States Permitted to Worsen But Not Improve Healthcare?

Tag: Health Care

By David Swanson

The absence of a civilized healthcare system in the United States, almost alone among wealthy nations, results in tens of thousands of unnecessary deaths every year. But if something is to be done soon to save lives it is not going to be done in Washington, D.C. It is going to be done in Sacramento, Harrisburg, Columbus, Springfield, Augusta, Denver. And then it's going to be blocked by lawsuits from health insurance corporations and preemptive language in federal legislation.


Fox Is News, Bad News

Tag: Media

By David Swanson

As someone who believes the producers of Fox News should be behind bars for promoting illegal wars and instigating domestic violence, and as someone who advocates never watching it, I feel compelled to speak up against the notion that Fox News is not a news outlet.

Now, Fox News does little investigative reporting. Mostly it chitters and chatters and re-processes. Nor does it stick with reliable information. It intentionally lies and distorts. It also screams and yells, demonizes and infantilizes. But these behaviors just make Fox News a small-time and untrustworthy news outlet that degrades the content and the form of our public discourse. These are not the reasons being widely offered for the declaration that Fox is not a news outlet at all.


U.S. Chamber Of Commerce To Sue Itself For Fraud And Self-Parody?

Tag: Labor

Washington, DC: On Thursday, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent a letter ( to an internet provider threatening legal action if it did not shut down the Yes Men parody website, ( because the website falsely portrays the Chamber’s position on global warming. However, in its letter, the Chamber falsely inflated its membership by 1,000 percent and falsely alleged copyright infringement. The Yes Men lawyers strongly opposed this take-down demand and the site remains up at


Maine to Rally for Peace and Justice

Tag: About David Swanson

Noted National Activist to Speak in Bangor & Portland David Swanson also to Speak at Nov 6 Peace Rally in Portland

Herb Hoffman, pala at

National activist, and author, David Swanson will be speaking in Bangor on November 5 and in Portland on November 6.

David Swanson is co-founder of, creator of, the Washington Director of, and a board member of Progressive Democrats for America. He served as press secretary for Dennis Kucinich’s 2004 presidential campaign and has been a leading voice for the prosecution of Bush and Cheney for war crimes.



Tag: About David Swanson

David Swanson, co-founder of After Downing Street Coalition and author of “Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union,” will be in the Philadelphia area Tuesday and Wednesday, November 3-4, speaking about his new book. Please share this information widely. Also see .

FIRST EVENT: Tuesday, November 3 Speaking at the University of the Arts, Terra Hall, 201 S. Broad St. (between Walnut and Locust) at the invitation of Professor Chuck Pennacchio at the following times: 11:30 – 12:50 Room 604 4:00 - 5:30 PM Room 202 This will be open to the University community, but not to the general public.

SECOND EVENT: Tuesday, November 3


Audio: Charlottesville-Right Now: David Swanson

Tag: About David Swanson

David Swanson’s new book is Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency . He is an activist, author and speaker. He joins Coy to discuss the Obama administration, health care, and issues of war and peace. Listen to Podcast here.


Blocking Escalation of War Not Good Enough

Tag: Peace and War

By David Swanson

Why is it that every time we elect "peace" candidates we defund the peace movement, stop calling for an end to wars, and limit our demands exclusively to opposing war escalations?

In 2006 we voted into Congress the candidates who looked most likely to end the war in Iraq. We congratulated ourselves on a job well done. Then we mildly urged them not to escalate the war they'd been elected to end, and they escalated it anyway.


Bricks in the Chamber Pot of Commerce

Tag: Labor

By David Swanson

The US Chamber of Commerce blew a mere $39 million on lobbying in Washington in the past three months. Lobbying for the promotion of global warming, the denial of healthcare, the further deregulation (if possible) of the financial "industry", blockage of the right to unionize, the lowering and elimination of minimum wage laws, maintenance of tax breaks for shipping jobs overseas, and protection of the "right" of corporations to bribe politicians. Money well spent: all minority positions, all adhered to by our government.


Daybreak Tour in California November 19-24

Tag: About David Swanson

Davis, Nevada City, Fresno, Fair Oaks, Bay Area, Los Angeles, Orange County:

November 19, 2009, Davis, California

David Swanson will discuss and sign his new book "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union."

6:30 p.m. at the Avid Reader Bookstore 617 2nd Street Davis, CA between "E" and "F" Streets.

Directions: Taking I 80 West, take exit 72B (Richards Blvd/Olive Drive), turn right onto Richards Blvd, turn right onto First Street, turn left onto "F" Street to Second Street.

OR, Taking I 80 East, take exit 72 (Richards Blvd) and pick up First, then "F" Streets as above.


Nancy Price nancytprice at

November 20, 2009, Nevada City, CA

Doors open at 6:30 pm, program at 7:00 pm, Unitarian Universalists Community of the Mountains, 246 S. Church St. Grass Valley, Nevada City, Calif.

CONTACT THE ORGANIZER: Margaret Joehnck margaretjoehnck at

November 21, 2009, Fresno, CA

10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno 2672 E. Alluvial Ave, Clovis

CONTACT THE ORGANIZER: Dan Yaseen danyaseen at 559-251-3361

November 21, 2009, Fair Oaks, CA

in evening at 5:00 p.m. dinner and speaking with Peace Pyramid 6009 Kifisia Way Fair Oaks, CA 95628

CONTACT THE ORGANIZER: Tom King tjking07 at

November 22, 2009, Bay Area, CA

* 12:30 p.m. in downtown Walnut Creek

* 3 p.m. at DIESEL, A Bookstore in Oakland 5433 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618, (510) 653-9965

* Dinner at [time and place TBA]

* 7:30 PM in the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Hall 1924 Cedar at Bonita, 1 block East of MLK Jr. Way Wheelchair accessible. Donation requested. Co-sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee

CONTACT THE ORGANIZERS: Cindy Sheehan cindy at

Susan Harman susanharman1 at

Mary Alice O'Connor maryalice at

November 23, 2009, Los Angeles, CA

At St. Bede's Church in Mar Vista at 7:30 p.m. 3590 Grand View Blvd., LA 90066 (Mar Vista)

Sponsored by: CODEPINK: Women for Peace Westside Progressives Winograd for Congress

CONTACT THE EVENT ORGANIZERS: Ilene Proctor proctor at anet dot net

Marcy Winograd Winograd4congress at gmail dot com

November 24, 2009, Orange County, CA

CONTACT THE ORGANIZERS: Pat Alviso & Jeff Merrick Military Families Speak Out Orange County & South Bay Chapter 562-833-8035 mfso-oc at


Daybreak Tour in Maine and Massachusetts November 5-7

Tag: About David Swanson

Bangor, Portland, and Martha's Vineyard:

November 5, 2009, Bangor, Maine

David Swanson will discuss and sign copies of his new book "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union."

12:30 p.m. Talk on "Undoing the Imperial Presidency" Bangor Room, Memorial Union, University of Maine, Orono, Maine

4:00 p.m. informal meeting with students to discuss philosophy and activism

7:00 p.m. evening talk on "Forming a More Perfect Union: Rights We've Lost and Rights We've Never Had" Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine 170 Park St Bangor, ME

November 6, 2009, Portland, Maine

6:00 p.m. at Longfellow Bookstore 1 Monument Way Portland, Maine 207-775-4045

Contact the Maine organizers:

Jamilla El-Shafei jamillaelshafei at

Bruce Gagnon globalnet at

Michael Howard Michael_Howard at

November 7, 2009, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

Contact the Massachusetts organizer:

Bruce Nevin bruce.nevin at gmail dot com

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