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5,000 Women Rally in Capital Against War

Marjorie Hunter, The New York Times, 16 January 1968

WASHINGTON — A silent brigade of 5,000 women, many of them clad in black, trudged through the snow to the foot of Capitol Hill today to protest the war in Vietnam.

Gray-haired grandmothers, chic suburban housewives, miniskirted teen-agers—they had come by plane, by train, by bus to petition Congress on opening day to withdraw all American troops from Vietnam.

Few of them set foot on Capitol Hill. Barred from the Capitol itself by a law of 1882 forbidding demonstrations on the Capitol grounds, they marched to Union Plaza, just across the street, and stood shivering in a two-inch snow.

Only a small delegation—led by Jeannette Rankin, an 87-year-old former  member v of Congress from Montana — was allowed inside the Capitol to present the antiwar petition to Congressional leaders.

Miss Rankin, the first woman member of Congress, voted against United States entry into both World War I and World War II. She served only two terms, being elected in 1916 and in 1940.

In recent months, she has traveled throughout the nation, encourarging women to demand an immediate halt to the war in Vietnam. Miss Rankin and her 15-woman delegation presented the petition to Speaker John W. McCormack of Massachusetts at a 15-minute session in his office, just off the House floor.

The delegation said later that the discussion “was entirely amiable” and that the Speaker had promised to refer their petition “to the appropriate committee,” probably the House Foreign Affairs Committee. However, the women said, the Speaker emphasized that he disagreed with their views.

Later, Miss Rankin presented the petition to the Senate majority leader, Mike Mansfield of Montana, while her colleagues waited outside.

Among those going to the Capitol with Miss Rankin were Mrs. Martin Luther King Jr. of Atlanta, wife of the civil rights leader; Mrs. Dagmar Wilson of Washington, a founder of Women Strike for Peace; and Miss Bobbie Hodges of Los Angeles, a member of the Black Congress and Black Panther parties.

“I don’t think that black people should be in this war,” Miss Hodges said. “If anything, we should support the National Liberation Front in Vietnam.”

Earlier in the morning, the 5,000 women making up “the Jeannette Rankin Brigade” had gathered at Union Station. A charter train brought 1,400 women from New York, with a special round-trip fare of $7.50 [$54.22 in 2018].

Others came from Philadelphia, Cleveland, Boston, Chicago, various parts of California and small towns in Kentucky. At times, the vast concourse resembled a political convention hall, as delegations raised their state banners.

Many wore lapel buttons—tiny plastic doves, or disks reading “bring the boys home” and “end the war.” A few wore McCarthy campaign buttons (for Senator Eugene J. McCarthy, Democrat of Minnesota, a peace candidate for the Democratic nomination for President).

Hundreds of policemen lined the half-mile route of march from the station to Union Plaza. Scoffing at the number of policemen, Miss Rankin said: “There is no reason why old ladies shouldn’t be allowed to go into the Capitol.”

At the plaza, Judy Collins, folk singer from New York, stood under a statue of Ulysses S. Grant and sang as the women marchers arrived. “This Land Is Your Land,” she sang. Soon, the crowd joined in the chorus. And they sang “We Shall Overcome,” a civil rights theme song that has been taken up by peace groups.

The official petition, demanding an end to the war and the solving of domestic problems at home, was read to the crowd by the Swedish actress, Viveca Lindfors.

Later, the crowd boarded buses and went to the Shore-hame Hotel for an afternoon of speeches and conferences.

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Canadians have our backs in the fight for American net neutrality. Now it’s time to rally and fight for them in return as they now face the same gruelling battle. Rather you reblog things from me [ voltronxpaladin] or from the Canada Net Neutrality tags - every bit helps.

FIGHT FOR NET NEUTRALITY FOR ALL. NO ONE DESERVES TO BE SILENCED!!

The FCC just voted to repeal #NetNeutrality

  • Let’s see the teen suicide rates skyrocket
  • Let’s see the mountain of lawsuits heading towards the FCC
  • Let’s see the riots and protests
  • Let’s see people with mental disorders and illnesses lose their shit
  • Let’s see the LGBT+ community panicking about not being able to talk or see others that accept them
  • Let’s see Youtubers realizing they just lost most of their subscribers

All because the FCC Chairman decided to go rouge and ignore the very public it serves.

This means war. Sue the FCC. Protest in the streets. Email and call Congress to act.

We still have a fighting chance. Don’t give up!

Conveying Worldbuilding Without Exposition!

(As requested by both an anon and @my-words-are-light​)

One of the hardest parts of writing speculative fiction is presenting readers with a world that’s interesting and different from our own in a way that’s both immersive and understandable at the same time. 

Thankfully, there are a few techniques that can help you present worldbuilding information to your readers in a natural way, as well as many tricks to tweaking the presentation until it’s just right.

Four basic techniques:

1. The ignorant character. 

By introducing a character who doesn’t know about the aspects of the world building you’re trying to convey, you can let the ignorant character voice the questions the reader naturally wants to ask. This is commonly seen in cases where the protagonist is brought into a new world, society, organization, etc, but non-PoV character put under the same circumstances can be equally useful.

It works best when the inclusion of the ignorant character feels natural. They must have a purpose in the story outside of simply asking questions.  

2. Conflicting opinions.

A fantastic way to convey detailed world building concepts is to have characters with conflicting viewpoints discuss or argue about them. Unless you’re working with a brainwashed society, every character should hold their own set of religious, political, and social beliefs. 

Examples of this kind of dialogue:

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19th of April.

I’m no longer currently living in Venezuela, but my family is still there as well as my friends. Today another protest is happening against the dictator that is Maduro. Venezuela represses freedom of speech and this is one of the few ways I can feel that I can help by sharing word of what is happening.

It is a peaceful protest, however “colectivos” are throwing tear gases to the public (as always), the public is trying to get away from it by crossing Caracas’ river where human disposal is thrown. Today another student’s life is added to the countless victims of their actions.

I could honestly keep going on and on but in summary human rights are being violated in Venezuela. We have been under the same government for 19 years now. Caracas is the most dangerous city in the whole world. People are dying from lack of medicine and food, so they quit their jobs all together to get something out of garbage trucks (as minimum wage can barely get you some eggs). So many other things that I could keep listing but this is just a post I’ve done out of the moment but please take time out of your day to research what’s happening at my home country or at least share what you’ve found as Venezuelans sadly can’t.

UPDATE: Two students were killed on this day. Over 400 people detained by peacefully protesting in this date alone in the Capital.