Trump parodies all over Europe

Donald Trump signs anti-abortion measure

This photo from the USA shows President Donald Trump signing an anti-abortion measure.

Swedish minister signing environmental measure

And this photo from Sweden shows Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lovin signing an environmental measure.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Not seven men, but seven women: Swedish politician copies photo of Trump

Today, 14:28

The reactions about Trump’s policies keep coming. Now, the Swedish Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lovin has posted a photo on Facebook in which she mocks a picture of Trump.

As the photo of Lovin resembles a picture of the US President signing an anti-abortion law. At Trump’s photo, he sits at a desk and he is surrounded by male only colleagues. Lovin also sits at a desk, but is surrounded by all female colleagues.

Quite different laws

The laws signed differ: Trump signed an anti-abortion law, Lovin signed a climate law to promote the use of green energy.

Another parody, by the mayor of Kuurne in Belgium.

This video from Belgium says about itself:

Trump not allowed in Belgium – big decisions in Kuurne, Belgium

2 February 2017

I am the mayor of Kuurne in Belgium. I decide to build a wall around my city and I decide that Trump is not welcome. I decide that every one who was not born in Kuurne has to leave the town. I have a problem because I was not born in my own city.

And this parody video says about itself:

Europe welcomes Trump in his own words – Compilation EU countries (Germany, Portugal, etc)

3 February 2017

State Department Reverses Visa Ban, Allows Travelers With Visas Into U.S. The reversal was announced in compliance with the opinion from a federal judge in Seattle barring President Trump’s executive action. 02/04/2017 10:48 am ET: here.

Women’s March against Trump, 11 March Amsterdam

This video from the USA says about itself:

Rev. Jesse Jackson: Confirming Sessions as Attorney General Would Stick a Knife Through Martin Luther King‘s Work

1 February 2017

On Tuesday, Senate Democrats managed to delay a vote on Jeff Sessions’s nomination for attorney general. The move comes amid continued protest against Jeff Sessions over his history of opposing the Voting Rights Act and his history of making racist comments. On Monday, about 10 members of the NAACP, including President Cornell William Brooks, were arrested at a sit-in at Sessions’s office in Mobile, Alabama. It was the second NAACP sit-in against Sessions’s confirmation where Brooks and others were arrested. For more, we speak with Reverend Jesse Jackson, founder and president of Rainbow/PUSH and a Democratic presidential candidate in 1984 and 1988.

From Facebook, by the organisers of the first Women’s March against Trump in Amsterdam, on 21 January 2017:

International Women’s Day [8 March] and upcoming Netherlands elections [15 March] fuel us to meet again, in solidarity, to show our numbers and support each others’ actions. We stand for the end of discrimination, equal rights for all humans and we value each other’s diversity and passions to create a world with more commpassion.

More information coming soon – save the date.

They announce another Women’s March in Amsterdam on Saturday 11 March, noon.

21 Women Respond To Trump Telling Female Staff To ‘Dress Like Women’. Reminder: There’s no one way to dress like a woman: here.

Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

This video from the USA says about itself:

SCOTUS pick Gorsuch to carry out agenda of religious right – America’s Lawyer

31 January 2017

President Donald Trump picked Neil Gorsuch for his Supreme Court justice to replace Antonin Scalia. But if confirmed, will he follow the hardline conservative‘s legacy? ‘America’s Lawyer’ host Mike Papantonio joins ‘News With Ed’, saying that Gorsuch will follow suit on abortion rights, the Second Amendment, oil companies, big pharma and more.

President Donald Trump has chosen an ultra-right acolyte of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to fill the vacancy created by Scalia’s death a year ago, nominating Neil Gorsuch, a federal appellate judge from the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Denver, Colorado: here.

From UltraViolet in the USA:

BREAKING: Donald Trump just nominated a judge more conservative than Justice Scalia to the Supreme Court.1

As a justice on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, Neil Gorsuch repeatedly tried to gut the Affordable Care Act‘s birth control mandate and would have allowed Planned Parenthood to be defunded.2 And his record shows he’s a threat to Roe v. Wade.3

As a Supreme Court justice, Gorsuch will fill the seat that will decide whether Trump’s executive orders are constitutional or not.

Current Senate rules require a nominee to receive 60 votes, eight of which are held by the Democrats. We can’t let this life-long position go to Gorsuch–if there’s ever a moment when Democrats needed to fight like hell, it’s now. Can you sign the emergency petition demanding Democrats filibuster Gorsuch?

Senate Democrats: Block Neil Gorsuch from a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court.
Sign the petition

Democrats can stop this nomination–they’ve done it before–and there’s already talk in the Senate about filibustering.4

When Republicans tried to take away abortion access for survivors of human trafficking, Senate Democrats led by Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) spoke passionately about abortion access, and forced Republicans to roll back their plan.5 And earlier today, Democrats boycotted hearings for two of Trump’s nominees, one of whom is Representative Tom Price, who is nominated to be head of Health and Human Services and is committed to gutting the Affordable Care Act.6

This nominee can be stopped too. Remember, Trump stole this nomination from President Obama when Senate Republicans refused to even hold a hearing for President Obama’s nominee.7

Trump has already won votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act and signed orders to ban US funding for abortion care overseas, build a border wall and the Keystone pipeline, and keep out immigrants. The only recourse Americans have from these horrific acts is the Supreme Court–and now Trump is trying to take that over, too. The line must be drawn here.

Click to sign the petition to keep extremists off the Supreme Court

Thanks for speaking out,

–Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Holly, Kathy, Onyi, Susan, Anathea, Audine, Shannon, Megan, Libby, Emma, PaKou, and Pilar, the UltraViolet team


1. Neil Gorsuch nominated by Donald Trump to fill supreme court vacancy, Guardian, January 31, 2017

How Trump’s Nominee Will Alter The Supreme Court, FiveThirtyEight, January 30, 2017

2. Potential nominee profile: Neil Gorsuch, SCOTUSblog, January 13, 2017

10th Circuit Court won’t hear Planned Parenthood lawsuit against Gov. Herbert again, FOX 13, October 28, 2016

3. Here’s Where Donald Trump’s Supreme Court Picks Stand on Abortion, Motto, January 30, 2017

4. A Senate Democrat just vowed to filibuster Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Vox, January 30, 2017

5. In abortion debate, Feinstein evokes ‘small step for womankind’, LA Times, March 20, 2015

6. Senate Democrats boycott, delay committee vote on Mnuchin, Price, Reuters, January 31, 2017

7. Democrats, With Garland on Mind, Mobilize for Supreme Court Fight, New York Times, January 24, 2017

MEET TRUMP’S SUPREME COURT PICK Here’s everything you need to know about President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, conservative Neil Gorsuch, a federal appeals judge in Denver. Gorsuch is being called another Scalia — and this graphic lays out where he is in terms of conservatism on the current Supreme Court. And as Democrats weigh whether to vote for the nominee, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said, “The ghost of Merrick Garland still floats around part of this place.” [HuffPost]

LGBTQ Groups Blast Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Neil Gorsuch: here.

TRUMP TELLS MITCH MCCONNELL TO ‘GO NUCLEAR’ FOR HIS SUPREME COURT PICK The use of the “nuclear option,” which would require a Senate rule change so that only 50 votes are required to confirm a Supreme Court nominee instead of the 60 currently needed, would forever change the Supreme Court nomination process. [HuffPost]

Protests in history, London exhibition

This video from Britain says about itself:

Satire, Print Shops and Comic Illustration in 18th and 19th Century London – Mark Bills

11 August 2011

This lecture tells the story of visual satire in London, a city in which caricature flourished like no other. Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, the people of London have been both amused and outraged by the thousands of social and political satires in paint, paint and engravings which have variously and humorously described London and its people.

The enormous body of cartoon images range from the specific to the general: from caricature portraits of leading figures to the London ‘types’ recognized by all Londoners; from specific events and political debacles to the state of a typical London street. The array of approaches of artists, both ‘high’ and ‘low’, amateur and professional, is equally wide and extends from light-hearted mocking to vitriolic and libellous attacks. This lecture leads us through the various ages of the production of cartoons in London, from the independent print publisher to the editor of a comic journal, providing us with a rare perspective on the life of the city through its contemporary satirical images.

The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: here.

By Jane Clinton in Britain:

Designs on dissent

Tuesday 31st January 2017

JANE CLINTON recommends an exhibition on radical protest over the last two centuries

A SMALL silk buttonhole, a pamphlet on how to avoid arrest and a petition for women to sit their medical degree exams.

These are just some of the objects on display at the Radical Voices exhibition at Senate House Library in the University of London charting how protest has been expressed over the past two centuries.

Including petitions, photographs, posters, songs, poetry, book collections, political cartoons, badges and ephemera, it is a rich analysis of the voices that have spoken out and have often forced change.

There’s a James Gillray cartoon dating 1807 — the oldest item on show — along with much more recent items such as a 2003 Stop the War poster and literature printed by Occupy Design in 2012 as part of the occupation at St Paul’s cathedral.

For Dr Jordan Landes, research librarian of history at the library and the guiding light behind the exhibition, it was reading Rebel Footprints by David Rosenberg that inspired her.

“It made me realise the wealth of what was in the collections as I recognised that we held the collections of so many of the people he wrote about,” she says.

“Instead of trying to do this by subject we do it by how the voices are expressed,” she explains. Thus the Gillray John Bull and Communist Party cartoons sit cheek by jowl in the political cartoons section, while in the badges category there’s a silk buttonhole worn by men to express support for the Suffragettes next to membership badges of the Liberal Party of South Africa.

The “Advice for Those Taking Part in Protests” section is a particular favourite for Dr Landes because it not only reveals the ever-shifting face of protest but also how dissent was once regarded as the sole preserve of men.

“There is the change over time in the tone and language,” she explains. “I love the 1934 pamphlet, where there is a warning to men to tell their wives not to let policemen into their house.

“There was the assumption that the women would not be protesting. It reveals so much about society at the time, not just about protest.”

That this free exhibition should take place at the University of London is no surprise. It has long been seen as a radical institution and this too is explored.

William Beveridge served as vice-chancellor of the university from 1926-1928 and in 1942 he outlined the contents of The Beveridge Report in Senate House’s Macmillan Hall.

Also progressive was the fact that the university did not have a religious requirement. In 1878 it was one of the first institutions to open up higher education to women.

Despite this progress, there was a sticking point — women were not allowed to sit their examinations to earn their degrees. A petition calling for this to change is included in the exhibition.

With a mixture of personal libraries and manuscripts, Radical Voices also has a concurrent series of events including film screenings, talks, conferences and music.

“I hope the exhibition is a reminder that libraries and archives are places that preserve these, as we are calling them radical voices, and in preserving them they can potentially inspire people to study further and learn more, which is our main purpose.”

On entering the space, there is a poster emblazoned with a simple but powerful quotation from WH Auden: “All I have is a voice” and Dr Landes is keen that the exhibition will inspire people to think more deeply about the means and messages of protest.

“Hopefully this exhibition will allow people to read and hear others’ voices and maybe in turn it will help them find their own.”

The free exhibition Radical Voices runs until March 31 at Senate House Library, University of London, Malet Street, WC1, opening times here.

Angela Davis, others at Women’s March

This video from the USA says about itself:

Women’s March on Washington: Historic Protest Three Times Larger Than Trump’s Inaugural Crowd

23 January 2017

In one of the largest days of protest in U.S. history, millions took to the streets Saturday one day after the inauguration of Donald Trump. The largest protest was the Women’s March on Washington, where more than 500,000 packed the streets. According to crowd scientists at Manchester Metropolitan University in Britain, the crowd was roughly three times the size of the audience at President Trump’s inauguration a day earlier. Women-led marches took place in over 600 locations spread across seven continents—including Antarctica. In addition to Washington, massive protests took place in Boston; Chicago; Denver; Los Angeles; Madison, Wisconsin; New York; Oakland; Portland, Oregon; St. Paul; San Francisco and Seattle. According to one count, as many as 4.6 million people took part in the global day of action.

This video from the USA says about itself:

23 January 2017

Angela Davis & Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Alicia Garza in Conversation across Generations

This video from the USA says about itself:

23 January 2017

Full Speech: Legendary Activist Angela Davis at Women’s March on Washington

This video from the USA says about itself:

23 January 2017

Watch Six-Year-Old Sophie Cruz Deliver Speech at Women’s March on Washington

An estimated 250,000 people participated in the Women’s March in Chicago on January 21. Protesters came from all parts of Illinois and from neighboring states to voice their opposition to the Trump administration. They marched through the streets of downtown Chicago, holding signs and posters carrying anti-Trump slogans and references to women’s rights: here.