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In an Unprecedented Court Escalation, Trump Protesters Could Be Facing Decades in Prison for Inauguration Demonstrations

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Jan. 20, 2017: Protests filled Washington, D.C. during Donald Trump's inauguration day. Protesters stage sit down on K Street intersection. Photo Credit: a katz / Shutterstock

  • A frightening crackdown on free speech is underway across the country.
  • Related: With Executive Order on Policing, Trump Declares Racialized War on Dissent.

Celisa Calacal & Lauren Kaori Gurley, AlterNet

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Defend%20Civil%20Liberties%20Graphic_1.jpg June 1, 2017 | Nearly six months after Donald Trump was sworn into office, more than 200 protesters who gathered in Washington, D.C. to protest his inauguration are facing felony charges that carry sentences of 70 to 80 years.

According to Al Jazeera, the 212 protesters were arrested by the Metropolitan Police Department and initially charged with felony rioting, a crime that carries a 10-year prison sentence and a $25,000 fine. On April 27, the Superior Court of the District of Columbia added additional charges that include urging to riot, conspiracy to riot and destruction of property. 

Celisa Calacal is an intern for AlterNet. She is a senior journalism major and legal studies minor at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. Previously she worked at ThinkProgress

Lauren Kaori Gurley is a freelance writer and master's candidate in Latin American studies and journalism at New York University. Her work has been published in In These Times, the American Prospect and the American Journal of Economics and Sociology.

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With Executive Order on Policing, Trump Declares Racialized War on Dissent, Flint Taylor, Truth-out 

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  • The order can be read as an official authorization, from one white supremacist -- Steve Bannon -- to another -- Jeff Sessions -- to pursue the most racist and reactionary criminal legal policies in recent memory.
  • Related: Can Customs and Border Officials Search Your Phone? These Are Your Rights
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Special Report | Days of Revolt: To Save America We Must Stop Being Polite And Immediately Start Raising Hell

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  • Everything that’s already been undertaken ― the marches, the phone calls to Congress, the letter-writing, the protests, the town halls, putting up candidates for House races ― has been powerful and needs to continue. But it’s time to also be more forceful and more captivating.
  • Here’s how to really turn up the heat on elected officials.
  • Related: After a “Fascinating, Terrifying” 100 Days, Reproductive Rights Activists Are Planning Next Moves.

Michelangelo Signorile, Huffington Post 

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05/10/2017 | Donald Trump made his most frightening authoritarian power grab yet in firing James Comey, the FBI director who was leading an investigation of his campaign’s possible collusion with Russia

This could be viewed as a direct step toward consolidating power and, yes, toward fascism, as we’ve seen play out in other countries ― in Turkey recently, and in many other countries in history from which you could choose as an example.

Michelangelo Signorile: Editor-at-large, HuffPost Queer Voices

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After a “Fascinating, Terrifying” 100 Days, Reproductive Rights Activists Are Planning Next Moves, Alice Pettway, the Progressive

It’s important for people to stay informed and to keep calling their members of Congress. Starting conversations to raise awareness of the issues is also imperative.

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Sign now: Why We Protest Killing Net Neutrality

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  • Part 1: Sign now: Don’t kill net neutrality
    • Net neutrality. The idea that every site, and every user, is treated the same online.
  • Part 2: Protesters Take Net Neutrality Issue To FCC Chair's Home Teaser
    • FCC Chair Ajit Pai Needs to be Personally Protested Because He Comes to the FCC With a Personal Agenda.
  • Related: Net Neutrality: Internet Groups Need to Fight for a Fair Internet Now

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Part 1: Sign now: Don’t kill net neutrality

Net neutrality. The idea that every site, and every user, is treated the same online.

Net Neutrality Defense Team (via DemandProgress.org

May 11, 2017 | Net neutrality. The idea that every site, and every user, is treated the same online.

It’s the principle that the internet should be an open platform where anyone can build a website, open a business, make art, start a movement, and create community. And that no cable company or internet provider has the right to interfere with what you do online.

Now that fundamental principle is in mortal danger. This is our fight.

  http://movetoamend.org/sites/default/files/sign-btn.pngSign your name: Save the Internet. Tell FCC Chair Ajit Pai to drop his plan to kill net neutrality.

When Aaron Swartz co-founded Demand Progress in 2010, he knew that a free and open internet was fundamental to freedom of speech and expression in the 21st century. The internet has eclipsed all other mediums as a platform for the free exchange of ideas. It has unleashed the power of ordinary people like nothing else. Online activism has literally toppled dictators.

But all the good the internet does for people could be stifled or destroyed by the likes of Comcast and Verizon if Trump’s FCC chair gets his way.

If Comcast, Verizon, and the other big internet service providers are allowed to block or throttle sites, or create paid prioritization schemes, they will essentially be in charge of the internet.

  http://movetoamend.org/sites/default/files/sign-btn.pngDon’t let Comcast take the internet from you. Sign our petition to save net neutrality.

You worked hard to win the FCC’s Open Internet Order in 2015, which classified the internet as a public utility, thus guaranteeing net neutrality. It’s going to take all of us working even harder to save it.

Just last Sunday, John Oliver featured the fight to save net neutrality on his show, and the number of people submitting their comments to the FCC to save the free and open internet crashed the website. (Don't worry, ours is still up and running fine!)

That’s why Demand Progress and our coalition set a goal to gather 1 million grassroots actions in support of Title II net neutrality protections before the FCC has its first vote on whether to kill the rules. We know we’re up to the challenge.

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Thanks for all you do,

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Part 2: Protesters Take Net Neutrality Issue To FCC Chair's Home 

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FCC Chair Ajit Pai Needs to be Personally Protested Because He Comes to the FCC With a Personal Agenda.

Kevin Zeese, Popular Resistance 

May 15, 2017 | Ajit Pai, the Chair of the FCC, is on a mission to destroy the Internet by reclassifying it so that it is no longer a common carrier where we all have equal access and repeal net neutrality rules so Comcast, Verizon and A&T can discriminate based on content..

Net neutrality activists began a vigil at the FCC chairman’s home in Arlington on Sunday, May 14 to protest. They will continue on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday until the public meeting at the FCC on Thursday, May 18. Twenty people stood outside of his home holding signs urging “Save The Internet,” “We Want Democracy Not Net Monopolies,” “Ajit Pai Stop the Lies” “Protect the Internet” and “Equal Access for All.”

Kevin Zeese is a participant in Popular Resistance, an online daily news and information service for people who want to play a role in improving the country, creating economic and social justice as well as to protect the environment. 

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Net Neutrality: Internet Groups Need to Fight for a Fair Internet Now, Compiled by David Culver , Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • Part 1: Net neutrality: why the next 10 days are so important in the fight for fair internet

US campaigners rejoiced in 2015 when ‘net neutrality’ enshrined the internet as a free and level playing field. A vote on 18 May could take it all back.

  • Part 2: John Oliver on net neutrality: 'Every internet group needs to come together'

The Last Week Tonight host discussed the potentially serious implications of new legislation that could affect the power ISPs have over what we view.

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Net Neutrality: Internet Groups Need to Fight for a Fair Internet Now.

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  • Part 1: Net neutrality: why the next 10 days are so important in the fight for fair internet
    • US campaigners rejoiced in 2015 when ‘net neutrality’ enshrined the internet as a free and level playing field. A vote on 18 May could take it all back.
  • Part 2: John Oliver on net neutrality: 'Every internet group needs to come together'
    • The Last Week Tonight host discussed the potentially serious implications of new legislation that could affect the power ISPs have over what we view.
  •   http://movetoamend.org/sites/default/files/sign-btn.pngRelated: Sign now: Why We Protest Killing Net Neutrality

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: Net neutrality: why the next 10 days are so important in the fight for fair internet

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US campaigners rejoiced in 2015 when ‘net neutrality’ enshrined the internet as a free and level playing field. A vote on 18 May could take it all back.

Olivia Solon, the Guardian

Tuesday 9 May 2017 | Thursday 26 February 2015 was a good day for internet freedom campaigners. On that day the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to more strictly regulate internet service providers (ISPs) and to enshrine the principles of “net neutrality” as law.

The vote reclassified wireless and fixed-line broadband service providers as Title II “common carriers”, a public utility-type designation that gives the FCC the ability to set rates, open up access to competitors and more closely regulate the industry.

Olivia Solon is a senior technology reporter for the Guardian San Francisco.

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Part 2: John Oliver on net neutrality: 'Every internet group needs to come together'

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The Last Week Tonight host discussed the potentially serious implications of new legislation that could affect the power ISPs have over what we view.

Guardian Staff, the Guardian

Monday, 8 May 2017John Oliver has sent out a warning over the Trump administration’s attack on net neutrality, detailing the problems that it could bring.

On his HBO show, Last Week Tonight, the comic spoke about the president’s desire to roll back Barack Obama’s attempts to prevent companies from exerting control over people’s access to certain sites.

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http://movetoamend.org/sites/default/files/sign-btn.pngSign now: Why We Protest Killing Net Neutrality, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • Part 1: Sign now: Don’t kill net neutrality
    • Net neutrality. The idea that every site, and every user, is treated the same online.
  • Part 2: Protesters Take Net Neutrality Issue To FCC Chair's Home Teaser
    • FCC Chair Ajit Pai Needs to be Personally Protested Because He Comes to the FCC With a Personal Agenda.
  • Related: Net Neutrality: Internet Groups Need to Fight for a Fair Internet Now.

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After a “Fascinating, Terrifying” 100 Days, Reproductive Rights Activists Are Planning Next Moves

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It’s important for people to stay informed and to keep calling their members of Congress. Starting conversations to raise awareness of the issues is also imperative.

Alice Pettway, the Progressive

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May 12, 2017 | rump’s first 100 days are over, and it’s been a “fascinating, terrifying” ride, said Amy Friedrich-Karnik, senior federal policy advisor for the Center for Reproductive Rights. Speaking in a webinar Thursday, she urged advocates to stay strong.

“There’s been a tremendous response to this administration,” observed Friedrich-Karnik, “people are engaged at levels we haven’t seen before.”

Alice Pettway is a poet and writer whose work has appeared in over 30 print and online journals. Currently, she teaches creative writing in Bogotá, Colombia.

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