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Published on Jan 10, 2017

TYT’s Eric Byler (htp://Twitter.com/EricByler) takes you behind the scenes of the counter-sting operation that exposed James O’Keefe, Allison Maass and their propaganda outlet, Project Veritas. Video and audio catch Maass offering to pay money for the incitement of riots at Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Links referenced in this piece:

The Undercurrent’s 2nd release of footage damaging to Project Vertias: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WDWL…

Here is the video from The Undercurrent that first broke this story:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLAPz…

Ryan Grim breaks counter-sting story for Huffington Post:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/c…

US Code barring solicitation of illegal acts:
https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/te…

James O’Keefe pays $100,000 to ACORN employee for fraudulent sting operation:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar…

Allison Maass caught after infiltrating Bernie Sanders campaign: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/a…

Another excellent article is found at the Daily Kos https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/1/16/1621252/-O-Keefe-Caught-Trying-to-Bribe-Protestors-to-Riot-at-Inauguration

 

Posted over at the Shoeleather History Project an excellent article written by Steve Thornton is a great read for this week. As Amerikkka prepares to inaugurate Donald Trump as president we shudder and say, Yes it could happen here and we must, all of us build a united front against the political and religious right in this country.

It Can’t Happen Here, the play by Sinclair Lewis had a run in theaters in 1936.

The Shoeleather History Project’s article opens this way

“On Oct. 27, 1936, Connecticut theater-goers watched  It Can’t Happen Here, performed by the Federal Theater Project, one of the New Deal’s progressive jobs programs. The Nobel prize winner Sinclair Lewis had refashioned his dystopian novel into a dramatic play. It premiered simultaneously in 21 cities across the country, including Hartford and Bridgeport.

Americans in the 1930s were being groomed to accept fascism as a macho solution to the troubles faced by the United States. Lewis’s It Can’t Happen Here was a roadblock to that disturbing movement. A quote attributed to Lewis describes the danger he wanted to capture: “When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”

The Shoeleather History Project goes on to say this:

“Today, there is a resurgence in fascist ideology dressed as Americanism, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). It is called by many names, but it’s not monolithic and the groups have some ideological differences. They include the Alt-Right movement, neo-Nazis, the Traditional Workers Party, national anarchists, white nationalists, White Lives Matter, and “third position” adherents. They have a racist, anti-Semitic, totalitarian essence in common, heavy on armed resistance (hence their Second Amendment fetish).”

The article ends this way:

“This year, monitors report a spike in far-right activity. If this presidential election cycle teaches us anything, it is that under the right circumstances, the unthinkable can happen anywhere.”

As a queer blog we must say

We Remember………..Never Again

BUILD A UNITED FRONT AGAINST THE RIGHT!

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Another article also published on The Shoeleather History Project is Fascism In Fashion, a very good read.

Jimmy & Lorraine is back in 2017!

Jimmy and Lorraine is a meditation on the American political climate of the late 50’s and early 60’s through the lens of two significant artists of the time, James Baldwin and Lorraine Hansberry. Writer Talvin Wilks through his research and collaboration with HartBeat Ensemble members, including director Brian Jennings, will develop this new work and explore the lives of these two artists and social activists. Through insights from Jimmy and Lorraine, this new play hopes to hold up a mirror to America’s history and shed light on the issues of race, art and politics in an ever-changing multicultural society.

Tickets

$25 General Admission

$20 Seniors & Let’s Go! Arts Members

$15 Students

***No one turned away for lack of funds tickets available

Performance Info

January 27th – January 29th, 2017

Friday-Saturday @ 7:30pm

Sunday @ 2:00pm

University of St. Joseph

Autorino Center for the Arts

1678 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford

For more information and to purchase tickets go to HERE.

Get on the bus from New Haven! Protest at Trump’s Inauguration!
VOLUNTEER OUTREACH SESSION THIS SATURDAY, 1/14, 12PM
InaugurateTheResistance
There’s only one week until tens of thousands of progressive people come to Washington, D.C. from across the country to protest at Trump’s inauguration – right on the inaugural parade route.In addition to fighting for – and winning – our right to protest directly on the inauguration route, ANSWER is proud to announce another important victory for right to assemble and protest at Trump’s Inauguration. In addition to the permitted space we recently announced — 14th St. and Pennsylvania Ave (west part of Freedom Plaza) — we now have permits in hand for an even larger gathering site on the parade route, the Navy Memorial (8th St. and Pennsylvania Ave.)

It is critically important that we keep building a larger grassroots movement against war, militarism, racism, anti-immigrant scapegoating and neoliberal capitalism’s assault against workers’ living standards and the environment. 

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2016 Digital Be-In poster, feat

For a great article, Big Shebang for Human Be-In written by Caitlin Donohue published on 48 Hills 1/12/2017 go to HERE.

For more info see HERE.

Senate Democrats: Betsy DeVos is not qualified to be secretary of education

Senate Democrats: Betsy DeVos is not qualified to be secretary of education

Massive public opposition to Betsy DeVos is building. Almost 260,000 CREDO members have signed our petition urging Senate Democrats to block and resist DeVos’ confirmation. Senate Republicans are feeling our pressure. They recently delayed DeVos’ confirmation hearing by a week.

We have the momentum, but our work is not done. Congress must keep the U.S. Department of Education out of the hands of DeVos, an extreme right-wing bigot who has no relevant experience as an educator and did not attend or send her children to public school. Can you help us turn up the pressure?

Tell Senate Democrats: Block and resist Betsy DeVos’ confirmation as secretary of education. Click here to sign the petition.

DeVos is a right-wing voucher and charter school activist whose numerous projects include the disastrous effort to spread charters in Detroit, which failed to increase student achievement while allowing charters to operate with little accountability or oversight.1 She also has an appalling record on civil rights, which indicates she will be a threat to LGBTQ children, especially transgender students, who face prejudice, harassment and bullying in schools and suffer from higher rates of depression and suicide than non-LGBTQ classmates.

DeVos’ nomination for secretary of education is unacceptable, but the only way to block her nomination is if Senate Democrats push back with every tool at their disposal. Can you help make sure they act?

Tell Senate Democrats: Block and resist Betsy DeVos’ confirmation as secretary of education. Click here to sign the petition.

DeVos’ work to promote charters extends across the country but has been especially focused on her home state of Michigan. The results of charter school expansion in Michigan, and especially in Detroit, have been dismal, but DeVos and her family have still pushed to limit accountability and oversight of charters. While most other states monitor charters’ results, hold them accountable for poor performance and require them to renew their charters, schools in Michigan can operate as long as they want, and the state exercises minimal oversight.2 Read the rest of this entry »