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Vision: Across the Country, People Are Rising Up to Fight for Change

Howard Zinn: "Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can quietly become a power no government can suppress, a power than can transform the world."

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-- On January 30, from Portland, Oregon to Queens, New York, thousands of people took to the streets to express solidarity with the people of Egypt and to call for the dictator Hosni Mubarak to step down after 30 years in power and unfettered support from the U.S. government. They also called on the U.S. government to end all aid to Egypt. Check out a compilation of photos from MRZine.

--On January 30, police in riot gear arrested 25 people for trespassing as over 1,000 protested outside a four-day meeting in Rancho Mirago, CA held by the billionaire tea-party funders David and Charles Koch, conservative activists, and politicians including House Republican leader Eric Cantor of Virginia.

Jeff McCall, 67, a retired teacher told the LA Times he was there to express opposition to the Citizens United ruling. “It’s putting American democracy in the hands of people like the Kochs and others,” he said. “It’s not who you vote for, it’s how much money you’ve got.”

“I want to zero in on Medicare and Social Security, as these are programs that the Koch Brothers want to destroy,” said DeAnn McEwen, a Long Beach nurse and co-president of the California Nurses Association.

Politico’s Kenneth Vogel reports that the Koch brothers have hired a team of public relation professionals to “quietly engage reporters to try to shape their Koch coverage.”

The Koch brothers are worth a reported $21.5 billion each. According to an August New Yorker piece, the Koch brothers have quietly given more than $100 million to organizations and think tanks that lobby for personal and corporate tax cuts, social service reductions, and deregulation. The Kochs operate oil refineries in Alaska, Texas, and Minnesota, and control 4,000 miles of pipeline. Koch Industries owns a wide range of products including Brawny paper towels, Dixie Cups, Georgia-Pacific lumber, Stainmaster carpet, and Lycra.

Rose Aguilar is the host of Your Call , a daily call-in radio show on KALW 91.7 FM in San Francisco and KUSP 88.9 FM in Santa Cruz, and author of Red Highways: A Liberal's Journey into the Heartland .

 
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