How San Francisco Pride Is Perpetuating a Scandal by Not Reinstating Bradley Manning as Grand Marshal

By: Saturday May 11, 2013 11:30 am

The San Francisco Pride Committee held a meeting on Tuesday night. It was their monthly meeting and the Board of Directors was well aware that there would be individuals from the community that would be attending to express their outrage at the Board’s decision to not allow Pfc. Bradley Manning to be honored as a Grand Marshal at this year’s Pride parade. However, the meeting was held in a small conference room and members of the public and press were kept out of the meeting.

Pentagon Papers Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg: Bradley Manning, One Person Who Acted on Crimes He Uncovered

By: Wednesday March 20, 2013 5:00 pm

Following Pfc. Bradley Manning’s statement in court, Daniel Ellsberg, who blew the whistle on the Pentagon Papers, shares his reaction to the statement and thoughts on his case. He draws comparisons between his case forty years ago and Manning’s today.

Yoko Ono Lennon Presents 2013 Courage Award to Julian Assange

By: Monday February 4, 2013 8:35 am

Last night Yoko Ono presented the 2013 Courage Award to Julian Assange, who accepted in absentia in New York.

Group Launches to Encourage Transparency & Aggressive Journalism, Help WikiLeaks Survive Blockade

By: Monday December 17, 2012 9:50 am

A foundation dedicated to promoting and funding aggressive journalism and media organizations that push for transparency and accountability in government is launching on Monday.

Daniel Ellsberg, Michael Ratner and Jessalyn Radack Discuss Bradley Manning Trial on HuffPost Live

By: Wednesday December 5, 2012 6:31 am

Bradley Manning’s pretrial hearing begins again today, and once again Kevin Gosztola will be there covering it at The Dissenter.

As Jesselyn Radack says at 26:40 in the HuffPost Live clip:

Kevin Gosztola should be recognized as one of the best journalist in our country and one of the only ones chronicling what is happening in Bradley Manning’s court marshal, as he has since the beginning.

Respectable Murderers: An Open Letter to Dan Ellsberg

By: Thursday November 1, 2012 12:43 pm

Dear Dan,

You and I are getting ready to tape a debate on the question of whether to vote for Obama (in “swing states”). It will air on Lila Garrett’s “Connect the Dots” show on KPFK next Monday. I’m looking forward to it, if for no other reason, because I think our public discourse lacks much serious debate between people who respect each other’s intentions. I have nothing but respect for you and believe you mean nothing but the best in advocating votes for Obama. You honestly believe I was catastrophically wrong to vote for Jill Stein in Virginia, as I’ve done, and I honestly believe you are horrendously misguided to be expending your valuable energy trying to get others to vote for Obama. And yet we’ll be friends through this and regardless of whether one or both of us ever change our minds.

A Farewell to RT’s ‘The Alyona Show’ – with appearance by Jane Hamsher

By: Monday July 30, 2012 7:10 pm

The final edition of RT’s “The Alyona Show” hosted by Alyona Minkovski aired today. Alyona is going to Los Angeles to join HuffPost Live, a video network set to launch August 13. As the show picks up and heads cross-country, I would like to take a moment to share a few memories about a program that I will never forget..

Jane Hamsher and Glenn Greenwald appeared on the final show.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Hannah Gurman, The Dissent Papers: The Voices of Diplomats in the Cold War and Beyond

By: Sunday July 8, 2012 1:59 pm

The Dissent Papers is that rare treat of scholarship that reflects careful research and close attention to lively, elegant prose. I recommend it highly to all interested readers. If this afternoon’s exchange is only half as rich as the book itself, we’ll all still walk away having been deeply enriched.

VIDEO: FDL Member Town Hall With Daniel Ellsberg, Michael Moore and Josh Koster

By: Monday August 8, 2011 6:00 am

Tim F. wanted to know if they thought Elizabeth Warren would make a good third party candidate. Ellsberg said that Warren or Russ Feingold would probably not risk the wrath of the Democratic Party by running. He liked the idea of former Salt Lake City mayor Rocky Anderson, but conceded that few knew who he was.

Michael Moore had two words: “Matt Damon.”

Which immediately drew a chorus of “here here’s” from the participants in chat. Moore said that it’s time we learned something from the GOP who understood there was value in running actors for office, and that if we were interested in winning rather than just making a statement, it was something we should consider.

In closing, Moore said that this was an important conversation to start having, and he thanked Dan and the FDL community for initiating it.

DIY 2012: Sunday FDL Member Town Hall with Josh Koster and Dan Ellsberg

By: Tuesday August 2, 2011 2:27 pm

This Sunday the FDL Membership Group will be holding a DIY 2012 virtual town hall with Daniel Ellsberg of the Pentagon Papers fame, and Josh Koster of the digital media firm Chong and Koster.

Josh is an online advertising expert with extensive experience in “nanotargeting” online ads for political campaigns. I’ve worked with Josh before and he’s brilliant. Even in the political world, most people still aren’t aware of the way in which Facebook and Google ads can be inexpensively deployed to target specific audiences, and the impact you can have on an issue or a race with very little money when you reach the right audience with the right message. Josh recently wrote about nanotargeting for Campaigns and Elections magazine, and he will be giving a presentation to FDL members and answering their questions this Sunday starting at 3pm ET.

Following Josh’s presentation, Daniel Ellsberg will be talking about potential third party strategies. How do you run a third party race in a two-party dominated system? How can a third party avoid playing the role of spoiler and putting somebody even worse in office? I generally don’t hold much hope for 3rd party viability without systemic change, but I actually think Dan has come up with a very interesting long-term plan that is worthy of community discussion.

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