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Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

May 29th, 2011

"Yankees, Go Home!"

I am in Caracas, Vz today (May 29th--Casey's birthday)—a country I love and a people that I support with all my heart in their struggle against US imperialism and corporate interests so they can make their own lives better. Nine of us came from the US to support the people ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

May 29th, 2011

Memorial to Another Day

It’s impossible for me to allow Memorial Day to pass without thinking of the sacrifices my father and his generation made to build better lives for future generations like mine.  And so it is today, Memorial Day 2011, when my thoughts turn to what he dreamed for me and his ... continue reading

Ann Wright

Retired State Dept. Official

May 29th, 2011

The Gaza Freedom Flotilla-One Year Later and Another Flotilla on the Horizon

On May 27, 2011, UN Secretary General Bon Ki-moon in letters sent to countries in the Mediterranean stated that the Gaza situation was “unsustainable” and Israel should take "further meaningful and far-reaching steps" to end the blockade of Gaza.Bowing to Israeli pressure, Bon Ki-moon also asked those countries to dissuade ... continue reading

Other Worlds

Economic Justice

May 27th, 2011

Haitian Mayor's Office Vows to Destroy All Refugee Camps, Launches Violent Campaign

On May 23 and 25, police in the Delmas district of Port-au-Prince destroyed camps which sheltered people who were otherwise homeless since the earthquake. Police and other municipal workers beat and arrested residents, and physically threatened the lives of a human rights lawyer and an advocate who had come to ... continue reading

Mary Bottari

Director, Real Economy Project

May 26th, 2011

Wisconsin Judge Declares Walker’s Collective Bargaining Bill “Null and Void”

Today, Wisconsin Judge Maryann Sumi ruled Governor Scott Walker's "budget repair bill," which would eviscerate collective bargaining rights for most public workers in the state, "null and void." Sumi ruled that lawmakers clearly violated the state's open meetings law in their rush to pass the bill at the height of ... continue reading

Dylan Ratigan

Host, Dylan Ratigan Show

May 26th, 2011

Hooked on Hope

"By the end of my first term, we're going to make sure that everybody's got decent health care in this country. We can do that." -- Barack Obama, 2008 Last week, we heard from one of Barack Obama's most fervent supporters -- moral philosopher Dr. Cornel West. In 2008, West ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

May 25th, 2011

1,500 Broken Promises from Afghanistan War Backers

With Memorial Day coming up, we should take a moment to consider something that's gone largely unremarked in the mainstream media: more than 1,500 troops have now died in a war the American people oppose. That's a national tragedy, and it's one Congress can mitigate by demanding a date certain ... continue reading

Dave Zirin

Author, Bad Sports

May 25th, 2011

Why Lance Armstrong Will Survive '60 Minutes' and the Feds

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong is now facing the systematic disemboweling of his legacy as an athletic icon. As revealed Sunday on 60 Minutes—a show that usually doesn’t do sports features unless there’s a synergistic tie-in with CBS Sports—three of Armstrong’s teammates have testified to a federal grand ... continue reading

Bill Quigley

Law Professor

May 24th, 2011

Over Two Thousand Six Hundred Activists Arrested in US Protests

Since President Obama was inaugurated, there have been over two thousand six hundred arrests of activists protesting in the US.   Research shows over 670 people have been arrested in protests inside the US already in 2011, over 1290 were arrested in 2010, and 665 arrested in 2009.   These figures are ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

May 23rd, 2011

Wall Street Banker Peter Peterson and the Deficit Ostriches

Last spring, Wall Street investment banker Peter Peterson hosted a lavish, daylong conference devoted to the budget deficit. One of the highlights was an appearance by President Clinton. Clinton boasted of how he had wanted to cut Social Security back in the mid-90s but Congressional leaders from both parties wouldn't ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

May 23rd, 2011

Trump Circus Possibly Back On Tour

Last week when Donald Trump announced that he was not going to run for President of The United States, I had assumed that the Trump Circus was over.  That we could strike the tents and put the performing animals back in their cages.  Well, now that he’s got Celebrity Apprentice ... continue reading

Rebecca Solnit

Author

May 23rd, 2011

Worlds Collide in a Luxury Suite

How can I tell a story we already know too well? Her name was Africa. His was France. He colonized her, exploited her, silenced her, and even decades after it was supposed to have ended, still acted with a high hand in resolving her affairs in places like Côte d’Ivoire, ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

May 23rd, 2011

Sec. Clinton Has A Choice: Protect Americans or Profit The Kochs

There is a raging battle going on in this country over whether we use our resources to benefit the haves or to protect those who don't have as much as the most wealthy among us. We see this where tax cuts for the millionaires are required in order to continue ... continue reading

Medea Benjamin

Cofounder, CODEPINK

May 20th, 2011

Obama Should Follow His Own Advice on the 'Moral Force' of Non-Violence

Written by Medea Benjamin and Charles Davis Given that President Obama daily authorizes the firing of hellfire missiles and the dropping of cluster bombs in places such as Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen, it was awful odd seeing him wax eloquent this week about the “moral force of non-violence” in places ... continue reading

Joan Wile

Founder, Grandmothers Against the War

May 19th, 2011

BROOKLYN HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS RALLY AGAINST THE AFGHAN WAR; Prove There Can Be a Youth Anti-War Movement

The day was downcast, but the wonderful high school seniors from Brooklyn Collaborative School standing in the rain on Fifth Avenue were not.  You could say they were upcast.  They were living proof that daring and principled teachers could raise their students' consciousness about the material and political costs of ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

May 19th, 2011

'Support Killing People or Lose Your Job'

"Ban the bombers are afraid of a fight "Peace hurts business and that ain't right "How do I know? I read it in the Daily News" --Tom Paxton PBS (the P stands for "Pure" I think) is concerned that if the U.S. government stops funding the war in Afghanistan, the ... continue reading

Wendell Potter

Corporate Whistleblower and Author

May 19th, 2011

Insurance Industry Flack Screws Up, Points Us to Report We Really Should Read

I turned 43 a couple of weeks after I joined CIGNA in 1993. One of the birthday gifts from my new colleagues was a framed three-word quote by E. B. White: "Be obscure clearly." We laughed and laughed. It was an inside joke -- and a perfect present for an ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

May 19th, 2011

Bored to Death in Afghanistan (and Washington)

One day in October 2001, a pilot for Northwest Airlines refused to let Arshad Chowdhury, a 25-year-old American Muslim (“with a dark complexion”) who had once worked as an investment banker in the World Trade Center, board his plane at San Francisco National Airport.  According to Northwest’s gate agents, Chowdhury writes ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

May 19th, 2011

Louder Than Words

If you like the idea of an independent online force for peace and social justice, join us now. This video is the first in a series -- intended to generate independent progressive activism in the run up to the 2012 Presidential election and beyond. RootsAction is part of a growing ... continue reading

David Mallon

Social Worker, Activist

May 18th, 2011

NUHW-KP Rally - May 18th

Just a brief note... The rally in front of LAMC was splendid! Easily a thousand members of the NUHW professional health care providers who serve Kaiser patients ranged up and down the sidewalk in front of the hospital. There were inspirational speakers, chanting, singing, and drums. There was street guerrilla ... continue reading

David Mallon

Social Worker, Activist

May 18th, 2011

KP Strike - May 18th - Rough Stuff

Well, Children, I've got some sad news for you all... Kaiser at LAMC decided to play rough today. This morning, Deborah Grant, the director of nursing at this Kaiser Hospital decided to accompany a group of strike breaking nurses from registry into the hospital. These nurses arrived in two big ... continue reading

Mary Bottari

Director, Real Economy Project

May 18th, 2011

Robin Hood Storms Chase Castle and M&I Execs Get Piggish

On Tuesday, the shareholders of Marshall and Ilsley (M&I) Bank of Wisconsin “voted” to give $71 million in bonuses to failed executives as part of an acquisition deal. “Voted” may not be the right word, since CEO Mark Furlong opened and closed the meeting within the span of five minutes, ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

May 18th, 2011

Guarding Health is Not Their Business, But It is Ours

If for one moment anyone has the notion that for-profit health insurance companies are in the business of guarding the health (or wealth) of policyholders, that notion ought to be quickly dismissed in favor of the truth.  For-profit health insurance giants guard profits. I arrived outside the WellPoint annual shareholders meeting ... continue reading

Dylan Ratigan

Host, Dylan Ratigan Show

May 18th, 2011

Debt Ceiling Politics: Fearocracy or Democracy?

Osama Bin Laden's death cast the fear in our politics into stark relief. One of the weirdest cultural reactions after the announcement of his killing was how the Miley Cyrus song "Party in the U.S.A" got a renewed lease on life on Youtube. That song became the unofficial anthem marking ... continue reading

David Mallon

Social Worker, Activist

May 18th, 2011

May 18th - It's Started

Well, It's started! Around 5:30a the staff and members of NUHW started arriving in front of what Kaiser likes to call its "flagship" hospital, Kaiser Sunset or LAMC, Los Angeles Medical Center. All in front of the hospital on the sidewalk hundreds and hundreds of picket signs were lined up ... continue reading

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My father, Francis (Frank) Moore, passed away this morning a few months shy if his 93rd birthday. He was a great dad I am blessed to have had him in my life. I...

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Time to put the cuffs on Chris Christie -- not for the bridge scandal, but for this: Chris Christie's $300m pension proposal broke state anti-corruption...

Apr 18th
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George W. Bush Debuts New Paintings Of Dogs, Friends, Ghost Of Iraqi Child That Follows Him... www.theonion.com President Bush has a new hobby -- painting! --...

Apr 17th
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Big new story from David Sirota and Pando on top Christie adviser and appearance of corruption at New Jersey's pension fund: REVEALED: Gov....

Apr 17th
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FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States www.theonion.com WASHINGTON—The FBI announced today that it has uncovered a...

Apr 15th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract pando.com As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

Apr 9th
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I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

Apr 5th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors pando.com If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
10:13 PM
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
5:56 PM
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa ...by Nick Turse www.michaelmoore.com Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

Mar 17th
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 www.theguardian.com Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? www.huffingtonpost.com I began to feel I had slipped so low...

Mar 13th
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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
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Health Care for All Colorado has brought Mercy Killers, a show written and performed by Michael Milligan about our murderous for-profit healthcare system, to...

Mar 10th
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Health Care Dramas that Sting and Why We Have to Watch ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com The realities Milligan has written into the show cut deep into...

Mar 10th
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Did you know the Lehrer Newshour on PBS has been produced for 20 years by a company owned by conservative cable billionaire John Malone? Me neither. After...

Mar 7th
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Mr. Obama, if int’l law is so damn crucial . . . | RootsAction.org act.rootsaction.org The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear. The...

Mar 6th
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Enron billionaire John Arnold thinks everyone should believe him when he says we've got to cut pensions because he's so incredibly rich: John...

Mar 5th
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