

In 91 days, three central search, seizure and surveillance provisions of the Patriot Act are set to expire again. The period between now and then is an opportunity to drum up support for reforms to these provisions.

Why is it so important to reform the Patriot Act?

From a legal point of view, the Patriot [...]

Liberty Donation: Electronic Frontier Foundation

Every time someone buys one of our sweatshop-free made in the USA t-shirts, we donate a dollar to an organization pursuing liberal political activism. We’re sending our latest donation to the Electronic Frontier Foundation in recognition of its legal work to stop the FBI from putting GPS locators on folks’ cars without so much as [...]

Nearly 100 Cities: May 1 Protest Against Immigration Police State Spreads in a Wildfire of Outrage

Last week, in case you hadn’t heard, Arizona passed a law subjecting law-abiding U.S. citizens and residents to warrantless search and detention without probable cause.

You read that right. Don’t let someone limit discussion of this new law, SB 1070, to illegal immigration and their illegal illegality, because the truth is that the law does [...]

Opportunity: Challenge John Conyers on the Patriot Act March 3 in DC

If you’re miffed that House Judiciary Chair John Conyers, despite a year and a month’s time to do so, failed to forge Patriot Act reform during the 111th Congress –

If you’re outraged that instead of reforming government surveillance Patriot Act powers, John Conyers actually voted to reauthorize Patriot Act powers without a single shred [...]

National Equality March is NOT Cancelled. Don't Believe the Snipe!

Let me get right to the point:

The National Equality March IS happening on October 11, 2009. The march’s platform of equality under law for lgbt Americans and same-sex couples will be aired. Any indications you have seen to the contrary in the past week are the product of what is stylishly referred to as [...]

Columbus Pride 2009: Broad Activism and a vivid Brunner Candidacy Turning Up the Heat

Today I intended to scoot down the block to Columbus Pride 2009 in order to interview the folks down at the Skreened booth. Skreened, a national print-on-demand outlet for ethically-made t-shirts, centers its production here in Columbus, Ohio and not only features t-shirts for local LGBT organizer Stonewall Columbus but also is participating in [...]

Packing List for 1-20-09: What to Bring to the Inauguration

My packing list for a presidential inauguration that weather forecasters say will be dry but cold, with temperatures lingering around the freezing mark on January 20, 2009:

To Leave Behind: Umbrella, backpack, folding chair, thermos of coffee.

The above have been prohibited from inaugural events by the U.S. Secret Service with the justification that they [...]

A Space for Equal Protection Under Law at the Inaugural Parade

Just before the new year, VJack issued a call for gays, lesbians and atheists to find common cause and to…

suggest that an alliance between the atheist and GLBT communities might be worthy of serious consideration. We have a great deal in common. We also share a common “enemy” in Christian extremists, a group determined [...]