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FCC Opens Special Comments Period On Net Neutrality

Tell the FCC and Congress You Support Net Neutrality
Read the FCC Notice here in PDF form

We got the heads up from John Laesch, Democratic candidate in the
special election to replace Dennis Hastert in IL-14. The FCC has made
provision for comments from the public on net neutrality, and on
John’s request we created a special action page that pipes your
personal comments into the FCC electronic filing system, AND sends
your messages to all your members of Congress at the same time.

Net Neutrality FCC Comments: (anyone can use this link)

We have already seen blatant moves towards making a two tier toll
road out of our wide open democratic internet, as when Comcast
started discriminating against particular users recently. And you
remember when the AT&T censored Pearl Jam’s criticism of Bush, and
when Verizon censored NARAL’s pro choice text messages. This is our
chance to speak out and make our voices heard to defend our free

John Laesch’s special primary election is coming up in just 1 week on
Feb 5th, which can help set the tone for the entire primary season to
come. Please submit the action page sponsored by John above, and
please also consider making a donation to encourage him to keep
standing strong on the issues you care about.

John Laesch Donations:

As the Democratic nominee in 2006, John Laesch pulled 40 percent
against the powerful incumbent Hastert in the general election, and
John is in the running again. With numbers like that, and especially
given the shift in public sentiment in the last two years, this is a
very winnable race.

Here is John’s message to you on the importance of acting now to
ensure network neutrality:


The FCC has bowed to pressure and is investigating complaints that a
major internet service provider is selectively blocking traffic. We
need to let the FCC and Congress know that we are willing to defend
net neutrality from big corporate interests.

The FCC is asking for public comments. Let the FCC know that you
support true net neutrality, and you oppose any attempts by giant
telecoms to weaken or dismantle it.

Paid for by Friends of John Laesch

*** End John Laesch Message ***

Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed
to be ours, and forward this alert as widely as possible.

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"We know the drive for revolutionary change is correct,"

“We know the drive for revolutionary change is correct,” Mr. Korte says, “but blowing up buildings is not going to get us anywhere. Nor is joining the Democratic Party.”

These are the words of an individual that has revived the SDS in his town. That’s Students for a Democratic Society, for those too young to know the 40-year old dormant group. The great commonwealth of CT has “around 120 active chapters and 3,000 registered members.” Now, you just know that the reichwinger’s will jump all over this as socialist and evil.

Fuck I or any other progressive gives a rat’s ass what those people say. I was a member back in the day..but I digress..this is about the here and now. From the NYT via CommonDreams writeup:

According to a provisional statement, drafted at the national convention last summer at Wayne State University in Detroit, the group aims to combat “racism and white supremacy, capitalism, patriarchy, heterosexism and transphobia, authoritarianism and imperialism.” Chapters focus on any issue that falls under the rubric of “oppression.” In the past year, members have occupied military recruiting centers, participated in hunger strikes to raise wages for university workers and demonstrated in front of companies that invest in nuclear power plants.

The group’s growth has surprised everyone involved, particularly former members who wondered why students would want to model themselves on an organization that ultimately self-destructed. The original S.D.S. became a major force in the opposition to the Vietnam War and grew to nearly 100,000 members before collapsing in 1969 into radicalized factions. It never quite overcame the perceived homogeneity of its leaders. Most were white, male and upper middle class.

The new S.D.S. is painstakingly self-conscious about its image and inherited failures. Men refrain from speaking for the group; if one interrupts a woman or finishes her sentence, he may be politely reminded of what he has done. There is no national hierarchy, and members coordinate through conference calls – up to 30 people on the line. (There’s a roll call at the start of each conversation.)

It’s a worthwhile read..check it out. I like their spunk and I love their manifesto. But they suffer the pains of the ‘modern’ era. Ain’t that always the damn case?

Russ Feingold and Censure

He might not get far with his censure movement..but the man has the courage of his convictions, you have to hand him that ok? His site has the following message up and he asks you to speak your mind to him here.

Millions of Americans agree that the time has come to demand accountability from the President and his administration. The two censure resolutions that Senator Feingold proposed will hold the President, Vice President, and the administration responsible for the destructive path down which they’ve taken our country. The White House can no longer be allowed to shred the constitution, and thumb their nose at the American people, at every turn.

Click here to read more about Senator Feingold’s two censure proposals.