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Milwaukee voices plan to send a message to Congress during nationwide “Impeach & Remove” rally

At more than 500 rallies planned for the evening of December 17, hundreds of thousands of Americans are expected to call on the U.S. House to vote to impeach President Donald Trump, including residents of Milwaukee. The rallies will take place at congressional offices and other public spaces the night before the House is expected to vote on two articles of impeachment. Trump stands accused of abusing his power when he pressured the Ukrainian president to investigate his political rival former Vice President Joe Biden, and obstructed Congress by stonewalling its investigation. “The facts are uncontested,” organizers said. “An...

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Advocates plan to register more voters after latest attempt to suppress Wisconsin elections

A Wisconsin judge ordered on December 13 that the registration of up to 234,000 voters be tossed out because they may have moved, a victory for conservatives that could make it more difficult for people to vote next year in the key swing state. The judge sided with three voters represented by a conservative law firm who argued the state elections commission should have immediately deactivated any of the roughly 234,000 voters who didn’t respond to an October mailing within 30 days. The voters were flagged as having potentially moved. Ozaukee County Judge Paul Malloy denied a request by...

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Foxconn’s economic fallacy highlighted as Amazon expands even after not getting billions in public cash

Research on the economic effectiveness of government subsidies found that Wisconsin’s $4 Billion Foxconn deal will not work and could be a significant detriment to the regional economy. The data continues a factual stream of information that has unraveled the “Big Foxconn Lie,” and indirectly supported by a comparable situation in New York with Amazon.com U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez suggested on December 7 that the Trump administration “focus more on cutting public assistance to billionaires instead of poor families” after news broke Friday that Amazon was expanding its presence in New York City without the state giving the company...

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The Afghanistan Papers: New investigation reveals public deception campaign by U.S. Officials

A major “Washington Post” investigation released on December 9 is a confirmation of the peace movement’s message that “there’s no military solution in Afghanistan.” That assessment is according to Paul Kawika Martin, senior director of policy and political affairs at Peace Action, replying to The Afghanistan Papers. The report exposes how top officials spanning the George W. Bush, Obama, and Trump administrations waged a deliberate misinformation campaign to conceal the total failures of the 18-year war in Afghanistan. The bombshell from investigative reporter Craig Whitlock “broadly resembles the Pentagon Papers,” and it is based on over 2,000 pages of...

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Digital Dystopia: Inventor of the Internet unveils global plan to reshape the web for good

Along with allies from across the globe, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the computer engineer credited with inventing the world wide web, has unveiled a new global plan designed to restore and enshrine some of the key principles of the revolutionary technology that he and his colleagues believe have been subsumed by government censorship and surveillance as well as a rapacious corporate appetite for endless data, monetization, and profit. Called the Contract for the Web, the project sets out a bold set of principles designed to save the web from the forces that have stolen its potential and in many cases...

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Report outlines threats to human rights created by Big Tech’s “Architecture of Surveillance”

A new report from Amnesty International accuses Facebook and Google of having a “surveillance-based business model” that threatens users’ right to privacy and other human rights. The tech giants, said Kumi Naidoo, secretary general of Amnesty International, have amassed “unparalleled power over the digital world by harvesting and monetizing the personal data of billions of people. Their insidious control of our digital lives undermines the very essence of privacy and is one of the defining human rights challenges of our era.” Facebook and Google, according to the report, deserve to be singled out of the so-called Big 5 for...

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