Clothing as Catalyst
We believe that clothing has the power to change the world. To make you feel more empowered. To let others know that you're right there with them in the struggle for progress. And to encourage others to stand up and take part in our democracy.
Make yourself heard, even on the days there's not a rally.
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I'm a high school student. Can I kneel during the national anthem?
Yes you can! School attempts to force unity of opinion is unconstitutional and has been since 1943.
Seems like those school administrators never took a constitutional law class.
You have First Amendment rights to protest injustice in this country. If you feel that taking a knee during the national anthem is the best way to protest police brutality and racial injustice, you can do that.
In Barnette, much like today, The West Virginia Board of Education insisted that the flag salute be a required activity in public schools. Teachers and students who did not salute the flag were punished with expulsion.
The Court found this straight up unconstitutional. Ruling that a flag salute was a means of communicating an idea, the Court said there could be no forced unity of opinion. It is likely that a student disciplined for not standing during the playing of the national anthem would have the same legal grounds to sue their school district as a student who refused to salute the flag.
In fact, the US Supreme Court has described your right to protest as the "fixed star in our constitutional constellation" - one of my favorite lines of legal prose of all time. "No official, high or petty" - looking at you here, Trumpy, all the way down to the vice principal - "can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein."
So, your school cannot punish you for refusing to stand during the playing of the national anthem, or for refusing to pledge allegiance to the flag.
Use those rights you have - vote, speak out, protest!
-Wells, Resistance Enterprises
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F.B.I. Director Fired After Asking For Additional Resources To Investigate Russia-Trump Connection; We Demand The Appointment of Special Counsel and An Independent Investigation
Was the 2016 U.S. presidential election stolen by the Russian government and Trump's campaign aides?
Seems like we're to have to wait a little longer to figure out. As you have probably heard, F.B.I. Director James Comey, the man leading the investigation of collusion between Russia and the Trump political operation, has just been fired by Trump himself.
That's one way to send a message, to the F.B.I., and to the American people. According to insiders, the investigation has already been dealt a massive setback by the firing.
As Congressional Republicans have been investigating the Trump-Russia connection with all the diligence of embarrassed bystanders, it is time to demand the appointment of special counsel who will investigate the matter with the attention and impartiality the situation demands. The attorney general has this power, and it's time he used it. But he needs to feel pressure in order to do the right thing. You're that pressure.
If you have 5 minutes: Call your senators and urge them to call for an independent investigation led by special counsel.
If you have 10 minutes: Write a Letter to the Editor of your local paper or alt-weekly denouncing Trump's attack on this investigation, and ask others to do the same.
Thank you for the work you're doing. Together we're making change happen.
This week I was listening to Dan Carlin's latest Hardcore History podcast on the history of nuclear weapons. My take away was that we need to make it illegal for any President to unilaterally go nuclear, because sweet Jesus, have there been opportunities - and pressures - since 1945 to do so.
We can change this - and with Trump in the White House, we must.
Two Congressmen, Rep. Ted Lieu and Sen. Ed Markey, have proposed legislation that would make it illegal for a president to use a nuclear weapon absent a declaration of war by Congress. Seems like a hell of an idea.
Call Congress and demand they change the law to keep us safe.