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Firing Workers for Organizing: One More Reason to Boycott Walmart

Need a reason to boycott Walmart? How about this: the corporation has fired 11 of its workers for organizing fellow workers to advocate for better pay and working conditions — a legally-protected activity. Dozens more have been punished by Walmart without losing their jobs.

Is that not enough? Do you need another reason to boycott [...]

You Choose? Americans Elect Changes its Tune, Buying Angus King for Senate Ads without a Vote

When the 501(c)(4) corporation Americans Elect was trying to convince people in 2010, 2011 and 2012 to give it money and participate in its process, it promised that Americans Elect had no hidden agenda, no favored candidates. Americans Elect promised that the people, not its corporate leaders, would choose candidates:

“Your voice matters. You [...]

Asking (Again) For Americans Elect Form 990, August 2012

As Americans, we have the right to examine the public records of the corporations that have been granted a public charter. The IRS requires that the Form 990 annual report of any Section 501(c) corporation be delivered within 30 days of the a written request, whether that request has been made by e-mail or by [...]

2 Republicans Join 35 Democrats on H.R. 4192, Bill to Overturn Indefinite Detention

On restoring constitutional rights, bipartisanship is only MOSTLY dead. Quick, someone fetch a chocolate-covered nut. [...]

Occupy Movement Produces Petition for Waiver of Constitutional Rights… For the GOV’T to Turn In

Among the Facebook accounts associated with the Occupy Ithaca movement, someone’s had it with the tactics of the government officials of Ithaca, New York. When the occupation of Ithaca began, city representatives persistently asked Occupy Ithaca to file for a permit in order to be able to stay in Dewitt Park. Just file the paperwork, [...]

Senate: If we don’t imprison people forever without charge, we’ll have to tell them what their rights are

Why did members of the U.S. Senate insist on voting this week on empowering the U.S. Government to imprison people forever without charge, citizens and noncitizens alike?

Because if the Government couldn’t imprison people forever without filing charges, it would have to tell people what their rights are.

I’m not kidding. The process of reading [...]

Yesterday was International Blasphemy Rights Day

September 30 was International Blasphemy Rights Day, and I forgot to do a goddamned thing to celebrate it. Aw, hell, there’s always next year.

The Center for Inquiry marked the day by presenting the winner of its Protect Dissent video contest:

Blasphemy is just one variety of dissent, you know. If you can’t handle [...]

Were You Spied on for Pennsylvania Homeland Security? You Have a Right to Know

Have you been involved in just about any activist events in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania over the past twelve months? If your answer to this questions is “Yes,” then you might have been spied on by contractors for the Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security. Here’s what you can do about it:

1. Click here to [...]

At National Equality March, Demanding the Audacity of Action (Video)

On the eve of the National Equality March of October 11, 2009, Mark Katzenberger of San Francisco stood outside the Human Rights Campaign’s gala featuring President Barack Obama with a sign reading, “How About the Audacity of Action, Mr. President?” I approached him with some questions:

Transcript:

Mark Katzenberger: Obama, Obama, Let Mama Marry [...]

Why I Believe in Freedom of Speech and Action

In my policy preferences, I have a strong bias toward freedom of speech and action within constraints of responsibility. For instance, a person who falsely accuses another of a crime and sends an innocent person to prison should be liable for the harm done. And the freedom to “Do as thou wilt” extends only so [...]

Preserving Freedom of Expression or Property Rights? For GOP, It Depends

There are circumstances in which the rights of Americans come into conflict with one another, and when that happens people will tend to differ on the priority of one right over another. Take property rights and freedom of expression, for instance. The First Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees Americans’ freedom of speech. But [...]