An initial list of protest opportunities and ideas for Americans who want to take a stand against the National Security Agency PRISM program and other electronic spying networks. [...]
It is a time of fear in the face of freedom, a time of an emptying country and swelling cities, a time for the widening of previous roads and the opening of new paths, yet a time when these paths are mined by knowing algorithms of the all-seeing eye. It is the time of the warrior's peace and the miser's charity, when the planting of a seed is an act of conscientious objection. These are the times when maps fade, old landmarks crumble and direction is lost. Forwards is backwards now, so we glance sideways at the strange lands through which we are all passing, knowing for certain only that our destination has disappeared. We are unready to meet these times, but we proceed nonetheless, adapting as we wander, reshaping the Earth with every tread. Behind us we have left the old times, the standard times, the high times. Welcome to the irregular times.
This weekend, on the Pace University campus on lower Manhattan, American leftists will gather for the Left Forum, a conference that is this year focused on the theme of environmental and economic transformation. The initial session of lectures on Friday will include topics such as Social Movements and Left Transformative Organizing and Mass Murder An [...]
A massive protest by Occupy Wall Street is underway.
The New York Times (you know, “All the News That’s Fit to Print”) refuses to cover it anywhere on its front page, where over a hundred other news headlines sit.
Among the stories the New York Times decides is “fit [...]
I note in this morning’s Bangor Daily News that Governor Paul LePage and his Republican allies intend to cut funding for Head Start programs, despite solid empirical evidence that for every dollar invested in early childhood education, nearly nine dollars in economic benefit to society is generated.
I note two excerpts from yesterday’s New York [...]
There were huge and dramatic May Day protests throughout Manhattan and across the country yesterday, but if you look at the front page of the New York Times, you wouldn’t know anything had happened at all. [...]
Just as hundreds of protesters from Brooklyn poured into Bryant Park, hundreds of others left to protest restaurant exploitation of immigrant workers. The May Day general strike and protests for economic justice appear to be having a strong impact so far today. [...]
Yesterday, NYPD entered activists’ homes under the guise of other business and began interrogating people about plans for the May Day protests. Why? Is protest now a crime in New York City? [...]
A whopping 102 organizations in New York City have endorsed — and, more importantly, are set to participate in — a long list of protest activities tomorrow, May 1 2012. These include actions approved by local, state and federal government officials — and actions that have no approval save the authority of the United States [...]
Next Tuesday, May 1 will be a day of General Strike in communities across the United States. It’s a day of no working, no school, no banking and no shopping, with 123 American cities planning participation so far. [...]
When groups like Americans Elect refer to the “sensible center” while drawing up lists of names of acceptable presidential contenders — names like Evan Bayh, Erskine Bowles, Tim Pawlenty, Mitch Daniels, David Walker and Michael Bloomberg — they’re appealing to the idea that these are typical people, reasonable, sensible people holding typical ideas, reasonable, sensible [...]
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