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Amazing and beautiful day in D.C. marching among a million signs condemning racism, misogyny, systemic thuggery, sith politics and celebrating pussy power, human dignity and dissent against moneyed douche bags and their apologists.  Here’s a shot of a Mr. Fish cartoon sighted at the protest, made large and hoisted proudly by some amazing and smart hell-raising ladies from Santa Fe.  Dig it.

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When the NRA Calls the Shots: Inside the 'Reasonable Killing' of a 13-Year-Old Boy

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  • Martinez Smith-Payne, 13, was shot and killed on November 29th, 2015 in the North Pointe neighborhood of St. Louis when he and two other boys were discovered looking for coins in a parked car. Photo illustration of Martinez Smith-Payne
  • Here's what justice looks like when "stand your ground" is the law of the land.

Mike Spies, The Trace / Rolling Stone 

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http://img.wennermedia.com/620-width/st-louis-we-must-stop-killing-each-other-11055269-8fcc-4553-82c6-1a9d97a9d4e4.jpg December 28, 2016 | News cameras filmed Martinez Smith-Payne as he lay recovering in a bed at St. Louis Children's Hospital. He was 10 years old, and had discovered a firework in a barren field in the northern part of the city. After he lit the fuse, it exploded in his left hand, blowing off all of his fingers except the thumb. When he later appeared on television, his destroyed hand was wrapped in a ball of gauze, and his eyes were covered with a mask, partially concealing his delicate face. Martinez was a small, frightened boy, but for his mother, Frances Smith-Woods, he made a show of bravery. "He was telling me it's OK," she said at the time. "I guess he didn't know the severity of it."

Three years later, on November 28th, 2015, Martinez and two of his friends — Ernest Williams, 14, and another boy, who was 11 — climbed onto their bicycles and set off under a full moon from the St. Louis neighborhood of Walnut Park East, one of the most dangerous areas of a city with the highest homicide rate in the United States. Martinez, Ernest's little cousin, was then 13. He had small ears and sharp cheekbones. He liked Hot Wheels cars, Nick Cannon and The Polar Bear Express. He weighed 89 pounds. His earlier accident had not raised his threshold for pain. When he received shots at the doctor, multiple family members had to hold him down.

Mike Spies: Staff Writer, Muck Rack. As seen in: Rolling Stone, New York Daily News, Vice, Vocativ, The Trace.

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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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A Hard Look at Where We Are After the 2016 Election

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  • Because I have been observing these trends for quite awhile, I wanted to take a breath after the election and take a hard documented look at where we are going and how we got here.
  • Related: Living In The Illusion Of Democracy

Ed Griffith, New Progressive Alliance

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We would all like to have the Democratic Party be a large strong party defending progressive ideals. It has not been such for decades. For documentation see The Democratic Party is the More Effective of Two Evils.

As a reminder the Democratic Party voted for the following in its 2016 platform.

Ed Griffith, now retired, has been Georgia lawyer, teacher, pilot in Civil Air Patrol, and Naval Officer.

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Living In The Illusion Of Democracy, Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance 

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Related: Jimmy Carter: The US Is an "Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery"

Related: Democracy Doesn’t Exist: Here’s Why Voting Doesn’t Change Anything

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The Issue is Not Trump. It is Us.

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  • When will a genuine movement of opposition arise? Angry, eloquent, all-for-one-and-one-for all. Until real politics return to people’s lives, the enemy is not Trump, it is ourselves.
  • Related: The President America Deserves

John Pilger, CounterPunch

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January 17, 2017 | On the day President Trump is inaugurated, thousands of writers in the United States will express their indignation.  “In order for us to heal and move forward …,” say Writers Resist, “we wish to bypass direct political discourse, in favour of an inspired focus on the future, and how we, as writers, can be a unifying force for the protection of democracy.”

And:  “We urge local organizers and speakers to avoid using the names of politicians or adopting ‘anti’ language as the focus for their Writers Resist event. It’s important to ensure that nonprofit organizations, which are prohibited from political campaigning, will feel confident participating in and sponsoring these events.”

Thus, real protest is to be avoided, for it is not tax exempt.

John Pilger is an Australian journalist and documentary maker. One of only two to win Britain's Journalist of the Year Award twice, his documentaries have received academy awards in Britain and the US. Based in London, he is known for his polemical campaigning style: "Secretive power loathes journalists who do their job, who push back screens, peer behind façades, lift rocks. Opprobrium from on high is their badge of honour."

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The President America Deserves, Abel Cohen, Counterpunch

  • Like George Carlin said: “They call it the American dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it.” Our vacuous and vicarious cult of five-minute fame, popup clickbait ads, and rehab has finally reached its hideous, waking apogee in the election of a vacationing reality star.
  • Related: Chris Hedges | We Are All Deplorables
  • Related: Chris Hedges | The Mafia State

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Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr.: The Three Evils of Society: Racism, Militarism and Capitalism

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“What they truly advocate is Socialism for the rich and Capitalism for the poor.” — Martin Luther King, Jr., Address Delivered at the National Conference on New Politics, August 31, 1967

 

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January 16, 2017 | Mr. Chairman, friends and brothers in this first gathering of the National Conference on New Politics. Ladiesand gentlemen. . .can you hear me in the back? (No.) I don’t know if the Klan is in here tonight or not with all the troubles we’re having with these microphones. Seldom if ever … has … we’re still working with it.

As I was about to say, seldom if ever has such a diverse and truly ecumenical gathering convened under the egis of politics in our nation, and I want to commend the leadership of the National Conference on NewPolitics for all of the great work that they have done in making this significant convention possible. Indeed byour very nature we affirm that something new is taking place on the American political horizon. We have comehere from the dusty plantations of the Deep South and the depressing ghettos of the North. We have come fromthe great universities and the flourishing suburbs. We have come from Appalachian poverty and from consciousstricken wealth. But we have come. And we have come here because we share a common concern for the moralhealth of our nation. We have come because our eyes have seen through the superficial glory and glitter of our society and observed the coming of judgment. Like the prophet of old, we have read the handwriting on thewall. We have seen our nation weighed in the balance of history and found wanting. We have come because wesee this as a dark hour in the affairs of men

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Don’t treat Donald Trump as if he’s a normal president. He’s not.

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  • From the US Congress to Theresa May, everyone needs to understand that when the next president takes office the usual rules will no longer apply.
  • Related: Series | Trump Nation, Part 1: How to Deal With the Lies of Donald Trump: Guidelines for the Media

Jonathan Freedland, the Guardian

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Saturday, 14 January, 2017There is one week to go and all is confusion. Next Friday Donald Trump will take the oath of office and be sworn in as president of the United States. But still no one has the first clue how to handle what’s coming. Politicians, journalists and diplomats, in the US and around the world, are searching for guidance, desperately flicking through the pages of the rulebook, a manual full of past precedents and norms that they have spent their careers mastering – but that Trump burned and shredded months ago.

In normal times, even those few parts of this week’s “dirty dossier” affair that are firmly established would be enough to undo an incoming president. Put aside the lurid details of what went on in Moscow hotel rooms. Assume they’re untrue. Focus instead on the fact that the US Department of Justice sought and eventually gained secret court warrants to investigate two Russian banks and their links with a series of Trump associates.

Jonathan Freedland is a weekly columnist and writer for the Guardian. He is also a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and presents BBC Radio 4's contemporary history series, The Long View. In 2014 he was awarded the Orwell special prize for journalism.

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Series | Trump Nation, Part 1: How to Deal With the Lies of Donald Trump: Guidelines for the Media, James Fallows, the Atlantic

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Trump Nation is an ongoing reader discussion led by James Fallows regarding Donald Trump’s rise to the presidency. (For a related series, see “Trump Time Capsule,” as well as “Will Trump Voters and Clinton Voters Ever Relate?”) To sound off in a substantive way, especially if you disagree with us, please send a note: hello@theatlantic.com.

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Unexpected Alliances

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  • People 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.

Alexander Posekian, Left Side of History

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Betty Culver 

December 13, 2016 | In lieu of intelligence briefings, the President-elect of the United States of America is going on a victory tour, spewing demagoguery at cheering, fawning crowds.

It’s the worst sort of anti-elitism writ large: this soon-to-be Leader of the Free World doesn’t pore over lengthy, technical foreign policy documents and consult with intelligence experts. No, he holds Nuremberg-esque rallies that satiate his own egomania and make good on an implicit promise to his supporters. Spectacle, after all, won the election, and it’s the single element of the Trump campaign that is sure to remain steadfast throughout his presidency.

Alexander Posekian: We are a new blog (Left Side of History <http://www.leftsideofhistory.com>) intelligently reporting and analyzing current events through a leftist lens. We are trying to combat the digital media trends of clickbait and reporting with no substance.

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