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Occupy Gilroy Supporter
Hello… I am writing from New York. Occupy Wall Street in NYC is trying to provide
access to news feeds from occupy Web sites all over the world (
http://news.occupy.net/ ) and would like to add your site to the list. The only bit
of info missing is your location. What state is Gilroy in? Also, if there is a
contact email it would help. Thanks! –Peter T. firstname.lastname@example.org
Yeah, so, this is a debate that’s, of course, animated extraordinary energy to push for reform. And that’s what’s happening in California. That’s what will happen in New York today, when legislatures vote to try to overturn Citizens United. My own view is that that is a partial solution to this problem. You know, it’s not as if on January 20th, 2010, the day before Citizens United was decided, democracy in America was humming along perfectly well and then was broken by the Supreme Court. Democracy was already broken in the United States in 2010. And it’s broken because the tiniest slice of Americans, 0.26 percent, fund—give more than $200 in a congressional campaign. 0.05 percent max out in a congressional campaign. The tiniest slice of the top 1 percent of America funds elections in America. And that reality will always, whether corporations are persons or not, corrupt the system in Washington. And the only solution to that problem is not just limiting the ability of corporations or private individuals to spend unlimited amounts in political expenditures, it’s also to begin to talk openly and honestly about the need to fund publicly public elections. And that’s the part of the debate that even the activists, even the outsiders, are not willing to come clean on, and I think they need to come clean if we’re going to have real reform.”
Your Ideas of criticism is important.
Thomas Jefferson stated, “Information is the currency of Democracy”.
Concept good-intentioned but would not work without eventually giving all the power to a few states (aka popular vote). Need to activate a system that allows for anyone to run ( free equal ad & debate time on PBS perhaps) and still incorpo…rates a electoral college which has a fair representation of the voting demographic. The system presented on attached link is easily susceptible to information bias and will render worst results than the two-party system we have now. Money would be able to negate the separation of the Congress and Executive and judicial branches. They would all think alike.
Manu Martinez: United Citizens (Corporate Person) vs FEC (Super Pac and other large Propaganda monies) Stipends candidates that supports there interests, even within there own party…Iowa caucus, SuperPac ads, Romney vs Gu… Obama followed to support the bail out of the banks, Wall Street people. And its Wall Street players who Obama gets Campaign Money. So like the 660 Billion Military Bill he signed, who makes money off the Military Industrial complex? In a nut shell, its the Common vs. Special Interests.
Article 19 inspires the work of our journalists and other volunteers. It states that everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. We agree, and we seek to uphold this and the other Articles of the Declaration.
Tyler Shields is a photographer who has been allowed a fair amount of space to experiment with the medium. He slapped meat across Mischa Barton’s face for one shoot and had Lindsay Lohan gorging herself on blood for another. Now, young Hollywood’s ‘it’ photographer is getting political.
After the pepper-spraying incident at UC Davis sparked an internet meme phenomenon, Shields thought the opportunity for a thematic shoot was too good to pass up.
Former New Jersey governor and U.S. senator, Jon Corzine, testified Tuesday on Capitol Hill about his brief stint at the helm of the failed commodities and derivatives brokerage house MF Global, which in October became the largest failure on Wall Street since the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008. After MF Global went bankrupt, regulators discovered that up to $1.2 billion in customer funds that should have been kept segregated were missing. Corzine says he never directed anyone at MF Global to misuse the funds, but a witness testified that Corzine was aware of loans that may have used customer money. We speak with Nomi Prins, a former investment banker turned journalist. ‘We’re listening to someone try and dodge his way out of responsibility and accountability, which is very much what all of the CEOs on Wall Street have done through the subprime crisis and through past crises,’ Prins says. ‘When you see 5,500 arrests across this country for the Occupy movement and you see zero on the part of the CEOs and senior executives from Wall Street who took trillions of dollars out of our economy, out of the European economy, [and] are going around the world, doing the same thing to Asia now, and so forth, it is absolutely heinous.’ [includes rush transcript]
(Via Democracy Now!.)
The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize was presented this weekend to three women for ‘their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.’ Democracy Now! aired highlights on Monday of the acceptance speeches of Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first democratically elected female head of state on the African continent. Today we complete our coverage with the acceptance speech of Tawakkol Karman from Yemen, the first Arab woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, as well as its youngest winner to date. Karman, a 32-year-old mother of three and an outspoken journalist and activist, has agitated for press freedoms and staged weekly sit-ins to demand the release of political prisoners from jail. She founded Women Journalists Without Chains and has played a leading part in the struggle for women’s rights and for democracy in Yemen. Most recently, she has led rallies in the protests against the rule of the longstanding U.S. ally, President Ali Abdullah Saleh. ‘The Arab world is today witnessing the birth of a new world, which tyrants and unjust rulers strive to oppose. But in the end, this new world will inevitably emerge,’ Karman says. ‘Our oppressed people have revolted, declaring the emergence of a new dawn in which the sovereignty of the people, and their invincible will, will prevail. The people have decided to break free and walk in the footsteps of civilized free people of the world.’ [includes rush transcript]
(Via Democracy Now!.)