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Berkeley protesters just fell into the most obvious trap imaginable. Again.

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  • What happened at Berkeley wasn’t heroic or principled; it was disorganized, and pathetic.
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Melissa B. Warnke, Los Angeles (CA) Times

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Raised%20Fist%20Power%20to%20the%20People.jpgWednesday, February 8, 2017 | An attention-thirsty bigot came to speak at UC Berkeley last night (I refuse to say his name), at the request of the College Republicans. He couldn’t have asked for a better evening. What was originally billed as a peaceful protest quickly turned violent. The bigot didn’t end up speaking to a crowd of several hundred students. Instead, he spoke to a crowd of millions, during an extended interview on Fox News and a series of rants on his Facebook page, where he claimed he’d been evacuated from the campus.

I chose to cover neither the bigot’s speech tonight nor the protest. He has a single card in his deck; I’d seen it before. But when I heard that Sproul Plaza, the campus square half a mile from my house, had descended into chaos, I tuned in. And here’s what I saw: Protesters shouted obscenities; they threw firecrackers and bricks at police; they shattered windows; they set a large fire in the middle of campus; they pummeled a man wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat until he bled. Police fired rubber bullets at and deployed tear gas on the crowd after issuing multiple warnings for protesters to leave the area. Students then danced to “We Found Love in a Hopeless Place” and “Drunk in Love” while raising their middle fingers.

Melissa B. Warnke: Contributing writer, Los Angeles (CA) Times' Opinion, , covering politics, violence, gender. 

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'People Have the Right to Take to the Streets', Janine Jackson <>, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

Janine Jackson interviewed Mara Verheyden-Hilliard about the inauguration protests for the January 27, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

'People Have the Right to Take to the Streets'

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Janine Jackson interviewed Mara Verheyden-Hilliard about the inauguration protests for the January 27, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

Janine Jackson, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

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http://fair.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Mara-Verheyden-Hilliard.png Mara Verheyden-Hilliard: “It is not a crime to be in proximity to other people who break the law in conjunction with First Amendment activities. It is not a crime to be reporting on protests going on, even if portions of those protests become violent.” (image: WTTG/WDCA)

January 31, 2017 | Janine Jackson: A spontaneously organized rally in opposition to Trump’s proposed travel ban for people from Muslim-majority countries packed Washington Square Park here in New York January 25, just days after millions took part in women’s marches around the country, those coming the day after thousands demonstrated at Trump’s inauguration. As this administration proceeds, more and more people are feeling driven to show resistance in some visible way, including taking part in street protests, which makes the treatment of protesters by law enforcement and the courts—always critical—a front-burner concern.

What should we learn, then, from the mass arrest of protesters and journalists at the inauguration, and the decision to bring felony riot charges against them? Mara Verheyden-Hilliard is an activist and attorney. She’s co-founder and executive director of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund. She joins us now by phone from Washington, DC. Welcome to CounterSpin, Mara Verheyden-Hilliard.

Mara Verheyden-Hilliard: Thank for you having me.

Janine Jackson is the program director of FAIR, and the co-host and co-producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin—a weekly program of media criticism airing on more than 150 stations around the country.

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On Defending Medicare, The Best Defense Is A Good Offense, Demanding Medicare For All Now.

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It is not enough to demand that Medicare not be cut. That is what Bernie is calling on us to demand right now, which is fine as far as it goes. But to really protect Medicare at all our strategy must be to demand more. We must demand that it be expanded instead. That means Medicare for all. Now.

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January 1, 2017 | On health care as in so many other areas, the best defense is a good offense. Even if you believe that so-called Obamacare is a swell thing, even if all you are interested in doing is defending it, the best way to do that is to go on offense and demand something better, which is Medicare for All. 

The Republican agenda is not just to disable the so-called Affordable Care Act (ACA). They want to privatize Medicare, that is, to cut profit taking middlemen in on the action, and to gut Medicaid. God forbid that the health of our disadvantaged fellow citizens should be in the national interest of the health of all of us. This is now epidemics start. 

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