WEEK OF MAY 15, 2017

"Once you do away with the idea of people as fixed, static entities, then you see that people can change, and there is hope."
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 Flash-Mob Spells Out ‘RESIST!’ Next To Trump California Golf Course

Indivisible San Pedro pulled off a protest at Trump National Golf Course in Rancho Palos Verdes in California this past weekend. The event was orchestrated with minimal funds, but lots of manpower, using their bodies to spell “RESIST”. They worked so quickly that it happened before any of the Trump people knew what hit ‘em.

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Morale is down, but federal employees remain dedicated to their agency missions

While two-thirds of federal employees surveyed reported low morale, feeling that the current administration is either not supporting or standing in the way of their department’s missions, over three quarters all say they plan to stay in their jobs, siting the need to contribute to their agency’s mission as a top reason.

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 Is it time for Trump staff to lawyer up?

With subpoenas flying out left and right, experts in D.C. scandals think it is time for the president’s men to lawyer up. White collar defense attorneys say that usually in scandals and subsequent cover ups it is usually mid to low level employees that take the biggest hit.

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Schumer: No FBI director until special prosecutor named

In a show of solidarity, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer joined other Democrats in saying he would support blocking any nominee that the president puts forward to replace James Comedy until an independent investigator is named.

WEEK OF MAY 8, 2017

"It is in collectivities that we find reservoirs of hope and optimism." Angela Y. Davis

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Macron Beats Far Right LePen in French Presidential Elections
Seen as a defeat of the kind of rhetoric that bore Brexit and Trump, Emmanuel Macron defeated far right candidate Marine Le Pen to be France’s next president. For a while, it looked as though France was going to elect Le Pen, who had the backing of Putin and Trump. But with a victory of 65% of the vote, Macro, 39,  becomes the youngest president in French history.

May Day Protests Turn Out Record Numbers
On May 1st, workers around the country took the day off to march for labor and immigration rights. It was touted as one of the biggest turnouts for May Day in U.S. history.

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Bill Shine Out As Fox News President
While Shine was never implicated in allegations of sexual harassment, many ex-employees accused the cable news network’s former president of covering up allegations against news personalities like the recently departed Bill O’Reilly.

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NPR, PBS and Arts Funding Safe For Now
Trump’s proposed budget cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts, NPR and PBS are safe for now as Congress just passed its budget for this fiscal year which ends in October. After that, the giant slashes to arts and huge boosts in defense spending will be back on the table.