Marches for Science turn Earth Day into Truth Day

by Anne Jaclard and friends

April 22 was Earth Day, an annual event since the start of the ecology movement in 1970.  In past years, while sounding the alarm about global warming and other human-created threats to life on earth, Earth Day demonstrations were not aimed primarily at the political party in power.

This year was different. At some 150 “Marches for Science” across the US, the day was all about opposing Trump: (1) his reducing funding for government services including the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institute of Health, and reducing funding for scientific research and for education, and (2) his debasement of the concepts of truth and evidence-based knowledge. The latter is what made these Marches unique—who ever before saw hundreds of thousands of people turn-out to demand that truth be respected and employed?
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New Yorkers Protest Against Trump’s Attack on Free Press

by Andrew Kliman

Yesterday morning, two days after Donald Trump’s White House barred major media organizations from its daily press briefing, members of Marxist-Humanist Initiative joined hundreds of other protesters in an emergency demonstration for freedom of the press. Protesters gathered at the offices of the New York Times, after which they marched to Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, NBC, and then back to the Times.

Many demonstrators wore tape across their mouths. The demonstration was called by Get Organized BK!, a Resistance group in Brooklyn.

NYT bldg

photo by Jeremie Battaglia

The protest took place amid Donald Trump’s repeated denunciations of “fake news” media and the “lying press,” calling them the “enemy of the American people.” Steve Bannon, his white-nationalist security adviser, has made similar comments. “Lying press” is a direct translation of lügenpresse, a term used by the Nazi regime in Germany to discredit the news media.
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Mass Opposition to ‘Muslim Ban’ Forces Trump to Comply with Court Stay; Protests Continue across U.S. & World

Saturday, Feb.4—For the ninth day in a row, spontaneous demonstrations against Trump’s “Muslim ban” are going on all over the country, as well as in London, Paris, Jakarta, Australia, and elsewhere. Protests are continuing in spite of a new federal court order issued last night, staying the ban from effectiveness (temporarily). Trump immediately denigrated the judge and constitutional law; it looked like he would not comply with the order, creating a constitutional crisis. But he backed down–the State Department has just re-instated the 60,000 visas that it had revoked when the ban was issued. That has not stopped the protests from growing. Read More

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