RESISTANCE WATCH--West coasts environmentalists and indigenous people have launched a series of protests to challenge the Trump administration's controversial proposal to dramatically expand offshore oil drilling, which would threaten communities all along the U.S. coastline.
RESISTANCE WATCH--In Washington, D.C. and more than two dozen states across the country on Monday, supporters of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival gathered to kick off 40 days of "moral action" to highlight "the human impact of policies which promote systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, and environmental devastation." (Graphic above: The Poor People's Campaign held events on Monday in more than two dozen states and Washington, D.C.)
RESISTANCE WATCH--As evidence grows that the White House will ignore objections from the FBI regarding the release of a controversial "cherry-picked" memo—currently sucking up nearly all the political oxygen in Washington, D.C.—top Democratic leaders on Thursday called for the immediate ouster of House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) while concerns mount over whether or not FBI Director Christopher Wray will resign in protest if overruled by the Trump administration.
BCK FILE--At last week’s LA Women’s March, I read one woman’s sign, thanking Trump for turning her into an activist. I’ve been politically obsessed since childhood. I have specific memories of watching the Watergate hearings and was canvassing for local and presidential candidates long before I was old enough to vote.
RESISTANCE WATCH--Shortly following a relatively tempered speech (by his standards) at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Friday, President Donald Trump veered from the script during a brief question-and-answer session, launching into a tirade against the "vicious" and "fake" press—a rant for which he was promptly booed by some attendees.
RESISTANCE WATCH--Please join the West Valley Resistance and Stand Strong LA in attending the LA City Council meeting at Van Nuys City Hall on Friday, Feb 2nd at 10 am to support our Councilman Bob Blumenfield, along with the entire City Council, who is working daily to defeat Trump's horrid agenda
RESISTANCE WATCH--I’m writing today about hashtags. In particular, I want to focus on what happens now that we’ve said #MeToo and #TimesUp.
RESISTANCE WATCH--The #MeToo backlash ― much predicted, fitfully rehearsed ― arrived in earnest this week, disguised as feminism. The pretext: a messily written story published on Saturday on Babe.net, about a woman’s coercive sexual encounter with comedian Aziz Ansari.
RESISTANCE WATCH--As fallout continues over the president's offensive language during a closed-door meeting in the Oval Office, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) argued that Donald Trump's specific word choice is irrelevant—"he has a long history of racism"—and that in the year ahead the public must "organize, organize, organize" to defeat his agenda. (Photo above: Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) speaking in support of DACA at Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis.)
RESISTANCE WATCH-The hipster real estate blog Curbed LA recently announced that San Pedro had fulfilled its destiny by winning the 2017 Curbed Cup. According to Curbed LA, the Curbed Cup is a celebration of neighborhood pride and that this Harbor Area neighborhood “knocked out Burbank to claim the title of Neighborhood of the Year.”
RESISTANCE WATCH--The #MeToo phenomenon was one of the most important social and political moments of 2017. While the floodgates have opened, it is still too early to label these mass revelations of men’s sexual assaults on women as a social mobilization with a political plan for gender justice.
RESISTANCE WATCH--The term "burnout" is all too familiar among students and workers: a mental and emotional exhaustion where you feel like you've used up the last of your inner resources.
RESISTANCE WATCH--Billionaire Democratic mega-donor and environmentalist Tom Steyer's "Impeach Trump" petition began as a marginal political operation that was greeted with contempt by Democratic leaders.
RESISTANCE WATCH -- Bill Moyers has threatened to retire several times. Each time, the many fans and friends have urged the legendary PBS journalist to reconsider, and each time he did. But today, at age 83, Moyers announced his farewell, and this time it is real.
RESISTANCE WATCH--In what was described as a "huge victory" for those who took part in "the first act of resistance under this administration," a federal judge on Wednesday dropped felony riot charges against the six Americans who are currently on trial for protesting President Donald Trump's inauguration in January.
RESISTANCE WATCH--Sexual harassment is both a labor and gender justice issue. After all, the workplace is the epicenter of women’s recent outrage about sexual harassment and assault. Hollywood titans, respected reporters, and celebrity chefs all used their power over women’s paychecks in order to gain power over their bodies.
RESISTANCE WATCH--Opponents of the Republican tax plan moving through Congress showed they were not backing down on Tuesday as hundreds of protesters chanted "Kill the bill!" and "Tax the rich, not the sick!" as they assembled outside the offices of GOP lawmakers.
RESISTANCE WATCH--On a nippy November evening, 80 defiant Boyle Heights residents and allies trekked to the Westside to rally near multimillionaire Frank “BJ” Turner’s McMansion, miles from the historic corner where Turner is trying to drive out LA’s historic mariachi musicians and their families.
RESISTANCE WATCH--If you want to make a real difference that impacts so many of our community members and residents, please attend and share this event hosted by March and Rally. This is one of the most crucial issues we are currently facing in LA.
RESISTANCE WATCH--The National Day of Action is planned for Monday as the Trump resistance fights the Republican tax plan, which is expected to raise taxes on middle-income Americans while cutting them for corporations and the richest families. (Photo: @Indivisible12th/Twitter)
FEDERAL AID POLITICS--As thousands of Californians struggle to recover from October’s devastating wildfires, the White House has left California’s appeal for relief funding out of its $44 billion disaster aid request to Congress, meaning the state may not receive any federal aid for them. (Photo above: Smoke obscures the sun in Santa Rosa, Calif., during the October wildfires. )
RESISTANCE WATCH--Defenders of the open internet are issuing urgent calls to action as news reports indicate that Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chair Ajit Pai has set his sights on a December 14 vote to kill net neutrality and "destroy the internet as we know it."
Over 15,000 scientists hailing from more than 180 countries just issued a dire warning to humanity:
RESISTANCE WATCH--Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of downtown Los Angeles on Saturday to rail against the Trump administration and its policies, but the march was nothing like the huge demonstrations held across the country after last year’s presidential election.
RESISTANCE WATCH--A coalition of more than 200 South Korean civic groups have announced plans to protest U.S. President Donald Trump's escalation of nuclear tensions with North Korea during his scheduled visit to Seoul next week. (Photo above: South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump met at the United Nations General Assembly in October.)
RESISTANCE WATCH--As news broke early Monday that former chairman of President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign Paul Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates have turned themselves in to federal authorities, grassroots organizations, lawmakers, and former government officials warned that Trump could be closer than ever to firing special counsel Robert Mueller—and urged members of Congress and Americans to take action in response.