Encouraging Signs: The Proliferating Resistance

Rubber, Meet Road: Activism & Resistance to Trump - #NOTMYPRESIDENT

Doctors and psychologists are reporting spikes in depression and other psychosomatic responses among the general citizenry in response to the daily reports of dysfunction, corruption and regression in Washington. Those responses are understandable. But as I keep reminding myself, the news isn’t all bad. We are seeing a genuine resurgence of civic engagement at a level I have never previously […]

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Arizona: Bill Criminalizing Peaceful Protests Killed in House

Arizona GOP Seeks to Criminalize Peaceful Protesting via SB1142 SB 1142

After being approved mostly along party lines in the Arizona Senate, the state House announced yesterday they will not advance SB 1142. Had it passed, the legislation would have not only allowed police to arrest anyone in a peaceful protest that turns violent or destructive, but to also preemptively arrest (as well as seize the personal assets of) those planning protests whether they’re violent or […]

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Arizona GOP Seeks to Criminalize Peaceful Protesting

Arizona GOP Seeks to Criminalize Peaceful Protesting via SB1142 SB 1142

In a move pulled directly from Vladimir Putin’s playbook, the Arizona GOP just passed legislation through the state Senate that would not only allow police to arrest anyone in a peaceful protest that turns violent or destructive, but to actually preemptively arrest (as well as seize the personal assets of) those planning protests whether they’re violent or not . The Arizona Capitol Times reported […]

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Trump Things: The U.S. is Stuck in the Upside Down

David Cicilline spoke of Trump Things on the House floor referencing the monsters of Stranger Things and the Upside down

Speaking on the floor of the U.S. House yesterday, Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) compared the nation under Donald Trump’s rule to being in the Upside Down from Stranger Things. Unlike the show, though, the United States doesn’t have a ruggedly handsome Jim Hopper coming to rescue us. “Mr. Speaker, like the main characters in ‘Stranger Things,’ we are now stuck in the Upside […]

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MI Republican Calls for “Another Kent State” Over UC-Berkeley Protest

Dan Adamini Kent State

After a handful of masked rioters interrupted a massive peaceful protest at UC-Berkeley over Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos’ scheduled speech, the university listened to their student populace and cancelled the speech for safety reasons. Now a Michigan GOP lawmaker is calling for “another Kent State” to use bullets to stop protesters – or, as he called it, “thuggery.” Marquette County Republican Party secretary and former Chair […]

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White House Grants Press Credentials to Milo Yiannopoulos

Milo Yiannopoulos

The White House credentialed Milo Yiannopoulos (the transphobic, misogynistic editor of Breitbart – hub of the white nationalistic so-called ‘Alt-right’ movement) for today’s press briefing according to multiple reports. Though he successfully obtained the credentials, he did not attend the Friday briefing. NY Daily News reported: Milo Yiannopoulos, a writer for the far right Breitbart News website, claimed he would attend a White House […]

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‘By Any Means Necessary’: The Indiana Anti-Protester Bill

Indiana Senator Jim Tomes proposed SB 285 to break up protests by any means necessary

A bill introduce to the Indiana legislature seeks to curb citizens’ First Amendment right to assemble in peaceful protest. SB 285 – introduced by state Sen. Jim Tomes (R) – “[r]equires a responsible public official to, not later than 15 minutes after the responsible public official learns of a mass traffic obstruction, dispatch all available law enforcement personnel with instructions to clear the roads of […]

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No, Protesters Aren’t Being Paid to Protest at Inauguration

The Demand Protest scam - No, Protesters Aren't Being Paid to Protest at Inauguration

Right wing media and blogs have been aflutter this week claiming a group named “Demand Protest” is organizing and paying people to protest at Donald Trump’s inauguration. While an even cursory investigation of the ‘organization’ behind the scheme should raise several red flags, one media personality exposed the operation as a sham – and it’s the last person you’d expect: Fox […]

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