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Trump paints himself as the real victim of Charlottesville in angry speech

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Speaking at a rally in Phoenix, president attempts to counter widespread, bipartisan condemnation of his response to far-right violence

• Trump heads to Phoenix for large rally but visit likely to increase tensions

Donald Trump has sought to portray himself as the true victim of the deadly events in Charlottesville, launching an all-out assault on the media and branding journalists who “do not like our country” as the true source of division in America.

At a rally in Phoenix, evocative of his populist election campaign, the US president attacked coverage of his response to the white supremacist violence and complained bitterly to his audience about how he had been treated.

What happened in Charlottesville on 12 August?

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US government backs off its bid to get data on visitors to anti-Trump website

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Website hoster DreamHost hails a ‘tremendous win’ after a public outcry forces the government to revise its search warrant for the protest site

The US government has backed away from an effort to obtain personal information about 1.3m visitors to an anti-Trump website, following a public outcry over what was widely perceived as a “fishing expedition” for political dissidents.

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday substantially narrowed the scope of a search warrant seeking information related to a website, www.disruptj20.org, that was used to coordinate protests during Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Related: US government demands details on all visitors to anti-Trump protest website

Related: American politics are becoming violent. But peaceful movements have power | Antonia Juhasz

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Don’t feed the trolls — how to combat the alt-right

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by Kazu Haga

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Nazism and white supremacy are forms of violence. Let’s start there.

The constitution does not protect violence, and I’m happy to see that the California chapter of the ACLU has taken a stand against protecting the “free speech” of hate groups.

But with or without marching permits, it is clear that public displays of hatred are a growing trend in the United States. And as much as I don’t want to give these groups more attention, it is also clear that simply ignoring them is not going to make them go away.

So what do we do?

Many communities seem to have embraced the militant tactics of Antifa, so much so that it seems like it’s already an expectation that every alt-right rally will turn into a violent battlefield.

Yet I can’t help but wonder if these tactics are giving the alt-right exactly what they want. Is it possible that we could be winning small battles while losing the war? Is it possible that as we celebrate Nazis getting punched, their numbers are growing as a direct result of it?

I don’t pretend to have all the answers. I would even admit that a portion of the blame for the rise in violence has to go to those of us committed to nonviolence for our failure to come up with the type of assertive response necessary in these urgent times.

And I do give a lot of credit to Antifa activists, for as much as I have major disagreements in strategy, they have had the courage to put their bodies on the line. When the levels of hatred are as extreme as they are, our responses to it — nonviolent or otherwise — has to match its intensity, and Antifa has done that.

But as these battles rage on (the alt-right has planned rallies this weekend in San Francisco and Berkeley), it’s critical that we not get dogmatic and are able to evaluate our strategies.

Violence has a simple dynamic that Rev. James Lawson once described as, “I make you suffer more than I suffer.” If we think that punching Nazis and pepper spraying them will make them suffer so much that they go away, I’m afraid that we are severely underestimating their commitment to their cause.

Right or wrong (spoiler: they’re wrong), they feel like their culture is being threatened and white people are being oppressed. As the adage goes, “when you are used to privilege, equality feels like oppression.” If members of the alt-right already feel like they are being oppressed (and they do), using violence to shut them down may only make them dig down even deeper into their hole and fight back even harder.

What ‘works?’

As I’ve written before, “we shut their event down” is a poor measure of success if it comes at the expense of growing their base. Is it possible that when we confront these hate groups with violence, that we are actually empowering them?

Over 14 years after President Bush announced “Mission Accomplished” on the deck of an aircraft carrier, the war in Iraq rages on, with one result of the U.S. invasion being the formation of ISIS. And that can be the unintended consequence of violence: when the other side is convinced that they are “right,” and when they feel like they are the ones being oppressed, violence against them is the best recruiting tool they can ask for.

While that is an extreme example, there are countless smaller examples of this dynamic, and it goes both ways. Milo Yiannopoulos’ book became the number one seller on Amazon overnight after his speech was shut down at UC Berkeley. The Birmingham campaign in 1963 exploded when Bull Conner attacked children with fire hoses, giving the movement one of its principal victories within days. After the Alabama state troopers attacked civil rights marchers in Selma, the number of marchers grew ten-fold within two weeks.

While many mocked and celebrated the original “punch-a-Nazi,” I’d never even heard of Richard Spencer until he got punched. Now he’s a national hero to many. If that interview had gone on without incident, almost no one would have seen it. It would have been just one more video of Spencer talking on YouTube. Instead, it became a rallying cry for the alt-right.

When white supremacists gather, I get that our initial impulse is to do everything we can to simply shut them down. But it’s very possible that attempts to do so are giving the alt-right exactly what they want. To feel like they are being victimized, to feel like their way of life is being threatened, to gain media attention to legitimize their movement, to demonize the left and to gain more and more recruits for their cause.

Of all the places in the country where they could go, there is a reason that this coming weekend will mark the third time in six months that the alt-right is coming to the San Francisco Bay Area: Because they know they can count on a fight.

And while there are many involved in Antifa who are as dedicated as anyone to defeating white supremacy, I also wonder sometimes if some others want to fight more than they want to win.

So what do we do?

Perspective

Part of what we need to do is to keep things in perspective. Part of that perspective is that this is a serious moment in history. Charlottesville escalated to a point where a woman — Heather Heyer — was killed, and many more could have easily died.

And even that is just an outward expression of a system of white supremacy that is killing people every day. So calls for people to “just get along” isn’t going to cut it.

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When San Francisco mayor Ed Lee says, “I ask that when they chant of hate, San Francisco chants of love,” I am not sure he understands that. We cannot simply offer free hugs to Nazis and hope they change their minds.

At the same time, we should keep this in mind: We are not the resistance.

All over the country, confederate memorials are coming down. This was beginning to happen even before Charlottesville. Even GOP leaders are distancing themselves from comments made by Trump, something we would not have seen a couple of decades ago.

As slow as progress can feel at times, things are changing. As a nation, we are making progress. And it is the alt-right that is reacting to those changes. Their worldview is being threatened by progress, and they are the ones resisting.

A friend of mine heard Angela Davis speak some time ago, and that was her message to those involved in the “Trump resistance.” We need to remind ourselves that we are the majority, and they are the ones resisting the changes our society is going through. While we need to meet the urgency of this moment, we can also allow ourselves time to breath and not feel like the world is collapsing around us.

Maintain the moral high ground

This is ultimately a battle for the morals of this country. It is about right and wrong.

Most people like to think of themselves as moral people, and while white supremacy runs deeper than the average person realizes, most people would not identify as Nazis or white supremacists.

In a battle for morals, imagery and messaging is everything. If we lose the PR battle, even if we are ultimately on the right side of justice, we may give the alt-right ammunition they desperately need. And if we don’t provide them with that ammunition, their movement will struggle to gain momentum.

When you see images from nonviolent movements confronting forces of injustice, the images are very clear which side is on the right side of justice. When you see images of the alt-right confronting Antifa, that’s not so clear.

And this is not in any way to make a moral equivalency between the two as Trump has repeatedly done. One side are Nazis and white supremacists. The other side is fighting Nazis and white supremacists. There is no moral equivalency there.

What I am suggesting is that rather than meeting violence with violence, we need to expose their violence. Trump is finding himself more and more isolated as he continues to expose his violence. We need to do the same with the alt-right, and fighting them with sticks makes that harder.

Build mass popular movements

I grew up in Massachusetts and am a die-hard Boston sports fan. And I’ve always been a little embarrassed by the long history of racism there. That’s why I was so proud of my home state this past weekend when counter-demonstrators so outnumbered the alt-right that they were completely drowned out.

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And that is the best way for us to win — by surrounding these hate groups with so many people that they can’t get their message out. By showing them and the country how isolated they are. By embarrassing them to the point that they don’t want to come out in public again.

If we outnumber them five-to-one, ten-to-one, twenty-to-one, a hundred-to-one, then we won’t need to use violence to stop them. Our mere presence will, like it did in Boston when 40,000 people showed up to counter “a few dozen” alt-right demonstrators. “Boston right-wing ‘free speech’ rally dwarfed by counterprotesters does not make for an effective recruitment tool for the alt-right.

Violence limits the number of people who are willing to come out to these types of events. We can’t let the alt-right feel like this is anything close to an equal fight. And if those of us on the radical left are the only ones showing up to counter-protests, that’s the sense that they will get. We need the masses to win, and we need to maintain nonviolent discipline to turn the masses out.

While the actions of Antifa are getting support on my social media feed, we know that social media can be an echo chamber of limited political views. The masses do not support violence, and that needs to be part of our calculations.

Creative nonviolence

We also need to stop thinking that going head-to-head is the only option we have. There is so much diversity within nonviolence, and we are doing ourselves a disservice when we don’t fully utilize our creativity.

My favorite example of this is a dilemma action where the German town of Wunsiedel turned a Nazi march into a walk-a-thon for an anti-hate group organization. Residents committed to donating money for every meter that the Nazis marched. When the marchers came to town, the residents welcomed them, celebrated and thanked them for raising money to fight Nazism.

Or when clowns showed up to counter a KKK rally in Knoxville, Tennessee. It’s hard to fight when the other side is dressed like clowns, and the images don’t make for good recruitment either.

Or what if instead of trying to stop them, we mix in with them with signs opposing hate? If our signs outnumber theirs, again their photo-ops would become useless.

What if we hold massive banners and completely surround them, not letting anyone see them?

What if instead of shields and sticks, every person came with instruments, pots, pans, air horns and drums and completely drowned them out without actually trying to stop them?

What if we go to the site of their rally the night before and somehow transform the site itself? Maybe paint the entire ground a bright rainbow?

What if we coordinated the “Yes, You’re Racist” Twitter feed and tried to take pictures of everyone who shows up at the event? Members of the alt-right have already had their businesses boycotted, been fired from work, had their accounts suspended from Airbnb, social media and even the dating site OK Cupid.

Action vs. inaction

At the end of the day, the most important thing for anyone reading this is to be ready to mobilize every time the alt-right gathers. The fewer counter-demonstrators there are, the more likely it will be that violence will erupt. The more counter-demonstrators there are, the more likely that the alt-right will simply run away.

For those of us committed to nonviolence, it is easy to criticize people who have played a role in escalating violence. But if we are not at least in the streets with them, then our criticisms ring hollow. If we believe that we can defeat hate by building a popular movement, then we need to get into the streets and create one.

Violence vs. nonviolence is an important question, and a complicated one. A less complicated one is the question of action vs. inaction. Regardless of where you stand on nonviolence, if you stand for inaction you are helping hatred gain steam.

Antifa: the Anti-fascist Handbook – 'What Trump said made the book seem even more urgent'

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Rushed into print after the US president said there were ‘fine people on both sides’ of the Charlottesville clashes, Mark Bray’s guide provides tactics for those hoping to ‘defeat the resurgent far right’

When US president Donald Trump drew a parallel between the far-right protestors in Charlottesville and counter demonstrators last week, saying that, “You had people that were very fine people on both sides. Not all those people were neo-Nazis, not all those people were white supremacists”, Melville House rushed into action.

The independent publisher worked around the clock to get a new book printed following Trump’s remarks, and one week later, Antifa: the Anti-fascist Handbook is on bookshop shelves. A history of and guide to the anti-fascism movement, Antifa had originally been scheduled for September, but “everything in Charlottesville, and Trump’s odd behaviour around it, meant we tried to accelerate it even more,” said Melville House co-founder Dennis Johnson. “When the president said what he said, it made the book seem even more urgent.”

Related: ‘Alt-right’, ‘alt-left’ – the rhetoric of hate after Charlottesville

Related: Anti-fascist activists take on Trump and the far right: 'Resistance is our only shot'

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There is no place in academia for craven submission to Chinese censorship demands

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After an outcry, Cambridge University Press has reinstated deleted articles about China. It’s proof that we must remain wary of creating two academies – one devoted to truth, the other to securing the power of Beijing officials

Imagine if the British government could eradicate the miners’ strike from history. Not just by deleting all news coverage but by preventing the academic study of it. Imagine if, at university courses on the history of modern conservatism, all mention of it was banned. Imagine if, on top of that, a major global academic publisher voluntarily deleted all discussion of the miners’ strike from a prestigious journal.

You now have a sense of the scale of what Cambridge University Press had done by deleting more than 300 articles from China Quarterly, following a request from the Chinese government. The decision, which has been reversed and the articles reinstated in the face of a threatened academic boycott, could lead to China blocking this and other related content. To which conflict I say: bring it on.

Related: Thousands march in Hong Kong for release of pro-democracy leaders

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Have you participated in Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests?

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If you live in Hong Kong, we’d like you to tell us what the current political situation is like – and what hopes you have for the future

Thousands of demonstrators marched across Hong Kong to protest the jailing of pro-democracy leaders Alex Chow, Nathan Law and Joshua Wong.

Related: Thousands march in Hong Kong for release of pro-democracy leaders

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Manchester: Shock eviction of Cornerhouse centre puts 20 people on streets

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Homeless people rounded on Andy Burnham’s Labour administation in Manchester today after 20 people were rousted out of the well-regarded Cornerhouse squatted centre in an early-morning raid.

Manchester Activist Network, which has been heavily involved in the space, said today they will be looking to hold highly-paid council bosses to account for promises made during Mayor Burnham’s election campaign in May that his team would “end rough sleeping by 2020”:

Well done Andy Burnham and Manchester Council. Help end rough sleeping by 2020? Don’t you mean make 20 more people street homeless? Where’s the promises now eh? Spineless.

The dynamic entry assault came out of the blue as members of the self-organised homeless squat and social centre were planning the first screenings of a documentary on the outstanding grassroots work which has been done by Cornerhouse and the Manchester Activist Network this year.

Established in a former arts centre that had been empty for the previous two years, which is owned by Network Rail, Cornerhouse was one of the most successful self-organised street homeless projects of recent years, providing both housing and a community arts space for most of 2017.

At its height,the organising group was able to co-ordinate with a second larger residential squat, Hotspur Press, which was itself evicted last month — meaning that in the first three months of the new administation taking power pledging to end Manchester’s street homeless crisis around 60 people have been pushed back into street homelessness.

Squatters were highly sceptical of headlines from Burnham about “putting promises into action” over reducing homelessness when he took power on May 8th this year, but had made an effort to engage with his agenda, suggesting that he come and visit Cornerhouse to hear direct from people at the sharp end about what’s actually needed.

Burnham never made it down to the centre, just round the corner from Oxford Road Station, and has so far failed to respond to either eviction, though he had plenty of time on August 1st to wander around Machester city centre and put out a vague charity appeal to “end rough sleeping by 2020.”

Update: Talking to Freedom News, MAN organisers David Blaine and Nick Napier said:

We’re sitting down with our family from the Cornerhouse after our rude awakening this morning, 20 people with whom we are now once again street homeless and pondering, what do we do now?

“I pledge to end rough sleeping by 2020,” that was your promise to the people of Manchester Andy Burnham. That number seems to be very relevant today, 20 more people on the street sleeping rough, 20 more victims, 20 more statistics, 20 more possible deaths on your hands caused by your empty promises.

You won an election on the back of victims like those evicted today and who you failed to support. For seven months the Cornerhouse was a safe haven for those neglected by you and your council, after several face-to-face meetings, at the Cornerhouse, your hustings, your events on housing, your Q&As, your national news articles, your glossy photo opportunities, you know the truth, you know our situation, you said that you understood and you said that you cared.

Your colleagues Paul Dennett, Beth Knowles and Ivan Lewis MP all knew the truth and wanted to come and see the community that we had built. You wanted to witness the truth. Where were you Andy? Where was your support? Your words and promises are empty. Empty just like the buildings that we occupy, just like the buildings YOU asked for! It was less than £30 to lease our building, your mayoral fund was set up for this.

Its time to stop the BS Andy, no more messing around. The next building we take and those we support in it will require your help Andy Burnham, no more passing the buck, no more UK evictions, no more court cases. #housingisahumanright, #housingfirst and for this we will stand and make a fight, #nomoredeathsonourstreets.

https://freedomnews.org.uk/shock-eviction-of-cornerhouse-centre-puts-20-people-on-streets/

Thousands march in Hong Kong for release of pro-democracy leaders

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In sweltering heat, protesters wear brown prison uniforms in homage to jailed Alex Chow, Nathan Law and Joshua Wong

Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets of Hong Kong – some clad in prison uniforms – to demand the release of three of the former British colony’s best-known pro-democracy leaders.

Related: Hong Kong democracy campaigners jailed over anti-China protests

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The Once and Future Liberal reviews: identity and the American body politic

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Columbia professor Mark Lilla thinks an obsession with identity politics has wrecked American liberalism. Two writers respond to his provocative new book

Campus experiences lead him to say things which are half-true, untrue, false or completely meaningless

Related: Dark Money review: Nazi oil, the Koch brothers and a rightwing revolution

The Democratic party has morphed into the home of graduate degree America, Black Lives Matter and Lena Dunham of Girls

Related: Devil's Bargain review: Steve Bannon and the making of President Joe Pesci

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Saint-Denis (France): Social centre l’Attiéké evicted

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Today, at 6:30 am on August 17, 2017, l’Attiéké, the self-organized and inhabited social centre in Saint-Denis [in Paris northern suburbs], was evicted with the help of cops of all kinds, bailiffs, president and manager of the Fédération Française de Triathlon (owner of the building). The inhabitants were able to leave without arrest and recover some stuff. The rest of the belongings left for storage in another city in the Paris region and will likely be recovered in the days to come.
The former occupants of l’Attiéké social centre will meet tonight at 7 pm at the Geyter square. Attendance is welcome and necessary to manage the emergency. Other support events will follow.
There is sadness, of course, facing this news that turns a page of four years of struggles, occupations, solidarity and friendships, but there is still a whole book to write! Be ready, coz the “show must go on!”

Translated from https://fr.squat.net/2017/08/17/saint-denis-93-lete-des-expulsions-continue-lattieke-en-fait-les-frais

Athens (Greece): For the attack in Themistokleous 58 squat

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Last saturday 12 of August, a member of one of the squats we participate, went with another friend migrant* to sell cigarettes on Themistokleous street in exarcheia, as the second worked in this spot on a regural base. At this moment 10 persons, including participants of 58 squat and solidarians ordered them not to sell cigarettes in this street with the excuse that the squat member came to work here with the intention to spy on 58 squat for the interests of the squat he is participating on. Among the threat one of them clearly reclaimed : “Themistokleous street is mine”. The following day the regural seller of cigarettes went there, alone, as usual and the same 10 persons violently attacked him with sticks, causing him serious damages and ended it by throwing him in the garbage unconsious telling him that now he is also considered as a snitch of the other squat.

Why this happened?

Months ago a conflict occured between members of 58 squat and comrades of squats and collectives. After some time of conflicts between comrades from Exarheia, squats and collectives try to solve the problem with political conversations and open assemblies. 58 squat never appeared and refused to accept any communication with the body created to solve the problem.They also refused to stop the violence. After the failure of the movement to solve the problem, during the following months no one has provoked a conflict with 58 squat or any of its people. From the other side, people of 58 have continue to attack violently and physically comrades and also individuals that were connected with the past incidents. They exposed their gangster practices through: forbidding a large number of people to pass down themistokleous street by threating and attacking them. They reclaimed the ownership of Themistokleous street. Also, one of the last incidents that occured took place during a postering out of the neighbourhood few weeks ago. In addition to this, their constant behaviour towards the cigarette seller was to ask him cigarettes for free all this time and request him to not wear expensive clothes while he was selling cigarettes.
On wednesday 16 of August the cigarettes seller, injured, went again alone to do his regural job. People of 58 squat and other people went down with covered faces to hit him once more, but this time we were waiting for them.We did not want to play vendetta in the streets, but to attack them strongly with the goal to stop their domination.

Our decision to act was very clear and we targeted specific persons of 58 squat that were on the front line of the attacks in a practical way. We went to this fight with specific agreements that were:

1. Respecting the inner space of the squat by not entenring it.
2. No causing serious damages to migrants to avoid legal problems in case of arrest of hospitalization
3. Using only sticks for attack and defense.
4. No hitting someone that would not fight us back.
5. No causing damages that will lead to death.

We recognize as one of our mistake that during the intensity of the fight we oversuse violence to one person.

We are not proud of the methods we have used against squatters and we dont believe that these methods characterized us. We understand our way of acting as the last solution we could give.We are taking collectively the responsibility of our decision and what happened during the fight. We also explained our choices by the failure of the open procedure that took place several months and the lack of answers and initiatives expressed by the rest of the movement that have stayed away of this problem although they were aware of the situation with 58 squat.

Most of the people participating in our body who attacked were not inside the past conflict and open procedure. But, in front of the increasing of violent attacks, the targeting of everyone as a snitch, the spreading of terror and ganster practices inside the self-organised movement, we chose to act and we are defending our position to solve the problem by ourselves.We refuse to let the opportunity to the state and any kind of organized authority to intefere in a conflict and solve the violence that occured inside our struggling communities and open spaces, as letting the state and any kind of organized authority give its ‘solution’ to our problem means to give away the autonomy of our communities.

Squatters comrades and people from multinational communities

* The specific “migrant cigarettes seller” is a person that was help by comrades while he was in jail to find an alternative to survive without offensive means. After 6 months passed to have a stable situation by selling cigarettes, he try to help his friend (our comrade) that came out from the same situation, and this is the only reason why he proposed him to work together on the cigarettes stand in Themistokleous.

[athens.indymedia.org | 18 August, 2017.]

Amsterdam: ADM update

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‘Will the ADM disappear?’ – Berk and the ADM, with intro SUBTITLED (August 2nd. 2017)

BREAKING (August 16): All your submitted views (and ours) have been dismissed. The municipality still wants to evict us in February 2018

BREAKING: We won the appeal court case about penalties we’re supposedly had to pay to the Chidda’s (The heirs of Bertus Lüske), for not giving them access to our terrain.
Chidda’s bailiff has forcibly collected some €20,000 from us so far and it all has to be given back now. (And of course they’ve to pay for this court case and our lawyers as well!)
Yeah!!!

How movements dissolved Trump’s business councils

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by Daniel Hunter

An activist protesting Disney’s involvement in Trump’s business council in February. (Twitter / Working Families Party)

In these fast-moving times, it’s easy to miss the slow burn ingredients of a movement victory.

It’s been widely reported that President Trump’s business advisory councils have fallen apart. Many sources have even talked about how the CEOs involved began fleeing like rats from a sinking ship. But what you may not know is that this is actually a movement victory.

Behind the scenes, before words of condemnation were put into Trump’s mouth, three CEOs began talking about how Trump’s response was inadequate. They were the CEOs of Pepsi, IBM and General Motors: Indra Nooyi, Ginni Rometty and Mary Barra. All of them women.

They began calling on other CEOs to quit the panels. According to one inside source, “If you were a customer-facing business, you definitely were feeling the heat.”

Why customer-facing? Well, there we have to point the finger at groups that have been pioneering corporate targeting, like Rainforest Action Network, SumOfUs and Color of Change. Corporations are looking over their shoulders in new ways.

Specifically, Color of Change launched a campaign called #QuitTheCouncil in January. They targeted Uber, Tesla and Disney after Trump introduced the Muslim ban and pulled out of the Paris climate agreement. With the support of other allies, Color of Change got those three CEOs to pull out.

According to Color of Change campaign manager Jade Magnus, “We focused on companies that have a public commitment to diversity and public commitment to affirmative action that weren’t walking the walk, but continued to collaborate with Trump. We wanted them to take a stand and choose either to stand on the side of the consumer or stand with Donald Trump and every single issue he represents.”

Corporations were worried.

It should not be a surprise that it was women CEOs taking up that mantle. Older, white executives, like former General Electric CEO Jack Welch, wanted to keep the council together and just weather the storm.

Instead, it was a brown woman, Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi, who led the way and kept pushing.

This is not to say that these CEOs are with the activists now. Instead, it’s important to note that they are where they are because of activists — namely the movements that pressured corporations to hire more women for leadership roles. It was a slow strategy, using agitating groups and inside groups.

To cite one example: In the world of socially responsible investing, activist investors have increasingly made diversity and leadership in executives a criteria for choosing funds. The result has been a slow but noticeable shift in the number of women in executive and board level positions.

The erosion of the glass ceiling for women is good for social change. So were the movements that encouraged more African-American leadership, as shown by the first public acts of the council after Trump displayed his empathy with Nazis and fascists. It came from one of the few African-Americans on the manufacturing council: Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier. He publicly quit, claiming “a responsibility to take a stand against violence and extremism.”

Whatever we can say about Frazier’s timing, the result was swift. Trump attacked him publicly with his typical blustery accusations.

To recap: We have women organizing behind the scenes, led by a woman of color. We have a black man taking public action and getting attacked.

Gender and race dynamics don’t always unfold like this, but it certainly isn’t uncommon.

The CEO’s actions spurred others. The women drew in more CEOs and eventually organized a call where “each panel member was called upon to speak, in alphabetical order.” The result was the decision for the council to disband.

In that spirit of pre-emptive break-up, Trump broke up the council and claimed it was his own move.

But the die had been cast. The stage had been set.

No, it was not Trump. Nor was it some “well-meaning” CEOs. It wasn’t even a single contemporary campaign. It was many movement actions over the ages that led us to the place where a business council quits because a president defended Nazis and fascists.

These are the steady pieces that make for the building of a new culture. Although we’re not there yet, we should claim the victories along the way, as well as honor those who helped make them possible.

 

Hong Kong urged to free jailed pro-democracy protesters in open letter

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Political figures from the UK, US and around the world call for release of three jailed umbrella movement activists

Prominent political and legal figures around the world have condemned the “outrageously unjust” imprisonment of three of Hong Kong’s best-known pro-democracy activists, calling on China to immediately free the “political prisoners”.

Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow – three leaders of 2014’s umbrella movement demonstrationswere jailed for between six and eight months on Thursday for their involvement in an “unlawful assembly” at the start of that historic 79-day civil disobedience campaign.

Related: A letter to China: Hong Kong's democrats should be honoured

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The Guardian view on Hong Kong: the voice of Beijing, not of justice | Editorial

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Campaigners in Hong Kong and abroad say it is vindictive to imprison pro-democracy protestors over a sit-in. They are right

The jailing of Joshua Wong, Hong Kong’s youthful “face of protest”, and of his fellow activists Nathan Law and Alex Chow, is technically a matter of law but in reality one of politics. Two of them had already carried out community service for unlawful assembly or inciting unlawful assembly; the third had received a suspended sentence. That was not enough. They have been at the forefront of the pro-democracy movement, inspiring many more in Hong Kong to rally in defence of the greater freedoms it has enjoyed compared to the mainland under the “one country-two systems” formula. Authorities have been determined to silence these voices. By appealing against the “rather dangerous” supposed leniency of the original sentences, they have succeeded, for now.

The trio were among those who forced their way into Civic Square, just outside government offices, to hold a sit-in in 2014. Their arrests helped to spark the Umbrella Movement, an unprecedented mass act of peaceful civil disobedience which gave the lie to the belief that Hong Kong people do not care about politics or civil rights, only prosperity and stability. Many do; but young people in particular are increasingly concerned about the erosion of the region’s way of life – theoretically guaranteed until 2047, 50 years after handover, but in reality worn down at an increasing speed.

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Exarchia: Themistokleous 58 Squat attacked (4 seriously injured in the hospital)

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The squat Themistokleous 58, also known as TH58, in Exarchia, was attacked [August 16] by people wearing helmets. This was a mafia style attack which resulted in 4 injured comrades in serious condition and who are hospitalized.

Information about the attack and its causes will be announced by the TH58 Assembly.

Updates:

The latest information on the near-murder incident is as follows:

1. The 4 seriously injured (in the hospital) are an immigrant and three in solidarity

2. Attackers, literally fascistically, with metal & wooden beads, as well with knives, rushed straight to the heads of those housed in TH58; Among these fascists were recognized members of squats and migrants, as well as a cigarettes dealer who sells tobacco and other substances near the TH58.

A political text is expected from the Themistokleous 58 squat (Θ58).

Source – Contrainfo

Hong Kong jailings could lend democracy cause greater legitimacy

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Detention of protest leaders highlights how ‘one country, two systems’ framework is on a knife edge, activists say

For Hong Kong’s embattled democracy movement the 20th anniversary of the UK’s handover to China has been nothing short of an annus horribilis.

But on Thursday afternoon, just minutes after the former British colony’s high court had transformed him into one of the city’s first prisoners of conscience, Joshua Wong struck a decidedly an upbeat tone.

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Did you visit this anti-Trump site? The US government wants your IP address | Trevor Timm

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The Department of Justice wants 1.3 million IP addresses of people who visited distruptj20.org. Is reading about protest illegal now?

In an unprecedented and dangerous move, President Trump’s Justice Department is threatening to violate the 1st and 4th amendment rights of over a million people by issuing an overboard surveillance request aimed at identifying alleged anti-Trump protesters.

The Justice Department is demanding that web hosting provider DreamHost hand over, among many other things, 1.3 million IP addresses – essentially everyone who has ever visited an anti-Trump protest site called disruptj20.org that was organizing protests surrounding Trump inauguration in January.

We’re planning a series of massive direct actions that will shut down the Inauguration ceremonies and any related celebrations–the Inaugural parade, the Inaugural balls, you name it. We’re also planning to paralyze the city itself, using blockades and marches to stop traffic and even public transit. And hey, because we like fun, we’re even going to throw some parties.

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