on this day … 8/22 1990 – U.S. President George H.W. Bush signed an order for calling reservists to aid in the build up of troops in the Persian Gulf. 

1485 – The War of the Roses ended with the death of England’s King Richard III. He was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field. His successor was Henry V II.

1567 – The “Council of Blood” was established by the Duke of Alba. This was the beginning of his reign of terror in the Netherlands.

1642 – The English Civil War began when Charles I called Parliament and its soldiers traitors.

1762 – Ann Franklin became the editor of the Mercury of Newport in Rhode Island. She was the first female editor of an American newspaper.

1770 – Australia was claimed under the British crown when Captain James Cook landed there.

1775 – The American colonies were proclaimed to be in a state of open rebellion by England’s King George III.

1846 – The U.S. annexed New Mexico.

1851 – The schooner America outraced the Aurora off the English coast to win a trophy that became known as the America’s Cup.

1865 – A patent for liquid soap was issued to William Sheppard.

1902 – In Hartford, CTU.S. President Theodore Roosevelt became the first president of the United States to ride in an automobile.

1906 – The Victor Talking Machine Company of Camden, NJ began to manufacture the Victrola. The hand-cranked unit, with horn cabinet, sold for $200.

1910 – Japan formally annexed Korea.

1911 – It was announced that Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” had been stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris. The painting reappeared two years later in Italy.

1932 – The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) began its first TV broadcast in England.

1941 – Nazi troops reached the outskirts of Leningrad during World War II.

1950 – Althea Gibson became the first black tennis player to be accepted into a national competition.

1951 – 75,052 people watched the Harlem Globetrotters perform. It was the largest crowd to see a basketball game. 

1959 – Stephen Rockefeller married Anne Marie Rasmussen. Anne had once been a maid for the powerful and wealthy Rockefeller family.

1968 – Pope Paul VI arrived in Bogota, Colombia, for the start of the first papal visit to Latin America.

1972 – Due to its racial policies, Rhodesia was asked to withdraw from the 20th Olympic Summer Games. 

1973 – Henry Kissinger was named Secretary of State by U.S. President Nixon. Kissinger won the Nobel Peace Prize in the same year.

1984 – The last Volkswagen Rabbit rolled off the assembly line in New Stanton, PA.

1986 – Kerr-McGee Corp. agreed to pay the estate of the late Karen Silkwood $1.38 million to settle a 10-year-old nuclear contamination lawsuit.

1989 – Nolan Ryan became the first major league pitcher to strike out 5000 batters. (MLB)

1990 – U.S. President George H.W. Bush signed an order for calling reservists to aid in the build up of troops in the Persian Gulf.

1990 – The U.S. State Department announced that the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait would not be closed under President Saddam Hussein’s demand.

1990 – Angry smokers blocked a street in Moscow to protest the summer-long cigarette shortage.

1991 – It was announced by Yugoslavia that a truce ordered on August 7th with Croatia had collapsed.

1991 – Mikhail S. Gorbachev returned to Moscow after the collapse of the hard-liners’ coup. On the same day he purged the men that had tried to oust him.

1992 – In Rostock, Germany, neo-Nazi violence broke out against foreigners.

1996 – U.S. President Clinton signed legislation that ended guaranteed cash payments to the poor and demanded work from recipients.

2004 – In Oslo, Norway, a version of Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” and his work “Madonna” were stolen from the Munch Museum. This version of “The Scream,” one of four different versions, was a tempera painting on board.

Earthjustice … It starts with community


In the aftermath of the despicable series of events fueled by racism and hatred at the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA, our nation is coming to grips with a president whose words, deeds and policies provide support and encouragement to white supremacists while inflicting harm on our communities.

Violence, bigotry and hatred cannot be tolerated, especially when they come from the highest levels of government. We stand in solidarity with the people and organizations dedicated to fighting for racial and social justice.

We understand that a truly just and equal society upholds the right of all people to be protected from bigotry and hatred, as well as their right to clean air, clean water and a healthy environment. We will continue to fight the Trump administration’s efforts to eliminate environmental protections and environmental justice programs where we work best: in the courts. Using the power of the law, we are working with communities to stand up against this administration’s destructive policies.

Marchers in New York City's 2014 Peoples Climate March. Heightened activism at the local level has garnered a breakthrough for environmental justice in this city. (Joe Brusky/CC BY-NC 2.0)
Environmental protections will be won block by block
From the South Bronx to Denver, communities disproportionately affected by pollution are winning the fight to make local governments translate problems into action.


Reject white supremacy! Reject Trump and the Confederate “culture”

Dear Friends …

by colorofchange.orgTake Them Down! No Confederate Statues in the US Capitol

While we were happy to see Steve Bannon leave the White House last Friday as a result of your work to put pressure on the White House, we cannot forget Trump has still been spending his time tweeting praise for memorials to Confederates as “beautiful” and planning to host an incendiary rally tomorrow in Arizona. Let’s be clear, Trump is speaking of white supremacy when he praises the “culture” of men who committed treason against the United States in order to continue a society based upon enslaving Black men, women, and children. When Trump talks about good people fighting for Confederate statues he’s talking about people who chanted “Jews will not replace us” and threatened a Black church the night before killing someone in Charlottesville.

Trump is desperately tweeting because he sees the writing on the wall, white supremacy is now under direct attack. His white nationalist chief strategist has been forced to resign, and these symbols of hate are coming down across the country. Senator Cory Booker has announced that he is introducing a resolution to meet our demands: removing all Confederate statues from the US Capitol. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi has also come out to demand that the United States Capitol Hill Statuary Hall as well. We are winning, Bannon is out of power and these monuments are coming down across the country.

Join us in pushing back against Trump’s open advocacy for white supremacy and join us in supporting Senator Booker’s resolution to remove these memorials to the Confederacy from the United States Capitol Hill Statuary Hall. Sign my petition today. Below you will find my original email.

Thank you,

Rachael Payton

Rachael Payton just started a petition to

Kick Confederates out of the Capitol!

Kick Confederates out of the Capitol


I just started a petition titled “Take Em ALL Down! No Confederate Statues in the US Capitol”

Following the acts of white supremacist terrorism in Charlottesville, congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle made statements condemning the violence. Paul Ryan wrote, “The views fueling the spectacle in Charlottesville are repugnant. Let it only serve to unite Americans against this kind of vile bigotry,” and Ted Cruz wrote in a statement “…white supremacists are repulsive and evil, and all of us have a moral obligation to speak out against the lies, bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred that they propagate.”

Will you sign the petition to tell Congress that they should kick the Confederates out of the Capitol?

These words ring hollow when Confederate leaders are enshrined with honor in the statuary hall at the US Capitol. Men who committed treason against the United States to keep Black people enslaved should not be in the most hallowed halls of government. Each of these statues were installed despite the obvious betrayal of these Confederates against America in response to the recognition of the humanity of Black Americans. These statues in the capitolare there to project the power of white supremacy directly from the states’ Capitol. These statues Join us and tell members of Congress to remove the Confederates from the Capitol.

Join us if you don’t want to see Black people passing Confederates whenever they visit Congress!

Thousands of white supremacist gather across the country and commits violent acts of terror and intimidation in the name of these Confederate symbols. These people have been emboldened by Trump who continues to promote racism and signal his approval to white supremacists. While Trump has inflamed these white supremacists, the statues honoring Confederates in the halls of the United States Congress are proof that white nationalism has long needed to be confronted in America.

Congress should not keep Confederates in a place of honor, kick Confederates out the Capitol!

Together we can help kick the Confederates out of the Capitol and send a strong message to white nationalists and Trump. After the terrorism of Charlottesville we can no longer silently allow the Confederacy and its cause to keep Black Americans enslaved to be honored in the halls of Congress.

Will you pledge to join the fight to kick the Confederates out of the Capitol!

Thank you,

Rachael Payton

this week in the Resistance ~ Sabrina Joy Stevens

Religion shouldn’t be allowed to eclipse reproductive justice.

You don’t need special glasses to see how damaging attacks on the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit would be. Make plans to talk to Congress about it now that you’re done checking out the eclipse.


August Recess Continues: Reproductive Health Edition
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) guarantees individuals cost-free birth control coverage. By preventing pregnancy and treating a wide range of other conditions, birth control helps people who use it to protect our health and well-being. And coverage without co-pays means we can choose the best birth control method for us without cost being an obstacle. This is a big deal, since whether and when to have children is one of the biggest economic decisions a person can make, especially in a society that lags behind on paid family leave and lacks universal child care, massively inflating the cost of raising a family.

Yet the Trump administration continues to plot an attack on the ACA’s birth control benefit, via a sweeping rule change that could be released at any time. If the draft rule that leaked a few months ago were finalized, it would allow any employer (or college or university) to claim religious or moral objections to offering insurance coverage that includes copay-free access to birth control, effectively giving bosses the power to interfere in some of their employees’ most personal health decisions.

But the rule isn’t final yet, and the Trump administration isn’t the only entity with a say over access to affordable birth control. Congress can do a lot on this issue too, and they’re still home for recess, hopefully hearing from lots of engaged constituents like you. If you’re planning to talk to your members of Congress, be sure to let them know that you expect them to protect no-cost contraceptive coverage.

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