U.S. Politics

Trump and the GOP plotted in Philly to repeal Obamacare. The resistance was waiting.


Trump and the GOP plotted in Philly to repeal Obamacare. The resistance was waiting.

Image Credit: Sarah Jaffe/Mic

Trump and the GOP plotted in Philly to repeal Obamacare. The resistance was waiting.


Philadelphia — It’s not clear why the Republican Congressional delegation — which met Thursday at the Loews Hotel to discuss dismantling the Affordable Care Act, among other priorities — chose Philadelphia as the location for its post-inauguration retreat.

Admittedly, President Donald Trump won the state of Pennsylvania, but Philadelphia voted 82% for Hillary Clinton, and is a reliably blue city with an independent streak and a personality that sometimes belies its nickname as the “city of brotherly love.” As a sign on a street vendor’s cart during the Republicans’ visit put it, “Yo Trump, fuck you, from the city of brotherly love.”

In that spirit, several thousand demonstrators packed Thomas Paine Plaza in the shadow of City Hall. They streamed in, bearing printed signs proclaiming “Don’t Repeal the ACA” along with hand-written signs aplenty. Sponsoring community and labor organizations included the Center for Popular Democracy, Put People First! and ONE Pennsylvania. Members of those organizations addressed the crowd through a microphone and led chants.

“In this resistance we need to have joy!” proclaimed one speaker to raucous applause. “We need to have our culture, we need to celebrate our fightback, they want us quiet! They want us hidden, they want us to be sad, but we are not sad!”

Healthcare was the theme of the day, but weighing heavily on the crowd were the executive orders Trump signed Wednesday cracking down on immigrants, particularly from majority-Muslim countries, and sanctuary cities — including Philadelphia, whose mayor defiantly declared that it would remain a sanctuary despite the threat of cuts in federal funding. And healthcare, it turns out, is a lens through which many issues, from clean water (the crowd was dotted with references to the Dakota Access Pipeline) to the economy can be read.

For Kialenah Stewart, a petite woman in hijab bearing a “Stop Profiling Muslims” sign, both the threatened repeal of the Affordable Care Act and the threats to immigrants are personal. She is a home healthcare worker and an organizer with the low-wage workers’ campaign Fight for $15. The repeal of the ACA would threaten not only her own health insurance, but her job.

“I have a fibroid problem,” Stewart explained. “The ACA allowed me to get surgery.”

Not only would it be harder for her to care for patients if her own health was threatened, but Medicaid, also in the sights of the Congressional Republicans for cuts, is the program that pays for home health aides for the elderly and people with disabilities.

As for Trump’s comments about Islam, she smiles. “My faith is stronger than Donald Trump.”

Kialenah Stewart, one of the protesters who gathered in Philadelphia to protest the Republican retreat  –  Source: Sarah Jaffe/Mic

Tyheera Sanders, also a home healthcare worker and, like Stewart, a member of Service Employees International Union Healthcare PA, has been taking care of her family since she was a teenager. At the age of 17, Sanders’ mother had a breakdown. To avoid losing her six brothers and sisters, she took over custody of the family. Her paid work caring for her 85-year-old grandfather and her paraplegic cousin allows her to be the breadwinner for her family, but she also a blood clotting disorder and cardiomyopathy. When she was first diagnosed, she had no health insurance to pay for the prescriptions she needed. “They gave me a $1300 prescription,” she said. The ACA keeps her alive.

“I take three injections a day and two heart pills twice a day,” she said. “Right now we want Congress to show us the replacement plan.”

Other attendees had some ideas about what that replacement plan could be. Sam Chemsak brandished a homemade sign that read “Socialize my healthcare and privatize my privates.” For her, too, the fear of losing healthcare is personal — she’s still on her parents’ insurance, and fears that expansion that allowed children to stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26 will be repealed. She also wonders what will happen to mental health coverage.

“We need to keep talking about mental healthcare,” she noted. “We need to end the stigma around mental health issues.”

Tyheera Sanders  –  Source: Sarah Jaffe/Mic

Chemsak is looking for a new job, but healthcare concerns limit her options. “I believe in small businesses; I’d love to own one myself,” she said, but feels like she can’t do that because she needs health insurance.

She isn’t the only person who feels like access to health insurance is key to being able to be an entrepreneur. Jerome Montes of the Main Street Alliance, which represents small businesses, believes that four million small businesses around the country will be affected if the ACA is repealed.

“That will mean a lot less money for business expenses,” he said, “And most importantly, less money for payroll.”

Repealing the ACA and cracking down on immigrants, he notes, would be “a body blow to our economy just as we’re getting out of the economic crisis.” Just in New Jersey, he estimates that complete ACA repeal — including rollback of the Medicaid expansion — would cost some 86,000 jobs.

“Trump is a businessman, he should understand what an important contribution immigrants make to our economy,” he added.

As the crowd streamed out of Thomas Paine Plaza into the streets around City Hall, Josephine Fantasia Perez chanted “Black lives matter! Trans lives matter!” Perez, a member of the Audre Lorde project and Stop and Surrender, was concerned about the effects of healthcare repeal on substance abuse and HIV clinics and housing. She also wanted the GOP politicians — along with many of the protesters — to focus on healthcare for transgender people, as well as housing and freedom from police harassment.

The police presence at the march was light as the protesters took over four lanes of traffic around city hall, their chants echoing off the hotels and office buildings. “We are the popular vote!” they proclaimed, pausing for a “die-in” by the Ritz-Carlton before setting off down John F. Kennedy Boulevard, where a small group of members of New York Communities for Change and Make the Road invaded the lobby of the BNY Mellon building, where Goldman Sachs has an office. Donning swamp creature masks, they challenged the investment bank’s connections to the Trump administration.

Over the GOP’s three days in Philadelphia, activists and community groups had planned multiple actions aside from the big march and rally. Wednesday night saw what is fast becoming a staple of the resistance to Trump and his notoriously anti-LGBT Vice President, Mike Pence: the queer dance party in the streets. As the afternoon wore on, the march dispersed, but protesters had plans to converge later in the day on the Loews Hotel for one last reminder to Trump and the GOP. “We’ll be back!”

By Sarah Jaffe

U.S. Politics

10 things you need to know today: May 18, 2015

(AP Photo/Jerry Larson)


1.Nine killed in Texas biker-gang shootout
At least nine people were killed Sunday in a gunfight involving three rival motorcycle gangs at a Waco, Texas, restaurant. Police said all of the dead were members of criminal biker gangs. The gangs were holding a recruitment event at the Twin Peaks Restaurant. Police had been told there could be trouble, and warned the restaurant’s management not to allow the event to take place. Police confiscated about 100 weapons after the fight. Eighteen people were sent to hospitals, but no police officers or bystanders were wounded.

Source: USA Today

2.ISIS takes Iraqi provincial capital of Ramadi
Islamic State militants said Sunday that they had seized control of the western Iraq city of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province. The loss of Ramadi, if confirmed, would be the biggest defeat for the Iraqi government since its security forces launched a major counteroffensive, aided by U.S.-led airstrikes, to end the militants’ advances last year. The Pentagon conceded that ISIS had gained momentum. U.S. officials said the overall campaign against ISIS was still strong, although losing Ramadi would give Islamist extremist fighters a “propaganda boost.”

Source: Reuters

3.Obama plans to limit police use of military equipment
President Obama will ban police use of some military equipment following complaints about the heavily armed police response to unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, the White House said Monday. Obama plans to use an executive order to prohibit police use of explosive-resistant vehicles with tracked wheels like those on tanks. He also will require tougher rules on justifying the use of other blast-resistant vehicles, riot shields, and some other equipment.

Source: Reuters

4.Amtrak reopens repaired track in Philadelphia
Amtrak is resuming service between New York City and Philadelphia on Monday for the first time since a deadly derailment last week. Eight passengers were killed and more than 200 injured in the crash, which occurred as the train entered a curve in Philadelphia at just over 100 mph, more than double the speed limit. Amtrak said the track had been repaired with “the utmost care.” Investigators said Sunday that they had found no evidence to support speculation that someone had shot at the train before the crash.

Source: The New York Times, The Washington Post

5.Saudi airstrikes resume after ceasefire with Yemeni rebels ends
A Saudi-led coalition resumed airstrikes against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen after the end of a five-day humanitarian ceasefire, witnesses said Monday. The strikes hit rebel tanks and other targets in the port city of Aden shortly after the truce ended at 11 p.m. Sunday. Earlieron Sunday, Yemeni officials began talks on restoring peace, but the rebels did not participate. The Shiite Muslim Houthis refuse to consider restoring the country’s exiled president, one of the central goals of the discussions.

Source: The Associated Press

6.Cuomo proposes protections for nail salon workers
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Monday plans to introduce measures to punish nail salons that mistreat workers. Cuomo last week ordered health-regulation changes to protect workers after a New York Times investigation exposed exploitation of workers at nail salons. Many of the workers have experienced serious health problems linked to chemicals used in salons. New legislation, if passed, would give the state power to close unlicensed salons, and impose higher fines for violations.

Source: The New York Times

7.Kerry criticizes North Korea over “grizzly” executions
Secretary of State John Kerry slammed the government of North Korea on Monday over recent reports of “grotesque, grizzly, horrendous” public executions ordered by the communist government’s leader, Kim Jong Un. Kerry said Pyonyang was committing crimes that could be referred to the International Criminal Court. The remarks, which Kerry made while visiting South Korea, came following a recent report that North Korea’s defense minister had been publicly executed with an anti-aircraft gun for falling asleep in a meeting Kim was leading.

Source: The Washington Post

8.Marine dies in hard landing of Osprey aircraft in Hawaii
One Marine was killed and 21 others were injured on Sunday when a tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey aircraft made a hard landing during a training mission at Bellows Air Force Station in Hawaii. The Osprey is a controversial aircraft that can take off and hover like a helicopter, and fly like an airplane. The military once came close to abandoning the Osprey over a history of mishaps. Two test crashes killed 23 Marines in 2000.

Source: The Associated Press

9. Kasich expected to join presidential race
Ohio Governor John Kasich is “virtually certain” to run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, according to ABC News. Kasich last month told CNN, “If I can win, I’m likely to run.” A second-term governor in an important swing state, Kasich has earned praise on the right for battling public unions and moving to slash state spending. He launched a political committee last month and scheduled swings through the early primary states of South Carolina and New Hampshire.

Source: ABC News

10.Mad Men final episode airs
The beloved AMC Network drama Mad Men ended Sunday with the final episode of its seventh season. Creator Matthew Weiner’s period drama traced the lives of Madison Avenue ad executives — most notably the dashing and mysterious Don Draper — through the 1960s. The show’s story lines touched on landmark historical events of the transformative decade, including John F. Kennedy’s assassination and Vietnam war protests. Tim Goodman at The Hollywood Reporter called the finale a “masterful achievement” that even diehard fans will appreciate.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

U.S. Politics

10 things you need to know today: May 14, 2015

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky


1.Amtrak train entered curve at 106 mph before derailing
The Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia, killing at least seven people, was traveling at 106 mph — more than twice the speed limit — as it approached the curve where the accident occurred, the National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday. “That’s just insanity,” Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said. More than 200 people were injured, several of them critically. Investigators said a high-tech train-control system due to be installed this year could have prevented the crash.

Source: USA Today, The Philadelphia Inquirer

2.House votes to end phone-record surveillance program
The House voted Wednesday to end the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ telephone data. The bill — the USA Freedom Act — passed 338-88. It would require U.S. intelligence agencies to get a court to find a reasonable suspicion of a link to international terrorism to get permission to access the data. The vote set up a possible showdown the Senate, where several Republican leaders want to renew the existing bulk data collection program when it expires on June 1.

Source: Reuters

3.Seventy-two die in Philippine factory fire
The death toll from a fire at a sandal factory in Manila reached 72 on Thursday. The blaze broke out on Wednesday when sparks from welding work on the Kentex Manufacturing Corporation’s front gate ignited chemicals used to make the company’s rubber flip-flops and sandals. The fire spread quickly. Some survivors jumped from the second floor. Many others were trapped inside by metal bars covering windows. There were 200 to 300 people inside when the fire started.

Source: BBC News, The New York Times

4.Senate deal revives fast-track trade bill
Senate leaders have agreed on a deal to revive a proposal to give President Obama fast-track authority as he tries to strike a trade agreement with 11 Pacific rim nations. Democrats demanding more protections for American workers blocked the bill earlier in the week. The Senate will hold votesThursday on two related bills demanded by Democrats, then move on to a vote on the measure to speed approval of foreign trade agreements. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called the compromise “sensible.”

Source: Bloomberg

5.Vatican recognizes Palestinian state in legal document
The Vatican said Wednesday that it would recognize the “state of Palestine” in a new treaty. The document, which is expected to be signed soon, is believed to mark the first time the Holy See has formally recognized Palestinian statehood, although it has referred to Palestine as a state since November 2012. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to visit Pope Francis on Saturday. Israel said it was “disappointed,” and that the move would “not advance the peace process.”

Source: The New York Times

6.Fourteen, including one American, killed in Kabul attack
At least 14 people, including nine foreigners, were killed Wednesdaywhen suspected Taliban gunmen stormed a hotel in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul. One of the dead reportedly was an American. Two were Indians. Kabul Police Chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said early Thursday that another five people were wounded in the attack. Fifty-four people who had been trapped inside were rescued by police and special forces after a five-hour siege. Taliban attacks have increased since the Islamist extremist group launched a spring offensive last month.

Source: Time

7.Lawyers make closing arguments ahead of Boston Marathon bombing sentencing
The defense and prosecution gave their closing arguments Wednesday in the sentencing phase of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial. A simple majority on the jury can sentence Tsarnaev to life in prison with no chance of parole. A vote for the death penalty has to be unanimous. Prosecutors say Tsarnaev deserves to die for his role in the April 2013 attack killed, which killed three people and injured more than 260. Defense lawyers say his older brother, Tamerlan, dragged him into the plot.

Source: ABC News

8.Iraq says No. 2 ISIS leader killed in coalition airstrike
The No. 2 leader of the Islamic State, Abu Alaa al-Afri, has been killed in a U.S.-led coalition airstrike near the town of Tal Afar in northern Iraq, the Iraqi Defense Ministry said Wednesday. The Pentagon said it could not independently confirm the report, although it said the coalition carried out airstrikes against ISIS near Tal Afar on Tuesday and Wednesday. Iraq said al-Afri and several other ISIS leaders had been meeting in a mosque, but U.S. officials denied any mosque had been targeted.

Source: CNN, The New York Times

9. Fifth person arrested in connection with deaths of two Mississippi officers
A fifth person has been arrested in connection with a weekend shooting that left two Hattiesburg, Mississippi, police officers dead. Abram Wade “Pete” Franklin was charged with obstruction of justice after being questioned by Mississippi Bureau of Investigation agents. Authorities did not immediately say what led to the charge. The other suspects remain in jail. One — Marvin Banks, 29 — faces two capital murder charges for the killings of officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate.

Source: CBS News

10.Watchdog says Secret Service were probably alcohol-impaired in March incident
Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth said in a report releasedWednesday that two senior Secret Service agents were “more likely than not” impaired by alcohol when they drove a government vehicle through a secure area where agents were investing a suspicious package at the White House in March. The men — Marc Connolly, the deputy in charge of the Presidential Protection Division, and George Ogilvie — denied being drunk. Connolly retired ahead of the report’s release. Ogilvie is on administrative leave.

Source: The Associated Press

U.S. Politics

10 things you need to know today: May 13, 2015

AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek


1.Six die in Philadelphia Amtrak derailment
At least six people were killed Tuesday night when an Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia. Dozens more were injured, at least six of them critically. The impact ripped passenger cars apart and mangled the engine. “It’s an absolute disastrous mess,” Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said. “I’ve never seen anything so devastating.” The train was en route from Washington, D.C., to New York, carrying 238 passengers and five crew members.

Source: The Washington Post, CNN

2.Democrats block debate on fast-track trade bill
Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked consideration of a bill that would give President Obama authority to fast-track a major trade agreement with Asia. The Senate voted 52-45 to begin debate, falling short of the 60 votes needed to break the Democrats’ filibuster. Democrats who oppose the bill want provisions added to protect American workers. Obama says he needs the fast-track authority to get trading partners to make concessions without fearing Congress will block the deal.

Source: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal

3.Death toll rises from Nepal quake
The death toll from the latest earthquake in Nepal rose to more than 50 in Nepal and India on Tuesday. The 7.3-magnitude temblor was the strongest aftershock yet since the 7.8-magnitude quake that struck on April 25, killing more than 8,000 people. A U.S. Marine helicopter that was already in the Himalayan nation conducting humanitarian and disaster relief missions went missing on Tuesday about 45 miles east of the capital of Kathmandu with six American Marines and two Nepali soldiers on board.

Source: The Washington Post

4.Virginia dean sues Rolling Stone over rape article
University of Virginia associate dean Nicole Eramo on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Rolling Stone magazine over a now-discredited article about an alleged gang rape at a fraternity house. Eramo accused the magazine and the writer, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, of defaming her by portraying her as the “chief villain.” The article made Eramo’s response to the alleged crime appear inadequate. The lawsuit asks for $7.5 million and calls the story a “monumental hoax.” A Columbia University review found the story “deeply flawed,” and Rolling Stone retracted it.

Source: Los Angeles Times

5.No charges against Wisconsin officer who killed unarmed teen
The Madison, Wisconsin, police officer who killed an unarmed biracial teenager will not face criminal charges, Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne announced Tuesday. “I conclude that this tragic and unfortunate death was the result of a lawful use of deadly police force,” Ozanne said. In March, officer Matt Kenny fatally shot 19-year-old Tony Robinson after responding to a disturbance call. The shooting set off peaceful protests similar to those in other cities over deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police.

Source: The Guardian

6.Humanitarian truce begins in Yemen after last-minute airstrikes and shelling
A five-day humanitarian truce started in Yemen on Tuesday. In the hours before the cease-fire, Saudi-led airstrikes hit military targets in the rebel-held capital of Sanaa, and in the port city of Aden. Iranian-backed Houthi rebels shelled areas along the border with Saudi Arabia. Iran sent a cargo ship to Yemen, prompting the U.S. to warn against “provocative actions.” The truce appeared to be holding on Wednesday despite reports of violations on both sides.

Source: Reuters

7.Navy plans policies to improve quality of life, including more maternity leave
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus is expected on Wednesday to announce policy changes intended to improve quality of life and careers for sailors and Marines. The changes will include doubling paid maternity leave to 12 weeks, easing body fat restrictions, increasing career flexibility, updating the co-location policy for dual military couples, and bolstering recruitment of women to 25 percent, up from 18 percent for the Navy and 5 percent for the Marines.

Source: Navy Times

8.North Korean military chief reportedly executed for falling asleep
North Korea has executed its own defense chief on treason charges, South Korean media reported on Wednesday. The military leader, Hyon Yong Chol, reportedly was accused of showing disrespect to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by dozing off at a military event and failing to carry out unspecified instructions. He was allegedly executed by firing squad in front of hundreds of people at a Pyongyang military school. Kim has reportedly ordered the executions of at least 15 high-ranking officials this year.

Source: Reuters, The Washington Post

9. Gunmen kill 43 minority Ismaili Muslims in Pakistan
Gunmen on motorcycles killed at least 43 people on a bus in Karachi, Pakistan, early Wednesday. The passengers were members of the Ismaili sect of Shiite Islam making a daily commute from an Ismaili residential complex to other parts of the southern port city. At least six people took part in the attack, some of them boarding the bus and opening fire. All of the gunmen escaped, police said. Sunni extremists in a Taliban splinter group called Jundullah claimed responsibility for the killings.

Source: The New York Times

10.Raul Castro says Cuba ready to exchange ambassadors with U.S.
Cuban President Raul Castro said Tuesday that his country was ready to exchange diplomats with the U.S. as soon as it was removed from Washington’s list of state terrorism sponsors. President Obama announced last month that he intended to remove the communist Caribbean island nation from the list. The formal move is expected this month under Obama’s push to resume normal relations with the former Cold War rival. “This sort of unjust accusation is about to be lifted,” Castro said, “and we’ll be able to name ambassadors.”

Source: The Associated Press

Freddie Gray Protests

This Map Shows the Freddie Gray Protests Across the Country

Mother Jones

Demonstrations have spread from Baltimore to more than 15 other cities.

Thousands took to the streets in Baltimore earlier this week following the funeral of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, a black man who died after his spine was nearly severed while riding in a police van. Demonstrators have also gathered in New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and nearly a dozen other cities. Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced Friday that the six officers involved in Gray’s death will face criminal charges. Protests are planned around the country through the weekend.

Here’s a map of the latest demonstrations (tell us if we’ve missed any):

New York City



Los Angeles




San Diego



Albequerque, New Mexico

Washington, D.C.

Ferguson, Missouri


San Antonio



Climate Change

New York City, Philadelphia, Atlantic City Break Temperature Records During December Heat Wave

The New York skyline, including the Empire State Building, is shown in this Dec. 1, 2013 aerial photo. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

We’re experiencing similar temperatures here in Atlanta.  Yet, those climate change deniers (mostly big oil supporters) turn a blind eye to this ever increasing problem…

The Huffington Post

New York City, Philadelphia and Atlantic City, N.J., have broken temperature records during a brief December heat wave.

The National Weather Service says the temperature in Central Park hit a record-setting 65 degrees Saturday. The previous record was 62, set in 2011 and 1923.

Philadelphia and Atlantic City, N.J., reached 67 degrees on Saturday afternoon. That broke Atlantic City’s previous mark of 63 degrees, set in 2011, and bested Philadelphia’s previous high of 66 degrees, set in 1895.

The temperature rose to a balmy 68 in Wilmington, Del., beating the previous mark of 65, set in 1895. And the 64 degrees recorded in Newark, N.J. broke the previous mark of 62, set in 2011.

Sunday is supposed to be even warmer in the region. Temperatures could top 70.

Gun Control · Gun Control Debate

Three dead, three injured as gunman opens fire on town hall meeting in Pennsylvania

Crime scene tape via Shutterstock

Needless to say this will not sway Pennsylvanians to implement a gun-control program.  That’s never going to happen…

The Raw Story

A shooting during a town hall meeting in northeastern Pennsylvania has left three people dead and three others are in critical condition, according to local media reports.

“All I saw was the holes go through the hall,” said Pocono Record reporter Chris Reber, who was at the meeting in the Ross Township municipal building. “I saw smoke and plaster flying out, blowing out through the walls.”

The shooter had a pistol with a scope and starting shooting through the walls. He shot several people and then went to his car to retrieve another weapon.

The gunman was reportedly shot with his own weapon after being tackled by West End Open Space Commission Executive Director Bernie Kozen. The shooter was taken into custody when police arrived.

State troopers have reportedly secured the home of Rockne Newell, but refuse to confirm whether Newell was the shooting suspect. Newell had a history of disputes with the Ross Township Board of Supervisors over the condition of his property.

“I need to clean up & I need a lawyer,I have no place to go and my 2 rescue dogs will be put to sleep because no one else will take them,” Newell wrote on the website Give Forward.

Newell, a self-proclaimed junk collector, was ordered in 2012 to clean and vacate his property unless he obtained occupancy and sewage permits from the township.


Tea Party Patriots

Leader of Armed March On Washington Calls For ‘Revolutionary Army’ To Topple Government

So, this is my question.  Do they think because the Black guy is  the president, it will be easy to overthrow the “government” (aka Obama)?  In fact, do they know anything about our military power which we are NOT supposed to use on American citizens unless they plan on having an armed revolution against the government?  I mean, how stupid are these people?   They’re pretty much goading the government into action against them if they go through with this farce…

Think Progress

Thousands of people signed up to attend an armed march on Washington over the course of the last month. But now, the leader of the march is setting his sights much higher than a single demonstration — he wants his armed followers to help overthrow the American government.

About a month ago, a gun activist named Adam Kokesh called for thousands of people to join him in an armed march on Washington, D.C. to “put the government on notice that we will not be intimidated & cower in submission to tyranny.” As of this writing, nearly 5,200 people have RSVPed for Kokesh’s armed march.

Late last week, however, Kokesh decided to abandon this march in favor of a much larger effort to bring down the entire federal government. In a statement written from a jail cell in Philadelphia (Kokesh faced charges for allegedly resisting arrest during a pro-marijuana rally. He now says he’s been released), the gun activist called for his supporters to form a secessionist “army”:

A new American revolution is long overdue. This revolution has been brewing in the hearts and minds of the people for many years, but this Independence Day, it shall take a new form as the American Revolutionary Army will march on each state capital to demand that the governors of these 50 states immediately initiate the process of an orderly dissolution of the federal government through secession and reclamation of federally held property. Should one whole year from this July 4th pass while the crimes of this government are allowed to continue, we may have passed the point at which non-violent revolution becomes impossible.

The time to sit idly by has passed. To remain neutral is to be complicit, just doing your job is not an excuse, and the line in the sand has been drawn between the people, and the criminals in Washington, D.C. While some timid souls will say that it is too early, that we can solve this problem through democratic means provided by government, that current levels of taxation are reasonable for the services provided, and that the crimes of this government are merely a tolerable nuisance, it may already be too late.

To be sure, it is likely that only a small minority of Americans will rally to a cry to march upon their state capitols and demand that the United States cease to exist. But Kokesh’s call is troubling for the simple reason that he was capable of convincing over 5,000 people to sign up for an armed march on Washington, D.C. It does not take much imagination to figure out what could go wrong if just a few dozen armed and angry secessionists show up at state capitols throughout the country.

Gun Violence · Guns

Another day in the (gun crazy) U.S.A.

Gun Crazy Nation

Daily Kos is running a daily list on gun violence in America.  Following, is the latest installment…

Daily Kos

February 7, 2013 edition

Forest Meadows, Calif. — A 54-year-old man shot and killed his 17-year-old son and 14-year-old daughter with a Glock 9mm handgun before turning the weapon on himself late last week.

Plymouth, Wis. — A 59-year-old woman found dead in a barn about 8:30 a.m. yesterday was apparently shot by a male neighbor who later shot and wounded himself. He was listed in critical condition.

Los Angeles, Calif. — A former Los Angeles police officer wanted for the murder of a man and woman last Sunday has allegedly shot and killed a Riverside, Calif. police officer and wounded police officers from Riverside and Los Angeles. A manhunt is underway.

O’Fallon, Mo. — A 55-year-old woman was found dead at a home about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday. She had been shot multiple times in the head. Police are looking for her 63-year-old ex-boyfriend.

Jacksonville, Fla. — A 46-year-old man was fatally shot while driving on a city street in what might have been a case of road rage. He was found in the driver’s seat of a crashed pickup about 7:50 p.m. Police are looking for a vehicle seen following the man.

Sandpoint, Idaho — A confrontation of some sort about 6 p.m. Wednesday has left a 36-year-old man fatally shot and a 35-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his arm. No word on the condition of the wounded man.

Granite Falls, N.C. — A shooting about 6:30 p.m. today has left one person dead. Police are questioning a person of interest.

Houston, Tex. — A man found shot and lying on the ground outside an apartment complex about midnight last night later died at a hospital. He had been shot several times.

Cleveland, Oh. — A 22-year-old man was shot and killed about 8:40 p.m. yesterday. He had been shot several times

Philadelphia, Penn. — A 23-year-old man is dead after he was shot at least once in the chest in a second-floor apartment Wednesday night.

Washington, D.C. — A security guard was shot when a 28-year-old man armed with a 9 mm handgun entered the headquarters of a lobbying group and began verbally expressing opposition to the organization’s policies. The guard and others nearby managed to subdue the intruder until police arrived. He was listed in stable condition.

Plainfield, Ind. — A man was shot at an apartment complex Wednesday night. Police later pulled over a car matching the description of a vehicle spotted leaving the scene. No word on the victim’s condition.

New Orleans, La. — A man was shot multiple times around 11 a.m. yesterday.
No report on the man’s condition.

Buena Vista Township, Mich. — A 5-year-old boy and his 46-year-old grandfather were shot during a robbery about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. A man approached the grandfather and his wife in the driveway of a home and demanded money before opening fire, striking the grandfather. One of the bullets went through a wall of the house and struck the boy in the leg. The boy was hospitalized. The grandfather was treated at a hospital and released.

Camarillo, Calif. — A 22-year-old male was injured by gunfire. He was treated and released from a local hospital.

Little Rock, Ark. — One person was reported shot at an apartment complex today. Police are searching for a suspect. No other details are available.

Miami, Fla. — A robber yanked a gold chain off the neck of an 82-year-old man sitting in his front yard yesterday morning before shooting him in the leg and fleeing. No word on the victim’s condition.

Chicago, Ill. — A 23-year-old man was shot in the back of his thigh about 6:55 p.m. yesterday. He had exchanged words with three others when one of the three opened fire with a handgun. The victim was in stable condition.

Chicago, Ill. — A 22-year-old man was shot in the arm about 1:30 p.m. yesterday. No word on his condition.

Orlando, Fla. — Two people were shot and wounded after someone opened fire and sprayed their vehicle as they drove away from a nightclub about 4:50 a.m. this morning. The injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Tempe, Ariz. — Five schools were put on lockdown while police searched for a suspect who fired shots at a car on the freeway in an apparent road-rage incident about 1:20 p.m. today. Police have one person in custody and are looking for another.

Charlotte, N.C. — A 15-year-old high school student was arrested for bringing a loaded handgun to school in his backpack.

Today’s sources: Chicago Tribune, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Detroit Free Press, Florida Times-Union, Houston Chronicle, KABC – TV Los Angeles, KNXV-TV Phoenix, Orlando Sentinel, Philadelphia Inquirer, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Times- Picayune, Washington Post, WISH-TV Indianapolis, WSVN-TV Miami

Addendum for February 7, 2013If you want to reduce this daily slaughter, please call, write, email, or FAX your representatives in Washington, D.C. and tell them to support common sense gun controls.

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