Category: Protest

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Anti-Trump protesters do what Republicans can’t: shut up Donald Trump for just one day

Donald Trump’s Republican opponents have tried ignoring him under the assumption that he’d flame out under the weight of his own audacious ego. It only made him stronger and more popular.

They have tried attacking him during debates but, unskilled in the art of playground bullying, they fell flat, and were reduced to “I know you are but what am I?” responses when he called them stupid, weak, and small.

One of them, Marco Rubio, finally sank to Trump’s level and insinuated that Trump has a small dick. But Rubio was sparring with the master of puerile politicking and came away looking worse than he went in.…

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#FlintWaterCrisis protest rallies planned today and tomorrow in Flint & Lansing (2/18/16 and 2/19/16)

#FlintWaterCrisis protest rallies planned today and tomorrow in Flint & Lansing (2/18/16 and 2/19/16)

There are two rallies planned to protest the Snyder administration’s lack of effective response to the catastrophic poisoning of the drinking water in Flint.

Today, there will be a rally starting at 11 a.m. that being organized by UlltraViolet, MoveOn.org and Democracy for America:

A number of organizations are set to protest in Lansing this week in hopes of getting one million signatures demanding that Gov. Rick Snyder is prosecuted and resigns in regards to the Flint water crisis.

UlltraViolet, MoveOn.org and Democracy for America said in a press release that the groups plan to rally at the state capitol building starting at 11 a.m.…

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Manhunt ensues for #FlintWaterCrisis protester who may have irreparably damaged Michigan Capitol Building

Manhunt ensues for #FlintWaterCrisis protester who may have irreparably damaged Michigan Capitol Building

On Tuesday, protesters at the #FlintWaterCrisis protest in front of Lansing City Hall left the protest and headed over to the Capitol Building where they spent over two hours chanting and singing and and demanding action to fix the poisoning of Flint’s drinking water. After the protest, they left behind a reminder they had been there: scrawled “Arrest Snyder” and “Water is A Human Right” graffiti.

Photos of the desecration can be viewed HERE and HERE.

A manhunt is now in progress to locate the perpetrators. John Truscott – a Republican public relations consultant and the former Director of Communications and Press Secretary for Gov.…

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PHOTOS: #FlintWaterCrisis & Michigan State of the State protest – This is NOT what democracy looks like

PHOTOS: #FlintWaterCrisis & Michigan State of the State protest – This is NOT what democracy looks like


[All photos by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog]

As lawmakers and other political movers and shakers in Michigan gathered together in the cozy warmth of Michigan’s State Capitol Building for Governor Snyder’s 2016 State of the State Address, over 500 protesters from around the state gathered in the frigid cold outside to demand substantive action by the state government to respond to the poisoning of Flint’s drinking water with the powerful neurotoxin lead. Though protesters chanted, “This is what democracy looks like,” the fact is that this is, in fact, NOT what democracy looks like. In fact, the human-caused catastrophe in Flint is the direct result of democracy being replaced by what is essentially a one-person dictatorship.…

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VIDEO: #FlintWaterCrisis protest takes over the State Capitol Building steps and lawn

VIDEO: #FlintWaterCrisis protest takes over the State Capitol Building steps and lawn

We’re inside now thawing out from standing in the frigid air during the protest but I thought folks would like to see a brief video of the protest. After the press conference at Lansing City Hall, at least 500 protestors moved to the steps of the State Capitol Building to cause a fuss.

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Disabled and fired from his teaching job, Baxter Jones starts hunger strike to reclaim his home

Disabled and fired from his teaching job, Baxter Jones starts hunger strike to reclaim his home

Baxter Jones was a Detroit middle school teacher and track coach in 2005 when his car was struck from behind by another vehicle. The horrendous accident left him with traumatic brain injury and he is now unable to walk or speak clearly. Five years later, while on family medical leave, he was let go from the Detroit Public School system when former Emergency Manager Robert Bobb controlled the district. Jones, who had purchased a home near Jackson under a First Responder Program after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, kept up mortgage payments until he lost his job. Wells Fargo then foreclosed on his home, refusing to enroll him in a forebearance program for disabled people facing foreclosure.…

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As protesters call for Straits of Mackinac oil pipeline to be shut down, Enbridge promises NOT to do something it’s NEVER done

As protesters call for Straits of Mackinac oil pipeline to be shut down, Enbridge promises NOT to do something it’s NEVER done

This past weekend, protesters from around the state gathered at the Mackinac Bridge to call for the shutdown of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline. The pipeline (actually TWO pipelines) are 62 years old and were built in a time when regulations were far more lax than they are now. Had the Great Lakes Submerged Lands Act been in place when the pair of pipelines were built, a permitting process would have been in place to ensure the safety of some of the most valuable fresh water on the planet. Instead, Line 5 has been able to operate for over six decades without the need to get approval.…

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Greenpeace protesters hanging from Portland bridge prevent icebreaker from returning Artic oil drilling area

Greenpeace protesters hanging from Portland bridge prevent icebreaker from returning Artic oil drilling area

A group of 13 Greenpeace protesters are suspended from the St. Johns Bridge over the Willamette River leading to the Portland, Oregon harbor. The icebreaker MSV Fennica has been in the harbor for repairs and planned to return to Shell Oil’s artic drilling area. Oil drilling there cannot take place without the equipment being delivered by the Fennica.

They are lowering … As the ship heads this way. #ShellNo protest @Greenpeace @KGWSunrise #ShellOil #Portland pic.twitter.com/wLOKXoUWKx

— Rachael Rafanelli (@RachaelKGW) July 30, 2015

In addition to the suspended protesters who are now on their second day, dozens of “kayaktivists” are in the water in kayaks to aid in preventing the ship from leaving the port.…

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“She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” is more than a movie, it’s an opportunity

“She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” is more than a movie, it’s an opportunity

What I thought was going to be a review of the premier of the documentary that made its Michigan debut on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at the Maple Theater in Bloomfield, MI, titled, She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry is turning more into a testimonial in many ways. Many deeply personal ways.

Director/Producer/Writer Mary Dore was in attendance for the premier on Sunday and I had the great fortune of meeting her and actually getting a chance to visit with her for a short while before the film. That was a gift unto itself. I was actually honored to be asked to host this amazing event that sold out to more than 300 people.…

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BREAKING: EMU Dean of Education resigns from board of failing Education Achievement Authority, protest against EAA planned for TOMORROW

BREAKING: EMU Dean of Education resigns from board of failing Education Achievement Authority, protest against EAA planned for TOMORROW

Even top educators are walking away

The “school district for wayward schools”, Michigan’s Education Achievement Authority, has been under increasing scrutiny over the past year. Questions have been raised about the veracity of their testing and test scores. State legislators on the Education Committee have raised red flags only to be told they have to file Freedom of Information Act requests to get the information they need to make a realistic assessment of the EAA’s performance. Here’s Rep. Ellen Cogen-Lipton from my interview with her earlier this year, talking about the Republican effort to expand the EAA:

As the minority vice-chair, I asked a series of questions like, “Okay, if the EAA, at least in these 15 schools, is doing what you say they are doing, could you please show us the evidence?…
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Cop who pepper-sprayed UC-Davis students scores worker’s comp payoff bigger than students’ award from lawsuit

Cop who pepper-sprayed UC-Davis students scores worker’s comp payoff bigger than students’ award from lawsuit

He was depressed don’tchya know


[Photo credit: RTAmerica | Wikimedia Commons]

John Pike, the UC-Davis university police officer who painted a line of seated, subdued students participating in an Occupy protest received a workman’s compensation payment last week to the tune of $38,059.

Apparently, he was depressed and suffering from anxiety after receiving death threats for his inhumane treatment of fellow humans. He was eventually fired for the obscene behavior.

As Business Insider points out, this is actually more than the students themselves received from their class action lawsuit:

UC-Davis had previously paid out $1 million to settle a lawsuit by the demonstrators that were pepper-sprayed by Pike, according to The Guardian.…
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