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The Pledge to be #Ungovernable

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What if there was a resistance movement that makes Trump unable to govern our oppression; unable to deceive the people, to make the people accept his reign of hatred? 
And, in doing so, create new governing institutions, new economic relationships, and new ways of being human that not do is sanction and/or normalize “overt” white supremacy.

Kali Akuno, 
co-founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson and organizer with Ungovernable 2017, joins Dennis for an in-depth interview.   

Kali Akuno

Kali Akuno

From Trumplandia, here are some of the stories we are following today:

Surrounded by white men, Trump signed an executive order that will result in women around the world dying when he reinstated the Reagan era gag rule—also known as the Mexico policy. The gag rule is so called because of the roughly $600 million the US spends on international aid for family planning and reproductive health, now not a single dollar can go to an organization that provides abortions, councils women with accurate medical advice about abortions, refers women to groups provide abortions and don’t receive our assistance. These monies have often benefitted women in conflict zones who will now have unwanted babies or engage in high risk self abortions.

People will die. Women will die.

Rex Tillerson, the former CEO of Exxon who left his post with a golden parachute (correction: bribe) of $182 Million won the backing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Monday to be secretary of state when it voted 11-10 to send his nomination to the full Senate. Marco Rubio, who threatened to use his swing vote to vote against Tillerson, backed down and cast a vote that will expedite the day when his constituents in Florida are literally underwater. Donald Trump, who is on the record stating that climate change is hoax originating in China—bragged to a room of foreign diplomates the night before his inauguration that Tillerson “Again, he’s led this charmed life. He goes into a country, takes the oil, goes into another country. It’s tough dealing with these politicians, right?”

Donald Trump repeated the lie today that millions voted illegally and that, adjusting for this massive voter fraud, he actually won the popular vote. Hours later, White House press secretary Sean Spicer doubled down on the lie telling the White House press corps ““The president does believe that. He has stated that before. I think he’s stated his concerns of voter fraud and people voting illegally during the campaign and continues to maintain that belief based on studies and evidence that people have presented to him.” Spicer would not say what studies or present any evidence to support this lie. He spoke calmly, and with a pleasant demeanor—continuing to dive deeper into our world of alternative facts.

The former Executive Director of an Anti-Immigrant hate group, Julie Kirchner, was appointed by Trump to head up US Customs and Border Protection.

It has been widely reported that Trump’s cabinet is more white and male than any since Reagan. They have also made news for just how immorally and disgusting rich they are. You may have read headlines suggesting that 17 of Trump’s cabinet picks have a higher net worth than 1/3 of all Americans. Shocking, until you consider that one-third of American households combined -- which includes households with extreme negative net worth -- have essentially no net worth.

The government’s top health agency, the Centers for Disease and Prevention, cancelled its upcoming conference on Climate Change- because, well: it’s a Chinese hoax don’t you know?

Also, Trump set about reversing a major victory for the Standing Rock Sioux on behalf of all of us in December, signing an executive order today ordering the Secretary of the Army to expedite approval of the Dakota Access Pipeline. He also signed an executive order to revive the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Perhaps emboldened by the left’s inability to keep up with the whack-a-mole of terror flying out of the Trump administration, Lawmakers in eight states have proposed laws criminalizing peaceful protest; one such bill in North Dakota would allow motorists to run over and kill protestors so long as the hit and run, I mean accident, was in fact just that: accidental.