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text 14,000 Idle Wind Turbines a Testament to Failed Energy Policies Bob Adelmann 2013-04-12 10:03 AM
14,000 Idle Wind Turbines a Testament to Failed Energy Policies (text/plain)

image Jerry Brown's record on State Taxes Pat Williams 2010-10-06 9:16 AM
Jerry Brown's record on  State Taxes
Jerry Brown's record on State Taxes (image/jpeg)

text The Sherrod factor Shayne O'Neill 2010-09-22 9:55 AM
The Sherrod factor (text/plain)

text Federalizing Guards Will Not Improve Security at Federal Buildings. FCGOA FPS NEWS 2010-09-21 1:49 AM
What is needed to improve FPS security is better training, management, oversight and administration, including additional resources to hire more inspectors and contracting officer’s technical representatives. (text/html)

text UGSOA Loses To FCGOA UGSOA NEWS 2010-08-28 2:15 AM
"Today's VICTORY by FCGOA against UGSOA and it's UGSOA Local 44 sends a clear message to UGSOA President Desiree Sullivan that all is NOT Well at UGSOA" Stated FCGOA President Guy James. (text/html)

text UGSOA Members Show Their Support For FCGOA and its President Guy James FCGOA NEWS 2010-08-10 6:00 AM
Mr. Harsley’s 12-13 years of serving our membership under UGSOA local # 44 as president has been pure hell. He has abused his power and authority, misused his position, and undercut our benefits with his manipulations by telling un-truths in order to accomplish his goals by deceiving the officers into accept his untruths. It’s time to replace Mr. Harsley, UGSOA Local # 44 and UGSOA international with a new and more progressive, honest, user friendly, officer oriented organization that serves the union membership needs, not their own needs, wants and desires. (text/html)

text Over 300 UGSOA Officers Working at The DOJ and ICE Facilites are Revolting Against UGSOA UGSOA Washington D.C. News 2010-07-11 7:34 PM
The revolt by these 300 UGSOA members to join FCGOA is just the tip of the iceberg as Hundreds of UGSOA all Over the Country are Signing up with FCGOA. (text/html)

text Federal Protective Service Building Security Agency's Workforce Plan Questioned Federal Protective Service FCGOA NEWS 2010-06-16 2:06 AM
The Federal Protective Service agency has an annual budget of roughly $1 billion, and employs 1,225 full-time workers and 15,000 contract security guards at more than 2,300 federal facilities nationwide (text/html)

text Alphonse D’Amato to testify, DASNY Contract Procedure Violated After adding MOB Firm Stephen Thompson 2010-06-12 6:11 AM
Former Senator D’Amato is scheduled to testify next week, in NY State Supreme Court, June 15 -16, 2010 as to his alleged role as the lobbyist who influenced New York State officials to include a MOB related construction firm onto a list of qualified contractors after they had already been disqualified by the quality control people within the New York State Dormitory Authority (DASNY). Thomas Murphy, then Executive Director of DASNY, testified that Richard Nasti told him to add the Scalamadres onto the list of qualified contractors even though Joseph and Fred Scalamandre both pleaded guilty to paying off the MOB and stealing tens of millions of dollars from several government agencies. (text/plain)

text UGSOA PRESIDENT JAMES CARNEY JUMPS SHIP. FCGOA is Ready to Take The Helm UGSOA NEWS 2010-03-31 10:24 PM
Federal Contract Guards of America FCGOA President Guy James stated "FCGOA is ready and able to represent the many UGSOA Security Police Professionals who wish to leave the United Government Security Officers of America UGSOA to join our organization FCGOA" (text/html)

text Nuclear Power Plants Vulnerable to Attack, Former CIA Officer Says FCGOA Nuclear Security Officer News 2010-03-26 2:02 AM
One of the biggest problems is the fact that the union who presently represents these nuclear security officers the United Government Security Officers of America International Union UGSOA has failed to negotiate for better wages, benefits and a higher standard of training for these nuclear security officers stated FCGOA President Guy James. (text/html)

text FCGOA Pres calls For Tougher Background Checks After Terror Suspect Infiltrated Nuke Sites FCGOA Security Guard News 2010-03-14 5:18 PM
Guy James President of The International Union, Federal Contract Guards of America FCGOA, stated that “we must always be on the alert at nuclear facilities, federal buildings , airports and other high profile buildings where terrorist groups like Al-Qaida continue to target our infrastructure. The question we face each and everyday is not if a terrorist attack like 9/11 will happen again but when will it happen. That’s why our union FCGOA continues to call on our legislatures to strengthen stiffer background checks, better training standards and a higher standard of qualifications of all private security companies and security guards / security police professionals throughout the country”. (text/html)

text Use of Private Federal Contract Security Guards at Gov Buildings Comes Under Scrutiny. FCGOA Security Guard News 2010-03-13 6:52 PM
Guy James President of the International Union, Federal Contract Guards of America FCGOA disagrees. The problem is not that these contract guards need to be federalized, the problem is better training". "There really are no federal standards for security guards," said James. "These individuals should be trained at the federal level since they are the first line of defense against a terrorist attack, just like federal police officers," he said. (text/html)

text Raising Consciousness M. Burton Brown 2009-12-09 10:16 PM
Raising Awareness (text/plain + 1 comment)

text Mumia Abu Jamal and Angela Davis M. Burton Brown 2009-12-09 10:09 PM
Staunton Lynd, Angela Davis & Mumia Abu Jamal M. Burton Brown Angela Y. Davis is a living witness and participant in the historical struggles of a contemporary era. Professor Davis is known internationally for her ongoing work to combat all forms of oppression. All of her life, as a student, professor, writer, scholar, activist and organizer, she has been actively engaged in the struggle for human rights. It was not until 1969 that Professor Davis came to national attention: at the time, her flight from authorities while on the FBI's Most Wanted List, infamous 1972 trial and subsequent accquittal by an all-white jury, became international news. Since her acquittal, Professor Davis has made the abolition of the death penality, the release of political prisoners and the elimination of the Prison Industrial Complex the primary focus of her campaign against injustice. Ten years after Angela Davis' acquittal, noted Philadelphia journalist, Mumia Abu Jamal's political activities, along with his personal and collective stance against institutionalized racism and police brutality placed him, like Angela Davis, in the line of fire. Mumia Abu Jamal was sentenced to Pennsylvania's death row for the murder of a member of Philadelphia Law Enforcement. In light of clear violations of his Constitutional Rights, in a highly political and publicized case, Mumia Abu Jamal's battle to obtain a new trial has become a unifiying theme for individuals and social justice organizatons in the United States and abroad. I met both Angela Davis and Mumia Abu Jamal in the summer of 2006. Professor Davis was the recepient of the Merton Award. As the newly hired Development Director of the Thomas Merton Center for Peace & Justice, it was my job to oversee and coordinate the annual award ceremony. The planning for the awards dinner usually began six months in advance. I was fortunate to have an experienced dinner committee and several dedicated college interns to assist me. However, I knew as a director, whatever went wrong would be my responsibility. Although, I spent most of my day working against systemic injustice, I often attended university-sponsored social justice events in the evening. One university event I attended would increase my knowledge of the infamous Mumia Abu Jamal and challenge my committment to raising awareness about the disparities in the American criminal justice system. Staughton Lynd, noted civil rights attorney, was in Pittsburgh at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) to lecture on the state of race relations in the United.States. Before Staunton entered the lecture hall, the facilitator informed attendees that there would be a special introduction from Pennyslvania's death row. The lights were lowered and an image of Mumia Abu Jamal appeared on the screen. I was familiar with his ongoing fight for a new trial, and aware that he recorded for Prison Radio, yet I'd never actually heard his voice. I listened to Mumia Abu Jamal's articulate and insightful introduction of Staunton Lynd from Pennsylvania death row and concluded that he was eloquent, knowledgeable and a teacher. As I sat in the darkened lecture hall at CMU, I couldn't help but wonder what might have been. What if Mumia Abu Jamal had been able to teach college courses like former Weather Underground member Bill Ayers and Professor Angela Davis? The lecture was well-attended by local activists, students and the curious. Staunton Lynd spoke about his efforts in the civil rights movement and how, at one time, he experienced a level of "reciprocal interaction" among persons of color and whites which, asserted Lynd, was no longer evident in current social movements in the United States. Lynd called on the audience to work to "re-establish the solidarity" that existed for a period of time in American history. In the twilight years of his life, and with a wealth of knowledge and experience behind him, Staunton Lynd challenged a new generation to carry on the legacy of political protest and cultural interaction that must exist to bring about social change. I left the lecture hall that night in deep thought. I was moved by both Mumia Abu Jamal's plight and Staunton Lynd's lecture on cultural interaction and solidarity. I wondered how I could help raise awareness about Mumia Abu Jamal's fight for a new trial. The next day at work, I was scheduled to attend a political event for former Steeler wide reciever and Republican candidate for Pennsylvania Governor, Lynn Swann. With his entourage running behind schedule, I arrived at the event and found Swann and his wife in the parking lot, alone except for the driver. I stopped the candidate, and after getting a few photographs, asked him if he was familiar with the Mumia Abu Jamal case in Philadelphia. Swann asserted that he was unfamiliar with that particular case, but that he was aware of disparities in the criminal system. I was never quite sure if Lynn Swann really knew about the case or not. He appeared geniuine when he said he hadn't heard of the case. Nethertheless, I found Swann's assertion troubling, especially since Governor Rendell has been quite vocal about his belief in Mumia's guilt and desire for his execution. Before the Swann's said their goodbyes, the attractive and polished Mrs. Swann made sure to inform me that her mother had been on welfare, perhaps hoping that urban voters would relate to a tale of poverty, one generation removed. When I returned to work, I informed the in-house development team team that I wanted Mumia Abu Jamal to introduce Angela Davis in the same manner that I saw him introduce Staunton Lynd at Carnegie Mellon University. My idea did not take hold immediately. Many thought it would call for additional work when we already had so much to do. Others thought the time-frame (4 weeks) was not conducive to a successful outcome. Still others felt the technological aspects could be problemmatic. No one volunteered to assume responsibility for coordinating the introduction. With very real memories of how meaningful it had been for me to hear Mumia's voice for the first time, I agreed to take on full responsibility for coordinating the last-minute assignment. The first thing I did was contact Angela Davis' assistant on the West Coast to make sure that the civil rights icon wouldn't mind an introduction from Mumia. I was quickly assured by the assistant that Professor Davis would be thrilled to have Mumia introduce her at the award ceremony. I then contacted Carnegie Mellon University and spoke to the coordinators of the Staunton Lynd lecture. I learned there was a Free Mumia group on CMU campus. I was provided contact information for Mumia and the next thing I did was write Mumia a letter introducing myself, the Merton Center and requesting an introduction for Professor Davis. Within a week, I received a neatly handwritten letter from Mumia stating that he would be honored to introduce Angela Davis. Mumia provided everything I needed to facilitate the recorded introduction He included information on Prison Radio and requested that I send him specific material about Professor Davis and the Merton Center. He also asked for a deadline. I contacted Pittsburgh Independent Media and Prison Radio to assist in recording an introduction from Mumia, both organizations were more than cooperative. Everything was handled in a professional manner. Despite having to pull everything together at the last moment, the highly anticipated CD arrived in the mail a week before the awards dinner. We all listened to it several times in the office and everyone at the center was impressed. The day of the awards dinner, I was a little nervous. We held the event at the Sheraton Hotel and were expecting close to 700 guests. Angela Davis was the featured speaker and recepient of the 2006 Merton Award. I watched as members of Pittsburgh Independent Media ran through the intro a couple of times to make sure it was ready. Everything looked good and appeared to be on schedule. The event had been highly publicized, but only a handful of guests knew about the special introduction by Mumia Abu Jamal. After a dinner of creamed pasta, steamed vegetables and crusty bread, the lights were lowered and a large screen came up. There before the audience, larger than life, was the handsome face of Mumia Abu Jamal. The audience was caught off guard and when he began his introduction there was total silence in the room. Mumia only spoke for a few moments, but his insightful words resonated with the audience. He made a few pointed, but humorous references to the 43rd president of the United States that generated chuckles from the audience. After completing his introduction to thunderous applause and a standing ovation, (which he was unable to hear or see) Angela Davis stepped up to the podium and expressed genuine gratitude for Mumia's eloquent introduction and the enthusiastic response from the Pittsburgh audience. http://www.prisonradio.org/MertonMumiaAngela.htm Years of event planning and political organizing, has provided opportunities for me to experience many special events. Yet, I will always view the 2006 Merton Award Dinner as one of my most rewarding and successful events. Not only did I meet civil rights icon, Angela Davis, I also introduced the talented Mumia Abu Jamal to those who was unfamiliar with his case. I know my efforts do not match or compare to the efforts of someone like civil liberties attorney Staunton Lynd or civil rights icon Angela Davis, but I believe that perhaps, in a small way, I'd done something to raise awareness about Mumia Abu Jamal's fight for justice. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=568131&l=79c4191691&id=1277885164 (text/plain)

text Mumia’s Life Is On the Line: Mobilize Labor/Black Power to Free Him Now! Internationalist Group 2009-11-27 6:25 PM
The threat to Mumia Abu-Jamal's life is increasingly ominous. His lead attorney, Robert Bryan, warns: "There is an escalated effort by the authorities to see him die at the hands of the executioner. This is the most dangerous time for Mumia since his 1981 arrest." The U.S. Supreme Court has turned down Jamal's two appeals. If it were to rule in favor of the prosecution's appeal, this would open the way for Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell to issue a third warrant of execution, which he has vowed to do. Contrary to the misplaced expectations of many, the Obama administration is not about to save Mumia. Around the world, hundreds of thousands have marched for this courageous champion of oppressed. Trade unions representing millions of members have rallied to the defense of Mumia. It is urgent to expand this support into powerful labor/black action, appealing to the integrated union movement to join with the black, Latino and immigrant poor to demand that he be liberated. (text/html)

text Mumia’s Life Is On the Line: Mobilize Labor/Black Power to Free Him Now! Internationalist Group 2009-11-27 6:23 PM
The threat to Mumia Abu-Jamal's life is increasingly ominous. His lead attorney, Robert Bryan, warns: "There is an escalated effort by the authorities to see him die at the hands of the executioner. This is the most dangerous time for Mumia since his 1981 arrest." The U.S. Supreme Court has turned down Jamal's two appeals. If it were to rule in favor of the prosecution's appeal, this would open the way for Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell to issue a third warrant of execution, which he has vowed to do. Contrary to the misplaced expectations of many, the Obama administration is not about to save Mumia. Around the world, hundreds of thousands have marched for this courageous champion of oppressed. Trade unions representing millions of members have rallied to the defense of Mumia. It is urgent to expand this support into powerful labor/black action, appealing to the integrated union movement to join with the black, Latino and immigrant poor to demand that he be liberated. (text/plain)

text Youth Join Forces to Educate About Global Poverty paola Martinez 2009-11-18 6:33 PM
“Education – The Universal Bridge” was the theme for the 2009 walk. (text/plain)

text UGSOA May LOSE Over 850 Members as Their Members Revolt by the Hundreds UGSOA Member News 2009-11-12 9:41 PM
What's Going on at the United Government Security Officers of America UGSOA? Why are hundreds of UGSOA Members Filing Decertification Election Petitions to get rid of UGSOA in recent weeks? (text/html)

image MarkWest Compressor Station to Spray Natural Gas into residential area for 20 hours TODAY Nastassja Noell 2009-11-03 4:26 PM
MarkWest Compressor Station to Spray Natural Gas into residential area for 20 hours TODAY
Natural Gas Production requires gas to be pumped long distances from the well head through pipelines. The gas must first be cleaned of water, sulfur and other gas contaminants at compressor stations; the "sweetened" gas is then pushed down the pipeline by fossil fuel fired compressor engines. The chemist Wilma Subra calls these compressor stations "mini-refineries"; residents complain of constant headaches and strong nauseating smells. Dr. Subra's work has included studying the air quality around compressor stations in Dish Texas where extremely high levels of benzene, toluene, and other carcinogenic and neurotoxic compounds were found hanging in the air, breathed in by residents for the past few years of the natural gas boom. Keep compressor stations out of your community, and advocate for those families who are forced to have these toxic facilities in their backyards: the environmental protection agencies will not help us, their business is to coordinate industry interests. (image/jpeg)

text UNION BUSTING Play Book: What Union Busters Don't Want YOU to See or Know! Union Busters EXPOSED 2009-10-30 4:00 PM
A Step by Step Union Busting Playbook on What UNION BUSTERS Do and How They Run UNION BUSTING Campaigns. (text/html)

text SHUT DOWN THE ARMY EXPERIENCE CENTER wakeup 2009-09-05 12:59 PM
The Army sells war to young teens at the mall. Shut it down! (text/plain)

image SHUT DOWN THE ARMY EXPERIENCE CENTER ArmyNotSoStrong 2009-08-05 7:37 AM
SHUT DOWN THE ARMY EXPERIENCE CENTER
Protest at The Army Experience Center! (image/jpeg)

text toxic gas drilling must be banned Maria Ensign 2009-07-05 5:18 PM

text Total ban on toxic gas drilling necessary Henry Fox 2009-07-05 4:40 PM

audio NOAM CHOMSKY on the Past 10 Years: Seattle '99 to WSF to Climate in '09 BE47 2009-06-19 12:44 AM
Noam Chomsky reflects on the past 10 years, from 1999 protest in Seattle to the World Social Forums and climate change awareness in 2009. Ten years in 7 minutes with a man who has been called the world's leading intellectual. And he may be just that! (audio/mpeg + 3 comments)

text The Case for Arbitration in Labor Law Reform and The Employee Free Choice Act EFCA Employee Free Choice EFCAPrwire News 2009-06-16 4:58 PM
Labor law reform must ensure that workers who want to join a union are able to do so without facing endless delays from corporations seeking to deny them a voice in the workplace. (text/html)

text ONLY ONE MAN DECIDES WHERE GAY COMMISSIONERS & JUDGES SERVE IN LA COUNTY ??? LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS 2009-06-11 6:48 AM
IS THIS REPORTED GAY SANTA MONICA COMMISSIONER JUST ONE BAD EXAMPLE OF A NEW POLICY IN AMERICAN FAMILY COURTS ALL ACROSS AMERICA OF DON'T ASK AND WE WON'T TELL ??? (text/plain + 1 comment)

text SPFPA Union Security Police Officer Shot at The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum SPFPA Security Guard Security Police News 2009-06-10 7:21 PM
The security police professionals working at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum are members of the International Union, Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA) The Largest Oldest and Fastest Growing 9 (b)(3) union in the world today. (text/html)

text SPECTER Either You Stand with Working People, or YOU stand with Greedy CEOs on EFCA Employee Free Choice EFCAPrwire News 2009-06-10 3:33 PM
Big banks and greedy corporations got our country into this mess," "Now they want to fire or harass employees who want to join a union." Senators Lincoln, Webb, Specter, Vitter, Pryor Either You Stand with Working People, or YOU stand with Greedy CEOs on The Employee Free Choice Act EFCA. Which Is It? (text/html)

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