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Fwd: BREAKING: Google says ALEC is lying

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From: "Stand Up to ALEC" <>
Date: Sep 22, 2014 5:02 PM
Subject: BREAKING: Google says ALEC is lying

StandUpToALEC Stay Informed. Stay Engaged.

Ali -

Just hours ago, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt denounced the Koch-funded American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) on the nationally-syndicated Diane Rehm Show.

"Everyone understands climate change is occurring and the people who oppose it are really hurting our children and our grandchildren and making the world a much worse place. 
And so we should not be aligned with such people -- they're just, they're just literally lying," said Schmidt, about ALEC.

We couldn't have said it better. Help us spread the word by sharing with your friends on Facebook.

This move comes two weeks after over 50 organizations wrote a letter imploring Google to leave, citing their opposition to Google's corporate culture including renewable energy and net neutrality.

This is a huge win for all of us thanks directly to your help in standing up to organizations who support ALEC.


- Stand Up to ALEC

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Sign the petition: Scott Brown is a lobbyist


I just signed a petition asking former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown to debate Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig over whether or not Brown is a lobbyist.

As reported <a href=""/> Brown previously worked for a lobbying firm </a>, Nixon Peabody, where he sold his relationships to help Wall Street with their "business and governmental affairs".

Right now Brown is running for election against anti-corruption candidate Jim Rubens in NH. Brown's campaign called Lessig a liar for naming Brown the lobbyist that he is.

Will you sign this petition asking Brown to debate Lessig?


Fwd: Mayday...

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From: Lawrence Lessig <>
Date: Thu, May 1, 2014 at 8:58 AM
Subject: Mayday...



We all know this democracy is in distress. It's time to send an urgent signal that we can fix it.

Today we're launching a SuperPAC to end all SuperPACs. It's called the Citizens SuperPAC, and it's only going to succeed if you support it. The video below will explain the plan, and you can also head over to MayOne.US to learn more.

Lessig Calls a Mayday

We still have the power to fix our democracy. And we will, if you help.

Join the Citizens SuperPAC.

Then share this message on Twitter and Facebook.

Of all the crazy ideas we have right now, this might be the craziest — or not. You decide.

With hope,

Rootstrikers is a new generation of activists taking a stand against the corrupting influence of money in politics. We are a project of Demand Progress.


Sign this petition: No pay for Congress during the shutdown


I signed a petition to The United States House of Representatives and The United States Senate which says:

"I demand that members of Congress NOT get paid during a self-inflicted government shutdown. It is morally reprehensible that hardworking federal employees will stop receiving the paychecks they need to feed their families and pay their mortgages, while Congress still gets paid for refusing to do the job they were elected to do."

Will you sign this petition? Click here:



Fwd: Nickelodeon Wanted for Hawking Junk Food to Kids (trusted:

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Date: Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 2:30 PM
Subject: Nickelodeon Wanted for Hawking Junk Food to Kids (trusted:

Center For Science in the Public Interest. Take Action


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Seventy percent of food ads on Nickelodeon are for unhealthy products.  But Ad Week told us our depiction of Dora the Explorer pushing junk food on kids was "too negative" to run.  Is it us being negative, or Nick?


Though we were able to find another publication that would run the ad, we need your support in getting the ad out far and wide to urge Nickelodeon to stop marketing junk food to kids.
Last week, First Lady Michelle Obama called on the entertainment industry to do its part to address childhood obesity by limiting unhealthy food ads and the use of licensed characters, like Nickelodeon's Dora the Explorer, to market unhealthy food to children.  The Walt Disney Company has said it will no longer accept advertisements for junk food on its child-directed television, radio, and online sites, but Nickelodeon continues to take junk food ads.  If Disney can stop advertising junk and still make a profit, Nick can too.

Please join this effort by using the ad to tweet @NickelodeonTV. A model tweet is below. If you're not on Twitter, you can send an email to Nick here. And please take a minute to share this with your friends and family.  Thank you in advance!

Model Tweet:  WANTED: @NickelodeonTV for hawking junk food & obesity to kids! Answer @FLOTUS's call to action & #dumpthejunk 


Margo G. Wootan, D.Sc.
Director, Nutrition Policy
Center for Science in the Public Interest 

P.S. If you're not already on Twitter, it's easy to set up an account, follow CSPI's work, and help us get companies' and policymakers' attention on important issues.

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Fwd: Premium subscribers only? C'mon!

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From: Robert Reich, Common Cause
Date: Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 11:21 AM
Subject: Premium subscribers only? C'mon!


Verizon doesn't want you to hear about its legal assault on net neutrality -- vital FCC rules that require Internet providers to give consumers equal access to all websites.

But what they really don't want you to hear is what's at stake if they win.

Telecom giants would be free to censor, slow or block sites, controlling what we see and hear online. They could charge for Internet service like they do cable TV -- demanding exorbitant "premium" rates for access to popular sites and offering "basic" service with fewer sites to anyone who doesn't pay up.

We can't let Verizon take the Internet hostage. Help Common Cause mobilize support for protecting the open Internet -- whatever the courts decide.

The Internet is the 21st century's public square. And no corporation should get the power to censor or shut citizens out of it.

Remember, it's not just our Internet that's hanging in the balance -- it's our democracy.

Verizon is in court right now, fighting to end net neutrality for good. Help us fight back.

Thanks for all you do,

Robert Reich
Chair, Common Cause
and the rest of the team

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Fwd: Metro Transit Police report increase in electronic device thefts, urge public caution

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Date: Aug 15, 2013 2:45 PM
Subject: Metro Transit Police report increase in electronic device thefts, urge public caution
To: "Metro News" <>

Metro Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik today advised the public of a recent increase in snatch thefts of electronic devices, such as iPhones, iPads, Kindles and Android phones, and urged riders to be vigilant while on the transit system.

There were 40 snatches of electronic devices on the Metro system in the two-week period ending August 7, 2013 – an increase of 48 percent from the previous two week period.

"We are not waiting to see if this becomes a trend," said Chief Pavlik.  "We are taking immediate, proactive steps to protect the riding public, but we also need riders to do their part."

MTPD uses a crime trend analysis tool, called MetroStat, to analyze crime trends every 14 days and reallocate resources in response.

Metro is continuing to use "crime suppression" operations, where undercover officers place themselves in the path of crime using decoy devices.  When a criminal steals the device, other officers apprehend the suspect and make an immediate arrest.

While the police are taking steps in response to the recent increase, Chief Pavlik noted that Metro passengers have an important role to play.  "These are crimes of opportunity, and they are preventable," he said.  "The best advice is to keep your device out of sight, but if you do choose to use it, maintain constant awareness of what's happening around you."

At today's news conference, Pavlik advised customers to treat their phone as if it were cash. "You wouldn't go around flaunting this $300 in the open.  And yet, that's effectively what you're doing when you're not paying attention with your electronic device."

Metro Transit Police have long urged riders to not use electronic devices near train doors, where most snatches occur.  Many thieves time the snatch as the doors are closing, running through the closing doors onto the platform and leaving the victim aboard the train.   More recently MTPD has cautioned against using electronic devices on escalators in response to several incidents where criminals have run up the escalator and snatched devices as they pass their victims.

In addition, riders are encouraged to set up tracking software for their device, such as Find My iPhone on Apple products, so that the device can be wiped, locked, and potentially found if it is stolen.  MTPD officers have successfully tracked down several thieves this year using Find My iPhone tracking.

Chief Pavlik also put would-be criminals on notice that Metro's recent investment in high-definition cameras is making it easier to identify and prosecute suspects.  "Criminals should know that if you're on Metro, chances are we've got you on camera."

For additional details and video, please see the news release: