A brief conversation on Twitter:
Jason Rosenbaum @jrosenbaum
Key thing I’m hearing at this event: Goal next Tuesday is not only to repeal right to work, but run up the percentage to provide a disincentive for the #moleg & @mikeparson to reinstate it next year:
4:59 PM – 1 Aug 2018 from IBEW Local 1
Michael Bersin @MBersin
Replying to @jrosenbaum
The goal for November should be to defeat every legislator who pushed for “right to get paid less” and made working people spend millions in August to defend their rights and quality jobs. Then there’ll be no need for additional disincentive. @WeAreMissouri
5:36 PM – 1 Aug 2018
Make them Pay.
Vote “No” on the anti-Union Proposition A in the Tuesday, August 7th primary.
Vote them out of office in November.
Yesterday Donald Trump came to Kansas City to speak in front of a veteran’s organization and to attend a later fundraiser. The area around the downtown Kansas City venues for these events were closed to public access for a significant part of the day. There were protests during and after Trump’s (r) visit.
A high five:
Late last night:
Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!
10:24 PM – 22 Jul 2018
This is a story about a patriot in Jefferson City, Missouri who acted in defense of everything good about America yesterday. She was arrested for her trouble.
Sue Gibson, in her own words:
I got to Jefferson City’s Independence Day parade location early Tuesday evening and walked along High Street looking for TV cameras and anyone I knew who might take pictures of my planned action.
The only news outlet I saw was KRCG, the Sinclair station, and I did not think they would air it.
I found no one to whom I felt comfortable disclosing.
A woman I encountered on the sidewalk complimented my t-shirt (I Stand with Missouri Women) and showed me her tattoo that read LIBERAL.
We chatted about how hard it is to live here as progressives.
I am thinking: This is wild. She might be a police spy, or am I just very lucky to have run onto her? I gave her both my personal contact card and my Indivisible card, and we parted.
The parade started with motorcycle cops in the lead and I let them get over a block away before even considering jumping in. I was right by the judges’ grandstand and after introducing the three judges, the announcer started talking about the parade theme: Diversity and how people come to America’s shores blah blah blah. And I thought: It has to be right now! So I jumped in and stopped the parade holding my sign Babies are in cages above my head.
I remember no sound. My experience was just everyone looking at me with their mouths hanging open. Two parade organizers came along in their golf cart. The woman said, OK. You’ve made your point. Will you let us have our parade now? I stood stationary. They conferred and decided to invite me to march in the parade with my sign so the parade could proceed.
Meanwhile, I see two cops approaching on foot. The first one gets there and agrees that I can join the parade. The second one isn’t having it; orders me out of the street. I don’t move. He snatches my sign, whirls me around and cuffs me. Starts pushing me toward the curb.
The crowd cheers my arrest. All they want is a parade to celebrate America. The organizers are visibly disturbed, shouting at the crowd: “What is wrong with you? Stop it!”
But kids will ask their parents what was that that happened today, and that is what I wanted. And the organizers were conflicted. That tension within individuals is what I hoped for as well.
The cops are taking me to their car on a side street and I see that woman I just met filming or photographing with her phone!!!!! She has my email address, so surely she will send it! How serendipitous is that?
Oh, a thing a cop said before they put me in the car: “She’s one of those.” (I had incurred a charge of failure to obey an officer on two different days recently with the Poor People’s Campaign.) The arresting officer said, “Yeah, I figured it out. I recognize her.” I dare not jaywalk from now on[.]
Then I spent time with two delightful women in the holding cell having great conversation about injustices. A holding cell is a terrific place to organize! I will be taking one of them to vote for her first time ever! She got released first, and by the time I got home, she had friended me on Facebook.
And the bail bondswoman was like-minded and thrilled with what I had done; took a photo of me with my sign to share with her mother and her one like-minded sibling. And gave me a discount!
Court date: August 8.
Charge: Failure to obey.
Sue Gibson’s sign (front and back):
What a badass – civil disobedience, getting arrested, and organizing in a holding cell. Is this a great country, or what?
Someone posted video of Sue Gibson’s arrest on a community social media page.
Some of the comments on the page:
Run her ass over!
Well that’s a little violent. I hope you’re not actually suggesting someone commit voluntary manslaughter.
Stay out of the road.
…when you serve your country, you are preserving not only the rights of your family and friends, but the rights of Americans who don’t always share your beliefs. These individuals are your country, your fellow citizens, not “morons,” and are entitled to express opinions. She harmed no one, she made her statement, and she knew her consequences. You may need someone to stand up like that for you some day.
…when you impede traffic, a parade, or any other flow of moving vehicles you are a moron she could have chosen a better way to show her beliefs/opinion
…although her protest may have stopped a parade celebrating freedom, she is free to make that choice. The fact that you resort to name callling says something about how her behavior affected you, not about her.
Since this is Independence Day, and you are celebrating it in the way you choose, because we are free, I think it’s terrific that this person made a choice to show her concern for immigrant children in a way that harmed none of you, but caused all of you to express your feelings as well. Happy Independence Day. We are free, and we have a duty to make sure we stay free. That means we are free to express our opinions.
Go, read all of the comments.
Be the badass on the right (June 29, 2018)
We just love this photo. Apparently a lot of other people do, too.
Over the past ten days or so we’ve covered a variety of events. A town hall on gun violence in Kansas City, Kansas which included students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida, and several demonstrations against Donald Trump’s (r) policy of separating immigrant children from their parents and placing them in concentration camps – in downtown Overland Park, Kansas; downtown and on the Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri; and in Columbia, Missouri. In the meantime the right wingnut controlled U.S. Supreme Court upheld the latest iteration of Donald Trump’s (r) Muslim travel ban.
On Friday evening we covered a demonstration near the entrance of the Plaza in Kansas City organized by a coalition of Muslim community groups and allies. About 150 people showed up – modest, yet still effective by Kansas City standards. There was the usual Kansas City Police presence.
About an hour into the demonstration a lone Trump supporter, by his flag, showed up. And then later still, a half dozen or so other right wingnuts showed up in matching t-shirts, bearing matching flags and signs, who strutted past the Muslim demonstration.
It’s quite simple, really, if you single out a religious minority you’re a bigot. That’s it.
His editor would cut the first line and the fourth line, then call it truth in advertising.
Uh, about that lack of civility…
They have Congress, the have the executive branch, and they have the Supreme Court. What makes them so aggrieved that they’d show up to a modest and harmless demonstration like this? That they’re so insecure that they demand absolute fealty to their supreme leader?
That’s just like Barack and Michelle Obama! Oh, wait….
Wait, is that guy wearing American flag underpants out in public? Go figure.
Why here? Why now? Why this demonstration and not the others? What was the difference?
No, we cannot (June 29, 2018)
Children understand (June 29, 2018)
As we are all (June 29, 2018)
Be the badass on the right (June 29, 2018)
On Saturday morning approximately 500 individuals attended the Families Belong Together rally and march which started in front of the Boone County Courthouse in Columbia, Missouri. The event was one of around 700 rallies and marches held across the country yesterday in opposition to Donald Trump’s (r) policies of separating immigrant children from their parents and placing them in concentration camps.
Organizers from campaigns and the “No on Propisition A” (opposed to “right to get paid less”) campaign worked the crowd.
The jury is still out on that in Donald Trump’s (r) America.
There were a number of speakers at the rally.
And then they marched.
Activism is about showing up, registering to vote, getting the vote out, and voting.
That was so last century (June 30, 2018)
The triumph of privatization (June 30, 2018)