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A Word About The 2016
Presidential Election

Many more resources on this page

Astraea's Politics:

BECOME THE MEDIA! Civil Liberties,
Freedom of Speech & Censorship Issues

Click HERE to Learn How to Contact your Senators & Congresspeople,
and How to Engage With Them

The most important thing to remember is that WE THE PEOPLE can do something. We do not just have to sit by while our rights are systematically whittled away. Since before the September 11 attacks, America has been rapidly becoming a police state. Ordinary citizens are under massive surveillance without realizing it. But we also have the means to survive and challenge the dominant culture and its narrative. The implications of the smartphone with its movie camera and ability to upload instantly to free public video archives are just now beginning to be realized.

All you need is the WILL to ACT. Don't just sit there reading this thinking that "someone else" will do something. BE SOMEONE ELSE. Make the phone call, write the email, make the video. If nothing else, sign the online petition and send money. If you can, become active in everyday, physical, experiential life. Join a community group, engage in peaceful protest. There are community action groups forming now to protect vulnerable and targeted groups and save the environment.

Don't know who to reach out to? Here we have links to media sources that will give you an alternative point of view to what's going on.....you'll find useful information and perspectives on the aftermath of the 2016 election that you won't be seeing or reading on CNN or in USA Today.

b It seems essential, now more than ever, for us all to be as well informed as we possibly can about what is happening in this country and abroad in the wake of the events of 2016.

THE 65 - We're HIS problem now! The 65 are the 65,000,000 people who voted AGAINST Trump. This guide, formerly "We're His Problem Now", tells you exactly how to call your elected officials and communicate to them about the issues you care about. Includes a suggested schedule so that certain issues are addressed on certain days. "The goal is to generate a high volume of calls that require the operator to check off individual boxes. That means itís critical to name your issues specifically and not just say something like 'oppose Trump.'" On Twitter, they are WeAreThe65.

What Do I Do About Trump? Practical means that YOU can do RIGHT NOW, personally and in community. Planning, involvement, self-protection, join with friends, positive action.

TwistedChick's Political Blog Keep up with the latest, know what's going on and who to write to.

Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez cover U.S. and world events --
letting you know what you're not hearing from the so-called "liberal" media.
Keith Olbermann: THE RESISTANCE
Truth in the post-truth era.
Don't miss this.
CROOKS & LIARS Karoli Kuns, John Amato and a wealth of contributors provide background and insight. This site will be vital in understanding what is going on and, more important, how to deal with and stop the excesses of this Admin.


Media Sources

Our thanks to Negativland who sent out the original list immediately following the September 11, 2001 attacks. All links have been checked and/or updated for 2016. Thank you Don, Mark, Ian, Richard, David, Chris, Jon, Peter, KRob and friends for your continued help to get us through all this and laugh along the way.

AlterNet.org
"AlterNet.org is a project of the Independent Media Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening and supporting independent and alternative journalism."

The Center for Democracy and Technology
"The Center for Democracy and Technology works to promote democratic values and constitutional liberties in the digital age." Topics covered include free speech, data privacy, government surveillance, cryptography, domain names, and international issues.

Common Dreams NewsCenter
"Breaking news and views for the progressive community." Great site.

CorpWatch
"CorpWatch counters corporate-led globalization through education and activism. We work to foster democratic control over corporations by building grassroots globalization--a diverse movement for human rights, labor rights and environmental justice."

Counterpunch
A bi-weekly newsletter that brings their readers "the stories that the corporate press never prints."

Disinformation
A search service and article archive "for individuals looking for information on current affairs, politics, new science and the 'hidden information' that seldom seems to slip through the cracks of the corporate-owned media conglomerates."

Fairness and Accuracy in Media
FAIR, the national media watch group, works to "invigorate the First Amendment by advocating for greater diversity in the press and by scrutinizing media practices that marginalize public interest, minority and dissenting viewpoints." Excellent.

Global Exchange
"Global Exchange is a human rights organization dedicated to promoting environmental, political, and social justice around the world" that strives to "increase global awareness among the US public while building international partnerships around the world."

In These Times
"A news magazine committed to extending political and economic democracy in the United States and around the world and to opposing the dominance of transnational corporations and the tyranny of marketplace values over human values."

Independent Media Center
"Indymedia is a collective of independent media organizations and hundreds of journalists offering grassroots, non-corporate coverage. Indymedia is a democratic media outlet for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate tellings of truth."

International Action Center
"Information, Activism, and Resistance to U.S. Militarism, War, and Corporate Greed, Linking with Struggles Against Racism and Oppression within the United States."

LexisNexus Free Resources
A subscription database usually used by reporters and lawyers that may currently allow free searches.

MediaChannel.org
"As the Media Watch the World, We Watch the Media."

MichaelMoore.com
The site of documentary filmmaker, author, and TV producer Michael Moore, complete with extensive articles, forums, and links to alternative media, labor, political action, and research sites. He's been doing some great writing.

The Nation
The online version of the magazine that has waged war "upon the vices of violence, exaggeration, and misrepresentation by which so much of the political writing of the day is marred" for over 130 years. Always great stuff.

Native Voice One
24-hour webstream of Native American programming by, for and about Native Americans. "Our mission is to serve as a leader in bringing Native voices to Alaska, the nation, and the world. NV1 distributes work from Native and non-Native producers whose programming reflects this mission. NV1 content educates, advocates, and celebrates Indigenous life and values. Our programs also enlighten and inform the general public about Native American news, culture, history, music, events, and modern life. NV1 programming is entertaining, thought- provoking, timely, culturally-sensitive and respectful."

Privacy.org
"The site for daily news, information, and initiatives on privacy. This web page is a joint project of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and Privacy International"

The Progressive
The online version of the magazine that has been opposing "militarism, the concentration of power in corporate hands, the disenfranchisement of the citizenry, poverty, and prejudice in all its guises" since 1909.

Institute for America's Future
"A center of nonpartisan research and education devoted to shaping a compelling progressive agenda and message. We strive to open up the space for new thinking and bold reforms on such kitchen-table concerns as the availability of good jobs, affordable health care, accessible higher education, retirement security, improved public infrastructure, living wages, healthy workplaces, safe food, fair trade and clean energy."

Audio/Video:

The a-Infos Radio Project
Numerous excellent audio streams from alternative news sources.

FAIR's Counterspin
The radio production of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting that "provides a critical examination of the major stories every week, and exposes what the mainstream media might have missed in their own coverage."

Flashpoints
A daily investigative news program produced at KPFA in Berkeley, CA.

Free Speech Radio News
A daily news program produced by Pacifica Reporters Against Censorship.
"FSRNís mission is to provide factual reports on important international and domestic news stories neglected or suppressed by the corporate press. We promote cultural diversity, human rights, and pluralistic community expression. Our stories amplify the voices of those ignored and unheard."

Free Speech TV
An audio/video hub that "attempts to respond to the interests of that majority of the people whose voices are excluded or distorted in the corporate media."

People's Video Network
"We are a group of media activists who video and audio podcast, produce and edit dvd's and videos about issues the corporate media will not touch." "A group of media activists with more than 50 public access shows across the country and hundreds of videos documenting the struggle." Full downloadable MP3 archives are available.

undercurrents
Alternative news videos from around the world.

The Daily Kos.
American Civil Liberties Union
Amnesty International
TheocracyWatch The influence of the Christian Right goes far deeper than you might suspect.

WBAI Pacifica Radio for NYC
KPFA Pacifica Radio for Berkeley, CA
KPFK Pacifica Radio for Los Angeles

When You're Blocked On Line, Where Can You Go? The Internet/Online Summit, "blocking" software, and the Religious Right. OF INTEREST TO ABUSE SURVIVORS.
Freedom Law: Tavel & Stewart's Public Internet Law Firm Great resource site.
Peacefire Dedicated to defeating censorship and filtering software. Know what filtering software is doing before you buy it.
Yahoo Links to Censorship Info

Free Speech and Music

Stop the Parents Music Resource Center and other Religious Right blackmail groups from telling you what you can and can't listen to! This is not just about "cool" records -- this is political. Jello Biafra explains how and why (links to his spoken word albums free on youtube).

Anti-Rock: The Opposition to Rock and Roll by Linda Martin, Kerry Segrave, and Dave Marsh.
No More Cocoons The first Jello Biafra spoken word recording. Christian "boot camps" -- mind control concentration camps -- have never been outlawed and in fact are more numerous than ever. You could be sent to one for bad grades or wearing a Star of David.

High Priest of Harmful Matter Jello Biafra looks at the history of censorship in America, and recounts the events of his famous trial.

I Blow Minds for a Living More on censorship, Jello's famous mayoral campaign, and why we all should GROW MORE POT!!!

Beyond the Valley of the Gift Police Censorship, Clinton, Jello vs. Tipper on Oprah Winfrey (?!?!) and what the ExSperts won't tell you.

If Evolution Is Outlawed -- Only Outlaws Will Evolve! Jello's further rants and raves on what the Religious Right is doing to your school.

Become the Media! Jello's latest spoken word album, snarling at the WTO, genetically modified foods, and Hellburbia.

The Big Kaboom - Part 1 Jello's response to the September 11, 2001 attacks. There was never a Part 2.

Machine Gun in the Clown's Hand There's only one way to be patriotic -- pledging allegiance to the war!

In The Grip of Official Treason Part of the Rock Against Bush tour.

TRUMP STOLE THE ELECTION How can people be so fucking stupid?!?

Autism - A Free Speech Issue


Resources by and for autistic-spectrum people. Don't fall for disempowering bullshit from Auti$m $peaks - come here and speak (or type) for yourself. Learn about autism from people who are #ActuallyAutistic. As Amanda Baggs once wrote, "How We Are Silenced: Either we can't speak, in which case the autism establishment claims the right to speak for us, or, We can speak, in which case we're told that we're "privileged" and therefore have no right to speak for ourselves. The word that comes to mind is "bullshit". They simply want to maintain control."

Abuse and Murder of Autistics

A Note On Autism by an anonymous reader of our website.

Legalize It!

Marijuana is legal for medicinal use in 28 states and for recreational use in seven states and the District of Columbia (other states have decriminalized it). Click here to see marijuana laws state by state. Join NORML to help liberate and legalize marijuana federally.

Google's Pro-Marijuana Legalisation Links

The Demonization of Marijuana History of the hemp industry in the 1930s, and how and why marijuana was criminalized. Scholarly, fascinating. Thanks Amorpha.

The Science of Medical Marijuana Scientific and clinical studies of medical marijuana: results, full studies, legislative history, news on current trials, etc.

Women's Alliance for Medical Marijuana A patient collective that provides information, facilitates education and offers medical marijuana for patients with a letter of recommendation from their physicians.

Google's Medical Marijuana Links Many excellent resources.

Famous Pot Smokers Being familiar with celebrities who smoke pot helps to normalize the perception of who a pot smoker is.

Marijuana Myths -- The Supposed Link to Schizophrenia Debunks the notion that marijuana causes mental illness and explores the politics of altered consciousness.

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