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Smooch Your Sweetie for Love Equality at the Great Nationwide KissIn

David Badash and David Mailloux of the Great Nationwide Kiss-In note three recent incidents in Texas and Utah in which same-sex couples were harassed or detained by security guards or police officers for simply smooching in public. The pair don’t just declaim; they declare their eagerness to make a counter-statement in favor of the freedom [...]

Logistical Details of Obama Event at Aladdin Shrine Center in Columbus, Ohio 10:30 AM on March 6 2009

The following are some logistical details regarding the presence of President Barack Obama in Columbus, Ohio on Friday March 6, 2009. Sources include the Columbus Dispatch and calls to the Office of the Mayor of Columbus, Michael Coleman.

Time: The police academy graduation around which Barack Obama’s visit is organized will take place beginning at [...]

Arrest Bush, You Weren't New Enough for the Media to Cover

During my walk in to the Inauguration on January 20, 2009 I was accompanied by a journalist from one of the country’s national newspapers. She’d called me in advance and asked to come along, and she ended up right with me on the parade route, ready to interview all the people who didn’t come to [...]

Three Failed Progressive Demonstrations at the Inauguration

Three demonstrations by progressives were planned for Inauguration Day, 2009. Three of them failed.

The first, planned by me, grew out of the simple desire back in October of 2008 to be able to stand on the Inaugural Parade route in January, no matter who was elected President, and hold a sign reminding the new [...]

Crushes to get into Inaugural Route

At Constitution & 14th, people were being crushed against fences, the crowd was so thick. [...]

On the Ground Inaugural Report

A video podcast report from Jim, on Pennsylvania Avenue for Inauguration Day. [...]

Constitution Signs to Print and Carry to the Inauguration 1-20-09

Since the DC Metro became the only motorized way to get into the Obama Inauguration for people who can’t hire a limo or bus, its 18×18 inch sign restriction has become the de facto limit on free speech for January 20, 2009.

Ay, well. If homeland security gives you lemons, make lemonade. Here are [...]

Obama AG Pick Expresses Regret About FISA Amendments Act — that it was not passed sooner

In the Senate confirmation yesterday of Obama Attorney General nominee Eric Holder, Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona asked Holder about his legal opinion regarding the FISA Amendments Act. This FISA Amendments Act, for those of you joining in late, is the law passed in July of 2008 that permits a president to order spying on [...]

Another Reason for Civil Liberties Activism: Security Court Rules in Favor of Warrantless Wiretapping

The path taking America back to constitutional governance just got steeper. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Review Court, a panel of judges picked for their sympathy toward government prerogative, has unsurprisingly ruled it to be perfectly OK for the United States to search, watch and grab information on people without warrants, despite the mandate of the [...]

Map of Progressive Inauguration Activism in on January 20, 2009

In Washington, DC on the Inauguration Day, I’m aware of three progressive activist events that look forward into the administration of Barack Obama. Here they are, laid out on a map:

1. All-Day Progressive Presence in McPherson Square (just north of the White House), with heated tents… important for a day that looks to [...]

Reason to Demonstrate at the Inauguration: Obama Declines to Include Civil Liberty in His Agenda

Yesterday I had a conversation with a friend who asked me why I felt inclined to stage a pro-constitution demonstration at the Inaugural Parade, “spoiling the special moment” of the inauguration of President Barack Obama. I started out my response by noting that the right of the people to petition the government for redress of [...]