MHI participants, London:
We had two protests in London, 20 and 21 January. Friday’s demonstration was a spontaneous reaction outside of the American embassy in Grosvenor Square. It was planned quickly and noisily attended on a frosty night by up to a couple of thousand people, including many on the British Left, opposed to the inauguration of the an American President who has sent shockwaves around the world as to what he plans to unleash against the democratic gains of progressive people so far. Many animated discussions took place under the piercing street lamps, punctuated with organised chants from steaming mouths.
What everyone was not prepared for was the huge response to the official “Women’s March on London” on the Saturday, as people again assembled from 12 noon:
Nov. 15–Tens of millions of Americans–and people throughout the world–are rightly terrified of what awaits us under President-elect Donald J. Trump, and they have begun to fight back.
Our August editorial, “The Extraordinary Dangers of Trump and Trumpism,” warned of the dangers that lie ahead. We urge you to study it again, as preparation for confronting the future. To hear more about our views, you can listen to an in-depth post-election interview with Anne Jaclard and Andrew Kliman by a left-wing German radio project, Freies Sender Kombinat, which remembered our editorial and reached out to discuss it with us. We expect the English version of the podcast shortly and will post it in our publication. [Editor's note, Nov. 24, 2016: the link to the hour-long podcast is now posted here.]
THE ONGOING PROTESTS
The whole world has been turned upside down. We protest without a semblance of normalcy in our lives.
Today was the seventh straight day and night of anti-Trump protests in cities and college campuses. Through Sunday, there were at least 193 different protests across the U.S., plus more overseas. In New York City, we march to Trump Tower, the new seat of government; tens of thousands gather outside to shout and cry.
by Eddie Goldman
It was just sitting there in its oversized envelope, this absentee ballot I get sent since I decided that my various health problems had made it too difficult for me to navigate these poorly run polling places. And it is quite easy to fill out: Just fill in the circle next to the name of your choice for each office. You can even quite easily write a candidate in, much more easily than at a voting booth, with the last column left blank just for that purpose. It’s all a bit like writing a check and paying a bill by mail, without having to include a check in the return letter, but still having to affix one of those “Forever” stamps.
But of course it is much more than that, supposedly a matter of principle, some would say. Or is it? For me, the vote simply indicates whom you would least likely want to lose the election. And contrary to what others have argued, a vote for someone does not indicate support, or require you not to fight all the crap they will do once in office. As the Marxist Andrew Kliman wrote, “voting isn’t supporting…. This distinction may be a difficult one for the dialectically challenged. But to me, it is straightforward, even obvious.” (Although I am not sure he is right about the actual situation in Utah.)
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