Lucius Fox

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Margaret Talbot on the importance of taking gun control to the streets: http://nyr.kr/R4l9qD (via newyorker)

Posted at 2:45pm and tagged with: Gun Control, Newtown, Demonstrations, Rallys, Marches, Protest, Legislation, Congress, Lobbying,.

By the time Congress is back in session and ready to take up gun control, Newtown will be fading a little in the public memory. It’s hard to imagine it now, but that’s what’s happened after every mass shooting of the last several years. The gun-rights advocates will be as single-mindedly impassioned as they always are, and the rest of us will be thinking of other things. But rallies and marches and demonstrations could remind those who’ve forgotten of what happened, serve to back up the members of Congress who want to do something about guns, and signal that there are numbers and votes on the other side as well. It’s simple—but it matters.

theweekmagazine:

You’re probably familiar with the Topeka-based Westboro Baptist Church, a fringe religious group of anti-gay, anti-Semitic, anti-kindness-in-general people infamous for picketing at the funerals of fallen soldiers, protesting charitable organizations, showing up with hateful signs after national tragedies, and for being generally terrible, terrible people.

This weekend the WBC’s spokesperson announced their plans to picket at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

When six members of Westboro showed up at the University of Chicago to protest the school’s employment of Barack Obama, more than 100 students organized various counterprotests, which ran through the duration of WBC’s “visit.” Student events included a simultaneous picket featuring signs warning of America’s doom-by-figs, flyers deploring fig-eaters and speakers who told of God’s vengeance upon fig-loving nations (all sourced from a reference to evil figs in the book of Jeremiah). 

10 nonviolent ways to thwart a Westboro Baptist Church protest

Posted at 10:37am and tagged with: Protest, Peaceful Protest, Counter-Protest,.

theweekmagazine:

You’re probably familiar with the Topeka-based Westboro Baptist Church, a fringe religious group of anti-gay, anti-Semitic, anti-kindness-in-general people infamous for picketing at the funerals of fallen soldiers, protesting charitable organizations, showing up with hateful signs after national tragedies, and for being generally terrible, terrible people.
This weekend the WBC’s spokesperson announced their plans to picket at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.
When six members of Westboro showed up at the University of Chicago to protest the school’s employment of Barack Obama, more than 100 students organized various counterprotests, which ran through the duration of WBC’s “visit.” Student events included a simultaneous picket featuring signs warning of America’s doom-by-figs, flyers deploring fig-eaters and speakers who told of God’s vengeance upon fig-loving nations (all sourced from a reference to evil figs in the book of Jeremiah). 
10 nonviolent ways to thwart a Westboro Baptist Church protest
From an MSF press release today:
Bahrain: Despite Reforms, Patients Still Fear Health System

The press release addresses the significant number of people from all political and religious backgrounds continue to avoid seeking medical care in public hospitals for fear of discrimination, harassment, and ill treatment, the international medical humanitarian organization.

Read the whole report here. (via doctorswithoutborders)

Posted at 4:13pm and tagged with: bahrain, human rights, health care, humanitarian, medical care, arrest, civil rights, public hospitals, protest, msf, Doctors Without Borders, Médecins Sans Frontières, doctorswithoutborders, public health care, Mamlakat al-Baḥrayn, Kingdom of Bahrain, مملكة البحرين,.

A sizeable number of people injured during political demonstrations, and suffering from mild to severe orthopedic injuries, skin lacerations, and respiratory distress, resort to private health care facilities because of fear of arrest in public hospitals.