So here we are again. The way things are now, there are probably alerts we should pay attention to EVERY DAY. This tends to make one just a bit tired.
We do, however, need to keep our eyes open, know what is going on, and ready ourselves to resist. Not that I'm much into marches these days, but there are many forms of resistance and each should do what he or she can. Commondreams.org (see link in my 'Great Sites to Visit' list...) has been having a daily "Resist Day#(whatever day of the current nightmare admin. it happens to be)" there are definitely some ideas there. FreePress.net also has an e-mail list of "100 Days, 100 Disruptions," that you can check out.
Our first alert: Mr. Khizr Khan, who spoke so eloquently at the Dem. convention, now has his travel privileges "under review," leading to his reluctant cancellation of a speaking engagement in Toronto, Canada. WHAT IS THIS? He is an American Citizen!!! This totally reeks of vindictiveness and retribution for his views. This is NOT what America should be about, nor does it follow our own Constitution! This also ties in with one action on today's resist list: oppose the 'Muslim travel ban 2.0.'
Our second alert: Internet privacy (what little there actually may be) is now greatly at risk. The new FCC Chairman " has blocked new requirements that Internet service providers (ISPs) like Comcast apply common sense security practices to protect your private data.(emphasis mine)" Whatever happened to standing up for consumers? There is also a move by GOP members of Congress to make it illegal for ISPs to protect online privacy AND (get this:) prohibit the FCC from enacting "substantially similar" privacy rules going forward. These moves definitely need to be opposed.
Our third alert: The Fight for 15 Memphis Chapter is alleging that police surveilled and used intimidation tactics on protesters and ----- "police claimed they had 'authorization from the president of McDonald’s' to arrest protesting fast food workers." I think the surveillance state, the gov't and corporate interests are waaaaaay too seamless now. The right to peacefully protest and dissent is supposedly enshrined in our First Amendment. Let's all stand to protect that right! (And while that Amendment is on your mind, why not check out: A Little Thing Called "The First Amendment - Updated! )
So, I hope these alerts open an eye or two. And it would really be a boost to hear from someone in comments! Don't be shy. I don't bite, but, being a good kitty lover, I have been known to hiss at miscreants in power who abuse authority.
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