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The 99% Are Not For Sale – AmpedStatus Stays True to Its Roots, 100% United to Get Money Out, March 1 Relaunch

March 1st, 2012 | Filed under About, Activism, Feature, Hot List, News, Politics & Government . Follow comments through RSS 2.0 feed. Click here to comment, or trackback.

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As you have noticed, we have not been making many posts to our site over the past several months. We have been fully dedicated to organizing and networking offline. Given our role in building the 99% Movement, A99 and Occupy, we have had several offers from people who are interested in buying the site from us. While we believe some of the people making offers have the best intentions and want to help keep our “readers” engaged, selling the site would ultimately make us feel like sellouts. So… we are going back to our roots and will start posting here on a regular basis again.

The past six months have been an intense battle and wild ride, to say the least. We have been hard at work launching many projects and campaigns. We have built up a large network and formed alliances with incredibly talented people. As we resume featuring the most hard-hitting news and extensive investigative reports, we will also amplify the work that our partners are doing.

Looking back over the past three years, it’s inspiring to see how far we’ve come. As we have done since March 2009, we will continue to provide the in-depth information that engaged citizens need to understand the complex economic and political environment. And, as we have done since February 2010, we will use that information to grow the 99% Movement as a force for economic justice.

Knowing that we still have far to go, we are now focusing our efforts on ONE GOAL and launching a new 100% United campaign:

We Are 100% United to Get Money Out of Politics!

We Are 100% United to End the System of Political Bribery!




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100% United to get money out of politics.

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  1. Harris OWS said:

    100% AWESOME

    Happy to have you guys back! Been missing your updates.

  2. Anonymous said:

    I am about halfway through Howard Zinn’s A People’s History Of The United States, and he says over and over again that whenever the working people started organizing to demand improvements to their lives — better wages, shorter work days, safer working conditions and housing, sanitation — the ruling classes managed to divert people into electoral-related work.  Political parties blur or obscure class lines.  We work to get multi-millionaires elected so they will help us, but they never do.  I wonder if focusing energy on getting control of election financing isn’t just another way of distracting people from their real interests, which are a demand for jobs, a full-employment bill that would require the government to provide a job to every working person with a living wage, full health care and dental care, education, housing, and pensions. 

    The theory is that if there was less money in elections, then “our” candidates would do good things for us instead of simply doing as the ruling class instructs.  I don’t think that premise is legitimate.  I think they would do the same thing, with or without a billion dollar election cycle.  I don’t think it would make any difference given current conditions.

    I’m in favor of limiting election spending and blocking all business contributions, capping the amount that can be spent.  But I just think that until and unless working people, students, women, non-whites, the poor, all the excluded people are organized and united around demands to improve their own lives, tinkering with elections will have no significant effect.

  3. Anonymous said:

    YES I TOO MISS HOWARD= READ= THE ZINN READER, expand your love for ZINN.

  4. Anonymous said:

    In 1995 we had million man march of BLACK PEOPLE.

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  6. clarence swinney said:

    Democratic Party has a proud heritage in America.  Almost everything that is good for Middle America and the poor, were causes championed by Democrats!  Democrats passed Social Security, Medicare, the Civil Rights Act, and Voting Rights for every single American; the New Deal after the Great Depression, The Family Medical Leave Act, the G. I. Bill (which helped establish a solid middle class) and Equal Pay for Equal Work.
    This is OUR story; one every Democrat should be proud of. 
    Democrats understand that all citizens, regardless of economic status, merit the opportunity to achieve their God given potential.  We believe that everyone who works hard and plays by the rules deserves a life with dignity and that a catastrophic health event should not wipe out a lifetime, or generations of savings.  Democrats know that the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness apply to everyone regardless of gender, ethnicity, religious beliefs or sexual orientation.  We do not believe that life begins at conception and ends at birth. We know the difference between a hand up and a hand out; helping our neighbors instead of bail outs for Wall Street.At virtually every point in time over the last sixty years when America made progress Democrats made it happen. And not only did Democrats make it happen they did it over Republican opposition and with many Republicans yelling “socialist.”   It was Rep. Sam Rayburn former Speaker of the House, who once responded to these GOP rants saying, “It’s not socialism, it’s applied Christianity.”
    As Democrats we believe that a country as blessed as America, who can spend untold trillions on war and instruments of destruction and policing the world and rebuilding nations, should be able to help America’s very own middle class and our poor in their struggle to find work for all who can do it, fair wages, the right to bargain, shelter for the homeless, health care and a safety net for our elderly, our veterans, our children, the infirmed and hope for the destitute.
    We also believe everyone, including Corporations, Wall Street and the top 1% should pay their fair share rather than taking from the taxpayers’ treasury and leaving the tax burden to everyone else.  We know the U.S. Government is not evil and that taxes are not evil, but are a tool necessary to provide Americans with necessary services, safety and infrastructure commensurate with the greatest nation on earth. 
    Democrats believe in providing America’s young people with education and affordable higher learning, investing in America’s decaying infrastructure and all forms of energy including solar and wind because we know children are our greatest investment and we know of the importance of adopting to change in the 21st century.
    The flip side of the Democratic Party’s proud record is a shameful tale as Republicans opposed and continue to oppose every single benefit enjoyed by generations of Americans. 
    Republican oppose Medicare and want to give a ‘voucher’ which would destroy access to health care and prescription drugs for our seniors and the disabled and  yet charge another $6,000 per year for health care.
    Republicans have been successful in cutting funding for education and increasing tuition, shipping US jobs overseas and giving tax credits to those companies that do.  Republican led states have cut Medicaid, funding for children’s’ health care, Head start and demonized state workers and public unions, which causes many American families a lack of substantive economic capacity.  Republicans continue to oppose increases in minimum wages, equal pay for women, equal rights for taxpayers while systematically taking away the right of Americans to vote.
    They have cut services to disabled veterans and family protective services and have declared an unholy war on America women by doing away with family planning and basic medical services which will result in more abortions and more undiagnosed diseases, both of which are fiscally and physically stupid.
    They oppose updating America’s transportation system, have continuously failed at job creation and have no plans to move this country into the 21st century choosing instead to return to the days of the oil barons and create a society run by the wealthy, having taxpayers subservient to their every greedy need.
    Republicans have successfully played on peoples’ fears of things different from themselves.  They have turned working families against each other; public against private; White against Black against Brown; straight against gay; Protestant against Catholic against Jew against Muslim against, against, against.  Republicans are anti-immigrant, anti-worker, anti-health care, anti-women, anti-Hispanic, anti-education, anti-union, and the list goes on and on.  Many Americans are acutely aware that Republicans use code words and symbols that demonize, scapegoat and stereotype minorities. They threaten, engage in violent and incendiary rhetoric and then claim to be ‘patriots’. 
    Republicans say they want a balanced budget, yet they created 85% of our national debt.  They have bailed out Wall Street, sold out Main Street and created the greatest income disparity between the rich who bribe them and middle class working families since the industrial revolution. Their economic policies have virtually bankrupted both the states and the nation, destroyed generations of earnings and threatened the economic security of every American family. They have done all this while claiming to be the party of fiscal responsibility and they continue to get away with it.  Their deception is palpable as they say they want clean air but they do everything to pollute it, they say they want clean water but they do everything they can to contaminate it, they say they want education but they will not fund it, they say they care about seniors but they want to take away their Medicare, they say they want to end dependency on foreign oil, yet oppose alternative sources of energy.
    In 2012, Democrats, Progressives and Independents must be aggressive in telling the truth, standing up for the ideals that sustain every American man, woman and child in order to preserve this great nation.
    We must stand up and be proud of the legacy of our heroes such as FDR, JFK and LBJ; those unsung American who fought for benefits that every taxpaying citizen deserves.  Whether some Americans believe it or not, real and true Democratic values will save even those who seek to destroy them.

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