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

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  • Today we bring you a conversation with Renata Pumarol, the deputy director of New York Communities for Change.
  • Related: Special Project | The Resistance Now: Week Ending April 29, 2017

Sarah Jaffe, Truthout

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Friday, April 21, 2017 | Sarah Jaffe: You guys had an action on Tuesday at Goldman Sachs on official Tax Day. Can you tell us about that and about what the theme of that action was?

Renata Pumarol: On actual Tax Day, April 18, we headed to the headquarters of Goldman Sachs here in New York to call them out for avoiding $10 billion in taxes, or for rather extracting $10 billion from our tax dollars. [They do this] by exploiting loopholes or their roles in company mergers and acquisitions. We really wanted to send a message that it is not only about Trump releasing his taxes, but it is also about the 1% and companies like Goldman Sachs that really continue to exploit tax loopholes and avoid massive amounts of taxes that could be going to pay for basic services.

Sarah Jaffe is a reporting fellow at The Nation Institute and has covered labor, social and economic justice and politics for Truthout, The Atlantic, The Guardian, In These Times and many other publications. She is the cohost of Belabored, a labor podcast hosted by Dissent magazine, and the author of Necessary Trouble: Americans In Revolt (Nation Books, 2016)

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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

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Russia-Baiting Pushed Trump to Attack Syria—and Increases the Risks of Nuclear Annihilation

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  • The anti-Russia bandwagon has gained so much momentum that a national frenzy is boosting the odds of unfathomable catastrophe.
  • Related: Special Report | Syria debate

Norman Solomon, Common Dreams 

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Bomb%20with%20US%20Flag.jpgMonday, April 10, 2017 | Vast efforts to portray Donald Trump as Vladimir Putin’s flunky have given Trump huge incentives to prove otherwise. Last Thursday, he began the process in a big way by ordering a missile attack on Russia’s close ally Syria. In the aftermath of the attack, the cheerleading from U.S. mass media was close to unanimous, and the assault won lots of praise on Capitol Hill. Finally, the protracted and fervent depictions of Trump as a Kremlin tool were getting some tangible results.

At this point, the anti-Russia bandwagon has gained so much momentum that a national frenzy is boosting the odds of unfathomable catastrophe. The world’s two nuclear superpowers are in confrontation mode.

It’s urgent to tell ourselves and each other: Wake up!

Norman Solomon is co-founder of RootsAction.org and founding director of the Institute for Public Accuracy. His books include War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death” and "Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America's Warfare State".

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Special Report | Syria debate, Ruth Conniff <>, the Progressive 

On the anniversary of U.S. entry into World War I, we should be wary of arguments for war.

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Charles Pierce | Stop Lying to Yourself About Donald Trump

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  • Pierce writes: "Trump is merely a cruder manifestation of the political prion disease that has afflicted conservatism and the Republican Party since it first ate the monkeybrains 35 years ago."
  • For the 2016 ecosystem, he might have been the perfect candidate.
  • Related: I Blame Us

Charles P. Pierce, Esquire 

Apr 20, 2017 | Here inside the Beltway bubble, we don't really know what's happening in real America. (To that end, the satellite radio monopoly has given a radio show to Salena Zito, chronicler of the salt of the earth for those people for whom Hillbilly Elegy is too heavy a lift.) Unlike many of the cynics and elitists hereabouts, I maintain an optimistic view of my fellow Americans out in the boonies. I think they're all going to get together next October and announce that it's all been an elaborate prank.

I hope that's the case because, otherwise…yikes. From The Buffalo News:

Charles P. Pierce has been a working journalist since 1976. He is the author of four books, most recently 'Idiot America.'

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I Blame UsEvan Handler, Huffington Post

It is our fault. We allowed it. We are allowing it right now.

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Philosopher Henry Giroux on the culture of cruelty and Donald Trump: America is “a democracy on life support — it can’t breathe.”

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  • Author of a new book on Trump's rise says we face "something so dark, so real, so evil" with no clear precedent.
  • A conversation with Henry Giroux
  • Related: Richard Schatten | The Future of America? It's up to We, the People!

Chauncey DeVega, Salon

Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 | Next week we will mark the 100th day that Donald Trump has been president of the United States. Tens of millions of Americans are still in a state of shock. These 100 days have made them feel like enemy outsiders in their own country.

It was said some years ago that “when fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.” This left the American people unprepared for how neofascism came instead in the form of Donald Trump, a reality TV star, racist, bigot, con artist and professional wrestling aficionado.

How did the United States arrive at this moment?

Chauncey DeVega is a politics staff writer for Salon

Henry Giroux is a professor of English and cultural studies at McMaster University in Canada. He has written dozens of articles and books, including “America at War with Itself” and the forthcoming “The Public in Peril: Trump and the Menace of American Authoritarianism.”

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Richard Schatten | The Future of America? It's up to We, the People! Richard Schatten

Whether you want to face facts or not … the truth? Our Choice is simple; A) Become a Fascist Nation with its suppression and its Draconian Policies … or B) Try to make our Democracy Work. Those are the only real choices we truly have!

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‘On Contact With Chris Hedges’: Eugene O’Neill’s Revision of Electra Shatters the American Myth

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O’Neill viewed the illusions that continue to power the American myth machine, “which have now largely supplanted reality itself, as a kind of disease eating away at the American soul.” --Chris Hedges

Kasia Anderson, Truthdig 

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Apr 23, 2017 | A culture saturated with artifice and false promises of success and happiness doesn’t easily accommodate the kinds of ideas playwright Eugene O’Neill made it his business to dramatize onstage. As Chris Hedges explains in this week’s episode of his RT show “On Contact,” that’s precisely why his work is so important at this moment.

Calling O’Neill “America’s most revolutionary and perhaps greatest playwright,” who took on the critical project of “shattering of the American myth,” Hedges invites two people who know his work from the inside out—actor Eunice Wong and director David Herskovits—for a conversation about O’Neill’s significance. Wong, who is Hedges’ wife, as well as Truthdig’s book review editor, will appear as Lavinia Mannon in the Target Margin Theater’s production of “Mourning Becomes Electra.” Directed by Herskovits at the Abrons Art Center in New York City, the play opens Wednesday and runs through May 20.

Kasia Anderson is a deputy editor at Truthdig .

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