Archive for October, 2011

Don’t homeless people have free speech rights too?

Occupy D.C. protesters welcomed by local homeless

“How do you tell the difference between homeless and protester?” asked Lt. Mike Libby of the U.S. Park Police, which is trying to determine how long the camps can remain

Question for Lt Libby, why draw the distinction? They are all protesting, their circumstances of their life outside of the protest should not come into it.

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Call for blogger solidarity

This post goes out to Duncan Black, Digby, Jane Hamsher, Melissa McEwan, Joshua Micah Marshall, and anyone else with an independent blog with over 10,000 hits a day.

The economy is going to get worse. Many of the small blogs who send you inbound links, and helped to raise up your traffic and page rank, are going to be in serious financial trouble. As in complete destitution. You will be receiving ever more cries for help.

Now the problem for a high profile blogger is not to play favorites. If you link to one fundraiser, then how can you say no to the next one. On the other hand, how can you look away when your blog buddies are losing their homes and going to shelters?

Let me propose a solution. Four times a year, a week before the quarter ends, remind your readers that there are many deserving small blogs who are doing good work and need to be supported. Ask your readers to support their favorite small blog. That way you fulfill your responsibility towards building blogger solidarity without playing favorites. It is up to your readers to decide which small blog they want to support. They might choose ones you have never heard of. And it is a good way to remind everyone that we are trying to build a movement.

And there is another reason to do it towards the end of the quarter. That is the time we hear from all the politicians begging us to give them a last minute boost. This will be a sharp reminder that they have done nothing to help ordinary Americans and that you are going to use your very limited bloggy powers to do what you can to ameliorate suffering among your readers.

Just a thought.

Well done Mayor Gray

D.C. Mayor Orders Police Not to Check Immigration Statuses, Even in Arrests

“This executive order ensures public safety by ensuring that our police resources are deployed wisely and our immigrant communities feel safe cooperating with those who are sworn to protect them,” Gray said in a statement

The key to public safety is community police cooperation. That cannot happen if the community as a whole fears police.

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Attention Chief Cathy Lanier

On November 5th people all over the country will be withdrawing their money from big banks as part of a protest against banksters.

Some localities have been arresting people for this.

The DC Police department has been doing such a great job at Freedom Plaza and McPhearson Square, don’t blow it now. If banks are losing depositors, that is their problem, not yours.

Message to Mayor Gray and City Council



Youth Speak Out About Budget Cuts & Youth Incarceration

Video shot and edited by Grace Ebiasah of the DC-based nonprofit Different Avenues. Grace asks youth how they feel about Congress’ decision to spend more money to lock up youth while drastically cutting programs that actually help youth.

Cardinal Wuerl, champion in the war on women

House Passes H.R. 358, the “Let Women Die” Act of 2011

Today the GOP-led House of Representatives, with the blessings and encouragement of the United States Council of Catholic Bishops and extremist religious groups such as the Family Research Council, passed a bill in a vote of 251 to 172 that would, among other things, allow doctors and hospitals to “exercise their conscience” by letting pregnant women facing emergency medical conditions die.

Anyone who would like clarification on this is encouraged to contact Cardinal Wuerl:

Archbishop of Washington:
His Eminence Donald W. Wuerl, 301-853-4500

Be courteous!

Edit –
The Men Behind The War On Women

How to build a people’s media

What danps said:

What we need is our own media. We need to create and encourage independent outlets, and have people committed to original reporting. That might mean cell phone pictures instead of high definition SLRs, or hastily typed dispatches from the scene instead of regurgitations of conventional wisdom from afar presented on an expensive layout. It is more gritty and not as slick and polished, but it is infinitely more real.

We need our media sewn together with an understanding of which things hold promise and which ones are dead ends we have already traveled down – ideally with a commitment to punching up and taking on bigger opponents. …

… You should donate to Corrente because we are the media, and because the same sensibility that has prompted a very committed group to seize and hold a public space for several weeks running has also prompted lambert and the gang to keep at it for years now. If you believe in what Occupy is doing by routing around a broken political environment and insisting on something new, you should also support Corrente – a site committed to routing around a broken media environment. A movement like Occupy needs outlets like Corrente. If you support the former I hope you’ll support the latter.

Some personal words, lambert does not just blog about solidarity, he practices it. I do not know of any other blog with a daily readership of 3,000 hits a day that does so much to promote small blogs like this one. But even with that this blog is read almost entirely by people coming in on key word searches.

I feel strongly about Medicare for All (also known as single payer). Blogging at Corrente gave me the ability to reach hundreds of readers and give much needed visibility to single payer web sites. We also had the chance to do live blogs with Katie Robbins and Dr. Margaret Flowers. It is thrilling to be one of Corrente’s health care correspondents.

And for a little blog, Corrente is very ambitious. We put on the Fiscal Sustainability Teach-In Counter-Conference. lambert introduced Modern Monetary Theory to political blogosphere.

Now lambert and the Corrente community are following the Occupy movement with live reporting whenever possible and link collecting that documents the movement’s growth. I am especially proud of the fact that Corrente followed Occupy Wall Street that first crucial week when there were only a few hundred demonstrators. There was a total medial blackout by the American news media and frankly very little blog coverage. There were diaries at the Big Cheeto, but no Front Page items. Firedoglake, Suburban Guerrilla, and Corrente were the only ones covering it before the pepper spray incident. That is why we urgently need Corrente.

Corrente is lamberts only income. He is having his annual fundraiser, please give generously.


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