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A HANDMAID'S PROTEST
As Creative Loafing Tampa reports, on Aug. 30, activists in St. Pete did their usual Wednesday (since Trump’s inauguration) protest outside the Hillsborough County courthouse. This time, however, the protest had a twist: Activists wore costumes of the young women enslaved and forcibly impregnated in Margaret Atwood’s classic novel The Handmaid’s Tale, on which a popular Hulu series is based, “red robes, white bonnets and all.”

Organizers included women’s equality PAC UltraViolet and the League of Women Voters St. Petersburg’s Reproductive Rights Action Group. Their goal was to “call out sexism and anti-women policies” being pushed at state and federal levels, Creative Loafing Tampa notes. The best part? The protest was part of a larger movement, The Handmaid’s Resistance, whose credo is: “We are handmaids. Nolite te bastardes carborundorum [don’t let the bastards grind you down], bitches.”
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“CRYING NAZI” BONDS OUT
On Aug. 31, Christopher Cantwell, whose tearful YouTube video following the violent Charlottesville, Virginia protests of Aug. 12 led critics to dub h.im the “Crying Nazi,” was granted a $25,000 bond for “two felony counts of illegal use of tear gas and one felony count of malicious bodily injury by means of a caustic substance stemming from the Aug. 11 tiki-torch rally,” C-Ville Weekly reports.

The prosecutor staunchly opposed the release of Cantwell, an alt-right radio host who, following Aug. 12’s violent demonstration in which one woman protesting the white supremacists was killed, told Vice News in an interview, “We’ll fucking kill them all if we have to.” Asked about the next alt-right rally, he added, “It’s going to be really tough to top, but we’re up to the challenge. … I think a lot more people are going to die before we’re done, frankly.”

Cantwell’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 9.
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GASSY IN DALLAS
Lines of cars waiting to fill ’er up at the pump stretched around city blocks in Dallas on Aug. 31, according to The Dallas Observer, following the previous evening’s decision to close a major pipeline. The city was already feeling a gassy pinch due to several Houston-area refineries closing due to damage from Hurricane Harvey, which slammed into Texas and Louisiana last week, backed up and hit them again. (Our hearts are with all affected by this catastrophic storm.)

With prices rising fast—one man even told the Dallas Observer that the cost per gallon had gone up 10 cents while he was pumping—locals started queuing early the morning after officials decided to close the pipeline. The spokesperson for a local chain of gas stations told the paper that the supply was down about 6 million barrels a day.
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THE KLAN IN NEW YORK?
The year is 1925. The Ithaca Times reports that on a rainy, temperate October day, a procession of more than 500 marches through the streets, two-by-two-by-two, in a parade complete with a lively band and a float of children. Rather than a baton-carrying drum major in buckles and crimson regalia, the parade’s grand marshal (though dragon seems more appropriate) is a hooded Klansmen astride a white horse. That evening, they burn a cross that the local paper writes the next day was an “attractive spectacle.”

The city is not in Jim Crow South, nor isolated Appalachia, but small-town Ithaca, New York. In “The Ugly Truth: Remembering Ithaca’s Klan Years,” published on Aug. 30, the Ithaca Times’ Nick Reynolds details the sordid, though mercifully brief (the KKK had mostly disappeared from the region by the early 1930s), local history of Ku Klux Klan activity in the city, which began with whites fearful of being usurped from their place at the top of the economic and political pyramid by immigrants and minorities, and who believed in an America that was first, best and, of course, white. (Sound familiar?)
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AAN FRIEND IN NEED IS A FRIEND INDEED
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