German far-right groups have been growing in numbers, but Germans opposed to racism and hyper-nationlism are in vastly greater numbers and continue to push back with counter-demonstrations. Organizers in Germany that are promoting inclusivity and diversity use the hashtag: #unteilbar (#indivisible in German) in recognition of the enshrinement of this principle in the German constitution. The organizers of this recent event in Berlin were expecting a turnout of around 40,000, but were amazed when participation swelled to around 240,000. Additional coverage at NPR here. [Read more…]
Following the election results in Brazil has been a bit discouraging with the “Brazilian Trump”—Jair Bolsonaro—getting 46% of the votes in the first round of the presidential election. Perhaps a slight silver-lining to this dark news cloud is that thinking of things Brazilian reminded me of the fantastic 2006 video Tyger by the Brazilian filmmaker Guilherme Marcondes, inspired by William Blake’s poem of the same name. For those curious about how Brazil may be getting its own Trump, check out John Oliver’s take on Last Week Tonight. [Read more…]
From the Keb’ Mo’ YouTube page:
“My mother just recently passed at the age of 91. She was smart. She was strong. She was a leader. This video is dedicated to her and amazing women everywhere that are getting the job done.” -Keb’ Mo’
[h/t to Annie L] [Read more…]
Here’s this week’s case of Republican voter suppression. From the MSNBC YouTube page:
AP reports that more than 53,000 residents have had their registrations on hold thanks to a policy that requires their applications to “precisely match” info from other state agencies. Reasons could be mundane as a “dropped hyphen in a last name.” 70% of the people on the list are African Americans.
From the Democracy Now! YouTube page:
A month before the 2016 election, anti-pipeline activists staged an unprecedented coordinated action to shut down the flow of oil from the United States to Canada. On October 11, 2016, activists in North Dakota, Washington, Montana and Minnesota turned the manual safety valves on four pipelines, temporarily halting the flow of nearly 70 percent of the crude oil imported to the United States from Canada. They came to be known as the “Valve Turners.” What followed was a lengthy legal battle that ended with some of the activists in jail. But on Tuesday, three valve turners who broke into an oil pipeline facility in Minnesota on that day in 2016 were acquitted. We speak with the valve turners themselves, Annette Klapstein and Emily Johnston, about their acquittal. Johnston is a poet and co-founder of 350Seattle.org and Klapstein is a retired attorney for the Puyallup tribe and member of the Raging Grannies. We also speak with their attorney Kelsey Skaggs and Dr. James Hansen, the former top climate scientist at NASA.
Los Angeles celebrated its first Indigenous Peoples Day. Come on San Diego! What will it take to get support for this change here? [Read more…]
From the Atlantic website:
In America today, women are angry. But this isn’t a modern phenomenon, argues the author Rebecca Traister. In her new book, “Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger,” Traister details how female rage has long been the country’s political fuel. She expounded on this idea at Aspen Ideas Festival in June, where, in a video interview, she discussed how the fury of American women—from the suffragists to the abolitionists to Rosa Parks—has catalyzed major political movements.
[h/t to AGD] [Read more…]
Is it really a scary time for young men and boys? [h/t to Annie L.] [Read more…]
Does taunting work? Knock the Vote intends to find out. Here’s a PSA produced for the campaign by the Acronym group. It slams Millennials for just about all of the negative stereotypes out there. Will it motivate its audience to prove the stereotypes wrong by showing up at the polls on November 6th? I guess we’ll find out in 29 days. [Read more…]
Music for our Times? Talking Heads – Burning Down the House (and maybe the Senate, too?) [Read more…]
Here’s the Adagio from Khachaturian’s Gayane Ballet Suite, envisioned by Politesseo as a lament for a warming planet. [Read more…]
I’m guessing that when Chris Hayes saw the coverage of Trump’s recent rally in Mississippi, some button got pushed. This is the rally where Trump lamented the disregard for the principle of “Innocent until proven guilty” (particularly as it related to his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh) and yet the crowd later repeatedly chanted “Lock her up” referring to Hilary Clinton’s unsubstantiated misdeeds! Irony is indeed dead.
The more galling aspect of this situation for Chris, though, is the disparity in the treatment of accused citizens—between the privileged few (such as Trump and Kavanaugh) and the rest of us, as evidenced by the treatment of Kalief Browder, the teen arrested in 2010 when sixteen years old, and when unable to post bail, imprisoned for three years in extremely violent conditions at the Robert N. Davoren Center on Riker’s Island while awaiting trial. [Read more…]