Jan 16: ‘We The People’ poster campaign demands that we ‘defend dignity’

With all the stories on the Internet it can be difficult to always stay in the know. To help, we’ve searched the web for interesting pieces of news, videos and tips to help you start off your week on the right foot. In honor of the presidential inauguration this Friday, this week’s round-up focuses on the past eight years of the Obama administration and the upcoming Trump administration.

1. Nation’s Capital Preps For Both Presidential Supporters And Protestors

Workers are busy preparing the stage in Washington, D.C., to be used during the inauguration of Donald Trump on Jan. 20. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

NPR’s Patrick Madden writes, “Hundreds of thousands of people will descend on the city next week. While few predict the crowds will top the estimated 1.8 million at Barack Obama’s record-setting 2008 event, this year’s inauguration is drawing heavy interest — from both Trump supporters and those looking to protest.

What might be different this year is the sheer number of protesters coming to Washington — both for the Jan. 20 inauguration and for the women’s march the next day. An estimated 1,200 busloads of protesters are expected for the women’s march, three times as many as expected for the inauguration itself. Some demonstrations are even kicking off Saturday, six days ahead of the main event.”

2. America just spent 8 years with a black president. For many African American, it meant on bug thing: freedom to ‘dream’

Andrew Jackson II and his family attended President Obama’s inauguration in January 2009. “This is what America is supposed to be about,” Jackson recalls thinking. (Video by Carolyn Cole and Robert Meeks / Los Angeles Times)

The Los Angeles Times’ Jaweed Kaleem, Kurtis Lee and Jenny Jarvie write,”Eight years ago, Andrew Jackson II saw himself on the cusp of possibility in a world of firsts.

He boarded a bus that January with dozens of family members and friends, headed to the National Mall to watch the nation’s first black president — the first person he had ever voted for — make history.

As he watched the jumbo screens show Barack Obama sworn in on that sub-freezing day, his body was swept with warmth.

‘We thought our dreams would be more visible under Obama,’ he said recently from his home, which lies off a gravel road across from a barren sugar cane field. ‘They’re not.’”

3. Why Shepard Fairey’s inauguration protest posters won’t have Trump on them

Poster by Shepard Fairey / ObeyGiant.com via Amplifier Foundation

PBS’ Elizabeth Flock writes, “Eight years ago, a poster designed by Shepard Fairey became the iconic image of the 2008 presidential campaign. The ‘HOPE‘ poster, featuring an image of Barack Obama…Shepard has created three portraits for the campaign; two other artists, Colombian American muralist Jessica Sabogal and and Chicano graphic artist Ernesto Yerena, have each made one more. Together, they hope the faces of ‘We the People’ — standing in for traditionally marginalized groups or those specifically targeted during Trump’s presidential campaign — will flood Washington, D.C., on Inauguration Day.

Fairey is collaborating with the Amplifier Foundation, a nonprofit that works to amplify grassroots movements and which commissioned the project. After learning that large-sized signs were prohibited at Inauguration, Amplifier came up with a hack to distribute the posters. Their plan: to buy full-page ads in the Washington Post on Jan. 20 that feature the ‘We the People’ images, which can be torn out and carried as placards, or hung and posted around town. The posters will also be distributed at metro stops, from moving vans and other drop spots on Inauguration Day, as well as posted online for free download. A Kickstarter campaign for ‘We the People’ has raised more than $148,000 since it was launched Tuesday night.”

4. What to Expect at Donald Trump’s Inauguration


5. More and more congress members are to attending trump’s inauguration

The list of members of congress who are planning to skip the inauguration keeps getting longer. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Quartz’s Annalisa Merelli has compiled a running list of congress members who have said they will to e attending Trump’s inauguration.

“Since Friday, when congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis announced he won’t participate to Donald Trump’s inauguration, the list of members of congress following his lead has grown to nearly 40,” Merelli writes.

“In an interview aired by NBC news on its Sunday ‘Meet the Press’ show, said of Trump, ‘I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president’ due to alleged Russian hacks that resulted in the release of internal emails of the Democratic National Committee.”


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This list was curated by Kaitlin Montgomery, altM News Editor

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