SPLASH! Recap of January 13-15, 2017

News Making A Splash Today Will Have Ripple Effects Tomorrow

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Donald Trump Celebrates Martin Luther King Weekend By Attacking Civil Rights Leader John Lewis

Progressive Army – Although Martin Luther King Jr. is unfortunately not alive today to see his amazing long-lasting effects, John Lewis is a civil rights leader who led many marches in the civil rights era and is today a representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district. According to Smithsonianmag.com: “To date, he has racked up at least 45 arrests, most recently while protesting on behalf of comprehensive immigration reform in 2013.” John Lewis’ arrest record is a result of nonviolent civil disobedience and protestation against systematic and institutional racism and discrimination. He served as a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and helped students get involved in the movement of effective nonviolent protesting, which ultimately led to the Civil Rights Act being passed.

NYC Board of Elections Illegally Booted Voters From Rolls

New York Daily News – The Department of Justice says the city Board of Elections broke federal law by improperly purging nearly 120,000 Brooklyn voters from the rolls ahead of last April’s presidential primary.

The feds intervened in a lawsuit against the board over the massive bungle that resulted in many Brooklyn residents showing up at the polls to vote only to be told they weren’t eligible.

In a brief filed Thursday in Brooklyn federal court, DOJ said the move violated the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.

Indiana legislators are proposing an All Out Abortion Ban

Mic – Legislators in the Indiana House of Representatives have proposed a bill that would reverse existing state laws making abortion legal. The legislation, House Bill 1134, maintains human life begins the moment “a human ovum is fertilized by a human sperm,” creating conditions under which having an abortion would be legally defined as committing murder.

State Rep. Curt Nisly read the bill for the first time on Monday, at which time it was passed along to the House Committee on Public Policy for consideration.

Wyoming Law Would All But Outlaw Clean Energy by Preventing Utilities From Using it

inside climate news – While many U.S. states have mandates and incentives to get more of their electricity from renewable energy, Republican legislators in Wyoming are proposing to cut the state off from its most abundant, clean resource—wind—and ensuring its continued dependence on coal.

A new measure submitted to the Wyoming legislature this week would forbid utilities from providing any electricity to the state that comes from large-scale wind or solar energy projects by 2019. It’s an unprecedented attack on clean energy in Wyoming, and possibly the nation. And it comes at a time when such resources are becoming cheaper and increasingly in demand as the world seeks to transition to clean energy to prevent the worst impacts of climate change.

Colin Kaepernick Donates $50,000 to Standing Rock Health Clinic

teleSUR – Following San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest last year standing against the national anthem in the pursuit of racial justice, the football player also pledged to donate $1,000,000 to various social justice causes over the course of 10 months.

Kaepernick announced the month of December’s donations Friday, with the largest portion — $50,000 — donated to the Mni Wiconi Health Clinic Partnership at the Standing Rock camp, set up in resistance to the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline…

Motorist Liability Introduced in Response to Pipeline Protest

The Bismarck Tribune – A bill introduced by an oil patch lawmaker would provide an exemption for the driver of a motor vehicle if they unintentionally injured or killed a pedestrian obstructing traffic on a public road or highway.

“It’s shifting the burden of proof from the motor vehicle driver to the pedestrian,” said Rep. Keith Kempenich, R-Bowman, who admitted the bill is in response to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests in southern Morton County.

He said a response, in the form of House Bill 1203, was needed after groups of protesters blocked or gathered close to roadways and caused problems as motorists tried to drive by.

Written by Pamela Getz

Writer and Activist. Follow Pamela on Twitter @goddesspamela.

Pamela Getz is Editor of International Affairs for Progressive Army and a member of its Editorial Board.

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SPLASH! Recap of January 13-15, 2017