#Occupy Votes

By: Thursday November 8, 2012 4:01 pm

Since the Occupy movement began, many have attempted to position the group in opposition to electoral politics. Occupy in its purest form is nonpartisan, and since the beginning of the movement this has been a source of criticism.

If we want to really make a difference, we were told time and again, we should organize similarly to the Tea Party and begin to field candidates for office. When occupiers protested Mitt Romney or other hyper-conservative politicians, they’d be accused of being in bed with Barack Obama. If the movement protested neo-liberals like Obama, we were accused of being traitors to all that was good in the world because we obviously wanted Romney to win (Carnacing is not limited to blogs). Most of all, occupiers got accused of being disconnected from what their critics perceive to be real politics — we were lazy hippies who didn’t understand how the world works and worst of all we don’t vote.

Austin Police Department May Drop Charges Rather Than Reveal Undercover Officers

By: Wednesday October 17, 2012 2:49 pm

The Texas fusion center enabled Austin Police to entrap activists in Houston, but apparently it can’t help settle a dispute when that entrapment comes to light. The Austin Chronicle reports that the Austin Police Department would rather drop the charges against the Gulf Port 7 than reveal their undercover officers.

Also a Tar Sands Blockade Update.

Robert Gibbs, Valerie Jarrett Subpoenaed to Appear in Dan Choi Tar Sands Hearing This Wednesday

By: Monday September 24, 2012 9:17 am

This Wednesday at 11am there will be a pre-trial hearing in DC Superior Court to determine whether Choi can offer a defense of selective prosecution by the government, and First Amendment protection for his right of free speech.

Former Obama Press Secretary Robert Gibbs had been avoiding subpoenas, but over the weekend he was served at his son’s baseball game. Last week the Department of Justice accepted service for Valerie Jarrett, Senior Adviser to the President.

TransCanada Inspector: Keystone Pipelines Not Safe

By: Monday January 2, 2012 6:30 pm

Writing an opinion piece for the Lincoln (NE) Journal-Star, civil engineer Mike Klink calls TransCanada’s predecessor Keystone XL pipeline, for which he was a construction quality inspector, a “lemon” and a “proven loser.” Klink was fired from his job and is seeking Department of Labor whistleblower protection.

Van Jones AWOL at Tarsands Action Once Again, But Calls for Mass Civil Unrest if Obama Approves Keystone XL Pipeline

By: Monday November 7, 2011 11:30 am

I was at the White House once again yesterday protesting the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline along with many of the folks I was arrested with on September 9 including Dan Choi, Jessica, Ari, Scarecrow and Bill McKibben. It was really gratifying to see that our relatively small crew of 65 who were handcuffed, [...]

Report: Koch Industries Oil Affiliate Has Major Interest in Tarsands, Keystone XL Pipeline

By: Wednesday October 5, 2011 6:45 am

The good folks over at InsideClimateNews have been tracking the assault by Koch Industries on the environmental and health regulations and global climate science and have come across a link between Koch Industries and the Keystone XL Pipeline project and tar sands oil development. And the link was sitting there in plain sight.

“Our Project Will Create Lots of Jobs!” Yes, but So Will Its Alternative

By: Tuesday October 4, 2011 4:20 pm

We’re going to have plenty of energy jobs — hundreds of thousands of them — either way. It just depends on where we focus our money and efforts and what we want the consequences of our choices to be. But one way, the smart way, we get clean, renewable sources that don’t destroy the environment or the health of our children and elderly and that rescue the planet from catastrophic global climate change . . . and the other way we get environmentally destructive extraction, unsafe industries, unhealthy communities with huge health care costs and a heated up, endangered planet.

Bill McKibben Links Obama/State Dept. Cronyism to Cheney’s Energy Task Force; Supports #Occupy

By: Tuesday October 4, 2011 6:45 am

Bill McKibben, 350.org founder and leader of the recent TarSands protests and arrests in front of the White House, has an op-ed in the New York Times today that will not make President Obama happy.
McKibben pointedly links the corporate cronyism shown by the Obama State Department’s cozy relationship with the sponsors and lobbyists for the Keystone XL Pipeline with Dick Cheney’s Big Oil dominated 2001 energy task force.

Bill McKibben’s Statement Upon Release from Jail

By: Monday August 22, 2011 7:15 pm

Bill McKibben, Citizen of Eaarth, was released from jail in DC today and greeted by our own Jane Hamsher and Lt Dan Choi. Bill had this statement upon his release…

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