It will be easy peasy. Let’s eavesdrop on a typical case.
So you got a new car? Great, it’s time to sign up for your car care insurance plan. Come on in.
First, there are three general types of plans, roughly based on how much they cost. The Earth plan is the cheapest, next there’s Sky, which is in the middle. The most expensive plans are called Crystal, and most of the people who get those drive real expensive cars and are frankly, loaded.
Continue reading “Don’t Miss Enrollment Deadline for Car Care Insurance”
Congratulations on being sued for your activism. You should be gratified, but instead are probably freaked out.
Millions of activists and public officials struggle for the public good for decades without being sued for their work. That’s because the power brokers they are ticking off can handle them with the usual routine tactics. If you are getting sued, it’s probably because your opponents know that you are doing something extraordinary–truly threatening their plans, instead of being predictable or predictably conventional.
Continue reading “SLAPP, Crackle Pop — Help, They’re Suing Us!”
(The following is from my 1994 book, Not In My Back Yard: The Handbook (Silvercat Publications). It’s dated but still accurate. The references are no longer current.)
Watch Out for SLAPPs
SLAPP, a term coined in 1988, refers to a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation. A Wall St. Journal article, referencing consumer advocate Ralph Nader, provides a succinct summary of what SLAPPs are all about.
“Corporations and developers have filed hundreds of civil suits against individuals or community groups in the past decade, Mr. Nader said. Usually, the plaintiffs allege libel, defamation, or interference with business in an effort to stop protesters from voicing criticism.
Continue reading “SLAPPs Article from NIMBY (1994)”
SLAPPs: Effects, Defenses, Preventions
This paper on SLAPPs is written for non-lawyers by a non-lawyer. It is an attempt to familiarize the interested layperson with the nature of SLAPPs, defenses against them, and ways to prevent them. Special attention is given to provisions that may be effective in state legislation designed to protect the rights of citizens who participate in a public debate.
Continue reading “SLAPPs In Depth”
If $3.5 million can be raised in a matter of days to do a statewide (Wisconsin) recount, why couldn’t we have used it to launch a nationwide campaign for something like any of the three issues I suggested in a post-election blog? Continue reading “About that $3.5 Million Recount Money…”
Three Positives that the Democratish should follow up on.
- Nix the so-called “free trade” agreements.
- Push Single-Payer health care.
- Revise the voting system.
Later I’ll get to what everybody’s enjoying whining about. First the positives, if you can stand it.
Continue reading “Election Good News for Libs? Best Trump Analysis Starts Here”
There are two kinds of activist groups, equally (in)effective. Which are you? And why?
Pop-up activists tend their topiary and anguish over bathroom fixtures until… a Big Bad Issue pops up and invigorates them.
Permanent Waves — the second kind of activist group — inhabit longstanding, institutionalized power zip codes nestled among other shrubbery in the nonprofit landscape.
Continue reading “Put the Demos Back Into Democracy”
Do you think you can understand butterflies perfectly well without knowing caterpillars? Corporate political contributions had a caterpillar stage; I’m guessing you won’t even recognize it. Continue reading “Corporate Campaign Cash at the Caterpillar Stage (Not fuzzy at all)”
Would you like to neutralize corporations’ ability to get so many GOOD laws declared unconstitutional? There’s an “app” for that—-an approach, that is. Continue reading “Decommissioning Corporate “Magic””