Obamacare Upheld!

By a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

Hearing about the decision brought us back to the good, bad, and ugly — as well as the hilarious hijinx we pulled off — during the epic fight for health care reform a couple years ago.

While all of us would prefer a “Medicare for All” style alternative, this is nonetheless a HUGE victory. It provides health insurance to 30 million uninsured Americans, makes it illegal for insurance companies to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions, and affirms a host of other provisions that will increase access to health care and lower its cost for Americans from coast to coast.

Let’s celebrate! Not just the victory this week, but some of the truly ridiculous and sublime things we did back in 2009 & 2010 to make this victory possible:

Public Option Annie – remember when we snuck professional opera singers into the insurance industry’s top gathering… and blew out John Stewart’s ear drums…?

Track Meet ad – we wrote it, MoveOn produced it and Heather Graham starred in it.

Dawn Smith Goes to Washington – abandoned by her insurance companies, but not by her fellow Americans, Dawn Smith, with help from us and MoveOn, took her fight to DC and onto Cigna’s doorstep

Citizen Posse – remember how we deputized 3000 Americans in the streets of DC and laid siege to the insurance industry?

It was a wild ride. Thank you for going on it with us. It’s nice to finally arrive, victory in hand.

This week we’re celebrating, next week we’re going back to agitating.

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Occupy the Kochs: Guerrilla Drive-In

The Koch Brothers and their front group, Americans For Prosperity, held a gala for the 1% in Washington DC, called “Defending The American Dream.” Over 1200 of our friends showed up to Occupy The Kochs. This is what happened.

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Human Banner SF

SF cab driver Brad Newsham does it again. This time with a big assist from The Other 98%. “Build it and they will come.” Brad marked off the letters and over a 1000 people came to lay their bodies down and spell out “TAX THE 1%”. Who knew protest could be this much fun and this beautiful.

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Keystone XL Lobbyists Web of Corruption Infographic.

Now that the web of Keystone XL tar sands industry lobbyists connected to Hillary Clinton has grown far beyond Paul Elliott, DeSmogBlog, Oil Change International, The Other 98% and Friends of the Earth have produced a new white board infographic to help everyone visualize this cast of characters.

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Us Uncut calls out Apples Tax Dodging.

Joining up with the new group US Uncut, Agit-Pop created this video using Apples own slick and hip style against the fact that Apple disguises US income as foreign income to dodge taxes.

We don’t really know Apple’s effective tax rate because we believe the number is manipulated by aggressive attempts to move income from high-tax countries to countries with low or no taxes.