12 Nov 2014

FDL Joins Coalition to Deliver Over 500,000 Signatures to Congress Against Fast Track Trade Authority

With President Obama and other heads of state meeting in Asia this month – a coalition of of labor, environmental and consumer groups delivered more than a half million petition signatures and letters to congressional leaders last week opposing Fast Track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Nearly 5000 Firedoglake activists

29 Oct 2014

Firedoglake: We Do It All

I’ve now been an online organizer here at Firedoglake for more than 3 years and the aspect of FDL that stands out to me most is the sheer variety of issues we work on. There are many great organizations out there that organize around civil liberties issues. There are excellent

09 Oct 2014

Vermonters: Help Us Stop Out of State Prison Transfers

Thirteen Vermont inmates at a Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) private prison in Arizona were recently thrown into solitary confinement after refusing to return to their cells and damaging equipment in the facility. CCA is calling it a “disturbance,” but it sounds more like a demonstration. The details are reminiscent

17 Sep 2014

Call Congress: Oppose the Syria War Amendment

The House of Representatives is expected to vote today on an amendment to give President Obama power to arm Syrian rebels as part of his military plan to fight ISIS. The president has already ordered airstrikes using his supposed authority under the 9/11 and Iraq War resolutions. That means this

19 Aug 2014

FDL’s Kevin Gosztola is on his way to Ferguson

Missouri cops in camouflage are tear-gassing, beating up and arresting protesters and journalists, threatening more if they don’t quiet down over the murder of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown But until the officer who killed Brown is brought to justice, the unrest is unlikely to subside. FDL reporter Kevin Gosztola is

21 Jul 2014

John Oliver Takes on the U.S. Prison System with Puppets

If you haven’t been watching HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver you’re really missing out. Oliver takes advantage of the weekly format to devote long segments to topics that don’t often get a hearing from other late night comedians, let alone the corporate news media — often with hilarious

02 Jul 2014

Sen. Leahy: Real NSA Reform or Kill the Bill

The prospects for serious NSA reform looked grim only weeks ago when the House of Representatives passed a watered-down version of the USA Freedom Act that failed to end bulk data collection and actually strengthened some NSA spying powers. But as more lawmakers took the novel approach of actually reading

03 Jun 2014

Just Say Now Needs Your Help

Since 2010, Just Say Now has been at the forefront of the fight to legalize marijuana. Unfortunately, sometimes our commitment to working both sides of the aisle to accomplish serious marijuana reform can make us unpopular among partisan hacks and prohibitionists. For the past few months, Firedoglake has been the

15 May 2014

A Successful Day of Action for John Kiriakou

My name is Clifford Reese, I am CIA torture whistleblower John Kiriakou’s cousin. I was proud to attend the action started by Firedoglake to put pressure on Senate and Congress members to request John be moved to a halfway house near his family.

22 Apr 2014

Stop the Secrecy: Make the TPP Text Public

This will be a crucial week in the fight to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). President Obama is in Asia holding meetings in a desperate bid to finalize this agreement. But his negotiating partners won’t come to an agreement until they have assurances that the TPP’s most controversial elements won’t