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Brick Flies Through San Diego Labor Leader’s Window After Right-Wing Blogger Publishes Her Home Details

-Originally blogged by Dr. Murtaza Baxamusa on We Party Patriots

August 18, 2011- Lorena Gonzalez has been a visible face of the San Diego labor movement’s resistance against anti-worker initiatives. In a city that is seeing its demographics change due to Latino immigration, labor foes are grasping at the straws of an anti-union establishment that ran the city as if the middle-class never mattered. One sign of desperation is an onslaught of ballot measures designed to eliminate public employee pensions and Project Labor Agreements in construction. Signature gatherers, paid by developers and contractors, are repeatedly misleading voters to get initiatives on the June 2012 ballot.

But, these fraudulent actors are finding it increasingly difficult to lie in the face of Gonzalez’s extraordinary campaign to inform the voters about the nature of the petitions, no matter where they go. This battle for workers is being fought in the streets, in public gatherings, in radio ads, and in front of every major store in the eight largest city in America.

America: You Keep Using That Word…

… I don’t think it means what you think it means. 

-First blogged by Jim Wright on Stonekettle Station, March 17, 2011-

So, I’m driving into Anchorage this morning.

Along with the usual herd of jackasses who, despite living in Alaska still don’t seem to know how to drive in snow, one vehicle in particular caught my eye.

It was one of those enormous black pickup trucks, with the huge knobby tires and smoked glass windows and chrome roll bar complete with half a dozen giant chrome halogen lights and a ten foot high antenna whipping about in the slipstream  and pipe organ-like exhaust pipes jutting up from behind the cab belching thick plumes of white diesel smoke like the twin contrails of a fighter jet on full afterburner.

Student Non-Discrimination Act re-introduced

The Student Non-Discrimination Act will help ensure that ALL students have access to a safe and fair educational environment. The bill establishes a comprehensive federal prohibition against discrimination in public schools based on a student's actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity and provides victims with meaningful and effective remedies modeled after Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972. 

The ACLU has launched a petition supporting the bill. You can add your support by clicking below:


Change.Org Petition: Congressmen Miller and Royce: Denounce Calls for Violence Against Fellow Americans

Targeting: Steven G. Thornton (District Director for Gary Miller), Amy Michelle Porter (Chief of Staff to Ed Royce), Darrin W. Schrader (Legislative Director to Ed Royce), see more...

Center for Constitutional Rights Press Release:

CCR Appeals to Fox News President for Help in Silencing Glenn Beck Misinformation Campaign Against Progressive Professor

Repeated Branding of 78-Year-Old Professor Frances Fox Piven as “Enemy of the Constitution” Incites Death Threats


January 20, 2011, New York – Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) issued a written appeal to Fox News president Roger Ailes to help put a stop to the increasing threats against progressive Professor Frances Fox Piven, largely incited by Fox News host Glenn Beck.  In the letter, co-written by Legal Director Bill Quigley and Executive Director Vince Warren the CCR asks that Ailes distinguish between First Amendment rights, of which they are “vigorous defenders” and an “intentional repetition of provocative, incendiary, emotional misinformation and falsehoods [that place that person] in actual physical danger of a violent response.” 

Press Release: Organizations Renew Long-Outstanding Requests for Examination of Hate Speech in Media

January 19, 2011
For Immediate Release
Contact: Tatiana Arizaga
(626) 792-6462 

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC), joined by a robust and diverse collection of other organizations, reached out to leaders at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to urge each entity to act on NHMC's long-standing requests to study the effects of hate speech in media.  NHMC sent letters to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and Assistant Secretary Lawrence Strickling of the NTIA. 

Stop Domestic Terror Calls On FBI To Investigate Funding Of Domestic Terror Threats

Today, we sent a letter to FBI Director Robert Mueller requesting that the FBI investigate and prosecute IRS and FCC approved organizations that fund and promote violence against political candidates and others.  See full letter here: We have been warning for years about the far right inciting violence, and Frank Schaeffer, who started this campaign with us, has gone on record as saying that these threats are a product of “lobbyist run” groups who have “a small army ... at their beck and call.”  He calls them, “American Brown Shirts at the ready.”  He names Freedom Works and American For Prosperity for being major supporters of intimidation tactics.  


National Hispanic Media Coalition
After Downing Street
Progressive Democrats of America
Justice Through Music
National Association of Latino Independent Producers
The Backbone Campaign
Voters For Peace
Chelsea Neighbors United
Locust Fork News Journal
Liberty Tree
People's Email Network
Hispanic/Latino Defamation Coalition SF
ePluribus Media