I'm attending the women's march in LA with my four year old daughter and a number of other family members. The problem I'm having is that there is so much WTF and everything is infuriating at this point I don't have the mental energy left to condense it all into something short and pithy. I think I'm stumped because I'm naturally an optimist but I can't find that part of me right now. Any advice? What will your signs say?
I very much need to wear shirts that say things along the lines of RESIST and FEMINIST and FREEDOM OF THE PRESS, etc. I hope to get one or more before I go a'marching next weekend, and would like the money to go into good hands. [more inside]
I was at a long protest about a month ago, over the electoral college, and to build momentum a couple of people started the crowd singing. Except after we got through the US national anthem and "This Land is My Land", we all collectively forgot any songs that would work to build liberal unity. Help me think of more so I'm prepared for next time. [more inside]
Family BlahLaLa will be attending the big Los Angeles march on 1/21. We all want to carry signs, but we need help coming up with something. It could be unique to us, or we'd be happy to copy great signage seen at other protests. Ideas, please? [more inside]
My friend and I are considering whether to fly from California to DC. Best use of resources? [more inside]
On impulse, I registered for two tickets to a Trump/Pence "Thank You" rally in Milwaukee next Tuesday. If I chicken out, or no one is willing to go with me, at least there will be some empty seats, but if I do go, what should I do? No signs/banners allowed. [more inside]
Where should I buy social justice merch if I want to be sure the money will go to support social justice causes? [more inside]
Before hiring someone to do one-time tasks (by which I mean things like paying a plumber to fix something, or a painter, or whatever), can I ask them how they voted? [more inside]
Are there good examples from history of fascists or proto-fascists being granted power, and then subsequently being repudiated or de-fanged before becoming completely entrenched and without significant bloodshed? I'm looking both for strategies to consider and reassurances that it might be possible.
The last few days have been hard. Mavis Staples has been restoring my soul. As a devoted Stax fan, I know the music of The Staples Singers pretty well. But what are some other gospel and/or soul tracks from the 20th century Civil Rights movement that are rich with hope and strength? [more inside]
Please help me identify groups working to stop Trump and prior examples that shed light on how to stop Trump. [more inside]
I was talking about the HK protests recently, and it seems like, much like Occupy/other movements, that there's not much expectation or plan for an endgame, at least in public discussion. [more inside]
Does anyone have a reputable account or the inside-scoop on the recent student protests/murders/disappearances/mass graves in Mexico? So surreal and terrifying. Links and anecdata welcome.
At what point do I fly to Ferguson, MO and who do I work with? [more inside]
I met someone today who explained that their tattoo was based on a style adopted by Indian women during British Occupation which served as a way of turning off British men who might otherwise want to take them away for various unsavory purposes. The women would in some cases get these tattoos on their necks and faces. Although the person told me the Indian term for this particular style of tattooing I failed to write it down, and now cannot seem to google up this phenomenon. Was hoping someone knew about it, what it's called, or could provide some links to more information.
Actually, that should read "Hey, readers of Chinese script, etc". Recently, some of my neighbors took exception to the opening of a homeless shelter in my neighborhood. They held a protest. Some of the signs were in Chinese. What do these signs say in English, if you've got a moment? Many thanks in advance.
Is there a site that tracks events happening on the National Mall? [more inside]
My friend was riding his bike through Brooklyn early Sat morning. Streets were quiet and he was not stopping at all the red lights, just slowing & crossing the (mostly) vacant intersections. Unbeknownst to him there was a cop in a patrol car following him about 1/2 a block back. After multiple blocks the cop finally pulled him over and issued separate tickets for every red light, totally about $800 worth. Although there is no dispute that he went through the lights, this was a very dick-ish move. How to protest in court? [more inside]
Does anyone know where I can find individual photos of those people who have died during the recent protests on the Maidan in Kyiv, Ukraine? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend some good sources to learn about the current political situation in Thailand? [more inside]
Emory University is planning to give a distinguished alumni award to H. Eddie Fox, who has been leading the fight against the inclusion and equality of gay Methodists in the Methodist Church (among other accomplishments). Students/staff/faculty are currently mobilizing to have that award rescinded. We have less than a week left. What is the most effective way to pressure Emory to rescind that award? [more inside]
I imagine a lot of people are angry about what the House is trying to do in de-funding Obamacare. This combined with other recent actions seem likely to lead to some kind of protest, but I can't find information about any event like this. [more inside]
I want to run a Tor relay node from my house in the United States. What, if any, legal considerations should I be concerned about? [more inside]
Some years back, some farmers were fighting battles with police, I think in either Japan or Korea. Due to rules that govern how police are allowed to escalate their response, the farmers were able to stage full battles with home-made armour, with blunt weapons, in formation, and the police responded with equivalent force without employing lethal weapons. I particularly remember a pre-battle photo of police and farmers, in formation, just waiting for the battle to start at the allotted time. Anyone remember more details than that?
There's a huge protest happening somewhere in the vicinity of Park and 23rd. [more inside]
Help me understand what's happening in Turkey. [more inside]
My school is currently working on a new "Respect for Freedom of Expression Policy". A PDF of the latest draft is available here. I would appreciate any feedback about ways to improve it, especially from the perspective of allowing maximum free speech, protest, and dissent, and limiting the ability of the school to crack down on campus activism. [more inside]
I'm seeing reporting that bothers me that my state tax authority is targeting artists for auditing based on what sounds like some specious assertions regarding whether their business models and expenses are appropriate. I realized I don't know what I should do to formally protest these actions. [more inside]
The State-sanctioned homophobia and transphobia in Malaysia, my country of origin, is breaking my heart. What can I do as a currently overseas citizen to make things better for my fellow LGBT folk back in Malaysia, particularly in raising awareness of the issue internationally? [more inside]
i've been living in an apartment building in san francisco for 10 years and have a one-car garage. for much of that time i parked my car on the street, parallel to the curb, blocking my own driveway to some extent. i also had friends park there cars there, and when i had a rental car, i parked it there on and off for several months. no one ever got a ticket. a couple months ago i parked a friend's car there overnight and got a ticket. apparently someone had called in a complaint, although the car was extending only into my own driveway, and by a small amount at that. i protested the $98 ticket, saying that i was the driver and the only one authorized to call in a complaint, but it was denied. i have no idea who called in the complaint, and DPT will not give out that information. i plan to do an in-person hearing. has anyone successfully fought this sort of ticket? [more inside]
Help me think of a placard message for a marriage equality rally. Serious or silly! [more inside]
"Rich man's war, poor man's fight" goes back to the US Civil War and illustrates how it's the poor who do most of the actual fighting in any conflict. What other catchy or classic phrases illustrate how careers involving legalized violence (military, police) frequently draw in the economically disadvantaged? [more inside]
What ideas do people have for a college campaign to get our Chick-fil-A removed from campus? A group of us have been meeting, talking, planning, strategizing, and I would love to hear any thoughts from other people about how to be effective and efficient with this. [more inside]
Occupy Wall Street held a National Gathering in Philadelphia which ended this week. There was supposed to be a collectively drafted "blueprint" document emerging from sessions. The last report I could find mentioned that it was still being compiled on July 5. It was supposed to be completed to hand off to a group marching to NYC over the course of this weekend. Does anyone have a link to this document? All I've seen are some painted signs that were used in the process.
I am an English speaker learning Russian. I am also interested in the recent protest movements in and around Moscow. Where are the forums/twitter accounts/facebook accounts/blogs where opinions are being formed? They will be used as a resource in learning the language and understanding contemporary russian politics.
Help me find this anti-nuclear protest play I saw online at some point in the last two years. [more inside]
I'm very angry about what's happening in the UK right now, including-but-not-limited-to: the unnecessarily savage and unequal budget cuts, the privatisation of our education, health and police systems, the scapegoating of vulnerable groups and the dishonesty and cynicism of the Conservative and Liberal Democrat politicians involved. Other than protesting, what active, concrete action can I take to fight or correct these wrongs? [more inside]
I'm curious about military communication methods from before radio - how armies coordinated maneuvers and formations without it. I'm also curious which preradio communications methods would most be of use to modern protesters in urban settings should they be unable to use modern wireless devices. [more inside]
Help me be a smarter protester within the Occupy movement. Who REALLY is to blame? Can you help me make a list? [more inside]
What are some sources for particularly educational/relevant flyers regarding income disparity, public policy, and other issues pertinent to the Occupy Wall Street movement?
Theoretically, if I were to be arrested at Occupy Wall Street, what would that mean for my future employability? [more inside]
For a protest/event/action later today I need sarcastic slogans, chants, and lines about tough the rich have it, and how they can't afford to pay more taxes. [more inside]
Seeking advice on what to tell teenagers about dealing with the police at a protest. [more inside]
What songs protesting government reaction to 9/11 came out after the event itself and before its 1st anniversary?
I remember the relief of hearing Sage Francis' Makeshift Patriot for the first time in October of 2001. It was the first song that voiced my fear of possible repression in the US. I thought there would be a wave of left-wing protest songs, but it seemed to be more of a trickle. In August of 2002 Sleater-Kinney asked in Combat Rock where the protest songs were. My question is the same as theirs: What songs protesting government reaction to 9/11 came out after the event itself and before its 1st anniversary? I am specifically looking for protest songs by American musicians.
DCLaw/OrdinanceFilter: Is carrying a torch and pitchfork in Washington, D.C. illegal? [more inside]
I'm going to be participating in this event for the Brooklyn Public Library this weekend. What should I read? [more inside]
What might you recommend I give away at a Farm Bill protest? [more inside]
Help me learn some union/protest/solidarity songs, please. [more inside]
Now that Mubarak has stepped down after weeks of protests, is any other authoritarian governments in the region on the brink of similar civic uprising? [more inside]
Do you know of any protest records or songs that are about really specific, forgotten-about causes, or related to visible minorities? [more inside]
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