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Net Neutrality: Stop Congress

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Dan Massey and I were there at the birth of the Internet, Dan directly involved in the research and development that brought it about. Based on the work of Alan Turing and others, the Internet was an expensive, tax-payer-funded, labor intensive product for the military. By the late 70s, it became a utility available to the public.

The great joy of its arrival in our home was supercharged by sharing the recognition throughout the world that for the first time in history everybody could be an author.

It changed everything.

That long ago, you ...

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TODAY: Take Action for Net Neutrality

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Last night, President Obama, in his State of the Union speech, made clear that net neutrality is important to everyone throughout the world. "I intend to protect a free and open internet, extend its reach to every classroom, and every community, and help folks build the fastest networks, so that the next generation of digital innovators and entrepreneurs have the platform to keep reshaping our world." We already know that if we don't continue to have unfettered and free access to this most important utility, the voices of so many people will be unnecessarily silenced, bringing us further under the ...

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The King Center

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Hope you all saw my hopeful letter to Martin, yesterday, but today I want to ask people to spend a little time further investigating the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., and challenge everyone to get busy if they are not already in furthering his precepts though activism. One of the best places to advance your education is The Martin Luther King, Jr., Center for Nonviolent Social Change, known as The King Center. Here you will find thousands of digitized documents pertaining to his legacy which established and newly minted activists will find enlightening and empowering. Dr. King's life and teachings are ...

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Dear Martin

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Dear Martin . . . How happy I am today to see the next generation fully embrace the ideals that identified your short life: the end of poverty, racism, and war, precepts to which I have continued to dedicate my life. With numerous conferences and forums throughout your birthday weekend, before and after, your mass of followers are playing an invigorating and crucial role right now in schooling the mass of newly minted young activists who are fully committed to ending the murder of young black people, and all attempts to erase an entire race through Read More

Silencing Climate Change Deniers

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According to a new study in the journal Science,"Four boundaries are assessed to have been crossed, placing humanity in a danger zone."   The report defined climate change and loss of species as two core areas of concern. Each "has the potential on its own to drive the Earth System into a new state should they be substantially and persistently transgressed," the authors wrote. It would almost seem absurd at this point to recognize anyone, high or low, who would argue that the human impacts on the environment have not already reached the "danger zone." But it's not absurd, it's a ...

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Back To The Future

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My blog break turned out to be a bit longer than it should have, sorry. But if you have been following the Twitter/venusplusx feed you know I've been very busy with activists everywhere as we see, finally, an energizing of the forces for good despite the pain of getting to our destination. And it is and will be painful, very painful for a while, make no doubt, but there's a new inter-sectional majority able to co-envision the light at the end of the tunnel. It's not a mirage, it's real. A new day is here. More than at any ...

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The Sexual Freedom Project: Choose A Team

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(También en Español) The idea of two genders is out-dated and old-fashioned and remains to this day in order to simplify human life for the sake of politics, mass marketing, social order, you name it. Should there be more gender definitions to categorize ourselves within or should we eliminate the need for gender definitions all together? Make a video, write a poem, song, or an essay — or even create an original work of art — and express your thoughts. If we feature your contribution on the site, we will send you a free VenusPlusX t-shirt to thank you. More videos.

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How Days of Action Work in Addressing Police Bias and Anti-Transgender Violence

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Today in hundreds of cities and towns across the world transgender and gender-nonconforming people and their allies pause to honor our fallen heroes. The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was founded in 1998 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith—a transgender graphic designer, columnist, and activist—to memorialize the murder of Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts. It occurs annually on (or around) November 20, and its overarching goal is to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community with the hope that together we can end such violence and intolerance. Not long ago, Washington, DC, found itself in the midst of ...

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Part 2: Take Heart, Evidence Pouring In Hourly

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Yesterday, I revisited my pre-election theory that progressives and all non-Republicans will see the greater good of a Republican takeover of the Senate and their increased footprint in the House. And I promised to riff on a few memes to substantiate that soon after. (Part 1 here.) There's nothing to fear since these election results are actually bringing about the best time in history to put these special interest jokers on full display and in sharper relief so that everyone, at least more and more people, can see them for who they really are and then ...

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Take Heart, Evidence Pouring in Hourly (Part 1)

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The far right believes they have a chance to remake the world into the christian, capitalist theocracy they have always wanted.

Even liberal media says, “If they win this election cycle they will do things that would reverse history for 75 years!”

But none of that’s going to happen.

Just before the U.S. Election a week ago, I put forth the theory that non-Republicans should not fear, in fact we ought to take heart -- that the probable Republican takeover the Senate and their increased footprint in the House were going to be good things for progressives. This is the right time in history ...

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