Brian Sonenstein

About Me:
Campaign Director at Firedoglake. Follow me on twitter @bsonenstein
About Me:
Campaign Director at Firedoglake. Follow me on twitter @bsonenstein

Detroit Residents Face Water Crisis as 36 Detroit Businesses Owe Over $4.2 Million in Back Bills

By: Thursday July 10, 2014 11:32 am

After facing international condemnation for shutting off access to clean water for thousands of Detroit residents, the Detroit Free Press reported yesterday that the water department will finally begin pursuing corporate debts. But it’s too little, too late. Over 7,000 residents already had their service cut off in June alone, before a single business faced [...]

Stop Corrections Corporation of America From Profiting Off Ohio Private Immigrant Prison

By: Monday July 7, 2014 9:06 am

Corrections Corporations of America — the nation’s largest private prison company — is bidding to renew its contract for a troubled immigrant detention center in Youngstown, OH. But a new study uncovered insect-infested and overcrowded cells, understaffed medical personnel, and a ‘warehouse and forget’ attitude at for-profit prisons like this one. Stop CCA from abusing [...]

Firedoglake to Implement Aaron Swartz’ ‘SecureDrop’ Whistleblower Submission System

By: Tuesday July 1, 2014 8:51 am

In an age of mass surveillance and assaults on press freedom, Firedoglake has a responsibility to protect our journalists’ communications with their sources. That’s why — with the help of our friends at the Freedom of the Press Foundation — we’re implementing the open-source SecureDrop whistleblower submission system for our writers. But we need your [...]

Is “Smart Track” the Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing That Could Restart #TPP Negotiations?

By: Thursday June 26, 2014 2:28 pm

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is looking to revive the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other trade agreements after stiff opposition to “Fast Track” trade promotion authority stalled negotiations. He is planning to introduce a new TPA bill called “Smart Track,” and while there are few details available about it, some are already worried the plan could be [...]

Call Your Senators: Support the Paul-Booker Amendment to End the War on Medical Marijuana

By: Friday June 20, 2014 10:27 am

As my colleague Jon reported yesterday, Senators Rand Paul and Cory Booker will introduce an amendment blocking the federal government from using taxpayer dollars to crack down on state medical marijuana programs. Please call your senators to support the Paul-Booker Amendment ending the federal war on medical marijuana. We have phone numbers and a sample [...]

Bulk Surveillance Lives On in USA Freedom Act; Senate Should Oppose Bill in Favor of True NSA Reform

By: Thursday June 5, 2014 12:41 pm

The USA Freedom Act passed the House, but it has been so seriously gutted that we can no longer support it. It’s so bad now that half of the bill’s co-sponsors voted against it. Now pro-surveillance advocates are moving to advance it with great speed in the Senate. Senator Feinstein is holding a hearing on [...]

#ResetTheNet Today With These Simple Privacy Measures

By: Thursday June 5, 2014 6:08 am

Thanks to Edward Snowden’s disclosures, we know that the NSA’s internet dragnet relies on two things to easily collect information. First, most people use services provided by major tech firms like Google, Apple and Facebook that can, willingly or by force of a national security letter, be tapped. And two, most people don’t take steps [...]

Victory! House Votes to End War on Medical Marijuana

By: Friday May 30, 2014 3:24 pm

We’re one step closer to ending the federal war on medical marijuana. In a vote late last night, the House of Representative approved Rep. Rohrabacher’s amendment to stop federal law enforcement resources from being used against state-sanctioned medical marijuana programs. Thousands of Just Say Now activists signed our petition and made calls to their congressmen [...]

Imprisoned Torture Whistleblower John Kiriakou Thanks Supporters in New “Letter from Loretto”

By: Wednesday May 28, 2014 12:32 pm

We received another “Letter from Loretto” from our friend and imprisoned torture whistleblower John Kiriakou last week. In this most recent letter, John pens a heartfelt thank-you to supporters for their efforts on his behalf: for the May 9th Day of Action in Washington, DC and across the nation, as well as for sending his [...]

Help Keep Imprisoned Whistleblower John Kiriakou’s Family in Their Home

By: Wednesday May 21, 2014 12:01 pm

Firedoglake’s Jane Hamsher and Kevin Gosztola drove up to Loretto, Pennsylvania this past weekend to pay another visit to imprisoned whistleblower John Kiriakou. While they were there, they¬†asked if there was anything else we could do to help him and his family through this difficult time. John told us that they are struggling to make [...]