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‘Huge Win for Democracy’: Nationwide Celebrations as NYC Residents Approve Ranked-Choice Voting Ballot Measure

Posted by on November 7, 2019 in Government, Policies with 0 Comments
‘Huge Win for Democracy’: Nationwide Celebrations as NYC Residents Approve Ranked-Choice Voting Ballot Measure

Voting rights advocates celebrated a “huge win for democracy” Tuesday after New Yorkers approved a ballot measure that would establish ranked-choice voting in the nation’s most populous city. #RankedChoiceVoting

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Largest Sentence Commutation in US History: Nearly 500 Inmates Walk Free After Oklahoma Voters Demand Reform

Posted by on November 5, 2019 in Government, Policies with 0 Comments
Largest Sentence Commutation in US History: Nearly 500 Inmates Walk Free After Oklahoma Voters Demand Reform

Nearly 500 inmates were released from prison in Oklahoma on Monday, three years after voters approved a ballot referendum urging the state to redefine many felonies as misdemeanors and to reduce the prison population. #prisonreform

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ACLU Celebrates Settlement Ending Unconstitutional Efforts to Silence Pipeline Protesters in South Dakota

Posted by on October 25, 2019 in Government, Policies, Politics with 0 Comments
ACLU Celebrates Settlement Ending Unconstitutional Efforts to Silence Pipeline Protesters in South Dakota

The ACLU and environmental activists celebrated Thursday after reaching a settlement agreement with South Dakota’s Republican Gov. Kristi Noem and state Attorney General Jason Ravnesborg to end what critics called “their unconstitutional attempts to silence pipeline protestors.” #pipelineprotest

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Apple Kneels Before China

Apple Kneels Before China

“In a new letter co-penned by a bipartisan group of members of Congress, federal lawmakers say they have ‘strong concern’ related to Apple’s recent actions in China. The letter, which is addressed to CEO Tim Cook, zeroes in on Apple’s decision earlier this month to remove HKMap, an app pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong used to track the location of local law enforcement.”

“The letter goes on to criticize Apple for its other app removals. Citing data from an organization called GreatFire, it says, ‘Apple has censored at least 2,200 apps in China, which include Virtual Private Network apps used to circumvent China’s Great Firewall, and apps made by and for oppressed ethnic minorities, including the Uyghur and Tibetan communities’.”

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Why More Places Are Abandoning Columbus Day in Favor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Posted by on October 13, 2019 in Government, Policies with 0 Comments
Why More Places Are Abandoning Columbus Day in Favor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day

The growing recognition and celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day actually represent the fruits of a concerted, decadeslong effort to recognize the role of indigenous people in the nation’s history. #columbusday

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Shame of the Nation: The 1% Rules and the 99% Lets Them

Posted by on October 6, 2019 in Government, Policies, Politics with 0 Comments
Shame of the Nation: The 1% Rules and the 99% Lets Them

A smallish group of shockingly wealthy households around the world — especially in America — is gaining more and more power along with their wealth. It seems our decision-makers in Washington have done their best to make wealth inequality even worse. #99percent

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‘Stunning Rebuke to Predatory Wall Street Megabanks’ as California Gov. Signs Law Allowing Creation of Public Banks

Posted by on October 4, 2019 in Government, Policies with 0 Comments
‘Stunning Rebuke to Predatory Wall Street Megabanks’ as California Gov. Signs Law Allowing Creation of Public Banks

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday signed into law historic legislation that would allow the state’s cities and counties to establish public banks as an alternative to private financial institutions, a move advocates hailed as a “stunning rebuke to the predatory Wall Street megabanks that crashed the global economy in 2007-08.” #privatebanks

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Julian Assange Tortured with Psychotropic Drug According To EX USAF Lieutenant Colonel

Julian Assange Tortured with Psychotropic Drug According To EX USAF Lieutenant Colonel

It’s not just people like Assange who are being demonized and hunted, it’s alternative media as well. The war on ‘fake news’ that’s been happening for the last little while has forced alternative media outlets that are presenting credible information to be deemed as ‘fake.’ Any media outlet who even questions a controversial issue has been made out to be ‘wrong’ or ‘fake.’ Who has been hired to do this work? One example is news browser extension NewsGuard, which promises to help readers pick out fake news. However, NewsGuard is funded and run by individuals tied to the CFR, Atlantic Council, and other prominent elite figures.

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Swiss Voters to Decide on Whether to Allow Factory Farming to Continue in ‘Milestone’ Moment

Posted by on September 19, 2019 in Government, Policies with 0 Comments
Swiss Voters to Decide on Whether to Allow Factory Farming to Continue in ‘Milestone’ Moment

Voters in Switzerland will soon have their say on whether or not the country continues to allow factory farming thanks to an initiative by animal rights campaigners that delivered that country’s Parliament on Monday over 100,000 signatures to force a referendum on the matter. #factoryfarmingsucks

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Healthcare Ad Spending Exceeds $65 Million in 2019 as Insurance Industry Ramps Up Effort to Kill Medicare for All

Posted by on September 12, 2019 in Government, Policies with 0 Comments
Healthcare Ad Spending Exceeds $65 Million in 2019 as Insurance Industry Ramps Up Effort to Kill Medicare for All

An Axios analysis released Wednesday found that spending on healthcare advertisements has exceeded $65 million in 2019 as dark money organizations, the insurance industry, and Big Pharma ramp up their campaigns against Medicare for All and other proposed reforms. #medicareforall

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Nation That Says It Can’t Afford Medicare for All Has Spent $5.6 Trillion on War Since 9/11

Posted by on September 11, 2019 in Government, Military, Policies with 2 Comments
Nation That Says It Can’t Afford Medicare for All Has Spent $5.6 Trillion on War Since 9/11

The Costs of War Project at Brown University’s Watson Center says the $5.6 trillion figure—which covers the conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan from 2001 through 2018—is the equivalent of more than $23,386 per taxpayer. The “new report,” said Paul Kawika Martin, Peace Action’s senior director for policy and political affairs, “once again shows that the true #costofwar represents a colossal burden to taxpayers on top of the tremendous human loss.” #waronterror

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‘Bolton Is Desperate to Start a War’: US Issues Warrant to Seize Iranian Oil Tanker

Posted by on August 18, 2019 in Government, Military, Policies, Politics with 0 Comments
‘Bolton Is Desperate to Start a War’: US Issues Warrant to Seize Iranian Oil Tanker

After the Gibraltar Supreme Court rejected the Trump administration’s effort to stop the release of an Iranian oil tanker seized by the U.K. last month, the Justice Department further escalated tensions with Tehran by issuing a warrant on Friday in a last-ditch bid to seize the tanker before it sets sail. #war

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Federal Court Dismisses Trump Claim That Immigrant Children Aren’t Entitled to Soap and Toothbrushes

Posted by on August 16, 2019 in Government, Policies with 0 Comments
Federal Court Dismisses Trump Claim That Immigrant Children Aren’t Entitled to Soap and Toothbrushes

Rights groups expressed relief on Thursday after a federal court dismissed a Trump administration appeal which argued that safe and sanitary conditions for detained immigrant children do` not include providing basic hygiene necessities such as toothbrushes, soap, showers, and towels. #immigrationreform

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Leading Civil Rights Lawyer Shows 20 Ways Trump Is Copying Hitler’s Early Rhetoric and Policies

Posted by on August 12, 2019 in Government, Policies, Politics with 0 Comments
Leading Civil Rights Lawyer Shows 20 Ways Trump Is Copying Hitler’s Early Rhetoric and Policies

A new book by one of the nation’s foremost civil liberties lawyers powerfully describes how America’s constitutional checks and balances are being pushed to the brink by a president who is consciously following Adolf Hitler’s extremist propaganda and policy template from the early 1930s—when the Nazis took power in Germany. #trumphitler

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Do You Believe in “Conspiracy Theories?” An FBI Report Says You’re a Potential Domestic Terrorist

Posted by on August 5, 2019 in Government, Policies with 0 Comments
Do You Believe in “Conspiracy Theories?” An FBI Report Says You’re a Potential Domestic Terrorist

The FBI has released a 15-page document warning of the dangers of “anti-government, identity-based, and fringe conspiracy theories.” The law enforcement agency says that these are “very likely to motivate some domestic extremists to commit criminal, sometimes violent activity.” The document seems to recommend increased social media and web censorship. #conspiracytheories

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