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Entries Tagged as 'Protests and Crackdowns'

Martin Luther King, Jr., Glenn Beck, and the “Ground Zero Mosque” #blogboost

August 28th, 2010 · 7 Comments · censorship, Democracy, Diversity, Peace and War, propaganda, Protests and Crackdowns, Shel's Personal Life

I think Beck and Palin are despicable. I also think they have every right to hold their gathering of the lunatic fringe. And I’m aware that I’ve taken plenty of stands over my career for which others would paint me as “lunatic fringe.” Some of them are now mainstream, such as aiming for zero waste, repurposing rooftop space into food and energy collectors, and getting the heck off fossil and nuclear power sources—but they sure weren’t 30 or 40 years ago. I would not have granted then, and don’t grant now, the right of others to tell me how to think, and I don’t claim that same privilege against others whom I disagree with. The right to try to convince them, certainly—but NEVER to dictate what is or is not acceptable thought.

I remember holding a lone protest in front of the local courthouse when the U.S. bombed Lybia. The first day, I got a lot of middle fingers and angry shouts.

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Wall Street Reform + Oil Cap + Gay Marriage

July 16th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Business Ethics, Democracy, Energy & Sustainability, General Commentary, media-general, Politics, Protests and Crackdowns, Social and Economic Justice, Socially Responsible Investing

Rarely do I open up my morning paper and see even one positive story among the day’s major news. Today—though I already knew about two of them from other sources—there were three: 1. The Wall Street Reform Bill has passed both houses of Congress. Is it everything I want? Of course not. Is it more [...]

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Recapping a Rough Week for Progressives

January 23rd, 2010 · Comments Off · Politics, Protests and Crackdowns

Oy, a few more like this and we’re really in trouble: Death toll in Haiti climbed above 200,000, millions more injured and/or homeless. Supreme Court removed restrictions on corporate campaign contributions, and this could have severe consequences for our democracy (I particularly like Rabbi Arthur Waskow’s commentary on this). Not that they were using it [...]

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TSA Subpoenaed My Friend For Telling the Truth

December 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment · censorship, Ethics in Government, Protests and Crackdowns, Transparency vs. Secrecy

My online friend Christopher Elliott of

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Shocking! Tweet Led to Outrageous Civil Rights Violation

October 6th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Democracy, Ethics in Government, Protests and Crackdowns

Last time I checked, there’s something here in the United States of America called the First Amendment that protects the right to speak and write. Somehow, that right did not extend to Elliot Madison, a New York City activist who was arrested in Pittsburgh on the first day of the G20 summit for—get this!—tweeting that [...]

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