â€œWeâ€™re Still Hereâ€
Donald Trump marked the first year of his presidency with a government shutdown, but across the globe, others marked it with the Womenâ€™s March of 2018.
Last year, turnout for the Womenâ€™s March exceeded the oft-disputed attendance of Trumpâ€™s inauguration as men and women joined in solidarity against the new presidentâ€™s would-be policies and division. This year, the events honor that anniversary and also look ahead to the 2018 midtermsâ€”hoping to energize Americans to make a difference at the polls.
Take a look at some photos and video, which quickly hit Twitter, below:
We’re not going anywhere.
In 2018, we’re bringing our #PowerToThePolls.
â€” Women’s March (@womensmarch) January 20, 2018
The one year anniversary of Trumpâ€™s inauguration is a shutdownâ€”being here at the womenâ€™s march is a more hopeful anniversary. pic.twitter.com/IdZBXtbDOx
â€” Tim Kaine (@timkaine) January 20, 2018
Womenâ€™s March at Mar-A-Lago. pic.twitter.com/dEx13v81M7
â€” Duncan RenaldoâœŠï¸ðŸ˜â˜•ï¸ (@coffeeownsme) January 20, 2018
Todayâ€™s the day! Everyone please join the Womenâ€™s March in your city! Hundreds of cities holding protests today 2 mark the day Trump took power last yr. This is the yr we take it back! Send me video/pix of the March in your town at Midwesternfilms@gmail.com See u in the streets! pic.twitter.com/R5t03OyuGW
â€” Michael Moore (@MMFlint) January 20, 2018
LIVE NOW: Thousands take to the streets of New York City for the second annual Women’s March. https://t.co/Q2rk4mCaI7
â€” ABC News (@ABC) January 20, 2018
And here was the 1/2/3 subway platform at Times Square, packed with people getting to the Upper West Side for this afternoonâ€™s Womenâ€™s March: pic.twitter.com/oa2960HWhi
â€” Cora Lewis (@cora) January 20, 2018
LIVE NOW: Thousands attend the second annual Women’s March, now underway in Washington, DC. https://t.co/SvyCkSlSvd
â€” ABC News (@ABC) January 20, 2018
â€” Tom Steyer (@TomSteyer) January 20, 2018
Today, @HRC members and supporters are coming together again to celebrate a year of resistance with the @womensmarch and to mobilize voters for the critical 2018 elections to bring our #PowerToThePolls. #WomensMarch2018 pic.twitter.com/fgPCSG4rvn
â€” HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) January 20, 2018
The Womenâ€™s March on Philadelphia is going strong. pic.twitter.com/wKIDzTG0d9
â€” SeriouslyUS? (@USseriously) January 20, 2018
A tearful â€œDreamerâ€ talks about DACA and the possibility of being deported at the 2018 Cleveland Womenâ€™s March pic.twitter.com/Z7JDDe6cAL
â€” clevelanddotcom (@clevelanddotcom) January 20, 2018
Womenâ€™s March in Charlotte. Thousands here! pic.twitter.com/wFH8F7rTWT
â€” Sen. Jeff Jackson (@JeffJacksonNC) January 20, 2018
Womenâ€™s March Santa Ana https://t.co/8YvSUic0N8
â€” Sally Hite (@sallynotsara) January 20, 2018
â€” KHOU 11 News Houston (@KHOU) January 20, 2018
Stop the hate. Ottawa Women’s march. pic.twitter.com/EBKCWU7DTZ
â€” Michelle Arruda (@micarruda) January 20, 2018
Happening Now: The Womenâ€™s March is back in Chicago.
â€” Audrina Bigos (@AudrinaBigos) January 20, 2018
â€” Katherine Sullivan (@HETI_Institute) January 20, 2018
A protester who dubs herself “Woke Grandma” tells CNN’s @MarquardtA that she’s “marching for true equality, justice and kindness” at Women’s March in NYC https://t.co/eE6VZgho0n https://t.co/xLsz7RHKUH
â€” CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) January 20, 2018
Thousands march in Chattanooga.
The South SHALL rise again, but THIS time it will be FOR civil rights, FOR equality, FOR human rights, FOR womenâ€™s rights, FOR Dreamers, and AGAINST everything that Trump/GOP stand for.#WomensMarch2018 #BlueTsunami2018 pic.twitter.com/K8kypcVQhB
â€” NoNoNazis (@CeeLeeMusic) January 20, 2018
Women’s march in Little Rock Arkansas https://t.co/KRtRxBlDFu
â€” Andrea SalsberryðŸ¾ (@alkirtley) January 20, 2018
â€” Holly Masturzo (@drz0) January 20, 2018
â€” Caroline Patrickis (@Cpatrickis) January 20, 2018
Full field of voters gathering at Raleigh’s Women’s March to engage in issues facing North Carolina pic.twitter.com/GO18UMsyDT
â€” Vote Raleigh (@VoteRaleigh) January 20, 2018
â€” Planned Parenthood (@PPAWI) January 20, 2018
â€” Gary FrostGermanotta (@frostygary) January 20, 2018
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‘Tyrants’: Conservatives Freak Out as NYC Becomes First to Require Proof of Vaccination for Restaurants and Gyms
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday will formally announce New York City will soon require anyone entering a restaurant, bar, theater, gym, or other indoor events, like concerts, to provide proof of vaccination in a city that is lagging. It is an effort to motivate New Yorkers to get vaccinated and to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, now that the delta variant accounts for nearly all new cases.
“The policy is similar to mandates issued in France and Italy last month and is believed to be the first of its kind in the United States,” The New York Times reports.
In New York City, 72% of adults have had one dose of the vaccine (the national average is 70%), and just 66% have had two doses or are fully vaccinated. In The Bronx just 58% of adults are fully vaccinated, Brooklyn sits at 60%, and Staten Island is at 62%.
Rather than use this as an opportunity to help protect themselves and others from the deadly coronavirus which has killed 629,913 Americans and infected at least 35,900,045 people across the country, anti-science conservatives are lashing out once again.
Joe Borelli, a Trump-supporting Republican and the minority whip of the New York City Council immediately threw a racial twist on the news.
Mayor de Blasio is announcing that 69% of Blacks, 58% of Latinos, and the majority of Bronx residents are ineligible to eat in a restaurant or go to a gym. https://t.co/oyw8kgRDKS
— Joe Borelli (@JoeBorelliNYC) August 3, 2021
J.D. Vance, once an anti-Trump conservative author – now a pro-Trump Republican venture capitalist and candidate for the U.S. Senate from Ohio declared, “I can’t think of any disease or pandemic in American history that prompted this level of control.”
Georgia State Law law professor Anthony Michael Kreis proved just how wrong Vance was:
In 1901, the New York City Bureau of Contagious Diseases along with 200 New York City police officers surrounded tenements in East Harlem in the middle of the night and forcibly vaccinated every tenant for smallpox to curb an outbreak. https://t.co/19XPJCLKzN
— Anthony Michael Kreis (@AnthonyMKreis) August 3, 2021
NYC-based comedian Dave Smith, who appears on Fox News programs, claims we’ve been living under a “Chinese-style” system and didn’t even know it.
The ruling elite in this country would have us living under a Chinese style social credit system right now if they thought they could get away with it. NYC just took a major step in that direction. We need major pushback on this before it goes into effect or it might be too late.
— Dave Smith (@ComicDaveSmith) August 3, 2021
Fox News personality Lisa Boothe thinks there are people who are not at risk from COVID. Also, children who cannot get vaccinated are exceptionally at risk, and even those who are vaccinated can contract the virus – and spread it to those who have not been vaccinated.
How the fu** does this protect people who aren’t at risk from COVID?! And if you are at risk and got the vaccine, then what are you worried about?! Insane tyrants.
NYC to mandate proof of vaccination for many indoor settings https://t.co/k5pJNreV70
— Lisa Boothe (@LisaMarieBoothe) August 3, 2021
Andrew Surabian, who was called “Steve Bannon’s political right hand in charge of strategy” in a Politico advertorial, declares America is living under government “segregation and discrimination” for requiring vaccines to enter certain businesses, despite every child in America, and anyone enlisting in the Armed Forces, being required to have up to 18 vaccinations.
Government enforced segregation and discrimination is here in America.
“New York City will mandate proof of vaccination to enter certain indoor businesses — including restaurants, entertainment venues and gyms — and deny entry to those without the jab”https://t.co/9YBx7vC3jO
— Andrew Surabian (@Surabees) August 3, 2021
Deneen Borelli, another Fox News personality and author of “Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation” calls it “Jim Crow” and claims “Most black New Yorkers are not vaccinated.”
So is Mayor de Blasio ushering in a new Jim Crow law in NYC by banning blacks from restaurants via vaccine passports? Most black New Yorkers are not vaccinated.https://t.co/iXA8aDR5Nv
— Deneen Borelli (@deneenborelli) August 3, 2021
NY Gov. Cuomo ‘Sexually Harassed Multiple Women’ Says State Attorney General
New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo “sexually harassed multiple women,” and created a hostile work environment, breaking federal and state law, according to state Attorney General Letitia James.
New York Attorney General Letitia James announces investigation into sexual harassment claims found “Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women and in doing so violated federal and state law.” pic.twitter.com/bjyWfk4MM3
— The Recount (@therecount) August 3, 2021
“The probe found Cuomo sexually harassed current and former state employees,” NBC News reports. “It also found the Governor and his team retaliated against a former employee for coming forward.”
Cuomo has repeated denied touching anyone inappropriately and said he would wait for the investigation to conclude before discussing any possible future decisions.
This is a breaking news and developing story.
Furious Florida Doctors Lash Out at DeSantis Over ‘Unbelievably Frightening’ Surge of COVID-19 Patients
According to a report from Vanity Fair’s Bess Levin, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) is facing withering criticism from doctors in his state for not taking the resurgence of COVID-19 seriously as the Delta variant overwhelms hospitals at a frightening pace.
As the report notes, Florida reported 10,389 new hospitalizations for COVID on Monday that comes on the heels of a staggering 21,000 new infections on Friday making Florida home to almost one in five cases nationally.
On Monday, CNN’s John Avlon reported that Florida “has gotten nearly 25 times more people hospitalized for COVID than in all of Canada,” and, according to The Independent, doctors in the Sunshine State are fed up with the Republican governor who recently started fundraising by selling item mocking getting vaccinated.
According to Vanity Fair’s Levin, “Last month, DeSantis’s reelection campaign introduced koozies and T-shirts bearing the phrase ‘Don’t Fauci My Florida’ as his state began to see some of the highest hospitalizations, new infections, and deaths per capita in the country, claiming that Florida’s economy would have been in the toilet if it had ‘followed Fauci.’ The items were listed along anti-mask merch printed with the DeSantis quote, ‘How the hell am I going to be able to drink a beer with a mask on?’ While the governor’s office swears the state is in great shape, and that the recent spike is merely a ‘seasonal’ blip, the data seems to indicate otherwise.”
Florida’s doctors seem to concur.
In an interview, Bernard Ashby, a Miami cardiologist stated, “While hospitals in our state were filling up, DeSantis was shouting about ‘Freedom over Faucism.'”
Ashby, who also heads up the state’s Committee to Protect Health Care, added, “If DeSantis were as concerned about stopping COVID-19 spread as he was about coming up with these clever jabs about Dr. Fauci, we might not be in this position,” reported the Independent which added that doctors in the state are both “furious and ashamed.”
Dr. Aileen Marty, a Florida International University infectious disease expert also expressed dismay.
“There is no higher risk area in the United States than we’re seeing here,” she admitted before lamenting, “The numbers that we’re seeing are unbelievable, just unbelievably frightening.”
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