Need a Plan B on abortion rights
May the Fourth be with you.
In my post on Tuesday, taking my cue from Bernie Sanders and the left-Democrats, I reasoned that the latest Republican sneak attack on women’s reproductive rights could be reversed if only Dems would act to kill the filibuster and then vote to codify (with 50 votes) women’s right to a safe, free, abortion.
But now, it seems that once again, the Democrats are hamstrung by the same two faux Dems, Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, and West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, who could save abortion rights for women in the United States.
This realization left many like David Sirota wondering…
The hope now is that a massive wave of street protests will shake up the political landscape to such a degree, in the face of the upcoming midterm elections, that the totally politicized Trump Court will be forced to pull back its planned ruling or risk a Republican defeat in the House and Senate in November.
May the fourth be with you
I meant to post this yesterday. But then things got away from me.
For some reason, May 4th seems to be a universally eventful day.
On May 4th, 1886 at Haymarket Square in Chicago a bomb was thrown at a squad of policemen attempting to break up what had begun as a peaceful labor rally calling for the eight-hour workday. To this day, no one knows who threw the bomb. The police responded with wild gunfire, killing several people in the crowd and injuring dozens more.
Today, the event is memorialized around the world as May Day and celebrated on May 1st.
On May 4, 1961…
The first Freedom Ride left from Washington, D.C. A group of thirteen young people, organized by the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) left Washington’s Greyhound Bus terminal, bound for the segregated south. Their journey was peaceful at first, but the riders were met with racist violence on their way to New Orleans, eventually being forced to evacuate from Jackson, Mississippi.
On this day in 1970…
Ohio National Guardsman opened fire on students at Kent State who were peacefully protesting the Vietnam War and the U.S. invasion of Cambodia, killing four, wounding eight, and permanently paralyzing another. The killings at Kent State galvanized the movement and led to massive protests across the country and around the world.
May 4th, 1919…
The May Fourth Movement was a Chinese anti-imperialist, cultural, and political movement that grew out of student protests in Beijing against the government’s weak response to the Treaty of Versailles’ decision to allow the Japanese imperialists to retain Chinese territories. The May Fourth Movement would produce many of the future leaders of the Chinese Revolution.
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