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:
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:
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:
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.)


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?”


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.


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.


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:


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


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.


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


and alternative monitoring websites.


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:


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Part 2- What is Flipgrid?


“A flipped classroom approach to using video for igniting student discussion and engagement.”

(available on all platforms)


Flipgrid Dad Pods: Significant Adult Day


Building Flipgrid Communities


Flipgrid Book Talks


Becoming Flipgrid Certified


Participate in a Flipgrid by clicking this link

Tell us about a person who has had a huge impact on your life and why.

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What is a Flipgrid? Can it assist me with my classes?

Flipgrid Dad Pods: Significant Adult’s Day

The following is a guest blog post from Marilyn McLaughlin. Marilyn is a 5th Grade Cambridge Teacher at Calusa Park Elementary in Naples, Florida. After her city was hit by Hurricane Irma, her school hosted a back-to-school celebration in conjunction with Governor Rick Scott’s “Dad’s Take Your Child to School Day.” You may have seen Marilyn’s viral “Flipgrid Pods” tweet at the event. In this post she shares the special day and how she used Flipgrid to build community. 


Ah, summer…time to relax and think of new and exciting ways to motivate my students. My class had ended the school year with their #FlipgridFever on fire. When I asked them to reflect on what they liked about Flipgrid, they said everything except that they were embarrassed to film themselves in front of their peers. I knew I needed a solution that wouldn’t break the teacher summer budget and would allow the students to use their voice.

On Twitter, I watched as some of my favorite Tweetchers created Flipgrid recording studios for their classrooms and knew it was the solution to my dilemma. I searched and came across the GigaTent Pop-Up Pod. Really used for camping, but standing tall at adult size, I knew it would be perfect. Not to mention, it came in FLIPGRID green! I ordered mine before the school year started. Flipgrid sent me some sticker swag and we were ready to go (get your’s here: Flipgrid Pod).

Flipgrid was introduced to administrators over the summer and quickly our whole district had #FlipgridFever. My administration came to me and asked about my Flipgrid Pod. As a school, we ordered more Pop-Up Pods for our teachers to check out and use as needed. But before we could even share the pods with the teacher—we were hit by Hurricane Irma.

With Naples taking a direct hit, our community was devastated. Downed power lines, no electricity, damaged roads and homes. School cancelled for 12 days. It was and continues to be a difficult time for our students. However, our district knew we needed to get our students back to school as quickly as possible to be able to have our families feel a sense of normalcy.

Teachers went back to school on Friday, September 22 and began planning for the return of students on Monday. Every year Governor Rick Scott proclaims a day in September to be Dad’s Take Your Child to School Day. As a school, we decided to hold our Dad’s (or significant adult) Day on September 27th. My administration came to me and asked if I would run the Flipgrid station. I gladly accepted.

We debated our topic: Should we talk about the hurricane? Should we tell parents to send a video thanking someone for their help during the aftermath of the hurricane? After much deliberation, we decided no hurricane topics! Our Topic would be simple: Parents, tell us what makes your child special! Students, tell us what makes your adult special!

We were not sure if parents would come. After all, many were still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. We sent home notices on Monday stating that the event was scheduled for Wednesday. We set up our PODS, our STEAM activities, put staff on place, and opened the gates!

As a school, we expected a low turnout, but the response was amazing! Over 300 families attended the event! Parents were so excited to be there with their children. Our Pods were full and parents were waiting in line to try Flipgrid. I could not keep up with the amount of families waiting to try our Flipgrid Pods. I asked for extra iPads, but parents said they wanted to wait for a Pod to open up. They created 73 videos in 30 minutes! Flipgrid Fever was overwhelming that morning. Our event was a success and we were elated that parents had come.

I tweeted out the event as usual and was not expecting the response I received. Tweetchers everywhere were asking where I got the Pods from and how they needed to try this at their school. We even received a phone call from a superintendent in Montana asking about ways to use Flipgrid to connect his schools. It was amazing and we were happy to tell them all about the pods, the event and new ways to use Flipgrid beyond the classroom.

Next time you are planning an Open House, a STEAM event, Curriculum Night, or any other school-wide activity, plan on introducing a Flipgrid station. It’s sure to be a hit and take Flipgrid “Beyond the Classroom.” If you’d like to see some of our parents’ responses from that morning, click here or simply scroll down

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“Very truly I tell you” said Jesus

“Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be.”

John 12:24-26

I think about how much energy I put each day into keeping my own life going. Getting myself the food I like. Making life convenient for me. Rewarding myself with little perks. If the Gospel is about anything, it is about making life on this earth stronger, better and more loving by NOT constantly choosing to put our own lives or the lives of our children and loved ones first. Jesus reminds us here that we must be willing to walk the path of sacrifice. Jesus knew how to party, and feast, and live in joy. But he also did not run from sacrifice.

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Trump has an ISIS Leader Twin?

Trump Is ISIS Leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’s ‘American Twin,’ Iranian General Says
by Jack Moore
Tehran has been angered by U.S. plans to designate its elite force as an extremist group.
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Noone–especially his own ethics chief–can Trust the Trump

Donald Trump’s Own Ethics Chief ‘Deeply Concerned’ About Administration
by Graham Lanktree
A memo from the head of the president’s ethics team warned of his concerns about the behavior of leading officials.
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Have you called your congressman to tell them not to allow Trump to fire his special prosecutor?

Kevin —

With the Russia collusion investigation reaching a fever pitch, President Trump could make good on his threat to fire special counsel Robert Mueller — the man investigating Trump and his inner circle’s potential ties to Russia — any day.

Trump said he might get rid of Mueller if the investigation got too close to his business deals, family, senior aides and to himself.

Well…recent signs indicate that the investigation is getting close, and we can’t take the risk that Trump fires Mueller before the investigation is complete.

Make an emergency call to your members of Congress at (202) 224-3121 and ask them to support bipartisan legislation to prevent Donald Trump from firing the special counsel. 

Here’s a suggested script for your call:

“Hello, my name is NAME from CITY/TOWN and I’m a constituent of REPRESENTATIVE (NAME). I’m calling today to request that REPRESENTATIVE (NAME) protect the Russia collusion investigation by supporting the new, bipartisan legislation to stop Donald Trump from firing special counsel Robert Mueller, H.R. 3771. Thank you.”

Some brave Republicans and Democrats have come together and introduced bipartisan legislation that would stop the White House from interfering in the investigation and getting Trump off the hook. In the House, Republican Rep. Walter Jones and Democratic Rep. John Conyers have co-sponsored H.R. 3771, which would require a federal judge’s sign off before the White House could act and gives the special counsel the ability to challenge his dismissal in federal court.

But this legislation needs our support.

Join thousands across the country who are calling their member of Congress today at (202) 224-3121 to demand they protect special counsel Mueller from Donald Trump.

Thank you,

David Donnelly
President and CEO, Every Voice

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What do you know about the Christian Peacemaker Teams across the World?

Check out the latest from CPT!

In our latest full-length newsletter:

  • Sarah Thompson’s message of farewell to CPT
  • Introducing our new Communications Coordinator, Caitlin Light
  • CPT Palestine reports on violations of the right to education for students
  • The global impact of tear gas made in the USA
  • Experiences of a delegate in Iraqi Kurdistan
  • Plus more stories from team members in the field
See all the latest from our full-length CPT Newsletter

Did you know? Your support funds a Nobel-nominated peacemaking organization! A heartfelt thank you to our colleagues at American Friends Service Committee for the nomination, and our congratulations to ICAN for winning.

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After 17 Years GITMO Torture Prison Still Open under Trump (who must be dumped)

October 15, 2017
Tomgram: Karen Greenberg, Gitmo’s Living Legacy in the Trump EraKaren Greenberg first arrived at TomDispatch in January 2005 in tandem with defense attorney Joshua Dratel.  Their book The Torture Papers was just being published and they were asking questions.  Thirty-seven of them, to be exact, all pointed, all uncomfortable, all directed at then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, all focused on the Bush administration’s torture policies and what, after a visit to Guantanamo in 2007, Greenberg would term “the jewel-in-the-crown of American offshore prisons or, to be Pentagon-accurate, ‘detention facilities.'” Here were just four of those questions: “Do you fear review by the courts? Why do you dismiss the role of the courts and ordinary law enforcement in eliciting information from prisoners in the war on terror? Isn’t it possible that the art of interrogation, practiced by law enforcement officers and professional lawyers, might, in fact, elicit more important and more accurate information in assessing the motives, networks, and plans of terrorists than, say, dogs at Guantanamo Bay or waterboarding in some CIA holding area? What exactly was it you felt it was so important to keep secret from the courts?”

Almost 13 years later, Guantanamo remains open.  It is still officially a “detention facility,” not a “prison,” and those held within it still aren’t “prisoners” — you weren’t even allowed to use that word there in 2007 — but “enemy combatants,” a category the Bush administration believed put them beyond all legal norms, American or international.  As Greenberg reports today, the Trump administration has just classified its first American prisoner off the battlefields of Syria as an “enemy combatant.” Gulp.

And sadly, you already know just where our president, who praisedtorture to the heavens during campaign 2016 (while threatening to “take out” the families of terrorists), is likely to go with this.  It seems that we’re heading back to the future, back to what Greenberg, in another piece, written a mere two and a half years ago, called “the Age of Barbarism Lite.”  Let her then bring you up to date, while the rest of us only hope that she won’t be back 13 years from now to tell us that the latest American president is once again stashing “enemy combatants” at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Tom

“Enemy Combatants” Again? 
Will Washington Never Learn? 
By Karen J. Greenberg

Eight years ago, when I wrote a book on the first days of Guantanamo, The Least Worst Place: Guantánamo’s First 100 Days, I assumed that Gitmo would prove a grim anomaly in our history.  Today, it seems as if that “detention facility” will have a far longer life than I ever imagined and that it, and everything it represents, will become a true, if grim, legacy of twenty-first-century America.

Click here to read more of this dispatch.    

Trump Officials Renew Effort to Expand Use of Prison at Guantánamo …

Aug 18, 2017 – Under John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, who once … that the Trumpadministration’s policy was instead to keep it open … The Fight Over Guantánamo’s Parole Board, Explained FEB. 17, 2017 … He promised to cooperate as a witness in return for being repatriated afterthree and a half years to …

Guantanamo Bay prisoners ‘being left at death’s door’ by Trump’s new …

http://www.independent.co.uk › News › World › Americas › US politics

1 day ago – Celebrities are fasting in support of Guantanamo Bay prisoners who are being “left … Yet lawyers say under a new approach adopted by the Trump …. to me that, 15 years after Guantanamo opened, people are still held …. 17 Comments … “Don’t tell me it doesn’t work—torture works,” and “If it doesn’t work, …

Why Obama Has Failed to Close Guantánamo | The New Yorker

Aug 1, 2016 – Obama said, “I think I would have closed Guantánamo on the first day. … Donald Trumphas vowed to keep the prison open, and to “load it up with some bad dudes. … “Don’t tell me it doesn’t work—torture works,” and “If it doesn’t work, …. In the first two years, he said, seventeen countries took detainees: …

Q&A: Guantanamo Bay, US Detentions, and the Trump Administration …

May 4, 2017 – On January 11, 2002, the United States brought 20 prisoners to the … Donald Trump has said that as president he would keep the Guantanamo Bay detention facility open and add to … atGuantanamo and those that may arise under the Trump … While still detained and after years of battling US government …

Fact-checking Trump’s tweet about Guantanamo Bay detainees – ABC …


Mar 7, 2017 – Trump said the former prisoners returned to terrorist activity after being … were released from Guantanamo under George W. Bush’s administration. … 17, 2009, during the Obama administration. … Not all those 122 former detainees are still free. … for indefinite detention and allegedtorture of its prisoners.

Guards and Detainees Alike Left in Limbo at Trump’s Guantánamo …


Feb 20, 2017 – Under orders for years to shut the prison down, commanders at Gitmo are … who ordered the military prison closed more than eight years ago, handed it off to … held, is shown at the U.S. naval base at Guantánamo Bay on Feb. 17. …. several detainees have expressed heightened concern after the election.

Guantanamo Bay detention camp – Wikipedia

The Guantanamo Bay detention camp is a United States military prison located within …. Camp X-Ray was a temporary detention facility, which was closed in April … 17 to 22 minors under the age of 18 were detained at Guantánamo Bay, and it has …. freed without charge on 9 July 2004, after two and a half years internment.

Donald Trump Has a Passionate Desire to Bring Back Torture | The …

Apr 6, 2017 – After a partial suspension of these policies in the Obama years, they now appear … For eight years under President Obama, this country’s forever wars … Executive Order 13491, “Ensuring Lawful Interrogations,” closed the CIA’s … as it turned out—to close the US military prison atGuantánamo Bay, the site …

Guantanamo | Center for Constitutional Rights

https://ccrjustice.org › What We Do

Since the prison opened in 2002, CCR has been at the forefront of the legal battle against indefinite detention and torture at Guantánamo, representing many … A habeas corpus petition filed in the D.C. District Court on behalf of 17 innocent Uighur men …. The detainees’ future is more uncertain than everunder the Trump …

Guantanamo Bay: What you should know – CNNPolitics – CNN.com

Updated 12:57 PM ET, Wed August 17, 2016 …. Eight years later, the prison for terrorism suspects remains open, with 41 detainees as of January 2017.

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James Baldwin: “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

He binds the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Psalm 147:3

James Baldwin said, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” I know from experience in my life but also in the lives of others that I companion that until we face our pain and trauma we cannot know the abundant healing and hope of the gospel. The gospel isn’t a Band-Aid, a cheery optimism (or opiate as Marx claimed) to medicate ourselves from reality. The gospel brings us face to face with pain, that of ourselves and others. People came to Jesus because he offered healing and liberation from oppression. There was something about Jesus that gave them hope that change was indeed possible, even for them.

Rev. Dr. Shawn Casselberry is a passionate advocate for God’s justice, author of God is in the City and Executive Director for Mission Year, a leading national Christian ministry that invites 18-29 to love God, love people, and be a force for justice in the world. Dr. Casselberry has a passion for mentoring young adults and mobilizing the church around issues of racial and economic justice, particularly mass incarceration and youth violence. With a Masters degree in World Missions and Evangelism from Asbury Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree in Building Beloved Community from McCormick Theological Seminary, Dr. Casselberry is committed to speaking truth to power and equipping the church to be a prophetic witness in the world.
Margot Starbuck covers #NFLKneeldown: Leroy Barber on Fasting from Football.

Tony Campolo discusses The God Who Transcends Inclusive Language.

Logan Isaac advocates Bridging the Divide Between Veterans & Confederate Statues.

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Another Kansan Speaks Up Against GOP Trends in Taxation

Tax MarchHey KEVIN —

Recently, we spoke with Mike, a proud resident of Overbrook, Kansas, about his state’s recent “experiment” with cutting taxes for the rich. Mike’s been a family farmer — and a Republican — his whole life. He voted for Sam Brownback, the Republican running for governor in 2010, because he said cutting taxes for the rich would create jobs and increase growth.

KEVIN, seven years later, Mike sorely regrets his vote. Those same tax cuts were DISASTROUS for Kansas, and with Trump and Republicans in Congress trying to pass similar tax cuts nationwide as we speak, he’s afraid of what that will mean for the rest of the country.

Watch the video of our conversation with Mike about what happened when Kansas gutted taxes for the rich — and then share it to spread the word.



Governor Brownback promised that tax cuts for businesses and individuals would create so much growth for the state that they’d “pay for themselves.” He lied.

Employment and economic development went down, not up. The wealthiest people and corporations got the biggest benefit, and everyone else got shortchanged — including Mike’s own grandkids, whose school was forced to shorten their year when state education funding got squeezed. Small farms like the one he grew up on paid the price, while those with more than enough got out of paying their share.

Now Donald Trump and some Republicans in Congress are pitching the same plan that took Kansas from surplus to deficit, tanked its job growth, and cut funding for its schools and first-responders — for the entire country.

Trump and his allies are flying all over the country making speeches, calling meetings, and manufacturing distracting controversies — all in the name of selling their tax scheme. This time, Mike’s not buying it, and he thinks no one else should either.

Watch and share this video to help make sure more Americans don’t fall for their lies.

We wouldn’t wish what Kansas has gone through since Governor Brownback’s disastrous tax cuts on any other state. Make sure your friends, family, and representatives know the truth about tax cuts for the rich.

Thanks for helping spread the word,

The Tax March Team

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