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The first 6 episodes of the web series Business Doing Pleasure (that I had the great pleasure to work on) are now premiering on
Check them out and enjoy.
@carolynhennesy might just be a comic genius.

@gabriel_mann, who's only getting better.
Photo: @thetylershields

Side by side....
When you fire the man investigating you and then claim it was really just because he mistreated your opponent (whom you wanted jailed 6 months ago), and then that--no, actually--it was because he was bad at his job--and actually, he wasn't investigating you at all--and but really, it wasn't even your idea to fire him in the first place--but then, yeah that thing he was investigating you for, that's why you fired him--and also, he better not say anything or else...when you've reached that level of unilateral ineptitude...isn't it better to just admit that you're guilty? It would take much less effort.
Power never concedes anything without demand. Remember that all over the world, your friends are standing with you.

If you live in CA, tomorrow, May 16, vote NO on Charter C. It weakens accountability for cops already found guilty of misconduct. #noonc

#resist #peace #impeachtrump

Thanks to @iddophoto for including me in his #prep series. His work, both behind the camera and (especially) in front of it, is a constant source of inspiration.

In three weeks, the California senate votes on a state wide medicare for all bill. Let's continue to be a truly progressive model for the nation. Call your representatives and ask them to support #sb562
At the same time, Congressional republicans are once again trying (today) to pass a replacement healthcare bill that, among sweeping cuts to medicare (something Trump swore would never happen on his watch), would remove mandatory coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. That would mean returning to a system where any child born with health problems could and would be denied insurance coverage for the rest of their lives. This does not represent the will of the people! They claim to believe in democracy and then take every opportunity to remind us we live in an oligarchy. I, for one, am tired of it. Make sure they hear you on capitol hill.
#resist #peace #brandnewcongress

Yesterday, a 15 year old boy named Jordan Edwards was shot and killed by a Texas police officer. He was unarmed, in no way resisting arrest, nor was he a suspect of a crime.
I challenge any of those who defend America's overwhelming gun culture or seek to prevent the work being done to reform police training and protocol across this nation (shame on you Attorney General Sessions) to stand up against what happened to this innocent boy last night.
#jordanedwards #blacklivesmatter #sayhisname #resist #peace

The climate surrounds you....
These days weather and climate are often confused. The weather changes daily, momentarily; governed by many factors and moves with the seasons. The climate is meant to be the constant. The forces that sustain us as living organisms. The home that we share with every member of our family. We should all be prepared to fight for our homes and protect our families from any and all threats.
As #berniesanders has been saying for years (a little louder as of late): climate change is the single greatest threat to our collective existence.
This should not be partisan issue. Neither politics nor capitalism should be held above the planet they exist on. This is a solvable problem but it will not be solved for us.
From Washington D.C. to California people are marching today for our climate and for our family. Please join us.

Photo of and by family: @thetylershields
#marchforscience #climatechange
#resist #peace

Christa B. Allen, timeless.

Ancient wisdom....
Plato once spoke of the two forces required to lead a democracy into a dictatorship.
He identifies them as habitual engagement in foreign wars and savagely blind partisanship among elected officials.
Think on this as the President takes the first steps into a war with Syria (something he swore for the whole of his campaign would be a horrible mistake, something he would never be so foolish as to do) and as Congressional Republicans (after 8 years of the most obstruction in U.S. history and consistent use of the filibuster to block Obama's agenda) use the nuclear option to destroy the minority party's ability to filibuster for good, and push their SCOTUS nominee through.
It is as it has always been, the people's responsibility to create and protect the system of government we believe in.
Let's fight for Democracy. I'm told it works.
#resist #peace

Photo by: @thetylershields

Selling for....
In the past few days, congressional Republicans have taken steps to effectively do away with net neutrality. What this means is that your internet service providers (without your consent) will be able to sell, to any third party, all the data they collect on you. Therefore, advertising will become even more targeted and thus, more powerful.
What we know as modern advertising, the push towards perpetual consumption, is a massive and polluted thorn in our collective side. It calls for brutal competition among our societies and creates artificial scarcity (think diamonds) around the world at large. Most damaging of all, it promotes the idea that happiness comes from without, from what you take from this life rather than what you give to it.
Keep your eyes wide open and remeber that you should never have to be told what you need. You know it already.
#resist #peace

Seeing is believing and vision is power but it's not enough to observe, we have to act.
Thank you to everyone who made calls to their representatives and demonstrated in the streets to protect the ACA. The fight continues but you were seen.
Thank you.
Photo by: @thetylershields

Photo by @thetylershields
Hold on tight....
The Republican replacement (Trumpcare/Ryancare/AmericanHealthcareAct) for the ACA has recently been revealed. Among massive cuts to Medicaid, stripping away the current coverage from tens of millions of vulnerable Americans and doing nothing to lower the cost of premiums; the true purpose of this bill is to, of course, provide massive tax breaks (33,000 annually for the top 1% and close to 200,000 for the top .1%) to the wealthiest, while taking from the poorest to finance it. Paul Ryan is the actual antithesis of Robin Hood, stealing from the needy to give to the greedy; all the while making empty and frankly, amazingly cruel statements about wanting everyone to have "access" to healthcare (as long as you happen to be rich enough to buy it). So when ignorant cowards like Jason Chaffetz compare healthcare to cell phones, remember that real people's lives are at risk.
Call your representatives and tell them to vote NO on the American Health Care Act.
#resist #peace

On this #internationalwomensday let's give thanks for all the women (mothers, grandmothers, sisters, friends, daughters, heroes, leaders and lovers) who make up our collective world. And let's (with a heavy heart) be honest about the fact that in this country (and around the world) the struggle for equal treatment, rights and representation, a struggle that both abroad and domestically has, all to often, been at best ignored and at worst willfully prevented by the United States government (especially for women of color), is far from over. Let us rise as one body of human beings and let those that seek to rule know that we are the many...and they are the few.
#resist #peace #dissentispatriotic

A moment from @thetylershields new book #provocateur

Standing in a desert....
In the last few days we have seen mass arrests at #standingrock. The corporate state is committed to imposing their will at any cost and is using the power of the White House (who's chief official will personally profit from this pipeline) as well as Rick Perry (our likely Secretary of Energy, who also stands to profit) to both literally and figuratively force it through.
This occurs while the current administration begins a brutal purge of undocumented immigrants. Separating families while claiming they are only targeting "the bad ones." Greed and fear can only result in scarcity. If we continue to take without giving, if we continue to live without feeling, a desert is all we can expect to find.
There are more pipelines throughout this country, many of which also cross through and corrupt Native Lands. And there are millions of your friends, neighbors, peers and family members who are in jeopardy.
Resist in whatever way you can. We need all of you.

#resist #standingrock #allarewelcome

#stakeland2 artwork by the amazing @treebeerdy

Ella Wheeler Wilcox wrote this in 1914

To sin by silence, when we should protest,
Makes cowards out of men. The human race
Has climbed in protest. Had no voice been
Raised against injustice, ignorance, and lust,
The inquisition yet would serve the law,
And guillotines decide our least disputes.
The few who dare, must speak and speak
Again to right the wrongs of many. Speech,
Thank God, no vested power in this great day
And land can gag or throttle. Press and voice
May cry loud disapproval of existing ills;
May criticize oppression and condemn
The lawlessness of wealth-protecting laws
That let the children and childbearers toil
To purchase ease for idle millionaires.

Therefore I do protest against the boast
Of independence in this mighty land. Call no
Chain strong, which holds one fettered slave.
Until the manacled slim wrists of babes
Are loosed to toss in childish sport and glee,
Until the mother bears no burden, save
The precious one beneath her heart, until
God's soil is rescued from the clutch of greed
And given back to labor, let no man
Call this the land of freedom.

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