A Few Ways of Disrupting the Ability to Protest

Some states are considering concerning limitations and punitive measures for what protests they will allow.

Pre-emptively disrupting protests? (http://azcapitoltimes.com/news/2017/02/22/arizona-senate-crackdown-on-protests/) Prohibiting wearing masks? (http://q13fox.com/…/missouri-lawmaker-wants-to-ban-masks-a…/) Making a strike/boycott illegal? (http://ktla.com/…/republican-lawmaker-proposes-creating-ne…/)

Isn’t it bad enough that everybody seems to be OK with law enforcement disrupting communication during protests? (http://www.cracked.com/personal-experiences-2418-the-standi… and http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/fcc-investigates-stingray_b…, also (nearly two years old at this point): https://www.wired.com/…/feds-admit-stingrays-can-disrupt-c…/ and (nearly 6 years old) http://www.nbcnews.com/…/bart-keeps-cell-service-despite-…/…)

Where do we draw the line? And what actions will we be able to take once it’s been crossed?

Allies of Standing Rock

A growing list of who helped (directly and indirectly) who might be leveraged to help again, and how/why they helped.

What you can do

  1. Rally in DC March 10 2017:  http://standwithstandingrock.net/march/ 
  2. Find time to thank one of these signatories for putting their money where their mouth is (includes SEIU and religious orgs including Quakers and Jesuits): http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/investors-banks-rerouting-dakota-access-pipeline_us_58a76a6ee4b045cd34c1946e (direct link to list here: https://www.calpers.ca.gov/docs/signatures-dakota-pipeline.pdf)

Also:

NYC (requires Politico Pro subscription): https://www.politicopro.com/states/new-york/albany/story/2017/02/de-blasio-considers-divestment-from-dakota-pipeline-banks-109510

Seattle: http://money.cnn.com/2017/02/08/investing/seattle-wells-fargo-dakota-access-pipeline/

Veterans who came to act as human shields: http://www.attn.com/stories/14914/veterans-are-heading-back-standing-rock

statement from Patagonia: http://www.patagonia.com/blog/2017/01/why-businesses-are-hungry-for-a-strong-epa-and-a-note-on-keystone-xl-and-dapl/

No Mandate

Trump won by the skin of his teeth (less than 1% in 3 key states). DeVos was appointed by a tie-breaker. Both of these situations were a result of well-executed strategy. You can blame whomever you feel is responsible or you can ask yourself what more you can be doing to make a 1% or a 1 vote difference.

And by no means should you limit yourself to the political sphere in your pursuit of making your voice heard and/or bringing about the change you wish to see.

What’s up with that featured image?

Getting Started (and why a revolution-y poster if I’m not advocating for revolution)

It’s a place-holder, but why this image rather than literally anything else that fit the dimensions?

Because I am NOT advocating revolution. This is fan art based on cartoon villain propaganda from an animated series I’m fond of. He is a politician who builds a cult of personality around himself using the fear of others’ power (their magic powers, really) and manipulation of the word “equality” to whip the people of Republic City into a frenzy. I also like the aesthetics of the image.