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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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Milo Yiannopoulos speech at UC Berkeley canceled after campus protests

Image: One of Milo’s lesser-seen incarnations, “Ivana Wall,” speaking at a previous academic engagement. Say the name out loud and you’ll get the joke. “Right about now your dick is probably confused,” read one of the slides on stage during the performance. Image: Reddit.


Pro-Trump and extremist right wing/white supremacist personality Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to deliver a speech at U.C. Berkeley, but his appearance was canceled by university officials tonight after big protests on campus that got out of hand with some people setting some objects on fire. No arrests or injuries reported.

Yiannopoulos is doing a speaking tour on college campuses to promote his male “Privilege” scholarship fund.

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Seth Meyers takes his 'Closer Look' at Trump's 'sloppy and discriminatory' Muslim ban

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Here’s the Seth Meyers break down we’ve been waiting for.

In the segment’s latest edition, the Late Night host takes “A Closer Look” at the second consecutive weekend of nationwide protests against Donald Trump – and more specifically, at the “sloppy and discriminatory” ban he issued against refugees and visitors from seven majority-Muslim countries.

Watch the host aptly flame our new president above.

Can’t wait to see what next weekend brings us.

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Women in this country are marching for their right to go out

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On Jan. 21, the world was taken over by women’s marches. Or so it seems. 

While America marched against President Trump, Indian women took to the streets to reclaim their right to public spaces. 

What started as a Facebook thread following the Bangalore mass-molestation on New Year’s Eve has now snowballed into a nationwide movement called ‘I Will Go Out’.

More than 20 Indian cities including the national capital of New Delhi, metros Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad, and even smaller towns like Bhopal and Lucknow, witnessed hordes of women across age groups spilling out on the streets with placards and posters bearing strong messages against sexual harassment and gender inequality. Read more…

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Hey Trump, check out these YUGE Women's March crowds across America

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The Women’s March on Washington has taken solidarity to a whole other level.

On Saturday, the peaceful protest, which took place in Washington D.C. one day after Donald Trump became the country’s 45th President, inspired a global movement, leading to marches in 160 cities across 60 countries. 

All across the world, people stood in unity for a chance to have their voices heard; to fight for their beliefs, values and equality; and to give a big old “screw you” to President Trump.

With the United States at the heart of it all, an overwhelming number of Americans flooded the streets, taking over their cities and making a powerful statement. Read more…

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Hey Trump, check out these YUGE Women's March crowds across America

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The Women’s March on Washington has taken solidarity to a whole other level.

On Saturday, the peaceful protest, which took place in Washington D.C. one day after Donald Trump became the country’s 45th President, inspired a global movement, leading to marches in 160 cities across 60 countries. 

All across the world, people stood in unity for a chance to have their voices heard; to fight for their beliefs, values and equality; and to give a big old “screw you” to President Trump.

With the United States at the heart of it all, an overwhelming number of Americans flooded the streets, taking over their cities and making a powerful statement. Read more…

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Hey Trump, check out these YUGE Women's March crowds across America

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The Women’s March on Washington has taken solidarity to a whole other level.

On Saturday, the peaceful protest, which took place in Washington D.C. one day after Donald Trump became the country’s 45th President, inspired a global movement, leading to marches in 160 cities across 60 countries. 

All across the world, people stood in unity for a chance to have their voices heard; to fight for their beliefs, values and equality; and to give a big old “screw you” to President Trump.

With the United States at the heart of it all, an overwhelming number of Americans flooded the streets, taking over their cities and making a powerful statement. Read more…

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