RESISTANCE WATCH--Remember back in the primaries when Hillary Clinton, backed up by a chorus of elite media surrogates, told us how Sanders' proposal for universal health care was pie in the sky?

RESISTANCE WATCH--This past year, through my work with Veterans For Peace I was given the opportunity to stand in solidarity with resistance movements in Okinawa, at Standing Rock and in Palestine. 

RESISTANCE WATCH--U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Trump administration would be eliminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy established by the Obama administration in June 2012. 

RESISTANCE WATCH-- Lawyers for 15 states, led by New York and Washington, filed suit against President Trump on Wednesday over his planned repeal of the DACA program, arguing that federal authorities have “backtracked” on their promise to protect young immigrants who came forward and registered with the government. (Photo above: Protesters challenging President Trump’s DACA decision in the shadow of LA City Hall.)

RESISTANCE WATCH--As we reported in our last issue, communities from the ocean to downtown and back have been at the mercy of a thin aerial highway of packed air flights soaring over them throughout the day and late into the night, with rare respite.  And it’s getting worse.

RESISTANCE WATCH--At a town hall Wednesday night in Oakland, California, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) announced that she will co-sponsor Sen. Bernie Sanders's (I-Vt.) Medicare for All legislation, which is reportedly set to be introduced mid-September.  (Photo above: US Sen Kamala Harris.)   

RESISTANCE WATCH--It’s been over seven months since the Women’s March -- and those of us who are in the trenches on the frontline or even on social media have not had one moment of respite. 

RESISTANCE WATCH--Alana Conner, a cultural scientist at Stanford, tells Vox that, “Telling people they’re racist, sexist, and xenophobic is going to get you exactly nowhere.” 

RESISTANCE WATCH--The August recess isn't over yet, but progressive organizations are using the time to mobilize against looming Republican plans—spearheaded by the Trump administration in the White House and by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) in Congress—to give corporations and the nation's wealthiest individuals massive tax cuts while putting services and social programs on the chopping block.

RESISTANCE WATCH--More than 200 Durham, North Carolina residents stood outside a jail on Thursday, attempting to turn themselves in for the removal of the city's Confederate Soldiers Monument—to protest the arrests of eight people who have been accused of dismantling the monument. The group chanted, "Thank you, we love you," in support of those who were arrested.

RESISTANCE WATCH---Thousands of Americans in cities across the country rallied Sunday night to denounce the racism displayed at the so-called "Unite the Right"  rally that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, and to mourn the death of Heather Heyer, an activist who was killed Saturday during an anti-racist demonstration. (Update on Los Angeles support here.)  

RESISTANCE WATCH--Though some suggest the Republicans' effort to push through "tax reform" will likely fail like their effort to repeal Obamacare, the White House and its corporate allies have undertaken a coordinated campaign to ensure the passage of a tax code rewrite that stands to fatten the pockets of the wealthiest.

RESISTANCE WATCH--Hundreds demonstrated in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Sunday as part of the March to Give Keystone XL the Boot. 

RESISTANCE WATCH--Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is launching a campaign Wednesday to promote his planned Medicare for All legislation, engaging directly with voters across the nation.

RESISTANCE WATCH--Senator John McCain has been getting lots of press for his vote that helped turn the course on the Skinny Health Care Bill’s 51-49 trajectory on the Senate floor. Of course, McCain has long been a fixture in the GOP, pre-dating the 2008 Palin fiasco. And his newly diagnosed gliobastoma makes this story even more compelling. 

RESISTANCE WATCH--Think about the websites you visit. The movies you stream. The music you listen to online. The animal videos that are just too cute not to share.

RESISTANCE WATCH--They welcomed their first customers just over five weeks ago, quietly offering what has become the store’s bestsellers: a cold brew and iced mocha.

RESISTANCE WATCH--The Republican health care bill is dead. Good riddance. The bill was so harsh that even Donald Trump called the House version “mean.” And yet, this legislation was stopped at a time when Republicans control both houses of Congress and the presidency. How?

THE BERNIA BATTLE--As Democrats scramble to form a coherent and inspiring message for the 2018 congressional elections in the face of a historically unpopular president, billionaire Democratic mega-donor Tom Steyer argued in a recent interview that they should look no further than the platform of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). (Photo above; Tom Steyer.)  

RESISTANCE WATCH--On Wednesday, our beloved Congressman Brad Sherman took a huge leap and put himself at risk to introduce Articles of Impeachment (photo above).  This is a monumental step, as he went beyond the confines of the Democratic Party and put our nation first.  As a result, he is getting haters, trolls and threats on Facebook.  Furthermore, he will get flack, not just from Trumpers and Republicans, but from Democrats too. 

RESISTANCE WATCH--With the public comment period ending Monday, there are just hours left for the public to weigh in on President Donald Trump's order that threatens protections of 27 national monuments designated since 1996.  

RESISTANCE WATCH--Organizers of the Women's March on Washington—which took place the day after Donald Trump's inauguration and inspired solidarity marches in hundreds of cities across the globe—are planning a protest against the National Rifle Association for July 14, in response to a video published to the NRA's Facebook page last month. 

RESISTANCE WATCH--While lawmakers are unlikely to pursue an impeachment of President Donald Trump any time soon, that didn’t stop protesters from hitting the streets in Los Angeles on Sunday to demand his ouster.

RESISTANCE WATCH--Just how many adjectives of contempt does it take to describe the latest behavior of the President of the United States?

THE DEATH OF SHARLEENA LYLES--We have lost yet another black woman to state violence this week.

RESISTANCE WATCH--Women occupying senators' offices Friday aren't alone in resisting the all-male "declaration of war on women" that would be repeal of Obamacare and enactment of a GOP health plan widely blasted as "catastrophic."  

RESISTANCE WATCH--When Sue Freitag graduated from UCLA, she knew she had to return to her alma mater, El Camino High School in Woodland Hills. Freitag is an inspiration to her students, exposing students to social issues and advocacy through her program. 

RESISTANCE WATCH--Attorneys general for the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland say they will sue President Trump on Monday, alleging that he has violated anti-corruption clauses in the Constitution by accepting millions in payments and benefits from foreign governments since moving into the White House.

RESISTANCE WATCH--Progressive activist and filmmaker Michael Moore made headlines last year when he correctly predicted that Donald Trump would defeat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. In February he then launched a new website that would help his fellow activists find and participate in anti-Trump resistance events.

RESISTANCE WATCH--As part of its dragged-out process of rewriting the ordinances governing billboards citywide, the L.A. City Council Planning and Land Use Management Committee (PLUM) is about to receive a report on how the city can install digital billboards on city-owned property. Today I submitted the following memo for the record in opposition to this idea. If you don’t want to see billboards on city-owned buildings and properties, send an e-mail to the PLUM assistant: clerk.plumcommittee@lacity.org and ask them to add your message to the public record in Council File 11-1705. 

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