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The Young Left’s Anti-Capitalist Manifesto | FiveThirtyEight
Its goal is to remake our economic system — and the Democratic Party.
A few months ago a friend wrote me an email with the subject line, “What is Sean McElwee.”
This is the kind of question that occurs to a person who spends a lot of time on Twitter. In 2018, McElwee’s tweets seemed to abound in liberal cyberspace. He was best known for his jeremiads about abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement — for much of the past year, McElwee’s handle read as “we’re going to abolish ICE.” The online racket attracted attention. MSNBC host Chris Hayes interviewed him, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand showed up to the weekly happy hour he throws, and he was named to the Politico 50 along with the likes of Mick Mulvaney, Alan Dershowitz and one Donald J. Trump. Quite a lot for a 26-year-old whose main gig is at a fledgling think tank he co-founded, Data For Progress.
But still, what is he? McElwee calls himself a “jackass of all trades” but admits that trying to explain his value to those not enmeshed in the online world of politics — potential donors to his think tank, say — is difficult.
gov2.0  politics  Dems  liberal  capitalism  538  activism 
january 2019 by rgl7194
Can a Group of Scrappy Young Activists Build Real Progressive Power in Trump Country? | The Nation
Through a mix of “inclusive populism” and nonstop organizing, Lancaster Stands Up is betting it can reclaim its corner of Pennsylvania.
In January 2016, after nearly a decade of living in liberal cities on both coasts, Becca Rast returned home. Intuition told the 28-year-old organizer that it was time to kick-start a political renaissance in the small Pennsylvania city where she grew up.
“I felt increasingly annoyed at the sentiment that the place that I was from would always be conservative,” Rast says of Lancaster, her hometown. “I wanted to help redefine what politics looked like there.”
So along with her husband, Jonathan Smucker, the progressive organizer and author, Rast packed her bags, traveled for days, and finally rejoined her family and friends in so-called fly-over country.
politics  activism  gov2.0  state  Dems  trump  organizing 
november 2018 by rgl7194
Should children be activists? - CNN
(CNN)The children's sections at bookstores tend to be outfitted with the trappings of fantasy. I've seen many dressed up like treehouses or castles with cardboard turrets topping bookshelves. No matter the motif, the effect is the same: Books, children are to understand, are a chance to escape reality and its many limitations.
But lately, the books on display have been sending a different message. Children's literature, like everything else, has become increasingly politicized, with a hard-edged focus on the here-and-now. I can buy a board book called "A is for Activist" for my toddler, and for my kindergartner, there are a whole slew of titles to choose from, including the recently published "What Can a Citizen Do?" by Dave Eggers. Gender equality, racism, poverty, immigrants' rights, political engagement, it's all there, vying with those anachronistic castles and whimsical foliage for relevancy.
We have a couple of these books, and while I appreciate the historical and sociological lessons some of these books contain, I felt torn about their application.
politics  gov2.0  children  activism 
october 2018 by rgl7194
Activist Leaks 11,000 Private Messages from WikiLeaks' Twitter Chats
An activist has just leaked thousands of private messages of an organization that's been known to publishing others' secrets.
More than 11,000 direct messages from a Twitter group used by WikiLeaks and around 10 close supporters have been posted online by journalist and activist Emma Best, exposing private chats between 2015 and 2017.
The leaked chats have been referenced by American media outlets earlier this year, but for the very first time, all 11,000 messages have been published online, allowing anyone to scroll through and read messages themselves.
"The chat is presented nearly in its entirety, with less than a dozen redactions made to protect the privacy and personal information of innocent, third parties. The redactions don’t include any information that’s relevant to WikiLeaks or their activities," Best said.
wikileaks  privacy  messaging  twitter  activism  leak  racism  sexism  politics 
august 2018 by rgl7194
LeBron James adds Showtime documentary to TV portfolio
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- LeBron James has yet to play a minute for the Los Angeles Lakers, yet the NBA superstar is already busy in Hollywood.
James is behind a three-part documentary series, "Shut Up and Dribble," announced Monday by Showtime.
Set to debut in October, the same month James suits up for his new team, the series looks at the changing role of athletes in the current political and cultural climate against the backdrop of the NBA.
tv  documentary  activism  lebron  lakers  basketball  politics 
august 2018 by rgl7194
Lakers: LeBron James producing new, three-part documentary series for Showtime called ‘Shut up and Dribble’ - Silver Screen and Roll
Lakers star LeBron James is never going to “shut up and dribble,” but he will produce a T.V. show for Showtime calling out those that would ask him to.
After being told to “shut up and dribble” by Fox News host Laura Ingraham earlier this year, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James has done anything but that, but he will satirize that stupid sentiment with a new docuseries he’s producing for Showtime of the same name.
“Shut Up and Dribble” will focus “on the changing role of athletes in the current political environment that boasts LeBron James among its executive producers,” according to Joe Otterson of Variety, who reported the announcement after Showtime president and CEO David Nevins revealed the series as part of the TCA summer press tour.
tv  documentary  activism  lebron  lakers  basketball  politics 
august 2018 by rgl7194
How the Music of 1968 Mirrored the Year’s Revolutionary Spirit | Consequence of Sound
1968 marked a drastic change in the sound and philosophy of popular music
Some five decades later, it’s still hard to aptly sum up the influence the 1960s had on our country, both historically and culturally. A decade born out of buttoned-up conservatism quickly morphed into a counterculture age where everything was subject to questioning. That skepticism translated into the music of the times. Out in San Francisco, bands like the Grateful Dead were trying to change the world through positivity. The Hippie Revolution sought to turn people on to a new way of living, one based in community, togetherness, peace, and sexual freedom. And for a while they succeeded. But in an example of just how quickly the world was moving, it took only a year for the Summer of Love to devolve into feelings of anger and cynicism.
Music often holds a mirror up to the world it’s created in, and in 1968, the picture was anything but pretty. The deaths of progressive leaders such as Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., as well as growing anti-war sentiment, sowed seeds of societal angst that pushed the counterculture, as well as segments of the mainstream, in a darker, more aggressive direction. A lot of rock music, in particular, got louder and more abrasive, channeling the energy of a nervous world seemingly overwhelmed with the change before it. If rock and roll was born out of rebellion, a need to shake up and upset the status quo, then 1968, in retrospect, gave scores of up-and-coming bands some very real, tangible things to push back against. Many answered the call. Some explicitly rebelled against cultural chaos while others channeled their subversion through their music. But all told, 1968 marked a seminal year for the development of underground and independent music, both in sound and philosophy.
music  60s  culture  politics  activism 
august 2018 by rgl7194
Lakers: LeBron James is never going to shut up and dribble - Silver Screen and Roll
New Lakers star LeBron James sees how important it is for him to use his platform to stand up for what he thinks is right.
If she had a soul, perhaps Laura Ingraham might have felt a special level of shame as LeBron James used his platform to help hundreds of underprivileged children enjoy the benefits of an education system that has failed them.
Ingraham famously told James and Kevin Durant to shut up and dribble following comments they made about President Donald Trump. If you somehow missed it, well, here:
'Shut up and dribble' — Fox News's Laura Ingraham to LeBron and Kevin Durant after their criticism of President Trump pic.twitter.com/0BlokQDIIl
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 16, 2018
basketball  lakers  lebron  politics  activism 
august 2018 by rgl7194
As Russia’s government effort to ban Telegram falters, digital activists are pranking the censorship agency
Russia’s so-called “Digital Resistance” has struck out against the country’s internet blacklist, an ever-growing list of websites censored by the Russian government.
Since April 16, Russia’s media regulatory agency Roskomnadzor has been trying — with mixed results — to block Telegram, a popular mobile messaging service. Since then, the blacklist, or registry of blocked websites, has grown and shrunk many times.
The collateral damage of their approach has been enormous. Millions of unrelated IP addresses and internet services were blocked when the agency went after internet cloud services that are used by Telegram and plenty of other products, a move that some say could cost Russian businesses up to one billion dollars. Roskomnadzor began removing addresses from the blacklist on May 8, in what appeared to be a tacit acknowledgement of defeat.
Over the past several days, independent developers have created a live-tracker that is showing how many IP addresses are currently being blocked in Russia.
Early on May 5, the tracker registered a curious phenomenon: the total number of blocked IP addresses continuously fluctuated between exactly 47,000 and 55,000. Intrepid observers noticed that this repeating pattern was actually Morse code. The reading spelled out: “Digital Resistance.”
russia  activism  hack  security  privacy 
may 2018 by rgl7194
Gun Policy Is Already Changing In The Wake Of Parkland | FiveThirtyEight
After a shooter killed 17 people in a school in Parkland, Florida, last month, the political question dominating public discussion was whether the event would result in any policy changes that were backed by gun control advocates. In the past, outrage spurred by mass shootings has often been met by inaction in Congress and state legislatures.
But this time has been different — and not just in terms of how much pro-gun control activism it has sparked, including last week’s March for Our Lives. Since the Parkland shooting, a slew of gun control measures have been adopted at the local, state and federal level, while the private sector has moved to make guns less available, and some proposals to expand gun rights have been stalled. Although most of these changes are fairly limited in scope and fall far short of gun control advocates’ goals, they represent a shift in momentum from expanding gun rights to constricting them.
Here are the biggest developments.
guns  activism  protest  high_school  teenager  politics  gov2.0  538 
april 2018 by rgl7194
The Impossible Cool. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
“I’m not sorry. I will never be sorry. I would do everything I did again if I had to. Everything.” 
impossible_cool  africa  protest  activism  mandela  photography  quotes  racism  politics  gov2.0 
april 2018 by rgl7194
Ted Nugent says Parkland shooting survivors “have no soul” | Consequence of Sound
Classic rocker also defends the NRA as “a bunch of American families who have a voice to stand up for our God-given constitutionally-guaranteed right to keep and bear arms"
Jesse Hughes has found a musical ally when it comes to his views of the student-led protests against gun violence.
During a radio interview this week, wackadoo classic rocker Ted Nugent criticized the survivors of the Parkland school shooting as “pathetic” teenage “liars” who “have no soul.”
“These poor children, I’m afraid to say this and it hurts me to say this, but the evidence is irrefutable, they have no soul,” Nugen said on Newsmax’s The Joe Pags Show (via The Wrap).
trump  NRA  guns  music  classic_rock  SMH  politics  activism  high_school 
april 2018 by rgl7194
Lefsetz Letter » Blog Archive » Hogg/Ingraham
In case you missed the news, Fox News host Laura Ingraham tweeted giving David Hogg crap about being rejected by four colleges. We can wonder about a person who attacks a minor publicly in this way. Is this the same mind-set that condones coal mining and fracking and everything with an environmental cost as long as the Republicans stay in power? Is this how low one team has gone? Where winning is everything and decency is nothing?

Looks like it.

And then David Hogg takes to Twitter and asks who Ingraham’s sponsors are. And then employs social media to get his followers to contact them and get them to abandon Ingraham.


Now ultimately Ingraham apologizes, with some baloney about it being Holy Week, as if one needs an excuse to do the right thing, but the point here is David Hogg and his posse harnessed the power of corporations to THEIR benefit, not vice versa!
politics  gov2.0  activism  fake_news  twitter  lefsetz 
april 2018 by rgl7194
The Florida student spearheading the gun debate in the US now has more followers than the NRA | indy100
Two weeks ago, Emma González was a typical high school student. But then a gunman entered her school on Valentine's Day and killed 17 people.
Just two days later, she spoke out in an 11-minute-speech at an anti-gun rally in Fort Lauderdale and rose to become one of America’s most visible gun violence prevention activists. She’s 18-years-old.
And as of today, Emma has more followers on Twitter than the National Rifle Association of America (NRA).
As of today, @Emma4Change now has more followers than the @NRA. It happened in less than two weeks.
This is a movement.
This is the future.
Change is now. pic.twitter.com/8yHSpq9Zac
— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) February 24, 2018
politics  guns  high_school  activism  twitter  NRA 
april 2018 by rgl7194
Generation "No More B.S." - After The Millennials
“What do you call them?”, I am often asked. I still usually refer to the next generation as just post-millennials, Centennials or Generation Z, but I understand why many feel a need to give them a more directed name. In fact, I once attended an unbelievably pricey conference in NYC which was devoted entirely to finding a name for this generation. At this event someone in the audience blurted out “Generation Transparent”. The suggestion stuck with me. Growing up in the Information Age is a mixed blessing for this generation. What used to be shielded behind a veil of privacy has defaulted into the public domain. Our kids live in permanent display. On the one hand, parents and other authority figures are always just a phone tap, friend request or geotag away – always ready to step in to assist in when any decision has to be made. On the other, it’s a terrible time to try to gaslight young people with false narratives about how the world works. Pressuring them to adopting ideas they may find antiquated. Or to resort to thoughts and prayers whenever they feel more systemic actions are needed. In the information age the world can no longer be hidden from those who are stepping up to inherit it.
gen_z  politics  guns  activism  protest  gov2.0 
april 2018 by rgl7194
Why the March for Our Lives Might Be a March for the Ages - WhoWhatWhy
“Beware, the Voters Are Coming.”
We all know the story. On Valentine’s Day, an expelled 19-year-old returned to his old school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, and, armed with an AR-15 assault rifle, killed three teachers and 14 students.
Many Stoneman students found politicians’ offers of “thoughts and prayers” wholly inadequate, and vowed to lobby and organize to get meaningful gun control laws passed at both the state and federal levels.
Their efforts sparked student walkouts throughout the country, and mobilized hundreds of thousands of students last Saturday in more than 800 marches in Washington, DC and throughout the US and the world.
It is difficult to know whether Saturday’s March for Our Lives will prove to be a “watershed” event in American history. But what is known, even now, is that not since perhaps the Vietnam War has one issue so galvanized a generation. Here are four takeaways...
activism  gov2.0  guns  politics  protest  schools 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Pussy Riot protest Putin’s victory with new song, “ELECTIONS” | Consequence of Sound
Proclaim the protest punks, "You should not be deceived, this event on 18th of March is not elections"
Sunday saw Vladimir Putin win another six years as Russia’s president thanks to what we’re sure was a completely legitimate execution of democracy. As predictable as his victory was, it’s equally unsurprising that one of his most vocal opponents, the political punks Pussy Riot, had a song and video ready for release as soon as the results were announced.
punk_rock  russia  music  video  election  protest  activism 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Paul McCartney participates in March For Our Lives: “One of my best friends was killed in gun violence” | Consequence of Sound
The former Beatle marched in remembrance of his former bandmate, John Lennon
Today, hundreds of thousands of people from all over the US took to the streets to protest gun violence and to call for stricter gun control measures. Among those who participated in the New York City March For Our Lives was Sir Paul McCartney.
The former Beatle knows first hand the impact of gun violence, as his bandmate John Lennon was assassinated by a gunman in 1980. “One of my best friends was killed in gun violence right around here, so it’s important to me,” he explained in an interview with CNN.
"One of my best friends was killed in gun violence right around here, so it's important to me," says Paul McCartney, remembering his Beatles bandmate John Lennon at the March for Our Lives in New York City https://t.co/u4aBKWC1Jb pic.twitter.com/8Jnjn8A3xH
— CNN (@CNN) March 24, 2018
beatles  protest  guns  gov2.0  politics  twitter  activism 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Photos From the "March for Our Lives" - The Atlantic
Spurred into action after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last month, hundreds of thousands of Americans are taking to the streets today in hundreds of coordinated protests, calling for legislators to address school safety and gun violence. More than 800 March for Our Lives events are planned across the United States and around the world. Gathered here, images from rallies overseas and across the United States.
photography  in_focus  guns  gov2.0  politics  protest  activism  schools 
march 2018 by rgl7194
School Walkout Against Gun Violence: In Photos - The Atlantic
Across the United States today, students participated in walkouts, staging demonstrations to protest gun violence one month after the deadly shooting in a Florida high school. Organizers said as many as 3,000 walkouts were planned, as young people gathered outside their schools, gave speeches, or took to the streets, increasing pressure on lawmakers to tighten gun control and increase school safety. In Washington, D.C., thousands gathered to observe 17 minutes of silence in honor of the 17 victims of the Florida shooting.
guns  politics  protest  activism  schools  trump  gov2.0  photography  in_focus 
march 2018 by rgl7194
John Perry Barlow’s Last Words - WhoWhatWhy
Review of 'Mother American Night: My Life in Crazy Times'
Mother American Night: My Life in Crazy Times, by John Perry Barlow and Robert Greenfield (Crown Archetype, June 2018).
John Perry Barlow’s sudden death last week shined a spotlight on his high-profile life one last time. His last book, scheduled for June publication, was released for review the day he died. Barlow was a valued member of the WhoWhatWhy Advisory Board, and we review this extraordinary memoir with mixed feelings of sadness for his loss and gratitude for his efforts to keep the internet free.
It was a most uncomfortable feeling to receive and begin reading Mother American Night: My Life in Crazy Times the day John Perry Barlow died. The prologue, “Not Dead Enough,” describes how the book came about but didn’t make it any easier.
activism  EFF  internet  lyrics  music  RIP  books  biography 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Why Dozens Of Mass Shootings Didn’t Change Americans’ Minds On Guns | FiveThirtyEight
And why Parkland may be different.
The mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, isn’t fading quietly from the headlines like so many acts of gun violence before it. Nearly two weeks after 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, media attention is still focused on the survivors and parents of victims who are demanding action on gun control, and lawmakers are showing signs of responding.
That’s enough to make the reaction to this shooting feel different from the aftermath of other gun-related massacres. But is it a sign that Americans are actually changing the way they think about mass shootings and coalescing around a push for gun control? That may depend on whether this event is able to move people past a series of complicated psychological barriers that can keep Americans from thinking about shootings in the same way they think about about other acts of mass carnage, like terrorism, that can sometimes spark more national unity and political momentum.
Understanding why mass shootings haven’t translated into a broader national movement for gun control in the past can help us evaluate whether the Parkland shooting is likely to spur change. According to psychological research, there are a few key reasons why mass shootings haven’t galvanized a lasting, large-scale crackdown on guns so far.
guns  crime  murder  politics  gov2.0  538  activism 
march 2018 by rgl7194
MC5 announces 50th anniversary tour, Wayne Kramer memoir announced | Consequence of Sound
Plus, Kramer has written his memoir
This year marks the 50th anniversary of MC5’s debut album, Kick Out the Jams, and band leader Wayne Kramer has some big plans in the works.
To start, Kramer has recruited an impressive backing band to accompany him on the road for a 35-date North American tour. Dubbed “MC50,” the band consists of Kramer, Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil, Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty, King’s X bassist Dug Pinnick, and Zen Guerrilla frontman Marcus Durant. Additionally, drummer Dennis Thompson, the only other living member of MC5, will appear at select dates. They’ll be playing Kick out the Jams in full, plus an encore of other MC5 material.
music  hard_rock  anniversary  reunion  concert  biography  politics  activism  SG 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Co-founder of EFF, John Perry Barlow, dead at 70 | Ars Technica
"The Internet we all know and love today exists and thrives because of Barlow’s vision."
John Perry Barlow, a co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, rancher, and lyricist for the Grateful Dead, died Wednesday at the age of 70.
The San Francisco-based digital rights advocacy organization said that it was mourning the loss of its co-founder.
"It is no exaggeration to say that major parts of the Internet we all know and love today exist and thrive because of Barlow’s vision and leadership," Cindy Cohn, the group’s executive director, wrote in a blog post. "He always saw the Internet as a fundamental place of freedom, where voices long silenced can find an audience and people can connect with others regardless of physical distance."
internet  activism  RIP  EFF  music  lyrics 
february 2018 by rgl7194
R.I.P. John Perry Barlow, former lyricist of Grateful Dead has died at age of 70 | Consequence of Sound
The one-time writing partner of Bob Weir, Barlow is credited for co-writing Grateful Dead classics like "Cassidy", "Mexicali Blues", and "Black-Throated Wind"
John Perry Barlow, a renowned poet, essayist, activist, and former lyricist of Grateful Dead, has died at the age of 70.
News of Barlow’s death was announced Wednesday by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit digital rights group co-founded by Barlow. The organization’s mission, in Barlow’s words, was to make the Internet “a world that all may enter without privilege or prejudice accorded by race, economic power, military force, or station of birth . . . a world where anyone, anywhere may express his or her beliefs, no matter how singular, without fear of being coerced into silence or conformity.”
internet  activism  RIP  EFF  music  lyrics  digital_rights 
february 2018 by rgl7194
John Perry Barlow, Internet Pioneer, 1947-2018 | Electronic Frontier Foundation
With a broken heart I have to announce that EFF's founder, visionary, and our ongoing inspiration, John Perry Barlow, passed away quietly in his sleep this morning. We will miss Barlow and his wisdom for decades to come, and he will always be an integral part of EFF.
It is no exaggeration to say that major parts of the Internet we all know and love today exist and thrive because of Barlow’s vision and leadership. He always saw the Internet as a fundamental place of freedom, where voices long silenced can find an audience and people can connect with others regardless of physical distance.
internet  activism  RIP  EFF  music  lyrics  digital_rights 
february 2018 by rgl7194
Kobe Bryant joins Colin Kaepernick’s pledge to donate money to organizations working for social reform – Lakers Outsiders
Colin Kaepernick’s work in campaigning for social justice and reform has been commended despite it, in part, leading to his being blackballed out of the NFL. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback caused uproar by kneeling during the national anthem as a protest against social issues (namely police violence towards people of color) but has since put his money behind his word, donating a total of one million dollars over the past year to numerous organizations working in fields that he is passionate about.
Kaepernick’s final $100,000 donation was split into ten parts in a #10for10 pledge that involved numerous celebrities matching Kaepernick’s donations to organizations that they felt passionate about. Kaep’s pledge is over but more notable people are still joining the cause with the most recent being Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.
@kobebryant thanks for leading by example & being a great role model for our young brothers & sisters #MillionDollarPledge #10for10 #Encore pic.twitter.com/nhvszhyWbZ
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) February 1, 2018
kobe  activism  racism  charity  kaep  twitter 
february 2018 by rgl7194
The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at Oberlin
"The time is always right to do what's right," King told Oberlin students. He was obviously concerned about the upcoming election. In what was a bloody year in American history, with riots in at least six American cities and the murder of three civil rights worders in Mississippi, King's words were painfully significant: "It is true that behavior cannot be legislated, and legislation cannot make you love me, but legislation can restrain you from lynching me, and I think that is kind of important."
racism  activism  gov2.0  politics  MLK  quotes 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Washington renames Russian embassy street after slain opposition MP - BBC News
Washington DC has renamed the street the Russian embassy sits on after a murdered Russian opposition politician.
The city council voted to rename the street outside Russia's embassy complex after Boris Nemtsov, who was shot outside the Kremlin in 2015.
A statement from the council said the decision to honour the "slain democracy activist" passed unanimously.
Russian politicians criticised the move, with one MP labelling it a "dirty trick".
The decision was specifically targeted at "the portion of Wisconsin Avenue in front of the Russian Embassy", according to the Washington council's statement.
Russia's Interfax news agency quoted the leader of the nationalist LDPR party, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, as saying US authorities "specifically want to play dirty tricks in front of the Russian Embassy".
Another politician from the Communist Party, Dmitry Novikov, told the agency: "The US authorities have long been absorbed in their own game of interfering in Russian internal affairs."
Mr Nemtsov, a vocal critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was shot in February 2015 while walking home from a restaurant in Moscow.
russia  gov2.0  politics  troll  activism 
january 2018 by rgl7194
DC street in front of Russian embassy renamed to honor Putin critic - CNNPolitics
Washington (CNN)Washington's city council has unanimously passed a measure to rename the street in front of the Russian Embassy after Boris Nemtsov, a pro-democracy activist and critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The city council specified in a statement that the passage had been done "on an emergency basis (pending passage of permanent legislation)."
The bill will symbolically rename the stretch of Wisconsin Avenue in front of the embassy to 1 Boris Nemtsov Plaza, adding that name to the street sign.
Nemtsov was shot and killed on a bridge near the Kremlin in February 2015, while walking home with his girlfriend.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov suggested the street name change further illustrated division between the US and Russia.
russia  gov2.0  politics  troll  activism 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Students Protest Intro Humanities Course at Reed - The Atlantic
Activists are disrupting lectures to protest "white supremacy," but many students are taking steps to stop them.
At Reed College, a small liberal-arts school in Portland, Oregon, a 39-year-old Saturday Night Live skit recently caused an uproar over cultural appropriation. In the classic Steve Martin skit, he performs a goofy song, “King Tut,” meant to satirize a Tutankhamun exhibit touring the U.S. and to criticize the commercialization of Egyptian culture. You could say that his critique is weak; that his humor is lame; that his dance moves are unintentionally offensive or downright racist. All of that, and more, was debated in a humanities course at Reed.
But many students found the video so egregious that they opposed its very presence in class. “That’s like somebody … making a song just littered with the n-word everywhere,” a member of Reedies Against Racism (RAR) told the student newspaper when asked about Martin’s performance. She told me more: The Egyptian garb of the backup dancers and singers—many of whom are African American—“is racist as well. The gold face of the saxophone dancer leaving its tomb is an exhibition of blackface.”
college  racism  protest  activism  PC 
december 2017 by rgl7194
Who Ordered Destruction of Data That Could Have Proved Georgia Election Rigging? - WhoWhatWhy
Secretary of State Denies Involvement
Who ordered technicians at Kennesaw State University to wipe data servers of critical information that could have determined if Georgia’s Special Election to fill a vacant House seat — and the subsequent runoff in which Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat John Ossoff — were compromised by hackers?
The servers were central to a lawsuit accusing numerous state and local election officials, including Secretary of State Brian Kemp, of failing to secure their voting systems.
Plaintiffs hope to annul the potentially compromised results of April’s Special Election.
state  election  server  security  backup  legal  activism 
october 2017 by rgl7194
Days after activists sued, Georgia’s election server was wiped clean | Ars Technica
Main server deleted in July, two backups were "degaussed three times" in August.
A server and its backups, believed to be key to a pending federal lawsuit filed against Georgia election officials, was thoroughly deleted according to e-mails recently released under a public records request.
Georgia previously came under heavy scrutiny after a researcher discovered significant problems with his home state’s voting system. A lawsuit soon followed in state court, asking the court to annul the results of the June 20 special election for Congress and to prevent Georgia’s existing computer-based voting system from being used again. The case, Curling v. Kemp, was filed in Fulton County Superior Court on July 3.
As the Associated Press reported Thursday, the data was initially destroyed on July 7 by the Center for Elections Systems at Kennesaw State University, the entity tasked with running the Peach State’s elections.
state  election  server  security  backup  legal  activism 
october 2017 by rgl7194
Black activists unknowingly organized events for Russia, helping effort to create divisions in U.S.
While we anxiously await the results of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump and company’s ties to Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign, there is one thing about Russia that we know for sure: the Russian government tried to exploit America’s racial division and xenophobia in order to foment chaos and manipulate voter sentiments by using fake Facebook ads. 
But it turns out that they didn’t stop there. Russian troll farms also contacted black activists in order to convince them to organize events that they thought would further expand political strife, racial division, and controversy. 
russia  troll  activism  racism  politics  social_media  fake_news 
october 2017 by rgl7194
Rosanne Cash: Country Musicians, Stand Up to the N.R.A. - NYTimes.com
OCTOBER 3, 2017
This article has been updated to reflect news developments.
I’ve been a gun-control activist for 20 years. Every time I speak out on the need for stricter gun laws, I get a new profusion of threats. There’s always plenty of the garden-variety “your dad would be ashamed of you” sexist nonsense, along with the much more menacing threats to my family and personal safety.
Last year, I performed at the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence with Jackson Browne, Eddie Vedder, Marc Cohn and the Harlem Gospel Choir, and we got death threats. People wanted to kill us because we wanted to end gun violence. That’s where we are: America, 2017.
music  country  johnny_cash  politics  guns  activism  nytimes 
october 2017 by rgl7194
Reclaim the American Dream - It's Up To Us.
It’s Up to Us
Our political system is broken. Our economy isn’t fair. We keep telling Washington to fix things, but Washington has been corrupted by MegaMoney and captured by crony capitalism. We can’t wait any longer. It’s time for us to take action.
We get it, but we’re not sure where to begin. People worry that reform is impossible. Not true. It’s already happening in many places. Average Americans are making change happen at the grass roots. Their stories are inspiring. We can learn from them. Working together in our home states and communities, We the People can reclaim the American Dream.
That’s what this website is for – for sharing progress, restoring democracy, making our economy fairer. Our mission is to help you make change. We are non-partisan. We don’t have one pet solution we’re pushing. We’ve profiled several issues. We’ll do more. You decide. The main point is for you to get engaged, get active.
Our goal is to help you get started. Newcomers need an entry point to various pathways of reform. So we’re your gateway. We’re here to explain the issues. To show you where things are happening. To tell you success stories. To help you connect with organizations already at work on reform. So let’s get started.
politics  activism  gerrymandering  gov2.0  economics  trump  corruption  lobbying 
september 2017 by rgl7194
10+ Years of Activists Silenced: Internet Intermediaries’ Long History of Censorship | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Recent decisions by technology companies, especially “upstream” infrastructure technology companies, to drop neo-Nazis as customers have captured public attention—and for good reason. The content being blocked is vile and horrific, there is growing concern about hate groups across the country, and the nation is focused on issues of racism and protest.
But this is a dangerous moment for Internet expression and the power of private platforms that host much of the speech on the Internet. People cheering for companies who have censored content in recent weeks may soon find the same tactic used against causes they love. We must be careful about what we are asking these companies to do and carefully review the processes they use to do it. A look at previous examples that EFF has handled in the past 10+ years can help demonstrate why we are so concerned.
gov2.0  politics  censorship  internet  activism  EFF 
september 2017 by rgl7194
Norman Lear Crafts the Perfect Metaphor for America Today
He joins Larry Wilmore to talk television and how society resembles a burlesque show
Welcome to the debut episode of Larry Wilmore’s podcast, Black on the Air. In the episodes to follow, Wilmore will combine monologues and interviews to examine politics, pop culture, science, and a host of other topics. Today, he talks to Norman Lear, the legendary television producer. Also known for his activism, even at 94, Lear pays attention to current events. On the podcast, he shared how modern society is like an old burlesque show. Let’s jump into it.
podcast  society  politics  gov2.0  activism 
may 2017 by rgl7194
How Celebrities Are Finding Their Political Voices
Postelection, Hollywood and tabloid personalities of all stripes have begun to embrace activism — and audiences have come to expect it
Nobody — especially not Winona Ryder — was expecting David Harbour to give a fiery, bully-baiting stump speech at the SAG Awards. “When we are lost amidst the hypocrisy, and the casual violence of certain individuals and institutions,” he yelled toward the end, “we will, as per Chief Jim Hopper, punch some people in the face.” It was not exactly a subtle statement — but it was, give or take a Winona face, cheered on by the crowd. And Harbour’s Braveheart performance was by no means the first politically tinged moment of the season — or even the night. Following the example set by Meryl Streep’s anti-Trump speech at the Golden Globes, SAG winners didn’t hold back. Sarah Paulson, winning for outstanding performance in a TV movie or miniseries, suggested that people donate to the ACLU; Mahershala Ali, accepting the best supporting actor award for Moonlight, made a gentle but urgent call for inclusivity. When the Hidden Figures cast accepted its award for outstanding ensemble, Taraji P. Henson gave an emotional reminder that “love wins every time.” Harbour’s speech was just the crest of the wave. Activist acceptance speeches are the new normal.
celebrity  politics  activism  gov2.0  trump 
february 2017 by rgl7194
Ashton Kutcher Helps Reiterate Right Wing Hypocrisy Concerning Celebrities | The Huffington Post
A look at how celebrity activism is deemed appropriate, as long as the expensive shoe is on the “right” foot.
Ashton Kutcher delivered a sobering speech at a Senate hearing this past Wednesday, one in which he focused on the painful but critically important issue of child trafficking. But yet the actor felt obliged to begin his presentation, by defending himself, for even caring. Why does he feel compelled to open with this defense you may ask? Well in todays political climate, any celebrity who speaks out or criticizes the Dear Orange Leader, immediately faces being denounced by a barrage of right wingers as a spoiled Hollywood elitist out of touch with reality. Led, of course, by the Millennial Coulter Conway hybrid herself, Tomi Lahren.
politics  gov2.0  activism  trump  actor  celebrity 
february 2017 by rgl7194
5 Ways To Get Jean Seberg's Vintage Chic Look
Most modern-day celebrities will be remembered for many things—sensationalized headlines, a short-lived marriage, perhaps a couple of memorable red-carpet gowns—but probably not for their unique, enduring sense of style. Some—relatively few—manage to evade being trodden down into the great melting-pot of forgettables, and Jean Seberg was one such lady.
An Iowa-born actress, famous as much for her outspoken political views as she was for being a major player in French New Wave cinema, Seberg surpassed fleeting fame, instead earning the prestige of an enduring and timeless sartorial icon. The “Breathless” actress passed away in 1979, aged 40, but continues to inspire women—in actions, style and grace—to this day. Her style can only be described—like a brilliant novel or a cult film—as a modern classic. Seberg is truly deserving of the “icon” ephithet; she was—is—one of an elite band of women who managed to effortlessly transcend the faddish, superficial world of fashion and turn mere ensembles into style.
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february 2017 by rgl7194
The Best Boyish Cuts of All Time - Vogue
For most of us, the mere thought of chopping off our hair is both terrifying and exhilarating: Trading in a classic sense of femininity for the tomboyish appeal of a short cut is no minor test of confidence. But there’s a certain kind of woman whose fine-boned beauty is only amplified by a fearless crop.
Take Jean-Luc Godard muse Jean Seberg, who would have turned 76 today. Enrapturing audiences and Jean-Paul Belmondo alike in 1960’s Breathless, her pale pixie and garçonne-inflected sensuality offered an androgynous counterpoint to the bombshell ingénues of the sixties. (Years later, a sleek-haired Christy Turlington would pay homage to the French New Wave heroine in the pages of Vogue.)
jean_seberg  activism  actor  celebrity  fashion  hair 
february 2017 by rgl7194
The best pixie haircuts of all time: from Jean Seberg to Judi Dench | Fashion | The Guardian
Films often portray short hair on women as a product of illness, or even criminality. In Bonjour Tristesse, a young Jean Seberg showed the powerful message a short 'do can send out
Otto Preminger's lush CinemaScope melodrama Bonjour Tristesse, rereleased this week, is a showcase for gorgeousness. The Côte d'Azur glitters in pristine, vibrant Technicolor; Paris smoulders in smoky monochrome. But while the film's ostensible love triangle of Deborah Kerr, David Niven and Mylène Demongeot pose prettily on the Riviera in costumes by Givenchy and Hermès, the star of this show is 20-year-old Jean Seberg. In a chic cocktail dress or a swimsuit and a man's denim shirt, Seberg is radiantly beautiful, and with that signature pixie crop, unforgettably, arrestingly cool too.
jean_seberg  activism  actor  celebrity  fashion  hair  movies  50s 
february 2017 by rgl7194
The Clippings File: Jean Seberg, An American in Paris - The New Yorker
A few days ago, a Twitter acquaintance, Drew Morton, mentioned that he’s showing his film-production students “The Bicycle Thief” and “Breathless” as representative works of Italian neo-realism and the French New Wave, respectively. The pairing struck me as surprisingly apt: De Sica’s film, despite the title, is actually about the man whose bicycle is stolen. Godard’s film, I added, could as easily have been called “The Auto Thief,” and, if it had been made on the same principle as De Sica’s, its protagonist would have been the American military officer in Marseille whose 1956 Oldsmobile Jean-Paul Belmondo drives off with. (The Internet Movie Cars Database is an indispensable resource for such details.)
jean_seberg  activism  actor  celebrity  fashion  hair  movies  60s 
february 2017 by rgl7194
Style in Film: Jean Seberg in ‘Breathless’ | Classiq
Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless (À bout de souffle, 1960) would not only be one of the first films to set off one of the most important cinematic movements in the world, La Nouvelle Vague, but also one that would have an impact on fashion and that would beguile international audiences to this day. The French New Wave films exquisitely captured the life of the young in France and especially in Paris, the fashion, the urban professional life, the carefree minds, the spirit of youth.
Jean Seberg, although American nationality, had an ethereal French personality, just like her character in Breathless. She plays the role of Patricia Franchini, an American expatriate working for the European edition of the New York Herald Tribune in Paris. Her pixie haircut, black eyeliner and a wardrobe packed with sailor stripes — simple, practical, yet full of personality — evoke the much coveted Parisian nonchalance that, through this film, made a big entrance and could now be admired and copied by the worldwide public.
jean_seberg  activism  actor  celebrity  fashion  hair  movies  60s  style 
february 2017 by rgl7194
How Jean Seberg Became the Face of French New Wave | AnOther
On what would have been her 77th birthday, we celebrate the civil rights activist and hero of French New Wave cinema in all of her many charming guises
Jean Seberg's influence extends far beyond the cropped haircut and androgynous style which many equate her with; not only did she undertake some of the most important roles in 20th century cinema, one of which made her the face of French New Wave cinema, but she was also an irrepressible civil rights campaigner. What better candidate for an AnOther Woman?
jean_seberg  FBI  activism  actor  celebrity  fashion  hair 
february 2017 by rgl7194
Jean Seberg: The Making of a White Liberal | Counter-Currents Publishing
On January 20, 2009 the first black President of the United States was sworn into office. The man stumbled over the words of his inauguration oath and grinned. President Obama had been voted into office by 43% of the white electorate.
If we have any hope of creating a successful race-based political movement, we need to understand those whites who elected President Obama. Why do they often deny the reality of race? Why can’t they see the failure of racial integration and multiculturalism?
There are many ways to analyze this phenomenon. It may be more fruitful to examine the personal history of individuals rather than impersonal forces such as media ownership and educational bias. A case study of an individual will provide both character traits and environmental influences that may help us determine possible origins of the ‘white liberal mentality’.
jean_seberg  FBI  activism  actor  celebrity  fashion  hair 
february 2017 by rgl7194
Character assassination-Jean Seberg and information control by Margia Kramer and Renee Shafrensky
from Jump Cut, no. 28, April 1983, pp. 68-71
copyright Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, 1983, 2005
— the Editors
Jean Seberg (19384979) was a prominent entertainment figure here and in France who contributed money to the Black Panther Party in the late 1960s. The FBI targeted her as a "sex pervert" and a dissident and, through their counterintelligence program (COINTELPRO), they sought to "tarnish her image with the public." In May 1970, the Los Angeles FBI office was authorized to plant a false letter with a gossip columnist. The letter stated that Seberg (then pregnant) had confided to the letter writer that the father of her child was a member of the Black Panther Party. The "story" ran in the Los Angeles Times and later in Newsweek. Seberg saw the story, went into premature labor, and the baby died shortly after delivery.
According to her second husband, Seberg's paranoia, despair, and suicide followed her surveillance and victimization by the FBI. Seberg's tragic life included an unusual commercial and avant-garde film career from 1956 to 1979, in which she played a range of roles which reflected the socialization patterns of women during that time. Her personal and professional life tells an important story about relations between individuals, the mass media, government repression, civil liberties, and political dissent. Unlike other Hollywood suicides — notably Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe — in Jean Seberg's private life, films, and political victimization, the personal really becomes the political.
jean_seberg  FBI  activism  actor  celebrity  fashion  hair  propaganda 
february 2017 by rgl7194
The Jean Seberg Affair Revisited
The recent death of noted editor James Bellows has renewed interest in an item he handled about actress Jean Seberg, who killed herself in 1979, nine years after a Times gossip column published an account planted by the FBI stating that an actress identified as "Miss A" was pregnant with the child of a Black Panther. The Daily Mirror presents the original item and The Times' coverage of the incident. Although the FBI lists Seberg's file on its Freedom of Information Act website, the agency has yet to post it online.
jean_seberg  FBI  activism  actor  celebrity  fashion  hair  RIP  latimes 
february 2017 by rgl7194
The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg | Humanities
It was the biggest talent search for a Hollywood film in the 1950s. More than 18,000 unknown actresses from the United States and Europe auditioned, but a pretty seventeen-year-old girl from Marshalltown, Iowa, won the chance to play Joan of Arc in Otto Preminger’s 1957 film, Saint Joan.
It had the largest soundstage in Europe, 1,500 extras, and glittering premieres in France, England, and America, but critics panned the movie. The media treated Jean Seberg’s portrayal of the French martyr so viciously that many assumed she would return to her quiet life in Iowa as soon as possible. But the actress persevered to become an important figure in the development of modern cinema and the face of Mod fashion.
jean_seberg  activism  actor  celebrity  fashion  hair  movies 
february 2017 by rgl7194
"The Mother Of All Black Ops": Actress Jean Seberg - Did She Commit Suicide As A Result Of COINTELPRO Or Was Seberg Covertly Murdered By The FBI's Bureaucratic Sociopaths?
The FBI's Murder Of Actress Jean Seberg
Written by James F. Marino
Taking a close look at the following two photos, it becomes clear that the psychological warfare campaign which the FBI waged against Jean Seberg for more than two years, had caused Seberg to age at least a decade in the 1979 photo taken of her person; even though she was just two years older than she was when the first photo was taken in 1977.
jean_seberg  FBI  activism  actor  celebrity  fashion  hair  RIP 
february 2017 by rgl7194
Movie Star: Jean's Story
Jean Seberg 1938-1979
"Between the adventure of life and a successful career,
I chose the adventure of life." -- Jean Seberg
Jean Seberg was born in a small Iowa town in 1938, and became the darling of Paris in the 1960s. She dined with presidents and diplomats, and attended meetings with militants and activists. She balanced a career in acting between big-budgeted Hollywood movies, and small, independent European films. She charmed the people she met with her honesty and intelligence, yet was deemed a threat to the United States. By 1970, she was the idol of many around the world with her style and beauty. By 1979, at the age of 40, she was first missing for a ten days and then found dead in her own car.
During her childhood in Marshalltown, Iowa, Jean Seberg had dreams of becoming a movie star. After graduating from Marshalltown High School in 1956, Seberg appeared in several stock theater plays on the East Coast. She had planned to study at the University of Iowa, then work toward acting on Broadway, and eventually break into film acting.
jean_seberg  FBI  activism  actor  celebrity  fashion  hair  RIP  quotes 
february 2017 by rgl7194
Actress Jean Seberg, FBI's COINTELPRO, and the film 'Kill!'
After being the victim of the FBI's vicious harassment for her support of the Black Panthers, actress Jean Seberg was cast in the film Kill! by her ex-husband Romain Gary. All we're left with is a heartbreaking tale and an Italian soundtrack.
The scene was tragic.
A casket covered with lilies, daisies, and yellow roses. A stunned and muted crowd of hundreds gathered at Paris’s Montparnasse Cemetery, Friday, September 14, 1979.
The mourners were there to bid farewell to Jean Seberg, internationally renowned actress, activist, and reluctant celebrity. Among those present were her young son Diego and his father (Jean’s former husband), notable French author and diplomat Romain Gary.
jean_seberg  FBI  activism  actor  celebrity  fashion  hair  movies  RIP 
february 2017 by rgl7194
Actress Spotlight: Jean Seberg | Bitch Media
Jean Seberg is one of those fascinating Hollywood stories that reads like the plot of a dark Hollywood movie. Her tragic story is lesser known than say, Marilyn Monroe's – though she was just as great a beauty. And her politics caused more damage to her life than that of her acting contemporaries – ultimately leading to her death at the all too young age of 40.

Perhaps she looks familiar – though you might not have known or remembered her name. Yet Seberg (1938-1979) had starred with the likes of David Niven, Deborah Kerr, Peter Fonda, Warren Beatty, Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood, and is the face of the landmark French New Wave classic, Breathless.
jean_seberg  FBI  activism  actor  celebrity  fashion  hair  movies 
february 2017 by rgl7194
Film, Fashion and Art from around the world showcased at Jean Seberg Festival of the Arts November 4th-5th in Star’s Hometown
She was the toast of Paris and an international film star. She was part of the French New Wave and starred in the iconic film Breathless influencing film history and fashion with her short-cropped hairstyle and gamine beauty. To this day she makes the list of the most beautiful women in the world and inspires art, music and haute couture. All of these magical virtues that made Jean Seberg who she was are celebrated this year in her beloved hometown of Marshalltown, Iowa at the IVCCD Orpheum Theater Center, November 4th-5th at the Jean Seberg Festival of the Arts. The annual event draws fans, artists, film and fashion buffs, Hollywood history aficionados, family and friends from across the country and around the world.
jean_seberg  activism  actor  celebrity  fashion  hair 
february 2017 by rgl7194
Documentary gets inside life of troubled 'Movie Star' Jean Seberg | | qctimes.com
The story of Jean Seberg, the Marshalltown, Iowa, native who was cast in a movie by age 18, was put on an FBI watch list with other radicals in Hollywood and died mysteriously in Paris at age 40, had already been told several times by documentarians.
But Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Moline, through their Fourth Wall Films productions, say that "Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg" gives a more personal and in-depth perspective.
jean_seberg  FBI  documentary  activism  actor  celebrity  fashion  hair 
february 2017 by rgl7194

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