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Here’s what the March For Our Lives in D.C. looked like from space

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Hundreds of thousands of people showed up in Washington, D.C. to attend Saturday’s March For Our Lives. As you might expect, that kind of turnout makes for some pretty impressive photos — even from space.

 New images from DigitalGlobe’s Worldview-2 satellite show the sea of people — and their signs — gathered to march and rally for common-sense gun reform. They’re an astounding reminder of the sheer size of this movement. Isn’t that right, NRA?

See for yourself.

Satellite images.

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Landmarks around the world light up for International Women’s Day

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Cities worldwide have outfitted their buildings with magenta lights to commemorate women on International Women’s Day. 

Here are some of the globe’s most iconic landmarks, honoring women with bright lights and projected messages.

Spain

Madrid’s Neptune fountain turns pink for International Women’s Day #8deMarzoHuelgaFeminista pic.twitter.com/YM2cZOMTno

— Sara Houlison (@SaraHoulison) March 8, 2018

Spain saw one of its biggest public demonstrations in history as an estimated 5 million people striked across the country, according to The Guardian. The millions of women workers protested machismo culture and workplace harassment. Madrid’s Neptune Fountain was lit up in magenta in honor of the strike.  Read more…

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Jimmy Fallon pledges to march in student-led protest for gun control

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Jimmy Fallon will join March for Our Lives, a student-led protest for school safety and gun control, on March 24 in Washington, D.C.

The Tonight Show host addressed the shooting at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Monday night, in the first episode of the show since the tragic event.

Fallon took a moment to acknowledge those lost, and also the students who survived the shooting. “What they had to live through, and what they have to live with, is something that I can’t even imagine,” he said.

Fallon described the recent actions of these students, including the organisation of the march “unbelievable,” saying, “They’re speaking out with more guts, passion, conviction and common sense than most adults … They’re creating change. This is a real revolution.” Read more…

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Urban Dictionary wipes offensive and racist definitions for ‘aboriginal’

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Urban Dictionary has made its name through user-submitted definitions, explaining words which normal dictionaries don’t.

While this freedom allows the site’s users to explain the most vulgar of slang, it’s opened the doors for egregiously racist and discriminatory definitions of regular words.

As reported by Junkee, an online campaign spearheaded by the Facebook page Blackfulla Revolution appears to have been successful in forcing the site to remove offensive definitions of the word “aboriginal.” 

These definitions were specifically targeted at Indigenous Australians, and were prevalent on the majority of the word’s entries up until recently.  Read more…

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Fifty years ago today Yippie activist Abbie Hoffman made it rain at the NY stock exchange

On August 24, 1967, guerilla theater activist Abbie Hoffman and his pals dropped a slew of dollar bills off the balcony of the New York Stock Exchange onto the trading floor below. As Hoffman later said, ““If you don’t like the news, why not go out and make your own?” From Smithsonian:

Participant Bruce Dancis recalled, “At first people on the floor were stunned. They didn’t know what was happening. They looked up and when they saw money was being thrown they started to cheer, and there was a big scramble for the dollars.”

The protesters exited the Stock Exchange and were immediately beset by reporters, who wanted to know who they were and what they’d done. Hoffman supplied nonsense answers, calling himself Cardinal Spellman and claiming his group didn’t exist. He then burned a five-dollar bill, solidifying the point of the message. As Bruce Eric France writes, “Abbie believed it was more important to burn money [than] draft cards… To burn a draft card meant one refused to participate in the war. To burn money meant one refused to participate in society.”

For Hoffman himself, the success of the stunt was obvious. “Guerrilla theater is probably the oldest form of political commentary,” he wrote in his autobiography. “Showering money on the Wall Street brokers was the TV-age version of driving the money changers from the temple… Was it a real threat to the Empire? Two weeks after our band of mind-terrorists raided the stock exchange, 20,000 dollars was spent to enclose the gallery with bullet-proof glass.”

How the New York Stock Exchange Gave Abbie Hoffman His Start in Guerrilla Theater(Smithsonian)

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How a gang of celebrity moms is helping make sure families don't have to choose between diapers and food

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Earlier this month, Kerry Washington tweeted a video about dirty diapers to her 4.6 million followers. 

The minute-long clip featured the Scandal star and mom of two talking not about her infant son, but about the fact that too many parents can’t afford diapers and have to choose between them and other essentials like food and medicine. 

“It’s a crime that that would be true, that you would have to choose between feeding your kid or changing their diaper,” Washington says. 

I’m so proud to support @Baby2Baby | @attndotcom. No parent should have to choose between feeding their child or changing their diaperpic.twitter.com/NyZ2diNmdH

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Freaked out about Trump's assault on net neutrality? Come work for EFF on keeping the net free and open

Trump’s FCC is shaping up to be a complete disaster: the new Chairman is dismantling privacy protections and broadband subsidies for low-income Americans, plans to allow the pending Time-Warner/AT&T merger, and, of course, he’s planning to gut net neutrality.
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Activist heroically flies over barricade to seize Confederate flag

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By climbing a flagpole outside the South Carolina’s statehouse, Bree Newsome practically wrote the modern book on removing Confederate flags from public spaces. Apparently, not everyone read that book, so now we have a sequel.

Black Lives Matter activist Muhiyidin d’Baha was arrested on Wednesday in South Carolina after epically leaping over a police tape barricade to snatch a Confederate flag out of a protestor’s hand.

Since it took place directly behind a CBS newscast, the stunning moment aired on live TV — the cameraman followed d’Baha as he quickly ran across the shot. 

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Activist heroically flies over barricade to seize Confederate flag

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By climbing a flagpole outside the South Carolina’s statehouse, Bree Newsome practically wrote the modern book on removing Confederate flags from public spaces. Apparently, not everyone read that book, so now we have a sequel.

Black Lives Matter activist Muhiyidin d’Baha was arrested on Wednesday in South Carolina after epically leaping over a police tape barricade to snatch a Confederate flag out of a protestor’s hand.

Since it took place directly behind a CBS newscast, the stunning moment aired on live TV — the cameraman followed d’Baha as he quickly ran across the shot. 

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Whitehouse.gov petition seeking Trump tax returns flies past 100,000 signature goal

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 26:  Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is interviewed following the grand opening ceremony at the new Trump International Hotel October 26, 2016 in Washington, DC. The hotel, built inside the historic Old Post Office, has 263 luxury rooms, including the 6,300-square-foot 'Trump Townhouse' at $100,000 a night, with a five-night minimum. The Trump Organization was granted a 60-year lease to the historic building by the federal government before the billionaire New York real estate mogul announced his intent to run for president.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) A Whitehouse.gov petition calling for President Donald Trump to immediately release his tax returns has surpassed the 100,000-signature threshold in under a day, garnering a Whitehouse response. It’s not clear that the current administration intends to follow the practice established under Former President Barack Obama, of accepting petitions online, reviewing and responding to… Read More

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Whitehouse.gov petition seeking Trump tax returns flies past 100,000 signature goal

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 26:  Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is interviewed following the grand opening ceremony at the new Trump International Hotel October 26, 2016 in Washington, DC. The hotel, built inside the historic Old Post Office, has 263 luxury rooms, including the 6,300-square-foot 'Trump Townhouse' at $100,000 a night, with a five-night minimum. The Trump Organization was granted a 60-year lease to the historic building by the federal government before the billionaire New York real estate mogul announced his intent to run for president.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) A Whitehouse.gov petition calling for President Donald Trump to immediately release his tax returns has surpassed the 100,000-signature threshold in under a day, garnering a Whitehouse response. It’s not clear that the current administration intends to follow the practice established under Former President Barack Obama, of accepting petitions online, reviewing and responding to… Read More

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Whitehouse.gov petition seeking Trump tax returns flies past 100,000 signature goal

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 26:  Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is interviewed following the grand opening ceremony at the new Trump International Hotel October 26, 2016 in Washington, DC. The hotel, built inside the historic Old Post Office, has 263 luxury rooms, including the 6,300-square-foot 'Trump Townhouse' at $100,000 a night, with a five-night minimum. The Trump Organization was granted a 60-year lease to the historic building by the federal government before the billionaire New York real estate mogul announced his intent to run for president.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) A Whitehouse.gov petition calling for President Donald Trump to immediately release his tax returns has surpassed the 100,000-signature threshold in under a day, garnering a Whitehouse response. It’s not clear that the current administration intends to follow the practice established under Former President Barack Obama, of accepting petitions online, reviewing and responding to… Read More

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Whitehouse.gov petition seeking Trump tax returns flies past 100,000 signature goal

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 26:  Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is interviewed following the grand opening ceremony at the new Trump International Hotel October 26, 2016 in Washington, DC. The hotel, built inside the historic Old Post Office, has 263 luxury rooms, including the 6,300-square-foot 'Trump Townhouse' at $100,000 a night, with a five-night minimum. The Trump Organization was granted a 60-year lease to the historic building by the federal government before the billionaire New York real estate mogul announced his intent to run for president.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) A Whitehouse.gov petition calling for President Donald Trump to immediately release his tax returns has surpassed the 100,000-signature threshold in under a day, garnering a Whitehouse response. It’s not clear that the current administration intends to follow the practice established under Former President Barack Obama, of accepting petitions online, reviewing and responding to… Read More

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Whitehouse.gov petition seeking Trump tax returns flies past 100,000 signature goal

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 26:  Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is interviewed following the grand opening ceremony at the new Trump International Hotel October 26, 2016 in Washington, DC. The hotel, built inside the historic Old Post Office, has 263 luxury rooms, including the 6,300-square-foot 'Trump Townhouse' at $100,000 a night, with a five-night minimum. The Trump Organization was granted a 60-year lease to the historic building by the federal government before the billionaire New York real estate mogul announced his intent to run for president.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) A Whitehouse.gov petition calling for President Donald Trump to immediately release his tax returns has surpassed the 100,000-signature threshold in under a day, garnering a Whitehouse response. It’s not clear that the current administration intends to follow the practice established under Former President Barack Obama, of accepting petitions online, reviewing and responding to… Read More

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Why Londoners are standing in solidarity with the U.S. at the Women's March

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LONDON — This Saturday tens of thousands of people are expected to take part in Women’s Marches around the world to protest Donald Trump’s first day in office. 

People in 160 cities —including Washington D.C. and London — from 60 countries are expected to take part. 

The organisers of London’s march say that hosting a sister march was “instinctive” because the city has long been a “bastion of liberal values and championing those values across the world”.

“I think we are at a particular point in history when it is becoming increasingly important for people to step up and get out of their comfort zones and confront prejudice in all its forms,” explains Kerry Haggerty, one of the women behind the London march.  Read more…

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Remembering the SOPA blackout, five years later

Five years ago, we won an unprecedented victory: spurred on by blackouts of more than 50,000 sites, more than 8 million Americans called Congress to object to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), a brutal internet censorship bill that would have been a stake through the heart of the open net. SOPA, which had been tipped to sail through Congress without any fuss, died an unprecedented death. It set a precedent.
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