Labor “Protests” in Charlotte Hardly an Expression of Dissent

By: Tuesday September 4, 2012 9:02 am

I’m sure we’ll have a lot of reports at FDL about the dissent outside the DNC convention in Charlotte. Some of the protests could prove interesting. There should be a bigger Occupy presence in Charlotte than there was in Tampa for the RNC convention, and the Undocubus, filled with undocumented immigrants who plan to challenge [...]

Protesters at RNC Begin With Focus on Bank of America

By: Monday August 27, 2012 1:35 pm

Protests have begun at the RNC, even if the convention hasn’t. And the groups engaged in the protests started by targeting an unlikely but also a universal target, one you’ll hear a lot about next week in Charlotte as well – Bank of America. Some 200 demonstrators gathered in downtown park for an unscheduled protest. [...]

Housing Advocates Start Campaign Organizing Underwater Homeowners

By: Thursday August 23, 2012 10:19 am

We’re supposed to turn away from some of the underlying problems in the housing market, because the fundamentals are strong, and a combination of private equity house-flipping and deliberate blight will bring the market back into positive territory. But the truth is that there are still between 11 and 16 million underwater homeowners in America. [...]

Pussy Riot Found Guilty of “Hooliganism” in Russia

By: Friday August 17, 2012 6:55 am

In Russia, the all-girl punk band Pussy Riot has been found guilty of protesting Vladimir Putin at a cathedral in Moscow. The charge could carry up to three years in prison. The court case has generated international outrage about the curtailing of free speech. Prosecutors in Russia argued that Pussy Riot’s anti-Putin “punk prayer” violated [...]

Lisa Epstein Falls Short in Bid for Clerk of Courts in Palm Beach County, Florida

By: Thursday August 16, 2012 9:35 am

To circle back on a previous item, Lisa Epstein, the foreclosure fighter who challenged a long-term incumbent for a position as Palm Beach County Clerk of Courts, amid intimidation from local Democratic Party officials, lost on Tuesday. The final results show that Epstein garnered 27,001 votes, but ended up falling to incumbent Sharon Bock, 76%-24%. [...]

Lisa Epstein Challenging Incumbent for Palm Beach County Clerk of Courts, Election on Tuesday

By: Sunday August 12, 2012 3:45 pm

Lisa Epstein, the foreclosure fighter who gained national recognition for her research and discovery, attempts to pull off an upset on Tuesday in the race for Clerk of Court in Palm Beach County. This is the equivalent of a register of deeds, the official who records mortgage transfer documents in counties across the country. Epstein [...]

Problems in Anaheim Correlated with Malapportionment

By: Thursday August 2, 2012 1:53 pm

Tensions are still simmering between local Anaheim residents and city government, particularly law enforcement, over a string of shootings that residents consider to be police brutality. At the time I noted that the problem in Anaheim had at least something to do with a mostly white leadership and a diverse population. Basically the problem comes [...]

Stopgap Spending Package Won’t Be Voted On Until After August Recess

By: Tuesday July 31, 2012 8:15 am

House and Senate leaders continue to work on a stopgap spending bill to close out the year, and could announce it as early as today. The bill would extend a continuing resolution on the budget for six months, until the end of March 2013. The spending levels would likely equal those designated in the debt [...]

Cybersecurity Bill on Track for Senate Floor, After Privacy Protections Added

By: Tuesday July 24, 2012 12:22 pm

The Senate will vote on a cybersecurity bill that’s taken years to get to the floor. The House has already passed a bill known as CISPA, which raised the ire of privacy and technology activists. Even the White House threatened a veto. Now the Senate will get their turn, after a series of maneuvers designed [...]

Activists Mark Three Years Since Last Increase of Minimum Wage

By: Tuesday July 24, 2012 7:35 am

July 24, 2009, marks the last time the minimum wage was increased in America, to its current dollar amount of $7.25 an hour. At various times in their recent political lives, both candidates for President have called that figure too low. Both have agreed that the minimum wage ought to be indexed to inflation, to [...]

Robin Hood Tax Campaign Comes to the US

By: Tuesday June 19, 2012 1:41 pm

Kacey Dreamer reports on the resumption of a movement to tax financial transactions, with some high-profile supporters. In the past certain progressive organizations had a financial transaction tax as part of their overall strategy, but they did not have a campaign specifically designed around it. That’s the difference with the current Robin Hood Tax campaign, [...]

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