A fictional Washington Post back in January was strangely predictive of this week’s amazing events (see page A6).
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) will lead a 10,000-person conga line through the Senate Hart Building. Surprise participant Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) has promised to bust out little-known Mormon dance moves.
The American Federation of Teachers, the Teamsters Union, and the National Domestic Workers Alliance plan to dance around a giant maypole built at the recently reopened George Meany National Labor College in Silver Spring, Maryland.
The Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg will lead a 10K race over the river and through the woods.
Reince Preibus joins Dancing With the Stars tonight on ABC-TV.
Massive gun buyback yielded enough metal to repair nation’s bridges; building begins today on Woodrow Wilson Bridge.
Kanye West will announce he is retiring his MAGA hat. “Being a rich white asshole wasn’t as fun as I expected,” he has admitted in recent days.
U.S. Border Patrol agents and Honduran migrants seeking asylum will utilize portions of The Wall in Tijuana Mexico for a giant handball tournament. “We want to get some use out of it before it’s torn down,” said Border Officer Ron Letemin, as he prepared his resume.
Communities nationwide are offering blueprints for how bold progressive visions can play out locally — and they’re finding enthusiastic approval across the political spectrum. “A highway turned into a beach — it’s a first!” tweeted Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York City, referring to the conversion of a two-mile section of the Henry Hudson Parkway into a seasonal public beach. Tweeted back Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, France, “Vive New York - but we’ve been doing it since 2002.” It’s true.
Jury revolts are spreading resistance beyond the usual suspects. Juries have always been allowed to ignore bad or immoral laws — like the Fugitive Slave Act or Prohibition — in reaching their verdicts. Now they’re defying laws meant to disempower protest, and it’s spreading resistance deep into suburbia.
The surge in picket-line Occupations shows no sign of abating, even though many of the occupiers’ policy demands have been met. As an occupier recently told the Post, “Our demands are one thing. But the strikers? Some of them are still light years away from victory.” Pause. “Or at least a few miles.”
FALTERING FASCISTS ABROAD
Messages of hatred and fear have started to resonate less as worldwide publics, inspired by the US example, increase the pressure on leaders to promote real alternatives to far-right solutions.
During the first two years of Trump’s presidency, millions marched, but the impact was limited. It was only when protesters took their marches, sit-ins, and blockades to the offices and homes of Members of Congress that Democrats began standing up to authoritarianism—and supporting a progressive vision that could defang the far-right well into the future.