Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Join a nonviolent protest or set up your own with the Protest4 app

>> How to organize and communicate a non-violent protest using the Protest4 App | Movements.org:
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"How to organize and communicate a non-violent protest using the Protest4 App"
posted by Rachel Silver

  • Protest4 is an application that helps you connect with other protesters around the world and in the next street. It empowers anyone to create a protest and then invite others to join using social media. After joining you can communicate exclusively with other people who are following that protest, sharing text and publishing images on the same protest wall in real time.

  • Find developing protests near you
  • Recruit new people to join your protest
  • Amazing on-the-day crowd management tool with all protestors publishing comments and images on the same wall in real-time
  • Connect one-to-one with anybody in your protest before, during and after a protest

  • Protest4 is Multi Platform available on the iPhone, Android, and Facebook.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Help your neighbor this election season with Voter ID!

>> GOT ID?  Helping Americans Get Voter Identification
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"GOT ID?  Helping Americans get voter identification"
by Common Cause, Demos, Fair Elections Legal Network and Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
April, 2012

  • Voting is a fundamental right. Unfortunately, that right is being threatened in many states around the country. Individuals and groups that want to help those at risk of being disenfranchised by such laws can do so by starting a “Got ID?” program in their community.  Following these best practice guidelines will help to ensure that more people who are eligible to vote can continue to do so.

This special publication is written for organizations and individuals who want to help people have the proper Voter ID for voting.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

How to become a successful activist: Activist Kit from Common Cause

>> Activist Kit - Common Cause:
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Activist Kit: Common Cause's Guide to Citizen Action
Common Cause

  • How to Lobby
  • When to Lobby
  • How to Contact Elected Officials
  • How Laws are Passed in Congress
  • 10 Things You Can Do

Work cited (Using MLA 7)
"Activist Kit." Common Cause. Common Cause, n.d. Web. 28 July 2012. <http://www.commoncause.org/site/pp.asp?c=dkLNK1MQIwG>.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Groups and individuals can get listed in Greg Palast's upcoming 2012 Election Guide

Greg Palast | Investigative Reporter:
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Can we list your Group in our Election Guide? A Request from Greg Palast
Greg Palast: Journalism and Film
July 10, 2012

  • Greg Palast is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, Armed Madhouse and  Vultures’ Picnic.

Palast, Greg. "Can We List Your Group in Our Election Guide? A Request from Greg Palast." Greg Palast: Journalism and Film. The Puffin Foundation, 10 July 2012. Web. 24 July 2012.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Clean and fair: 20 problems with American elections and what we should do about it

The United States used to take pride in its democratic electoral process.  Citizens writing letters to their government representatives was an honored civic duty.  Today, it is divided between the country of Democrats and the nation of Republicans; and our democracy has dwindled in the controversy.

Here are many problems encountered by Americans this present election cycle:

  1. Partisan state Secretaries of State, local elections officials and US Supreme Court
  2. Electronic voting machines that were, and will be, hacked to corrupt the vote count; ballots aren't counted before the public
  3. Unlimited secret money fueling federal candidate campaigns
  4. Attack ads to total in the billions of dollars this election cycle
  5. Robo calls-- automated, computerized, unsolicited phone calls to potential voters conducted by many candidates across the country
  6. Registered voters are to present a Voter ID, sometimes with picture, before they can vote
  7. Many states don't have same-day voter registration service for voters on General election day
  8. Two-party-rigged state congressional redistricting after each 10-year US Census
  9. Winner-take-all "first past the post" election system-- the election winner can win by a mere plurality-- or less than 50%-- of the people that voted
  10. Two-party dominated ballot access state regulations, that vary across the country
  11. The Federal Election Commission is hijacked by a major national party
  12. The red shift Election Poll "Adjustment Process" that falsely affirms the election winner
  13. The US Senate voted against the [campaign finance] DISCLOSURE Act
  14. Anti-petitioning regulations; and they vary from state to state across the country
  15. The major political parties' national nominating conventions are financially supported by the taxpayer
  16. Presidential candidates devote almost all campaigning to several battleground states
  17. US Senate candidates don't electronically submit their FEC campaign reports
  18. Big presidential campaign contributors get preferentially hired for Administration posts
  19. The entire voting system (machines, supply, counting) is controlled by commercial companies
  20. General election day is held on a Tuesday; some states don't have Early Voting days

If we are to enjoy confidence in our voter registration, voting and counting of those votes, we must return to a national culture that values a clean and fair electoral system and process.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Bad boyz-- by spying-- hurt the Occupy movement's freedom of expression

Spying on Occupy?:
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Spying on Occupy?
by Linda Lye, ACLU of Northern California
ACLU - Blog of Rights
July 19, 2012

  1. The ACLU of Northern California and San Francisco Bay Guardian today filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the FBI to find out whether and to what extent the feds have been spying on members of the Occupy movement.  
  2. Why is the federal government spying on protesters? And just what arms of the federal government are involved? These are just some of the questions our lawsuit hopes to answer. 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

A list of integrity considerations for the Occupy movement

What Integrity to the Occupy Movement Demands of Us | Dissident Voice: 'via Blog this'

What Integrity to the Occupy Movement Demands of Us
by Joseph G. Ramsey
Dissident Voice
July 18th, 2012

Joseph G. Ramsey is a writer, scholar, critic, educator, and activist in Somerville, Massachusetts. He is co-editor of Cultural Logic: an electronic journal of marxist theory and practice, and a participant in the Kasama Project. He can be reached at: jgramsey@gmail.com. Read other articles by Joseph, or visit Joseph's website.

Work Cited (Using MLA 7):
Ramsey, Joseph G. "What Integrity to the Occupy Movement Demands of Us." Web log post. Dissident Voice. Dissident Voice, 18 July 2012. Web. 19 July 2012.