Clive: Reception with Dave Loebsack
6 PM. Clive. IA. RSVP 319-804-9218 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clinton Labor Walk 5 PM. 309-738-3196 224 22nd Place, Clinton, Iowa
Mason City Labor Walk. 9 am, Mason City Labor Temple, 510 S Pennsylvania, Mason City. contact Matt Marchese at email@example.com 515-243-1924 or 917-757-8788
Davenport – Quad Cities. Labor Walk 11 Am to 7 PM. UFCW 431 2411 W Central Park Avenue, Davenport. Tracy Leone at 309-738-3196
September 24: Performance and Reception for Staci Appel
Des Moines: 4 – 6 PM Java Joe’s 214 4th Street, Des Moines, IA. 50309. Performance by Jon “Bowzer” Bauman from Sha NA NA. RSVP 515-957-1391 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 25-26 New Stewards School.
Coralville: Labor Center. University of Iowa BioVentures Center, Coralville. $150 per person. Includes materials, parking and lunch both days. Registration deadline is September 10. 319-335-4144 or email@example.com.
Iowa City: Winning better laws: How can ordinary people be heard
Center for Worker Justice. 940 S Gilbert Court, Iowa City. 319-594-7593. All workshops take place at 12:00 noon and 6:00 pm at the Center for Worker Justice, 940 S. Gilbert Court, Iowa City. Call 319-594-7593 for more information. Interpretation is available upon request.
Des Moines: Labor Jam – Labor Park. Noon to 10 PM. $5 per person. Bring you own beer, chairs and blankets. Food, pop and water will be for sale. 515-265-1862 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Burlington: Labor History. Saturday, Sept. 27, 8:00 am-12:00 noon, 16452 US Hwy 34, West Burlington (Machinists Hall)
Learn more about key struggles and dramatic turning points in U.S. and Iowa labor history, and what labor history tells us about the challenges workers continue to face today. Sponsored by Des Moines-Henry County Labor Council with support from the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. Contact Ryan Drew to RSVP or for more information: 319-759-3188 or email@example.com.
Walker. Labor Walk – 2000 Walker
Quad Cities Sat. Sept 27: Labor to Labor Walk – 10 – 1pm @ UFCW 431
Quad Cities: Monday Phone Bank @ UA Hall 5-8PM Tracy Leone at 309-738-3196
West Des Moines
Citizen Koch Screening –
Citizen Koch: A Film About Money, Power and Democracy
Century 20 Theatres at Jordan Creek
West Des Moines, Iowa
September 29, 2014 @ 7:30 PM
And budgets and the wealth gap and the environment and health care and education and … well many more. Can I substitute for Dean Borg one week? Please?
1) Let’s start with the budget. Once again we appear to be moving to war with no talk of how we will pay for the bombs and the planes and the soldiers so on and so forth. Yet that will not stop us from going to war. However, we have bridges about to fall down, schools that are unsafe, sewer and water lines bursting around the country that are not being addressed. Why do we always have money for war, but no money for infrastructure needs?
2) An add on to the previous question, how will you pay for the next war? Please be specific on added taxes or program cuts and who will be affected.
3) Around the country we have seen corporations create major public damage to common goods like waterways, aquifers, land, health and more yet they walk away from responsibility for those damages. Tell me what you will do to relieve taxpayers of the burden of corporate irresponsibility?
4) As a country we have spent trillions to secure oil from the middle east through wars and standing armies and aid. It looks as though we will be in the middle east as long as we need oil. What are your proposals to get off the oil addiction?
5) who are you largest donors? What will they get for their investment in you?
6) When we go into war, the lives and bodies of soldiers are broken. We have been greatly negligent in repairing those broken lives and bodies. Would you favor a tax to pay for soldier maintenance throughout their lives before we send them into war?
7) Should there be a tax or cost added to products to pay for their impact on the environment?
8) Why do companies get tax breaks when they move jobs and facilities out of the US? What will you do to bring these jobs and facilities back? How will your approach work.
9) There is a new awareness of battered women in this country. What have you done in the past to address this problem and what do you propose that the government can do?
10) Finally – It has been nearly 2 years since the Sandy Hook massacre. We are killing each other as if we are in an internal war. What proposals will you advance to end this slaughter and tell us why they will work?
I could go on and I bet you could also. I really want to hear questions that affect our daily lives and see if the politicians understand what their platitudes mean.
“I’ve got a thousand million questions
About hate and death and war.”
Hosts Karl and Linda Reichert began this tradition when their son Nate was running for the state House in 2004. Unfortunately, Nate did not survive the 2010 election, but the Reicherts continued their fundraiser for the local party.
This year’s headliners are Monica Vernon, Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor and Congressman Dave Loebsack from Iowa’s second district. Other local officeholders will also make an appearance. Donation levels from are suggested from $300 down to $25 are suggested. There is also a meal provided by A Guy and A Grill for a $10 donation.
The setting is bucolic and there will be lots of friendly Democrats around to trade stories with and some great candidates to listen to. If you are looking for a good time in a beautiful setting with some new and old friends next Saturday, come on down. And maybe you can persuade Karl to make you a root beer float!
From 9:30 until 12:30 today Free Speech TV (Dish channel 9415, Direct TV channel 348 or online at https://www.freespeech.org/) will be carrying live coverage of the People’s March For Climate Change. This will be a Democracy Now presentation. The major part of the march will be in New York City ahead of the UN Summit on Climate Tuesday.
2500 marches are taking part in the event across the world. Already today 30,000 people showed up in Melbourne Australia – a country where Prime Minister Tony Abbot has rolled back much of his predecessor’s climate actions.
As far as we know, no corporate broadcasting entity in the US will have any coverage.
Anglophiles everywhere can sleep better tonight. The rumored breakup with their rascally little partner, Scotland, did not come to pass. That doesn’t mean all is bliss. England made lots of promises to keep the marriage together. We will see how well those promises are kept in the near future. But for now we can visit their home without having to duck flying dishes and nasty name calling. Peace – isn’t it wonderful?
Were you paying attention last week?
1) President Obama committed troops and money to combat what potential major threat in Africa?
2) What independent senator made his very first appearance on Meet The Press, saying issues are pushing him to run for president?
3) Claiming he was “too busy” what official was able to get his scheduled deposition delayed until after the election?
4) A vintage Kent State sweatshirt with what looked like bullet holes and blood was marketed last week by what company?
5) What Chinese company attracted major publicity for its initial public offering Friday on the New York Stock Exchange?
6) Is this a sign that things are getting better? The number of gamblers in Iowa increased by what percent in 2013?
7) Let no man out asunder. England and Scotland are still together. When were they put together under one parliament?
8) Who was the leader of the of the “YES” position in the vote to split Scotland from England?
9) The No Child Left Behind law has listed more or less than half of Iowa’s schools in need of help?
10) September 24 1957. President Eisenhower sends federal troops to Arkansas for what purpose?
11) While many major corporations have threatened to uncouple from the NFL over the domestic abuse issue, what corporation has actually pulled its campaign against breast cancer from the NFL?
12) In the run up to the independence vote in Scotland, what major financial company threatened to move its headquarters out of Scotland?
13) What politician joined the Nuns on the Bus as they kicked off another national tour this time promoting voter registration?
14) In a horrific crime Thursday in Belle Florida, a man killed who?
15) In Florida, a bill that gives students “sole discretion in determining whether an inspirational message is to be delivered” at a student assembly has been embraced by what religious sect?
Well I guess I won’t have to get my kilts out and press them. Never did look good in them anyway.
2) Bernie Sanders
3) Gov. Branstad. – Hey,guv, we all get busy.
4) Urban Outfitters
5) Ali Baba – already worth more than Amazon
8) Alex Salmond
9) more than half – 54.4%
10) to desegregate Little Rock’s Central HS
12) RBS or Royal Bank of Scotland
13) VP Joe Biden
14) his daughter and his six grandchildren before killing himself
15) The Satanic Temple which in turn is rallying for Florida governor Rick Scott.
A story that sort of went under the radar at the end of last week was one about how once again our Governor stretches the limits of equal treatment under the law. Branstad is the defendant in a lawsuit concerning discrimination and illegal tactics in forcing an employee to resign. The plaintiff, Christopher Godfrey, had sought a deposition from Branstad during September or October.
But Branstad claimed he could not carve out a few hours until after the election. Seems to me if Branstad were an ordinary citizen like you and I then he would have been told “No you have to give this deposition.” But once more he pulls rank, claims he is too busy and mocks the justice system.
It is just one thing after another with this guy. He puts himself above the law time after time. Should we list a few? Let’s start with the hush money paid to employees that were let go under suspicious circumstances by the Branstad Administration. Then how about the illegal closing of the state home for juveniles in Toledo? Or maybe taking his governor’s pension while he is governor? We can go on with his ignoring traffic laws and the subsequent firing of a highly respected Highway patrol officer. Then there is the unilateral changing of the administrative law judge’s position to an at-will position.
Let us not forget his total disdain for people – how he line item vetoed a unanimous funding for food banks, how he fought like the devil to stop the Medicaid upgrade, how he continues to bust unions at every turn, or how he passes out our economic development money like its his pocket change. It is our money.
Just like it is our money that is defending Branstad in this lawsuit and will be our money in lawsuits that will no doubt be coming. Like so many Republican governors across the country – Christie, Perry, McDonnell etc. – Branstad just seems to set himself above the law.
It is way past time for Iowa to look forward once more. It is way past time to put someone in the governor’s mansion that will be looking out for the common Iowan, not his donors and rich buddies. Hopefully on Wednesday November 5th we can all look to Des Moines and wave a final farewell to Terry.
Netflix is relishing its role as the corporate leader in the fight for net neutrality, and why wouldn’t it? By fighting for an open Internet, the video-streaming site is not only advocating a position that would protect its profits, it’s also earning goodwill from Web activists and liberals.
But by taking a high-profile role, Netflix risks learning painful political lesson: In Washington, friends are fickle, and enemies have long memories.
That was the fate that befell Google after it carried the net-neutrality mantle in 2010, pushing for an open Internet at the same time President Obama was making it a policy priority. The position alienated Republicans, and in the end, it won Google precious little goodwill on the left—the company was accused of selling out the cause when it compromised on a final deal.
In this year’s fight, Google has kept largely quiet. The switch in roles comes as the Federal Communications Commission is trying to craft new net-neutrality regulations after a federal court struck down the old ones earlier this year. The agency’s new proposal has sparked a massive backlash from liberals because it could allow broadband providers like Comcast to charge websites for access to special Internet “fast lanes.”
And as Netflix wades into the fray, it has drawn the ire of the same forces that went after Google in 2010. Conservatives and industry groups are already beginning to target Netflix, claiming it wants all Internet users to bear the costs of its data-heavy videos.
“Now that Google has stepped back, the fire is going to be directed at Netflix,” said Harold Feld, the senior vice president of consumer group Public Knowledge and a supporter of net neutrality. “You can tell the people who haven’t updated their talking points from 2010 to 2014 by the fact that they still say ‘Google’ instead of ‘Netflix.’ ”
WHY GOOGLE WENT QUIET
Google paid a price for its support of net neutrality in 2010. Siding with Democrats in a partisan fight helped to cement Google’s reputation in Washington as a Democratic company.
Liberals argue that net neutrality is crucial for protecting online freedom, and that without it, giant corporations could distort the Internet for their own purposes. Republicans, however, see it as a government power grab. Regulating Internet traffic unnecessarily restricts the business choices of broadband providers, slowing economic growth, Republicans claim.
After the Federal Trade Commission hit Google with an antitrust investigation in 2011, that Democratic affiliation was a millstone when the company came to Congress for protection. Republicans largely turned their backs or even cheered the FTC on.
Sen. Mike Lee of Utah—the top Republican on the Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee and rarely a proponent of government intervention—praised regulators at a 2011 hearing for probing Google, warning that the company had become so massive that it could “help determine who will succeed and who will fail on the Internet.”
Google ultimately escaped the antitrust investigation without too much damage. But the company learned its lesson. It now employs teams of Republican lobbyists, and its head lobbyist, Susan Molinari, is a former GOP congresswoman.
Although it hurt the company’s reputation with Republicans, Google’s stand for net neutrality did little to win it friends on the left.
In August 2010, Google worked with Verizon to develop a framework for what net-neutrality regulations should look like. It’s not unusual for leading stakeholders to sit down and hammer out an agreement that everyone can live with.
But liberal advocates were outraged that Google had agreed to a weak proposal that wouldn’t even cover Internet service on cell phones. Google and Verizon were “attacking the Internet while claiming to preserve it,” a coalition of advocacy groups said in a statement.
Later that year, the FCC enacted net-neutrality regulations that largely mirrored the Google-Verizon agreement. It was hard for liberals to press the FCC for anything stronger when the lead corporate supporter for net neutrality had already signed on to a weaker proposal. Google had violated its own “Don’t Be Evil” motto, activists felt.
Another reason that Google is quieter on net neutrality this time might be that the issue is just less important to its business. It’s no longer as vulnerable to broadband providers manipulating Internet traffic because it’s involved in more than just online services. Google now makes phones, tablets, smoke detectors, and—eventually—self-driving cars and computerized glasses. The company has even become its own broadband provider in a few areas with Google Fiber.
The company is also so large that paying off a broadband provider for faster service would probably not make much of a dent in its bottom line.
Google still supports net neutrality—just not as loudly as it did in 2010. It was one of dozens of companies to sign a letter in May warning that the FCC’s new proposal posed “a grave threat to the Internet.” It’s a member of the Internet Association, a lobbying group that filed comments urging the FCC to adopt strong rules.
When activists and websites (including Netflix) launched a protest last week over the issue, Google offered tepid support. The company sent an email emphasizing the importance of net neutrality to people who had signed up for its advocacy alerts. But while other websites directed users to a central protest page to help them contact the FCC and members of Congress, Google just directed users to its own Facebook page.
NETFLIX TAKES UP THE MANTLE
This year, Netflix has replaced Google as the leading corporate voice on net neutrality.
Unlike Google, Netflix is entirely dependent on its online videos. If a broadband provider carried Netflix content at less-than-optimum speeds, videos would become grainy and unwatchable, and the company would lose subscribers in droves.
According to FCC officials who have met with Netflix’s lobbyists, the company has been among the most aggressive advocates for expansive net-neutrality rules. “They’re screaming their heads off,” one official said.
Google, however, has rarely discussed the issue at the agency, according to a review of public records.
Netflix is also trying to mobilize its massive user base to push the issue. As part of last week’s protest, the company displayed a symbolic loading icon on its site to warn users what the Internet would be like without net neutrality.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has been particularly outspoken on the issue. “To ensure the Internet remains humanity’s most important platform for progress, net neutrality must be defended and strengthened,” Hastings wrote in a blog post earlier this year.
While Google and other companies support net neutrality rules, Netflix is one of the few that is actually pushing the FCC to regulate broadband providers using the same legal classification it uses for phone companies. The FCC needs to rely on a different legal authority if it wants to ensure the rules don’t just get struck down in court again, Netflix and the Internet activists argue. Republicans and broadband providers, however, fear that utility-style regulation would stifle the industry.
Netflix also wants the FCC to expand the definition of net neutrality to include a requirement that broadband providers allow it to connect directly to their networks for free. Websites have traditionally relied on third parties to carry their traffic to Internet providers, but Netflix has begun asking providers for direct access to their networks to ensure the smoothest video streaming possible for its customers.
The old net-neutrality rules only restricted how broadband providers could handle traffic once it was on their networks, but Netflix is outraged that some broadband providers are forcing it to pay for the right to deliver its traffic to their wires.
Hastings has bashed Comcast, Verizon, and other providers for demanding an “arbitrary tax” to reach subscribers. The Netflix executive’s attacks have irked the providers, who resent being accused of hurting online freedom. There’s nothing wrong with interconnection fees under the traditional understanding of net neutrality, the Internet providers argue.
Netflix is estimated to account for a third of all Internet traffic, and broadband providers grumble that the company should pay for some of their infrastructure costs.
WHY CORPORATE ADVOCACY MATTERS
More than 3 million people have sent comments to the FCC, the vast majority of them calling for stricter net-neutrality regulations. So why does it matter what Google or Netflix says?
“Being right is not enough,” said Feld, a net-neutrality advocate. “If there were no companies that were willing to stand up prominently, it would be a lot harder to get folks in Washington to pay attention.”
Netflix is the biggest company to come out in support of using a stronger legal authority to enact net-neutrality rules. Mozilla, Reddit, Etsy, Spotify, and other smaller companies have also endorsed the controversial option, but Netflix’s support provides a major boost to the effort.
But Netflix’s lobbying team is tiny compared with Google’s Washington army. Netflix only has two registered lobbyists and spent $600,000 on lobbying in the first half of this year, according to public records. Even in the first half of 2010, Google spent $2.72 million.
So while Netflix’s support is crucial to the net-neutrality advocates, they still miss Google’s leadership on the issue.
THE NETFLIX BACKLASH BEGINS
Netflix’s aggressive advocacy for net neutrality has already made it a target for conservatives.
TechFreedom, a libertarian group funded by telecom companies and others, singled out Netflix on a website it created to counter the push for net neutrality. “Netflix is trying to game the system to lower its costs,” the group wrote. “That means all broadband subscribers would have to pay, whether they use Netflix or not.”
Berin Szoka, the president of TechFreedom, said Netflix is making a strategic error by trying to force utility-style regulations on broadband providers.
“They’ve poisoned all of their relationships with Republicans and moderate Democrats,” Szoka claimed.
For now, Netflix isn’t showing any signs of regretting its position. It’s become a favorite company of many Internet activists, and it’s trying to use public pressure to shame broadband providers into offering direct access to their networks for free.
Feld said he doesn’t begrudge Google for making a strategic decision not to become a lightning rod in the net-neutrality battle again. And Netflix may one day make the same calculation itself.
“It invariably happens that when successful companies get bigger, they get more cautious,” Feld said. “It’s all part of the natural life cycle.”
Many eyes will be fixed upon the discussion of climate change during the debate that begins Sept. 24 at the United Nations 69th General Assembly.
There is another topic of interest to the peace and justice community.
President Obama is expected to personally preside over the U.N. Security Council meeting and a discussion of counterterrorism. He will have a draft resolution in hand for consideration and debate by the council. ThinkProgress covered the story:
Specifically the meeting will cover the phenomenon of foreign fighters traveling to conflict zones and joining terrorist organizations, as seen in the surge in foreigners joining ranks with such groups as Jahbat al-Nusra in Syria. “Certainly the problem of terrorists traveling to foreign conflicts is not new, but the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters has become even more acute,” a U.S. Mission to the U.N. official told ThinkProgress when asked about the meeting. “The Internet and social media have given terrorist groups unprecedented new ways to promote their hateful ideology and inspire recruits. The conflicts in Syria and Iraq have highlighted this threat, with an estimated 12,000 foreign terrorist fighters joining that conflict.”
As part of its Campaign Nonviolence, Pace e Bene has organized a series of nonviolent actions to take place concurrent with the U.N. General Assembly and Security Council meeting, including one in Iowa City on Sept. 21.
“To launch this movement, over 100 nonviolent actions will take place Sept. 21-27 in cities and states across the U.S. and beyond, taking a stand against all violence and calling for concrete first steps toward peace, economic justice, healing the earth, and mainstreaming active nonviolence,” according to the campaign website. “These first steps include: an international treaty for swift, verifiable action to reverse climate change and taking nonviolent action for a culture of peace; ending the military drone program; establishing a $15 minimum wage for all; K-12 nonviolence education everywhere; and practicing nonviolence toward ourselves, toward all others, and toward the planet.”
Blog for Iowa contributor and local peace activist Ed Flaherty sent this invitation along:
Please join us on Sunday, Sept. 21, at 4 p.m. on the Pedestrian Mall in Iowa City for the first Campaign Nonviolence event. There will be many organizations involved, including Veterans for Peace, PEACE Iowa, Dancers for Universal Peace, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and several faith groups. Come help us celebrate the ways of non-harming towards self, others and our world.”
Campaign Nonviolence Order of Events:
Welcome (Dorothy Whiston)
Opening Song (Blowing in the Wind)
John Ivens (Veterans for Peace)
Rabbi Jeff Portman (Agudas Achim)
Barbara Schlacter (100 Grannies for a Livable Future)
Gospel Explosion Ministry
Paul Deaton (Physicians for Social Responsibility)
Yasur AbuDagga (Iowa City Mosque)
Ed Flaherty (PEACE Iowa)
Virginia Melroy (Dancers for Universal Peace)
Mary Kay Kusner (Ghandi prayer)
Kerry Batteau (Native American Blessing of the Four Directions)
“Peace, Salem, Shalom”
(Editor’s Note: There is also a climate march to governmental entities in Johnson County that convenes at the pedestrian mall at 2 p.m. It is planned to return for the Campaign Nonviolence Event at 4 p.m.)
Not sure if I’m entirely ready for Hillary and she is apparently not sure she’s ready either, but she did give a very good speech.
Hillary part 1