The following is my transcription of a speech given by David Segal of Demand Progress at the Stop Watching Us demonstration held in Washington DC on October 26 2013 in opposition to massive government surveillance.
We all know why we’re here today. We’re here because 4 months ago, Americans and the rest of the world [...]
On a protest to raise the $2.13 minimum wage in restaurants and on efforts to oppose the Colombia Free Trade Agreement. [...]
If the organizers of the National Occupation of Washington D.C. are doing nothing but holding workshops from now on, there won’t be anything to build a narrative around. If there is more activity, such as actual protests, then the National Occupation of Washington D.C. needs to start by making that information available. [...]
It’s easy to forget that there are many places in America where it’s still extremely difficult for a person to publicly acknowledge that they don’t have any religious identity. Until such places are the exception, rather than the rule, it will be sadly reasonable to attend events like the Reason Rally. [...]
Already, we have ignored global warming for too long to save Washington D.C. from sea level rise. How much more of the United States are we willing to sacrifice to the ocean waves, just because we’re too lazy to change our dependence on machines to replace every bit of human work? [...]
There are two major national secular rallies in North America this spring – one in Washington D.C., and the other in British Columbia, Canada. [...]
People attending the Jon Stewart rally can watch the rally on television and still be there. [...]
When I got to the Mall, I could barely see the Capitol dome. Blaring lights from the set being erected for John Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear were getting in the way of my ability to see the U.S. Congress. [...]
Right wing religious groups are extremely eager to tell anyone who will listen that their god, an all-powerful supernatural being, does not approve of same-sex marriage. But then, if this god is truly omnipotent, and really doesn’t want same-sex couples to get married, why doesn’t he just stop it from taking place?
The old stories [...]