Baynard Woods

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  • Democracy in Crisis: Church and Trump

    Democracy in Crisis: Church and Trump

    In front of the illuminated columns of the Supreme Court Building, the Rev. Patrick Mahoney and several other Christian activists gathered together, waiting for Donald Trump to announce his pick for Supreme Court justice—a spot left vacant for nearly a year after Republicans refused to acknowledge...

  • Democracy in Crisis: Occupying airports and the future of protest

    Democracy in Crisis: Occupying airports and the future of protest

    Donald Trump, Russian sex workers, and Vladimir Putin aren't the only ones who need to worry about piss. In a recent column about the Women's March in Washington on the day after the inauguration, Kate Drabinski wrote: "There's much to say about the politics and critiques of these events, but in...

  • Democracy In Crisis: Beachheads and the War on Facts

    Democracy In Crisis: Beachheads and the War on Facts

    The teams of President Trump's temporary appointees laying the groundwork for taking over and remaking federal agencies refer to themselves as "beachheads" or "beachhead teams," a military term for the point of invasion. Politico reports there were approximately 520 members of such teams when Trump...

  • Terminal Democracy: At BWI and Dulles, 'Muslim Ban' protests

    Terminal Democracy: At BWI and Dulles, 'Muslim Ban' protests

    From the look and sound of things at Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport and Dulles International Airport last Sunday, you wouldn't know that everybody was gathered for a full-blown constitutional crisis—a response to President Donald Trump's rash, random ban that restricts...

  • Democracy in Crisis: Lawyers at Dulles fight for travelers trapped by Trump's 'Muslim ban'

    Democracy in Crisis: Lawyers at Dulles fight for travelers trapped by Trump's 'Muslim ban'

    Lawyers are huddled up, poring over papers on the floor of Dulles International Airport, outside of Washington D.C. a couple hundred feet away from the throngs of protesters cheering, chanting and welcoming home people coming out of customs from international flights. Since Donald Trump signed...

  • Democracy In Crisis: Solidarity for the Inaugural Six

    Democracy In Crisis: Solidarity for the Inaugural Six

    Six journalists have now been charged with felonies for reporting on the black bloc protests on inauguration day in Washington D.C. Police allege that they have violated the district's laws against rioting. Evan Engel of Vocativ; Jack Keller, a producer for the web documentary series "Story of...

  • Democracy In Crisis: Darkness at noon

    Democracy In Crisis: Darkness at noon

    Dozens of police officers blocked off the corner at 12th and Massachusetts Avenue in Washington, D.C., gripping their batons and big canisters of pepper spray, their faces obscured behind shields, as nearly 100 activists who had already been arrested were cordoned off behind them, waiting to be...

  • Conflicts Of Interest: Trump's anti-drug cabinet is 'the worst of the worst'

    Conflicts Of Interest: Trump's anti-drug cabinet is 'the worst of the worst'

    After resounding victories for legal pot on the same day that America elected Donald Trump president, activists and advocates were cautiously optimistic. Now, as the cabinet confirmations begin, they are freaking the fuck out. "Even though there's been a big rise in support for drug policy reform...

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