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Women’s March on Washington officially has a permit for Jan. 21

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Someone just forwarded me this article interviewing Bono on his thoughts toward Trump.

Bono's Pitch Perfect Approach to Trump

 

He is right to say that we should try to understand why so many in the country

felt ignored and condescended to during the Obama administration, 

because surely many of us were.

 

And, it is true that the Women's March on Washington

-- the National team (which I have nothing to do with)--

is made up of many Obama, Clinton and Bernie Sanders supporters, 

which I also have nothing to do with.

 

But, compassion toward those who have been hurting is not a justifiable reason to normalize Trump.

Trump did terrible things to the country during the election.

He attacked and abused every single vestige of national and communal pride and decency

and endangered the lives of millions by appealing to fear, ignorance and bigotry.

He dragged the country through the gutter and kicked us, our national heroes,

our traditions, our values, our institutions and our Constitution in the face,

and then turned around and spit on them for good measure, just out of spite and malice.

He gives succor to our foreign enemies.

He will not be forgiven for this.

 

Yes, DC is arrogant.  I have never liked it here.

I will be leaving the city this week after 15 years, the last 8 of which were a miserable hell.

People in power did not see Trump coming and

have not yet acknowledged their complicity in his rise. 

Bono is right about both of those points.

But MANY MANY of us did see him coming.

 

 

And, most important, Trump's rise isn't just a case of people voting

for a candidate and that candidate winning.

There were all sort of other unethical and nefarious activities

going on during the campaign that affected the outcome,

including interference by a foreign adversary.

 

A fair, honest and informed mind also has to acknowledge this.

 

Bono is quoted in this article saying,

"Instead of protesting, boycotting or calling for impeachment,

how about starting with an honest and humble attempt to understand."

 

He is not wrong in calling for understanding, humility and honesty toward

​those who have been aggrieved.  But, again, one cannot extend that to Trump.

Trump is simply not a good person.

 He is not a leader.  He is a liar and a bully.

Plain and Simple.

A Bully.

 

So, I gather from these comments, published on the day of our international actions,

that Bono is not much in support of Women's March.  

That's ok.

 

I wish to thank U2.com for letting me keep a WM stream here.

will stop adding to it now.

 

Wishing the best to all Women, the Men who love and respect them,

and to all those, including the environment,

who are now under existential threat.

We will do our best to try and protect you.

Please work with us.

 

On behalf of Women's March Global, we love you!

 

Bye, and thank you.

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I marched today to stand as by with & for women.

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The Grammys ..

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 Today I marched with thousands of others in the Women's march in Spokane,Washington!!

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Today I marched with thousands of others in the Women's march in Spokane,Washington!!

 

 

I marched today to stand as by with & for women.

 

I had such a good day. Positive and uplifting & grateful to be part of such a loving and compassionate community

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Illumination and Hestia,

We built a coalition of 5 million registered people in 83 countries on seven continents in a few weeks.

You stood and have been counted along with us. Thank you!

Please stay connected to Women's March.

WE'VE GOT THIS!

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above post edited to add homage to Hestia!

 

THANK YOU!

 

SALUT!!!!

 

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Ok, I said I would not keep this thread going here since it is not at all clear whether

the guys at U2 support our efforts or not (which is certainly their right!).

But some things are just too marvelous to not share:

 

Men in Support in Zimbabwe!

 

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Also wish to add that there are already dishonorable people trying to hijack the Women's March movement,

​including spreading false information and attempting to phish information by circulating a bogus "headcount" poll.  Please, only take guidance from the Women's March website or through your local organizer.  We are tracking down these doers of misdeeds as quickly as we find them and are able to.  We also welcome volunteers from all over the world to assist with ongoing global policy efforts and actions.  We are all volunteers, so far, and we are already planning the next actions.  

Hey! Hey! We are not going away!

Thank you!

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Edge played at Women's March??!
THANK YOU!!!!!
I was so busy working on the international side I had no time to follow what was happening inside the country, and I did not know. I am so delighted! Thank you so very much, Edge. Really thank you so very much!

Women's March Global is not a formal organization yet. I am hoping it will get itself organized soon. we were totally on our own for the marches and received no support from the national group.  We had none of their help, money or resources.  Just 9 people with an internet connection.  I think we still did a brilliant job regardless! Maybe you will consider working with us in the future, as well, on international actions? I'm trying to convince the other eight people in the global coordinating group to approach One with the hopes of partnering with them. We could definitely use the guidance, and we can offer our 5 million strong coalition, 2 million of which are outside the country, to One's rosters. I have encouraged the global group to approach One, I don't know if they have or will, but I hope so. I wasn't at all clear to me whether you guys were with us or not. I thought maybe the politics were too dicey to get involved in., even for you guys, which I would have fully understood. thank you again, Edge! Marvelous!

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PS--i listened to two Trumpers at a bar on Capitol Hill last night refer to the women's marchers as " skanky bitches" who "should be put down.". 3 million of those were US citizens!

 

Really? We are expected to extend compassion and understanding to these thugs? Really?

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PUNISHMENT

Donald Trump Is Determined To Spite Every Woman

For a man who claims to be pro-life, Trump showed this week that he cares very little for the lives of women at home or abroad.
 
“Nobody has more respect for women than I do,” said Donald Trump, defending in a presidential debate comments he made about grabbing women “by the pussy” without their permission. It’s safe to say now that if you believed him then, you’re a sucker.

After a wild few days of sweeping ordersbizarre public appearances and unhinged Twitter tirades, it’d be easy to paint President Trump as “unpredictable.” But he seems pretty simple. He is a man driven by the desire to reward those who love him appropriately and punish those who don’t. Last Saturday, women marched with “Fuck Trump” signs, this week, Trump gave the pink hats his own “fuck you.” It’s safe to say that there are many people who have more respect for women than Donald Trump.

 

On Tuesday, Trump showed his pro-life bona fides with his first, albeit expected, swipe at women. He signed an executive action reinstating the so-called Global Gag Rule, an order that restricts usage of U.S. aid money to public health organizations that provide or even discuss abortion with patients. Initial news reports on the action passed it off as routine, something that essentially put back in place an order the George W Bush administration had enacted in 2001, something that administrations had been enacting and repealing, over and over, since Ronald Reagan first applied it in 1984.

 

But Trump’s version is much broader in scope, affecting all foreign public-health organizations that receive U.S. aid, not just those that provide family-planning services. On a practical level, the new Trump’d up Mexico City Rule may govern up to $9.458 billion in U.S. funds and all public-health organizations the U.S. funds abroad. The Bush version encompassed $575 million and affected only family-planning health providers.

 

 

Trump signed the Global Gag rule in the Oval Office, days after the millions-strong Women’s Marches around the country made his inauguration look like a midseason Tampa Bay Rays game. He signed the order surrounded by men, which made the signing of a legal document pertaining to women’s health look a lot like a ‘fuck you’.

 

But the new president was just getting warmed up. Today, he took it even further, targeting the United Nations for its own gag rule. Now, the only UN agencies eligible for U.S. funds are those that never promote “abortion or sterilization as a method of family planning, or to motivate or coerce any person to undergo an abortion or sterilization.” It’s the global gag rule, but on steroids, and on a larger scale.

 

One of the groups singled out, the United Nations Population Fund, fights female genital mutilation, child marriage, and maternal death. The global scourge of child marriage means that in some places, girls as young as 10 or 11 face life-threatening pregnancies. Sterilization is a crucial aspect of reducing maternal death, as women in many parts of the world don’t have regular access to birth control, even if a pregnancy would be high-risk for them. Around 300,000 women die during childbirth globally every year. The world we live in is not a world that can humanely exclude abortion and sterilization from discussions of women’s health.

 

The Trump iteration of the pro-life agenda makes sex something that should have potentially dire consequences for women, whether she’s an American teenager, an African grandmother, or a Syrian refugee. There’s nothing pro-life about letting women die.

 

On the same desk he signed the global gag order, the President is expected to sign another executive order. While it stops short of a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the U.S. for any reason, it does target countries with majority populations that adhere to one particular faith, while making exceptions for persecuted “religious minorities” (Christians). The order calls for a 120-day ban on admitting nearly all refugees, and stops the issuance of visas from several majority-Muslim countries, including Syria.

 

In a master stroke of irony, the order states that the U.S. will not give visas to individuals who commit “acts of bigotry” such as honor killings and violence against women, or discrimination against somebody based on their sexual orientation. Maybe Team Trump should take a glance in one of those big, beautiful White House mirrors. According to reports, slashing funds to domestic violence shelters here in the US is on the table for the Trump administration. And regarding sexual orientation, you’d be hard pressed to find somebody with a richer history of gay antipathy than Mike Pence. In 2006, Pence and some congressional allies attempted to push an anti-gay marriage constitutional amendment. Gay marriage, he said, would lead to social collapse. In addition, Pence has supported Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and opposed anti-gay discrimination laws. It sure seems like Donald Trump only pretends to care about women or the LGBTQ community inasmuch as it justifies bigotry against brown men. If either of those men applied for an American visa, they’d both be denied by their own administration’s standards.

 

 

The people fleeing bloodshed in Syria aren’t cartoonish jihadists of the dark crevices of a Breitbart writer’s holy-war fanfic. According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, 73 percent of refugees from Syria are women and children. The likely-soon-to-be-embattled United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) estimates that 360,000 women directly impacted by the Syrian conflict were pregnant. Of those, 80,200 have fled to neighboring countries, many of which lack resources to provide maternal care to an influx that size.

 

A final, cruel twist of the knife seems to be the mental gymnastics routine required to understand how Trump can characterize Syria as a humanitarian disaster while praising Vladimir Putin, who, alongside Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad, is arguably responsible for much of the slaughter. Trump has allied himself with an ally of the man who has turned Syria into Hell, and then turned his back on those who wish to escape. Children. Women. Pregnant women.

 

Beyond that, it’s tough to fathom the mutual exclusivity of the beliefs that a fetus is a person worthy of being protected at all costs, but a pregnant refugee is something less than a person, something we can turn our backs on. How can a person who calls themselves an advocate for the unborn be so callous about the lives of the post-born? He only approves of abortion that occurs after the third trimester.

 

None of this makes sense unless you think of it in terms of reward and punishment. Trump distributes rewards to the people who have loved him to his satisfaction. Those who showed up to Donald Trump’s rallies dutifully doffing their MAGA hats, those who surround him in the Oval Office, bloated with smugness as he signs orders restricting women’s choices. Those who know what Trump means when he says “we” and “them.”

 

Those who shield the President from the truth about crowd size, to protect his ego. Those who once screamed LOCK HER UP, who now don’t mind that he didn’t lock her up, but will scream LOCK HER UP anyway, because it’s fun. Those who want to stick it to the blue states, who, like Trump, cannot fathom a country so full of stuck-up cultural snots trying to make them feel bad about their choices. Those who clean up after his irresponsible barking during humiliating Sunday show appearances, visibly aged after months of lying and deflection. Those whose eyes feign delight as they dutifully clap in the front row of his speeches in an attempt to gain favor with him. Those who tweet Pepe memes at him. Those nearby sycophants and far-flung self-identified deplorables. Those are the people he loves, those are the people he rewards. He is with them.

 

In Trump’s America, everybody else can go fuck themselves.

 

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/01/26/donald-trump-is-determined-to-spite-every-woman.html

 

 

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see article above.

 

The day after election, in the same Capitol Hill locale that I heard Trumper's last night calling the Women's Marchers "skanky bitches...who need to be put down," a bearded member of the Trump Taliban (I did not realize that is who it was initially), asked me what I thought of the election.

 

I replied (and this was all I said), "Well, I think Democracy is very fragile."  At which point he was in my face, this bearded hulk, pointing his finger and hissing at me, "You better be careful...you are tiptoeing very close to treason" and then screamed at me to get out of the place.

 

As bad as this whole situation clearly looks to everyone, it is actually so so much worse.   I really don't think people fully realize yet what is happening.  On the whole, and as a rule, people are very slow to pick up on reality.  Even the courts won't be havens for the people once the Supreme Court is turned.  People should get out while they can. Don't be Chamberlains.  Leave this country to eat itself.  And, try to contain it so that it wont eat the rest of the world too.

 

I know people who were sage enough to flee Venezuela at the start of Chavez's reign, and I am aware of a great many more poor souls who did not or could not get out.

I feel I need protection.

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