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Her tweet echoed Sarah Huckabee Sanders, but her story had a much different ending

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They both got kicked out of different Washington, D.C. area restaurants on Friday. But only one suffered unjust treatment.

While White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders used her government Twitter account on Saturday to criticize a private business that politely asked her to leave, Charlotte Clymer shared a story of her own. Both women were ejected from a restaurant on Friday, but the similarities end there.

“Last night, I was told by the manager of @CubaLibreDC that I couldn’t use the women’s restroom, and after challenging his discrimination with D.C. law and responding to his threat of calling the police w/ “please do so”, I was forcibly removed from the restaurant.”  Read more…

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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.

Image: satellite image ©2018 DigitalGlobe

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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

— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) June 9, 2017 Read more…

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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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