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Fri Nov 22, 2019, 11:28 PM

A group of hunger strikers protested peacefully in Pelosi's office. Then they decided to storm it.

The hunger strike inside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office to protest inaction on climate change wasn’t going well Thursday.

It was day four without food for nine young strikers who vowed to stay until the bitter end, and Pelosi (D-Calif.) had not come close to meeting their demand to talk with them for an hour on camera about her leadership on the issue. They were allowed to squat at the entrance to her office on the plush blue carpet and quietly draw signs with Sharpies, but aside from that, it was almost as if Pelosi didn’t know they were there.

And so, weak and dizzy for lack of food, they gathered in a circle in the hallway and came up with a plan.

With the little energy they had left, they would storm past two aides, barge into the wider room where the congresswoman’s chief of staff and others sat, get arrested by police and make a statement that they were there to protest the “lip service” House Democrats paid to an issue that would impact their future.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2019/11/21/nine-climate-activists-arrested-after-storming-nancy-pelosis-office/

This doesn't help.

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Reply A group of hunger strikers protested peacefully in Pelosi's office. Then they decided to storm it. (Original post)
Zorro Nov 2019 OP
Blues Heron Nov 2019 #1
Zorro Nov 2019 #3
TheBlackAdder Nov 2019 #6
Zorro Nov 2019 #7
BBG Nov 2019 #8
Blues Heron Nov 2019 #11
UniteFightBack Nov 2019 #5
Hortensis Nov 2019 #15
Blues Heron Nov 2019 #16
Hortensis Nov 2019 #19
evertonfc Nov 2019 #2
Hortensis Nov 2019 #24
Liberal In Texas Nov 2019 #4
madinmaryland Nov 2019 #9
Blues Heron Nov 2019 #12
SharonClark Nov 2019 #13
Blues Heron Nov 2019 #14
MrsCoffee Nov 2019 #17
Blues Heron Nov 2019 #18
MrsCoffee Nov 2019 #20
Blues Heron Nov 2019 #21
MrsCoffee Nov 2019 #22
msongs Nov 2019 #10
RichardRay Nov 2019 #23
seaglass Nov 2019 #25
customerserviceguy Nov 2019 #26
cwydro Nov 2019 #27
H2O Man Nov 2019 #28

Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri Nov 22, 2019, 11:30 PM

1. At least they're doing something

I think every bit helps, bravo to these protestors.

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Response to Blues Heron (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 22, 2019, 11:39 PM

3. They should be targeting the climate deniers

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Response to Zorro (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 22, 2019, 11:42 PM

6. What and really arrested, with actual mace and billy clubs? Then taken on a rough ride?

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 22, 2019, 11:58 PM

7. Yep. Better publicizes their cause

instead of going after soft targets.

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Response to Zorro (Reply #3)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 12:09 AM

8. Yeah, well, that's just, like, your opinion, man.

Nt

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Response to Zorro (Reply #3)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 08:15 AM

11. you're free to do just that

I think you should.

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Response to Blues Heron (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 22, 2019, 11:40 PM

5. Oh yes this is very productive.

 

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Response to Blues Heron (Reply #1)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 09:07 AM

15. Attacking our CLIMATE CHANGE LEADERS is "doing something"?

For god's sake, environmental groups around the world were happy and greatly relieved when Democrats won the house. "Thrilled" was the word used by the League of Conservation Voters, who've been keeping records and ratings for all congressional legislators since 1971 on environmental, climate, agricultural, energy, etc., issues. Most Democrats have annual scores of 100% these days, Republicans 0%.

Republicans still control the senate, but the "green firewall" is the LCV's term for Democrats who've been blocking harmful legislation from Republicans in legislatures across the nation.

Just maybe find out who our nation's big climate warriors are and just who smile whenever groups and statements like this prove their lies are still serving them so well in spite of all evidence.

And, btw, you really should reject like poison anyone who claims Democrats aren't much better than Republicans. It's a massive, toxic, self-proving lie that turns wannabe warriors into tools.



http://scorecard.lcv.org/overview-2018-scorecard

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #15)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 09:12 AM

16. yes, it is doing something

and it's working, people are talking about it aren't they? We need to get some visible things going right now - like a total ban on leaf blowers for one. Easy, visible and doable.

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Response to Blues Heron (Reply #16)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 09:22 AM

19. NO. They're claiming our congressional Democrats

are obstructions, giving phony lip service to climate change, who must be forced to work. That is an incredibly ignorant and harmful lie to believe, and pushing it publicly is a moral crime. A huge moral crime given the enormity of this crisis.

Do you even know many EXPERT, EXPERIENCED climate warriors are IN congress and other legislatures, who ran for office to fight for strong action from inside the centers of power? Every single one ran to join our Democratic caucuses. And they're busy studying incredibly complex issues involved, working with the nation's and planet's TOP experts in and out of governments, writing bills, and waiting for the people to give them the power to turn the legislation they've written into laws.

You might want to look into the deep motivations and backgrounds of this group's leaders. Yes, people can really be this stupid and deluded, and no doubt some are pathetically sincere. But when actions so definitively conflict with a group's claimed agenda, it's very smart to question just what that really is.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri Nov 22, 2019, 11:38 PM

2. good grief

 

What do they wan't her to do? If this is how they want to spend thier time. What could she tell them?

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Response to evertonfc (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 09:54 AM

24. It's about suppressing the youth vote for Democrats, same as

the generational boomer-hate meme we're also seeing pushed here.

Unfortunately, those prone to radicalism/extremism tend to lack insight and self awareness and don't understand themselves half as well as those who use them with varying degrees of success every election.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri Nov 22, 2019, 11:40 PM

4. Protest in an office where the problem is. Dumb asses.

Geeze.

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Response to Liberal In Texas (Reply #4)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 12:53 AM

9. Yes.

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Response to Liberal In Texas (Reply #4)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 08:16 AM

12. what are you doing raise awareness? anything?

just wondering

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Response to Blues Heron (Reply #12)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 08:52 AM

13. So are you saying they wouldn't raise awareness

if they sat in a climate denier’s office?
Just wondering.

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Response to SharonClark (Reply #13)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 09:03 AM

14. I love all the armchair critics

do this - don't do THAT etc. Let them do what they think is best, other people can organize their own optimal protest at a deniers office.

We can do both.

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Response to Blues Heron (Reply #14)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 09:16 AM

17. Waste of time.

Protest against those who stand in your way, not those trying to help you.

If they can’t figure that out they are just wasting everyone’s time.

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Response to MrsCoffee (Reply #17)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 09:18 AM

18. disagree - I think it's useful to keep the heat on those in high office.

Like the speaker of the house for one.

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Response to Blues Heron (Reply #18)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 09:22 AM

20. Nancy isn't the problem and you know it.

The Senate Republicans are blocking everything. Go fucking put the heat where it belongs. Quit wasting time and casting aspersions on those who are actually doing work for the people.

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Response to MrsCoffee (Reply #20)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 09:27 AM

21. you sound angry - bye!

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Response to Blues Heron (Reply #21)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 09:32 AM

22. If you aren't angry, you aren't paying attention.

The KGOP treasonous bastards are trying to destroy the world and these people are wasting time pointing fingers at everyone else.

Bye.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 01:25 AM

10. weak and dizzy is what happens when you exercise your right to refuse food nt

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 09:45 AM

23. Way too dramatic

Assuming one is not doing hard physical labor and is getting enough water people who are not already compromised should not be ‘...weak and dizzy..’ at the end of four days; grouchy and maybe a bit headachy, but not weak or dizzy. I can whip out 50 years of experience fasting up to 30 days, with groups of people from various backgrounds, in some cases doing substantial work, to back that up.

It certainly should not have effected judgement, which seems to have been somewhat impaired. OTOH, these folks may have already been working without all their resources allocated to their decision making processes. Poor choice of target, poor choice tactics, and poor choice of demands.

Sorry, this boomer awards them 0 points for this action.

IMHO, FWIW, YMMV.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 10:04 AM

25. Oh, the drama!!!!! I guess the supplement/vitamin taking plan didn't work. n/t

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 12:17 PM

26. I'm fearful

about mass protests at the Democratic National Convention this coming summer. I lived in the Chicago area in 1968, and the local news had horrifying images that probably cost us the election.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 12:24 PM

27. I bet everyone of them has eaten by now lol.

Hope they didn’t have to settle for jail food.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 12:27 PM

28. Recommended.

While I understand what others here are saying about the option of aiming this protest at a climate change denier, I respect that these young people are sincere in their effort. I hope that this type of thing grows -- both on climate change and gun control -- and I'd recommend that they consider aiming at republicans. I keep in mind that young people think differently than old people like myself. And I'm confident that they will learn from experience.

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