Jun 9, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom
Yesterday Mitt Romney said of President Obama, “…he wants another stimulus, he wants to hire more government workers. He says we need more fireman, more policeman, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.”
After being “stopped and frisked” by the NYPD more times than he can count, Avaaz member Tyquan started a petition calling on Mayor Bloomberg to end the racially charged policy. Stand with Tyquan and the over 200,000 people stopped this year alone – sign the petition now:
Crime is at a record low, but the practice of “stopping and frisking” primarily black and Latino New Yorkers has exploded by 600% in the last decade. NYC’s Public Advocate recently called for a halt to “stop and frisk” and now a Federal Judge has called the policy a broad abuse of fundamental constitutional rights, allowing a massive class action lawsuit against the city.
But the Mayor has dug in his heels, refusing to fold in spite of the legal ruling. Massive public opinion is the only thing that can end this police policy for good. Let’s stand with Tyquan and bring a national call for justice to Mayor Bloomberg’s front door:
Tyquan’s story is hardly unique, in fact, it’s standard operating procedure for the NYPD who have stopped and frisked over 200,000 people just like Tyquan this year alone. Worse, the stops are almost completely arbitrary. Officers cited vague sounding justifications for over half the stops made last year, including “furtive movements” and “inappropriate attire off season.” There’s also no evidence the policy is cutting down on crime – in over 90% of these stops the NYPD makes no arrests, or even issues a ticket. And white men accounted for only 4% of those stops last year.
If enough of us stand with Tyquan we can show Mayor Bloomberg that a growing national outcry demands better of him – and New York. Sign and share now, when our call reaches 100,000 strong, we’ll deliver this petition directly to Mayor Bloomberg at City Hall urging him to do the right thing and halt this reckless policy:
As a member, Tyquan has been inspired by the Avaaz community’s work to stop Internet censorship, end deforestation and prevent attacks on women’s rights around the world – now its our chance to stand with Tyquan and lend people-power to the fight against racial injustice and police abuse in New York.
With hope and determination,
Emma, Joseph, Ricken, Andrew, Brant, Kya and the whole Avaaz team
PS: Have you been harassed by law enforcement where you live? Click here to start a petition like Tyquan’s: http://avaaz.org/en/petition/start_a_petition/?ps14480
Public Advocate to Call for Audit of Stop-and-Frisk Tactic (New York Times) http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/09/nyregion/new-york-public-advocate-to-call-for-an-audit-of-police-stop-and-frisk-tactic.html
NYPD stop-and-frisk lawsuit now class action in victory for civil rights groups (The Guardian) http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/16/new-york-stop-and-frisk-lawsuit
In 2011, NYPD Made More Stops Of Young Black Men Than The Total Number Of Young Black Men In New York (ThinkProgress) http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/05/10/481589/nypd-stop-and-frisk-young-black-men/
New NYCLU Report Finds NYPD Stop-and-Frisk Practices Ineffective, Reveals Depth of Racial Disparities (NYCLU) http://www.nyclu.org/news/new-nyclu-report-finds-nypd-stop-and-frisk-practices-ineffective-reveals-depth-of-racial-dispar
NYPD Stop And Frisks: 15 Shocking Facts About A Controversial Program (Huffington Post) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/13/nypd-stop-and-frisks-15-shocking-facts_n_1513362.html?ref=new-york&ref=new-york
Why is the NYPD after me? (New York Times) http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/18/opinion/sunday/young-black-and-frisked-by-the-nypd.html?pagewanted=all
‘Quotas exist’: Former NYPD Officers discuss the data driven department http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/politics/2012/05/5837828/quotas-exist-former-nypd-officers-discuss-data-driven-department?politics-bucket-headline
Here We Go Again—Another Fossil Fuel Industry Attack on Science
Tell your member of Congress: Don’t block standards that protect our health and environment—vote no on the Gasoline Regulations Act.
The House of Representatives will soon vote on yet another fossil fuel industry-backed bill, attacking clean air and public health. It is critical that we stand up for strong standards based on independent science, not false economic claims from big polluters.
The Gasoline Regulations Act (H.R. 4771) is an all-out attack on our clean air and public health. The bill would force the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to give undo weight to the industry’s economic claims when setting what should be, first and foremost, science-based standards that protect our health and environment.
The legislation delays standards that would save lives and save money by reducing sulfur in gasoline.
The bill also attacks standards that would limit ozone and other harmful air pollutants from power plants and global warming emissions from oil refineries. Some members of Congress may even attempt to amend the bill to prevent the EPA from moving forward with their historic draft standard to limit global warming pollution from new power plants.
Fossil fuel lobbyists and their allies in Congress are attacking the EPA with false claims about the impact that these proposed standards might have on gas prices. But we know that this bill will have no effect on fuel prices, but would have a lasting, negative impact on public health.
Congress needs to hear from Americans like you who support the EPA’s efforts to protect our health from dirty energy and dirty fuels.
Tell your member of Congress: Don’t block vital standards for our health and environment—vote no on the Gasoline Regulations Act.
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By ThinkProgress War Room on Jun 12, 2012 at 5:42 pm
How Far Will Rick Scott Go to Steal the Election?
ThinkProgress has been leading the coverage of Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) effort to disenfranchise tens of thousands of potentially eligible voters, many of whom happen to be Hispanic and/or Democrats. As we know from past elections in Florida, this could easily steal the election for Mitt Romney.
Here’s the latest on Florida Governor Rick Scott’s illegal voter purge.
- Florida Sues the Federal Government In Order to Continue Its Voter Purge
Yesterday, Scott announced that the state would be suing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in order to gain access to a database to help it continue with its illegal purge.
DHS has expressed skepticism at allowing Scott to use its database — called SAVE or “Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements” — in order to suppress the vote, telling the Orlando Sentinel last week that the data is incomplete and does not provide comprehensive information on all eligible voters:
On Thursday, a senior DHS official, who would speak only on background, saidthe agency was waiting for Florida and the U.S. Justice Department to settle their dispute on whether Florida’s purge violates federal voter-protection laws before allowing the state access the SAVE database. Only then would DHS consider access legally authorized, the official said.
“Obviously, removing folks from the voter rolls is something we take seriously,” said the official.
The DHS representative also cautioned that even if Florida could use SAVE, it would not paint a complete picture of who is a U.S. citizen — as the list deals largely with green-card holders and naturalized citizens, and is not a comprehensive list of all Americans who have the right to vote.
- The Department of Justice Sues Florida to Stop Its ‘Unlawful Conduct’
Not long after Florida announced its lawsuit yesterday, the Department of Justice in turn announced that Florida’s refusal to stop its illegal voter purge left DOJ no choice but to file a lawsuit against the state in federal court.
In a letter sent to the Florida Secretary of State last evening, Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez argued that Florida is violating the National Voter Registration Act and the Voting Rights Act. “Please immediately cease this unlawful conduct,” Perez wrote. The full text of the letter is available HERE.
Just hours ago, DOJ filed its lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida. You can read the complaint HERE.
- Florida Election Supervisors Continue to Balk At Scott’s Illegal Voter Purge
Even before the legal battle over Scott’s plan heated up this week, all of Florida’s election supervisors had halted any participation in the purge. Some counties have even already reinstated voters they’d already purged.
Even Republican election supervisors are having none of it. Republican Ann McFall, county supervisor of elections for Volusia County, told ThinkProgress that Scott’s lawsuit against the federal government does not have her support and she will not resume purging voters before the elections, regardless of the suit’s outcome:
No I do not support the lawsuit. It is [about] helping the Governor and Secretary of State improve their image. I am not doing any further voter purge until after Nov 2012.
- Mitt Romney Won’t Say Where He Stands
As is often the case on controversial issues, Mitt Romney has thus far refused to take a stand on an issue that could be of direct benefit to him. Ditto for Florida Senator and potential vice-presidential nominee Marco Rubio.
Earlier today, Romney appeared at an event in Orlando and MoveOn’s “99 Percent Airlines” took to the skies above the event to call out the purge:
Unlike Romney himself, top Romney fundraiser and surrogate Donald Trump is not one to shy away from controversy and this afternoon he tweeted his support for Scott’s plan to disenfranchise untold numbers of eligible voters.
Evening Brief: Important Stories That You May Have Missed
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Mitt Romney’s choice of words prove what an outsider he is to the average American’s way of thinking.
A draft letter circulated by Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) calls on the Obama administration to offer Iran few concessions without a full confidence-building agreement with Tehran.
Mitt Romney spent the morning in Florida bashing the Obama administration’s stimulus plan as an effort to “protect government” but, later in the day, he will attend a fundraiser at the home of Orrin H. Ingram II, whose company benefited from $130,000 in federal stimulus money.
A new smartphone app called “Stop and Frisk Watch” allows users to record “Stop and Frisks” by New York City police officers.
Johnson and Johnson became the latest major corporation to dump ALEC.
Tens of thousands of Russians protested in Moscow today, demanding that Russian President Vladimir Putin step down and challenging new laws designed to curb protest.
Republican senators caught on tape explaining why the Supreme Court must uphold the Affordable Care Act.
Romney wants to cut off health insurance for millions of Americans.
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just another rant …
“With the term spectacle, Debord defines the system that is a confluence of advanced capitalism, the mass media, and the types of governments who favor those phenomena: “the spectacle, taken in the limited sense of ‘mass media’ which are its most glaring superficial manifestation”. The spectacle is the inverted image of society in which relations between commodities have supplanted relations between people, in which “passive identification with the spectacle supplants genuine activity”.
The book by Debord is worth reading and perfect for what I am ranting about … change, misleading, misquotes, ugly images coming from the media and Republican Capitalism taking over in Congress
In 2009, We were all listening and hearing various folks in the msm, interest groups and others make comments and complain about Obama having taken a great first step toward change but hasn’t gone far enough to sedate or fulfill the promises he made during his campaign. No President is going to make all their constituents happy but the Negative comments became bold, louder and more frequent. The unfortunate part of this was that the media gave too much PR to Republican rhetoric and some in the “professional left” followed, taking part of that 53% believing that we are tilting over the edge of an abyss. It pissed me off then and now after 3.5yrs I cannot say that the “professional left has been paying attention. I don’t know about you but I know that change takes time. In the case of America, it takes a Congress that is able and willing to put political differences aside for the greater good, we all learned about in school. It also takes a Congress that will accept the First Black President was elected by 53% of the population and that the word compromise is not dirty or bad but an action used in their daily lives with friends family and co-workers. However, Teapublicans/Republicans like Speaker Boehner Mitch McConnell made back room deals in those quiet rooms while listening to organizations that lobby and give money to politicians like Grover Norquist ending that old saying one-person one vote.
The list below gives the reader a sense of those professional left who kept whining right on through the 2010 elections. I have no idea why the professional left thought the campaign agenda should be placed above correcting what the last guy left him to fix. All I know is that the comments and the whining gave me the distinct impression some of these folks probably did not understand, care and did absolutely nothing to help push shove or throw things at Republicans in order for them to do the People’s Business. The fight for 2012 should include without a doubt the people listed below or we will all suffer. Well, I will admit the lame duck session was not bad but why wait for a lame duck session.
We need everyone to step up and speak out about what accomplishments and progresses President Obama has made since
**Environmentalist… like Phil Radford stated among other things,” Obama is missing in action” as it, relates to global warming …in an article written by Bryan Walsh from Time Magazine…
**Gay/Lesbian leaders… are starting to make comments about Obama not going far enough on don’t ask/don’t tell but today he announced he will enact federal benefits for same sex couples …moving too slow stating their needs have been set aside. Come on… People of colour know what being impatient means …
**Health-care liberals… are impatient and talking about how they put Obama in office and threatening a change in 2012 …
**Wall Street … flexed their muscles to show Obama who really is in charge of the market …
Change will happen, but President Obama cannot do it all himself, we need to call, write and March to let Congress know that, “We the People” 53% voted but the Party of NO is cancelling each vote with filibusters while obstructing our Economy and Democracy in both Chambers of Congress.
“The spectacle is not a collection of images,” Debord writes, “rather; it is a social relationship between people that is mediated by images.”
In Other News …
What does the Farm Bill have to do with you? The answer to that question is simple: a lot. The Union of Concerned Scientists is hosting a webinar to help you learn why, with the inside scoop from our experts.
Toward Healthy Food and Farms: How Science-Based Policies in the 2012 Farm Bill Can Transform Agriculture
Date: Thursday, June 14
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST (11:00 a.m.-noon PST)
When you’re grocery shopping, do you ever wonder why corn chips and sugary drinks cost less than carrots and squash? In large part, it’s because government policies make the wrong foods cheaper and more abundant. UCS analysis shows that practical changes to agricultural policies can shift priorities to provide greater support to healthier food and farms instead of subsidizing unhealthy, processed foods.
Congress is currently working to finalize the Farm Bill, and while we’ve seen some good changes, they’re not enough. And the chance to change these policies comes just once every five years!
The webinar will cover the latest Farm Bill news from Capitol Hill, followed by an overview of UCS analysis showing that support for local food can benefit the economy and our health. Finally, we’ll share how you can take effective action now to urge Congress to support healthy and sustainable food production in the 2012 Farm Bill.
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