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MoodBoardmix support #J20 Art Strike on Inauguration Day! 

 We must take sides. 

Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. 

Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. 

Elie Wiesel

MoodBoardMix Rejects All Forms of Domination and Oppression, Particularly those based on Racism, Poverty, Gender & Sexuality.

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Democracy Now!:  Noam Chomsky & Harry Belafonte in Conversation on Trump, Sanders, the KKK, Rebellious Hearts & More

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Dakota Access Pipeline Company Attacks Native American Protesters with Dogs & Pepper Spray

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Silencing the Scientist: Tyrone Hayes on Being Targeted By Herbicide Firm Syngenta

Wow. These herbicides that the US is still using proved to mutate male frogs into women frogs or homosexuals. This herbicide is banned in Europe.

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On September 3, the Dakota Access pipeline company attacked Native Americans with dogs and pepper spray as they protested against the $3.8 billion pipeline’s construction. If completed, the pipeline would carry about 500,000 barrels of crude per day from North Dakota’s Bakken oilfield to Illinois. The project has faced months of resistance from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and members of nearly 100 more tribes from across the U.S. and Canada.

Democracy Now! was on the ground at Saturday’s action and brings you this report

This was so hard to watch. Wish we could all make it down there to amp up the defense. And these bastards are not even fucking cops either. They need more fighters to beat the fuck out of these goons and demobilize their dogs. 

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“THE SHOCK DOCTRINE DOCUMENTARY”

A documentary adaptation Naomi Klein’s 2007 book, The Shock Doctrine. An investigation of disaster capitalism, based on Naomi Klein’s proposition that neo-liberal capitalism feeds on natural disasters, war and terror to establish its dominance.

Based on breakthrough historical research and four years of on-the-ground reporting in disaster zones, The Shock Doctrine vividly shows how disaster capitalism – the rapid-fire corporate re-engineering of societies still reeling from shock – did not begin with September 11, 2001.

The films traces its origins back fifty years, to the University of Chicago under Milton Friedman, which produced many of the leading neo-conservative and neo-liberal thinkers whose influence is still profound in Washington today.

New, surprising connections are drawn between economic policy, shock and awe warfare and covert CIA-funded experiments in electroshock and sensory deprivation in the 1950s, research that helped write the torture manuals used today in Guantanamo Bay.

The Shock Doctrine follows the application of these ideas through our contemporary history, showing in riveting detail how well-known events of the recent past have been deliberate, active theatres for the shock doctrine, among them: Pinochet’s coup in Chile in 1973, the Falklands War in 1982, the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989, the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the Asian Financial crisis in 1997 and Hurricane Mitch in 1998.

The central role of mass media, especially a corporate media beholden to the U.S. neoliberal regime, is to keep public discourse narrow and deodorized,” West writes. “By ‘narrow,’ I mean confining the conversation to conservative Republican and neoliberal Democrats who shut out prophetic voices or radical visions. This fundamental power to define the political terrain and categories attempts to render prophetic voices invisible
—  Cornel West
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MSNBC’s Sole Palestinian Voice Rula Jebreal Takes on Pro-Israeli Gov’t Bias at Network & in U.S. Media

What we are doing in the media is portraying a false image. This forms and shapes the public opinion which then transfers and becomes political support unconditional to Israel. That’s why the public opinion in America is pro-Israeli, which is opposite to the rest of the world. If you ask anybody in America, “What do you think is happening in Gaza?” They will tell you, “Oh well, Israel was minding its own business and Palestenians started shooting missiles out of the blue.” This is not the reality. This is not what’s going on. The context of this is what is leading the public opinion to support Israel unconditionally and politicians will do what’s popular, not what’s right. We need to do what is right. We in the media have a mission. We are truth tellers and we can shape public opinion to protect public interests. - Rula Jebreal

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Angela Davis on Prison Abolition, the War on Drugs and Why Social Movements Shouldn’t Wait on Obama

Listen to a rare English translation of a 1950 speech by Pedro Albizu Campos, popularly known as Don Pedro, the former head of the Nationalist Party and leader of the Puerto Rican independence movement. Today marks the 50th anniversary of his death. Visit democracynow.org for more coverage.

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The European Union plans to use military force to curb the influx of migrants from Libya. According to leaked details, the E.U. will destroy boats used for transporting migrants and refugees on Libyan territory, thereby preventing them from reaching Europe. “They are intending to at least risk killing people in blowing up these boats,” says Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks. Watch our exclusive interview with Assange on Democracy Now! today.