Good morning, Sunshine!

Monday, March 17th, 2008

Here’s wishing y’all a happy Sunshine Week from the dreary depths of the midwest.

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Via the Bill of Rights Defense Committee*:

“Sunshine is the best of disinfectants,” said Judge Louis Brandeis about the power of public scrutiny to scrub clean the dark corners of government abuse. The American Society of Newspaper Editors has named March 16-22 of this year “Sunshine Week”, a week-long assertion of the public’s right to know what its government is doing.

The week’s events include:

* March 14 – A National Freedom of Information Day Conference, sponsored by the First Amendment Center;

* March 17 – A National Freedom of Information Day Celebration, sponsored by Collaboration on Government Secrecy;

* March 18 – Remarks by Associated Press President Tom Curley at the National Press Club;

* March 19 – Webcast Government Secrecy: Censoring Your Rights with Mickey Edwards, from the Aspen Institute, and former Republican member of Congress from Oklahoma; Ann Beeson, from the Open Society Institute, formerly with the American Civil Liberties Union; and John Podesta from the Center for American Progress, formerly president Clinton’s Chief of Staff. From 1 to 2:30 p.m. EST at the Washington Press Club, and also available online.

* March 20 – Professor Lawrence Lessig on corruption in government, sponsored by the Sunlight Foundation.

In 2007, Sunshine Week marked an effort by Congress to pass “sunshine” legislation, such as:

* A bill protecting whistleblowers (H.R. 985), which passed the House 331-94 on March 14, 2007. The bill has not made it out of committee in the Senate.

* A Freedom of Information Amendments Act (H.R. 1309), which passed the House 308-117 on March 14, 2007. H.R. 1309, however, was unable to make it through the Senate, so in mid-December, Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and John Kyl (R-AZ) pushed through a moderated version (S. 2488) on voice votes, which became law on December 31.

What You Can Do:

* Ideas for local Sunshine Week events can be found in Bright Ideas, an assemblage of insights first published in 2007.

* Campaign resources, including public service announcements, brochures and opinion editorials, are available by clicking here.

You can find out more at http://www.sunshineweek.org.

* They’re like the ACLU, but with principles n stuff.

(Crossposted from Smite Me! [.net])

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Kinship Circle: ACT NOW To Free Captured Sea Shepherd Crew Members

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

UPDATE, 1/19/08:

Just read on Green Is The New Red that the two captured Sea Shepherd crew members have been released, relatively unharmed.

Here’s Will with the details:

Two anti-whaling activists that have been held hostage by Japanese whalers were released today, after the Australian government intervened. […]

Benjamin Potts, 28, and Giles Lane, 35, were transferred to an Australian vessel, the Oceanic Viking. According to a statement (and the video above), they were roughed up a bit when they boarded but otherwise weren’t harmed.

Gabriel Gonzalez, a spokesman for The Institute of Cetacean Research in Tokyo (the whalers, gotta love the misleading name) told The Telegraph that the two were initially tied up because they might have been carrying bombs or weapons.

“This is a terrorist organisation, let us be clear of that, and if they respond with aggressive tactics, who knows what might happen,” he said.

So let’s get this all straight. Two activists board a ship, with a letter of intent, because the whalers refused to respond to radio communications. Whalers rough them up, tie them up, and then Yasuaki Sasaki, the captain, makes a series of demands, including activists must stop filming the whalers’ activities and not come within 10 nautical miles of the whaling ship.

But the anti-whaling advocates are the terrorists?

Indeed.

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BORDC: Tell Your Senators to Let The "Protect America Act" Expire!

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

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From: Bill of Rights Defense Committee – bordc [at] democracyinaction.org
Date: Jan 9, 2008 2:44 PM
Subject: Action Alert: Tell Your Senators to Let The “Protect America Act” Expire!

Please Forward Widely.

TELL YOUR SENATORS TO LET THE “PROTECT AMERICA ACT” EXPIRE!

Just before the December recess, the Senate came dangerously close to a floor vote on the Senate Intelligence Committee’s version of S. 2248, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Act. That bill was touted as a “fix” of the so-called “Protect America Act” (PAA, or more accurately, the Police America Act). The PAA was rushed through Congress last August, legalizing executive branch domestic wiretapping without warrants.

See how your Senators voted on the PAA here.

Warrantless wiretapping started BEFORE 9/11

It’s incredible that even after learning that the Bush Administration began its warrantless wiretapping program as early as February 2001 — well before 9/11 — Congress would consider rubberstamping the administration’s and telecom companies’ FISA violations. But that’s exactly what Congress is considering. The Senate Intel Committee’s S. 2248 not only falls short of restoring critical Fourth Amendment privacy protections, but it would grant retroactive immunity to telecommunications companies that enabled the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program, endangering the lawsuits that have been moving through the courts.

Call or Meet With Your Senators Today

The Senate will be back in session on January 22. In the meantime, call your senators. (See Sample Script and Talking Points below.) Find both of your senators’ Washington office phone numbers at http://www.senate.gov OR find their district office phone numbers on their websites or in your local phone book. You may also call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask the operator to connect you to both of your senators.

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Wexler Petition Hits 100,000 But 13 Dems Remain Silent

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

This isn’t explicitly an animal rights-related alert, but c’mon, peeps – Kucinich rocks! (And illegal spying, not so much.)

Kucinich/Wexler ’08, perhaps?

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From: Democrats. com – activist [at] democrats.com
Date: Dec 19, 2007 9:50 PM
Subject: Wexler Petition Hits 100,000 But 13 Dems Remain Silent

Wexler Petition Hits 100,000 But 13 Judiciary Dems Remain Silent

On 12/14, Democrats.com was excited to announce Rep. Robert Wexler’s campaign to demand impeachment hearings for Dick Cheney. Wexler’s goal was 50,000 signatures but with your support, Wexler’s petition passed 100,000!

http://www.wexlerwantshearings.com

Wexler is thrilled with your response, and he will hold a virtual town hall meeting on Thursday at 9 pm ET (6 pm PT) on Florida Progressive Radio with Kenneth Quinnell, co-hosted by Democrats.com.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/fpc

Wexler has the support of two Judiciary Committee Democrats, Luis Gutierrez (IL-04) and Tammy Baldwin (WI-02). Five others are co-sponsors of H.Res. 333/H.Res. 799, Rep. Kucinich’s Articles of Impeachment for Vice President Cheney: Steve Cohen (TN-09), Keith Ellison (MN-05), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), Hank Johnson (GA-04), and Maxine Waters (CA-35).

But that leaves 13 Judiciary Committee Democrats who have NOT called for impeachment hearings. These 6 voted to send Kucinich’s bill to Judiciary on 11/6, so they should publicly support Wexler’s efforts: John Conyers (MI-14), Bobby Scott (VA-03), Brad Sherman (CA-27), Betty Sutton (OH-13), Mel Watt (NC-12), and Anthony Weiner (NY-09).

These 7 voted to kill Kucinich’s bill on 11/6, so they need to CHANGE their positions and fulfill their oath of office to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign AND domestic: Howard Berman (CA-28), Artur Davis (AL-07), William Delahunt (MA-10), Zoe Lofgren (CA-16), Jerrold Nadler (NY-08), Linda Sanchez (CA-39), and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20).

Please email all House Judiciary Democrats through this petition: http://www.democrats.com/topelosiandjudiciary

If you are represented by any of the 13 Democrats listed above, please join your local Congressional District Impeachment Committee (CDIC) and plan local actions like letters to the editor, district office visits, birddogging, honkathons, and collecting petitions and personal letters on the streets: http://democrats.com/cdic-find

If you don’t see a CDIC, please create one: http://democrats.com/cdic

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easyVegan Link Sanctuary, 09-13-07

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

Action Alerts

DawnWatch: Animal Testing — Three famous deaths and a ray of hope 9/12/07
Alex the parrot, Felix the monkey, and Anita Roddick the Body Shop founder who pioneered the mass marketing of animal friendly cosmetics, have died.

Defenders of Wildlife: Protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — Forever
Write your elected officials today and urge them to support the Udall-Eisenhower Arctic Wilderness Act (H.R. 39), a bill that would permanently protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC): Protect Yellowstone and the Greater Rockies
Help block drilling in Colorado wildlife refuge

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Dozens of Allegedly Neglected Dogs in Meigs County, Tennessee, Need Your Voice!
PETA has received allegations of serious neglect of numerous dogs at 1627A Sam Davis Rd. in Decatur, Tennessee.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Tell University of Illinois to Stop Cruel Dog Lab!
Please urge the university to shut down the dog lab and mandate the adoption of FIDO immediately.

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easyVegan Link Sanctuary, 09-08-07

Saturday, September 8th, 2007

Action Alerts

Defenders of Wildlife: Don’t Let Great Cats & Rare Canines Vanish Forever
Tell Congress to do its part — and join in the effort to protect these creatures world-wide.

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF): Stop the Spying!
Tell the government to stop surveillance of Americans’ communications without a warrant.

People for the American Way (PFAW): Tell Congress: End Warrantless Spying on Americans!
Tell your members of Congress how you feel about the Bush administration’s warrantless spying on Americans.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): ‘Bambi Butchers’ Horror
On August 26, 2007, a PETA investigator filmed the slaughter of deer at Musicon, Inc., a deer farm and venison sales company in Goshen, New York.

Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS): Urge Congress to Hold Strong on a Clean Energy Bill!
Please tell your senators and representative that America’s new Energy Bill must include a 35 mile per gallon fuel economy standard AND a 15 percent renewable electricity standard.

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easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 08-31-07

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Action Alerts

American Freedom Campaign: Tell your Senators to confirm an attorney general who will defend the Constitution.
Tell Senate: No more Albertos!

American Rivers: RiverAlert: Tell the Army Corps to Close Hurricane Highway
Urge the Corps to properly close the MRGO. Comments are due Tuesday, September 4, so please act today!

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA): California: Urge Governor to Sign Pet Protective Order Bill
California Pet Protection Bill Now Before Governator! CA SB 353, a bill that will allow courts to include animals in restraining orders against batterers, has passed both houses of the Legislature.

Audubon: Last Wild Whooping Cranes Threatened
Tell the Army Corps of Engineers to put this development project on hold until proper environmental review can be conducted.

Audubon: Close the ‘Hurricane Highway’ in New Orleans
Let the Army Corps of Engineers know why restoring coastal wetlands is both good environmental policy and good for New Orleans.

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easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 08-27-07

Monday, August 27th, 2007

Action Alerts

DawnWatch corrected: B.R. Myers questions Michael Pollan’s thinking — Atlantic Monthly, September 2007 edition
“Hard to Swallow — The gourmet’s ongoing failure to think in moral terms.”

Kinship Circle: 8/25/07: Supervalu Is Super Cruel
Based on PETA’s “Tell Supervalu to Stop Abusing Animals!” alert

People for the American Way (PFAW): Bush’s Enabler General Steps Down
Tell your senators that they must insist on an attorney general who will represent the interests of the American people and defend the Constitution.

True Majority: Alberto Gonzales Resigns
Tell your Senators to only confirm an Attorney General who truly believes in democracy and freedom – not another Bush crony who fights to restrict civil liberties and ignores the Constitution.

Carnivals

Vegetarian Carnival #6 (August 27, 2007 @ Veggie Chic)

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easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 08-17-07

Friday, August 17th, 2007

Action Alerts

American Freedom Campaign: Encourage the presidential candidates to sign the American Freedom Pledge
I pledge to fight to protect and defend the Constitution from assault by any President.

Animal Welfare Institute (AWI): Pro-Animal Bills Pending in U.S. Congress: Please Visit Your Legislators
Pet Safety Protection Act, American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act & Dog Fighting Prohibition Act

Consumer’s Union: Don’t lick Elmo!
Urge your members of Congress to ensure that the products and food that end up on our shelves are safe.

Earthjustice: Stop the Owl Extinction Plan: Political Interference Puts Birds, Forests, and Science At Risk
Please take action to tell the Fish and Wildlife Service by August 24 not to bow to the timber industry while our nation’s forests, rivers, and wildlife pay the price.

Ecological Internet / Climate Ark: Jet-Setting Leonardo DiCaprio the Convenient Environmentalist
Growth in aviation threatens the Planet, celebrities flying in private jets are no friend to the environment, and shared climate sacrifice means the super-rich must swear off jet-setting ways.

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easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 08-14-07

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

Action Alerts

DawnWatch glamour-fun alert: Farm Sanctuary Gala, Beverly Hills, Saturday September 8, 2007
The Farm Sanctuary Gala is at the classic Beverly Hills Hotel on Saturday, September 8.

Ecological Internet / The Rainforest Portal: Stop Ocean City, New Jersey from Using Ancient Rainforest Timbers for Boardwalk Decking
An important precedent must be set that industrial logging of ancient forests, even if FSC “certified”, must end

The Sierra Club: Support Legislation to Stop Global Warming
Urge your Representative to support the Sanders-Boxer Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act!

The Sierra Club: Fight Logging Road Subsidies!
We need Congress to stand firm and oppose logging road subsidies in the Tongass National Forest.

True Majority: Sign the American Freedom Petition
Tell Congress to take back their permission for warrantless spying on Americans

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easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 08-13-07

Monday, August 13th, 2007

Action Alerts

DawnWatch: Cage-free eggs on NY Times front page 8/12/07
“Suddenly, the Hunt Is on for Cage-Free Eggs”

The Wilderness Society: Help the Spotted Owl and Northwest Forests
The Bush Administration is now attempting to revise the Plan to undermine key wildlife protections, including habitat reserves for the northern spotted owl and other at-risk species.

World Wildlife Fund (WWF): Push for an Ocean Protection Treaty
WWF has launched a campaign to urge Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.), chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to hold a hearing on U.S. ratification of the Law of the Sea Convention.

Carnivals

Carnival of Open Records #2 (August 13, 2007 @ State Sunshine and Open Records)

Vegetarian Carnival #5 (August 13, 2007 @ Country Kitchen Pantry)

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easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 08-10-07

Friday, August 10th, 2007

Action Alerts

Animal Protection Institute (API): Urge Congress to End the Trade in Bear Parts
The Bear Protection Act, H.R. 3029 would protect bears by prohibiting the import, export, and interstate commerce of bear gallbladders and bile

Greenpeace: Project Hot Seat: August 27-31: Week of Local Action
We need to deliver Project Hot Seat lobby packets in local offices across the country during the last week of August. And we need YOUR help to make it happen.

National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS): Federal: Animal Protection Measures included in House Farm Bill
Please call your U.S. Senators today in support of keeping animal protection provisions in the final version of the bill!

People for the American Way (PFAW): Tell Congress: End Warrantless Spying on Americans!
Tell your Representative and Senators to stand up to White House fear mongering and abuse of power!

Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS): Hold the Antibiotics!
Sign our petition to the nation’s top fast-food companies urging them to help end this dangerous practice.

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easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 08-09-07

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

Action Alerts

American Freedom Campaign (AFC): Tell Congress: No More Warrantless Wiretapping!
Tell Congress to reverse its decision to grant President Bush more unchecked power to wiretap without a warrant.

In Defense of Animals (IDA): City of Vallejo Sells Elephants to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
“Take Action” to tell Washington Redskins owner to stop fumbling the ball when it comes to elephants’ lives

In Defense of Animals (IDA): House Votes to Temporarily Ban Horse Slaughter
Urge Senate to shut U.S. horse slaughter plants down now and forever

In Defense of Animals (IDA): Tell National Wildlife Refuge to Curb Consumptive Recreation
“Take Action” to urge Fish and Wildlife Service to ban hunting, fishing, and trapping at Lake Umbagog

Oceana: Thanks ERCO!
ERCO Worldwide, the number one mercury polluter in Wisconsin, announced that it would go mercury-free

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easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 08-08-07

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

Action Alerts

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU): TELL CONGRESS: DON’T FAIL FREEDOM
Stand with the ACLU and demand that Congress live up to its promise to protect and defend the Constitution, starting with immediate fixes to the outrageous FISA legislation that made warrantless NSA spying on Americans legal.

DawnWatch: NPR commentary on dog fighting and canned hunting 8/8/07
“National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, Wednesday, August 8, 2007, aired a piece by commentator Frank Deford on dog fighting and on various forms of hunting”

DawnWatch: Wall St Journal front page on pig castration 7/6/07
“These Little Pigs Get Special Care From Norwegians But Meat People Squeal, And a Lot of Other Folks Are Holding Their Noses”

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF): Pull Congress Back Into the Wiretapping Fight to Restore Your Rights
Tell your representatives to repeal this legislation and restore your rights now.

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC): Urge Congress to clean up our beaches
Your senators and representatives have the opportunity to help clean up contaminated beaches and to make sure sources of beach pollution are identified and addressed.

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easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 7-29-07

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

Action Alerts

Ecological Internet / The Rainforest Portal: Action Alert: FSC and Big Green “Certified” Ancient Forest Logging Tragedy Worsens

National Wildlife Federation (NWF): Make the call for global warming solutions

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Undercover at Rubashkin’s… Again

Found on Flickr: Help “Bobo” (“Scruffy”) the Bear, via DonBaird

Campaign Updates, Press Releases, etc.

Campaign to Sack Michael Vick

Carnivals

Michael Vick Blog Carnival #1 (July 28, 2007 @ Campaign to Sack Michael Vick)

Newsletters

Best Friends Animal Society: Miracles at “Area 51”!

Petitions

Officers Find Dead, Sick Horses In N. Texas Field

Tell the Alameda Animal Shelter there MUST be a dog volunteer program!

Kill the 90-day policy at the Bergen County Animal Shelter (BCAS)

Citizens Against the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA)

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easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 7-25-07

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

Action Alerts

Best Friends Animal Society: Selling Bunnies Is Selling Out

Corporate Accountability International: National Day of Action Today! Will Pepsi “Move the Mountain”?

Defenders of Wildlife: Take Action for Wildlife Conservation on Farm and Ranch Lands

Environmental Defense: Take Action for Tougher Air Pollution Standards

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC): Protect the Western Arctic Reserve

Campaign Updates, Press Releases, etc.

Help Get Justice for Bob! (Bob the Tortoise, that is; page last updated 7/19/07)

Bob the Tortoise on MySpace

Newsletters

The Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC): Dissent Is Patriotic: July 2007, Vol. 6, No. 6

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC): BioGems News: July 2007

The Ocean Conservancy: eNewsletter: July 2007

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) Event: Diabetes Video Support Group Weekly Session

The Sierra Club: Club Currents: Volume VI, #74: July 24, 2007

Vegan Outreach: E-Newsletter, July 25, 2007

VegCooking.com: Recipe of the Week (Thai Vegetarian Chicken With Snow Peas)

Petitions

Stop using animals in the circus!

Stop Zoos from killing Tigers for collectors

Support Family Farms, NOT Mega-Farms

Environmental Demands

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EFF: Improve the Freedom of Information Act!

Sunday, July 15th, 2007

UPDATE, 7/20/07:

See also: Protecting the Public’s Right to Know, Strengthening the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), from the ACLU:

Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) has placed a not-so-secret hold on bipartisan legislation that would strengthen the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the public’s right to know. The OPEN Government Act (S. 849) would, among other things, provide FOIA requesters a tracking number enabling them to follow the status of their request and impose reasonable consequences on federal agencies that missed deadlines for complying with FOIA.

The bill, sponsored by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee. And the House of Representatives recently passed similar legislation by an overwhelming bipartisan vote. Senator Kyl’s hold is now the only thing stopping this bill’s passage.

Please contact your Senators and urge them to pressure Senator Kyl and the Senate Republican leadership to take his hold off this popular bipartisan bill.

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The following is an excerpt from the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s latest newsletter:

An Independence Day Resolution: Reform FOIA!

On July 4, 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed the FOIA into law. FOIA gave weight to a principle that is fundamental to any democracy: the right of the people to know what the government is doing. Forty-one years later, FOIA remains an essential tool used by the public, public advocacy groups (including EFF), and news organizations to uncover information that would otherwise remain hidden from public view.

But a recent report from the George Washington University’s National Security Archive and the Knight Foundation shows that FOIA is far from a perfect tool of transparency in government. The study found that requests for information often languish in bureaucratic limbo for years — the oldest dates back to 1987! The National Security Archive actually had to use FOIA to find out how many FOIA requests were still pending.

Luckily, a new bill to reform FOIA is working its way through Congress, supported by a broad coalition of organizations that spans the political spectrum. The OPEN Government Act (S. 849) brings much needed reform to FOIA and puts in place incentives for federal agencies to process FOIA requests in a timely fashion. The bill would create a tracking system for FOIA requests so that they don’t get lost in the bowels of federal agencies, as well as allowing requesters who prevail in FOIA litigation to recover reasonable attorney fees.

Meanwhile, EFF’s FOIA lawsuits are making steady strides. Along with uncovering information about National Security Letters, we’ve filed suit seeking orders, rules and guidelines issued by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court about the Administration’s warrantless surveillance program. There will be a hearing in the case on July 26 in Washington, DC.

Take action to support the OPEN Government Act: http://action.eff.org/site/Advocacy?id=285

For this post and related links: http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/archives/005346.php

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IDA eNews: 6-27-07

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Here’s the TOC from IDA’s 6-27-07 newsletter.

Click on the links to take action, or read the whole newsletter online.

IDA Action Alerts

Protect Polar Bears from Hunters; Ask Congress to support the Polar Bear Protection Act

Animal Experimentation Under Fire; Scientific and spiritual leaders speak out for humane alternatives

New Book: “Get Political For Animals”; Handbook offers how-to guide for effective legislative action

Campaign News & Updates

Victory! Federal Judge Throws Out Furrier’s Lawsuit; Court rejects charges of illegal protesting and protects animal activists’ freedom of speech

Victory! San Jose Becomes Newest “Guardian City”; Learn how to start a Guardian campaign in your community

IDA-Project Hope Helps Rescue Trapped Kitten; Please thank police and firefighters for helping rescue cat from storm drain

An archive of past IDA eNews newsletters is available here.

Also, a contest/event announcement after the flip.

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Farm Sanctuary’s E-News & Action Alert 06/08/07

Saturday, June 9th, 2007

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From: Farm Sanctuary – info [at] farmsanctuary.org
Date: Jun 8, 2007 4:04 PM
Subject: Farm Sanctuary’s E-News & Action Alert 06/08/07

Tell Congress Not to Take Away Local Voting Rights!

The proposed 2007 Farm Bill contains a provision that will prohibit states and localities from voting against activities concerning public health, safety and morals. Subverting the most fundamental tenets of democratic process, this small provision known as Section 123 denies citizens the right to pass state or local laws on issues of humane treatment or food safety. Don’t let this outrageous and unconstitutional provision go unchallenged. Read more.

Piglet Takes Literal Leap of Faith, Lands at Farm Sanctuary’s New York Shelter

Socks the piglet got off to a rough start in life. At just a few months old, he was considered a “food animal”—but escaped that fate by wriggling out of a transport truck. But now, at our New York Shelter, the piglet is on the road to recovery—not the road to slaughter. He’s found a way to overcome the physical and emotional abuse that marks his past and has opened his heart to shelter staff and visitors. Read more.

Plan for an Event-Full Summer

From national conferences and spa getaways to cooking extravaganzas and international food festivals, vegetarian events and retreats are perfect for connecting with like-minded individuals, learning more about the joys and benefits of plant-based eating, and celebrating your compassionate lifestyle among friends. For a meaningful, inspiring, revitalizing, and educational vacation for you, your family and your friends, learn more about some of the popular summertime events coming your way!

Boston Baked Bonz

Boston Baked Bonz is a new company dedicated to dogs and the people who love them! Vegan dog treats are handmade with organic whole grains – baked fresh daily and sent right to your door. We offer a full line of gifts from local artisans that celebrate the bond between people and their dogs! As big supporters of Farm Sanctuary, every time you shop you help farm animals, too!

Use GoodSearch.com and Raise Funds for Farm Animals!

Make http://www.Goodsearch.com your home page or add a GoodSearch toolbar to your browser so that every time you search the Internet, you raise funds for Farm Sanctuary’s rescue and protection programs. If every member of our E-Mail News & Action Alerts used GoodSearch twice a day for a year, Farm Sanctuary would earn more than $73,000 for farm animals! To get started today, visit goodsearch.com and choose Farm Sanctuary as your designated charity.

In the News

Farm Sanctuary is hiring at our California Shelter!
View job listings.

Films that Fuel Movements in 9 Minutes or Less
The Indypendent – June 8, 2007

Many reasons to be a vegetarian
The Citizen – June 2, 2007

In the Store

Vegan Planet
400 irresistible recipes in this comprehensive guide that makes it easy to nourish your body as well as your taste buds!

About Farm Sanctuary

Photo via Chad Fust

Farm Sanctuary is the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization. Since incorporating in 1986, we have worked to expose and stop cruel practices of the “food animal” industry through research and investigations, legal and legislative actions, public awareness projects, youth education, and direct rescue and refuge efforts. Our shelters in Watkins Glen, NY and Orland, CA provide lifelong care for hundreds of rescued animals, who have become ambassadors for farm animals everywhere by educating visitors about the realities of factory farming. For more information about Farm Sanctuary or our programs, please visit http://www.farmsanctuary.org or call 607-583-2225. To become a Farm Sanctuary member or to make a donation today using our secure online form, http://www.farmsanctuary.org/join/donate2.htm. For updates on previous action alerts, http://www.farmsanctuary.org/actionalerts/update.htm.

Please forward and distribute widely! Thank you
Farm Sanctuary, P.O. Box 150 Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

To subscribe: http://www.farmsanctuary.org/signup.htm

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DawnWatch: "My Brother The Terrorist" — Los Angeles Times 5/24/07

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

For more, see Green Is the New Red and this summary at GreenScare.org. The second link contains info on court dates and contact info for prisoner support.

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: May 24, 2007 3:39 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: “My Brother The Terrorist” — Los Angeles Times 5/24/07

Novelist Caroline Paul comes from a family committed to activism. Her Baywatch-famous sister Alexandra was in “Who Killed the Electric Car,” hosts a TV talk-show on environmentalism, and comes out in support of numerous animal causes. In today’s (Thursday May 24) Los Angeles Times op-ed piece headed, “My brother, the ‘terrorist'” we learn that their brother, Jonathon “is considered one of the biggest domestic terrorists in the country.” Paul gives us some warm personal details about his past, and then writes, “most important, he has devoted his life to stopping animals’ suffering. To this end, he has broken the law. He crept into animal laboratories to free dogs. He dismantled corrals to release wild mustangs. He impersonated a fur buyer to film the treatment of minks. He put himself between whales and whalers despite warnings that his boat would be impounded and that he would be jailed. And nearly 10 years ago, he burned down a horse slaughterhouse in Redmond, Ore. It is for this final act that the U.S. government considers him among the ranks of Osama bin Laden, Eric Rudolph and Ramzi Ahmed Yousef.”

She continues:

“My brother, Jonathan Paul, has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Eugene, Ore., to burning the Cavel West Slaughterhouse. He will find out on June 5 whether the judge considers his actions deserving of the ‘terrorism enhancement’ to his sentence sought by the government.”

Paul does not take arson lightly. She writes, “I was a San Francisco firefighter for 13 years. I was angry and dismayed that my brother chose arson as a route to stop animal suffering. But ‘a classic case of terrorism’?”

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