Over 1 million women participated in the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday, and it raised the question: What exactly are these women protesting?
A lot of the posters and social media posts that came out of the event painted a picture of a massive presence that was standing up for what they labeled as “women’s rights” that have been put in danger by President Trump.
Many women have voiced the concern that Roe v. Wade will be overturned, and abortion will be made illegal under Trump. However, Trump has never said that he wanted to ban abortion completely. What he has said is that he plans on appointing Supreme Court Justices who are “pro-life,” and if they choose to overturn Roe v. Wade, then abortion laws will be determined by the states.
Women have also criticized the fact that Trump reportedly plans to defund Planned Parenthood, because of the fact that it currently provides a taxpayer-funded abortion service.
All of this comes back to the same question: Why are 1 million women gathering together to demand that the federal government fund their healthcare and tell them what they can and cannot do? Why aren’t they looking for other alternatives and answers to the current problems?
Is this protest truly about women’s rights, or is it about women hopping on the bandwagon and demanding that the government take care of their needs?
If it was really about women’s rights, then there would be over 1 million women marching in protests against the fact that the U.S. has allies like Saudi Arabia. There would be over 1 million women protesting the fact that the government continues to expand mass surveillance, and to jeopardize our civil liberties. And there would be over 1 million women protesting the fact that our government continues to push for endless war in the Middle East, and hundreds of thousands of innocent women and children have died as a result.
The right to peaceful protest is acknowledged by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, and while any American can protest whatever he/she feels is necessary, it is always important to take the time to research and to ask questions first.
(The Free Thought Project) With eight states legalizing recreational cannabis and 26 other states legalizing medical cannabis use, federal government is the biggest obstacle to freedom – despite more and more U.S. lawmakers pushing for medical access and even complete decriminalization.
By far the biggest obstruction to a fact-based approach to cannabis is the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), which maintains cannabis as a Schedule 1 narcotic. This most restrictive category, which includes heroin and methamphetamine, is described as having “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.”
By now most everyone knows this classification is patently absurd for cannabis, as studies are piling up showing the medical benefits of cannabis, in addition to real-world evidence in medical use states. If that weren’t enough, the National Academies of Science just published a monumental study with nearly 100 conclusions, including the therapeutic benefits of cannabis.
The DEA had a chance to correct its ignorance in 2016 by rescheduling cannabis on the advice of the FDA, but somehow kept a straight face when it announced in August it would keep the plant under Schedule 1. One explanation for this defiance of reality is the DEA’s allegiance to Big Pharma, which has admitted cannabis poses a threat to its profits.
Some aren’t taking the DEA’s disinformation lying down.
Americans for Safe Access (ASA) found 25 falsehoods about cannabis still being peddled by the DEA on its website, and has filed a petition to force their removal. ASA points out that DEA is violating federal law called the Information Quality Act which requires agencies to ensure the “quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of information” when developing guidelines.
One reason we know their information is false is because the DEA contradicted those very falsehoods – with references to studies – when it refused to reschedule cannabis in 2016. Even though DEA accepted these studies, it somehow concluded ‘more research is needed’ to show cannabis has medical value.
According to the petition:
“DEA continues to disseminate certain statements about the health risks of medical cannabis use that have been incontrovertibly refuted by the DEA itself in its recent “Denial of Petition to Initiate Proceedings to Reschedule Marijuana”, issued August 12, 2016. In fact, the DEA’s recent statements confirm scientific facts about medical cannabis that have long been accepted by a majority of the scientific community.”
ASA groups the false claims into four categories: 1) “cannabis’ alleged capacity to induce psychosis, 2) “cannabis’ alleged capacity to induce lung cancer and cause damage comparable to that caused by tobacco use, 3) the “gateway theory” to use of other drugs, 4) “alleged permanency of cannabis-associated cognitive deficits.”
For each category, ASA lists the specific statements and then provides contradicting statements from the DEA itself, referencing scientific studies that refute the false statements still on their website.
“The overwhelming majority of the objective scientific studies – including studies cited by the DEA in the DPR – disprove the inaccurate DEA statements described in Section II (a)-(d). Because the DEA itself made statements in the DPR that directly contradict information in “The Dangers and Consequences of Marijuana Abuse” and “Drugs of Abuse,” it is undeniable that the DEA information at issue lacks utility and objectivity.”
Given DEA’s demented stance that can only be described as a throwback to Reefer Madness, we are unlikely to see any progress made in this tyrannical agency that thrives on the criminalization of the miraculous cannabis plant. We can only hope that Congress continues to gather more supporters for the cause of freedom and medical access.
KIRO-TV reported that the man was taken to the hospital with a “possible life threatening injury” following the shooting.
According to the local CBS affiliate, protesters began arriving about two hours before Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak at the event. The protesters began clashing with police, and they “threw rocks, fireworks, and other items at officers.”
Q13 Fox reported, “Hundreds of protesters had gathered at the UW campus” to oppose the event and “tensions grew as masked protesters attempted to block the doors to the building where Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak, and others who had wanted to attend the speech.”
The Seattle Times reported that the gunman in the shooting is still at large, and police are currently searching for a suspect who fits the description of a 50-year-old Asian man who is approximately 5-foot-7 and 190 pounds.
Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole says the UW shooter is at large.
Following the shooting, Yiannopoulos released a statement on his Facebook page:
“There was a shooting tonight outside my event at the University of Washington in Seattle, local police have confirmed. A man was taken to hospital with a potentially life-threatening wound to the abdomen. We don’t know any more at this time. My prayers are with the victim, whoever he is.”
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DC Riot police have responded with by shooting rubber bullets, covering both protesters and journalists in pepper spray, firing several flash bang grenades.
The protests initially began Friday morning before the inauguration of Donald Trump began. DC police were quick to respond with pepper spray, and then began to use flash bang grenades:
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