Climate Youth Lead #XLDISSENT Civil Resistance to Ensure Our Civil Existence

By: Tuesday March 4, 2014 6:09 pm

More than a thousand climate youth leaders and allies converged on Washington, DC this weekend for the largest student-led civil resistance action at the White House in a generation. They came to register their dissent against extreme fossil fuel exploitation and to demand that President Obama reject the northern leg of TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

 

Keystone XL Protest Livebog

By: Sunday March 2, 2014 10:21 am

Some activists now locking wrists onto fence around White House

Going to Jail on MLK’s B-Day to Stop Keystone XL South: “The Fierce Urgency of Now”

By: Sunday January 19, 2014 5:00 pm

You wouldn’t know it from the lack of focus and attention by the environmental establishment, but the 485-mile southern leg of TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has been built, is being filled and is scheduled to start up on Jan. 22. Front line reports from landowners in Texas and Oklahoma say that TransCanada has patrol planes flying up and down the line, with foot patrols searching for leaks. In a few short days, this 485-mile fuse to one of the biggest carbon bombs on the planet will be lit.

The Fantasy That Obama Is Planning to ‘Overhaul’ Surveillance Programs

By: Friday January 10, 2014 2:57 pm

The opening sentence of a report from the New York Times on reforms President Barack Obama is considering suggests that he is assembling a “plan to overhaul the nation’s surveillance programs.”

Holiday Greetings From the White House

By: Wednesday December 25, 2013 4:27 pm

Make community with others wherever you can; love and truth are all we have to light the dark corners. of the world.

“Separate but Equal” Shuts Down Women’s Health Care

By: Sunday December 1, 2013 5:20 pm

This week has a certain nostalgia for me. I am working the last four shifts in my home, Humboldt County. Nestled between pristine redwoods and dramatic cliffs overlooking the west coast of California, I want to stay here, but cannot. I am feeling the full force of the United States health care crisis. In the four years I have worked here eight of ten obstetricians in the southern half of the county have left, and now I find I am one of them.

The Obama Administration’s Hostility to Press Through Unprecedented Leaks Investigations & Secrecy

By: Thursday October 10, 2013 9:25 am

President Barack Obama’s administration has been more hostile to the press, more secretive and more aggressive when it comes to cracking down on leaks than any recent president in American history, according to a report from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

Written by Leonard Downie Jr., former executive editor of The Washington Post, with research contributed by Sara Rafsky.

If Movement Fails to Draw the Line Against Keystone XL in TX & OK, We All Flunk the Climate Test

By: Wednesday September 18, 2013 6:00 pm

Yes, we must also block the permit for Keystone’s northern leg, which would allow even more toxic tar sands to flow across America, but no one is going to buy that as a victory if TransCanada succeeds in getting their southern leg linchpin in place. If the climate movement fails to draw a line in the sand against Keystone XL in Texas and Oklahoma — and this tar sands nightmare is allowed to go online — we will all have flunked the climate test.

Breaking: White House to Hold Conference Call With Congressional Progressive Caucus on Syria Noon Tomorrow

By: Tuesday September 3, 2013 1:25 pm

Firedoglake has learned that the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) will be holding a conference call with the White House tomorrow at noon (D.C. time) regarding Syria. The call is at the White House’s request.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Thomas J. Healy, The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind—and Changed the History of Free Speech in America

By: Sunday August 25, 2013 1:59 pm

No right seems more fundamental to American public life than freedom of speech. Yet well into the twentieth century, that freedom was still an unfulfilled promise, with Americans regularly imprisoned merely for speaking out against government policies. Indeed, free speech as we know it comes less from the First Amendment than from a most unexpected source: Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. A lifelong skeptic, he disdained all individual rights, including the right to express one’s political views. But in 1919, it was Holmes who wrote a dissenting opinion that would become the canonical affirmation of free speech in the United States.

Why did Holmes change his mind? That question has puzzled historians for almost a century. Now, with the aid of newly discovered letters and confidential memos, law professor Thomas Healy reconstructs in vivid detail Holmes’s journey from free-speech opponent to First Amendment hero.

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