"...Maybe it’s pessimism, but in 2016 it’s hard to believe that protests, cathartic as they are, actually bring about the change they demand. Wednesday’s several-mile march from the University of Texas campus Downtown toward the South Congress Bridge and back, past the Capitol, felt different...."
"...The New York Times reported Monday on the genesis and distribution of a "Fake News" story triggered by a tweet by Austin businessman Eric Tucker, who saw some parked buses on an Austin street two Saturdays ago, noted that there were anti-Trump protests happening Downtown, put two and two together and came up with 13 ("How Fake News Goes Viral: A Case Study," by Sapna Maheshwari). Tucker decided that the only possible reason the buses were in town was to bring out-of-town protesters into Austin, and he posted: "Anti-Trump protestors in Austin today are not as organic as they seem..."
"...21 and featured co-host Andy Hogue, communications director for the Travis County GOP. Zimmerman applauded his own recent exile from the "death star" (aka City Council); coined the term "Progressive Christophobe"; and took snarky aim at CM Greg Casar for helping organize local protests against Trump policies, calling him "Little Greg 'Caesar Caesar' Casar," which is not witty..."
"...Austin is preparing for an epic counterresponse to Friday’s inauguration of Donald Trump as president. It’s a long-haul weekend of protests, rallies, and marches calling for resistance against politics of fear and hate, and solidarity with the multiple communities the incoming administration has promised to target...."
"...If we learned anything from this past year, it’s that we have more than enough reasons to continue our protests. From sustained attacks on immigrants’ safety, LGBTQ equality, (women’s) health care, and national parks, to awarding tax breaks to the wealthy and threatening nuclear war via Twitter, the last 365 days have been a whirlwind of bad news, heartbreaking defeat, and few wins for progressive (and moderate) folks nationwide...."
"...13 and offered to provide Roark with treatment, which Roark refused. "Protests are common at the State Capitol and participants usually refrain from violent or antagonistic behavior," wrote Vinger..."
"...The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a grassroots organization working to strengthen progressive power in politics and economics, has decided to help fund the protests after surveying their one million members, 50,000 of whom call Texas home. The committee said that 91% of its membership “overwhelmingly agreed” with the decision to fund the rallies, though the amount of money funneled into Monday’s demonstrations has not yet been released, according to PCCC Press Secretary Kait Sweeney...."
"...But while some immigrants back into the shadows for self-preservation, others have felt empowered to take to the streets and speak up. The raids ignited daily protests at the intersection of Rundberg and North Lamar, and several rallies and demonstrations in the ensuing weeks..."
"...Restaurants have frequently been sites of protest, from the lunch counter sit-ins of the civil rights movement, to demonstrations against restaurants offering foie gras, to "Day Without Immigrants" protests, to anti-gentrification activists picketing Austin's Blue Cat Cafe. But that doesn't mean that Austin restaurants actively encourage such behavior...."
"...Regardless, let it be known that, whether against or in favor of the war, we love and support our troops. A failure of the Vietnam War protests was to blame the soldiers (though this did seem less prevalent at the time than history has defined it)..."
"...Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, filed SB 5, upping penalties for class A misdemeanors and state felonies, and giving election judges 30 days to report all rejected absentee ballots to the attorney general. The bill passed over protests from Democrats, who were most concerned about provisions that overturn another bill passed in the regular session, House Bill 658, which would have made the process of collecting ballots from nursing homes easier..."
"...That sense of discord goes double nationally, where Donald Trump's administration sees enemies everywhere – among Mexicans, Muslims, and refugees – yet is happy to embrace Chinese despots, Russian oligarchs, even dictatorial Filipino thugs. At the same time, it's been gratifying to see the persistent outpouring of widespread public opposition, beginning Inauguration Day and continuing through last weekend's climate change protests..."
"...Nor can Mahajan be considered to be "against democratic tolerance" or totalitarian. Although his peaceful stances don't sit well with some, it's insulting to accuse someone who engages in civil debate, questions policies, and peacefully protests injustices as undemocratic ....."