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Is Protesting Trump Just 'Cheap Altruism'?

You may actually hurt your interests in the long-term, ethicist says

(Newser) - Planning to participate in a protest of President Donald Trump? That may not actually be the most "ethical" choice, Corinne Purtill writes in Quartz . Participating in a general protest (as opposed to a protest of a specific policy) won't actually accomplish anything other than making you feel (incorrectly)... More »

DC Police Chief: Most Protesters Are Peaceful

But some protests turn violent; 90 arrested so far

(Newser) - The AP is reporting violent clashes between protesters and police in downtown Washington DC, blocks from the Trump inauguration parade route. NPR reports that protesters have used hammers to break windows and police are using pepper spray and "an unidentified concussive device." More than 95 people have been... More »

How People Worldwide Are Reacting to the Inauguration

Demonstrators flock to London's Tower Bridge, Berlin Wall to protest No. 45

(Newser) - As thousands descend on Washington to demonstrate against the inauguration of Donald Trump, protesters around the world are also voicing their take on the new US president. In London, demonstrators made metaphor literal at the city's Tower Bridge, where a banner proclaiming "Build Bridges Not Walls" was spread... More »

Girl Scouts Caught in Inauguration Controversy

Protest group vows to block National Mall

(Newser) - Even the Girl Scouts have been caught up in the controversy surrounding Donald Trump's inauguration. The group came under fire this week after announcing that around 75 members will be marching in Friday's inaugural parade. Boy Scouts will also be marching, but the Girl Scouts were criticized more... More »

Biggest Inauguration Protest Is Brainchild of Hawaii Grandma

Permit for Women's March on Washington seeks accommodations for 200K

(Newser) - Teresa Shook didn't even know how to create an event on Facebook when she first came up with the idea for a protest march—which makes it more astounding that that demonstration, now the Women's March on Washington, will likely be the largest protest in the capital during... More »

NAACP President Arrested at Jeff Sessions' Office

Dozens of activists staged all-day sit-in

(Newser) - Cornell William Brooks, national president of the NAACP, was among six people arrested Tuesday evening after an all-day sit-in at the Alabama offices of Sen. Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general. Around two dozen civil rights activists occupied the Republican's Mobile offices at around 11am, denouncing... More »

Major Glitch in Plans for DC Protests on, Near Inauguration Day

Women's march set for Lincoln's Memorial must change locale

(Newser) - Anyone planning to attend the Women's March in Washington on the day after the inauguration may need to look out for updates. The original location for the event—which has been widely publicized on Facebook (138,000 or so saying they'll be "going," another 227,000... More »

Pipeline Protesters Face a New Battle

This one is with Mother Nature

(Newser) - So far, the hundreds of protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline have shrugged off the heavy snow, icy winds, and frigid temperatures that have swirled around their large encampment on the North Dakota grasslands. But if they defy the government deadline to abandon the camp by Monday as promised, demonstrators... More »

3 Weeks After India's Rupee Ban, a 'Day of Rage'

Monday sees scattered protests

(Newser) - A surprise move earlier this month took India's two largest bank notes out of circulation, and on Monday scattered "day of rage" protests cropped up in various cities in response to the measure, the BBC reports. Although the ban on the 500- and 1,000-rupee notes was meant... More »

Feds: We're Not Evicting Pipeline Protesters

Army Corps wants 'peaceful and orderly transition'

(Newser) - The US Army Corps of Engineers says it isn't going to force more than 5,000 pipeline protesters off land where they've been camping since August— despite having told them that they need to leave. "The Army Corps of Engineers is seeking a peaceful and orderly transition... More »

Angry Protesters Call for Brazil President's Impeachment

Scandal surrounding President Michel Temer reaches fever pitch with direct accusation against him

(Newser) - Protesters massed in Brazil's largest city Sunday to call for the president to be removed from office and express outrage at a host of his policies, while the embattled leader tried to head off some of their criticism, the AP reports. President Michel Temer has suffered a continual drip... More »

Amid Freezing Temps, Water Sprayed at Pipeline Protesters

Cops use tear gas, water cannon in battle for bridge

(Newser) - Tension flared anew on the Dakota Access pipeline as protesters in North Dakota tried to push past a long-blocked bridge on a state highway, only to be turned back by a line of law enforcement using a water cannon and what appeared to be tear gas, the AP reports. Sunday'... More »

Protesters, Police Clash While Pipeline Company Could Be Fined

Two protesters arrested, others treated for hypothermia

(Newser) - Officers in riot gear clashed again Wednesday with protesters near the Dakota Access pipeline, hitting dozens with pepper spray as they waded through waist-deep water in an attempt to reach property owned by the pipeline's developer, the AP reports. The confrontation came hours after North Dakota regulators criticized the... More »

People 'Checking In' to Pipeline Protest in Droves on Facebook

To confuse law enforcement—but cops insist they're not tracking protesters on social media

(Newser) - Dakota Access Pipeline protesters continue to face down law enforcement in North Dakota—and now they're trying to use social media to confuse the police, the Daily Dot reports. On a Facebook page labeled as an unofficial account for the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, the feed is filled with... More »

Dakota Pipeline Protest Fund Tops $1M

But the money is disappearing quickly in Dakota Access Pipeline demonstrations

(Newser) - As the protest in North Dakota against the Dakota Access Pipeline escalates, so has the main crowdfunding page linked to it. The AP reports that since April, a GoFundMe account set up to raise money to aid protesters has far surpassed the $5,000 its organizer had originally hoped it... More »

Now Even the Singers Are Kneeling for National Anthem

Denasia Lawrence joins protest during performance at Miami Heat game

(Newser) - A woman performing the national anthem prior to an NBA preseason game in Miami did so while kneeling at midcourt, the AP reports. Denasia Lawrence opened her jacket just before she started to sing, revealing a "Black Lives Matter" shirt, then dropped to her left knee and performed the... More »

Anti-US Protest Turns Bloody in Philippines

Police van rams into Manila protesters supporting Duterte

(Newser) - A Philippine police van rammed into protesters, leaving several bloodied, as an anti-US rally turned violent Wednesday at the American Embassy in Manila. At least three student activists had to be taken to a hospital after they were run over by the van driven by a police officer, protest leader... More »

Who RBG Thinks Is 'Dumb': NFL Anthem Protesters

And 'disrespectful,' she tells Katie Couric—but she wouldn't arrest them for it

(Newser) - Since NFL player Colin Kaepernick first refused to stand for the national anthem in August, he (and other protesters in the sports arena who've followed suit) has had his share of supporters and detractors . Count Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the latter category after a Yahoo interview Monday with Katie... More »

Ethiopia Declares State of Emergency—for Next 6 Months

Due to protests by ethnic groups that say they've been marginalized

(Newser) - For 25 years, Ethiopia's ruling party hasn't had to call a state of emergency, but it did just that Sunday in response to recent protests against the powers that be, and it's going to be a long one: six months due to the "loss of lives... More »

'Hands Off My Buns': McDonald's Workers Allege Sex Harassment

In one case, employee says supervisor rubbed his genitals on her

(Newser) - Workers once swarmed McDonald's to protest low wages. At lunchtime on Thursday, workers in more than 30 US cities will protest another gripe: sexual harassment. Some 15 sexual harassment complaints from eight states have been filed against McDonald's and its franchises in the past month, alleging employees were... More »

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