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Thursday, February 07, 2013
11k Sign Petition On WhiteHouse.gov Demanding Obama Administration Fire US Attorney Steven Heymann Over Reckless Prosecution Of Aaron Swartz
In the aftermath of Aaron Swartz death, supporters of Aaron and advocates for common sense legal reform started two petitions on Whitehouse.gov, the official website of the White House. One was for Carmen Ortiz, Heymann's boss, to be fired. That petition has already surpassed the required 25,000 signature threshold, which means that the White House must respond to it publicly.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Demand Progress Commends House Oversight Committee's Call for DOJ Briefing About Aaron Swartz Prosecution
Demand Progress is praising the leadership of the House Oversight Committee -- Representatives Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Elijah Cummings (D-MD) -- for demanding a briefing from the Department of Justice on the prosecution of Demand Progress co-founder Aaron Swartz. Their letter calling for such a briefing may be found here: http://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/2013-01-28-DEI-EEC...
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Thursday, January 17, 2013
Demand Progress Asks Followers to 'Demand Justice for Aaron Swartz'
In a letter to their army of supporters Demand Progress and Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig expressed anger and frustration at the system that had their friend, Aaron Swartz, facing a 35-plus year prison sentence for downloading academic journal articles that were available to his network for free. The beloved Demand Progress founder and celebrated computer programmer, known for his pioneering work on such online staples as RSS and Reddit, took his life late last week.
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Thursday, January 10, 2013
“Torture is STILL Not OK”
“Do you think it's a coincidence that the same week that Zero Dark Thirty, a film glorying the CIA's use of torture, is rewarded with Oscar nominations, President Obama nominates a key figure from the Bush Administration's torture program?” Grassroots organizers, Demand Progress and CREDO, are putting that question to their army of followers this morning as they urge opposition to John Brennan’s nomination to head the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Internet Freedom Advocates Launch Campaign to Get Internet Freedom into Republican and Democratic Party Platforms
Today, Demand Progress is launching an action website and campaign for internet users to demand the Republican and Democratic Parties put a commitment to internet freedom in their respective party platforms at the upcoming conventions. The campaign will work in conjunction with supportive platform committee members of both parties and will include petitions to both parties. The action website and petition language can be seen here: http://voteforthenet.com/
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Hearing/Press Conf on Federal Lawsuit Seeking Injunction Against the Implementation of National Defense Authorization Act
At 9:00 AM this Thursday, March 29th at the Southern District of New York Federal Courthouse, multiple plaintiffs will testify in support of a worldwide lawsuit against the United States government over the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA, also known as the “Homeland Battlefield” law, permanently suspends due process and Habeas Corpus for persons accused by the federal government of being involved in hostilities against the United States, or being an “associated force” of terrorists.
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Thursday, February 02, 2012
Internet VS Lamar Smith, Round Two: Demand Progress Takes On Snooping Bill, HR 1981
Fresh off of a hard-fought victory against SOPA and PIPA, Demand Progress and its million-plus members are taking on appalling snooping legislation which is awaiting a floor vote in the House of Representatives. HR 1981, introduced by SOPA author Lamar Smith, would require Internet Service Providers to capture information about all of their users -- ranging from sites they've visited to credit card numbers -- and store it for at least 18 months. The bi-partisan legislation passed through Smith's House Judiciary Committee in 2011.
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Friday, January 20, 2012
More Than 100K Americans Ask President Obama to Pledge to Veto SOPA/PIPA
Internet users continue to express their outrage at the near-passage of the Stop Online Piracy Act and PROTECT IP Act. In less than 24 hours as of last evening, more than 110,000 Americans had emailed the White House to urge President Obama to commit to vetoing the bills if they should make it through Congress.
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Federal Government Indicts Former Demand Progress Executive Director For Downloading Too Many Journal Articles
Moments ago, Aaron Swartz, former executive director and founder of Demand Progress, was indicted by the US government. As best as we can tell, he is being charged with allegedly downloading too many scholarly journal articles from the Web. The government contends that downloading said articles is actually felony computer hacking and should be punished with time in prison. "This makes no sense," said Demand Progress Executive Director David Segal; "it's like trying to put someone in jail for allegedly checking too many books out of the library."
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Friday, July 15, 2011
More Than 150,000 Americans Speak Out Against "Ten Strikes" Senate Bill
Demand Progress announced that more than 150,000 Americans have emailed their Senators to urge them to oppose S.978, sponsored by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). The bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee in June.
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