In an epic 10 minute interview on BBC’s Newsnight – Russell Brand calmly and meticulously addresses everything from income inequality to corruption to corporate interests to revolution while explaining how his opinions render it impossible for him to cast a ballot in good conscious.
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Friday October 25, 2013 2:00 pm|
|By: danps Sunday September 15, 2013 5:20 pm|
Attitudes like this have nothing to do with having a level headed, non-magic powers based outlook. They have instead to do with inculcating a sense of fatalism and resignation among activists. It can’t be done, is the message, not because it’s impossible but because it’s hard.
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday September 5, 2013 12:45 pm|
Things are looking pretty grim today for the pro-bombing camp in Congress. Firedoglake’s latest whip count indicates that there are 94 firm “nay” votes and 99 “lean nay,” which means the world of potential “nay” votes is approaching the magic 217 votes needed to stop passage.
|By: Kit OConnell Thursday September 5, 2013 10:45 am|
As far as the mainstream media is concerned, the fight for LGBTQ civil rights is only about marriage. Yet being queer is not a protected class — there are no federal protections as there are for race, gender, or disability. The Employment Nondiscrimination Act would change this, but it has little hope of passing despite direct action by groups like GetEqual. Only 21 states plus Washington, D.C. have passed LGBTQ anti-discrimination laws. During his first candidacy, Barack Obama promised to sign an executive preventing federal contractors from discriminating but he’s refused to address the issue since.
|By: Jane Hamsher Saturday August 31, 2013 4:00 pm|
President Obama has said he will ask for Congressional authorization to attack Syria.
We know that Alan Grayson is firmly against going to war with Syria. Grijalva is also opposed. Justin Amash will lead the opposition from the Republican side.
Eliott Engle has a war boner on, and as head of the Foreign Relations Committee he can do a lot of damage. And the firmly anti-war Nancy Pelosi will undoubtedly whip her caucus in support of the President and his desire to wage an extremely unpopular war.
So where does your member of Congress stand? Let us know in the comments so we can start vote counting.
|By: davidl Monday August 26, 2013 7:15 pm|
Rep Thompson is one of just 10 California Democrats who voted against Amash-Conyers and its requirement for warrants; moreover, he was on the Intelligence Committee that was supposed to be providing NSA oversight these past 6 years – the key “Congressional oversight” that the president boasts about in every speech defending the NSA. California senior Senator Feinstein has been similarly keeping thousands of abuses and breaches secret – or failed to learn about them at all.
|By: Brian Sonenstein Friday August 23, 2013 1:20 pm|
After Wednesday’s sentencing in the court martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the whistleblower released a statement in which she said she would henceforth be known as Chelsea Manning, and that she will begin transitioning while in prison.
Unfortunately, the military is notoriously ignorant of the needs of LGBT soldiers, let alone detainees, and it is highly unlikely that Manning will receive the attention she needs without our help.
|By: Deena Stryker Sunday July 14, 2013 8:15 am|
Will the Edward Snowden affair mark the beginning of a new press paradigm in the United States? For decades the American media has dutifully relayed the government line, renouncing its role of watchdog charged with exposing government wrong-doing. Whistle-blowers in effect emerged to fill the void. In an unusual incident, when during a press briefing Washington accused Russia of ‘providing a platform’ for Edward Snowden by allowing him to meet with human rights activists in the transit area of a Moscow airport to launch his request for asylum, an Associated Press reporter pointed out that when a person is accused of a crime he does not lose his right to free speech.
|By: danps Sunday May 12, 2013 6:08 pm|
It can be difficult to write about activism in an open-ended effort like the one against fracking. It isn’t like a campaign where all the activity is geared toward election day, at which point everyone will know who won and who lost. It’s different even from an issue like the Keystone XL pipeline, which is a single (continent-spanning) contiguous piece of infrastructure, and which will ultimately get a definitive yes or no.
|By: Kit OConnell Wednesday May 1, 2013 4:11 pm|
Members of GetEqual TX held a sit-in in the offices of Texas State Senators in the Texas Capitol to pressure members of the Senate Committee on Economic Development to let SB237 come to a vote. If passed, this bill would prevent employers from firing workers for their sexual orientation or gender identity.