Tuesday, April 17, 2012
"The presenters were among the most experienced and articulate activists in the country regarding these important areas of American concerns. The media were informed in advance, yet no major news reporters, feature writers or columnists showed up.
Among the many leaders in fields of corporate injustice who spoke at the conference were: Harvey Wasserman, Rob Richie, Patrick Burns, Robert Weissman, Phineas Baxandall, David Morris, Wenonah Hauter, Jamie Love, Margaret Flowers, Greg LeRoy, Gayle McLaughlin, Michael Gecan, Russell Mokhiber, Chris Hedges and David Freeman.
Ever hear of them? Do you know how much better, safer, economically-secure, freer and more influential your lives would be were these and other civic leaders given print and airtime like the scoundrels and distracters that daily fill the screens and pages of newspapers, television and radio?" Ralph Nader
ALEC Disbands Task Force Responsible for Voter ID, 'Stand Your Ground' Laws | The Nation
ALEC, the shadowy corporate-funded proponent of so-called “model legislation” for passage by pliant state legislatures, announced that it would disband its “Public Safety and Elections” task force. The task force has been the prime vehicle for proposing and advancing what critics describe as voter-suppression and anti-democratic initiatives—not just restrictive Voter ID laws but also plans to limit the ability of citizens to petition for referendums and constitutional changes that favor workers and communities. The task force has also been the source of so-called “Castle Doctrine” and “Stand Your Ground” laws that limit the ability of police and prosecutors to pursue inquiries into shootings of unarmed individuals such as Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
The decision to disband the task force appears to get ALEC out of the business of promoting Voter ID and “Stand Your Ground” laws. That’s a dramatic turn of events, with significant implications for state-based struggles over voting rights an elections, as well as criminal justice policy. But it does not mean that ALEC will stop promoting one-size-fits-all “model legislation” at the state level. Read Full Article Here | The Nation
Executive Order: Feds To Take Control of Domestic Natural Gas Production :
The Obama administration is taking new steps to increase federal oversight of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a drilling method that has helped usher in a natural-gas boom but brought with it environmental concerns.
The Environmental Protection Agency is slated to unveil final oil-and-gas air pollution regulations next week that would cut smog-forming and toxic emissions from wells developed with fracking. Separately, the Interior Department will soon float rules for fracking on public lands.
Source: The Hill
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A large, loud crowd is converging in Springfield, Ill., right now to protest the jaw-droppingly dishonest governor of Wisconsin. He's speaking to the Illinois Chamber of
MILWAUKEE -- Barrett for Wisconsin released the following statement today from progressive champion and 'Wisconsin 14' member state Senator Lena Taylor, who has announced her endorsement of Tom Barrett for governor.
"At this pivotal moment in Wisconsin's history, we need a governor who will focus on jobs, not extreme partisanship and an ideological agenda. We need a governor who will strengthen our classrooms, not slash funding for them. We need a governor who will honor and respect working people, not wage an assault on the rights that protect them. And on Equal Pay Day, we need a governor who understands that we must all be treated fairly, and that we cannot discriminate against women, or anyone for that matter, in the workplace.
"Tom Barrett will be this governor. He will fight for jobs, for education, for restoring collective bargaining rights. And as we recognize Equal Pay Day, I know he will fight to restore the state protections against workplace pay discrimination that Scott Walker took away. He will fight to end Scott Walker's war on women."
"During the historic protests last year, Wisconsin men and women made their voices heard against Walker's radical agenda. The Wisconsin 14 stood up to his assault on our values. And Tom Barrett will continue this fight as our next governor. He will defeat Scott Walker, end the ideological civil war and get Wisconsin moving forward."
I’ve been friends with Arthur Kohl-Riggs for 8 years and one thing continually sticks out in my mind: Art’s ability to listen and to engage in dialogue. Art was elected to consecutive terms as Student Body President at my high school, because instead of making outrageous promises he campaigned on tenents of transparency and receptiveness in all decision making. And he delivered. His education since then has been practical—Art has traveled the country working for, and more importantly listening to, the voice of the little guy. The fact that Art was able to secure a place on the ballot given less than a week to compile the required signatures is a testament to the kind of person he is. Art has friends everywhere because of his open mind and his dedication to uncovering the truth at all costs. I believe that Art’s candidacy is inspirational and groundbreaking. Due to the social media technology utilized by Arts campaign (as well as revolutionaries all over the world) we are entering an age where the power of knowledge is beginning to counter entrenched political institutions that have historically relied on funding from the few to misinform and manipulate the many. Read More Here | Letter From a Friend
More about Arthur Kohl-Riggs by John Nichols | http://blogablebev.blogspot.com/2012/04/john-nichols-lincoln-la-follette.html