Republicans fear for their safety as Obamacare protests grow

From Politico:

At a closed-door meeting, House lawmakers discuss strategies to counter potential violence.


House Republicans during a closed-door meeting Tuesday discussed how to protect themselves and their staff from protesters storming town halls and offices in opposition to repealing Obamacare, sources in the room told POLITICO.

House GOP Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers invited Rep. David Reichert, a former police sheriff, to present lawmakers with protective measures they should have in place. Among the suggestions: having a physical exit strategy at town halls, or a backdoor in congressional offices to slip out of, in case demonstrations turn violent; having local police monitor town halls; replacing any glass office door entrances with heavy doors and deadbolts; and setting up intercoms to ensure those entering congressional offices are there for appointments, not to cause chaos.

“The message was: One, be careful for security purposes. Watch your back. And two, be receptive. Honor the First Amendment, engage, be friendly, be nice,” said Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker (R-N.C.). “Because it is toxic out there right now. Even some of the guys who have been around here a lot longer than I have, have never seen it to this level.”

He later added: “For those of us who have children in grade school and that kind of thing, there’s a factor in all of this, saying: How far will the progressive movement go to try to intimidate us?”

The conference discussion comes as Democratic activists around the nation ramp up protests against Republican to repeal Obamacare. Protesters have disrupted town halls and other public events, jeering and yelling at Republicans just as conservatives did to Democrats when they were writing the law eight years ago. Conservative protesters in 2009 and 2010 were accused of spitting on and hurling racial epithets at Democratic lawmakers ahead of their votes to pass Obamacare. Republicans denied the accusations at the time.

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This Group of Black Women Is Taking Up Arms to Fight Racism and Misogyny

Self Defense is everyone’s right.  The Second Amendment applies to all Americans.

From Vice:

What radical black womanist politics organized around self-defense actually looks like, and why it matters.

Wilbert L. Cooper
Feb 8 2017

here was no wild rhetoric about “killing whitey” or clandestine plots to ambush and torture cops when I attended a political education class hosted by Dallas’s Black Women’s Defense League last year. Instead, there were a lot of women of color speaking from the heart, telling one another how they felt when they walk down the street alone, sharing the fears they had for their children growing up in America today. Some of these sisters rocked kente cloth with dreads, while others had weaves and perms and wore skirts and heels. A few of the women were decidedly old school: They were alive when the original Black Panthers stormed the California State Capitol building with shotguns in 1967. But there were millennials on hand, too—ladies with hip-hop songs paused on their iPhones and books like The New Jim Crow tucked into their purses.

The Black Women’s Defense League first popped up on my radar thanks in part to its red, black, and green logo, which features a woman with an afro toting a shotgun. After flipping through photos of the founder, Niecee X, brandishing firearms on social media, I couldn’t help relating to the group’s advocacy of firearms for self-defense. Even though I’ve never owned a gun, I’ve certainly thought about it, tempted by the illusion of security it might offer in a country where someone like George Zimmerman, a vigilante who took a young black life like mine on a whim, can walk away scot free. But prior to actually meeting with the group, I failed to grasp the scope of the issues they grapple with. As Ibora Ase, one core member of the Black Women’s Defense League, put it to me, black women don’t just have to fight “the man—we have to fight our men.”

Niecee, the Defense League’s leader, defies easy caricature. There is a distinct elegance on display in her perfectly posed Instagram selfies, where she mixes militant-fatigues, African prints, and exuberant hair styles that run the color spectrum from cherry red to Frank Ocean blond. Above all, though, she’s stern and fastidious when it comes to her work as an advocate for black women—leading the core members of her group in self-defense training sessions, charity work in the community, and outreach to the at-risk youths of Dallas.

Her grandmother gave Niecee the politics bug when she was still a kid. “I knew all of the senators and who the Republicans were,” she said. “I was really drinking the Kool-Aid for a minute.” But it was in her early 20s that she found her way activism through local black groups in Dallas like Guerilla Mainframe and the Huey P. Newton Gun Club, which introduced her to radical organizing.

It was only about two years ago that she broke off from those groups after a series of personal and professional incidents that begged for an organization specifically focused on obstacles faced by women of color. “There were issues with an individual that I had been dealing with romantically,” she said of a man she met within Dallas’s black activist community, “and there was some violence that occurred between him and me.”

Niecee said that she was pregnant at the time and the alleged violence led to her losing a child. But what compelled her to start the Defense League wasn’t a single act of malice so much as how the Huey P. Newton Gun Club handled her abuse allegations when she brought them to the attention of leadership.

“There has to be a hard line drawn within our communities and for each other that this isn’t something that will be tolerated, and even further that when it does happen, if it does happen, that it will be dealt with swiftly and dealt with in a way that will ensure it does not occur again,” she told me.

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Senate Dems in Revolt After GOP Silences Warren for Quoting Coretta Scott King

From Common Dreams:

Elizabeth Warren was barred from speaking in the Senate for attempting to read a 30-year-old letter by Coretta Scott King, and so Democratic senators are now reading the same letter on the floor

by Nika Knight, staff writer
Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Senate Republicans voted Tuesday evening to formally silence Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), prompting widespread public outcry, for reading a letter by Coretta Scott King from 30 years ago that condemned Sen. Jeff Sessions’s (R-Ala.) record on voting and civil rights. In response to the cascade of outrage, Democratic senators on Wednesday began taking to the Senate floor to read the letter that forced Warren from the floor.

President Donald Trump has nominated Sessions for attorney general, and a vote on Sessions is expected to take place Wednesday.

Sessions “used the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens,” the letter from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s widow reads, referring to Sessions’s crackdown on ballot access—part of a supposed effort to combat alleged voter fraud—during his tenure as Alabama attorney general.

“The senator has impugned the motives and conduct of our colleague from Alabama,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said after Warren began to read, and made the unusual decision to invoke Rule 19 to bar Warren from the floor. With votes along party lines, the motion to silence Warren was approved 49-43, and Warren was forced to stop speaking.

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Bernie Sanders DEFENDS Elizabeth Warren, Reads Coretta Scott King Letter on Senate Floor

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Found on Facebook

I listened as you called my President a Muslim.
I listened as you called him and his family a pack of monkeys.
I listened as you said he wasn’t born here.
I watched as you blocked every single path to progress that you could.
I saw the pictures you made of him as Hitler.
I watched you shut down the government and hurt the entire nation, twice.
I watched you turn your backs on every opportunity to open a worthwhile dialog.
I watched you say that you would not even listen to any choice for Supreme Court no matter who the nominee was.
I listened as you openly said that you will oppose him at every turn.
I watched as you did just that.
I listened.
I watched.
I paid attention.
Now, I’m being called on to be tolerant.
To move forward.
To denounce protesters.
To “Get over it.”
To accept this…
I will not.
I will do my part to make sure, this great American mistake, becomes the embarrassing footnote of our history that it deserves to be.
I will do this as quickly as possible, every chance I get.
I will do my part to limit the damage that this man can do to my country.
I will watch his every move and point out every single mistake and misdeed in a loud and proud voice.
I will let you know in a loud voice every time this man backs away from a promise he made to you.
The people who voted for him. Yes you, the ones who sold their souls and prayed for him to win.
I will do this so that you never forget.
And you will hear me.
You will see it in my eyes when I look at you.
You will hear it in my voice when I talk to you.
You will know that I know who you are.
You will know that I know what you are.
Do not call for my tolerance. I’ve tolerated all I can.
Now it’s your turn to tolerate the ridicule.
Be aware, make no mistake about it, every single thing that goes wrong in our country from this day forward is now Trump’s fault just as much as you thought it was Obama’s.
I find it unreasonable for you to expect from me, what you were entirely unwilling to give.

I’ll add

I listened while you claimed Obama was gay
I listened while you made ridiculous claims that Michelle Obama was a man
Or transgender, even though she gave birth to two lovely daughters by the same husband
I listened while Republican racists made every stupid accusation available

I listened while they called those who protested snowflakes.

Well now we have a man who personifies ever loathsome trait we falsely project upon people from NYC
Just how many East European “Escorts” has he been married to?  I’ve lost count.
Some real family values, don’t you think?

One of the best thing to happen since the Election is that we have learned who the real Special Petal Flower Snowflakes are.

They need safe spaces from Super Bowl ads and Half Time Shows.

They cry like babies with dirty diapers over the least criticism.

All I can say is they should have taken inverse of the Golden Rule to heart.

Do not do unto others that which you would find hateful if done unto you.

In street terms


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