- Rocky Flats nuclear weapons protests in the late 1970’s. Good fun, took non-violent protest training. Walked a bunch with a cheerful Japanese monk. Got arrested. Spent a day locked up in a Coors beer warehouse holding cell. Went to federal court presided by Judge Kim Goldberger.
- Wrote letters to inmate Gary Tyler, the Louisiana parole board & governors, Presidents, Mr. Tyler’s attorneys, was a free gary tyler fb admin, etc. intermittently from late 1970’s till Mr. Tyler’s release in 2015. My effort admittedly small. It was very good to see the legal process prevail, even so slowly.
- Wrote letters for a decade + to Burmese / Myanmar Embassies to ask for the release from house arrest of Aung San Sui Kyi, on Burmese Independence Days and on the birthday of Aung San, Suu Kyi’s father, a national hero. Now a political beware of what you wish for, since in 2017 Aung San Sui Kyi is the silent voice about the Rohingya genocide.
- Funded a Chinese language service by the Tibet Government in Exile, India in the late 1990’s. Just financial contributions, nothing personal, but a good idea at the time, to reach Chinese nationals about Tibet matters, thinking the fellow countrymen / neighbors of Tibetans were/are most important group to reach. The service continues today.
A blog post about being involved, activism, a.k.a. doing good. Mixed feelings about posting, especially on my rental website. No offense intended, which is hard, when expressing views. Being in the USA, politics seems all-consuming but there are other matters. Past activities I did, recall and think relevant for having exercised the political muscle are:
That is about it, for past effort for the collective good. Efforts for my wife, for lost mountaineers and small deeds seems personal, not activism.
12/13/2017 – NET NEUTRALITY
to Ajit.Pai, Mignon.Clyburn, Mike.O’Rielly, Brendan.Carr, Jessica.Rosenw.
Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov, Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov, Mike.O’Rielly@fcc.gov, Brendan.Carr@fcc.gov, Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov
The vast majority (75-80%) Of Americans are against your sell-out of our internet access to cable and ISP companies and strongly want to keep the existing net neutrality laws.
You know the repeal is against American interests. I speculate Ajit Pai is on the take, for bribes, likely in the form of a promised private sector job in telecommunications, after a short and destructive tenure as FCC Chair, same path to personal enrichment as we see so often in American governance. This is speculation, but I for one will support investigation and prosecution if Mr. Pai or others of you further break the public trust you have been given.
I know some of you are understand the need to keep net neutrality. I previously wrote to thank Mignon Clyburn for the opposition. The rest of you need backbone and a sense of morality that is it is wrong to use your public position to favor corporations over public interest. Your reputations are at stake. Your personal liberty is at stake – if your sell out is coupled with illicit personal enrichment. The future of American innovation and access is at stake.
There is substantial opposition to the repeal of net neutrality. Please heed the calls from experts and politician such as quoted below.
Thank you, Keith Brown Colorado 81435
Tim Berners-LeeVerified account
20h20 hours ago
#NetNeutrality allowed me to invent the web. If protections are scrapped, innovators will have to ask ISPs for permission to get their ideas out – a disaster for creativity. A disaster for the internet. Tell your Reps to stop the vote. https://medium.com/…/act-now-to-save-the-internet-as-we-kno… … … @webfoundation
Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), who wrote:
The Internet has been and remains a transformative tool, and I am concerned that any action you may take to alter the rules under which it functions may well have significant unanticipated negative consequences. Therefore, I urge you to delay your upcoming vote and provide Congress with the opportunity to hold hearings on the net neutrality issue and to pass permanent open Internet legislation.
I recently urged Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to preserve the framework of net neutrality. The upcoming decision should not allow for corporate monopolistic domination, whether internet service provider delivery or content creators.
Signers of Joint Comments of Internet Engineers, Pioneers, and Technologists on the Technical Flaws in the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rule-making and the Need for the Light-Touch, Bright-Line Rules from the Open Internet Order (about 250 names, not listed below, click to see Joint comments and signer names
NOVEMBER 29, 2017 – REPUBLICAN TAX PLAN TO REPRESENTATIVES
Now is time to contact your representative. I emailed below & called my state reps…to Representatives Susan Collins, Robert Corker, Steve Daines, Ron Johnson, Jeff Flake, James Lankford, Jerry Moran, John McCain – by email to each representative
Please heed the informed arguments against passing the tax plans as stated recently by Lawrence Summers, Robert Ruben, the Tax Policy Center, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the Penn-Wharton Budget Model and the Congressional Budget Office.
I ask you to vote and advocate against the Tax Bills.
The Tax plans will do great damage to America, for decades to come. Americans will unnecessarily die from essential cuts and our futures will be limited by increased debt. You all know the tax plan overwhelmingly favors the very wealthy and hurts the middle class and poor.
You can stop the tax bills and you will be held responsible for what happens.
NOVEMBER 11, 2017 – REPUBLICAN TAX PLAN TO STEVE MNUCHIN AND GARY COHN
An open letter to Gary Cohn and Steve Mnuchin about the Republican tax plan and estate tax repeal.
Mr. Cohn, Mr. Mnuchin,
Congratulations to you both, for your personal successes. Your challenge now is to be selfless and serve America. I urge you to radically change your position on the tax plan and the repeal of the estate tax -or- to explain in detail and truthfully why the plan and repeal is good for America. I and many only see wealthy class interest in your positions.
I’ve lost a great deal of trust and respect for you both due to Mr. Mnuchin’s use of public funds for extravagant travel and for Mr. Cohn’s various statements that seem to be lies (…’tax plan will not benefit the rich…”we want to be in the coal business”…) or made in contempt of the American public (…’only morons pay estate tax’…). It is up to you to compensate for past errors and show you are truly acting in the public interest.
My concerns with the tax plan is the projected $1.7 trillion increase in public debt, the top 1% (you) getting an 8.5% tax break and your insistence that the widely discredited trickle down theory will apply this time. My concern with the estate tax repeal is the fundamental unfairness and irrationality of repeal. You are both very wealthy. Do you think your wealth came solely from your effort? Were you some kind uber-shoe maker, whose income is only from your labor? Is it not more accurate you accumulated a fortune because of the economic system and therefore your wealth came from the public at large? Is that not reason to give back? The repeal of the estate tax will only affect 0.5% of all estates, which includes yours. Why can you not agree to pay the estate tax? You are not pharaohs needing fantastic wealth in an afterlife. Your children, grandchildren, great grand children will be wealthy beyond their needs even if you pay the estate tax. Mr. Cohn’s recent statement that the estate tax repeal is to protect farmers, that he has no personal interest, appears another lie, given that legislation surely could be proposed to exclude farmers from the tax.
Please use your great power and wealth to help the greatest need.
the future, as envisioned by the national economic council