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Rallies for Gay Marriage in 300+ US cities Sat 11/15

THANK YOU to everyone who participated in rallies around the country! And a huge thank you to all of our straight-allies who are now stepping forward in solidarity with us! What can YOU DO today to make a difference? Talk to your neighbors, talk to your family, talk to your... Read more

NORTHCOM, AIG, and the Alaskan Vote

Airs at: Wed, 11/12/2008 at 4:00pm
Produced for Presswatch
On the 11/13 Presswatch, with the "news you're not supposed to know," host Theresa Mitchell explores election shenanigans and uncounted votes. Also, what's NORTHCOM up to? and why is AIG a bottomless pit? Read more

Sat 11/15 National Rally against Prop 8 - Oregon details

Message from the Democratic Party of Oregon, LGBTQ caucus: November 4th election night has come and passed.  As Democrats, as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Oregonians and Americans we have much to celebrate. We elected the first African-American President of the United... Read more

Remembering Studs Terkel

Airs at: Tue, 11/11/2008 at 4:00pm
Produced for Old Mole Variety Hour
Studs Terkel, writer and radio personality, always in support of working people, died at the age of 96 last week.   Tom Becker reads tributes to him published in The Nation.  You can find the texts here and here. Read more

National Rally Against Prop 8 Sat 11/15 in PDX

We're presented with a rare opportunity to be a positive force in the history of our country, to stand in solidarity with a minority group fighting for its civil rights.  On Saturday, November 15th, protestors will gather in cities across the country to speak out against th... Read more

Mumia updates from Suzanne Ross

Airs at: Sun, 11/09/2008 at 4:00pm
Produced for Prison Pipeline
Suzanne Ross of the New York City Free Mumia organization provided updates on Mumia’s case. The prosecution  is trying to reinstate the death penalty and appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court. December 9 is the anniversary of the death of Officer Faulkner so demonstrations an... Read more

The Decider

 Apropos of my post below, Obama is planning to review the plethora of onerous executive orders issued by President Bush: President-elect Barack Obama is poised to move swiftly to reverse actions that President Bush took using executive authority, and his transition team is... Read more

Back from the brink

 While I'm still processing the full import of Obama's win -- I'll blog about it more later -- one very, very encouraging item that's popped up is his intention to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. From Spencer Ackerman:   Less than a week after his election, and more than... Read more

US Deploys Military Domestically First Time

Airs at: Wed, 10/22/2008 at 5:00pm
Produced for Evening News
For the first time ever, the US is deploying a military unit inside the United States.  KBOO news reporter Jacob Anderson-Minshall speaks with an ACLU representative about the issues involved, especially the lack of information about why the unit was deployed and what it wi... Read more

The new poll tax

The great Rachel Maddow on the modern poll tax: (still working on embedding video. Watch it anyway, foo!) (H/T, Pandagon) -A   Read more