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Paul Ryan has TURNED OFF HIS PHONE AND FAX so as to no longer hear the overwhelming protests of repealing the ACA, Obamacare.
So here is a new tactic:
Since Paul Ryan has blocked his office phones and fax numbers, and is turning away people who show up to deliver petitions, time to change tactics.
Please mail postcards to his HOME address saying NO to defunding Planned Parenthood, NO to repealing the ACA, and NO to privatizing Medicare!
PAUL RYAN
700 ST. LAWRENCE AVE.
JANESVILLE, WI 53545
Please reblog this info. Let’s see what 67 million cards in the driveway looks like!

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Donating pizza to protests can fuel the resistance — this group wants to make it happen

  • What’s one way to entice people to stick around and fight for human rights? Free food.
  • On Saturday night, Pizza to the Polls, an organization that fundraised and sent pizza to polling places with long lines during the 2016 election, received a number of tweets asking the group to send pizza to activists protesting President Donald Trump’s executive order banning Muslim immigrants and refugees. Read more.
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Peter and David Turnley in Tiananmen Square, 1989.

June 4th marks the 26th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre as Chinese troops cracked down on civilian and student demonstrators holding a pro-democracy and pro-reform occupation in the center of Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. Brothers, identical twins and Corbis contributors, Peter and David Turnley were witnesses to this grave and historical event.

What are your rights at a protest?

Animation by KAPWA Studioworks

Citizen activism is as American as apple pie. Whether you call it a protest, a parade, a tea party, a town hall, a march, a sit-in, a patriotic rally, a picket line, a free speech event, or a nonviolent demonstration, your right to stand up peacefully for what you believe in is protected by the US Constitution. Read the  First Amendment:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

To learn how to turn protest into powerful change, watch this TED-Ed Lesson.

Ready to exercise your constitutionally protected right to protest? Before you go, know your rights. Below, read an excerpt from the American Civil Liberties Union guidelines for protestors. [For a pdf of the full ACLU ‘Know Your Rights’ guidelines for protestors, click here.]

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Here’s the list of the Swing District Republicans who voted yes on Trumpcare. Do your part to ensure this group is ousted in 2018. (Call to voice your opposition, support Dem candidates in the midterms, campaign, etc.)

AK-AL Don Young
AL-02 Martha Roby
AZ-02 Martha McSally
CA-10 Jeff Denham
CA-21 David Valadao
CA-25 Steve Knight
CA-39 Ed Royce
CA-45 Mimi Walters
CA-48 Dana Rohrabacher
CA-49 Darrell Issa
CO-03 Scott Tipton
FL-15 Dennis Ross
FL-18 Brian Mast
FL-26 Carlos Curbelo
IA-01 Rod Blum
IA-03 David Young
IL-06 Peter Roskam
IL-12 Mike Bost
IN-09 Trey Hollingsworth
KS-03 Kevin Yoder
ME-02 Bruce Poliquin
MI-07 Tim Walberg
MI-11 Dave Trott
MN-02 Jason Lewis
MN-03 Erik Paulsen
NC-02 George Holding
NC-13 Ted Budd
NE-02 Don Bacon
NY-19 John Faso
NY-22 Claudia Tenney
PA-16 Lloyd Smucker
TX-07 John Culberson
TX-32 Pete Sessions
UT-04 Mia Love
VA-02 Scott Taylor

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BECAUSE DEMOCRACY IS ILLEGAL IN SPAIN

This is what’s happening in my country, Catalonia, right now.

Catalonia has been occupied by Spain for 300 years. Our language has been banned, our traditions too, even our traditional dances. Imagine how it is to be beaten up if you’re heard at school speaking a word of your mother tongue.

Since the ending of the fascist dictatorship of Spain (~1975) our traditions and our language are legal again, Catalan is even co-official in our land. But the feeling of catalanophobia still stands strong in Spain, and Catalonia is economically discriminated (pays more taxes to Spain and receives way less than the other communities, etc).

This and many other reasons are why we want to be independent. We want to be free.

The Catalan government proposed to do a referendum to see if the Catalan people want to be independent (that year, and the 2 years before it, we had done peaceful protests with between 1.5 million and 2 million people asking for independence). But Spanish government, knowing “yes to independence” was going to win, said it was illegal. Then the Catalan government said it wan’t going to be a referendum, just an enquiry (the legal difference is that in a referendum, the winning resut must be followed, and an enquiry is just to have an idea of what people want). Spain still said no.

But we did it. Yes to independence got 81% of votes. So now Spain is forcing our political dirigents, elected democratically by the Catalan people, to go to trials just for letting us vote.

Today was the first trial, and more than 50,000 people showed up to show their support to President Mas, and the other political charges elected, Joana Ortega and Irene Rigau. And this was during laboral hours, imagine if it had happenned when we weren’t at work/school!

Here’s the BBC’s article on it.

So to sum up: Spain is not a real democracy, and Catalonia is still fighting for its freedom.

Visca la terra lliure! / Long live the free land!

Guys, idea for tomorrow: Call up your local radio station(s) and request American Idiot by Green Day. Let’s make this a thing, please, imagine every radio station people tune into being this song in protest of the Cheeto in Chief

You can find America at the March for Life. You can find him at the March for Women. You can find him in North Dakota. You can find him at the JFK Airport. You can find him protesting everywhere and anywhere because, whether winning or losing, there is nothing more important in his country than the right to free speech and the right to interact with his government.