Romney wasn't the only loser on election night. American voters resoundedly walloped Citizens United and the notion of corporate personhood by easily passing measures around the country to amend the Constitution and overturn the ruling.
At local and state levels, residents across party lines emphatically rejected the ruling that unleashed a tide of corporate spending in elections — and won every time! Even red states like Montana and Colorado that went to Romney saw a landslide of support with majorities of 70% and more.
The drive to get these initiatives on the ballot came from a coalition of groups including Move To Amend, Free Speech Is For People, and Common Cause. Kudos to all the volunteers and grassroots supporters who helped get them passed in their communities! Hopefully, this high level of support will send a strong message to Congress and push them into action.
Sandy is part of The Corporation's grassroots team and has been working on the film's outreach efforts since 2003.|
Over 118,000 people have signed the petition to ensure the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) does not create an Internet trap!
Now, Open Media is hosting a live online question-and-answer session about the TPP and other Internet issues with leading advocates and experts. Check out their info below...
Do you have a question about the future of the Internet? Want to learn more about secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership's (TPP) Internet trap? Have an idea for how we can reach more people with the StopTheTrap.net campaign?
We’re here all day (9 AM – 7 PM Eastern)! Join us here and contribute to what is surely the most exciting movement of our time: Internet freedom.
This blog is cross-posted on Hello Cool World.
NEWSFLASH - VANCOUVERITES DON'T MISS THE FINAL SCREENING OF SHADOWS OF LIBERTY TONIGHT AT VIFF. This is an amazing film, and a must-see for anyone who cares about independant media. Mark Achbar describes the film as "taking up where Manufacturing Consent Left off" and "the best films on this topic so far." Check out the film. ShadowsofLiberty.org It ends with a call to action for the fight to keep the internet free!
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Stop the Trap! Send a message to governments involved in the TPP to make the process transparent, accountable, and open to public participation and to all interested stakeholders.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) has been described as "NAFTA on steroids," a trade agreement designed in secret by lobbyists from big corporations and industry. The breathtaking power grab would allow them to essentially write their own regulations and circumvent democracy, granting them powers over our health, environment, internet use, labour rights, and more. The countries involved in negotiations are United States, Canada, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.
When Big Tobacco/Oil/Media/Pharma/Agriculture/Retail and other corporations get together to party, we know we're in for one hell of a hangover.
Guest Blogger Jennifer Slattery looks critically at the STOP KONY 2012 campaign pushed by the Christian advocacy group, Invisible Children, whose 30-minute film about Ugandan militia leader and war criminal, Joseph Kony, has been getting considerable attention. Unfortunately, some of their information—and possibly even motives—look a little dubious.
Last week, social networks exploded with the STOP KONY 2012 campaign. It left me a bit bewildered having to inform so many friends and colleagues that their noble intentions were in fact being played. No one should feel embarrassed about sharing the film, and empathizing with the plight of the Ugandan people before they knew what was up with this organization. I admire their show of empathy immensely. Unfortunately, some people choose to take advantage of one of the best parts in humanity. We saw it in the wake of 9/11, in the names of the victims of Hurricane Katrina, and even the devastating quake that ruptured Haiti. So first off, some important facts you deserve to know before handing your cash over to the film's organization Invisible Children:
Fact: President Obama sent troops to find, and capture or kill him already.
Fact: Only about 30% of the money donated to IC goes to the cause.
Fact: The Uganda government's army has been committing rape & genocide in Rwanda. (Not to mention that whole "kill the gays bill" debacle aided by C-street U.S. politicians.) They are the current "bad guys" there.
Fact: The makers of the film are egotistical enough to pose with assault rifles and rocket launchers alongside the the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (Yet another raping, murdering militia plaguing the region). See the pic for yourself:
To me, this picture encapsulates a lot of what we get wrong when our culture interacts with people of other cultures, races, and regions.
|Jennifer Slattery is a dedicated human rights activist, former private investigator, and a member of the Occupy Movement. She lives in NY, and would be happy to answer any and all questions you might have: firstname.lastname@example.org|