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No mention of "75% of members support Clinton" in a letter from my SEIU local

Just that the leadership voted for it:


http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=4a64eabe-5738-4c7e-a5c2-d8c43c1895a0&c=24c13e90-4602-11e3-ad04-d4ae52806b34&ch=26c43a80-4602-11e3-ad3a-d4ae52806b34

Dear 1199 Member,

Over the past several months, more than 22,000 members of 1199 had conversations with each other and filled out surveys about the issues that matter to us most as healthcare workers. Through this process we created our "Action Platform" of priority issues that we will fight for so every candidate hears our voice and we can improve our lives: good jobs, quality healthcare for all, social justice, immigration reform and a healthy planet.

In order to win the goals in our Action Platform, we must have a leader on our side in the White House. That is why the elected leaders of 1199 voted to support SEIU's endorsement of Hillary Clinton today. Throughout the endorsement decision-making process, we sent a clear message that we strongly urge Secretary Clinton to not only continue supporting a $15 minimum wage on the state and local levels, but also to expand that support to the federal level for all working people. In the richest country in history of the world, we must ensure that hard work is rewarded, that working people can provide their children with a better future, and that we can build a fair and inclusive economy.

1199SEIU's executive leaders had met recently with both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, and expressed our urgent priorities to them. From those meetings, we felt confident that both candidates strongly supported our issues, but that Secretary Clinton outlined the most effective strategy for winning the general election.

We admire and respect Senator Sanders, and applaud his message of fairness and economic justice. But above all, we cannot under any circumstances let anti-worker, right-wing politicians gain control of the White House, in addition to controlling the Senate, Congress and the Supreme Court. That consolidation of power by the extreme right-wing would be a catastrophe for working people, women, people of color, immigrants, youth, seniors, the LGBTQ community, and for America's standing in the world. The right-wing agenda is focused on accumulating more wealth and power for the top 1%, while leaving everyone else behind.

Secretary Clinton has the commitment, skills and experience to move our country forward, and the most effective strategy to win the presidency. Therefore, we support SEIU's decision to endorse Hillary Clinton, and we will ensure the priority issues of healthcare workers, our patients, our families and our communities are heard loud and clear. Together, we will fight for a country that works for working people, with security, opportunity and dignity for all.

In Unity,
George Gresham, President
1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Fri Nov 20, 2015, 02:45 PM (10 replies)

Moms Demand Action matches Trump's stupidity with some of their own

<Sigh>. Seems *everybody* with an axe to grind jumps to exploit tragedy:



Just like we united to mourn all lives lost to airliner violence after 9/11?



Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Nov 16, 2015, 06:56 PM (17 replies)

Prosecutor And Cop Lose It Over Idea Of Over Idea Of Needing A Conviction To Take Property

X-posted from Civil Liberties

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/oklahoma-civil-asset-forfeiture_56461dd1e4b045bf3deedb11?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592



Law enforcement officials in Oklahoma are distraught about a bill to reform civil asset forfeiture.

Nick Wing
Senior Viral Editor, The Huffington Post

Posted: 11/13/2015 06:21 PM EST | Edited: 11/13/2015 06:24 PM EST

Oklahoma might be best known as a home to Sooners, Cowboys and country music fans, but a local prosecutor and police officer say the state will be welcoming violent drug cartels if a Republican lawmaker gets his way.

State Sen. Kyle Loveless has been trying to muster support this year for a bill that would reform a controversial law enforcement tool known as civil asset forfeiture. Using the practice, police and prosecutors in the state work together to permanently seize cash and property -- including cars, homes and businesses -- based on the suspicion that it's connected to criminal activity.

Proponents maintain that civil asset forfeiture is an important crime-fighting tool, often saying it lets them attack the profits of drug traffickers even when there's not a clear criminal link. But it gives authorities the power to take property without charging its owner with a crime, much less securing a conviction. In Oklahoma, the state isn't even required to provide definitive proof of the alleged criminal ties before taking control of the property, selling it and giving the money back to the departments involved in the case.

Loveless sees this as a fundamental violation of people's rights to due process and property and says the lax standards have gotten innocent people in Oklahoma caught in the civil asset forfeiture net. On Thursday, he sparred with Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler and Eric Dalgleish, a major at the Tulsa Police Department, over the merits of his bill to require a criminal conviction to permanently take someone's property.


Podcast available here:

PC and Eddie with State Senator Kyle Lovelace, DA Steve Kunzweiler, and TPD officer Major Dalgleish on civil asset forfeiture reform

http://www.1170kfaq.com/podcasts/patcampbell/347010772.html
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Nov 16, 2015, 03:51 PM (2 replies)

Prosecutor And Cop Lose It Over Idea Of Over Idea Of Needing A Conviction To Take Property

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/oklahoma-civil-asset-forfeiture_56461dd1e4b045bf3deedb11?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592



Law enforcement officials in Oklahoma are distraught about a bill to reform civil asset forfeiture.

Nick Wing
Senior Viral Editor, The Huffington Post

Posted: 11/13/2015 06:21 PM EST | Edited: 11/13/2015 06:24 PM EST

Oklahoma might be best known as a home to Sooners, Cowboys and country music fans, but a local prosecutor and police officer say the state will be welcoming violent drug cartels if a Republican lawmaker gets his way.

State Sen. Kyle Loveless has been trying to muster support this year for a bill that would reform a controversial law enforcement tool known as civil asset forfeiture. Using the practice, police and prosecutors in the state work together to permanently seize cash and property -- including cars, homes and businesses -- based on the suspicion that it's connected to criminal activity.

Proponents maintain that civil asset forfeiture is an important crime-fighting tool, often saying it lets them attack the profits of drug traffickers even when there's not a clear criminal link. But it gives authorities the power to take property without charging its owner with a crime, much less securing a conviction. In Oklahoma, the state isn't even required to provide definitive proof of the alleged criminal ties before taking control of the property, selling it and giving the money back to the departments involved in the case.

Loveless sees this as a fundamental violation of people's rights to due process and property and says the lax standards have gotten innocent people in Oklahoma caught in the civil asset forfeiture net. On Thursday, he sparred with Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler and Eric Dalgleish, a major at the Tulsa Police Department, over the merits of his bill to require a criminal conviction to permanently take someone's property.


Podcast available here:

PC and Eddie with State Senator Kyle Lovelace, DA Steve Kunzweiler, and TPD officer Major Dalgleish on civil asset forfeiture reform

http://www.1170kfaq.com/podcasts/patcampbell/347010772.html
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Nov 16, 2015, 03:47 PM (4 replies)

Attempts at shaming only work when you have credibility with those being shamed

So why are gun control advocates going this route? Gun owners already see them as
somewhere between used car dealers and the more mendacious sorts of TV preachers.

There's no doubt that some of them really think that they can
get gun owners to 'see the light and hear the call' , but to be honest- most of it
seems like a pro forma desperation move, or an attempt to establish
a rep with the like-minded.


Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sat Oct 24, 2015, 02:50 AM (22 replies)

DEA bought millions in cell phone trackers and training, payment data shows

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/oct/14/dea-cell-phone-trackers/


DEA bought millions in cell phone trackers and training, payment data shows

Agency refuses to release acquisition docs despite extensive online checkbook entries - including make and model for specific field offices

Over the past ten years, the Drug Enforcement Administration has spent millions of dollars on cell phone tracking. Federal purchasing documents that are already posted online indicate the make and model of the tracking device, and often even the DEA field office that bought it.

Simple searches on the Federal Procurement Data System reveal more than $5 million that the DEA paid Harris Corporation since 2005 for cell phone trackers and training sessions. The DEA bought a range of surveillance devices from the StingRay line, and as well as numerous device upgrades.

This information is already publicly posted online for anyone to review. But, even after conducting a physical count in response to one request, the DEA insists that it cannot release acquisition documents for its cell phone trackers. Just like the FBI, the DEA continues to withhold the most basic information about surveillance equipment everyone knows they use.


Lots of linked documents at the MuckRock site above

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Oct 15, 2015, 12:46 AM (0 replies)

From the other group: "Living for 32 documentary available on Vimeo"

http://www.democraticunderground.com/12629785

Previously discussed here:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/117227650

The same unanswered questions brought up in that thread still apply:

When do we get to see the unedited, raw footage? And was any evidence of criminal activity
forwarded to the ATF?

And a new one: How does this differ from what James O'Keefe did to ACORN or what
the gestational slavers did to Planned Parenthood?

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Oct 1, 2015, 01:45 PM (0 replies)

SCREW YOU, FEDS! Dozen or more US libraries line up to run Tor exit nodes

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/09/17/library_freedom_project_dozen_more_tor_nodes/

A dozen libraries across the US have asked for details on how to host Tor exit nodes following a decision by the small town of Lebanon, New Hampshire, to forego police warnings.

Following a decision by the library's board of trustees earlier this week to put the exit node back online, the founder of the Library Freedom Project, Alison Macrina, said that she had heard from a number of other libraries interested in hosting Tor nodes...

...There was consternation at the government's actions, however, and the issue quickly centered on freedom of speech. At its meeting, following the vocal backing of residents, the board unanimously decided to turn it back on.

Macrina now says that the DHS' efforts have put her project on the map. "This has catalyzed additional libraries and community members," she told Motherboard. "Folks have emailed me saying 'We don't care if it gets shut down, we want to push back against '."


Note: this is a follow-up to

First Library to Support Anonymous Internet Browsing Effort Stops After DHS Email

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1016131944

http://www.democraticunderground.com/11681466

and

Library’s Tor relay—which had been pulled after Feds noticed—now restored

http://www.democraticunderground.com/11681473


The Library Freedom Project site can be found at:

https://libraryfreedomproject.org/


Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Sep 24, 2015, 12:21 AM (2 replies)

SCREW YOU, FEDS! Dozen or more US libraries line up to run Tor exit nodes

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/09/17/library_freedom_project_dozen_more_tor_nodes/

A dozen libraries across the US have asked for details on how to host Tor exit nodes following a decision by the small town of Lebanon, New Hampshire, to forego police warnings.

Following a decision by the library's board of trustees earlier this week to put the exit node back online, the founder of the Library Freedom Project, Alison Macrina, said that she had heard from a number of other libraries interested in hosting Tor nodes...

...There was consternation at the government's actions, however, and the issue quickly centered on freedom of speech. At its meeting, following the vocal backing of residents, the board unanimously decided to turn it back on.

Macrina now says that the DHS' efforts have put her project on the map. "This has catalyzed additional libraries and community members," she told Motherboard. "Folks have emailed me saying 'We don't care if it gets shut down, we want to push back against '."


Note: this is a follow-up to

First Library to Support Anonymous Internet Browsing Effort Stops After DHS Email

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1016131944

http://www.democraticunderground.com/11681466

and

Library’s Tor relay—which had been pulled after Feds noticed—now restored

http://www.democraticunderground.com/11681473


The Library Freedom Project site can be found at:

https://libraryfreedomproject.org/


Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Sep 24, 2015, 12:13 AM (1 replies)

Library’s Tor relay—which had been pulled after Feds noticed—now restored

Note: this is a follow-up to

http://www.democraticunderground.com/11681466

First Library to Support Anonymous Internet Browsing Effort Stops After DHS Email

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/09/small-town-library-restores-tor-relay-which-had-gone-dark-for-weeks/

The New Hampshire library, which last week took down a Tor relay after federal authorities read about it on Ars, has finally restored its important link in the anonymizing network.

The node was turned back on Tuesday evening immediately after the board of the Kilton Public Library in Lebanon voted to do so...

...As Ars reported earlier, the goal of the Library Freedom Project is to set up Tor exit relays in as many of these ubiquitous public institutions as possible. As of now, only about 1,000 exit relays exist worldwide. If this plan is successful, it could vastly increase the scope and speed of the famed anonymizing network. For now, Kilton has a middle relay but has plans to convert it to an exit relay. A middle relay passes traffic to another relay before departing the Tor network on the exit relay.

A Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agent first learned of the plan after reading Ars’ July 30 article and then forwarded it on as a heads-up to a local police officer on the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children task force. That, in turn, led to a meeting between local law enforcement, city officials, and the library. (HSI is the investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security.)


Kudos to the Kilton Public Library!

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Sep 17, 2015, 01:09 AM (1 replies)
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