HOLD TORTURERS ACCOUNTABLE — The ACLU released a plan for accountability in response to the CIA torture report. ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero: “This should be the beginning of a process, not the end. The report should shock President Obama and Congress into action, to make sure that torture and cruelty are never used again.” READ their full recommendations for action HERE and SIGN their petition to assign a special prosecutor HERE.
RUN WARREN RUN — Over 81% of MoveOn.org members believe Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) should be the next Democratic nominee for President, according to a poll released yesterday … The results were announced alongside the “Run Warren Run” campaign … “Elizabeth Warren is a fighter for working people and a champion for the middle class. And at this time of historic inequality, we need her to run for President.” READ “Why Elizabeth Warren?” and SIGN their petition HERE.
UVA FALLOUT — In the wake of Rolling Stone‘s story and subsequent backtracking regarding an on-campus rape at the University of Virginia (UVA), Know Your IX released “Writing About Gender-Based Violence & Title IX: A Guide for Journalists & Editors” … National Organization for Women (NOW) President Terry O’Neill discussed the case Monday on All In with Chris Hayes: “That’s the essence of rape culture…in our zeal to protect an accused, we re-victimize the victim.” WATCH a clip of the show HERE, READ “Whom Should College Students Really Call When They Are Sexually Assaulted on Campus?” over at The Nation, and SIGN a petition demanding an outside investigation into UVA’s sexual assault policy HERE.
UNITED FOR POLICE REFORM — A group of ten mothers who lost their children to police brutality traveled to Washington, DC yesterday for a three day call to action demanding police accountability, policy reform, and justice for all victims’ families. The delegation is hosted by CODEPINK, Mothers Against Police Brutality, CREDO, and Hands Up DC Coalition and endorsed by groups including UltraViolet and the National Lawyers Guild. READ the delegates’ stories HERE.
…Meanwhile, progressives across the board criticized the Department of Justice’s revised policy on race for its many loopholes and failure to fully condemn racial profiling … Human Rights Watch US Advocacy Director Antonio Ginatta: “Holder is trying to have it both ways, criticizing profiling while embracing it” … American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Washington Legislative Office Director Laura W. Murphy: “It’s so loosely drafted that its exceptions risk swallowing any rule and permit some of the worst law enforcement policies and practices” … WATCH Demos President and Top Wonk Heather McGhee discuss Eric Garner’s death HERE and SIGN NYCLU’s petition for stricter police discipline HERE.
CYBERSECURITY EVENT **TODAY** — The Center for National Policy is hosting a discussion **TODAY** at 1:30 PM in Washington, DC about how the public can protect itself against cyber warfare. The featured speaker will be former Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary and current Council on Cybersecurity President & CEO Jane Holl Lute. RSVP HERE.
WHY SO SECRETIVE? — On Monday, a coalition of organizations including Sierra Club, Campaign for America’s Future, and CODEPINK protested renewed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. Protestors oppose President Obama’s secrecy and intent to fast-track the agreement through Congress, arguing that the deal gives too much power to corporations. Sen. Elizabeth Warren: “They have to be secret, because if the American people knew what was actually in them, they would be opposed.” SIGN CREDO Action’s petition telling the mainstream media to cover TPP HERE and TWEET #StopFastTrack.
ILLINOIS VOTING RIGHTS VICTORY — Illinois passed legislation last week that will allow same-day voter registration, expand early voting, and modernize the voting process. Average voter turnout is over 10% higher in states with same-day registration. Common Cause Illinois Action Team Chair Anne Manly: “Expanding access to the democratic process is critical in Illinois, where we have the second lowest voter turnout in the Midwest.” LEARN more about the bill HERE.
PP MUST READS: “The Gift of Free Speech for All: A Solution to the ‘December Dilemma’” over at American Constitution Society.
STOPPING SURVEILLANCE — A coalition of 30 groups–including the Sunlight Foundation, CREDO Mobile, Fight for the Future, MoveOn.org, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, and CODEPINK–penned an open letter to Congress urging it to reinstate NSA reform legislation to the 2015 Defense Department appropriations bill. The NSA amendment, which “would curtail some of the [NSA's] more egregious surveillance abuses,” was quietly stripped from the defense funding omnibus last week, despite having passed in the House with a veto-proof 293 votes. READ the letter HERE.
EXTENDING CORPORATE WELFARE — Citizens for Tax Justice released “Even at One Tenth the Size of Previous Tax Deal, House Extender Bill is a Giveaway for Corporations,” criticizing the new Tax Extenders Bill, an older version of which President Obama promised to veto. READ the full report HERE.
MORE STORIES FROM THE STATES — The Brennan Center for Justice published two new stories this week in their “Stories from the States,” a series of articles about those affected by restrictive voting laws in the midterm elections. READ: Kansas and Ohio.
FROM THE WONK WIRE …
… THEY CAN’T BREATHE: Institute for America’s Future Founder and President and Top Wonk Robert Borosage connects the struggles of striking fast food workers to the current protests against racial inequality.
… WE NEED A REVOLUTION: The Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Program Co-Director and Top Wonk Faiza Patel argues that Obama’s policing task force is a good first step, but that more drastic action is needed.
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