(The word Twitterloin means different things to different people. To me it refers to the expensive, wasteful, tax holiday enterprise zone what goes from this building down Market and into the Tenderloin.)
Anyway, this happened yesterday:
Via Jim Fairbrother:
Via Alan Marling:
The press release from two days ago:
“Thursday: Activists Project “Mouthpiece of Fascism” on Twitter HQ
SAN FRANCISCO – Tomorrow, activists will gather at Twitter headquarters and demand the company stop collaborating with Donald Trump. By spreading his words to millions, they are making his lies seem true and allowing him to bypass the vetting process of traditional media.
@realDonaldTrump has always lied on Twitter. Now that he’s the president, every lie is fake news – such as the claim that millions voted against him illegally. He has always been racist on the site. Now his racism leads to hate crimes – more than one thousand have been reported since Nov 8. He has always been abusive. Now his abuse incites death threats, such as against union leader Chuck Jones. Donald Trump has always been ignorant, but now on Twitter his ignorance could start nuclear war.
The local activist Alan Marling organized the event, and he is far from alone in his desire to see Twitter take a moral stand. According to a January 10th article on Washington Post, a super majority of people believe Donald Trump should give up his personal Twitter account. Fully 47% of Republicans disapprove of his Twitter use, including one Rep. Justin Amash, who tweeted, “Dude, just stop.” The Chinese government also resents Twitter diplomacy, as reported in a New York Times article on January 4th. As the @POTUS account is tweeting the same content as @realDonaldTrump, @POTUS will likely have to be suspended to satisfy the activists.
Until their demands are met, they will use a projector to light the Twitter headquarters with messages such as “Propaganda,” “Irresponsible,” “Profits off Hate,” and “Mouthpiece of Fascism.”
“Because of Twitter’s anti-abuse policies, because of their stated commitment to social justice, and because they do business in San Francisco, they should ban @realDonaldTrump,” said A.E. Marling of refusefascism.org, lead organizer of the protest. “Giving voice to a fascist and allowing him to spew his hatred and ignorance not only threatens to destroy our democracy, but could also lead to the next world war.”
WHAT: Activists project “Mouthpiece of Fascism” on Twitter Headquarters
WHERE: 1355 Market St, San Francisco.
WHEN: Thursday January 26, 2017, at 5:45 pm.
Refusefascism.org is a Call-to-Action signed by prominent scientists, actors, musicians, intellectuals, activists, religious leaders, and over 3,000 others to “Stop the Trump/Pence Regime Before It Starts!” Signatories include: Imam Aiyub Abdul-Baki, Justice Committee, Islamic Leadership Council of New York; Ed Asner, actor; Bill Ayers, activist, educator; Charles Burnett, filmmaker; Isabel Cardenas, Salvadoran-American activist; Margaret Cho, comedian, actor; Chuck D, rapper, author; Joe Dante, filmmaker; Carl Dix, Revolutionary Communist Party, USA; Alex Ebert, musician; Niles Eldredge, evolutionary biologist; Eve Ensler, playwright; Merrill Garbus, Founding band member, tUnE-yArDs; Pastor Gregg L. Greer, Freedom First International, SCLC; Lalah Hathaway, singer; Marc Lamont Hill, CNN commentator and professor, Morehouse College; Chase Iron Eyes, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe; Evelyn Fox Keller, Professor Emerita of History and Philosophy of Science, MIT; Robin D.G. Kelley, Gary B. Nash Professor of American History at UCLA; Wayne Kramer, musician; John Landis, filmmaker; Vic Mensa, rapper; Debra Messing, actor; jessica Care moore, poet; Thurston Moore, singer, songwriter, guitarist of Sonic Youth; PZ Myers, evolutionary developmental biologist; Rosie O’Donnell, comedian, actor; Arturo O’Farrill, composer and musician; Michelle Phillips, musician; Milton Saier, PhD, Professor of Molecular Biology UCSD; Yusef Salaam, one of the Central Park Five; Michael Shannon, actor; Danny Simmons, visual artist; David Strathairn, actor; Alice Walker, author; Cornel West, writer and professor; Saul Williams, poet and performer. (Organizations, institutions listed for ID purposes only.)”