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350.org Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign Hits American Campuses (at least on the Internet)

In the 1980s, nearly two hundred colleges and universities across the United States agreed to divest — that is, stop investing their endowment funds — in businesses involved in the deeply racist Apartheid regime of South Africa. In this decade, the Fossil Free movement is organizing students and faculty on college campuses, who are in [...]

Formal Petition for Reversal of Americans Elect Bylaw 5.6

The full text of a petition to reverse Americans Elect Bylaw 5.6, which directly disenfranchises Americans Elect delegates and places ballot access control firmly in the hands of a unanimous corporate-appointed board. [...]

Democracy Managed: Sponheim campaign recording of Americans Elect reveals new strategy for Not Releasing Donor Names

Self-proclaimed “centrist” presidential candidate David Jon Sponheim and an associate have been live-streaming the proceedings of an Americans Elect “conference” being held in California. I put the word “conference” in quotes because there’s not much “co” to the proceedings. Facilitator Jake Brewer (a corporate communications professional) has been using phrases like “co-creation” and “all about [...]

Americans Elect Enacted New Bylaws November 18. What Changed? What Didn’t Change?

The 501c4 corporation Americans Elect is arranging for the nation’s first-ever privately-run online nomination of candidates for President and Vice President of the United States in 2012. As with any other corporation in the United States, it has a set of bylaws. On November 18, 2011 the Americans Elect corporation held an unannounced meeting at [...]

[Updated with CORRECTION] Kahlil Byrd Announces Mass Wave of Resignations from Americans Elect Leadership

A tip of the pen to Ralph on this.

Kahlil Byrd is the Americans Elect executive who has variously referred to himself the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Secretary, Treasurer, Custodian of Records, Party Coordinator, Director and Paid Consultant of the 501c4 corporation that plans to run its own corporate presidential nomination in 2012. [...]

New Briefing Book Shows New Means for Americans Elect Meddling with Candidate Selection

Americans Elect is a 501c4 corporation that wants to run its own candidate for President of the United States but that refuses to tell the public where its money is coming from. Although Americans Elect characterizes its nomination process as a democratic election, the Americans Elect corporate bylaws are structured to give a self-appointed corporate [...]

With New Terms, CafePress Seizes Effective Ownership of Designers’ Content

Today, an American corporation dominated by Sequoia Capital seized effective ownership rights over millions of images, but you won’t hear a peep about it.

CafePress is a print-on-demand corporation that works by building relationships with people in two ways. The first is familiar: CafePress sells products, including t-shirts, buttons and bumper stickers. The second relationship [...]

The 3 Ways Americans Elect Could Improve Politics (and the 3 Ways it Could Go Wrong)

The summer is an empty stage. With Congress and the President going on extended vacations, with students away from campus and student activism on hold, there is a vacuum of traditional political news during the summer months, a vacuum that begs to be filled by some other story: the murder of an intern, shark attacks, [...]

Had Enough? Say NO to a System Out of Control with Three Upcoming Protests

Over the next two weeks there will be three days of protest that are notable in a number of ways:

They’re not your mother’s standard rally or march. The old 1960s form of protest is tried and true and bland and overdone and so regularized that it is essentially useless and mostly ignored. These three [...]

James Langevin and Military General Talk Up Big Government Cyber Powers

Only one newspaper — the conservative Washington Times — has picked up on the cryptic but crucial conversation yesterday between Rep. James Langevin and General Keith Alexander in a sparsely attended hearing of the House Armed Services Committee yesterday. Langevin (chair of a congressional subcommittee on cybersecurity) asked General Alexander (head of the military’s National [...]

Act NOW! On Thursday, Senate Decides Future of Surveillance in America

The Senate Judiciary Committee has quietly scheduled this Thursday at 9:30 am to mark up legislation reauthorizing sections of the Patriot Act for four more years and revising the FISA Amendments Act to boot.

The markup matters, and you should contact your Senators before it happens. Here’s why.

Surveillance Matters In 1791, Jeremy Bentham described [...]