When you’re this deep in the trenches, everything seems like an uphill battle. Rarely, it seems, do we see justice truly served or fairness truly honored.
But (!) this past week was different. FDL activists saw some inspiring progress on a variety of campaigns, and since it’s Friday and we could all probably use a little pick-me-up, I thought I’d share our week with you.
What’s important to keep in mind here is that Firedoglake activists played an important role in each of the following. Great job, everyone!
Last Friday, we found out that AARP dropped it’s falsely-limited survey on the future of Social Security and Medicare benefits in favor of a more open-ended survey. Our campaign of over 20,000 activists including over 9,000 AARP members, from FDL, CREDO Mobile, the National Organization for Women and Social Security Works were able to pressure the nation’s largest elderly advocate to drop this effort to use their members as human shields for future support of benefit cuts.
The New York State Assembly voted to pass medical marijuana legislation 90-50 after Just Say Now activists launched hundreds of calls alongside activists from CCPR/NYCA and NORML in support.
Then, this past Wednesday, we learned that the Rhode Island General Assembly had approved marijuana decriminalization for the state and Gov. Chafee signed it, after our Just Say Now campaign launched dozens of calls to his office in support.
After Just Say Now activists called city officials in February to oppose efforts to block it from the ballot for the 2nd time, the MI State Supreme Court ruled that Detroit voters would decide on marijuana decriminalization in August.
Finally, we also learned this week that Rep. Dennis Kucinich is leading a group of 26 members of Congress in writing a letter demanding the White House release what we’ve called the Execution Memos, or the legal justification behind the ‘secret kill list’ and the authority to murder anyone suspected of ‘terrorism’ – including American citizens – anywhere in the world without due process or judicial review. This follows pressure applied by over 22,000 FDL activists, who have been for months demanding this legal rationale be made public by the administration.
They’re small victories, and they are certainly to be shared with the other activists and organizations rallying behind them, but they are victories nonetheless.
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