While many good people are doing everything they feel they can, most are straitjacketed by cultural narratives around violence and nonviolence that are so simplistic it beggars belief. Emma Goldman once said that ‘if voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal’. The same could be said of nonviolence. The fact that it is the Establishment’s preferred form of protest speaks volumes.
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In conjunction with the Bay Area’s call for #96Hours of actions to reclaim Martin Luther King, Jr.’s radical legacy, activists shut down traffic on the San Francisco Bay Bridge for nearly an hour. Members of protest groups Black Seed and the Black Queer Liberation Collective took responsibility for the protest in a statement, citing recent police shootings. The action also resulted in several arrests. 

(Read Full Story Here) (Photo Credit: Kelly Johnson

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February 1st 1960: Greensboro sit-in

On this day in 1960, four African-American college students walked into the Woolworth store in Greensboro, NC. and sat at the whites-only lunch counter. By 1960, the Civil Rights Movement was gaining momentum, especially following the successful Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955-6 which was prompted by Rosa Parks’s defiance of the city’s segregated public transport. Activists calling for black civil rights, influenced by Martin Luther King Jr’s nonviolent tactics, employed peaceful protest. The power of this approach was exemplified by Joseph McNeil, Franklin McCain, Ezell Blair Jr. and David Richmond on February 1st, 1960. Inspired by previous sit-in protests, the black students were refused service in the segregated diner, but continued to sit patiently and wait to be served. As they sat, the students were threatened and harrassed by the white patrons, but they refused to respond with violence. The sit-ins continued for the next few days, with hundreds of demonstrators eventually joining the protest. The heroism of the Greensboro activists inspired a wave of sit-ins across the south, with 54 taking place by February 7th. By the end of 1960, over 1,500 black demonstrators had been arrested for taking part in sit-ins. However, their efforts were not in vain, and the sit-ins - along with widespread boycotts - prompted restaurants across the south to desegregate. Additionally, the Student Nonviolent Co-ordinating Committee (SNCC) was formed that year to organise future grassroots protests. The decade that followed was characterised by stoic protests by African-Americans, despite the ever-present threat of violence. The first freedom ride occurred in 1961, followed by protest marches including the iconic March on Washington in 1963. With the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and the Voting Rights Act in 1965, important steps were made towards racial equality. The Greensboro sit-ins were not the first of their kind, but they mark a major moment in the Civil Rights Movement as they drew attention to the injustices of Jim Crow and inspired a youth-led movement to challenge segregation across the United States.

(Sources: http://www.ushistory.org/us/54d.asp, http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/the-civil-rights-movement-in-america-1945-to-1968/greensboro-1960/)

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In case you missed it, in honor of MLK Day Monday, activists stopped traffic on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Twenty-five people affiliated with the Black.Seed queer liberation collective chained themselves across the roadway and stopped traffic for up to 30 minutes around 4 p.m. The demonstration was framed to remind America what King’s legacy is really about.

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These High School Boys Wore Dresses To Class In Protest Of Their School’s Dress Code


The current dress code policy, set in 1975 and applying to all schools in the district, states that “male haircuts may not fall below the mid-point of a standard stand up shirt collar and earlobes must be visible.” It also states that earrings are “not appropriate or acceptable” for male students.

theroot.com
Father Pens Book to Explain Protest to Kids in the Time of Black Lives Matter
When Kenneth Braswell, the founder of Fathers Incorporated, realized that he could not explain protesting to his then-6-year-old son in the face of the Baltimore protests for Freddie Gray, he came up with a solution that would also help other parents of young children facilitate the conversation.
By Breanna Edwards

“What’s protesting?” It was this innocent question last year from Kenneth Braswell’s then-6-year-old son that acted as a catalyst for the community activist to write a children’s book.

“I had an adult answer for that, but I did not have a 6-year-old answer,“ Braswell told The Root. “And I fumbled with trying to explain to him what protest meant, why people were protesting and what they were protesting.”

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British doctors protest proposed wage cuts

British Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has proposed to cut weekend pay for the nation’s doctors. In response, the nation’s doctors have taken to Twitter with the #IAmTheDoctorWho hashtag, aiming to educate the public about why their work matters and give a face to the struggle. Why the government claims a weekend pay cut will actually save lives.

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Chicago: Powerful action against Israeli Pinkwashing at Creating Change conference, January 22, 2016.

Intifada! Intifada! Fuck ICE! Stop pinkwashing! Defend queer and Trans lives!

Hundreds turned up in solidarity with an action to #CancelPinkwashing at Creating Change conference where a Zionist organization, A Wider Bridge, was given space to hold a propagandizing pro-Israel, pro-settler event. 

Over 500 hundred people–Palestinian, Black, Brown, and white allies, undocumented folks, and immigrants–marched through the halls of Hilton Hotel to confront the Zionists. Zionists rushed through the crowd and became violent with Palestinians leading chants on the microphone–shoving, ripping a Palestinian flag from an activist, and accusing the crowd of choking people trying to enter the reception, as a way to justify physical violence.  

At least 15 security guards and cops showed up to protect property, the reception, and Zionists. Threats of arrests were made but no one was detained. . 

Here are some videos:

https://twitter.com/seyyedreza/status/690739030842044420

https://www.facebook.com/jenniceteva.gutierrez.9883/videos/1749659921921482/

check @wwpnatl for tweets as well as #CC16 and #cancelpinkwashing

Photos and report: Durham WWP