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Brian Sonenstein

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

LIVESTREAM: Walmart Workers in Los Angeles Hold First-Ever Sit-Down Strike

By: Thursday November 13, 2014 11:39 am

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream Sign our petition to Walmart demanding an end to unfair labor practices. Today, Walmart workers in Los Angeles escalated the fight for fair wages and treatment, holding the first-ever sit-down strike at a Walmart store. Workers entered the store this morning and refused to move, holding a sit-in near [...]

Firedoglake Joins Coalition Letter Demanding Congress Restore Whistleblower Rights for Intelligence Contractors

By: Friday October 31, 2014 1:06 pm

This week, Firedoglake joined a diverse, transpartisan coalition of organizations to send a letter to chairmen and ranking members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House Committees on Armed Services, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, demanding Congress restore whistleblower protections for intelligence agency contractors. While we [...]

Civil Liberties Advocates, Organizations and Whistleblowers Tell Congress to Oppose the USA FREEDOM Act

By: Monday September 15, 2014 9:00 am

Firedoglake is proud to join civil liberties advocates, organizations and whistleblowers in urging members of Congress to oppose the NSA reform bill known as the USA FREEDOM Act (S. 2685). Today, our coalition sent the following letter to members in the House and Senate. The letter (PDF) was signed by whistleblowers William Binney, Thomas Drake, [...]

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 [...]

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