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Hundreds of Thousands Ready to Strike on May Day

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May Day strikes are planned nationwide, from rural communities to major cities. (Design Action Collective)

Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams / Truthdig

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http://images.dailykos.com/i/user/116919/fist.jpg Apr 30, 2017 | Hundreds of thousands of immigrants and allies are expected to strike and protest on Monday, taking part in what organizers are hoping will be the largest national strike since the May Day demonstrations of 2006.

“I definitely think this is going to be one of the biggest May Day marches,” Kent Wong, executive director of the UCLA Labor Center, told The Nation, which noted that “[t]he turbulent Trump era and draconian attacks on immigrant communities all but guarantee a bigger and more passionate turnout than usual this year.”

Deirdre Fulton is a Common Dream staff writer.

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Special Project | The Resistance Now: Week Ending April 29, 2017

 

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  • Resistance starts with the simple but revolutionary act of refusing to accept what you are told by those with power. Evergreene Digest is extensively covering the people, ideas, and actions driving protest movements globally. Follow along with us.
  • 7 New Items including:
    • So Much for "Draining the Swamp": Wall Street's Power Soars Under Trump
    • Trump's First 100 Days: Workers Get Pummeled, People Fight Back
    • What does it take for activists to get your attention?
    • "We Are Going to Shut It Down on May 1": Caravan Against Fear Mobilizes the Masses
    • 'These issues affect all of us': this is what the resistance movement looks like
    • May Day to have immigrant tilt as workers plan to protest against Trump
    • The Resistance Now: Science Gets Its Own March

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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So Much for "Draining the Swamp": Wall Street's Power Soars Under Trump, Sarah Jaffe, Truthout

Today we bring you a conversation with Renata Pumarol, the deputy director of New York Communities for Change.

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Trump's First 100 Days: Workers Get Pummeled, People Fight Back, Sasha Abramsky , Equal Voice News

"We can't feel fear, can't feel weakness," she argues, despite her illness and the long nights she works at McDonald's to keep her family afloat. "We can overtake anything that comes our way. We have people power. Everything we want, and we need, we have to fight for it." --Organizer

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What does it take for activists to get your attention? Brian Martin, Waging Nonviolence 

Activists are small players in the struggle for attention, which is controlled largely by advertisers. But there are ways to resist and redirect attentions.

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"We Are Going to Shut It Down on May 1": Caravan Against Fear Mobilizes the Masses, Sarah Jaffe, Truthout

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | Today we bring you a conversation with Alejandra Valles, the secretary treasurer for SEIU United Services Workers West. The union represents janitors, security officers and airport workers across California.

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These issues affect all of us': this is what the resistance movement looks like, Ross Maghielse, The Guardian

We asked readers to show us what the resistance movement looks like. What we got back shows it has taken root in many forms

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May Day to have immigrant tilt as workers plan to protest against Trump, Amanda Holpuch, The Guardian

Days after Trump’s 100th day in office, immigration, labor, racial justice, LGBT and gender equality groups will demonstrate against his policies and rhetoric.

 

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The Resistance Now: Science Gets Its Own March, The Guardian

Friday, April 21, 2017 | Expect some hilarious signs and chants at tomorrow’s March for Science, as tens of thousands of proud nerds flood the National Mall in Washington DC in a passionate defense of science. One catchy chant floating on social media: What do we want? Evidence based science/When do we want it?/After peer review.

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Trump's First 100 Days: Workers Get Pummeled, People Fight Back

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  • "We can't feel fear, can't feel weakness," she argues, despite her illness and the long nights she works at McDonald's to keep her family afloat. "We can overtake anything that comes our way. We have people power. Everything we want, and we need, we have to fight for it." --Organizer
  • Related: Special Project | The Resistance Now: Week Ending April 29, 2017

Sasha Abramsky, Equal Voice News

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Money%20Pie.jpg | Friday, April 28, 2017 | As the contours of Donald Trump's presidency over its first 100 days -- and the priorities of the Republican-majority Congress -- take shape, the economic impact on working families of this agenda is becoming clearer.

Trump ran for election on a hard nationalist, economically populist platform, wooing voters in depressed regions of the country, and in declining industries such as coal, by stressing economic protectionism, job creation, and massive infrastructure spending, and by promising to create a "beautiful" health care system for all Americans.

Sasha Abramsky is a freelance journalist and a part-time lecturer at the University of California at Davis. His work has appeared in the Nation, The Atlantic Monthly, New York magazine, The Village Voice, and Rolling Stone. 

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Special Project | The Resistance Now: Week Ending April 29, 2017, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Resistance starts with the simple but revolutionary act of refusing to accept what you are told by those with power. Evergreene Digest is extensively covering the people, ideas, and actions driving protest movements globally. Follow along with us.
  • 7 New Items including:
    • So Much for "Draining the Swamp": Wall Street's Power Soars Under Trump
    • Trump's First 100 Days: Workers Get Pummeled, People Fight Back
    • What does it take for activists to get your attention?
    • "We Are Going to Shut It Down on May 1": Caravan Against Fear Mobilizes the Masses
    • 'These issues affect all of us': this is what the resistance movement looks like
    • May Day to have immigrant tilt as workers plan to protest against Trump
    • The Resistance Now: Science Gets Its Own March

Seattle implemented a $15 minimum wage two years ago. Here's what Minneapolis could learn from that fight.

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Whether a Minneapolis minimum wage ordinance should allow credits for tips earned divided dueling rallies April 17 in front of the Stadium Village Buffalo Wild Wings. Restaurant workers in the background confronted activists who oppose what they term a "tip penalty." MinnPost photo by Peter Callaghan

  • MinnPost talked to three key figures in Seattle's 2014 $15 minimum wage fight, not only to explore the similarities and differences with the current situation in Minneapolis, but to see what advice they might have for the players looking to craft a new ordinance here. 
  • Related: Universal Basic Income Is Our Best Weapon Against The Rising Far Right

Peter Callaghan, MinnPost

04/25/17 | It’s tempting to look back at the first successful fight for a $15 minimum wage and figure it was inevitable: Seattle, 2014. Wealthy city. Booming city. Left-of-center politics. A large base of progressive activists.

But David Rolf, the president of SEIU 775 and one of the leaders of the drive to increase the minimum wage in the city to $15, said it was anything but a sure thing. “To start with, we were the first,” Rolf said last week. “We were in completely uncharted territory.”

Peter Callaghan covers local politics and government Minneapolis, St. Paul and the Twin Cities region.

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Universal Basic Income Is Our Best Weapon Against The Rising Far Right, Guy Standing, Huffington Post 

Without basic economic security, people often behave selfishly and vote irresponsibly.

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What does it take for activists to get your attention?

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Charlotte, NC - September 25: A demonstrator uses a bullhorn outside of Bank of America Stadium before an NFL football game between the Charlotte Panthers and the Minnesota Vikings September 25, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.. Protests have disrupted the city since Tuesday night following the shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Activists are small players in the struggle for attention, which is controlled largely by advertisers. But there are ways to resist and redirect attentions.

Brian Martin, Waging Nonviolence 

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April 8, 2017For major protests today, it is standard to have a media strategy. For example, there can be individuals assigned to media liaison. The location and timing of an action can be chosen with an eye toward media schedules. Some actions are designed specifically to attract media attention.

However, there are many factors that complicate activist efforts to reach the mass media. Major outlets choose what to report based on news values such as conflict, prominence and proximity. A politician will be quoted rather than an activist, and a scuffle at a rally will be reported rather than what the protest is actually about.

Brian Martin is professor of social sciences at the University of Wollongong, Australia and vice president of Whistleblowers Australia. He is the author of 14 books and hundreds of articles on dissent, nonviolence, scientific controversies, democracy and other topics.

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Because Passover is a refugee story, one synagogue invited refugees to Seder.

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  • This year, Beth-El is preparing to host over 100 congregants and some special first-time guests: about 50 refugees, most from Afghanistan.
  • "There’s a saying in Judaism that a little light dispels a lot of darkness," Rabbi Michael Knopf says. "So even though we’re just one little community in one little city, I think we’re doing a lot of illuminating for at least this group of people."

Eric March, Upworthy

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April 7, 2017 | Rabbi Michael Knopf of Temple Beth-El in Richmond, Virginia, is marveling at the length of his to-do list for Tuesday's Passover Seder.

The food still has to be cooked, the Haggadahs proofread, and volunteers wrangled.

"[It's] a little bit crazy, but in a good way," Knopf says.

Eric March: Just your average red-blooded, all-American transit geek and musical theater fanatic. If you want to chat about dedicated bus rapid transit lanes or why "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" is actually a comedy song and not a ballad, join me on Facebook or Twitter.

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Special Project | The Resistance Now: Week Ending April 8, 2017

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  • Resistance starts with the simple but revolutionary act of refusing to accept what you are told by those with power. Evergreene Digest is extensively covering the people, ideas, and actions driving protest movements globally. 
  • 8 New Items including:
  • Don't just defend Obama's legacy against Trump: fight for radical climate action.
  • The Resistance And The Democratic Party Aren’t The Same.
  • How to Turn an Outpouring of Progressive Activism Into a Winning Social Movement.
  • How to Revive the Peace Movement in the Trump Era.
  • Revolutionary Musings
  • Loving America and Resisting Trump.
  • How activists have already scored victories against Trump's policies.
  • Republican lawmakers dodge town halls – so activists bring one to their door.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Don't just defend Obama's legacy against Trump: fight for radical climate action, Kate Aronoff, the Guardian

  • Now is the moment to admit that Obama’s Clean Power Plan was not bold enough. If we are going to fight Trump, let’s go big.
  • ‘We need a head-on collision with oil, coal and natural gas executives.’
  • Related: Capitalism's war on climate science

The Resistance And The Democratic Party Aren’t The Same, Miles Mogulescu, Huffington Post 

  • The Resistance must not only fight Trumpism, but neoliberal corporatism in the Democratic Party as well.
  • Related: Be Wary Of The Democratic Wing Of The Protest Movement

How to Turn an Outpouring of Progressive Activism Into a Winning Social Movement, Astra Taylor, the Nation

  • Why the left needs to build power, now.
  • Related: How to Revive the Peace Movement in the Trump Era

How to Revive the Peace Movement in the Trump Era, Daniel May, the Nation

  • Why we need a peace movement - and why we don't have one 
  • Antiwar Organizing and the new movements
  • Related: How activists have already scored victories against Trump's policies
  • Related: How to Turn an Outpouring of Progressive Activism Into a Winning Social Movement

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Revolutionary Musings, Barbara Ransby, Huffington Post <huffpost.com>

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Loving America and Resisting Trump, Frida Berrigan, TomDispatch.com / Tikkun

  • The New Patriotism
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How activists have already scored victories against Trump's policies, Adam Gabbatt, the Guardian

Through marches and dogged pursuit of elected officials, people across the US have helped to block some of the administration’s most anti-progressive policies

Republican lawmakers dodge town halls – so activists bring one to their door, Adam Gabbatt, the Guardian

A group in Pennsylvania hoped to surprise four congressman who had avoided in-person town hall meetings, but it didn’t end the way they had planned.

 

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