Even if John Stewart is Gone, We all Need to Keep taking on FOX and all the Media

I am going to put a lot of John Stewart videos in the comment section, like this one:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YO_om3iK9kE

You probably heard the great news – after a few years of progressive activism, FOX finally cancelled Glenn Beck’s show–but the Boycott Must Go On!!

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Dear Kevin,
You probably heard the great news – after two years of progressive activism, FOX finally cancelled Glenn Beck’s show.
Beck was targeted after he slandered President Obama by saying, “This president has exposed himself as a guy, over and over and over again, who has a deep-seated hatred for white people, or the white culture, I don’t know what it is… This guy, I believe, is a racist.”
Activists at ColorOfChange, Media Matters, StopBeck, FoxNewsBoycott, and of course Democrats.com responded with a boycott of advertisers on Glenn Beck’s show. Ultimately over 300 advertisers pulled their ads from Beck, costing FOX over $40 million.
Advertiser boycotts work! And it’s time to boycott all FOX News advertisers:
We’re starting our boycott of all FOX News with Proactiv, which sells acne medicine to teenagers and young adults. Why?
First, there are lots of other acne treatments. Second, young adults above all are hurt by FOX News, which promotes right-wing policies on race, education, healthcare, the environment, and war. Let’s get our future leaders to lead the fight against FOX News!
Sign the petition to Proactiv and enter the email address of every young adult over 18 you know:
Beyond President Obama, FOX regularly slanders nearly everyone: Democrats, unionized workers, the unemployed (including veterans and 99ers), environmentalists, feminists, blacks, Hiics, Jews, Muslims, progressives, scientists, and any other group it disagrees with.
FOX News broadcasts rightwing extremist slander, incitement to violence, political propaganda, and outright lies to promote its rightwing political agenda. This is not “news,” but rather a never-ending “war on news” – and it’s all documented in our petition.
Why would any decent company want to fund it? Tell Proactiv to stop advertising on FOX News:
Thanks for all you do!
Bob Fertik

GLEN BECK ADMITTED in 2007, “I Am RACIST and Barack Obama is very White” THIS MAKES Boycotting FOX NEWS needed NOW

By Kevin Stoda

Dear, American supporters of the Fascist Oddball Xenophobic (FOX) news networks.

AMERICANS are getting less tolerant of your racism and stronghold on our major media.

For example, we have noted that in his 2007 TV program from FOX (See on You-Tube), Glen Beck admitted he himself was racist. Further, Beck then, in contrast to 2009, called Barrack Obama much more white than black. (Apparently, Beck now he has other nonsense to mush men’s minds.)


Using a major news platform to promote racism and to tell people to disrespect a whole presidential administration through mixed truths, outright lies, and xenophobia, is not to be tolerated any more.

On Democracy Now today, Amy Goodman asked Benjamin Jealous of the NAACP what he thought of Wal-Mart’s pull-out from advertising on the Glen Beck program on FOX.

NOTE: Goodman had simply asked , “The whole attack by Glenn Beck that drove this (resignation)? In your response from the NAACP to Van Jones, it says, ´The only thing more outrageous than Mr. Beck’s attack on Van Jones is the fact that there are sponsors that continue to pay him to provide this type of offensive commentary.` Do you support the continued boycott of companies like Wal-Mart of Beck’s show on Fox?”


This is a particularly important point because Glen Beck´s HATE CAMPAIGN ON THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION led recently to a great American policy maker, Van Jones, quitting the government this week.


Mr. Jealous said, “We certainly support them (Walmart) choosing with their dollars who they’re going to support. I mean, it’s—Glenn Beck is somebody who’s told a seven-year-old girl, a seven-year-old black girl, that he would buy her a ticket back to Africa, that she needed to go back to Africa. And then he comes out, and he says that healthcare is the beginning of reparations. I mean, this guy plays the race card on a weekly basis. He does it very aggressive—you know, in a very hateful way.”

Recall, first, that Van Jones is one of the most important and thoughtful men in America—however, the FOX (Fascist Oddball Xenophobic) news network chose to support a man, like Glen Beck, rather than seeing that tens of millions of Americans need to get health care from promoters like Jones and that our America economy needs to move starting today to the kind of economy that its competitors worldwide are already doing.


Let’s quote the wisdom and influential words of Van Jones on the absolute necessity to green the American economy NOW!

“I think it’s really important to point out that we’re sort of at the end of an era of American capitalism, where we thought we could run the economy based on consumption rather than production, credit rather than creativity, borrowing rather than building, and also, most importantly, environmental destruction rather than environmental restoration.”

Jones continued, “We’re trying to make the case in this book that that era is over. We now have to move in a very different direction. And key to that will be basing the US economy not on credit cards, but based on clean energy and the clean energy revolution that would put literally millions of people to work, putting up solar panels all across the United States, weatherizing buildings so they don’t leak so much energy and put up so much carbon, building wind farms and wave farms, manufacturing wind turbines. We argue you could put Detroit back to work not making SUVs to destroy the world, but making wind turbines, 8,000 finely machine parts in each one, twenty tons of steel in each wind tower, making wind turbines to help save the world.”

Finally, Van Jones wisely noted, “So we think that you can fight pollution and poverty at the same time. We think that you can actually power our way through this recession by putting people to work, but we’re going to have to start building things here and re-powering, retrofitting, retooling America, and that that’s the way forward both for the economy, for the earth and for everyday people.”

Note: These statements came from a program on DN from October of last year:


Van Beck has written a book of the same title, The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems.


America needs such voices as Van Jones in government leadership in America—not Fascist Oddball Xenophobic (FOX) types.

Clean up the American airwaves of all its fascism and racism, today.


NOTE: One way to change the noise of Fascist Oddball Xenophobic (FOX) media moguls is to support alternative media organizations


and alternative monitoring websites.


Another way, is to demand that local radio and TV channels put better programming on, such as Democracy Now or news sources promoted by serious progressive journalists:


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Naomi Klein: “And so, if people push back really hard, and it sees Trump’s approval rating drop even more—one thing we know about Donald Trump: He likes firing people.”

Naomi Klein on Trump Election: “This is a Corporate Coup d’État”


Naomi Klein

journalist and best-selling author. Her most recent book is This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate

Lee Fang

investigative journalist at The Intercept covering the intersection of money and politics.

Journalists Naomi Klein, author of “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate” and Lee Fang of The Intercept talk about the role of corporations inside the Trump administration and the inauguration.

AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org. It’s “War, Peace and the Presidency.” We’re broadcasting on this Inauguration Day special live from WHUT on the campus of Howard University here in the nation’s capital. I’m Amy Goodman, with Nermeen Shaikh.

NERMEEN SHAIKH: We’re less than four hours away from the inauguration of Donald Trump. Protests have already begun here in the streets of Washington. To talk more about the inauguration of Trump, we’re joined now by two guests.

AMY GOODMAN: Naomi Klein is the author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. And Lee Fang is with us, the investigative journalist at The Interceptcovering the intersection of money and politics. His latest piece, “Who’s Paying for Inauguration Parties? Companies and Lobbyists with a Lot at Stake.”

Naomi, let’s start with you. You’ve come here to Washington, D.C. You’ve been following the election and what’s taken place. Your thoughts?

NAOMI KLEIN: Well, it’s—I mean, I think there’s a few things we need to remember this morning, which is certainly a destabilizing day for a lot of your viewers and listeners and for all of us, really. You know, as we’ve already heard—right?—he did not win the popular vote. And I think, in addition to that, and I know this is maybe not the most popular thing to say when everyone is calling for unity among progressives, you know, I think even within this rigged system that suppresses so many votes, he didn’t win it. Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party establishment lost it. It was low enthusiasm, low voter turnout on their side that gave the election to Trump. And I think that’s important to understand even amidst these calls for unity, because if that truth gets buried, then the mistakes will be repeated.

The other thing that I think is really important, and it’s—I think it’s fantastic that people are on the streets last night, today all day—it is so important to push back in these early days, when they’re going to be throwing a whole lot at us. We’re seeing talk of a shock-and-awe budget. By the way, let’s not call it a “skinny budget.” This is another rebranding campaign, like “alt-right.” This is a savage budget that would cut $10 trillion, they’re talking about, that would attack programs targeted towards violence against women, renewable energy, environmental justice. I mean, they’re going after everything. But the point is, is that Trump—I mean, we know the transition is in disarray. And it seems as if they’re outsourcing the whole thing to the Heritage Foundation, which is what they’re there for, right? They have this infrastructure. They’ve got all of these policies and budgets ready to go. But this is going to be incredibly unpopular. And so, if people push back really hard, and it sees Trump’s approval rating drop even more—one thing we know about Donald Trump: He likes firing people. This we know. And I think that the people who he has outsourced to right now could get blamed very early on and pushed out, and I think that would be very important, because I think when it comes to economics, there’s a fair amount of evidence that he’s not an ideologue. But this is—but I think we’re headed for a very, very ideological push.

AMY GOODMAN: Last night at the Peace Ball, you called this a corporate coup d’état. What do you mean?

NAOMI KLEIN: Well, I think one of the things that’s remarkable about his appointees is just how many—you know, how many CEOs are going into these positions, and just this process of kind of cutting out the middleman, right? Exxon running the State Department.

AMY GOODMAN: I want to ask: Where were you when you heard that Rex Tillerson, at the time the current CEO of ExxonMobil—


AMY GOODMAN: —the largest private oil company in the world, was nominated?

NAOMI KLEIN: And not just any oil company. You know, this is a company that is the main target of the climate movement, that is under investigation by multiple states’ attorneys general and the SEC for its various deceptions, financial and climate deceptions, the target of a huge campaign, because this is a company that was doing really some of the most important research into the reality of climate change back in the 1970s and then bankrolled the deceptions that lost us decades of climate action in the 1990s, and really up into the present day. So, I don’t know—I don’t remember exactly where I was. But in some ways, you know, to echo something Bill McKibben has said, my colleague at 350, you know, it takes the mask off, right? Because these companies, as Lee well knows, I mean, they already had a huge amount of influence, but now it’s almost like they’re tired of playing the game, they’re tired of the cajoling and the bankrolling and the legalized bribery, and they’re just going to do the job themselves—you know, cut out the middleman. And so we see that with Tillerson. We see that with labor, as well.

AMY GOODMAN: Whether Puzder makes his way to actually being labor secretary is very interesting.

NAOMI KLEIN: Yeah, yeah. But, I mean, one thing I would say about both these cases is—and I think this is, once again, important to remember on a day like today, when a lot of people feel so demoralized—these guys are panicked because of the power of rising social movements. Right? I mean, why is Puzder so panicked? Because of the Fight for 15. Because of the wave of victories for a living wage. Because of the—because of the very real possibility that Bernie Sanders could have won, and he would have taken that movement demand and brought it to the federal level, to federal policy. That was his campaign promise. And Tillerson, I mean, the biggest threat he faces is the goals that are enshrined in the Paris Accord, these hard-won goals to keep temperatures below 1.5 to 2 degrees. That would be the end of his business model, right? So this, you know, what I called a corporate coup, is really—it’s really about panic as much as anything else, and holding back these tides of progress on multiple fronts. You know, Steve Mnuchin and his friends are also worried about their business model and about the—about Occupy, about the Sanders campaign, about the regulation that they would face. So, you know, I think we should see this in some ways as sort of a panicked last gasp. But that doesn’t mean we don’t need to confront it with everything we have.

NERMEEN SHAIKH: Well, let’s go to what’s going on today in Washington, D.C., the inauguration. Lee, your piece, most recent piece, out yesterday, is called “Who’s Paying for Inauguration Parties? Companies and Lobbyists with a Lot at Stake.” So tell us: Who is paying?

LEE FANG: Well, we don’t know the full list of sponsors of the different inauguration festivities, but there are private events and, of course, the official inauguration events associated with the Trump transition. And these are all festivities that are privately financed. And according to some reports, we know that the official Trump inauguration events are sponsored by companies like AT&T, Boeing. And they’re offered these special packages where if they provide a certain amount to finance these parties that are going on all over Washington, they get private meet and greets with the incoming a administration and the nominees for Cabinet. They get to party with the leadership of the congressional GOP. And, you know, these companies have tens of billions of dollars, if not more, at stake over the next four years. Boeing, for example, has lots of military contracts. They rely on government subsidies through the Export-Import Bank. AT&T would like a repeal of net neutrality, the rules won by the Obama administration over the last four years. And, of course, we might see another era of mergers and acquisitions, which, of course, need regulatory approval. So, the swamp, as it were, is welcoming the Trump administration, and they’re hoping to get in early to win access.

NERMEEN SHAIKH: Well, is it unusual, though? Who typically pays for inauguration parties? Like, what happened in previous elections?

LEE FANG: No, and I think that’s an important point to make. From, you know, Bill Clinton to Reagan to Obama, a lot of candidates campaigned to throw the bums out and challenge the establishment. But too often, you know, this city, Washington, D.C., is run by lobbyists. They control the most powerful institutions. They set the parameters of the debate. And when candidates, like Donald Trump, who promised to take on the establishment, to challenge these elites, as he’s getting to Washington, he’s being quickly coopted.

NERMEEN SHAIKH: Well, I mean, that’s one of the striking things about his appointments, the fact that there’s so many people from Goldman Sachs, when he spent so much of his time campaigning criticizing Clinton for her ties to Goldman Sachs.

LEE FANG: Yeah, no, and I think that’s important to realize. You know, if you look at this Cabinet, it’s filled with CEOs and other elites. And I think in the next hundred days, we will actually see a kind of a class war. Trump promised to take on these globalists, these—


LEE FANG: —economic elites. But we will see, the next hundred days, a ruthless agenda on behalf of these same elites against worker protections, climate regulations. It’s very likely that some of the very first executive orders that come out of the Trump administration are attempts to repeal much of the Obama legacy. You know, Obama only had control or a friendly Congress for two years of his administration. Most of his legacy were administrative rules, agency action. And those reforms are very fragile. It’s very easy to repeal those type of rule makings. So we’ll see an attempt to chip away at everything, from the Clean Power Plan to protections for retirement security, protections for workers trying to organize at fast-food restaurants—there’s a recent joint employer rule from the Labor Department—everything from those rules to more obscure rules that govern food safety.

AMY GOODMAN: I was watching Fox News yesterday, and one of the hosts said that Donald Trump has three balls, and Obama had many more balls, which was a very interesting comment he made. But he actually was talking about these events that are taking place. The number of people who’ve come out, far, far fewer, to say the least. I think at the big concert last night, there were something like 10,000 people, compared to 400,000 people for Obama. But, Lee, you write about the Black Tie & Boots Inaugural Ball, a party by—for Texas lawmakers. Explain who is funding it.

LEE FANG: Yeah, I mean, this is an event—you know, many of these parties that go on outside the kind of official inauguration ball schedule—I mean, there are parties all over Washington. They’re attempting to influence the lower-level administrative staffers, to get congressional members kind of on board with the corporate agenda. And so, you know, the Texas delegation, that’s the Black Tie & Boots Ball, they’re throwing a big party in Prince George’s County near Washington, D.C., and it’s sponsored by a number of corporate interests that are going to be pushing very hard on the issues we just mentioned, many different oil companies, firms like ExxonMobil and Koch Industries, that would like to see more fracking on federal lands, a repeal of many of the different EPA rules and the methane rule that came out very recently from the Obama administration. They’ve got very clear motives here. But for the time being, they’re going to be paying for the hors d’oeuvres and the festivities all weekend.

NERMEEN SHAIKH: And, Lee Fang, can you tell us a little bit—you talked about what Trump might do in his first hundred days. There are limits on certain things he can do, because he requires congressional approval. But some of the things you mentioned, he doesn’t require congressional approval for at all, so he may well succeed in doing that in the next just slightly over three months—

LEE FANG: Right.

NERMEEN SHAIKH: —including cuts on, you know, climate payments and the federal regulations you spoke of.

LEE FANG: Yeah, I mean, he’s going to go after these rules in a number of ways. One way is through a fairly obscure law called the Congressional Review Act. That’s a special law that allows a resolution of disapproval, and that can affect regulations passed over just the last few months, not the last few—last six years. Still, many of those rules came out late in the Obama administration. And Democrats cannot filibuster a Congressional Review Act resolution. So, with Republican majorities in Congress, there’s nothing stopping them from passing a CRA resolution of disapproval to roll back many of those rules, potentially hundreds. And, of course, there are executive orders that he can take to revoke Obama’s executive orders. And once he fills these agencies with his staff, they can carve out exceptions to the rules and make them, even if not officially repealed, effectively useless.

AMY GOODMAN: Before we wrap up this hour—we’re actually broadcasting for seven hours through the inauguration, bringing it to people live, as well as going to the streets with our reporters on the scene where protests are happening. Thousands of activists are already out this morning. Naomi Klein, tomorrow, a massive march is planned right here in Washington, D.C., Women March on Washington, D.C. Hundreds of thousands are expected, if not more.

NAOMI KLEIN: Mm-hmm, yeah. And I think, once again, these—you know, we know he understands numbers, and, as we heard from Michael Moore, we know he’s very thin-skinned and is thrown by a few hundred. So, you know, close to a million people or however many people are on the streets tomorrow, I think it’s going to be destabilizing. And this sort of show of force is tremendously important. It is significant that it seems that he’s going after programs for violence against women, as perhaps one of his first acts. And frankly, you know, misogyny is a thread that connects so many of his appointments, this drive to denigrate women. And I think just showing that we’re not afraid is going to be incredibly important. And I think it’s also important that the march is as diverse as it is, that it is going to be led in many ways by women of color, and I think that this is part of not repeating the mistakes of the campaign.

AMY GOODMAN: And your thoughts on the number of congressmembers who are boycotting the inauguration?

NAOMI KLEIN: You know, I think it’s all good. I mean, all these acts of courage in standing up to a bully is incredibly important. But, you know, I think there’s every reason to believe that he’s going to employ a strategy of trying to overwhelm people. This has been a strategy just in terms of confusion and distraction, this sort of shock-and-awe approach. And so, staying unified, staying focused, having each other’s backs, this is all going to be tremendously important in the weeks to come, because, you know, I think that if we win a few key victories in the early days, it’s going to be very destabilizing, and it may lead to a reassessment because of the chaos in there. But if we lose those, you know, they’ll taste blood.

AMY GOODMAN: Well, Naomi Klein, we hope you will stay with us. We’re broadcasting throughout the day today. For those who are leaving us now, if your station is leaving us, you can go to democracynow.org. Lee Fang, thanks so much for being with us.

LEE FANG: Thank you for having me.

AMY GOODMAN: You’re going out in the streets—of The Intercept. We’ll link to your piece. And we will be broadcasting for seven hours on this Inauguration Day. Saturday from 10:00 Eastern Standard Time in the morning to 3:00, we’ll be broadcasting from the main stage at the Women’s March on Washington. I’m Amy Goodman, with Nermeen Shaikh. And thanks to the Howard University staff.

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100 days of resistance to Trump starts now

Michael Moore: ‘100 days of resistance’ to Trump starts now

Robert Reich Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley; author, ‘Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few’’

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STILL More of what FOX News failed to Cover on or around Inauguration Day

Michael Moore Addresses 25,000 Protesters in NYC: “There’s More of Us Than There are of Them!”

Democracy Now! broadcast our daily show live from WHUT on the campus of the historically black university, Howard University in Washington, D.C., less than four hours before Donald Trump became the nation’s 45th president. Trump lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by almost 3 million votes, but he managed to win the Electoral College. He takes office as the least popular incoming president in at least a generation. We get an update from protests in Washington, D.C., and hear the speech Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore gave Thursday night, when nearly 25,000 people gathered in New York City to protest outside Trump International Hotel and Tower near Central Park. We are also joined live by Naomi Klein, journalist and best-selling author, whose most recent book is “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate,” and Lee Fang, reporter with The Intercept who covers the intersection of money and politics.


AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, “War, Peace and the Presidency.” We’re broadcasting live from PBS station WHUT, from the campus of Howard University right here in the nation’s capital. It’s called the Mecca. I’m Amy Goodman, with Nermeen Shaikh.

NERMEEN SHAIKH: On Thursday night in New York City, up to 25,000 people rallied outside Trump International Hotel and Tower near Central Park on the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration. The event called for people to take part in “100 Days of Resistance.” Mayor Bill de Blasio joined a star-studded lineup of speakers that included actors Rosie Perez, Mark Ruffalo, Robert De Niro and Cher, along with activists from Greenpeace and the NAACP. The night included some humor, when actor Alec Baldwin broke into character as the president-elect.

ALEC BALDWIN: I just want to say I’ve been standing out here in the freezing cold for a long time. I have to go to the bathroom. I have to pee. But I’m holding it in. I’m holding it in. I’m not going to pee. I’m going to a function at the Russian Consulate tonight. I’m going to hold it until I get there. And then, when I get to the Russian Consulate, I’m going to have a really, really long pee, like the biggest pee I’ve ever had in my lifetime.
AMY GOODMAN: That’s Alec Baldwin, doing his now famous impression of Donald Trump, which he usually does on Saturday Night Live. One of the rally’s main speakers was the Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore, whose latest film is Michael Moore in TrumpLand.

MICHAEL MOORE: New York! Thank you for giving us Donald J. Trump!
Now, first the bad news. I know. As bad as we think it’s going to be, it’s going to be worse. That’s the truth, my friends. I’m sorry to have to begin on such a depressing note.
But here is the good news. The good news is, there’s more of us than there are of them! That’s the good news! She not only won by 3 million more votes, there’s another 7 million who voted Green or Libertarian. They also didn’t want Donald J. Trump. That’s more than 10 million voters that said no to Donald J. Trump.
What Mr. De Niro said about this great city and how sad it is that this man represents not just the city now, but the country, he does not rule with a mandate. There is no mandate. Keep this in mind in your moments of despair. You are not alone. We are the majority. We are the majority. Don’t give up! I won’t give up! Don’t give up! Don’t give up! No! No! No! Sia will appreciate that.
Wow, this is an incredible crowd here. You can’t see, but they’re still trying to get in from Columbus Circle. It’s packed back there. They’re pushing over to Broadway to go all the way down to come in from the back. It’s incredible that everybody turned out here tonight. This is the beginning of our 100 Days of Resistance, 100 Days of Resistance! And that’s just the first 100 days. But I like to think positively, that it’s only going to take us 100 days. Tens of thousands of people are watching this right now on Livestream all across the world. Welcome, all of you, to New York City.
I want you to get out your devices, whatever you’re carrying. If you’re at home, go to 100daysofresistance.org. And there, you can sign up, and we are going to have missions and different things we’re going to be doing here in these first three months. Everyone—there’s lots of groups, lots of people involved, whether you’re a group or an individual. Everybody has to commit to doing something every single day now. Every single day! You don’t have to quit your job. You don’t have to drop out of school. It’s just something very small you have to do. Every day, you have to contact your member of Congress or your—one of your two senators. Every day. It takes three minutes. Wake up, brush teeth, make coffee, contact Congress. That’s the new morning routine. The phone number is (202) 225-3121. You call that number any time of the day or night, a human being answers it. There’s an actual 24/7 switchboard. Call that number. If you don’t know who your congressperson is, that’s OK. Just give them your ZIP code. Everybody knows their ZIP code. Give them your ZIP code, and they will go, “Oh, well, your member of Congress is Jerrold Nadler. May I put you through?” And they’ll put you right through. In fact, you can say, “No, I’d like his private line. Can I have a direct number?” They will give you the direct number. Each of you have one representative and two senators. They only work three days out of the week, Tuesday to Thursday. If you can’t do it all five days, on those three days, call your rep one day, call your senator the next day, and call your other senator the next day. And every day we’ll be posting what we need to be pushing for. We need to stop Rick Perry. We need to stop Betsy DeVos right now. I know her from Michigan. She’s helped to destroy our public schools. Who here promises to call Congress every day or at least three days a week? Who’s going to do it? What’s the number again? (202) 225-3121. You’re paying for the phone; you might as well use it.
What the mayor said, what the mayor of Minneapolis said, what Robert De Niro said, it’s all so important. This is not a night of rhetoric. We’re not up here spouting clichés tonight. We’re saying this is a time for action, and we will put ourselves on the line for that. When the—when the immigration authorities come to take people from New York away, the mayor has said that’s not going to be a cooperative venture. So if they decide to send the feds in anyways, we have to do something about it. I’m sorry to have to put this out there, but it’s not just going to be about coming to demonstrations like this. We’re going to have to put ourselves on the line. I’m sorry to say this. We are in a very dangerous moment in history, where a malignant narcissist and a sociopath is in the Oval Office. This is a very dangerous moment. So when they come to New York to take our Mexican neighbors out of here, who’s willing to stand in front of the George Washington Bridge and say, “Not unless you go through me”? Who’s willing to do that? Peacefully and nonviolently. Who will stand at the Lincoln Tunnel or the Holland Tunnel and say, “No, no, this is the United States of America. No!” If he tries to put up a Muslim registry, where Muslim Americans—keyword “Americans”—are supposed to sign up, I will be the first one to sign up on the Muslim registry. Who will join me? Who will join me? Will you sign up? Who will sign their name? Let’s all sign our name! We are all Muslim! We are all Mexican! We’re all women! We’re all Americans! Yes, and we are all gay and lesbian and bisexual and transgender and, God damn it, we are all queer, too.
We’re going to win, folks. A little bit of pain, a little bit of discomfort, but a lot of work on our part will stop this man. He will not last the four years. It’s a dangerous combination, a narcissist and a public official, because it all is about “What’s in it for me? Me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me.” And when they think like that, that’s when they break the law. And that’s when he’ll go down.
I have one other idea. I have one final idea. Some reporter was just asking me, “Well, what’s the point of all this? Because no matter how much bad news he creates or there is about him, doesn’t seem to affect him.” I said, “Right. Yes, that’s right, he’s not affected by the bad news when he talks about his sexually assaulting women. He’s not affected by the bad news that comes out of him calling Mexicans rapists and murderers. That’s right, he’s not affected by that.” What’s he affected by? He’s affected by comedy! He has the thinnest skin, the thinnest skin of any bully I’ve ever met. If you make fun of him, if you ridicule him, or if you just show that he’s not popular—I remember the night after the election, on the 9th of November, a bunch of us just randomly got in the street and marched to Trump Tower. Anybody there that night? There weren’t a lot of us, but it was a good—it was a few hundred people. And he’s up there in his tower, in his penthouse, tweeting, “Demonstrators outside my home. Unfair! Unfair! Waaah! Why are they protesting me? Wrong! Wrong!” I’m telling you, my friends, this is how he’ll implode. It’s his Achilles’ heel. And we don’t need to just depend on the comedians to do this for us. Everybody here has a sense of humor. Use it! Use it! Participate in the ridicule and the satire for the emperor who has no clothes. Do this for me. Let’s form an army of comedy, and we will bring him down!
AMY GOODMAN: That’s Michael Moore, the filmmaker, speaking Thursday night in New York City before about 25,000 people who were rallying outside Trump International Hotel and Tower near Central Park. When we come back from break, Naomi Klein will join us, who attended the Peace Ball at the new African American museum of the Smithsonian Institution here in Washington, D.C., as well as Lee Fang of The Intercept. This is Democracy Now!’s Inauguration Day special. Stay with us.

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Black Lives Matter Activists Chain Themselves Together to Block Inauguration Checkpoint

Protests are taking across the country today. We go live to an inauguration checkpoint where Black Lives Matter protesters are locked down and trying to block off the entrance to the inauguration.

AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org. It’s “War, Peace and the Presidency.” We’re broadcasting live from the historically black university Howard University in Washington, D.C., just down the road from the inauguration. I’m Amy Goodman.

NERMEEN SHAIKH: And I’m Nermeen Shaikh. Welcome to our listeners and viewers around the country and around the world.

In less than four hours, Donald Trump will become the nation’s 45th president. At noon today, Supreme Court Justice John Roberts will swear in Trump before hundreds of thousands of people, both supporters and protesters. Trump briefly spoke Thursday at the inauguration concert.

PRESIDENTELECT DONALD TRUMP: So this journey began 18 months ago. I had something to do with it, but you had much more to do with it than I did. I’m the messenger. I’m just a messenger. And we were tired—and I love you. Believe me, I love you. We all got tired of seeing what was happening, and we wanted change. But we wanted real change. And I look so forward to tomorrow. We’re going to see something that is going to be so amazing.

NERMEEN SHAIKH: More than 60 Democratic congressmembers are boycotting today’s ceremony. The boycott began after Trump criticized civil rights icon John Lewis after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. Trump called Congressmember Lewis “All talk, talk, talk.” Lewis had said he did not believe Trump was a legitimate president. Trump lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by almost 3 million votes, but he managed to win the Electoral College. Trump takes office as the least popular incoming president in at least a generation. One poll found just 32 percent of the nation approved of his performance as president-elect.

AMY GOODMAN: Protests are scheduled across the country today as well as Saturday, have already begun here in Washington. We’re going go live now to an inauguration checkpoint at 300 Indiana, where Black Lives Matter protesters are locked down and trying to block off the entrance to the inauguration. There was just a heated confrontation when Trump supporters came through and tried to step on the protesters, who are chained to the barricades. Joining us for an update is Democracy Now!’s Carla wills, who is going to speak with the protesters.

CARLA WILLS: I’m here at the checkpoint here, one of the inaugural checkpoints, at the 400 block of Indiana Avenue, where several—several hundred Black Lives Matter activists have shut down the checkpoint. I’m standing here with two organizers. And tell me your name and where you’re from and what’s going on here. Describe the scene.

JANAYA KHAN: Sure. My name is Janaya Khan, and I represent the Movement for Black Lives, hailing from Toronto, but in California.

CARLA WILLS: And describe the scene here right now.

JANAYA KHAN: What we’re seeing is people actively voicing their dissent in light of a horrible truth—that is, Donald Trump. He has used racism, bigotry, suggested a Muslim registry. He’s used Islamaphobia. He has used and enacted every system of oppression in order to gain power. And this is 2017. He is an illegitimate president, and we do not respect him as such.

CARLA WILLS: And there are four or five women here who have chained themselves to the barricades. There are several others ahead of us who have also chained themselves. Describe exactly what happened and what that process was. And first give me your name, as well.

DIDI DELGADO: My name is Didi Delgado, and I’m from BLM Cambridge. Yeah, it just—I just want to know, like—just to pose the question: What would make anyone put their bodies on the line? Right? What about today? What about the events leading up to today? What about years leading up to today? What are we holding inside of us to make us put our bodies on the line, to say our black lives matter, to stand up to say to people, “Hey, we’re not saying you don’t matter; we’re saying, hey, look at us, right? See our humanity. We matter”? We shouldn’t have to say that, shouldn’t have to chain ourselves to let people know what our narrative is. You know, our narrative is our humanity. And it’s terrible that we have to do what we’re doing today. But it’s very necessary, because we will be heard, so…

CARLA WILLS: And there was a bit of a scuffle over here on our—to our right with some of the women who had been chained. Someone actually encountered one of them? Explain what happened.

JANAYA KHAN: So, essentially, we have several people who have chained—femme-identified people who have chained their bodies on one of these entry points, and they’re seated. They’re on the ground. And so they’re extremely vulnerable. And what we saw was a mass of Trump supporters try to push through, trample on them, and in doing so, possibly cause injury to themselves. They were so—they were so hell-bent on mobilizing around trampling black bodies.

CARLA WILLS: And what do you want to see happen now? I mean, Trump is going to be sworn in in just a few hours. What’s the next thing to do?

DIDI DELGADO: I think that there are several next things to do. I think that the most important things for people to do is for black people to continue what they’ve been doing, is to continue to survive. I think that if allies are going to come into the fold and try to, you know, stand up for us, that they do so under our leadership—right?—and they do so with the knowledge of intersectionality. And as I just explained, intersectionality is like coming to a stop sign when you’re driving, and looking at both places and looking at all ways and saying, “You know what? I understand where everyone else is coming from. Now I can go ahead and proceed.” So, thank you.

CARLA WILLS: Thank you. Thank you. This is Carla Wills, here at a checkpoint that’s been shut down by Black Lives Matter activists at 300 Indiana Avenue. Amy and Nermeen, back to you in the studio.

AMY GOODMAN: Carla, thanks so much. And to our viewers and listeners around the country and around the world, we’re here at Howard University, just a couple miles from the inauguration site. We will be covering the inauguration live. We’re going to be broadcasting throughout the day. We will also cover protests in Washington, D.C., and around the country. Carla Wills, speaking to us from 300 Indiana, a Black Lives Matter protest. When we come back, we go to another protest. This was last night in New York City just by one of Donald Trump’s hotels. You’ll hear the speech of filmmaker Michael Moore. Stay with us.

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“We in Berlin know walls don’t work” to Trump in America (and other news)

The World Is Full of Walls That Don’t Work – POLITICO Magazine

Aug 16, 2016 – A later corollary was added: Don’t hesitate to build your walls in other … Sixteen years later, in 1961, migration from East to West Berlin had become so … We do know that apprehensions fell and deportations rose to a record …


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History Shows That Border Walls Don’t Work : Immigration Impact


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21 hours ago – Ms. Steinem shared a comment from an organizer of the march in Berlin, Germany, who told her, “We in Berlin know that walls don’t work.”.

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Aug 15, 2016 – A memorial on the western side of the Berlin Wall dedicated to Peter Fecter, a young man who died while attempting to flee East Berlin (1984).

It’s 55 years since construction began on the Berlin Wall — Quartz


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Europe Is Living Proof That Donald Trump’s Wall Idea Wouldn’t Work …

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Hundreds of Women’s Marches Planned Worldwide » Algona Radio


8 hours ago – We march together for the protection of our rights, our safety, our families, … the marchers in Germany: “We in Berlin know that walls don’t work.

Women’s March on Washington brings thousands to D.C. | The …

1 day ago – … sister marches, including the one in Berlin, and they asked me to send a special message: ‘We in Berlin know that walls don’t work,’ ” said the …

Deborah Cole (@doberah) | Twitter

AFP correspondent, Berlin-based since ’95. … shout out to Berlin at #WomensMarch , saying it had message “We in Berlin know that walls don’t work” h/t Aimee …

An Engineer Explains Why Trump’s Wall Is So Implausible

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Prostestors flood cities, including Kansas City, to resist Trump | The …

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The Cold War in Berlin – John F. Kennedy Presidential Library …

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Trump’s Wall Can’t Secure the Border on Its Own | WIRED


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Trump’s Wall Can’t Secure the Border on Its Own | WIRED


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First We Take Berlin (Part Two) … I know all the cafes in the neighborhood with wireless. … For women it is even more important that we don’t work from home.

At the Berlin wall. Walls work. : ShitAmericansSay – Reddit

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Women march across world in repudiation of President Trump – Yahoo

1 day ago – … and they asked me to send a special message: ‘We in Berlin know that walls don’t work,’” said the event’s honorary cochair, Gloria Steinem, …

Hundreds of Thousands Turn Out For Women’s March On Washington …

1 day ago – Linda Leone of Jersey City said, “whether we march or not, we made our point.” When asked what …. “’We in Berlin know that walls don’t work.’”.

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Hundreds of Women’s Marches Planned Worldwide – KVNU


1 day ago – We march together for the protection of our rights, our safety, our families, … the marchers in Germany: “We in Berlin know that walls don’t work.

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Not in History have so many stood against an incoming USA President

Women lead unprecedented worldwide mass protests against Trump …


3 hours ago – WASHINGTON Hundreds of thousands of women filled the streets of major American cities to lead an unprecedented wave of international protests against President Donald Trump, mocking and denouncing the new U.S. leader the day after his inauguration.Women activists, outraged by …

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Massive worldwide protests against Trump presidency. By a WSWS reporting team 22 January 2017. Millions of people participated in demonstrations …

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14 hours ago – Protesters rally worldwide in solidarity with Washington march. Laura Smith …. London protests against Trump. Women's March warns …

Millions protest against Trump at women’s marches – ABC


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Worldwide protests against Trump presidency – Sky News


Worldwide protests against Trump presidency. 17:37, UK, Saturday 21 January 2017. Thousands protest against Trump presidency in central London.

Around the globe, protests greet President Trump – CBS News


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2 days ago – Protests were expected throughout Mexico, where people have railed against Trump’s campaign comments likening Mexicans to drug dealers …

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23 hours ago – US President Donald Trump ignores worldwide protest marches and … the capital flooded with probably as many people protesting against him …

People in more than 60 countries are protesting Trump with the …

1 day ago – People in more than 60 countries are protesting Trump with the … get underway, here are some photos from the global solidarity marches: … In Serbia, protesters held a “Women’s March Against Fascism” event in Belgrade.

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Trump and Cohorts don’t understand America’s Readiness to give Tit-for-Tat to the New Administration

           After 8 years of questioning the Democratic President’s legitimacy, many Republicans and Neo-Tea-Partiers are evidentally not mentally prepared for the fact that they have made too many enemieseverywhere (in and outside the USA) who are not about to give Trump more than and an inch of legitimacy.
–Kevin Anthony Stoda

Tit for Tat      noun [ U ]   UK /ˌtɪt fə ˈtæt/ US /ˌtɪt fɚ ˈtæt/ disapproving

Actions done intentionally to punish other people because they have done something unpleasant to you:

I noticed she didn’t send me a card – I think it was tit for tat because I forgot her birthday last year.

Thesaurus: synonyms and related words  Revenge and vengefulness

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AP Throws Shade at Donald Trump Over Low Inauguration Attendance

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Is this really how laws are made and budgets passed????

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New Congress Barrels Forward with Disastrous Agenda for Earned Benefits

Insider’s Report: New Congress Barrels Forward with Disastrous Agenda for Earned Benefits

Claiming a mandate that does not exist, the congressional majority is rolling out proposals that will slash Social Security and Medicare benefits, and set in motion the privatization of these vital programs. These actions will hurt current and future beneficiaries counting on earned benefits for a healthy and secure retirement.

As the National Committee has been warning for years, all Americans have a lot to lose if these radical proposals become reality. And President Donald Trump shows few signs of honoring his campaign pledge not to touch Social Security and Medicare. His cabinet appointments speak volumes about his intentions for these vital programs — most notably Health and Human Services nominee Tom Price (who hasn’t met a benefit cut he didn’t like) and Rep. Rick Mulvaney (SC-05) (a fiscal hardliner) as director of the Office of Management and Budget — who has said “we have to end Medicare as we know it.”

In the last Congress, House Social Security Subcommittee Chair Sam Johnson (TX-03) introduced a devastating bill targeting Social Security to slash benefits, raise the retirement age to 69 and reduce Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLAs). We anticipate this bill will be reintroduced in the new Congress shortly. House Speaker Paul Ryan is eager to advance his plan to end traditional Medicare by privatizing it for the benefit of gigantic insurance companies. Privatization will lead to skyrocketing premiums and reduced coverage for beneficiaries tossed into the private insurance market.

Of course, at the top of the legislative agenda is repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which will not only jeopardize the health care coverage of 30 million Americans, but put real improvements to Medicare at great risk. While the groundwork is quickly being laid in Congress to repeal and replace the ACA, no alternative option has been developed yet by opponents of the law.

With your support, the National Committee will continue to work with our allies in Congress, our fellow advocacy groups and our millions of members and supporters to counter this unprecedented assault against earned benefit programs.

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The National Committee endorses the “Seniors Have Eyes, Ears and Teeth Act,” introduced by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40). This important bill will help millions of Medicare beneficiaries who need vision, hearing and dental care, which are not covered by Medicare.

Paying for these services is a hardship for many Medicare beneficiaries, half of whom live on fixed incomes below $24,150 per year; yet, these services are critical to healthy aging. Medicare households spend on average 15% of their income (over two times more than younger households) on health care, including Medicare cost sharing and services not covered by Medicare.

This bill will improve the Medicare program for current and future beneficiaries, and we urge Congress to demonstrate real leadership on this issue.

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Have you visited our new website Hands Off Medicare? If not, I urge you to check it out today and take part in the National Committee’s online efforts to raise awareness about congressional efforts to target Medicare benefits. On this new website, you’ll have the opportunity to send Congress a powerful message to get their hands off the benefits that millions of Americans have paid into and earned during their entire working lives. You’ll also have access to the latest information about current legislation and budget plans that include proposed changes to Medicare.

We’re facing unprecedented threats to Medicare this year, so the National Committee needs you to stay informed and engaged in our grassroots efforts to hold Congress and our next President accountable for their actions that could impact current and future Medicare beneficiaries.

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Did you know that a team of experts in the field of Social Security policy is available to answer your questions about benefits? For nearly 35 years, the National Committee has been helping thousands of our members and supporters with a broad range of concerns on Social Security.


Whether you’re currently retired or approaching retirement, the National Committee’s “Ask Us” section can help answer your questions about Social Security. You can either search our archives for valuable advice on a broad range of concerns at www.ncpssm.org/AskUs or email your question to askus@ncpssm.org.


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Dan Adcock Discusses the Impact of an ACA Repeal on Medicare (January 9, 2017, The Maggie Linton Show / Sirius XM Radio (Audio Clip))

In 2005, Republicans controlled Washington. Their agenda failed. Here’s why. (January 9, 2017, Vox, Andrew Prokop)

Lawmakers introduce bill to add dental, vision services to Medicare (January 17, 2017, McKnight’s, Emily Mongan)

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