4-year -old Rose & her dolls protest Trump

Four-year-old had a Women’s March protest with dolls and it’s absolutely perfect


Sure, going to the Women’s March on Washington following Donald Trump’s inauguration might have been a historic moment, but hosting a march in your backyard featuring adorable dolls might be just as cool.

Four-year old Rose’s delightful protest went viral last week after her parent’s posted photographs to Facebook of her dolls ready and geared up for resistance.

“I came up with the idea and Wendy and I made up the slogans and then Rose helped tape the signs and made two of her own,” Rose’s father, Mark Redfern explained to BuzzFeed. “As she made the first one, she scribbled lines and talked as she did about loving people.”

“It’s our job as parents to guide her through this crazy world and help her understand what’s going on and to encourage her to grow into a strong and confident woman,” he explained.

 Because of travel and safety concerns, the Lexington, Virginia-based family stayed put at home and created signs that were fitting for various Barbies, like a glass ceiling references for Cinderella, a frog-related reference for Princess Tiana, or climate change statements held by Poison Ivy.

“We plan to raise Rose to be engaged and active. When she gets older she can make her own decisions on how political she wants to be and what side she falls on, we’ll love her no matter what,” Redfern said.

No official word yet, but it might have been the largest Barbie protest in history.

[H/T Buzzfeed]

BONUS: Yes, Trump watched the Women’s Marches, and yes, he tweeted about it

Image: Mark Redfern/Facebook

Poor Tsarevna Ivanka!

Poor Tsarevna Ivanka Donaldoevna Trumpbitch! She has given so much of her riches to refugee and immigrant charities that all she could afford to wear to last night’s Refugee Fundraiser White House Imperial Ball was a hand-sewn gown she made by herself overnight with tired and blistered fingers from emergency survival spaceblanket reflector-foil. But how clever! She’s so talented!–Who knew? Who knew she could also sew foil into ballgowns as well as selflessly produce brilliant children for the throne, for our beloved Empire, for our poor peasant people and serfs of the future who will always forever need more such wise selfless leaders from our beloved Imperial Trumpbitch Family? What a woman, what a femmenschka, what a Giant Brain! what a Yuge Heart this One has! She lives to give!


Ivanka Trump Shows Off $5,000 Dress in Midst of Immigration Chaos … Internet Reacts

Jennifer Gerson Uffalussy

Contributing Writer
Yahoo StyleJanuary 29, 2017

On Friday evening, President Trump signed an executive order to temporarily bar the citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States and immediately halt to the U.S. refugee program for four months — with Syrian refugees barred indefinitely. By Saturday, protests had erupted at international airports across the nation, calling for the release of people being detained because of the executive order.

Amid the chaos and unrest, Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, a senior White House adviser, were getting ready for a night out on the town in black tie apparel.

Late Saturday night, a judge blocked the deportations.

And late Saturday night, the Trump-Kushner couple tweeted a photo of themselves, pictured above, all dolled up and ready for a night out.

It was the tweet seemingly heard around the world, as people immediately took to social media to decry the fact that Trump and her husband showed off fancy attire while the lives and security of refugees were in question, with a mounting number of Americans filling every nook and cranny at airports to protest the detention and deportation of refugees.

It also didn’t help that Ivanka’s dress, reportedly $5000, was metallic silver jacquard.

Lawyers Block the Trumpkin! Way To Go, Lawyers!!!

In the Middle of the Night Boston Judges Block Trump Immigration Orders

By Maria Sacchetti, The Boston Globe

29 January 17

n a rare middle-of-the night decision, two federal judges in Boston temporarily halted President Trump’s executive order blocking immigrants from seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States.

At 1:51 a.m., Judge Allison Burroughs and Magistrate Judge Judith Dein imposed a seven-day restraining order against Trump’s executive order, clearing the way for lawful immigrants from the seven barred nations – Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, Libya and Syria – to enter the US.

“It’s a great victory today,” said Susan Church, a lawyer who argued the case in court. “What’s most important about today is this is what makes America great, the fact that we have the rule of law.”

The ruling prohibits federal officials from detaining or deporting immigrants and refugees with valid visas or green cards or forcing them to undergo extra security screenings based solely on Trump’s order. The judges also instructed Customs and Border Protection to notify airlines overseas that it is safe to put immigrants on US-bound flights.

The judges issued the ruling in a lawsuit filed by the ACLU, Church and other lawyers initially on behalf of two University of Massachusetts Dartmouth professors, both Muslim green card holders from Iran, who were detained and interrogated for about three hours Saturday at Logan International Airport.

The professors, Mazdak Pourabdollah Tootkaboni and Arghavan Louhghalam, are permanent residents of the United States who left the country for an academic conference, the petition said. They arrived at Logan around 5:30 p.m. Saturday and were held “solely pursuant to an executive order issued” by Trump, the petition said.

Though the professors were released, lawyers rushed to federal court fearing more people could be barred in the days ahead.

The judges agreed, ruling that the lawyers had established a “strong likelihood of success” that Trump’s order would violate immigrants’ constitutional rights and said immigrants are “likely to suffer irreparable harm” as a result of the order.

“The balance of harms favors the issuance of this temporary restraining order and its issuance is in the public interest,” the judges said.

The immigration lawyers, who had conferred with one another for hours in the dimly lit hallways of Boston’s federal court late Saturday night into Sunday morning, cheered the victory and said they hoped to make the restraining order permanent.

“This is an illegal, unconstitutional executive order and if the president continues to go forward with these kinds of plans we’re going to continue to fight him every step of the way,” said Matthew Segal, legal director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, in a press conference after the hearing.

Lawyer Kerry Doyle added, “This is our first victory and our first day in court, or night in court as the case may be, but it won’t be the last one.”

Trump’s executive order, signed on Friday, bars immigrants from the seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the US, and halts refugees worldwide from entering the US for 120 days and Syrian refugees indefinitely.

Protests ensued around the country, including at Logan, where hundreds of people gathered Saturday night chanting, “Let them in.”

Also Saturday night, a federal judge in New York ruled that refugees and non-US citizens who have been detained at airports across the country should not be deported. A court in Virginia also issued a ruling on the order, according to media reports.

In Boston, lawyers, mostly women, rushed to federal court around 10 p.m., some still in fancy dresses from parties and galas or a Saturday night on the town.

Lawyer Sue Finegan left a gala to come to the court. Susan Cohen ditched a 60th birthday party. And Laura Rotolo of the ACLU left her husband and two children to clean up at  her 6-year-old’s birthday party. Doyle carried a copy of the Immigration and Nationality Act under her arm, and lawyer Melissa Smith handed out Girl Scout cookies — Thin Mints — for sustenance.

“We all raced over to help,” Finegan said.

Court officers also were called in from home, including one who had been eating chocolate ice cream and watching the news before he got the call. And federal prosecutor Ray Farquhar, acting chief of the civil division, put down his wine glass at an engagement party and rushed into court.

He argued that the lawsuit was moot because the professors had been released, but he said the US Attorney’s office was trying to find a reasonable solution to an issue that had abruptly appeared on their radar.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs said more immigrants from the countries on Trump’s list are expected to arrive in Boston first thing Sunday, which could be the first test of the judges’ ruling.






AIRPORT Protests spread across the nation, demanding detainees and visa-holders be released. This video is from JFK Saturday.

On Friday, Donald Trump tried to block Muslims and refugees from coming to this country. On Saturday, America fought back. And it’s massive.

Thousands gathered at JFK airport in New York, demanding the release of refugees and others detained after Trump’s orders. They sang, they chanted, they showed up with love and with might. Have a look at the Facebook Live stream from our friends at Working Families Party—it was a sight to behold:

Live Protest at JFK

Then, just hours ago, a federal judge in New York issued a stay on Trump’s ban for refugees and visa holders currently stranded at airports.1 That’s a huge first step, but it doesn’t yet undo the ban. Meanwhile, what started in New York is spreading.

Thousands have gathered at airports in Boston, in San Francisco, in Denver, and in upwards of 34 other cities demanding that America uphold our core values, welcome refugees, and say “no” to any religious test on immigration to this country. Many protests are happening right now. Some will continue throughout the weekend, or even longer.

Check out this volunteer-generated, fast-growing list of airports and community spaces where protests and vigils are happening.


(The site isn’t hosted by MoveOn, and these events are being propelled by a range of individuals and groups—this is a moment of massive grassroots movement activity. Please note: details of these events are changing rapidly as individuals and organizations hustle to respond. As you make your plans, please check the site regularly for updates.)

People who’ve shared stories about the airport protests today have reported big, diverse, and peaceful crowds. In some airports, groups of lawyers have been among the crowd—waiting to speak to refugees and visa holders who’ve been denied access to counsel. Members of Congress from Representative John Lewis to Senator Elizabeth Warren, local city officials, and other prominent leaders have joined the airport protests in many cities.

If you can join a peaceful protest in your area, you’ll help show the Trump Administration, the country, and the world that Americans will resist hate and will resist Islamophobia and will instead unite in the face of injustice.

Some of the protest organizers will have signs to share, but some may not—so feel free to make a sign to hold, or you can print one of MoveOn’s signs to bring with you. Just click here.

Some protests are growing so large that vendors at the airports are running out of food and water, so if you’re able to join, consider bringing supplies such as bottled water, granola bars, and other nonperishable snacks to share.

These are anguishing times, but the love and the energy on display at airports across the country are our best hope for preserving our American values. Because this is what resistance looks like. We’re not done marching.

Thanks for all you do.

—Milan, Jo, Iram, Anna, and the rest of the team


1. “A Federal Judge Just Issued a Stay Against Donald Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban,'” Mother Jones, January 28, 2017

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Daily Doodles

cafe menu doodles.

person sitting next to me tore up an outdated menu into little scraps. Here are my additional marks




Brigadier General Organic Steel Cut Oatmeal



EL Presidente Soy Milk Over Ice



Chicken Continental Spicy Meatball



I’m Diggin Those Good Vibrations



The Union of Sun and Moon is Hatha Yoga



Decaffeinated Espresso



Passionate Blossoms



Disturbed Man Gets Past White House Security, Gives Press Conference

Sean Spicer. (photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Sean Spicer. (photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Disturbed Man Gets Past White House Security, Gives Press Conference

By Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker

22 January 17


The article below is satire. Andy Borowitz is an American comedian and New York Times-bestselling author who satirizes the news for his column, “The Borowitz Report.”

man who was described as “visibly deranged” eluded the Secret Service on Saturday and gave a five-minute press conference at the White House.

The man, who somehow obtained White House credentials in order to bypass security, unloaded a delusional and paranoid rant that left a room full of experienced reporters shaken.

“We were all very, very scared,” Tracy Klugian, a reporter who witnessed the incident, said. “The things he was shouting made absolutely no sense, and he seemed to just get angrier and angrier.”

After a stream-of-consciousness tirade in which he accused the reporters of being part of a far-reaching conspiracy to distort reality, the man abruptly walked off “before he could do any real harm,” a Secret Service spokesman said.

Reporters who left the White House called the incident the scariest five minutes of their lives and said that they were grateful it did not escalate further.

“We were all terrified that, at some point, he was going to ask us if we had any questions,” Harland Dorrinson, a reporter, said. “None of us wanted to say anything that would set him off.”



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+88 # grandlakeguy 2017-01-22 15:12

Thanks Andy this is a good piece and your parody is actually our new reality!

I urge everyone to read this wonderful piece from Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman and hopefully RSN will post it:


+26 # George of the Port 2017-01-23 06:41

Great satire, except that I thought Borowitz would be saying a deranged man somehow got past White House security and has taken up permanent residence!!
+23 # DongiC 2017-01-22 20:07

The disturbed man was very irate accusing the reporters about misrepresenting the number of people present at President Trump’s inaugural. He couldn’t understand why the reporters kept referring to photographs from past inaugurals. Wasn’t his word good enough? When members of the working press said no, the stranger ran from the room.
+4 # Thomas Martin 2017-01-22 22:55

“I urge everyone to read this wonderful piece” … Yes, I read it, and it’s our guidepost for going forward! Thanks!
+12 # m… 2017-01-22 23:35

The sad aspect of this Satire is that any Trumper who reads it will mindlessly rise to their feet, fist in the air and shout ‘Damn Right’..!
+4 # AlexG 2017-01-23 00:27

Das Trumpett ist spukhafte fernwirkung
+15 # elkingo 2017-01-23 02:43

Well Andy et al:
That’s just it. How did this guy get into the White House?!
+19 # Salus Populi 2017-01-23 10:14

The inmates have taken over the asylum. Remember Karl Rove and “we make our own reality”?
+3 # Femihumanist 2017-01-23 16:14

Quoting Salus Populi:

The inmates have taken over the asylum.”

Why are you insulting the inmates? Anyone remember the film “King of Hearts?” The inmates were the only sane people there?

+20 # James Klimaski 2017-01-23 07:20

This was the first and last press briefing for the White House Press Corps. Trump is expects to sign an executive order abolishing the WH Press Corps and replace it with the White House Alternative Fact Corps. Anyone not credentialed to AltFact will have to file a Freedom of Information Request to the White House until Trump can ram through a bill abolishing the Act. It is estimated by the White House that millions of dollars will be saved and it will be great for the country. Trump pointed out through his spokesperson at the time that when the country was great the Freedom of Information Act didn’t exist.
+4 # Dale 2017-01-23 07:24

President Trump And His Swamp Creatures
By February, 2017 Trump’s Cabinet nominees were in place, as were the White House Staff and Presidential Advisors.
Infuriated with all the criticism of his nominees the President decided that he would hold a Presidential Dinner in late February, 2017. Surprisingly, it turned out that Trump’s appointments, while taken seriously by many, and praised by the alt-right, was only a clever ruse by our President to show that he is really serious about his promises to clear the ambient of swamp rats. That’s why Hannibal Lector, Trump’s appointee as Chief White House Chef, was instructed to prepare a special Banquet.
The White House Chef was placed in charge of the menu and will personally oversee the preparation of a range of delicacies. The Presidential Dinner became known as the Last Supper for White House dignitaries.
Surely Chef Lector, experienced even in the culinary preparation of human body parts, will know what to do swamp rats. It is rumored that the Presidential Dinner will feature delectable side courses of a marine animal nature served with the best German Liebfraumilch and, Mussolini’s favorite, fava beans in tomato sauce and the finest Chianti as a chaser.
0 # joe_me 2017-01-23 11:23

Journalist that know this deranged guy claim he probably did not want to do this quick response to crowd size ordered by his dictator boss or else!
+11 # dusty 2017-01-23 14:21

I watched the “press conference” in amazement. A man supposedly representing the President flat ass lied to the people of the United States and then some idiotic woman tried to claim that “alternative facts” had been delivered. At one point in my life I worked in psychiatric/psy chological services in a VA hospital with PTSD troops returning from VN. These two White House reps were more delusional than the Vets and they hadn’t suffered the trauma that the Vets had suffered. We are in some serious trouble friends if folks like this are going to be speaking to foreign press representing the USA on facts, policies, and information. Gravity is a fact Jack. Global Warming is a fact Jack. War is not Peace and Peace is not War.

the new morning routine

What good shall I do this day?

~ Benjamin Franklin, Daily Precept of Order

(Franklin began each morning by asking himself this.)

Wake up, brush teeth, make coffee, contact Congress. That’s the new morning routine.

~ Michael Moore, January 19, 2017,

addressing rally in front of Trump Tower, NYC, to protest Trump’s inauguration

Find work you’d do for free and then build your life around it.

~ Todd Sanders, Austin-based artist, quoting his high school shop teacher

Human beings are the most intelligent and resourceful species on earth. If we use our intelligence to cause more suffering, rather than to bring some real benefit to others and ourselves, we are no better than beasts.

~ His Holiness 17th Gyalwang Karmapa

It’s not enough to have lived. We should determine to live for something. May I suggest that it be creating joy for others, sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind, bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely.

~ Leo Buscaglia

Have courage and be kind.

~ Cinderella

To create ones own world takes courage.

~ Georgia O’Keeffe

The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity.

~ Alberto Giacometti

Great people do things before they are ready. They do things before they know they can do it.

~ Amy Poehler

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.

~ Annie Dillard

Life is a blank canvas, and you need to throw all the paint on it you can.

~ Danny Kaye

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.

~Pablo Picasso

May the action that we take toward the good,

toward understanding ourselves,

toward being more peaceful,

be of benefit to all beings everywhere.

~ Buddhist prayer

The good fortune of receiving personal guidance and instruction from a sublimely enlightened teacher is beyond comparison, far better than the fortune of kings and queens. Even if you many not always practice, if you have a constant wish to practice and a constant concern about not being able to practice, you are far wealthier than the most materially successful person. If you put emphasis on generating the motivation to be kind and to enlighten all sentient beings, there is no comparison – you have surpassed what any other religious or spiritual system can do.

~ Jigme Lingpa

One tree is like another tree, but not too much.

One tulip is like the next tulip, but not altogether.

More or less like people — the general outline, then

the stunning individual strangeness.

~ Mary Oliver

Just to simply relax and rest in your own natural state is all that you need to do. When you give yourself that opportunity, you’ll find that presence extends to the other parts of your life.

~ His Holiness 17th Gyalwang Karmapa

I was not yet sixteen when I understood a great deal, from having ridden bicycles for so long, about style, speed, grace, purpose, value, form, integrity, health, humor, music, breathing, and finally and perhaps best, of the relationship between the beginning and the end.

~ William Saroyan

Ah! The unity of cause and effect is adorable!

~ Rik Ved (Rig Veda ) 1.1.1, translated by His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

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David Bowie: Another Window

As a kind of follow-up on the David Bowie piece I posted here earlier, I was just sent a link to this very interesting interview from 2002. David in conversation with Danish film-maker, Thomas Vinterberg. Quite lovely. Enjoy. Vinterberg, at the time of this interview, was the same age (33) as Davie was when Davie came to Chicago to perform the lead role in the stage play Elephant Man.  Bowie was 33 when he spent much of his “free time” almost every day that month (August, 1980), hanging out with some of my close friends & me, meditating, clubbing, dining, sight-seeing, shopping, & sometimes staying up all night talking about life and art, spirituality and literature, etc.

January 20, 2017: Resist oppression, enjoy freedom; celebrate the beloved community, strategize against oppression

Tomorrow (Friday, January 20), if all goes as some have planned, the alarmingly unqualified and astonishingly unacceptable Donald Trump will officially become the next president of the United States. Few such ceremonial inaugurations and actual peaceful transfers of power could be more disgusting and disturbing. But I’ve grown too ill from such matters to wish to discuss them further at any length at this particular time.

I will just comment, however, on what everyone knows already: That a vast number of entertainment artists have turned down invitations and requests to perform at the farcical “gala,” a celebration that makes a mockery of every American value and decent human character. Those entertainers who have agreed to perform should be dis-invited to perform at any and all future public events. As far as I am concerned, they are collaborators with a fascist who openly plans to rule as a dictator of hate and corruption unparalleled in US history.

Much more significant than the refusal by entertainers, an ever-increasing number of US congresspersons have publicly stated their refusal to dignify and “normalize” the invalid administration of Trump by attendance at the sick circus mockery of our democratic heritage and constitutionally-founded system of democratic governance.

I would like to call attention to some other events going on elsewhere at the same time as the Fascist walk-in and danceball-party-of-deplorables to take place tomorrow in the nation’s capitol. At the same site, of course, the Million Woman March will be taking place in protest of the shambone fascist farce, and solidarity protest marches also will take place all over the nation. One such solidarity women’s march (all friendly non-women are also warmly invited to join in!) will take place in the nearest city to my abode.

I lend all the local and national marchers my total support, but shall not make an appearance myself. I decided many years ago never again to purposely place my body on the front lines, or even near vicinity, of racist violent, armed cops, unless it’s to directly intervene if one or more persons are being directly threatened or attacked. Of course we are all being threatened and attacked in many at least less direct ways, but you know what I mean. Please be careful if you are going out there. May you be safe and protected.

The cops in this city are notorious racist thugs and open supporters of Trump. I see no need to run the risk of being beaten or killed to take part in a demonstration march to protest the inauguration of their new national supreme policeman dictator. We are going to need to stay as able-bodied and healthy as possible in the days ahead to offer much more effective resistance to the now-arrived Trump police state than simple protest marching achieves.

In today’s surveillance state, you can be certain that every protest-organizing group has already been deeply infiltrated by local and federal police agents-provocateur and that the troopers showing up with guns and other weapons to stand opposite the protest marchers will all be twitching with gleeful anticipation, looking for any and every opening for a “plausibly excusable” chance to crack heads and shoot into the backs of any fleeing protestors and innocent bystanders.

I’ve been shot at enough by police troopers and national guardsmen when fleeing the scene as a concerned bystander when police riots against unarmed peaceful protest marchers have taken place. One minute there is a tense standoff and the next second citizens are being shot and beaten down by police and military troopers. Few protest marches are the least bit effective, any way, in my humble opinion. Trump seems determined to prove this by overturning every gain achieved in the past 50 years or more while insulting and mocking surviving heroes of the Civil Rights movement.

Having heard and/or read in the past two or three days what Trump says by way of attacking heroic national leaders like Senator John Lewis who almost gave his life for civil rights when the cops broke his head open in Selma, there is no doubt how the new Trump police state will treat protestors. I fully support—from a physically safe remove—all the women and their allies who will be marching in protest tomorrow, here, in DC, and across the land. And I fully support all the others who will be engaging in some sort of public or private demonstrations of resistance.

I pray everyone may be safe and return home unharmed and greatly edified by their action and its hoped for results. But I am simply no longer willing, personally, to take such risks unnecessarily. My strategy is to live another day in greatest health and safety to continue fighting another day til the end of my days. I think there are more effective means of resisting and overcoming the likes of Trump and his police state than shouting and carrying signs, necessary as it may be for some to engage in some such activities at times.

Like me, perhaps you also are refusing to “show up” for the inauguration of the Trump Reich, but also don’t wish to be out in the street tempting the cops to riot against you. And perhaps also you do not necessarily wish to spend quite the entire day at home immersed in silent meditation, petitionary prayer, protection-invoking ritual ceremonies, or in mourning, etc.

If so, there are plenty of (other) ways to demonstrate and enjoy freedom from Trumpism on the last day on which that may be quite as possible for perhaps the next four years (!). Yes, there are plenty of ways to honour and celebrate and savor the freedom of the arts, the environment, the women of our family, and solidarity with our local and national beloved community.

For one thing, you can go to the movies. If you live in any of the areas listed below you can attend a film festival. You will not be alone in showing your own refusal to accept the Trump swearing-in and Gala of Creepiness-and-Eminent-violent-repression by attending a community celebration of artistic creative expression and sharing.

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour US Jan 20-21 Bozeman, MT

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour US Jan 19-21 Sandpoint, ID

Irvine International Film Festival Jan 13-21 Irvine, CA

Kansas City Jewish Film Festival Jan 8-22 Leawood, KS

Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival Jan 19-22 Las Vegas, NV

Miami Jewish Film Festival Jan 12-26 Miami, FL

New York Jewish Film Festival Jan 11-24 NYC, NY

NOIR CITY: The San Francisco Film Noir Festival Jan 20-29 San Francisco, CA

Sundance Film Festival Jan 19-29 Park City, UT

Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour Jan 19-21 Homer, AK

Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour Jan 19-21 Savannah, GA

Tucson Jewish Film Festival Jan 12-22 Tucson, AZ

Virginia Festival of Jewish Film Jan 14-22 Norfolk, VA

Weinstein JCC Israeli Film Festival Jan 19-23 Richmond, VA

Youth Making Ripples Film Competition Jan 20 Sarasota, FL

There are plenty of other group events and activities you may wish to attend or take part in. In the (San Francisco) Bay Area, for instance there is this Bridge event (detailed below). There may be many events taking place in your own area. And remember, it’s just one day. Every day going forward will need to be a day of resistance (and shared loving celebration of our freedoms) until the threat that is Trump and Trumpism goes away. A big part of the resistance will need to be our individual and collective celebration of being alive and sharing with others in being a living loving community of freedom enjoyers and sharers and protectors.

3,000+ human chain across the entire Golden Gate Bridge

Fri Jan 20
San Francisco
Discussion, Meetup, Political Event, City


On January 20, 2017 (Inauguration Day), from 10AM – 12PM, we are hoping to form the first human chain across the entire Golden Gate Bridge (and beyond), as a collaborative, grassroots, community-based demonstration and performance art piece. We will celebrate unity and love in the face of divisiveness and hate. Our goal is to be a shining beacon of inclusiveness and democracy to prove that we are stronger together, and that love truly trumps hate. We will stand together, hand-in-hand and holding lengths of purple fabric as a sign of unity and anti-bullying. Therefore, we are asking each participant to bring a yard of purple fabric, ribbon, or scarf.


Because of the permitting we’ve received, we need an approximate count of how many participants to expect. 3,000 participants will be allowed on the bridge itself, all others will be surrounding the bridge and along the Golden Gate. Dogs are not allowed on the bridge. Those on the Golden Gate Bridge will have the hardest job because they will need to get there early (by 8:30 AM) and stand in what could be cold and wet conditions until all have gathered (we anticipate noon). The first 3,000 participants who are willing to take on Bridge responsibilities, and register as “Bridgers” will receive wristbands in advance of the event. This will help the Bridge Authorities and volunteers ensure safety of all participants. Please understand that the Golden Gate Bridge is a National Park and Monument, and we must work collaboratively and respectfully with local authorities who protect it and us.

Those who do not wish to be on the bridge itself should register as “Beyond the Bridgers.” These people will stand along the North and South sides of the bridge (Specific locations will be mapped out soon, but we definitely recommend Hawk Hill for an incredible view of our spectacle!)
Additionally, we are looking for 200 total Volunteers. EMT & first responder volunteers encouraged! If you would like to volunteer for this event, please indicate so on your registration.

If you would like to donate to this cause (not required for participation), please click the Donate button on our website. All donations will go toward additional porta-potties, EMTs and Ambulances on standby, and communications for volunteers. All other administrative and coordinating services and expenses are being donated by the organizers. 100% of remaining funds post-event will be divided equally and shared with the following organizations: The Trevor Project, Planned Parenthood, and The Southern Poverty Law Center.

More info




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A Few Books on Aging, Illness, Loss, Death and Dying

A Few Books on Aging, Illness, Loss, Death and Dying:

another stage in my project of organizing the books on my shelves. This is most of the books on these topics I happen to have at this time; there are doubtless several others tucked away randomly here and there which I still need to shelve in a more organized fashion.

The Journey from Abandonment to Healing: surviving through—and recovering from—the five stages that accompany the less of love. Susan Anderson. 2000.

How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers. Toni Bernhard. 2010.

Reawakening to Life: Renewal After a Husband’s Death. Mary Ellen Berry and Carmen Renee Berry. 2002.

Meditations On Living, Dying, and Loss: Ancient Knowledge for a Modern World – From the first complete translation of The Tibetan Book of the Dead. Dalai Lama (commentary), Gyurme Dorje (trans), Graham Coleman and Thupten Jinpa (eds). 2005.

The Tibetan Book of the Dead. Lama Kazi Dawa-Samdup (trans), John Baldock (intro). 2013.

Awake at the Bedside: Contemplative Teachings on Palliative and End-of-Life Care. Koshin Paley Ellison, Matt Weingast, Ogyen Trinley Dorje Karmapa. 2016.

Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death. Joan Halifax. 2008.

Japanese Death Poems: Written by Zen Monks and Haiku Poets on the Verge of Death. Yoel Hoffmann, ed. 1986.

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