Acts of Resistance Blog
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
P.S. - Are you registered to vote - look up how it works here.
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.
Why I Resist - What Resistance Enterprises is Doing to Resist Trump
It's not every day you decide to start a company. But after going to march after march and rally after rally, I got tired of making signs that only get seen for a few minutes by people sympathetic to our cause. Don't get me wrong - protests are important. But I wanted to make a statement, rooted in the history of resistance in this country, that will be seen for days and months and years to come. And I wanted to share it.
That's why Resistance Enterprises was founded. To help people share what they believe in. To get conversations started. To get the word out that the majority of Americans do not care for this president.
Why do I resist?
I resist because racism is deplorable.
I resist because I don't want to see my immigrant friends get deported.
I resist because I don't believe in bringing back torture.
I resist because it is our American tradition to call our leaders the colorful adjectives they earn through their actions.
Resistance t-shirts might not seem like a powerful weapon in the fight against the many alternative facts and grotesque ideas coming from Washington. But I would argue that wearing a shirt that proclaims your resistance to what is happening, whether in class, or to work, or out to drinks, is just as powerful as marching with thousands of others. It might even be more powerful. Resistance brings the protest to those who don't want to think about it. It brings your values to those who might not know how you feel. And it will lead to discussion.
We've got to talk about what's happening in this country. These conversations won't always be easy, but they're important. Letting your world know how you feel is the first step.