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Wednesday Evening Owls: Beating Trump is only the start

Nearly 5,000 people joined the Women’s March on Idaho in downtown Boise on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017.

Night Owls, a themed open thread, appears at Daily Kos seven days a week

Heather Digby Parton at Salon writes—Progressives and power: If Trump is defeated, the real fight begins:

Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir wrote a thoughtful piece this week about political engagement in which he makes the case that merely voting is a tepid form of activism anyway, particularly in America, where it often becomes “a bizarre form of symbolic theater or public therapy.” He suggests that direct action is necessary to move the country forward and cites the civil rights movement, the in-your-face ACT UP AIDS activism of the 1980s and the anti-globalization protests of the late ’90s as movements that were considered far outside the mainstream at the time but pushed their agendas much more quickly than they could have through traditional lobbying or partisan politics. He points out that the post-Parkland student movement, Greta Thunberg’s climate strikers and the Black Lives Matter protesters, among others, are the rumblings of a new generation getting ready to push the envelope beyond anything we’ve seen.

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