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Listen to Fandom Uniting Against Trump on Graphic Policy Radio on Demand

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Since the election of Donald Trump as President many have been wondering what they can do to make their voice heard, get involved to fight what may be coming, and fight against the hate that’s been unleashed. Many in entertainment and fandom have been voicing their displeasure with the election and are working to add not just their voices but also their talent to the mix. Joining this politically focused episode of Graphic Policy Radio is Andrew Slack, co-founder of the Harry Potter Alliance, and Rafael Shimunov, the Creative Director at Working Families Party. Both will talk about some of their plans and give ideas on how you can get involved.

Andrew Slack is the creator and co-founder of the Harry Potter Alliance, Odds In Our Favor, Superman Is An Immigrant, The Rebel Alliance, and now the Hamilton Alliance as he builds a network called imagine Better. He’s the Civic Imagination Fellow at Civic Hall. His work is focused on using the power of stories to unleash the civic imagination through a methodology he calls “cultural acupuncture.” Follow him on Twitter @andrewslack.

Rafael Shimunov is the Creative Director at Working Families Party, a growing progressive party that works inside and outside of the Democratic Party by challenging corporate Democrats with progressive Democrats. Follow him on Twitter @rafaelshimunov.

You’re Not Going to “Red State” Cons Now, But Where Were You When?

2016-11-12_1604A few comic creators are making it known they will not be planning on attending conventions in “red states,” those that voted for Donald Trump in the past election. Humberto Ramos wrote a very impassioned reason why, and George Perez has also indicated he will be doing the same after his 2017 commitments are through.

What I am about to write is not to slam these two creators in particular, but to throw this out there to the comic community as a whole and get everyone to think.

I aks this in all seriousness why now? Why declare this boycott now?

In 2010 Arizona passed SB 1070 which racially profiled individuals in a crack down on “illegal immigrants.” The legislation was racist then and is racist now. And even though the Supreme Court has overturned some of the legislation, some of the worst parts still remain. Where was the protest from the comic community then? Why did so many of you flock to the Amazing Arizona Comic Con which began in 2011 and return for years since? Where was the protests then? Where were people proclaiming they wouldn’t attend?

In 2015 then Indiana Governor, now Vice-President Elect, Mike Pence signed SB 101 the “Religious Freedom Bill” that made national news. It caused an outcry and Gen Con, on the of the largest gaming conventions in the world threatened to leave. They’re contractually there for a few more years. And while it’s not so much a comic convention as it is a game convention, there’s more comic related items there than ever before. The outcry was fierce from the Gen Con community, but again are you, or have you attended other actual comic shows in the state since it was passed?

In March 2016 North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed into law the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, the bathroom bill that discrimantes against transgender individuals. The NCAA relocated championships over the law. The NBA moved it’s All-Star Game over it. How many of you pledged to not go to the conventions there?

Every day women and people of color who are comic fans, journalists, and your fellow creators are bullied and harassed online. Where are you when that happens? Did you call their concerns over stories or art censorship? Did you knee-jerk defend other creators? Or did you listen to the concerns some had to say?

For the publishers who claim to be “progressive” where are you during all of the above? Going to those conventions? Choosing to pass? Will these “progressive” publishers help their creators who may lose their health insurance when the Affordable Care Act is repealed? Do they offer these creators “fair” deals?

There’s a bit of hypocrisy and contradiction about suddenly not going to “Red State” conventions when you haven’t spoken out about the above. It’s now as if “Trump’s America” affects you and you suddenly give a shit. For many “Trump’s America” has been here for quite some time.

It’s great to suddenly “see the light” and come around but we also need to challenge and question individuals for their past actions or lack of them. Those same individuals need to think about it when they’re challenged too and own up to failures.

Get Out and Vote this Tuesday!

This Tuesday, November 8 is the US election and we’re encouraging everyone to get out and vote if you haven’t done so already. We know this is an election where emotions are running high and even if you don’t want to vote for anyone running for President, there’s still lots of local races, ballot initiatives, bonds, and more to vote on, and some of these may set the direction of the country even more than the President! This election is much more than a Presidential race (though you might not know it) and every elected position impacts you.

You still have a lot of time to figure out everything you’ll be voting for and Local Vote has a handy website to find out what you need to know in voter guides. If you need to find your polling place or what’s on your local ballot Vote 411 can help.

Most importantly, get out and vote this Tuesday!

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Today is National Voter Registration Day – So Register to Vote Here!

Today is National Voter Registration Day. We want you to take advantage and make sure to register to vote so you can make your voice heard in this year’s election and the elections to come! If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain about the state of the country or politics.

I don’t care about your political leaning or who you plan on voting for, just do your civic duty and register to vote. We’ve taken the opportunity to do our part by using Rock the Vote’s handy widget to make it easy for you to register right here or click the image above and get the process started.

As a site, we’ve taken it up as a task to register as many individuals as we can. So, if you’re not, do so and help spread the word!

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Fox Searchlight Announces Voter Registration Drive Around The Birth of a Nation

the_birth_of_a_nationTo support National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, Fox Searchlight Pictures will be launching a Nationwide Voter Registration initiative to encourage Americans to register to vote. Fox Searchlight has aligned with theater chains and voting partners, who will hold voter enrollment in theatre lobbies on National Voter Registration Day prior to special promotional screenings of The Birth of a Nation. The initiative will continue opening weekend of The Birth of a Nation — October 7th-9th, 2016.

The acting talent from The Birth of a NationNate Parker, Colman Domingo, Aunjanue Ellis, Aja Naomi King, and Gabrielle Union—have recorded the following PSA to raise awareness about exercising the right to vote which will be shown prior to the promotional screenings on September 27th:

Fox Searchlight has teamed up with voting organizations who have worked to staff the local theatres in each city: The League of Women Voters; Delta Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc.; National Coalition of Black Civic Participation and its Ohio Unity Coalition and North Carolina Black Youth Vote Network; NYC Votes; and National Voter Registration Day.  The program includes the following participating theatre chains and independent theatres nationwide: Bow Tie Cinemas; Emagine Entertainment; Malco Theatres; Marcus Theatres; Wehrenberg Theatres; Amstar Cinemas; Movie Taverns; The Grand Theatres; Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA; Glenwood Arts Theatre, Overland Park, KS; Little Theatre, Rochester, NY; Midtown Cinema, Harrisburg, PA; Tower City Cinemas, Cleveland, OH; Cedar Lee Theatre, Cleveland Heights, OH; Cinema Arts Theatre, Fairfax, VA; Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, MI; The Neon, Dayton, OH.

The objective for the initiative is to encourage everyone to be a part of U.S. history by highlighting everyone’s right to vote, encouraging registration and underscoring that their voices and opinions matter. Currently, 20% of all people who can legally vote in this country are stopped by technical roadblocks when they try to register. This presidential election will be especially challenging, as many current laws lack the protection of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The act was passed to overcome many legal barriers that individuals faced when exercising their right to vote but section 4 was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013.

Set against the antebellum South and based on a true story, ‘The Birth of a Nation’ follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher whose financially strained owner Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer) accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities – against himself, his wife Cherry (Aja Naomi King), and fellow slaves – Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.

The Birth of a Nation also stars Mark Boone Jr., Dwight Henry, Esther Scott, Roger Guenveur Smith with Penelope Ann Miller and Jackie Earle Haley, and is produced by Nate Parker, Kevin Turen, Jason Michael Berman, Aaron L. Gilbert, and Preston L. Holmes.

Funko Launches Pop! The Vote!

Funko has introduced their latest Pop! line with three of the current American presidential candidates!

Whether you’re ready for Hillary, feeling “the Bern,” or just want to “Make America Great Again,” there’s something for everyone!

Collect your favorite presidential candidate this summer!

Pop! The Vote hits shelves in June from Funko.

Male Sailor Moon Crashes Trump Rally

What does Sailor Moon have to do with the Presidential election? Who knows! But, in a year where things are more surreal than serious the above video shouldn’t really surprise me at all.

Artist/comic Bootymath decided to head to a Donald Trump rally, proceeded to strip down in to a Sailor Moon outfit and begin to chant “USA. USA. USA.” Why? Not quite sure.

Also not sure if it was the outfit, the patriotism, or the filming, but he and his friends were escorted out of the rally by security towards a designated protest area outside the building.

Can things get weirder? Sound off in the comments as to who you’d dress as and what Presidential candidate rally you’d go to and why.

(via Pink News)

The Simpsons The Debateful Eight

Marge wakes up from a political nightmare.

Vermont Public Radio Explains the Iowa Caucus with LEGO

If you’ve wondered how the Iowa Caucuses work, Taylor Dobbs & Angela Evancie and Vermont Public Radio have put together this handy video with LEGO figures to help explain it all.

There is a difference between the Democrats and Republicans when it comes to this and if you’d like to find that out, you can here.

Today’s the big day, so if you’re out in Iowa, go participate and sound off with your experience below!

 

Trump is Gollum? Rand Paul Butchers the Lord of the Rings

Rand 2016Politicians and candidates referencing comic books and movies is nothing new. Cong. Alan Grayson sent an email referencing Green Lantern. Marco Rubio’s Presidential team listed their love of comics on their Twitter profile.

Republican Presidential candidate Rand Paul has gone on a weird tangent comparing fellow Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump to Gollum from The Lord of the Rings.

In a Facebook post entitled “Electing Gollum Should Not Be Our Objective,” Paul for President wrote:

One candidate on this national stage wants you to give him power. He tells you he is rich, so he must be smart.

If you give him power he claims he will fix America, but there is another tradition in America. A tradition that believes that power corrupts, and that our goal should be not to gain power but to contain power or limit Presidential power. Our founding fathers feared centralization of power.

They wrote the constitution to restrain the accumulation of power by the government. Trump is ignorant of this tradition, or worse yet, he is overtly opposed to the limited government tradition.

This race should not be about who can grasp the ring. Electing Gollum should not be our objective. This race should be about which candidate will best protect you from an overbearing government.

I am the only one on this national stage who really doesn’t want power or dominion over you. I want to set you free, I want to leave you alone, and I want a government so small you can barely see it.

The Lord of the Rings reference comes out of left field a bit. In an email Paul’s team continued, expanding on the metaphor with a fundraising pitch:

In many ways, the campaign for the Republican nomination for President of the United States has reminded me of one of my favorite movie series.

Lord of the Rings.

You may recall the character Gollum. Gollum was a man who become corrupted by absolute power, and became obsessed with obtaining the “Ring of Power, the ring to rule them all”.

Donald Trump shares Gollum’s unquenchable thirst for absolute power and to rule over Mordor. Or in this case, Washington, D.C.

Patriot, you and I must do everything that we can stop Gollum from gaining the Ring of Power.

Will you donate anything you can afford to help my campaign?

You may also recall there is a scene in the last movie, where Aragorn is leading his men into battle against Suaron and his Orc armies.

He tells them this before the battle:

“I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day… Today we fight!”

As we approach the Iowa Caucus, your support means more than ever.

Together, we can defeat Donald Trump, win the Iowa Caucus and defeat the Washington Machine. Donate anything you can today.

I am counting on you.

Ok, maybe they shouldn’t have expanded on it? Where to begin, but we’ll go for the easiest:

  1. Gollum is a Stoor Hobbit, not a man
  2. Gollum doesn’t want to rule Mordor

So, while a nice attempt recounting Paul’s “favorite movie,” the email fails on multiple levels, and should cost him the Tolkein fan vote.

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