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Cleanse the Country of the Confederate Plague

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Your DGB for today is to help the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) update their Whose Heritage? Confederate symbol tracker.

Do you have a throwback monument to our country’s traitorous past in your town? The SPLC is compiling a comprehensive list of every Confederate plaque, statue, and memorial that exists today. Unfortunately, due to the rebranding the South was gifted post-Reconstruction, many of these symbols exist in some pretty weird places. And by weird we mean, not the Southeastern United States. Whether you are in California or Wisconsin, please keep your eyes open for these archaic icons. Because we can’t get rid of them if we don’t even know they are there.

Grab our public spaces back from racist traitors.

 

The Sedition Act

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Your DGB for today is to Grab some history on The Sedition Act.

One hundred years ago today, May 16, 1918, Congress passed The Sedition Act. An extension of the existing Espionage Act and dressed up as legislation to support the country’s war effort (World War I) it was a severe restriction of any speech considered “abusive” of the U.S. Government, the Constitution, the military or the flag. The Post Office was not even allowed to deliver mail that contained this kind of language. Does this have a ring of familiarity to it? Are you surprised that this non-Constitutional, cockamamie junk wasn’t cooked up in the mind of DJT himself? Our point in bringing up this history lesson is to show you that this kind of threat to our civil liberties is nothing new and needs to be taken seriously. Thankfully, the Sedition Act was repealed by the end of 1920. But only because World War 1 was over and Congress was repealing a bunch of other war time legislation anyway!

Read more about the Sedition Act and its parent legislation the Espionage Act here: https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-congress-passes-sedition-act

And now that you are frightened and disturbed, go donate to an organization fighting to keep Trump from resurrecting the Bad Old Days.

ACLU: https://www.aclu.org/donate-aclu?ms=menu_gift&ms_aff=NAT&ms_chan=web&initms=menu_gift&initms_aff=NAT&initms_chan=web

SPLC: https://donate.splcenter.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=463

 

SPLC December Review

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Your DGB for this weekend is to read the Southern Poverty Law Center’s tracking of hate in the White House during last month.

https://www.splcenter.org/hate-in-the-white-house-december

SPLC has been doing the arduous work of compiling all the instances of extremism in Trump’s White House, any one of which would have been front-page news back before The Incident, as we now refer to the 2016 election. Now, most of these objectively alarming news items are buried among What He Tweeted, but each one is important. Yes, they’re hard to stomach, but you have the weekend to digest the poison in small doses. We have to stay vigilant in our assertion that none of this *waves arms frantically* is normal.