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Yesterday, something big happened in New York City. The City Council passed a resolution—by resounding voice vote—declaring that corporations are not people.

Unlimited corporate spending on elections (the kind made possible by the Supreme Court’s misguided Citizens United decision) corrupts our democracy. Corporate money drowns out citizens’ voices, and that’s what really violates the First Amendment.

Please urge your local leaders/councils to pass the same or similar resolutions.

As many of you know, the Governor of Florida gives new meaning to the idea of Evil Politician. Not only is he a convicted felon, but he is hell-bent on ruining what is left of Florida’s environment and civilization – I am not exaggerating. Moveon is organizing a campaign to bring the right of recall to Florida – something we desperately need here too. They need signatures to bring the right of recall to the ballot, so I am asking that you contact any Florida voters you may know and refer them to this petition website. Here is a link.

If they are successful, we can try the same thing here, and maybe make politicians a little more responsive and honest.

From the Borowitz Report

DECEMBER 19, 2011

Trump to Run for President of North Korea

Promises Continuity of Leadership

PYONGYANG (The Borowitz Report) – Within hours of the death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il, real estate mogul Donald Trump roiled the political situation in that Stalinist country by announcing that he would run for its presidency.

“Kim Jong-Il ruled North Korea as the egomaniacal leader of a personality cult,” Mr. Trump told reporters en route to Pyongyang. “I can offer continuity of leadership.”

But Mr. Trump’s bid may be complicated by reports that, despite his death, the mercurial Kim plans to remain in power until 2024.

Last week the investment company PNC Wealth Management issued its annual “True Cost of Christmas” index which reported that purchasing all the items mentioned in “The Twelve Days of Christmas” costs more than ever — $101,000, up 4.4 percent from last year.

The high price of gold sent retail demand plummeting so the cost of the five golden rings actually went down.

Seven-swans-a-swimming rose by 13 percent.

Pipers piping and drummers drumming “saw modest increases, both up 3%.”

But the cost of eight-maids-a-milking, representing the only unskilled labor, remained unchanged — there was no increase this year in the minimum wage.

One more reason to attend the free screening of Gasland this Saturday at 1PM at the Mountain Cinema in Hunter: a free wine & cheese reception after the film, along with a Q & A on fracking with Dr. Kathleen Nolan of Catskill Mountainkeeper.

We’ll see you there! will present a free screening of the acclaimed documentary Gasland at the Catskill Mountain Foundation’s Mountain Cinema in the Doctorow Center for the Arts on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 1 PM. Mountain Cinema is located on Route 23A in Hunter.


Gasland focuses on the controversial topic of hydraulic fracturing and was written and directed by Josh Fox. The film received a Special Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and has been nominated for a 2011 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Following the film, Dr. Kathleen Nolan, the Director of Catskill Mountainkeeper’s High Peaks office, will provide an up-to-the-moment assessment of the fracking issue in our region.

Today, the American Dream is under threat as never before. But you can help save it—join us in supporting the Contract for the American Dream. You can sign the contract here. When you do, you’ll be helping to keep the American Dream alive, and to preserve it for future generations. The American Dream Contract has 10 critical steps for achieving liberty and justice for all, and for getting our struggling economy back on track. They are:

1. Invest in America’s Infrastructure

2. Create 21st Century Energy Jobs

3. Invest in Public Education

4. Offer Medicare for All

5. Make Work Pay

6. Secure Social Security

7. Return to Fairer Tax Rates

8. End the Wars and Invest at Home

9. Tax Wall Street Speculation

10. Strengthen Democracy

Do your part—sign the American Dream Contract today!

Progressives want progress, and America needs progress more than ever these days. By almost any measure of social well-beingeducation, health, social justice and equalitythe country’s comparative ranking has declined. Take this recent survey on relative social justice, cited in a recent New York Times editorial: the U.S. ranks 27th overall, out of 31 countries surveyed.

This sorry status is closely linked to similarly low American rankings in the other indicators of social well-being, and our overall decline reflects decades of growing injustice and inequalitya lack of progress. It is the desire for progress that drives the “Occupy” movement, and it is this same desire for progress that wants to address at the local level. We need to reverse our backward slide and start moving forward again.

We hope you’ll join us. You can start by using the numbered link on the left to add your thoughts and comments, or contact us directly at