Brian Sonenstein

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

Slowdown for Net Neutrality: Speak Out Today Against the Corporate Takeover of the Internet

By: Wednesday September 10, 2014 9:30 am

TODAY is the great Internet slowdown for net neutrality. Time is running out to submit final comments to the FCC in favor of Net Neutrality. That’s why we’re joining Team Internet in the Battle for the Net, telling lawmakers to stop our ISP’s from implementing ‘slow lanes’ that could jeopardize our access to a free [...]

Bureau of Prisons Should Consider Ohio Inmate Protest Before Renewing Private Prison Contract

By: Thursday August 14, 2014 2:24 pm

140 prisoners at CCA’s private immigrant prison in Ohio protested this week against violence, abuse and substandard food at the facility. But with CCA’s contract up for renewal this spring, Warden Mike Pugh may have violated protocol to keep it under wraps. If CCA’s disgraceful track record in Youngstown isn’t enough to give the Bureau [...]

FDL Launching ‘Prison Reporting Project’ to Investigate Private Prison Industry and Mass Incarceration

By: Tuesday August 12, 2014 10:29 am

Private prison companies make billions of dollars in profit each year running violent, abusive and inhumane facilities. They’re able to get away with it because the details of their government contracts and life behind their walls is kept out of the public eye. If we hope to fight this injustice, we must drag the for-profit [...]

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 [...]