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Everyone should delete their Uber accounts and tweet screenshots of you doing so to @uber and @uber_nyc. Not only is their CEO Travis Kalanick working and supporting the Orange Demon as a member of his Economic Advisory Board, but today the NYC Taxi Driver Union decided to strike and stop pick-up services at JFK to protest the Muslim Ban. Uber disregarded this in and swept in to offer their services in order to make money.

If you can’t make it to a protest but want to be a part of a number that people notice, delete your Uber account. Tweet a screenshot at Uber to show them we will not financially support businesses who not only back a fascist but stand behind his racist policies just for the sake of profits.

On Saturday night, I witnessed the hate and violence of an emboldened Trump supporter in a NYC diner. 

Sitting in a diner called the Lower East Side Coffee Shop, my two friends and I watched as a man was arrested after telling two Asian women to “go back to Tokyo” and pepper-spraying a man who had told him he had “no tolerance for racism.”

When we’d arrived at the diner, around 1 a.m., we were seated in a booth behind the two women, Sally Wen Mao and Jen Lue, who later told me they had just come from the Kundiman Gala Benefit, a fundraising event to support Asian-American art. Mao and Lue were the only other customers in the diner, save for the man sitting adjacent to them who was decrying the Hamilton cast’s and audience’s treatment of Vice President-elect Mike Pence Friday night. He’d been loudly sharing his opinions with one of the diner’s employees for minutes on end when Mao asked him if he would please stop — they were just trying to eat their meal in peace.

But the man continued his tirade. Frustrated, Mao picked up her plate and went to sit at an empty table away from him, at which point I heard the man say, “They can go as far as they want. They can go back to Tokyo for all I care.”

The comment was the last straw for Mao and Lue, Mao later told me, and they both began yelling at the man for his racist comments. The man responded by calling them “cunts,” “whores” and “bitches,” prompting Mao to throw water from her cup onto him.

“It might not have been the smartest thing to do in the moment, but I was really mad,” Mao said in a phone interview on Sunday. “I’ve been in those situations before and in that moment it was already so raw what we were feeling — given the results of the election — so it felt like I couldn’t just sit there and let him call me those names.”

The man called the police and then physically blocked the front door, announcing that no one would be allowed to leave until the authorities arrived. I told the man that when the police came I would report exactly what I’d seen and testify for Mao and Lue, who were undoubtedly the victims in the situation — not him. My friends and I asked Mao and Lue to sit with us because we had all been genuinely fearful that this man, who was clearly angry and dangerous, would hurt them. While my friends and I sat, now sick to our stomachs and picking at our omelettes, we talked to Mao and Lue about what had happened, and, to put it simply, how fucked up the world is.

Lue told me, “We had been having a good night before this.” That they had just come from an event celebrating Asian-American culture, she said, was “ironic” at best.

But Mao and Lue now had to worry about what would happen when the police officers arrived. Would they understand what happened? Would they believe their story?

Luckily, the officers had seen the situation for exactly what is was: a racist, misogynistic bigot verbally abusing two women, who had done nothing to provoke him. They told Mao that the man could not press charges against her for throwing water on him, despite his shouts of guaranteeing her a “criminal record.”

After about 30 minutes time, Mao and Lue were able to safely leave the diner and go home. But before they did, another customer, who’d just walked in with two friends, asked Mao what had happened. She told him about the slurs the man, who remained in the diner, had hurled at her and Lue.

When the women left, the patron who had just learned of what had transpired turned to the man and told him simply, “I don’t tolerate racism.” The man didn’t take well to this comment. “I wasn’t being racist,” he insisted. “I just told them to go back to Tokyo.”

I could sense things were going to escalate. Since we’d just received the bill I went up to the counter and threw some cash down begrudgingly, upset that I had to give my money to an establishment that had tolerated such bigotry. After all, none of the employees had intervened or even so much as told the man to stop. The waiter had continued to refill my water cup dutifully, as if nothing unusual were going on.

At that moment, though, a lot of things happened very quickly: I heard shouts and then turned to see the man stand up, reach into his pocket and pull out pepper spray, which he sprayed directly into the eyes of the patron who had called him out on his racism.

I ran toward the exit and was pushed into the door and out onto the sidewalk by the man wielding the pepper spray, where, fortunately, the officers were still idling in their vehicle on the curb. My friends followed close behind, one of them having gotten some of the pepper spray in her own eyes as well.

And then we cried.

I messaged Mao on Sunday to tell her what had happened after she left and that, for what it’s worth, the man who’d harassed her had been arrested. She told me she had sequestered herself in her apartment all day; she didn’t feel like going outside, back into the world.

— Marie Solis, read the rest of her story | follow @the-movemnt

With a lot of coverage on the Women’s March On Washington today and marches around the US and world, I just want to issue a reminder to the people who can’t be there. People who can’t miss a day of work, people like me who are chronically ill and not capable of long marches, people with young children who can’t afford childcare on weekends, people who don’t have the resources to make it to a protest. 

I see you. I see your support. Keep up the fight where you can. Remember that marching is not the only thing you can do- keep up the phone calls, and petitions, and letters. You still have a part in this fight.

And to the marchers, the people who can make the great public standing we need? Stand strong. Stay safe.

Everyone, fight on.

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AU Where Spider-man gets involved in an anti-bullying campaign for schools across NYC, and no one believes Spidey would have bullied in school until he starts telling stories of getting pushed into lockers and having mean comments thrown at him, but how important it is to tell people and get help because he didn't always do that and he should have, and every bullied kid in NYC feels so supported knowing that Spidey has been there and knows how they feel and has risen above it and so can they

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