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Women’s March on Washington

Posted by sarah brown on January 17th, 2017

The Women’s March on Washington is a rally scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C., on January 21, 2017, the day after the inauguration of President-elect Donald J. Trump. According to the event’s website, the march aims to “send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights.”

Organizers state the march is not intended to target Trump but is “more about being proactive about women’s rights,” and, more broadly, “a stand on social justice and human rights issues ranging from race, ethnicity, gender, religion, immigration and healthcare”.

Originally billed as the “Million Women March” the organizers eventually chose to call the event the Women’s March on Washington after the 1963 March on Washington, a historic civil rights rally on the Mall where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.

Although billed as the “women’s” march, the march is for any person, regardless of gender or gender identity, who believes women’s rights are human rights.

As of January 15, 2017, 194,000 people had RSVP’d as going and 255,000 indicated interest.

What you need to know:

Where is it?

January 21, 2017. The march starts at 10 a.m. ET, beginning at the intersection of Independence Ave. and Third Street S.W.

Groups have organized transportation for people looking to travel to DC for the weekend. March organizers have one ask: If you are coordinating a bus, register on the march website.

For those who want to participate but can’t make it to DC, Sister Marches are planned in other cities.

Maine Sister Marches include:

  • Women’s March on Washington Solidarity Vigil, January 21, 2017 • 10:00 AM, Brunswick Mall (Town Common)
  • Women’s Walk Portland, January 21, 2017 • 10:30 AM, Obelisk Memorial, Eastern Promenade, End of Congress Street, Portland
  • Women’s March on Maine, January 21, 2017 • 10:00 AM, State Capitol, 111 Sewall St.Augusta

 

Related:

“‘Intersectionality’ Defines Women’s March on Washington,” Portland Press Herald, January 8, 2017.

Mainers Gear Up for Women’s March on Washington,” Portland Press Herald, January 15, 2017.

Know Your Rights (ACLU) The ACLU has created this handy Know Your Rights guide for demonstrations and protests.

Pussyhat Project: a national effort to flood the nation’s capital with women wearing pink cat-ear hats at the Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21.

Fake News

Posted by Pamela Bobker on December 13th, 2016

On Sunday December 4, an armed man walked into a pizza restaurant in Washington, DC, intending to investigate a purported child sex ring run by Hilary Clinton. Although the man was apprehended and no one was injured, the incident is alarming because he was acting on a fake news story.

There have always been fake news stories, parodies and hoaxes, but in today’s online environment, the fake news perpetrators have become extremely sophisticated, and it is often difficult to discern what is real news and what is fake news.

Fake news may be

  • stories that are totally fabricated
  • stories that are misleading or lacking in accuracy
  • satire or comedy that is shared as factual news

Here are some resources that may be helpful in looking at online information:

Fake News: Resources The librarians at Indiana University East have put together a comprehensive guide to help their students understand what makes a news story fake, what are the different categories of fake news stories and how to fact check stories.

FactCheck.org

A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, FactCheck.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.  FactCheck.org monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.  Their goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.

PolitiFact.com

The Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact researches the claims of politicians and checks their accuracy. PolitiFact is run by editors and reports from the Tampa Bay Times, an independent newspaper in Florida, as is PundiFact, a site devoted to fact-checking pundits.  The PolitiFact state sites are run by news organizations that have partnered with the Times.

Snopes.com

One of the oldest debunking sites on the internet, snopes.com website was founded by David Mikkelson, who lives and works in the Los Angeles area. What he began in 1995 as an expression of his interest in researching urban legends has since grown into what is widely regarded by folklorists, journalists, and laypersons alike as one of the World Wide Web’s essential resources.

CNN: Fake News, Real Violence (by Brian Stelter, December 6, 2016)

NPR’s A Finder’s Guide to Facts (by Steve Inskeep, December 11, 2016)

Ask at the reference desk if you have questions about these or any other resources.

 

Voter Fraud

Posted by Pamela Bobker on October 25th, 2016

Donald Trump has said that he might not accept the results of the election if he feels it was “rigged” against him.  What are the facts on voter fraud in the United States and why has it become a political strategy?

Here are some online resources to provide information on voting laws, and voter fraud.

“How Charges of Voter Fraud Became a Political Tactic” (by Michael Wines, The New York Times, October 22, 2016)

“Could Donald Trump Reject the Election Results? Yes.  Would It Do Any Good? Nope.” (by Nick Corasaniti, The New York Times, October 21, 2016)

United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division website

“Justice Department Releases Information on Election Day Efforts to Protect the Right to Vote and Prosecute Ballot Fraud” (Press Release Justice Department October 25, 2016)

“Debunking the Voter Fraud Myth” (Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law Sepember 1, 2016)

Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve our systems of democracy and justice. The Center’s work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from ending mass incarceration to preserving Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism.

FactCheck.org

A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, FactCheck.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.  FactCheck.org monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.  Their goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.

RealClear Politics.com Election 2016

This website provides news and information about a variety of political happenings. updates on candidates and primaries, and issues being debated.

USA.gov Voting and Election Laws

USA.gov is an interagency product administered by USAGov (formerly the Federal Citizen Information Center), a division of the U.S. General Services Administration’s Technology Transformation Service.  USA.gov creates and organizes timely, needed government information and services and makes them accessible to the public anytime, anywhere, via their channel of choice.

 

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