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US prisoners in solitary for 40 years

US prisoners in solitary for 40 years | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

by TIM FRANKS, BBC News


Reliable figures on the numbers held in solitary in the US are hard to come by.


What does seem clear is that in that recent decades, the number has grown hugely, into the tens of thousands, as some states put greater emphasis on solitary confinement, and the overall prison population rises. Campaigners put the figure at 80,000.


Reliable figures on the numbers held in solitary in the US are hard to come by.


What does seem clear is that in that recent decades, the number has grown hugely, into the tens of thousands, as some states put greater emphasis on solitary confinement, and the overall prison population rises. Campaigners put the figure at 80,000. [Read the entire article.]

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10 Ways Our Democracy Is Crumbling Around Us

10 Ways Our Democracy Is Crumbling Around Us | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

The financial rot is deeply impacting our democratic structures


by LES LEOPOLD, AlterNet


Our democracy is in grave danger. In fact, it may already be fatally wounded as a financial oligopoly increasingly dominates American politics and the economy.


What’s most remarkable about this new form of oligarchy is that it has no face. There are no flesh and blood oligarchs, only unnamed investors. The big financial sharks can swim among our 401ks. They can flex their awesome power without getting fingered. They can set the entire direction of government activity without lobbying at all.


Here are 10 reasons to worry.


1. Money and Politics

Our democracy is supposedly rooted in the idea of one person, one vote. But the introduction of big money into politics distorts, and perhaps, destroys that ideal. Unlike most advanced democracies, we have failed to eliminate the destructive impacts of money on politics. The cost of our campaigns are rapidly rising. The Citizens United Supreme Court decision further accelerated this trend so that now there are virtually no limits on how much billionaires can spend on their preferred candidates.


Bankers too are getting into the act. One recent super PAC, “Friends of Traditional Banking” is seeking races where it can “target the industry's enemies and support its friends in Congress.”


Of course the obvious result is that all candidates, regardless of party, spend most of their time begging for money, not legislating. You can’t get elected without kissing the oligarchs’ rings. [MORE]

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Forbes' Josh Barro Challenges Van Jones on Morality of Civil Disobedience

Forbes' Josh Barro Challenges Van Jones on Morality of Civil Disobedience | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

by ERIC BYLER, Coffee Party USA


Two interesting discussions took place this morning in this segment of Up with Chris Hayes.


First, when is civil disobedience justified? Josh Barro of Forbes Magazine says it is justified if you are excluded from the political system, as African Americans effectively were prior to the Civil Rights Movement, but not since then. In particular, Barro objects to the use of civil disobedience by climate change activists because Americans who want to limit carbon emissions do have the right to vote. [MORE]

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Barack Obama, Democratic Lawmakers to Barnstorm for ‘Buffett Rule’ Next Week

Barack Obama, Democratic Lawmakers to Barnstorm for ‘Buffett Rule’ Next Week | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

by STEVEN T. DENNIS, Roll Call


President Barack Obama and senior Democrats are expected to hold events next week to push for the “Buffett Rule” in advance of a Senate vote following the spring recess, according to a senior Democratic aide.


Sens. Charles Schumer (N.Y.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.) and Rep. Tammy Baldwin (Wis.) held a press call Thursday to tout Whitehouse’s bill, which Democrats see as a “defining issue” this year. Obama is expected to beat the drums for it next week as well.


“It resonates and we think it totally puts the Republicans on the defensive on the tax issue for the first time maybe ever,” the Democratic aide said.


The aide said Obama is expected to travel to events to tout the vote but did not have details on which states he will visit. [MORE]

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The Ties That Bind: Romney and the Super PACs

The Ties That Bind: Romney and the Super PACs | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

by ROBERT MAGUIRE, OpenSecrets.org


Yesterday the long-developing ties between two Republican super PACs and Mitt Romney's campaign grew stronger when the campaign announced that veteran GOP strategist Ed Gillespie would come aboard as a senior adviser.


Gillespie is a founder of and adviser to American Crossroads, which has stockpiled $26.9 million so far this election cycle, much of which is expected to be spent helping the Republican nominee; it's increasingly likely that will be Romney. Another Crossroads adviser is Carl Forti, who is also president of the pro-Romney Restore Our Future super PAC.


But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The two super PACs, awash in money, share a number of benefactors. Many of the largest donors to Crossroads are also major donors to Restore Our Future, and vice versa. And many have maxed out to the Romney campaign itself, which has been struggling, relatively speaking, to raise cash. [MORE]

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9500 Liberty: Trans-partisan Blueprint for Defeating the Anti-immigrant Lobby


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9500 Liberty documents the first time in U.S. history that an Arizona-style immigration law was actually implemented—and the surprising grassroots opposition that led to its repeal.

Racial tension and threats of violence erupt when Prince William County, Virginia adopts a law requiring the police to question people who appear to be undocumented immigrants. Supporters of the law ride a wave of hysteria to an election victory. But many reconsider when the local economy feels the impact of a sudden exodus of workers, consumers, and business owners. Despite fears of reprisal, a group of concerned citizens launches a “virtual resistance” using social media, setting up a final showdown with the law’s ferocious advocates.

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Don't Just Pressure ALEC's Corporate Sponsors, Name and Shame ALEC Legislators

Don't Just Pressure ALEC's Corporate Sponsors, Name and Shame ALEC Legislators | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

by JOHN NICHOLS, The Nation


What's happening with ALEC is good. But not good enough.


Pressured by a coalition of civil rights, clean government and religious groups to quit their memberships in the American Legislative Exchange Council, multinational corporations are indeed exiting ALEC. Now, it's time to demand that the 2,000 legislators who have joined ALEC do the same.


Coca-Cola quit ALEC Wednesday. PepsiCo revealed the same day that it had quietly decided to let its membership lapse. Intuit Inc. confirmed that it is exiting ALEC. And Kraft Foods has announced that: “Our membership in ALEC expires this spring and for a number of reasons, including limited resources, we have made the decision not to renew.”


Translation: Kraft -- like other corporations that produce consumer products and, thus, must appeal to the great mass of Americans -- no longer wants to be associated with a shadowy group that links corporations and legislators in order to advance extreme (and extremely unpopular) agendas.


Since the Center for Media and Democracy's "ALEC Exposed" project was developed last summer in cooperation with The Nation, millions of Americans have become aware that ALEC uses corporate money to craft one-size-fits-all "model legislation" that its member legislators then propose and pass in the states. [Read the entire article.]

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How a Grassroots Rebellion Won the Nation's Biggest Climate Victory

How a Grassroots Rebellion Won the Nation's Biggest Climate Victory | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

by MARK HERTSGAARD, Mother Jones


Activists have imposed a de facto moratorium on new coal—and beat the Obama EPA to the punch.


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Corporations Learning ALEC Is Bad for Business

Corporations Learning ALEC Is Bad for Business | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

by MICHAEL B. KEEGAN, People for the American Way


After years of working behind the scenes, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is being noticed by more and more Americans, and the public doesn't much like what it sees.


....ALEC lists the members of its Private Enterprise Board on its website. These companies range from pharmaceutical companies like Bayer and GlaxoSmithKline, to consumer products creators like Johnson & Johnson and Diageo (which distributes alcoholic beverages like Crown Royal, Johnny Walker, Smirnoff and Guinness.)  [MORE]

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Romney using ethics exception to limit disclosure of Bain holdings

Romney using ethics exception to limit disclosure of Bain holdings | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

by TOM HAMBURGER, The Washington Post


Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney, whose wealth has become a central issue in the 2012 campaign, has taken advantage of an obscure exception in federal ethics laws to avoid disclosing the nature and extent of his holdings.


By offering a limited description of his assets, Romney has made it difficult to know precisely where his money is invested, whether it is offshore or in controversial companies, or whether those holdings could affect his policies or present any conflicts of interest.


In 48 accounts from Bain Capital, the private equity firm he founded in Boston, Romney declined on his financial disclosure forms to identify the underlying assets, including his holdings in a company that moved U.S. jobs to China and a California firm once owned by Bain that filed for bankruptcy years ago and laid off more than 1,000 workers. [Read More.]

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Coffee Party Radio: Politics Done Right w/Egberto Willies Sat. 4/7/12 @ 1PM Central 12Noon

Coffee Party Radio: Politics Done Right w/Egberto Willies Sat. 4/7/12 @ 1PM Central 12Noon | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

Politics Done Right with Egberto Willies 12:00 Noon Central/1:00 PM Eastern Call In and Listen: (646) 929-2495 Listen And Chat Here   Today I will start the program with an interview of Michael Charney, author of the book Chasing Glenn Beck. [MORE]

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LOUDEN CLEAR! —Jeanene Louden Weekly Radio Show Thurs. at 2:30 ET

LOUDEN CLEAR! —Jeanene Louden Weekly Radio Show Thurs. at 2:30 ET | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

CLICK to listen at 2:30 pm ET (11:30 am PT)

Or, listen AND add your voice: (646) 929-2495


Jeanene Louden is the first elected Secretary of the Coffee Party Board of Directors. Her Coffee Party Radio show this week will reflect on the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the work that is yet to be done to fully realize his dream. [MORE]

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Trayvon Martin Resolution Introduced by Congressional Black Caucus

Trayvon Martin Resolution Introduced by Congressional Black Caucus | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

by JENNIFER BENDERY, Huffington Post


The Congressional Black Caucus unveiled a resolution on Wednesday that honors the life of Trayvon Martin and calls for the repeal of "Stand Your Ground" gun laws in every state that has one, including Florida, where Martin was killed. [MORE]

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Jeanene Louden Intervention Statement at US Capitol

by ERIC BYLER, Coffee Party USA


This speech took place on Oct. 29, 2011 after a freak ice storm had chased our marathon open-mic rally indoors.  While citizens from around the nation continued their "intervention" messages to Congress, Jeanene was among a dozen or so people who decided they wanted their speech to be in front of the US Capitol, wind chill be damned!


A few days later, Jeanene was elected as Secretary for the Coffee Party Board of Directors (you can read her minutes HERE).  She is also the host a weekly show on Coffee Party Radio called "Louden Clear." 

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In gated communities, such as where Trayvon Martin died, a dangerous mind-set

In gated communities, such as where Trayvon Martin died, a dangerous mind-set | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

by EDWARD J. BLAKELY, The Washington Post Op-Ed


Edward J. Blakely is a professor of urban policy at the United States Studies Center at the University of Sydney. He is a co-author of “Fortress America: Gated Communities in the United States.”


Gates convey to those living behind them that their “home” extends all the way to the walls surrounding the compound. Because streets and parks are accessible only to those living within the community, they begin to feel more like private living rooms and are defended fiercely against intruders. When gates blur public and private spaces in this way, these communities can become dangerous for the people inside and outside them — and dangerous for the nation’s ideal of equality among its people.


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Mike Wallace Dead At 93

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Broadcasting legend Mike Wallace has died, CBS News announced on Sunday.

He was 93. Wallace died on Saturday night in a long-term care center in New Haven, Connecticut. He was surrounded by family.


The full AP obituary is quoted in the artilce. [MORE]

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Moyers Interviews Carne Ross author of Leaderless Revolution

Moyers Interviews Carne Ross author of Leaderless Revolution | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

Carne Ross author of Leaderless Revolution: How Ordinary People Will Take Power and Change Politics in the 21st Century. [MORE].

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Chasing Glenn Beck (Out of the Virtual Town Square)

Chasing Glenn Beck (Out of the Virtual Town Square) | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

Egberto Willies Interviews Author Michael Charney


by ERIC BYLER, Coffee Party USA


Remember when Glenn Beck was scary? Remember when he had some credibility? Why are America's right wing bullies having so little impact in 2012? Please listen to Egberto Willies' latest Coffee Party Radio show in which he interviews Michael Charney, award-winning author of the book Chasing Glenn Beck.


Michael is a New Hampshire Republican who decided an on-line social media experiment on Twitter to counter Glenn Beck about a year ago, had some encouraging success, and learned a lot about America along the way. Michael explains in his book the diagnosis and the cure for what he calls "Elect-ile Dysfunction." [MORE]

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NASA scientist: climate change is a moral issue on a par with slavery

NASA scientist: climate change is a moral issue on a par with slavery | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

by SEVERIN CARRELL, The Guardian, via The Raw Story


Averting the worst consequences of human-induced climate change is a “great moral issue” on a par with slavery, according to the leading Nasa climate scientist Prof Jim Hansen.


He argues that storing up expensive and destructive consequences for society in future is an “injustice of one generation to others”.


“The situation we’re creating for young people and future generations is that we’re handing them a climate system which is potentially out of their control,” he said. “We’re in an emergency: you can see what’s on the horizon over the next few decades with the effects it will have on ecosystems, sea level and species extinction.” [MORE]

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Corporate Money or American Democracy: Vermont Senate to Decide

Corporate Money or American Democracy: Vermont Senate to Decide | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

by AQUENE FREECHILD, Public Citizen


The Vermont Senate should take a stand against corporate influence in our democracy and pass a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling and related cases. Citizens United allows corporations to spend unlimited sums from their treasuries to influence elections. [MORE]

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Stop Romanticizing the "Tea Party"

Stop Romanticizing the "Tea Party" | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

In theory, it stands for traditional virtues and against unchecked government. In practice, it elevates absurd charlatans that even GOP primary voters reject.


by CONOR FRIEDERSDORF, The Atlantic


Who'd argue against wisdom, reflectiveness, thrift, self-reliance, fidelity, piety, industry, responsibility, frugality, or industriousness? Most Tea Partiers to whom I've spoken would react warmly to all of those words. And yet. Do the politicians that the Tea Party elevates embody those qualities more than the various Republicans and Democrats who aren't affiliated with the Tea Party movement?


They do not. [Read the article.]

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Coca-Cola and Pepsi Drop ALEC

Coca-Cola and Pepsi Drop ALEC | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

by SUZANNE MERKELSON, Republic Report

 

Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have both dropped their memberships in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the shadowy, ideologically conservative organization behind “Stand Your Ground” and other controversial state laws, including a ban on living wages, school and prison privatization, and disenfranchising voter ID requirements. ALEC links corporations with friendly state lawmakers and drafts model legislation to be pushed in state legislatures. “Stand Your Ground” and its implication in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin have pushed ALEC and its member corporations, including not only Coca-Cola and Pepsi, but also Wal-Mart, ExxonMobil, FedEx, Johnson & Johnson, and others, into the spotlight.

 

Advocates cited the facts of the Trayvon Martin case to draw attention to ALEC, whose work remains quite secretive given its enormous influence nationwide. Last week, Republic Report organized a letter with Color of Change, Rebuild The Dream, and Center for Media and Democracy asking corporations that are members of the ALEC Private Enterprise Board to withdraw from ALEC. NPR reports that the Coca-Cola and PepsiCo cases are “part of a much broader campaign to spotlight companies that sell products to a public that might object to hard-line conservative policies” [MORE]

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Forty Years Gone: MLK's Dream Today Would Be Colored 'Green'

Forty Years Gone: MLK's Dream Today Would Be Colored 'Green' | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

by VAN JONES, via huffingtonpost.com


[This is the topic of a COFFEE PARTY RADIO available on podcast.]


Four decades have passed since that fateful day. As of this month, Dr. King has been gone from us longer than he was ever here. As we pass this milestone in history, we gather in Memphis to remind ourselves and the world that a bullet killed the dreamer -- but not the dream.


Dr. King had a vision of an America as good as its promise, and a world at peace with itself. That vision lives on in the hearts of hundreds of millions -- including two generations of adults and a rising generation of teenagers, all of whom have been born since Dr. King's passing.


The time has come for us to step forward. We must take full responsibility to advance the cause of justice, opportunity and peace in a new century. [MORE]

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Climate Change and Heat Waves

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by Kate at ClimateSight


One of the most dangerous effects of climate change is its impact on extreme events. The extra energy that’s present on a warmer world doesn’t distribute itself uniformly – it can come out in large bursts, manifesting itself as heat waves, floods, droughts, hurricanes, and tornadoes, to name a few. Consequently, warming the world by an average of 2 degrees is a lot more complicated than adding 2 to every weather station reading around the world.

 

Scientists have a difficult time studying the impacts of climate change on extreme events, because all these events could happen anyway – how can you tell if Hurricane Something is a direct result of warming, or just a fluke? Indeed, for events involving precipitation, like hurricanes or droughts, it’s not possible to answer this question. However, research is advancing to the point where we can begin to attribute individual heat waves to climate change with fairly high levels of confidence. For example, the recent extended heat wave in Texas, which was particularly devastating for farmers, probably wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for global warming. [MORE]

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Euro Zone Austerity Comes Under Fire

Euro Zone Austerity Comes Under Fire | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

Excerpt from article by BRIAN BLACKSTONE, Wall Street Journal


Amid concerns about Italy's worsening economic outlook, industry minister Corrado Passera said on Tuesday that his government won't cut spending any deeper than it already has, adding: "With austerity, one doesn't grow."


So far, such voices are failing to move the euro zone's strongest players, the European Central Bank and Germany, which continue to insist that austerity for all, coupled with long-term structural overhauls of economies, is the only way to end the currency bloc's debt crisis.


...The IMF and others have long argued that austerity hurts growth, at least in the near term. Now a growing number of economists say that for many countries, austerity isn't an effective way of balancing the budget in the longer term.


Brad DeLong, an economics professor at University of California, Berkeley, has researched the effects of fiscal policy together with former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers.


Their finding: In a depressed economy where interest rates are low, budget cuts that prolong a recession undermine tax revenues, erasing the fiscal benefits of the initial cuts.


"This was the astonishing thing we found when we began doing the arithmetic seriously," Mr. DeLong said in an email.


In countries with low borrowing costs, such as the U.S., Germany, France and the Netherlands, the lost economic activity from austerity makes public debts harder, not easier, to bear, he said.


...Austerity is "a big mistake in these countries where the cost of financing is so low. It's the time to invest," said Paul De Grauwe, an economics professor at Belgium's Catholic University of Leuven. [MORE]

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