Even if John Stewart is Gone, We all Need to Keep taking on FOX and all the Media


I am going to put a lot of John Stewart videos in the comment section, like this one:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YO_om3iK9kE

You probably heard the great news – after a few years of progressive activism, FOX finally cancelled Glenn Beck’s show–but the Boycott Must Go On!!

Ten years ago, Media Matters launched with a revolutionary mission: to systematically monitor the U.S. media for conservative misinformation every day, in real time. We’ve been calling out right-wing lies for a decade — and we’re not done yet. Will you contribute now to help us raise $10,000 for our 10th anniversary?

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For ten years, we’ve successfully fought back against the bad actors that poison our media with right-wing lies and smears. It’s been an amazing beginning, and we couldn’t have done it without your support.

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Dear Kevin,
You probably heard the great news – after two years of progressive activism, FOX finally cancelled Glenn Beck’s show.
Beck was targeted after he slandered President Obama by saying, “This president has exposed himself as a guy, over and over and over again, who has a deep-seated hatred for white people, or the white culture, I don’t know what it is… This guy, I believe, is a racist.”
Activists at ColorOfChange, Media Matters, StopBeck, FoxNewsBoycott, and of course Democrats.com responded with a boycott of advertisers on Glenn Beck’s show. Ultimately over 300 advertisers pulled their ads from Beck, costing FOX over $40 million.
Advertiser boycotts work! And it’s time to boycott all FOX News advertisers:
http://www.democrats.com/boycott-proactiv
We’re starting our boycott of all FOX News with Proactiv, which sells acne medicine to teenagers and young adults. Why?
First, there are lots of other acne treatments. Second, young adults above all are hurt by FOX News, which promotes right-wing policies on race, education, healthcare, the environment, and war. Let’s get our future leaders to lead the fight against FOX News!
Sign the petition to Proactiv and enter the email address of every young adult over 18 you know:
http://www.democrats.com/boycott-proactiv
Beyond President Obama, FOX regularly slanders nearly everyone: Democrats, unionized workers, the unemployed (including veterans and 99ers), environmentalists, feminists, blacks, Hiics, Jews, Muslims, progressives, scientists, and any other group it disagrees with.
FOX News broadcasts rightwing extremist slander, incitement to violence, political propaganda, and outright lies to promote its rightwing political agenda. This is not “news,” but rather a never-ending “war on news” – and it’s all documented in our petition.
Why would any decent company want to fund it? Tell Proactiv to stop advertising on FOX News:
http://www.democrats.com/boycott-proactiv
Thanks for all you do!
Bob Fertik

GLEN BECK ADMITTED in 2007, “I Am RACIST and Barack Obama is very White” THIS MAKES Boycotting FOX NEWS needed NOW

By Kevin Stoda

Dear, American supporters of the Fascist Oddball Xenophobic (FOX) news networks.

AMERICANS are getting less tolerant of your racism and stronghold on our major media.

For example, we have noted that in his 2007 TV program from FOX (See on You-Tube), Glen Beck admitted he himself was racist. Further, Beck then, in contrast to 2009, called Barrack Obama much more white than black. (Apparently, Beck now he has other nonsense to mush men’s minds.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0tgvWxC_6A

Using a major news platform to promote racism and to tell people to disrespect a whole presidential administration through mixed truths, outright lies, and xenophobia, is not to be tolerated any more.

On Democracy Now today, Amy Goodman asked Benjamin Jealous of the NAACP what he thought of Wal-Mart’s pull-out from advertising on the Glen Beck program on FOX.

NOTE: Goodman had simply asked , “The whole attack by Glenn Beck that drove this (resignation)? In your response from the NAACP to Van Jones, it says, ´The only thing more outrageous than Mr. Beck’s attack on Van Jones is the fact that there are sponsors that continue to pay him to provide this type of offensive commentary.` Do you support the continued boycott of companies like Wal-Mart of Beck’s show on Fox?”

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/8/white_house_environmental_adviser_van_jones

This is a particularly important point because Glen Beck´s HATE CAMPAIGN ON THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION led recently to a great American policy maker, Van Jones, quitting the government this week.

http://thinkprogress.org/2009/09/06/van-jones-resigns/

Mr. Jealous said, “We certainly support them (Walmart) choosing with their dollars who they’re going to support. I mean, it’s—Glenn Beck is somebody who’s told a seven-year-old girl, a seven-year-old black girl, that he would buy her a ticket back to Africa, that she needed to go back to Africa. And then he comes out, and he says that healthcare is the beginning of reparations. I mean, this guy plays the race card on a weekly basis. He does it very aggressive—you know, in a very hateful way.”

Recall, first, that Van Jones is one of the most important and thoughtful men in America—however, the FOX (Fascist Oddball Xenophobic) news network chose to support a man, like Glen Beck, rather than seeing that tens of millions of Americans need to get health care from promoters like Jones and that our America economy needs to move starting today to the kind of economy that its competitors worldwide are already doing.

http://www.alternet.org/environment/95963/what_will_the_green_economy_look_like/

Let’s quote the wisdom and influential words of Van Jones on the absolute necessity to green the American economy NOW!

“I think it’s really important to point out that we’re sort of at the end of an era of American capitalism, where we thought we could run the economy based on consumption rather than production, credit rather than creativity, borrowing rather than building, and also, most importantly, environmental destruction rather than environmental restoration.”

Jones continued, “We’re trying to make the case in this book that that era is over. We now have to move in a very different direction. And key to that will be basing the US economy not on credit cards, but based on clean energy and the clean energy revolution that would put literally millions of people to work, putting up solar panels all across the United States, weatherizing buildings so they don’t leak so much energy and put up so much carbon, building wind farms and wave farms, manufacturing wind turbines. We argue you could put Detroit back to work not making SUVs to destroy the world, but making wind turbines, 8,000 finely machine parts in each one, twenty tons of steel in each wind tower, making wind turbines to help save the world.”

Finally, Van Jones wisely noted, “So we think that you can fight pollution and poverty at the same time. We think that you can actually power our way through this recession by putting people to work, but we’re going to have to start building things here and re-powering, retrofitting, retooling America, and that that’s the way forward both for the economy, for the earth and for everyday people.”

Note: These statements came from a program on DN from October of last year:

http://www.democracynow.org/2008/10/28/van_jones_on_the_green_collar

Van Beck has written a book of the same title, The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems.

http://www.harpercollins.com/books/9780061650758/The_Green_Collar_Economy/index.aspx

America needs such voices as Van Jones in government leadership in America—not Fascist Oddball Xenophobic (FOX) types.

Clean up the American airwaves of all its fascism and racism, today.

http://www.pittsburghurbanmedia.com/a-petition-against-fox-conservative-host-glenn-beck.aspx

NOTE: One way to change the noise of Fascist Oddball Xenophobic (FOX) media moguls is to support alternative media organizations

http://aan.org/alternative/Aan/index

and alternative monitoring websites.

http://americas.mediamonitors.net/content/view/full/64380

Another way, is to demand that local radio and TV channels put better programming on, such as Democracy Now or news sources promoted by serious progressive journalists:

http://www.tacomapjh.org/progressive_news.htm

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Why Israel is suddenly owning up to its terrorism


OPINION

Why Israel is suddenly owning up to its terrorism

By calling Friday’s arson attack a terrorist act, the Israelis are hoping to avoid the full force of international law.

02 Aug 2015 14:24 GMT | War & Conflict, Politics, Middle East, Palestine, Israel

This attack was unprovoked by the Palestinians and has shocked both the Israeli and Palestinian communities, writes Kuttab [AP]
This attack was unprovoked by the Palestinians and has shocked both the Israeli and Palestinian communities, writes Kuttab [AP]

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Daoud Kuttab

Daoud Kuttab, an award-winning Palestinian journalist, is a former Ferris professor of journalism at Princeton University.

After over a year of total silence, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made two phone calls to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in as many weeks.

The first of the calls was one of protocol regarding the start of the Eid al-Fitr festivities but the other call, the more important of the two, was made after Israeli Jewish settlers burned a Palestinian toddler and his family alive.

The attack occurred in the village of Duma in the occupied West Bank. The toddler, 18-month-old Ali Dawabasheh, died in the incident, and his family was left seriously injured and mourning the loss of their youngest son.

This particular attack was unprovoked by the Palestinians and has shocked both theIsraeli and Palestinian communities at large.

Instead of being an attack of retaliation, this case was prompted by an internal Israeli conflict, the context of which has escaped many.

Palestinian baby burned to death in settler attack

The Israeli army, after much hesitation, succumbed to clear orders from the Israeli High Court and destroyed two homes built illegally (according to Israeli law) on private Palestinian land near Ramallah.

Aim of the attack

The aim of the settler attack on Palestinians in the village of Duma was to embarrass the pro-settlement Israeli government even though it had simultaneously approvedthe building, “immediately”, of 804 new Jewish settlements in Beit Eli and in Jerusalem.

The settlers’ heinous attack, which probably came from the nearby Maleh Efraim settlement, is said to be part of a continuous wave of attacks on Palestinians by settlers that carry the name “price tag” – which refers to the price for Israeli government attempts to restrict Jewish settlement activities.

The perpetrators, who scrawled Hebrew graffiti meaning “revenge” and a Jewish Star of David, were protesting an event that happened in another settlement – namely the government destruction of a house built by Israeli settlers on private Palestinian lands near the settlement of Beit Eli.

The horrible death of the child and his family seems to have rattled Netanyahu who responded by calling the killing a “terrorist” act which supposedly set it apart from the what the UN has documented as 2,100 acts of violence against Palestinians, their religious institutions, their homes, and other Palestinian-owned properties, committed by Jewish settlers since 2006.

This attack has been defined as “terrorism” simply because Israel is petrified of the possibility that this incident could open up a “Pandora’s box” of questions regarding the legitimacy of the settlement enterprise and policy in its entirety.

Taking the heat off

Israel specifically made this choice to take some of the international heat off.

Recently, Abbas has decided to use Palestine’s newfound International Criminal Court membership to call for a formal investigation into war crimes committed by Israeli occupation forces.

At the opening of an emergency meeting in Ramallah, held by the Palestinian leadership on July 31, Abbas said that he had instructed his foreign minister to prepare a case against Israel for this war crime as part of the larger dossier about the entire settlement enterprise.

The senseless death of Ali Dawabasheh, and the maiming of his family, have refocused local, regional, and world attention on the Palestinian cause.

He said that since 2004, settlers had committed 11,000 attacks against Palestinians, and that all those cases were registered by Israel as acts committed by unknowns after superficial investigations for a few hours, and then the cases were closed.

The question of whether or not the occupying power carried out proper investigations of these crimes and had held the responsible parties accountable is crucial to the case against Israeli army officials.

International law, and specifically the Fourth Geneva Convention – relative to the protection of civilians in time of war, makes clear that an occupying power is not allowed to transfer its citizens into occupied areas.

An occupying army – and therefore its soldiers and commanders – are entrusted with protecting the civilian population. Therefore, any war crimes committed against the civilian population are ultimately the responsibility of the occupying officers.

Israel’s illegal policy 

Jewish settlement practises are clearly in violation of this convention and international law. This reality is further cemented by the International Court of Justice ruling in a case presented by Jordan in 2004.

The ruling ended Israeli-initiated legal discussions disputing the status of the West Bank as occupied territory and that the Fourth Geneva Convention applies to it.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon formally condemned the attack and blasted what he referred to as “repeated acts of settler violence” and “Israel’s illegal settlements”.

The US Department of State has also condemned the attack going along with Netanyahu’s description that it was a “terrorist” act. Israelis from all political parties also condemned the attack.

By calling this particular act a “terrorist act”, and ignoring the larger crimes of the entire settlement enterprise, the Israelis are hoping to avoid the full force of international law and the downward spiral in international opinion such a trial would inspire.

The senseless death of Ali Dawbashe, and the maiming of his family, have refocused local, regional, and world attention on the Palestinian cause.

A simple phone call by Netanyahu to Abbas, and the description that this act and this act alone is a “terrorist” act, will not wash away the deeply rooted stains of this conflict.

The only way that this issue can be dealt with is through a clear and serious effort to end the decades-old military occupation and the illegal colonial settlement enterprise that it protects.

Daoud Kuttab, an award-winning Palestinian journalist, is a former Ferris professor of journalism at Princeton University.

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera’s editorial policy.

Source: Al Jazeera

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On Wedding Day this Turkish Bride and Her Groom Distributed Food to 4000 Refugees


This is beautiful!!
MashaAllah may Allah accept it from them and give them a blessed pious marriage full of happiness and may He give them beautiful pious children Ameen

If you would like to help the Syrian people you can donate online at www.bread4syria.com ( One Nationhave a 100% donation policy)

or inbox me for alternative payment methods. Sadqa, zakat and lillah accepted. smile emoticon > Majid Freeman

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It’s been 1500 Days and No Republican Jobs Promotion Bill has Been Passed!


 On May 26, 2011, Republican House Speaker John Boehner vowed to help America bring back the jobs that the Bush Recession destroyed IF Americans gave Republicans the Congress. Since then, Republicans have done nothing but waste time and money on symbolic votes to “repeal” Obamacare and political “investigations” into their favorite fake non-scandal, Benghazi. Shame on them.

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TIME MAGAZINE: The Left’s Quest to Create Hundreds of Elizabeth Warrens



Kevin, today’s Time article shines the spotlight on an important part of our long-term mission to build progressive power together. Hope you enjoy it! — Stephanie Taylor, PCCC Co-Founder


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TIME MAGAZINE: The Left’s Quest to Create Hundreds of Elizabeth Warrens

By Sam Frizell

“Elizabeth—she’s here?”

The thumbs up came from the back of the meeting room, and two hundred future Sen. Elizabeth Warrens stood up and waited for their prototype to enter. Spindly and with a bouncy step, the Massachusetts senator strode rapidly into the room and was waylaid by a friendly sea of imperfect facsimiles calling for selfies. “What a way to start the morning!” Warren said at last, breathless at the podium.

Warren was stopping by a conference on Thursday just a 10-minute walk away from the Capitol building in Washington DC, where the goal was unabashedly to bolster the Warren brand of the Democratic party. In the belly of the swank Washington Court Hotel—also the host of a recent events for steel wire producers and the beef industry—progressive candidates for municipal and state office across the country had gathered for a four-day affair to create a surge of Democratic candidates in municipal and state elections, and build a movement of rookie Warrens.

The conference, organized by the advocacy group Progressive Change Campaign Committee, was intended to train candidates and activists from states far flung as Wisconsin and Louisiana to run for office and eventually shape national policy. TIME was one of the only publications granted access to the meeting.

Much of the focus was on the nuts and bolts of effective campaigning and fundraising. Questions flew: Do candidates need to fundraise within their own district? How much time should candidates spend on fundraising calls? How do you best target voters during get-out-the-vote efforts? Should candidates’ events have red wine, or are cookies enough? The PCCC offered candidates who attended back-end internet tools replete with website templates, and readymade email blasters and event managers.

But Warren was the star attraction. “You are the progressive bench, and we need a bench,” Warren told them. Dozens of attendees wore identical blue shirts that said, I’m from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party. “Elizabeth Warren is the North Star,” said Adam Green, co-founder of the PCCC. And the enthusiasm for Warren has spilled over all across the left: “I want to clone Elizabeth Warren into every candidate,” said Tefere Gebre the executive vice president of the AFL-CIO, in an interview with TIME two weeks ago.

In the Washington hotel, building an army of Warrens to challenge establishment-backed Democrats was exactly the point. “Yes, this is about building campaigns and winning office, but this is also about building a movement,” Warren said during her keynote on Thursday. “You are the living spark of the progressive movement.” It was a sentiment made clear by the conference organizers. “How do we elect 300 more Elizabeth Warrens?” said Stephanie Taylor, the co-founder of the PCCC who dreamt up the conference. “This training is part of it: finding them and giving them the tools to run great campaigns.”

For progressives, movement-building with Warren in the lead is in large part about catching up to conservatives. Republicans can boast of presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, Rush Limbaugh and a formidable coalition of right-wing legislators threatening to unseat their house speaker. Meanwhile the left has a few big-city mayors, a struggling cable network (MSNBC), handful of legislators (Sherrod Brown, Keith Ellison) and a upstart presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, who counts Eugene V. Debs and the nation of Denmark among his biggest influences. And Warren, the progressive nonpareil, has refused to run for the White House.

Anger over the Obama years is a key motivator for conservatives. The stimulant on the left is made of a milder sauce, namely, disappointment over the Obama years, and many progressive ideals have faltered in Congress and on their way to the White House.

Republicans have taken notice of Warrens influence over Democrats. While the activists met in Washington, her name came up on the Republican campaign trail in Cedar Falls, Iowa. “The fact is the Democratic Party has a problem,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said. “Their problem is that Elizabeth Warren is taking over that party.”

“They’re all running to be just like Elizabeth Warren,” he added, saying that Hillary Clinton has borrowed from Warren’s playbook on the campaign trail.

Though Warren was only present for the first hour of the four-day training session, her name came up again and again. When she ran for Senate in 2012, Warren liked to make fundraising calls from her kitchen at home while boiling a pot of tea and wearing a headset, an alumna of Warren’s fundraising team, Sarah Badawi, told trainees. Joel Silberman, a speech trainer, said in a session that when he consulted Warren before a Massachusetts state convention speech, he told Warren a trick to cure nerves: count the number of steps to the podium.

Taylor and Green of the PCCC once sat on Warren’s front porch and shared lemonade and iced tea to convince her to first run for Senate, Warren noted during her address. The former director of research for Warren’s senatorial campaign, Peter Jones, led a class on opposition research. (A quick Google search on Warren’s defeated opponent for Senate, Scott Brown, shows him shirtless in photos hawking diet pills, a fact that Warren recently noted in a speech.)

Most of those hoping to follow Warren’s lead at the conference don’t look anything like her or share her Ivy League background. There was the black state senator who represents Ferguson, an Indian-American candidate for Congress from a Detroit suburb, and as many pairs of sneakers as suits. Union organizers, mothers, climate activists, feminists and campaign staffers were in Washington from Vermont and Georgia.

“You are a part of a global re-owning of a populist, progressive vision of America,” said Zephyr Teachout, chief executive of the Mayday PAC which aims to get money out of politics.

Many at the conference argued local victories could sway their states, and ultimately, Congress. Over a lunch of ravioli and tagliatelli with lemon sauce and iced tea, two attendees from Rhode Island debated the merits of the conference. “The more states have something like paid leave, and it’s successful, more likely we’ll be able to get Congress to move it forward,” Shandi Hanna, an activist at the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island. “We need to infiltrate the system and change it.”

“You look around this room people—the people I’ve met makes me realize the country is moving in a good directions,” said Margaux Morisseau, a candidate for Rhode Island state Senate.

So far, the left has been incapable of the kind of movement that caught fire on the right after President Obama’s election. But in some ways, things have changed in recent years. Cities and states like California and Rhode Island are requiring businesses to provide paid family leave; activists in New York, Los Angeles and Seattle have with mixed success pushed for a $15-minium wage; Bernie Sanders has attracted crowds of 10,000 and more in purple and red states like Wisconsin and Arizona. To progressives, those are signs of shifting winds. “People will start to realize there’s a change happening from underneath. They’ll either have to evolve or die,” said Chris Larson, a state senator in Wisconsin.

Some date the recent wave in progressive activism back to Howard Dean’s 2004 campaign. A left-backed candidate, Dean’s loss in the primary spawned Democracy for America, a progressive PAC. The past five years has seen a slow increase in organizational support for progressive Democrats. DFA, MoveOn.org, Progressive Majority also aim to train progressive candidates for office.

It’s Warren’s message that has helped motivate them in recent years, and attendees repeatedly mentioned Warren’s name during the conference. “We can whine about this, we can whimper about this, or we can fight back,” Warren said Thursday. “I’m fighting back!”

The goal, of course, is victory against Republicans, and against old-line Democrats in primary contests. If they win, it will come the way of conquerors of old: by conversion, or a rout.

“It’s our movement,” said CM! Winters Palacio, a Chicago librarian (with punctuation in her first name) who is running for City Council and says she is facing pushback from the moderate Democratic mayor, Rahm Emmanuel. “We will eat the elephant one bite at a time.”


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Want to support the Warren wing? Senator Elizabeth Warren says, “When PCCC members donate millions in small-dollardonations and make millions of phone calls for progressive candidates, leaders in Washington, they take notice.” Chip in $3 here.

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Federal Coal Mining Program Cheats Taxpayers, Needs Reforms & More Info


Loopholes and exemptions in the rules governing companies that mine coal on public lands cheat taxpayers out of millions of dollars in revenue each year.

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POGO’s investigation into abuses within the VA uncovered many whistleblowers who said they were afraid to approach the VA Office of Inspector General (IG) because of the VA’s toxic culture of retaliation and intimidation.

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TIME MAGAZINE: Elizabeth Warren Wants You to Run For Office



TIME MAGAZINE: Elizabeth Warren Wants You to Run For Office

Kevin,

Elizabeth Warren’s speech at the PCCC’s National Candidate Training has everyone buzzing — including Time Magazine!

Watch it here. And chip in $3 or to continue training future Elizabeth Warren’s with the skills to win.


It’s Day 3 at our National Candidate Training.

Time Magazine reported on Senator Elizabeth Warren’s message to 200 local, state, and federal candidates:

Warren urged down-ballot candidates and grassroots Democrats to run for office at a gathering of liberals in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, saying that local elections won in 2016 will help build a national progressive movement in future races. “This is about building a movement,” said Warren.

And candidates are expressing big thanks to PCCC members who chipped in to provide this vital resource. Some Tweets:

Click here to see Elizabeth Warren’s awesome speech. Then, chip in $3 to continue this impactful training program — as we train HUNDREDS of future Elizabeth Warrens with the skills to win.

Time Magazine continues:

The Massachusetts Democrat spoke at the kickoff of an intensive four-day conference…organized by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.

“It is so important that we secure victories at the state and local level,” Warren said. “Washington is dysfunctional. We need you to be out there, town by town, county by county, state by state across this nation.”

Warren set out a progressives’ manifesto that received repeated standing ovations…raising the minimum wage, protecting workers’ bargaining rights, fighting for debt-free college, and combating racism. “We believe that no one should work full time and still live in poverty,” Warren said. “We believe that black lives matter.”

This morning, Black Lives Matter leaders joined the PCCC, Zephyr Teachout, and Planned Parenthood to train candidates how to use their unique voices to show solidarity during “movement moments.”

Sen. Al Franken’s campaign manager trained how to build a campaign from the ground up.

And candidates practiced speaking in public, answering curveball questions, raising money, and organizing a volunteer army.

If we want to fix a broken political system, we need to keep equipping hundreds of great progressives with the skills they need to win elections.

Watch Elizabeth Warren’s speech to candidates and chip in $3 to continue this training program.

Thanks for being a bold progressive.

— Stephanie Taylor, PCCC co-founder

P.S. Check out these photos from the training. So much energy!

Progressive candidates running for local, state, and federal office.
Pollster Michael Bocian tells candidates at the National Candidate Training that progressive ideas are winning ideas.
Ferguson state Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal and Eric Kingson, co-founder of Social Security Works, who is running for Congress.
Break out sessions create time for progressive candidates to practice.
Members of Congress and Ferguson’s state senator help others learn by sharing what they wish they’d known for their first races.
Throughout the training, energy has been high. So much enthusiasm!
Tweets with the hashtag #PCCCTraining have kept friends and allies back home engaged with what’s happening.
Progressive candidates pay close attention to the material. A lot of ground is being covered.
Follow hashtag #PCCCTraining on Twitter to stay up to date.
Progressive candidates pay close attention at the PCCC’s National Candidate Training.
Progressive candidates prepare to do strong on-air interviews.
We’re ALL from the Elizabeth Warren wing of American Politics!

Click here to see Elizabeth Warren’s awesome speech. Then, chip in $3 to continue this impactful training program — as we train HUNDREDS of future Elizabeth Warrens with the skills to win.


Want to support the Warren wing? Senator Elizabeth Warren says, “When PCCC members donate millions in small-dollardonations and make millions of phone calls for progressive candidates, leaders in Washington, they take notice.” Chip in $3 here.

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Jewish Voice for Peace


Update

Dear Kevin,

Exciting news!

We’ve just heard from our allies on the ground that tens of thousands of us from around the world have succeeded in delaying the demolition of the West Bank village of Susiya. Rabbis for Human Rights and Free Jerusalem write:

“Thanks to the determined struggle led by the residents of Susiya, and the public pressure in which we all took part, we have come to believe that in the coming two weeks, there will not be demolitions in the village. At the same time, we will wait to hear about developments, and when the timing for a decision regarding the village’s future grows nearer, we will renew the public struggle.”

RHR’s Arik Ascherman continued in a separate statement:

“There is a postponement of the High Court hearing scheduled for August 3rd in which the residents in Susya are appealing against the rejection of the master building plan submitted to the  Civil Administration planning committee.  The postponement is because the State has been exploring whether there is a basis for discussing legalizing the status of the village.  In the meantime, thanks to your help and the public pressure that you created, we believe that there will not be demolitions before the meeting of the sides in another two weeks.”

In other words, for now the people of Susiya can take a deep breath—but we’ll have to stay vigilant and prepared to raise our voices again.

Even though it’s a delay, I have to admit— it has been exhilarating to see the unprecedented impact of this joint global uprising, inspired by the leadership of the 340 residents and 55 families of Susiya. 

You literally helped make this an international issue:

  • Nearly 30,000 of you signed the petition to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, which we delivered to the State Department, and additionally to key Members of Congress.
  • Thousands of you additionally called your Members of Congress and have been joining calls with Congress led by the Rebuilding Alliance, a leader in the movement to save Susiya.
  • Others of you are raising the issue in direct meetings with Congress.
  • We’ve been working tirelessly to push the story and your actions to the mainstream media, as well as on social media.

And it has been working. Remarkably so.

  • U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein wrote a powerful letter to Netanyahu opposing the demolition.
  • U.S. Representative Anna Eshoo sent a letter to Kerry signed by 10 other Members of Congress.
  • The State Department issued an equally strong statement opposing the demolition.
  • Our media advocacy combined with your actions resulted in important stories about the campaign in Reuters, the New York Times, and the Huffington Post.
  • And with the leak of information proving what we’ve known all along—that the residents of Susiya own their land— many believe the Israeli government’s resolve to demolish the village is starting to buckle.

More you can do
Rebuilding Alliance is still scheduling conference calls with key Members of Congress to ramp up the pressure. To register for a call with your Rep, check out their calendar here.

As Susiya resident Nasser Nawaja wrote recently in the New York Times, “If Susiya is destroyed and its residents expelled, it will serve as a precedent for further demolitions and expulsions through the South Hebron Hills and Area C of the West Bank. This must not be allowed to happen.”

I promise, we will keep you updated. In the meantime, I can’t thank you enough for joining this campaign. This movement for justice is truly getting stronger every day.

Onward,

Cecilie Surasky

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Dealing With Mass Killings in America Funding Our Children, Not Our Wars


Tomgram: Karen J. Greenberg, The Mass Killer and the National Security State

You want to profile America’s mass killers? No need at all for the FBI or the national security state. You don’t have to secretly read anyone’s emails or check their phone metadata. You don’t need to follow them on Twitter. All you have to do is narrow down the possibilities in a logical way by looking at the history of mass killing in recent years. That means, as a start, leaving aside half the population, since women make up close to 0% of American mass shooters.

So, start with men. Admittedly, that’s a pretty broad category. Still, among men, you can narrow the field fast. Begin with age. Generally, mass killers are young. Unfortunately, this category isn’t quite as blanket as the no-woman rule. Just recently, in what looked like a copycat mass killing — a repeat of the 2012 shooting in an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater — a mentally unstable 59-year-old white man in Lafayette, Louisiana, with a chip on his shoulder about women (as well as blacks), opened fire in a theater showing the new Amy Schumer hit, Trainwreck, a film drawing female audiences, and killed two women. Similarly, in February, a disturbed and mentally unstable 36-year-old white man, barred from owning guns, carried out a mass killing of seven in the tiny Missouri town of Tyrone. Nonetheless, when you’re conjuring up the next mass killer, think young man (16-24) and think white.

Now, we’re getting somewhere. One more obvious thing: look for someone carrying a gun, generally obtained quite legally — most likely a semi-automatic pistol or an assault rifle — or come to think of it, three or four or more weapons and lots and lots of ammo. Now, given the 300 million or so guns floating around this country and the spread of “right-to-carry” laws that let anyone bring lethal weaponry just about anywhere, this may not narrow things down quite as much as we’d like. But it should be helpful. And yes, there are other factors, too, that might aid you in setting your sights on the next mass killer. As Karen Greenberg, the director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law and TomDispatch regular, points out today, these would undoubtedly include feelings of hopelessness and anger, a history of mental instability, depression, and drug or alcohol abuse.

In the grips of a much overblown panic about ISIS-inspired terror in the U.S., the government, Greenberg reports, is about to spend a pile of taxpayer money doing a version of what I just did. Here’s my guarantee: it will cost you a boodle, most of which, as she makes clear, won’t go where it might do some good — that is, to helping unnerved or disturbed young men. And I’ll also guarantee you one more thing: the massed thinking and resources of the national security state won’t do much better than I’ve done above when it comes to the problem of identifying lone-wolf killers. But that state within a state will, as ever, emerge from the experience more powerful and more entrenched. And, as novelist Kurt Vonnegut might once have said, so it goes. Tom

Dealing With Mass Killings in America
Funding Our Children, Not Our Wars
By Karen J. Greenberg

Imagine that you’re in the FBI and you receive a tip — or more likely, pick up information through the kind of mass surveillance in which the national security state now specializes. In a series of tweets, a young man has expressed sympathy for the Islamic State (ISIS), al-Qaeda, or another terrorist group or cause. He’s 16, has no criminal record, and has shown no signs that he might be planning a criminal act. He does, however, seem angry and has demonstrated an interest in following ISIS’s social media feeds as they fan the flames of youth discontent worldwide. He’s even expressed some thoughts about how ISIS’s “caliphate,” the Islamic “homeland” being carved out in Syria and Iraq, might be a place where people like him could find meaning and purpose in an otherwise alienated life.

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US Fast Food workers win wage increase in Los Angeles and New York


US Fast Food workers win wage increase in Los Angeles and New York
Fast Food workers have won two important victories in their fight for better wages as both Los Angeles County and New York State voted to raise minimum wages. These are important steps for the Fight For 15 campaign  for better wages and the right to join a union for US fast food workers.

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The WTO’s Doha Development Round: bad news from start to… finish?

Nearly 10 years ago, the IUF, together with two of our sister international union federations and a coalition of international civil society organizations, warned of the likely consequences of the WTO’s stalled Doha Round of trade negotiations, calling it “a recipe for the massive destruction of livelihoods, mass unemployment and the degradation of work”. That was after 4 years of negotiations which showed the exercise to be a thinly-disguised effort by wealthy countries to extract major concessions from developing countries on goods and services with agriculture being employed as a ‘bargaining chip’.  Now there is a new threat coming from the WTO – the way in which the Doha Round may be formally wound up or suspended in the months preceding the Nairobi WTO ministerial in December.

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Urgent Action Myanmar (Burma)

In response to the international campaign launched by the IUF to defend basic trade union rights at the upscale Bagan Hotel River View in Myanmar (Burma), management is now screening job applicants to identify potential union supporters. Earlier this year, management attempted to crush the legally registered trade union by compelling the elected officers to sign resignation letters in a closed meeting guarded by hotel security.

If you have not yet been able to send a message in support of this important struggle for trade union rights for hotel workers in Myanmar,CLICK HERE

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Jimmy Carter: The U.S. Is an “Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery” & Other News


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President’s Column – 2015 Newsletter

by Debilyn Molineaux, Coffee Party USA President

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The Six Levels of Engagement

If you are reading this, there is a strong possibility you are civically engaged. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to increase engagement in our communities and how we can begin to feel like we all belong. [more]


A message to our members

by Tim Danahey, Coffee Party USA Director of Public and Member Relations

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Why the T-Shirts Matter

The Coffee Party USA has started to sell t-shirts with messages conducive to our principles and objectives.  Of course, we do this to help raise money for the Coffee Party USA.  No doubt.  Let’s be straightforward about that.  However, the messages we rotate onto the shirts are important and it can be explained a couple ways. [more]


All voices must be heard

by Egberto Willies Coffee Party Director, Newsroom

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The traditional corporate driven mainstream media relay the news they deem appropriate to the masses. It is for this reason that Americans know little about the plight of their own neighbors let alone the plight of our international neighbors. This is how we will change that. [more]


$64,000 Democracy For All Video Challenge

by Jeanene Louden, Coffee Party USA Director & Treasurer

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Coffee Party USA is proud to be a partner organization on the $64,000 Democracy For All Video Challenge – a contest seeking to tap into the creative potential of Americans of all political stripes with short, powerful videos in support of the Democracy For All Amendment to get big money out of politics. [more]


Activism requires good online assets

by Bobby Rodrigo, Coffee Party USA Director of Internet Infrastructure

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Coffee Party USA Radio Network welcome the Radio Show “A Cup Of Joe” to our group of shows.  “A Cup Of Joe” is hosted by the CEO of The Human Solution International Joe Grumbine and air every Friday night 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT. [more]


Coffee Party Movie Night

by Mark Gilbert, Coffee Party Director of Campaigns and Actions

The Coffee Party USA is proud to be a supporter of an important new movie highlighting the impact of corporate money in our schools …Education Inc.
Opening Friday, August 14. Education, Inc. describes how “dark money” contributors are funding free-market reformers to take over local school boards and transform American public education into a business.
The film details how billions of tax dollars are being diverted away from public school children under the banner of “school choice.” Yet while uncovering this money trail, Education, Inc. also describes the efforts of students, parents and teachers across the country to fight back.
We encourage you to view the trailer, host or attend a screening and then join us for a conversation with filmmaker Brian Malone on our special Blogtalkradio program on Wednesday, August 26 at 8:30pm eastern time.  For info on the film or our interview with the producer, go to http://www.coffeepartyusa.com/august_film_education_inc .


Help Coffee Party USA accomplish our collective goals.

2015 is turning out to be a banner year for Coffee Party USA. We are growing our membership. We are teaming up with other organizations to promote good government by holding politicians accountable.

This year we have increased our reach by several million per week. This affords us a very large base to get our message out. It provides us the type of access necessary to a segment of the population when mobilization is in order. We played our part in the Net Neutrality movement both with original writing from our bloggers as well as through teaming up with other organizations to promote petitions. And guess what. We won.

There will be many other actions specific and transpartisan. Join our (your) movement. Together we will change America. But it starts with you.  [more]


Articles & Blog Posts


Jimmy Carter: The U.S. Is an “Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery”

Former president Jimmy Carter said Tuesday on the nationally syndicated radio show the Thom Hartmann Program that the United States is now an “oligarchy” in which “unlimited political bribery” has created “a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors.” Both Democrats and Republicans, Carter said, “look upon this unlimited money as a great benefit to themselves.” [more]

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