Posts tagged Protest

but how many of them followed my suggestion?

You can see my comment at the end of the article - that’s how it goes with Facebook’s commenting service.

It’s one thing to stew in your justified indignation on a message board; the publisher might gather your comments for one use, the message board service (assuming that it is a third party and the best message board services are) use the might use it for something similar. And they might relay the message to the subjects of the comments — there is no way of knowing if that happens immediately before or after monkeys fly out of their butts.

It’s just not that convenient. One needs to do more. I made a modest effort by tweeting MI Gov. Rick Snyder about this, but no one else has so far. No one has tweeted OH Gov. John Kasich, either.

Tweeting can shame both a target attached to a twitter handle and the offending corporation, so there is that efficiency in that method. It also could suppress the stock price of the offending corporation, at least for a short time. I.M.O, that is the best way to hit corporations. What’s more, it is a damn slight faster than writing either Snyder or Kasich.

Think Progress readers, I have to say that I’m disappointed in you. It’s nothing I asked for myself, I asked it of your for people whose Eighth Amendment rights are being violated. I gave you something simple to do, assuming that you have a twitter account. A couple of you liked the idea. None of you followed through.

Major anti IDF yeshiva student draft march and protest in Manhattan now (photo Dee Voch)
— Dee Voch (@DeeVoch) December 24, 2013

Tell ICE to return my wife and our community members!

When Agustin and Arturo were detained by Border Patrol after a routine traffic stop, the community sprang into action. A peaceful protest erupted, but it was met with harsh violence. When the smoke cleared, Rosa Maria Lear was caught up in the arrest. Now all three face deportation.

Rosa Maria did nothing wrong that day — she was just standing up for members of her community. Call on ICE to immediately drop all charges against them and stop removal proceedings immediately.

What’s more, their civil rights were violated by being arrested.

On October 4, a man poured gasoline over his body and set himself on fire in Washington DC. He committed suicide in the National Mall, the open-air park surrounded by national museums and monuments, now closed due to the government shutdown.

Witnesses say he had set up a tripod to film his self-immolation. They say that before he killed himself he was yelling about voting rights. The man on fire was black. In June, the US Supreme Court struck down key parts of the Voting Rights Amendment, proclaiming racial discrimination a thing of the past.

Now it is the government that is struck down, paralysed by vindictive partisanship while its most  vulnerable citizens suffer.

As I write this, no one knows who the man was or why he did it. But his act is not unique. He joins a long list of men who have self-immolated since the global financial collapse and subsequent austerity. Around the world, men are setting themselves on fire because they cannot find work.

Twitter Rolls Out Clickable Stock Symbols, Or Cashtags

It’s the best way to exercise a boycott or protest a publicly traded corporation. It hits a corporation where it hurts: the wallet.

Tweet to the stock symbol, machines and analysts will see the tweet; tweet to the corporation’s twitter handle, the corporation’s social media flack will minimize your complaint.

Who can celebrate El Grito when EPN does this to teachers protesting?

Who can celebrate El Grito when EPN does this to teachers protesting?

We continue our series looking into ALEC, the American legislative exchange Council, as they celebrate their 40th anniversary in Chicago. Six people were arrested Monday when protesters descended upon the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago to push back against the impending visit of ALEC.

Now joining us to talk more about the protest and the history of ALEC and its influence on public education around the country are two guests. We are joined by Julie Mead. She’s a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She researches, teaches, and writes about topics related to legal aspects of education. Her research centers on legal issues related to special education and raised by forms of school choice.

As a gray-haired, 56-year-old lesbian, I don’t have time to wait another generation for equality — it’s been almost 40 years since similar legislation to ENDA was first introduced in Congress. And being polite hasn’t gotten us any closer to it becoming a reality.

When I attended a Democratic National Committee (DNC) fundraiser a few days ago, I brought this sense of urgency. When I blurted out my comments during the first lady’s speech, it was a spontaneous reaction to her saying, “Right now, today, we have an obligation to stand up for those kids.” I needed to speak up for LGBT youth, who make up 40 percent of homeless youth — kicked out onto the street because parents and workplaces won’t accept them for who they are — and for LGBT parents, whose lack of workplace protections imperils their children’s futures.

Some have said that the first lady wasn’t a proper target because she is not an elected official. However, time and again, the first lady has come to our community and asked us to “max out” on our contributions to the DNC. In fact, she had just made the same request of several hundred LGBT attendees, days after Senate Democrats had refused to include same-sex binational couples in their immigration reform bill. Despite the Democratic Party happily cashing LGBT checks, I have not seen the Obama administration “max out” on the myriad ways that the government could protect the LGBT community.

According to protesters, the Ethiopian Consulate from Los Angeles was barricaded inside the cultural center with an undetermined number of members of the San Diego and Los Angeles Ethiopian Community. The Consulate was attending a widely publicized meeting to promote the purchase of bonds to build a controversial dam in Ethiopia that threatens the livelihood of thousands of indigenous peoples. Protesters maintained that flyers advertising the meeting had been left in City Heights Ethiopian markets and restaurants.  One woman told me that when the protesting group entered the cultural center they were met with invectives, hostility and intimidation before being dispersed from the meeting which had been publicized as open to the public.

Protesters were anxious to describe the current conditions in Ethiopia under a government led by the minority Tigray tribe.  Someone handed me the 2012 US State Department Human Rights Watch which detailed the Ethiopian government suppression of journalists and bloggers and the alarming incidences of imprisonment and torture.  There is no independent press in Ethiopia and dissenting political views are often treated as “terrorism”.