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‘Slacktivism’ in the age of Occupy: Tuning in, signing up and tuning out

Starting last September, thousands of Americans young and old got up from their sofas and headed to various urban (and semi-urban) centers around the country as part of the Occupy Movement. They slept outdoors, risked arrest, learned twinkle-fingers and got visible to make their voices and displeasure with the current…

Activists pledge to withhold millions if Obama cuts entitlements

If President Barack Obama gives in to Republican demands to cut Social Security and Medicare, it could cost him. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) delivered a petition with the signatures of 200,000 donors and volunteers to the president’s re-election campaign headquarters in Chicago Friday. Organizers said that Obama will…

Progressive Democrats to protest at Obama campaign headquarters

A progressive group plans to protest outside President Barack Obama’s re-election headquarters in Chicago on Friday, warning the president not to agree to any cuts Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security. Last week, The Washington Post reported that Obama planned to propose cuts to the social programs as part of a…

Marijuana advocates launch video campaign targeting Rep. Lamar Smith

The marijuana advocacy website 420petition.com and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) have teamed up to launch a video campaign aimed at House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX). Reps. Barney Frank (D-MA) and Ron Paul (R-TX) introduced legislation to the U.S. House of Representatives in…

Hundreds of liberal activists pledge to oppose Obama in 2012

WASHINGTON – Hundreds of liberal organizers and anti-war activists have signed a petition pledging to oppose President Barack Obama’s renomination in 2012 unless he reverses course in Afghanistan and pushes for significant cuts to military spending. “We vow not to support President Barack Obama for renomination for another term in…

India seeks additional compensation for 1984 Bhopal disaster

The government of India has filed a petition with that country’s Supreme Court on the 26th anniversary of Union Carbide’s Bhodal gas disaster, seeking to more than double the compensation in the case to $1.1 billion dollars. The compensation had initially been set at $470 million in a 1989 settlement,…

Supreme Court refuses to block Washington DC gay marriage law

The US Supreme Court refused Tuesday to block a law allowing same-sex marriages in Washington DC, clearing the way for the legislation to go into effect Wednesday. Chief Justice John Roberts, in a three-page opinion that sidestepped the legal issues involved, said the matter should be decided by local courts…

California readers

The petition to put a ballot initiative banning divorce in California needs more signatures. I’d sign it if I could, but I’m obviously not a resident there. But if you are, hop on over and sign it. Because if Californians really are willing to fuck up people’s lives to preserve…

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