Vermonters: Help Us Stop Out of State Prison Transfers

By: Thursday October 9, 2014 2:19 pm

These inmates are among 500 from Vermont who have been shipped to facilities in other states. With CCA’s contract due to expire in July, Firedoglake is teaming up with Grassroots Leadership to demand Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin bring these inmates home and end interstate transfers for good.

If you live in Vermont sign and share our petition: End out-of-state private prison transfers and bring Vermont inmates home.

Not from Vermont? Use our share tool to spread the word about this campaign and help us recruit more signers to this petition.

 

Judge Grants Victory for Former Teacher in Transgender Case

By: Thursday September 12, 2013 7:04 pm

Marla Krolikowski, a former New York Catholic teacher who was fired for being transgender or “worse than gay”, received a major victory in court Monday after Judge Duane Hart rejected the defense’s claims that she was a minister for the school. Judge Hart remarked that former Saint Francis Prep teacher did not fulfill the requirement put forth by the defense that because she taught religious classes she was a minister for the school.

Petition: Provide Chelsea Manning With the Necessary Treatment

By: 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.

Tell Ft. Leavenworth provide Chelsea Manning with the proper treatment and therapy to complete her transition — or transfer her to a federal facility where such treatment is available.

David Koch Fallout From New Yorker Article; Koch Continues Harassment of Journalists

By: Thursday May 23, 2013 6:00 pm

Amid concerns that Koch Industries could buy several major U.S. newspapers from Tribune Company, industrial billionaire David Koch was forced to step down as trustee of WNET, New York City’s largest public TV station, after the New Yorker revealed how WNET gave Koch inappropriate influence over its programming. Mr. Koch was floating a seven-figure donation over WNET’s leadership as the station aired a movie that portrayed him as a particularly greedy Manhattan resident.

Sure enough, WNET didn’t get David Koch’s hefty donation.

Marriage Equality for Minnesota

By: Sunday January 20, 2013 7:00 pm

When the amendments for voter restriction and marriage restriction went on the 2012 ballot in Minnesota, it was widely assumed that both would win, and likely by big margins. Yet both went down in defeat last November, marking the first time that either type of state constitutional amendment had lost at the polls.

Now, for Minnesotans favoring marriage equality, comes the next step: Repealing the anti-equality laws currently on the state books, the ones the proposed ballot amendment had sought to embed into the state’s constitution.

White House Issues Truly Pathetic Non-Response to Petition About State Marijuana Legalization Laws

By: Wednesday January 9, 2013 8:44 am

The White House’s “We the People” petition site could have potentially been an interesting method for two-way communication between voters and the administration. Sadly the administration’s response to most petitions has rarely been anything more than to recycle old talking points.

Facebook’s New Fees Could Mean a Corporate Takeover of Your Timeline

By: Friday October 26, 2012 8:45 am

When Facebook began to struggle after going public this past May, they launched a desperate crusade for revenue that has ultimately placed the burden on users by severely limiting your ability to reach your friends unless you pay a premium.

Can the Presidential Debates Be Saved?

By: Thursday August 23, 2012 11:35 am

Historically, third-party candidates have forced those who can win to address issues of critical importance to the electorate when they would rather avoid them. It’s time for the presidential candidates to start addressing the concerns of the American people directly or make space for those with the courage to do so.

Sign our petition to the Commission on Presidential Debates and the Citizens’ Debate Commission to allow third party candidates in the upcoming presidential debates.

Edie Windsor Petitions SCOTUS to Hear Case Against DOMA’s Violation of Equal Protection

By: Monday July 16, 2012 2:10 pm

The Defense of Marriage Act is under fire again as attorneys for 83-year-old Edie Windsor, a lesbian from New York, have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review her case, bypassing a second round in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.

Michigan Republicans Kill Petition Over “Font Size.” What’s Next, Whining about Kerning?

By: Friday April 27, 2012 7:45 am

While most of the establishment media folks sleep or are busy demonizing Hilary Rosen for speaking the truth about Ann Romney, Michigan Republicans are destroying democracy in the Wolverine State.

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