GUEST POST: I’m a Democrat Who Voted for Trump. Here’s Why.

[Below is a guest post from an anonymous Democrat who voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential Election.]

– by Anonymous Democrat

trump_democrat_1000As a lifelong Democrat and long-time activist for social justice and environmental causes, I’d like to explain to you why I voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential Election.

If you’re like many of my friends, you’re wondering why I crossed party lines to join the surprisingly high percentage of Democrats who voted for Hillary Clinton’s much-reviled opponent.

It’s a great question and I promise to be honest with my answer. However, before I do so, I want to share some of my politics with you so you can’t dismiss me as simply a right wing conservative in disguise.

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GUEST POST: The Origin of Food Not Bombs?

[Below is a guest post written by Emory Rodgers, who contacted The Shitty Activist after seeing our meme below poking some fun at Food Not Bombs. -TSA]

– by Emory Rodgers

Might_Be_Activist_13I showed up in San Francisco in 1987, just off Dead tour and back from a Rainbow Gathering. A friend of mine pointed out how many tour heads and homeless were on Haight Street and asked me if I’d be willing to panhandle enough money to feed everyone in the park, in order to get everyone off the street for a few hours and give everyone that lived in the Haight district a break from all the panhandlers.

At the time I had taken a vow of dematerialization and the idea of panhandling wasn’t really my thing. But I saw the problem and reluctantly agreed. The first feed we had maybe 12-15 people at the barbecue pits by the Carousel Ballroom. We made a simple meal, chicken with plenty of vegetarian sides. People brought their guitars and some brought some weed and drinks and we had a mini rainbow gathering right there in Golden Gate Park!

Within a few days, the crowd grew to 30-40 people, so we approached the Haight-Ashbury Switchboard, which was still located on Haight Street, to see if they could give us a hand at it, because it was growing larger then we could panhandle for–after all there were only three of us. The switchboard director didn’t really know us and wasn’t sure he could trust us, but he threw caution to the wind and gave up switchboard canvassing cans and helped us change the label to identify what we were collecting for.

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The Real Reason It Took So Long To Bust the Oregon Standoff

– by The Shitty Activist

Oregon_sherriff_ReutersLots of activists across the country are pissed off by how long it took authorities to deal with the group of armed cattle ranchers occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge visitor center.

They point to a history of swift and often brutal force used by authorities against leftist movements such as Black Lives Matter, Occupy Wall Street, and other campaigns too numerous to count over the decades.

Activists are outraged at the hypocrisy of the beating, tear-gassing, pepper-spraying, and rubber-bulleting of unarmed, peaceful protestors speaking out for causes that would benefit many, compared to the basically hands-off approach to those threatening actual violence against the U.S. government motivated by money-grubbing selfishness.

So what gives?

Some blame white privilege, calling out law enforcement’s seeming indifference to a gaggle of armed white men, compared to the almost routine fatal shootings of unarmed black men. And no doubt race is one reason for the discrepancy. But I don’t think it’s the only reason.

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