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Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 10/04/2011 Oct 04, 2011 04:48 PM EDT TheWashingtonPost Four people were arrested Tuesday in a complex contracting scam involving the Army Corps of Engineers, authorities said. Charged in the District’s federal court with conspiracy, bribery and unlawful kickback were two Army Corps contracting officers, Kerry F. Four arrested in government bribery and contracting scam - Crime Scene
Please RSVP to your house party host by finding their email address on the map below. The November 9 House Parties in Eastern Time will be from 7 to 9 p.m.; Central Time will be 6 to 8 p.m.; Rocky Mountain will be 5 to 7 p.m. or 8 to 10 p.m.; Pacific Time will be from 7 to 9 p.m. (Please confirm this timing with your host.) More than 150 house parties are being planned, and Sen. Take Action
Changemakers recently sat down with Naveen Naqvi , co-founder and executive director of Gawaahi , to discuss her work in Pakistan’s turbulent and often violent environment, where she uses citizen media as a tool for political engagement and raising public awareness. Gawaahi, which means “witnessing” in Urdu, is a Pakistan-based citizen-sector organization that produces digital stories of survival and resistance. Through its online platform, Gawaahi shares stories about women's human rights, child sex abuse, unfair labor practices, and religious persecution. With a background in journalism, Naqvi was previously the senior anchor and morning news presenter at DawnNews, Pakistan's first English-language channel. Before that, she was a producer for NBC News and online contributor for MSNBC.com. Naqvi is serving as an expert commentator for the Citizen Media competition. “Telling a Story is a Form of Activism”: Interview with Naveen Naqvi
“Time to Rally” – Robert Reich at the Take Back the American Dream Conference | Blog | Rebuild the Dream The crowd was hyped for Robert Reich yesterday as we kicked off the first American Dream summit here in DC. And he didn’t disappoint. Reich – the former Secretary of Labor under President Clinton, public policy professor at UC Berkeley, and acclaimed political economist and commentator – brilliantly weaved together the history of our broken economy with today’s progressive movement.
Off To The Races: Help Find 10,000 Censorship Opponents In 24hrs We're off to the races. As they try to protect their profits by censoring the Internet, Disney, Warner Bros, and the gang have launched a front group called "Creative America." Off To The Races: Help Find 10,000 Censorship Opponents In 24hrs
Flash Mob hits Target for it’s Homophobic & Anti-Democratic Policies
'Occupy Wall Street' Should Also Take Aim at Health Insurance Companies The lobbyists for U.S. health insurers surely have to be feeling a little uneasy knowing that thousands of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators who have been marching and protesting in Washington as well as New York and other cities might target them in the days ahead. After all, the headquarters of the insurers’ biggest lobbying and PR group, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), at 601 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., is just blocks away from Freedom Plaza, where the demonstrators have set up camp, and problems with health insurers appear to be near the top of the list of protesters’ concerns. Health Care for America Now, an umbrella advocacy group that played a key role in the health care reform debate, last week analyzed the 546 comments that had been posted by then on “ We are the 99 percent ” Tumblr site.
Two web petitions showed up in progressive inboxes last week. One, organized by Daily Kos in support of striking Verizon workers, was blasted out by “alternative” cell service provider CREDO Mobile. The second, organized by MoveOn, was a call for taxing the rich, piggybacking on a recent op-ed by billionaire Warren Buffett. Though neither petition itself is objectionable, together they illustrate a harsh reality: It’s easier to get the wealthy to share their money than their power. CREDO offers customers wireless service with an added appeal: a small fraction of each phone bill gets donated to progressive organizations. The company gives customers the chance to vote on which liberal group gets a cut of their check and employs a campaign manager who emails customers with e-activism alerts, like the one promoting the Verizon strike. CREDO Mobile, Warren Buffet and the Limits of Progressive Business | Truthout
Anonymous Lawyer: DDoS Attack Just Like Obama Supporters Overloading Congress' Switchboard Ryan J. Reilly A lawyer for one of the defendants charged in the feds’ big ‘Anonymous’ case compared distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks to civil rights era sit-ins and that time President Barack Obama told supporters to call their member of Congress, overwhelming switchboards .
Is Our Children Learning? Not When It Comes To Civil Rights History It's no wonder voting rights are being taken away with aplomb, especially in the South and swing states like Ohio and Michigan. After all, why shouldn't they be when our children aren't learning about the price paid to get them? This study is pretty telling : That ignorance by American students of the basic history of the civil rights movement has not changed — in fact, it has worsened, according to a new report by the Southern Poverty Law Center , on whose board Mr. Bond sits. The report says that states’ academic standards for public schools are one major cause of the problem.
Human Rights Petition: Tell Obama: Take Action to Stop Racial Profiling
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Oct. 6 – Join Us in Freedom Plaza Are you going to the October 6, 2011 rally at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C.? Healthcare-NOW! will be there to demand human needs over corporate greed, including life-saving, money-saving improved Medicare for all .
Awesome Analysis: Borosage and Vanden Heuvel on The American Dream Movement | Blog | Rebuild the Dream Photo by Brian Auer, used under a Creative Commons license Longtime progressive commentators Robert Borosage and Katrina Vanden Heuvel have an extensive article in The Nation, “Can a Movement Save the American Dream”, on the historical roots of the American Dream Movement, parallels to older American reform movements, and the unique challenges that we face today. Here’s a peek: Wisconsin provided inspiration for the effort by Van Jones and others to launch the American Dream Movement.
The Rainbow Struggle: A primer for the global gay rights battle UNITED NATIONS — This June the UN Human Rights Council narrowly passed its first-ever resolution calling for universal gay rights with the support of more than 80 countries. It was an historic milestone, a global recognition that gay rights and human rights were finally synonymous, at least on paper, here in New York at the world body. How these rights play out in the real world is a very different story, and it is the subject of this GlobalPost “Special Report” which will examine the rights of people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) through a series of reports over the next two months from every corner of the world. In South Africa , for example, the very country that introduced the successful resolution, there is a domestic crisis of rampant gender-based violence. That violence includes a uniquely horrifying brutality known as “corrective rape” which is a targeted sexual attack against lesbians.
Rights Group: Forced Labor in Vietnam Drug Centers
Defend Equality -- IndieGoGo Who We Are Founded in 2007 by women veterans, Service Women's Action Network (SWAN) is a small nonprofit that has made history! With the funds of a start-up and a dedicated staff of seven, we have made an enormous impact on the world of military gender disc rimination and military sexual violence.
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Black Voices for Internet Freedom to Launch Friday - Center for Media Justice - pitchengine.com The new Island Coast Campus of Cape Christian Fellowship, located at Island Coast High School, will host an Easter egg drop on Saturday, March 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will include a helicopter dropping ten thousand Easter eggs, an appearance by the Easter Bunny, free prizes like TV’s, gift cards, and kids toys, as well as local food vendors. The new Island Coast Campus of Cape Christian Fellowship is located at Island Coast High School at 2125 De Navarra Parkway, just west of Del Prado Boulevard. The new campus will host its first public worship service on Easter Sun…
Manu Chao Stands in Solidarity with Sheriff Joe Arpaio Protesters (Video) - Phoenix Music - Up on the Sun It was a familiar sight in front of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's downtown office yesterday afternoon. Another assembly of a dozen protesters or so had gathered and members of the media were waiting in tow. Word eventually reached Joe that some multilingual, slightly-famous international recording artist was on his way to play some music or something. "Is he gonna sing my favorite song 'My Way,'" Arpaio asks. Not quite Joe. This "singer-guy" happens to be Manu Chao and um, he's kind of a big deal.
On National Coming Out Day, we should respect everyone
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