In the wake of the 2014 elections, I return to a perennial puzzle for me: do I only support political candidates who I feel are the best match possible, or do I recognize that some politicians are better than others, and that better is good enough? I’ve been voting for a quarter of a century […]
You may recall last year’s revelation that the U.S. Post Office is taking pictures of every single piece of mail as part of a gigantic program to keep track of who communicates with whom in America. Under the Mail Isolation Control and Tracking program the pictures of your mail are made available to law enforcement […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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:
Mark Katzenberger: Obama, Obama, Let Mama Marry […]