Monthly Archives: March 2017

Open thread for night owls: Protest groups plan massive actions nationwide on May 1

Aaron Morrison at Mic writes—Protest groups to unite as “The Majority” for massive actions across the country on May 1:

Protest groups to unite as “The Majority” for massive actions across the country on May 1

Activist groups are uniting as a broader coalition they’ve dubbed “The Majority,” an idea inspired by the Movement for Black Lives — a collective of organizations in the Black Lives Matter movement — organizers first shared with Mic on Thursday.

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More than 50 partners representing black, Latino, the indigenous, LGBTQ, refugees, immigrants, laborers and the poor will collaborate from April 4 through May 1, International Worker’s Day, when they’ll launch massive protests across the country.

The action will “go beyond moments of outrage, beyond narrow concepts of sanctuary, and beyond barriers between communities that have much at stake and so much in common,” The Majority states on its BeyondtheMoment.org website, which officially launches Thursday. [...]

“Even though the election results showed one thing, the reality is that the majority of us are under attack and this is a moment for us to step into something together,” Navina Khanna, director of the Health, Environment, Agriculture, and Labor Food Alliance in Oakland, California, said in a phone interview. HEAL is a part of The Majority. “This is about really learning to see our issues as one, and our struggles as one.”

The “Beyond the Moment” initiative kicks off April 4 with “serious political education with our bases,” according to the website. In the weeks leading up to the mass mobilizations on May 1, they will hold public teach-ins and workshops nationwide. The desired outcome is a “broad intersectional, cross-sectoral” and influential unity on the left, activists said.

The idea for Beyond the Moment was derived from the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech, in which he spoke out against racism, materialism and militarism — all broader and more-inclusive themes than his earlier anti-Jim Crow campaigns. The coalition said it chose April 4 as the kickoff for political education because that is date that King delivered the speech in 1967 and the date on which he was assassinated a year later.


QUOTATION OF THE DAY

“I put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power. I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.”
                      ~Thomas A. Edison, 1931, Uncommon Friends: Life with Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Alexis Carrel, and Charles Lindbergh 

TWEET OF THE DAY

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Scientists have made the blackest shade of black ever and it’s trippy as hell. It literally eats lasers: https://t.co/KtXUsUFTuQ pic.twitter.com/eQZGWc7eAr

— VICE (@VICE) April 1, 2017

BLAST FROM THE PAST

At Daily Kos on this date in 2010AR-Sen: Why we’re fighting:

Lincoln led the fight against the public option. She’s led the fight against regulating greenhouse gasses. She’s led the fight against unions. She calls groups like the League of Conservation Voters “extremists.”

There’s no reason for Lincoln to be in our party. She’s a sure loser in November anyway, having alienated virtually everyone in her state.

The national party may stick with her out of misguided loyalty, but Bill Halter aims to rescue the Democrats from themselves, and we can help offset the big corporate backing Lincoln is getting.

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