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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.
  • Related: 'People Have the Right to Take to the Streets'

Melissa B. Warnke, Los Angeles (CA) Times

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/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. 

The Pen: Advocacy for peace and justice

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A Great And Joyful March, But It’s Not Enough

  • Saturday’s protests were inspiring but just the first step in fighting back against those who would end democracy.
  • Related: ‘I won’t be part of a white-woman kumbaya march’: Portland NAACP drops support of anti-Trump protest
  • Related: For Such a Time as This: Building Our Prophetic Resistance

Michael Winship, Huffington Post

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01/26/2017 | “Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy. Even if I don’t always agree, I recognize the rights of people to express their views.”

On Sunday morning, that came flying out from the Twitter account of @realDonaldTrump, raising the question, “What have you done with the real, @realDonaldTrump?”

It sure didn’t sound like the troll we’ve come to know. A couple of days in, maybe the awesomeness of becoming the leader of the free world had penetrated his roiling psyche and settled him down.

Michael Winship: Senior writer, BillMoyers.com. Former senior writing fellow, Demos. President, Writers Guild of America, East.

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‘I won’t be part of a white-woman kumbaya march’: Portland NAACP drops support of anti-Trump protest, Erin Corbett, Raw Story

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  • Related: Unexpected Alliances

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For Such a Time as This: Building Our Prophetic Resistance, ISAIAH <>

  • For Such a Time as This: Building Our Prophetic Resistance
  • January 28th, 1-4pm, Shiloh Temple
  • “We were called for such a time as this...” Esther 4:14

 

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For Such a Time as This: Building Our Prophetic Resistance

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  • For Such a Time as This: Building Our Prophetic Resistance
  • January 28th, 1-4pm, Shiloh Temple
  • “We were called for such a time as this...” Esther 4:14

ISAIAH

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/I%20Am%20Isaiah.jpgJanuary, 2016 | Today, we are facing a profound crisis. This January our call as people of faith will be tested as never before. We cannot continue ‘business as usual’ while our neighbor has their health care stolen from them or has their family torn apart. What is our response as we face an environmental crisis that could threaten our survival and threaten our commitment to God’s creation and future generations of God’s people on this Earth?

Through our faith, we have a unique and prophetic vision for the future that oppressive systems cannot overpower. Our strongest offense is our powerful defense.

We are in a new era. We have a renewed call on us as people of faith to come together and make a choice: We will choose either complicity to violence and dehumanization or prophetic resistance through our faith. This choice cannot be abstract or sentimental because for many it is about life and death. 

ISAIAH is an an ecmenical faith-based community organization in the Saint Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota, Metro area.

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Dave Meslin- The antidote to apathy

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Local politics — schools, zoning, council elections — hit us where we live. So why don't more of us actually get involved? Is it apathy? Dave Meslin says no. He identifies 7 barriers that keep us from taking part in our communities, even when we truly care.

Dave Meslin, TED 

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http://cdn.e2ma.net/userdata/29568/images/e1351556437.jpg October, 2010 | How often do we hear that people just don't care? How many times have you been told that real, substantial change isn't possible because most people are too selfish, too stupid or too lazy to try to make a difference in their community? I propose to you today that apathy as we think we know it doesn't actually exist; but rather, that people do care, but that we live in a world that actively discourages engagement by constantly putting obstacles and barriers in our way.

I'll give you some examples of what I mean. Let's start with city hall. You ever see one of these before? This is a newspaper ad. It's a notice of a zoning application change for a new office building so the neighborhood knows what's happening. As you can see, it's impossible to read. You need to get halfway down to even find out which address they're talking about, and then further down, in tiny 10-point font, to find out how to actually get involved. Imagine if the private sector advertised in the same way -- if Nike wanted to sell a pair of shoes --

Artist and organizer, Dave Meslin, is a "professional rabble-rouser." Based in Toronto, he works to make local issues engaging and even fun to get involved in.

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

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‘I won’t be part of a white-woman kumbaya march’: Portland NAACP drops support of anti-Trump protest

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Women protesting Donald Trump (Lucy Westcott)

  • Women’s marches across the country, including the march in Washington, D.C. — also scheduled the day after Trump’s inauguration — have received similar criticism about a lack of inclusion. Organizers of the Washington march have since released a platform of guiding and defining principles that seek to make the movement inclusive of a variety of issues women face.
  • Related: Unexpected Alliances

Erin Corbett, Raw Story

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Stop%20the%20War%20on%20Women%20graphic.jpg13 Jan 2017 | Portland’s Women’s March against President-elect Donald Trump has been criticized as a march for white women, leading the NAACP of Portland to drop its endorsement of the march, the Willamette Week reports.

“I didn’t want to be part of the march if it was going to be a white-woman kumbaya march,” the group’s president Jo Ann Hardesty said of the march, which will be held on Jan. 21 along with other women’s marches across the country.

Erin Corbett is a New York-based journalist, originally from Chicago. Her writing interests include immigration, detention, national security, and reproductive justice.

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Unexpected Alliances, Alexander Posekian, Left Side of History

http://www.leftsideofhistory.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Screen-Shot-2016-12-11-at-1.35.31-AM-800x450.pngPeople deserve a chance at better lives, actual equality, and work that offers fulfillment and dignity. So we must resist Trump, and we must look toward creating a future where the conditions that facilitated his rise to power no longer exist.

 

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