More musical theater on a day of protest in DC.
In October 2017, some members of Gays Against Guns began writing Christmas carols about gun violence for an action called GAG Nog. We’d written about a dozen songs when the unthinkable happened—Trump was elected. We quickly turned our brains to music that captured our mood, and survived that very bleak December belting “Donny the Con Man” at Christmas markets around New York.
After the holidays, GAG Nog morphed into GAG Reflex, a full-fledged Resistance Queertet. When GAG joined the Women’s March the day after the inauguration, we were there, leading hundreds of folks in “Battle Him for the Republic,” “He’s a Nasty Neonazi,” and other patriotic songs. Friends from Rise and Resist joined us for a series of marches and actions throughout the spring and summer, and soon we’d amassed what we call our hymnal: An always-evolving collection of irreverent, in-your-face songs "in the key of F you."
Mark Thompson heard us at one summer march, and before we knew it we were on Sirius XM’s Make It Plain. By the fall of 2017, we decided it to spin off from GAG. The Reflex became Sing Out, Louise! That may seem odd as a resistance credo, a line from a Broadway show, but to us it resonates: Get out there—make your voice heard! And that’s what we’re all about. We aren’t necessarily pretty, and we’re never polite. We don’t care if you can't sing a note—we want you to take the hymnal and sing along. We are reclaiming our time and having a blast doing it.
EIGHTY-THREE days of protest in front of the #KremlinAnnex.
September featured Kathy Griffin
The performance was part of a series of daily demonstrations that have taken place in front of the White House since President Trump’s meeting in Helsinki, Finland, with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia. Monday was the 22nd night of the protests, which have been named the Kremlin Annex.
The cast members — who hailed from current and past runs of “Wicked,” “The Lion King,” “Hamilton,” “The Phantom of the Opera” and other shows — belted out songs meant to evoke a political edge or offer a tinge of hope for the hundreds of protesters who are disillusioned by Mr. Trump (who was in New Jersey during the performance). With demonstrators often singing along, the five-song set included climactic Broadway tunes such as “Do You Hear the People Sing?” from “Les Misérables” and “Everybody Rejoice/A Brand New Day” from “The Wiz.”
Ms. O’Donnell, who has been an adversary of Mr. Trump’s for more than a decade, organized the trip with James Wesley, the producer of Sirius XM’s “On Broadway,” and the show’s host, Seth Rudetsky, a fixture of the Broadway scene.
President Trump may have left his Bedminster golf course for the summer, but the first of six "Baby Trump" balloons were inflated just a few miles away in Califon in Hunterdon County.
A New Jersey Hills Media Group video posted to YouTube shows a giant orange baby, holding a cellphone in one hand and wearing nothing but a safety-pinned diaper, tethered to the ground and hovering in the air.
The first two Baby Trump balloons have officially arrived in the New Jersey town where the president spent the first half of the month on vacation, and more are on the way.
And they could go anywhere in the country, Girvan said, as he's looking for good homes around the nation to adopt some of the babies.
"We want to make sure the balloons get put into good hands," he said Wednesday. "If we can locate an organization that's willing and able to have multiple events on a regional level, we're certainly going to consider that."
Girvan said organizations, rather than individuals, will be considered to receive the babies, as he wants them to get as much play as possible. Interested parties can apply at babytrumptour(at)gmail.com.
"With your help and participation, we can share these big cry-babies across America sending Donald Trump and his enablers a powerful message for the next two years if he remains in office," the organizers wrote on Facebook.
This week we speak with General Michael Hayden as well as the guys behind the #KremlinAnnex protests, Adam Parkhomenko, John Aravosis, joined by Jeff Crile. If you like the show, leave us a review! Enjoy and see you next week.
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I’ve been happy doing this daily exercise from the beginning, including updates and relevant associated protests, and may continue doing this, but also would like to make this protest group a collective exercise in DailyKos, perhaps for those more DC-local. Let me know if you want to join the Kremlin Annex group by kos-mail, let me know.