Twitter and Tear Gas

The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest

A firsthand account and incisive analysis of modern protest, revealing Internet-fueled social movements’ greatest strengths and frequent challenges.

To understand a thwarted Turkish coup, an anti-Wall Street encampment, and a packed Tahrir Square, we must first comprehend the power and the weaknesses of using new technologies to mobilize large numbers of people. An incisive observer, writer, and participant in today’s social movements, Zeynep Tufekci explains in this accessible and compelling book the nuanced trajectories of modern protests – how they form, how they operate differently from past protests, and why they have difficulty persisting in their long-term quests for change.

Tufekci speaks from direct experience, combining on-the-ground interviews with insightful analysis. She describes how the Internet helped the Zapatista uprisings in Mexico, the necessity of remote Twitter users to organize medical supplies during Arab Spring, the refusal to use bullhorns in the Occupy Movement that started in New York, and the empowering effect of tear gas in Istanbul’s Gezi Park. These details from life inside social movements complete a moving investigation of authority, technology, and culture – and offer essential insights into the future of governance.

Race and Terror

On Friday, August 11, hundreds of white nationalists, alt-righters, and neo-Nazis traveled to Charlottesville, Virginia, to participate in the “Unite the Right” rally. By Saturday evening three people were dead – one counter-protester and two police officers – and many more injured.

“VICE News Tonight” correspondent Elle Reeve went behind the scenes with white nationalist leaders, including Christopher Cantwell, Robert Ray, David Duke, and Matthew Heimbach — as well as counterprotesters. VICE News Tonight also spoke with residents of Charlottesville, members of the Black Lives Matter movement, and the Charlottesville Police.

From the neo-Nazi protests at Emancipation Park to Cantwell’s hideaway outside Virginia, “VICE News Tonight” provides viewers with exclusive, up-close and personal access inside the unrest.

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Read the rest: Charlottesville: Race and Terror

Truth or Trump


We’re still in the middle of a constitutional crisis

We may have a special prosecutor, but don’t be fooled. We’re still in the middle of a constitutional crisis. And, we need an independent commission.

There’s a bill in both the House (H.R. 356) and Senate (S. 27) that you should demand your members of Congress cosponsor. And, have you checked recently whether your Rep is signed onto the discharge petition? Get the script and learn more here:

The future of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s emissions regulations depends on who fills his seat in November

I can guarantee the Republican nominee will not support what I’m doing here today. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Another reminder of how important state elections are in the fight against the Trump agenda. Vote on June 13th!

Posted by Indivisible Charlottesville on Tuesday, May 30, 2017