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University presidents admit student activists are effective in forcing schools to address racial disparities in new study

April 14, 2016
Kenrya Rankin for COLORLINES
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A new study from the American Council on Education says that student-led protests are having an impact on college and university campuses across the country.

Madison students using restorative justice to build community, address school to prison pipeline

April 14, 2016
Ogechi Emechebe for The Capital Times
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On a recent Friday morning at Madison's O’Keeffe Middle School, nine students gathered in a circle to reflect on their experience. Some shared their happiest memories during the three years while others described challenges they faced. They also shared what their goals for high school were and where they see themselves in ten years.
 
“I enjoyed the fun field trips we had, it brought everyone together and made us closer,” one student said.
 

Student led “National Day of Action” against racism and student debt named divestment from private prisons among list of demands

April 14, 2016
Mashaun D. Simon
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Student leaders across the country are holding localized demonstrations specific to their campus as part of a "National Day of Action" today.
 
Organized by the Black Liberation Collective (BLC) in partnership with #MillionStudentMarch, a student movement created to respond to the education crisis in America, their mission is ending campus racism and student debt.
 

Thousands of workers join united strike effort, reflecting labor movement power

April 14, 2016
Jim Tankersley and Brian Fung for the Washington Post
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Tens of thousands of Americans will decline to report to work Thursday because of labor disputes, a surge that coincides with a fledgling sense of empowerment among workers who struggled for years to reap the gains of the economic recovery and which could mark a political and economic shift in the balance between employers and their employees.

Over 100,000 flood streets of France in pro-democracy “Up All Night” protests

April 14, 2016
Lauren McCauley for Common Dreams
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A police crackdown will not deter France's burgeoning Nuit Debout (or 'Up All Night') movement that has swept across the country in recent weeks as the unifying call for change sparked protests in over 50 cities this weekend.

Join thousands in building our future

April 19, 2016
Liberty Tree
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Building a future where people, the planet and peace are put before profit requires more than energy and activism - it requires education. Join thousands across the country later this month for the Next System Teach-Ins to study, debate and organize around the social, political and economic issues that determine what our future will look like. Teach-Ins aren’t only for students - they are a place where students, faculty, staff and community members come together in order to build tools for responding to matters of national and global importance. 

New York voters file lawsuit to protect voting rights of millions before presidential primary

April 20, 2016
Kira Lerner & Emily Atkin for Think Progress
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK — With less than 24 hours until the presidential primary, a group of New Yorkers who saw their party affiliations mysteriously switched are filing a lawsuit Monday seeking to open the state’s closed primary so that they can cast a ballot.

Supreme Court upholds counting all residents, not just registered voters, for determining state Senate Districts

April 20, 2016
Lawrence Hurley for Reuters
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A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld the method all 50 states use in drawing legislative districts by counting every resident and not just eligible voters, rejecting a conservative challenge that could have given more sway to rural white voters.

Voter suppression comes in a variety of forms throughout the country, disenfranchising many

April 20, 2016
Charles Pierce for Esquire
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It is my considered opinion that, as far as the simple process of voting goes, the World's Last Great Democracy couldn't organize a two-car funeral if you spotted it the hearse. The primaries on Tuesday night were an endless carnival of blunders, cock-ups, and general mayhem. This is the first election cycle we've had since John Roberts declared the Day of Jubilee and gutted the Voting Rights Act. These two things are not coincidental. The good folks at the SEIU have done a great job aggregating the various atrocities.

Truthout: What Comes After Capitalism? Upcoming Teach-Ins Can Show a Way Forward

April 21, 2016
Gar Alperovitz and Ben Manski for Truthout.org
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An extraordinary process of change is about to explode this month on campuses and in communities across the United States. Thousands of Americans are coming together in dozens of locations to take on the question of what kind of system should replace capitalism. The process is called the Next System Teach-Ins.

Watch a dramatic reading of Julia Ward Howe’s Mother’s Day Proclamation against war

May 4, 2016
Democracy Now!
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In 2009, "Democracy Now" featured an excerpt of Robert Greenwald’s short film Mother’s Day for Peace featuring a dramatic reading of Julia Ward Howe's, "Mother's Day Proclamation" by Alfre Woodard, Vanessa Williams, Ashraf Salimian, Fatma Saleh, Christine Lahti and Felicity Huffman. 

Watch the clip and read the transcript (with an intro from Gloria Steinem) by clicking here

The radical roots of Mother’s Day

May 5, 2016
Diana Butler Bass for Huffington Post
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At first glance, Mother’s Day appears a quaint and conservative holiday, a sort of greeting card moment, honoring 1950s values, a historical throw back to old-fashioned notions of hearth and home.
 
Let’s correct that impression by saying: Happy Radical Mother’s Day.
 

Anti-drone activists arrested at Creech Air Force Base protest

May 5, 2016
David Kupfer for The Progressive
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Twenty-five anti-drone activists from all over the nation were arrested for blocking the roadway at the entrance of Creech Air Force base forty-five miles northwest of Las Vegas on March 31 and April 1.

U.S. peace activists refuse to pay taxes in protest of military spending

May 5, 2016
teleSUR
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Another year of military operations, another year of resistance: thousands are expected to show conscientious objection by not paying federal income tax.
 
War tax resisters in the United States are preparing for another round of civil disobedience with the deadline to pay taxes coming this week.
 

REPORT - UN study highlights crisis for refugee women fleeing Central America and Mexico, calls for international border protection due to forced displacement

May 5, 2016
The UN Refugee Agency
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Women in Central America and Mexico are fleeing their countries in rising numbers to escape a surge in deadly, unchecked gang violence, fueling a looming refugee crisis in the Americas that demands urgent and concerted action by the states of the region, the United Nations refugee agency warned Wednesday.
 
View the full report "Women on the Run" from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees by clicking here
 

Judge rules detaining asylum-seekers in order to deter others is illegal

May 5, 2016
Molly Hennessy-Fiske for LA Times
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Claudia Velasquez, a Honduran immigrant held with her 7-year-old daughter since October in a federal detention facility, looked at the judge Monday via a video hookup as he considered her request for bond.
 
Velasquez and nearly 1,000 mothers and children were being held at three family detention centers around the country, part of a massive federal effort to stem the influx of immigrants on the southern border last year by keeping those who succeeded in crossing illegally locked up.
 

Native Americans across the country sue in attempt to protect voting rights in 2016

July 11, 2016
Suzette Brewer
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The voting rights of American Indians and Alaska Natives have been eroded or ignored since the United States Supreme Court overturned a key provision of the Voting Rights Act in 2013, according to charges in numerous lawsuits brought by tribes throughout Indian country in the battle to protect Native suffrage.

We urge you to pledge "No More Stolen Elections!"

July 21, 2016
Liberty Tree
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WE REMEMBER Florida 2000, Ohio 2004, Wisconsin 2011, and the gutting of the Voting Rights Act by the Supreme Court in 2014, and we are willing to act this year if the right to free and fair elections is denied again.

Does your vote matter?

August 4, 2016
Liberty Tree Foundation
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Does it matter to you whether you are allowed to vote, and to have your vote, and other people’s votes, counted?
 
Liberty Tree’s No More Stolen Elections! (NMSE!) campaign is in full motion, with many voters from across the country signing the Pledge of Action and organizing Voter Assemblies in their states. We’ve already exceeded our goal of over 500 new Pledge signers before our official launch! 
 

U.S. Seeks to Protect Voting System From Cyberattacks

August 4, 2016
Julie Hirschfeld Davis for New York Times
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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is weighing new steps to bolster the security of the United States’ voting process against cyberthreats, including whether to designate the electronic ballot-casting system for November’s elections as “critical infrastructure

FBI urges increase in computer security after revealing election databases were hacked in two states

August 31, 2016
Anne Dujmovic for CNET
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The FBI is urging state election officials to beef up their computer systems' security in light of two cyberattacks this summer.

Voting rights for disabled Californians being sought for November election

September 1, 2016
Elliot Spagat for the Associated Press
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SAN DIEGO — With the November presidential election approaching, it looked like David Rector would once again be unable to vote. Five years ago, a judge ruled that a traumatic brain injury disqualified him.
 

Do workers deserve the right to vote?

September 5, 2016
Liberty Tree Foundation
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This Labor Day, we salute the hard working people that make up our diverse country and the inspiring labor movement fighting tirelessly for our rights, creating a society that is moving towards the economic and political democracy we deserve. 

Computerized voting systems under scrutiny

September 5, 2016
Victoria Collier for Truthout
(Todd Heisler / The New York Times)

If there is anything positive to say about the 2016 elections, it's that they have finally forced an end to the official denial of computerized election rigging.

Trump's 'rigged election' rhetoric could inspire voter intimidation, say experts

September 7, 2016
Peter Stone for The Guardian
Donald Trump’s claims that if he loses in November it will be due to a “rigged” election have sparked strong bipartisan criticism from election lawyers, donors and a former member of Congress who warn that the Republican candidate’s words are dangerous, fueling doubts about the election’s legitimacy and potentially leading to voter intimidation.
 

Join us in supporting The Movement for Black Lives

September 9, 2016
Liberty Tree Foundation
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At Liberty Tree, we believe that the American Revolution is a living tradition whose greatest promise is democracy.

Will the courts protect voting rights?

September 9, 2016
Ian Millhiser for Think Progress

The Supreme Court announced on Wednesday that it would not reinstate North Carolina’s comprehensive voter suppression law, and the big headlines out of this announcement rightly touted this decision as good news for voting rights. Just below the surface, however, this order has ominous news for many Americans.

Court protects voters in 3 states by blocking proof-of-citizenship requirement

September 12, 2016
Merrit Kennedy for NPR
A federal appeals court has blocked a proof-of-citizenship requirement on a federal mail voter registration form in Kansas, Alabama and Georgia.
 
The case pits Brian Newby, U.S. Election Assistance Commission executive director who argues that the requirement prevents voter fraud, against the League of Women Voters, which argues the documentation requirement disenfranchises voters.
 

Millions of people will be barred from voting in November

September 12, 2016
AJ Vicens for Mother Jones

Jennifer McDaniel got a letter on August 4 that broke her heart. Signed by Edgardo Cortés, the commissioner of the Virginia Department of Elections, it read, "This letter is to inform you that your voter registration has been canceled in compliance with a court order issued by the Supreme Court of Virginia on July 22, 2016."

Community rights activists fight against corporate suppression of direct democracy

September 13, 2016
Kai Huschke for Truthout
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Across the country, corporations and government officials are working together to protect corporate interests and block local communities from exercising our rights to direct democracy.

Answer the call to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

September 14, 2016
Global Climate Convergence
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The courageous actions of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the indigenous communities, climate activists, local farmers and community members that continue to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline project in North Dakota have inspired people all over the country and the world to stand in solidarity and support. If the pipeline project is allowed to continue, it will carry dangerous fracked oil over several states and under the Missouri River - this means destruction of sacred land and water for local Native communities and a climate disaster for people and the planet. 

Voter registration purge in Georgia disenfranchises thousands

September 16, 2016
Kira Lerner for Think Progress
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Tens of thousands of Georgia voters have had their registrations thrown out because of typos in the state’s databases or because their name in the databases may not exactly match the information on their registration form.

You can help: The struggle of 2011 continues

October 5, 2016
Liberty Tree
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We hope you will act on, and share, this appeal. Thank you.
 
Five years ago, hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites rose up against the austerity policies of Gov. Scott Walker and the Chamber of Commerce. The Wisconsin Uprising launched the participation of millions of Americans in the protest wave of 2011 best made known by Occupy Wall Street and the #Occupy movement.
 

Who will protect our rights?

October 12, 2016
No More Stolen Elections!

“You’ve got to go out. You’ve got to go out. And you’ve got to get your friends. And you’ve got to get everyone you know. And you got to watch your polling booths, because I hear too many stories about Pennsylvania. Certain areas. I hear too many bad stories, and we can’t lose an election because of you know what I’m talking about.”

Rigged

October 19, 2016
David Swanson

The 2016 Republican presidential primary was rigged. It wasn't rigged by the Republicans, the Democrats, Russians, space aliens, or voters. It was rigged by the owners of television networks who believed that giving one candidate far more coverage than others was good for their ratings.

Debate Night Questions

October 19, 2016
No More Stolen Elections!
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Do you think voters have a right to information about all of their options at the ballot box? Can we call our process a democratic one when the political parties already in power control who speaks to voters and how often they speak? Without a fair and open debate process as well as unbiased media coverage, many voters are ill equipped to choose the candidate that best reflects their choice - we need profound election reform now!

TPP deal can get decided during the lame-duck session

November 7, 2016
Vicki Needham for The Hill
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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch said Wednesday that Congress will pass a sweeping Asia-Pacific trade agreement before the end of the year.
 
The Utah Republican said he is working with the Obama administration to resolve several lingering issues that could ultimately pave the way for a vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in the lame-duck session after the November elections.  
 
"I think we're going to get it done in lame-duck," Hatch told The Hill.
 

Climate goals unable to be reached under TPP trade deal

November 7, 2016
Nadia Prupis for Common Dreams
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In unsurprising news, a report has found that so-called free trade deals like the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) would make it nearly impossible to reach the goals set out by the Paris climate agreement.