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Indefinite detention


I just received this important action alert from Demand Progress:

The 2012 National Defense Authorization Act allows the United States military to detain civilians indefinitely and without charge or trial -- even American citizens. Help us reverse this travesty of justice by clicking here to email your senators:


The Senate is taking up the 2013 NDAA TOMORROW (Thurs). Several senators are poised to put forth amendments to revoke or narrow the indefinite detention powers that we've been fighting so hard over the last year.

Demand Progress members have sent hundreds of thousands of emails to Congress and have helped fund the courageous lawsuit by Chris Hedges et al -- which recently spurred a federal judge to rule that indefinite detention is unconstitutional.

Because there are several amendments in play, our ask is broad and simple: Please urge your Senators to support any and all amendments to revoke or narrow indefinite detention powers.

Earlier this year we helped push an anti-indefinite detention amendment to the House's version of the NDAA to the brink of passage. The Senate is friendly turf for us: We have a real chance of winning this fight.

Please email your senators right away:


Syndicated 2012-11-29 17:00:00 (Updated 2012-11-29 17:00:34) from proclus

Stop the Monsanto Riders


So-called 'Monsanto riders,' quietly slipped into the multi-billion dollar FY 2013 Agricultural Appropriations bill, would require - not just allow, but require - the Secretary of Agriculture to grant a temporary permit for the planting or cultivation of a genetically engineered crop, even if a federal court has ordered the planting be halted until an Environmental Impact Statement is completed. All the farmer or the biotech producer has to do is ask.

That's why I signed a petition to The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama, which says:

"Stop the Monsanto riders. Unless a citizen's army of farmers and consumers can stop them, Congress is likely to ram these dangerous riders through any day now."

Will you sign this petition? Click here:



Syndicated 2012-11-26 23:57:00 (Updated 2012-11-26 23:57:12) from proclus

Join farmers vs. Monsanto

On January 31, family farmers will take part in the first phase of a court case filed to protect farmers from genetic trespass by Monsanto’s GMO seed, which contaminates organic and non-GMO farmer’s crops and opens them up to abusive lawsuits. In the past two decades, Monsanto’s seed monopoly has grown so powerful that they control the genetics of nearly 90% of five major commodity crops including corn, soybeans, cotton, canola and sugar beets.
In many cases farmers are forced to stop growing certain organic and conventional crops to avoid genetic contamination and potential lawsuits. Between 1997 and 2010, Monsanto admits to filing 144 lawsuits against America’s family farmers, while settling another 700 out of court for undisclosed amounts. Due to these aggressive lawsuits, Monsanto has created an atmosphere of fear in rural America and driven dozens of farmers into bankruptcy.

Farmers need your voice today. Please spread the word.


Syndicated 2012-11-24 22:46:00 (Updated 2012-11-24 22:46:35) from proclus

President Obama's decision time on Keystone XL

Dear Friend,

Now that President Obama has been re-elected, he's got a choice to make.

And in the wake of the devastation caused by climate-change-fueled
Superstorm Sandy, it shouldn't be much of a choice at all.

He must reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

President Obama will likely decide early next year. As he looks to the
priorities in his second term, and to the legacy of his presidency, we
need to send an immediate, unambiguous message right now.

Tell President Obama: Reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline:


Syndicated 2012-11-17 15:20:00 (Updated 2012-11-17 15:20:16) from proclus

#Anonymous: Operation Israel #OpIsrael #OpBlackout

via Uploads by TheAnonMessage by TheAnonMessage on 11/15/12

Welcome to Operation Israel. Operation Israel has been initiated to help the Gazans currently being annihilated by the sadistic forces of the IDF. It has also been initiated to destroy the Israeli network and preserve the Internet for the Palestinians facing persecution by the Israeli government. If you shut down the Internet, Anonymous will shut you down. That is not a threat. That is a promise. The Anonymous Gaza Care Package: bit.ly IRC: webchat.voxanon.org, Channel Name: #OpIsrael, #FreePalestine Pad: bit.ly PRESS RELEASES: Arabic - bit.ly | English - bit.ly | Hebrew - bit.ly Twitter Hashtag: #OpIsrael #AnonymousAgainstIsrael #AntiIDF الله معكي يا غزة القلب Follow @TheAnonMessage for immediate updates.
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Syndicated 2012-11-17 02:52:00 (Updated 2012-11-17 02:52:21) from proclus

Michael wants you to take action on "Ask EU to join other Nobel Peace Price Laureates demanding freedom for Bradley Manning"!

Michael L. Love has just read and signed the petition: Ask EU to join other Nobel Peace Price Laureates demanding freedom for Bradley Manning

You can view this petition at: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/602/563/223/ask-eu-to-join-other-nobel-peace-price-laureates-demanding-freedom-for-bradley-manning/

Message from Michael L. Love:

Hi, I signed the petition "Ask EU to join other Nobel Peace Price Laureates demanding freedom for Bradley Manning". I'm asking you to sign this petition to help us reach our goal of 1,000 signatures. I care deeply about this cause, and I hope you will support our efforts.


ThePetitionSite.com provides tools and empowers individuals to make a difference and effect positive change through online activism. Get connected with the causes you care about, take action to make the world a better place, and start your own petition at http://www.ThePetitionSite.com!

ThePetitionSite.com is powered by Care2, the largest and most trusted information and action site for people who care to make a difference in their lives and the world. www.care2.com

Syndicated 2012-11-16 23:43:00 (Updated 2012-11-16 23:43:13) from proclus

Stop the

USDA is poised to approve 2,4-D-resistant corn, the first in the pipeline of "next generation" crops. This and other herbicide-resistant crops will cause a dramatic surge in use of drift-prone chemicals – placing the burden of both increased costs and health risks on farmers and rural communities.

Join me in urging USDA to reject 2,4-D corn and stop the pipeline of new GE seeds.

Take Action>> http://action.panna.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=11896

Syndicated 2012-11-13 19:05:00 (Updated 2012-11-13 19:05:52) from proclus

Stand your ground, Mr. President.

Dear Friend,

Last week Democrats won big at the ballot box, with President Obama
crushing Mitt Romney and Democrats winning more seats in the Senate.

But Congress is still headed for a major showdown over federal
spending before the end of the year.

And as Paul Krugman noted this weekend, once again Republicans are
"threatening to tank the economy unless their demands are met."

We need President Obama to stand up and draw a line in the sand to
reject any deal that cuts Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid
benefits, or cuts taxes for the wealthiest Americans.

So I just signed a petition telling President Obama to stand his
ground and not give in to Republican hostage takers.

I hope you do, too. You can find out more and easily sign the petition
at the link below:


Syndicated 2012-11-13 18:53:00 (Updated 2012-11-13 18:53:58) from proclus

Powers Designed for 'Terrorists' Entangle US Top Brass

via (title unknown) by jon on 11/13/12

As the New York Times reports Tuesday morning that the Petraeus sex scandal has now spread and the Pentagon has initiated an investigation into top NATO commander in Afghanistan, US General John Allen, what is becoming increasingly clear—beyond all the seemingly bizarre twists of this unfolding drama and leaving aside the question about whether or not the private sexual lives of top officials are, in fact, worthy of the endless media blitz they receive&mdas


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Syndicated 2012-11-13 18:11:00 (Updated 2012-11-13 18:11:29) from proclus

12 Nov 2012 (updated 12 Nov 2012 at 22:09 UTC) »

Election day should be a federal holiday


Each November, millions of people can't vote because they have to
work. Others have to stand in line for hours. Everyone should get to

That's why I signed a petition to The United States House of
Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama,
which says:

"Each November, election day should be a federal holiday. This will
let more people vote and more people be poll watchers."

Will you sign this petition? Click here:



Syndicated 2012-11-12 20:16:00 (Updated 2012-11-12 20:16:04) from proclus

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