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No resistance is complete without rising up against Trump's friend and propagandist-in-arms, Vladimir Putin. During his 16-year reign (and counting), the authoritarian former KGB agent has decimated Russia's nascent democracy, violated Georgia and Ukraine's sovereignty, murdered thousands of Muslim civilians in Chechnya and Syria, funded the rise of far-right parties in Europe, interfered in elections in Eastern Europe and the US, plotted coups against pro-Western leaders, sabotaged the US election, and driven a wide-ranging disinformation campaign to turn citizens of western democracies against their own representative governments. Trump is just the latest effect of the Kremlin's subversion of democracy, and unless Putin is stopped, he will not be the last. We need to send a message that Putin's efforts will be in vain. We need to stand up and call on the Kremlin to reverse their unilateral takeover of Crimea, withdraw all support for separatist militants in Donbas, and end their spread of toxic disinformation catering to nationalists and extremists in the West. Putin's extremely corrupt government needs to invest their resources in making their own country more liveable, rather than trying to bring other countries down to their level. I propose a rally outside the Russian honorary consul's offices at a date and time TBD. As there are no diplomats in this location, it is purely symbolic, but also chosen to encourage protests in other cities to take place outside their respective Russian consulates & embassies. Some background info: https://www.csis.org/analysis/kremlin-playbook Spread of Disinformation & Social Media Manipulation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OauLuWXD_RI “Russian Thinkfluencers | Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” http://www.reuters.com/article/us-finland-russia-informationattacks-idUSKCN12J197 http://www.voanews.com/a/russia-cyber-hacking-information-war/3565456.html http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/internet/russia-steps-propaganda-push-online-kremlin-trolls-n366606 http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/29/world/europe/russia-sweden-disinformation.html https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/02/putin-kremlin-inside-russian-troll-house http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/11656043/My-life-as-a-pro-Putin-propagandist-in-Russias-secret-troll-factory.html http://www.rand.org/pubs/perspectives/PE198.html Violation of Ukraine's borders, support of separatist militants: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/09/vladimir-putin-describes-secret-meeting-when-russia-decided-to-seize-crimea http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37495067 Killing, torturing and jailing of dissidents & journalists: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErBHVk90B6o “Freedom of Depress | Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” (Vladimir Kara-Murza, seen in the above video, was just poisoned again:) http://www.rferl.org/a/explainer-russia-kara-murza-kremlin-critic-poisoned/28298062.html http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-russia-nemtsov-ukraine-idUKKBN0M120620150305 https://cpj.org/killed/europe/russia/ https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/remembering-a-journalist-who-was-killed-for-standing-up-to-putin/2016/10/06/d3a9e176-8bf7-11e6-bff0-d53f592f176e_story.html http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/11441919/Kremlin-critics-killed-during-Vladimir-Putins-leadership.html https://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/21/world/europe/moscow-kremlin-silence-critics-poison.html http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-politics-opposition-torture-idUSKBN12W4CS Atrocities and War Crimes against Civilians: https://www.hrw.org/news/2000/02/29/war-crimes-chechnya-and-response-west http://sn4hr.org/wp-content/pdf/english/2704_civilians_killed_by_Russian_forces_en.pdf https://www.theguardian.com/world/reality-check/2016/oct/12/reality-check-are-us-led-airstrikes-on-syrians-as-bad-as-russias Corruption: http://www.putin-itogi.ru/putin-what-10-years-of-putin-have-brought/ https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/13/vladimi-putin-russia-unmoved-by-offshore-revelations http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/vladimir-putin-corruption-five-things-we-learned-about-the-russian-presidents-secret-wealth-a6834171.html https://www.pri.org/stories/2015-01-13/five-corrupt-moves-helped-make-putin-most-powerful-man-russia Interference in the US election: https://www.intelligence.senate.gov/sites/default/files/documents/ICA_2017_01.pdf http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/new-atlanticist/understanding-the-role-of-russian-propaganda-in-the-us-election http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-documents-idUSKBN12Y2WY https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/russian-propaganda-effort-helped-spread-fake-news-during-election-experts-say/2016/11/24/793903b6-8a40-4ca9-b712-716af66098fe_story.html https://warontherocks.com/2016/11/trolling-for-trump-how-russia-is-trying-to-destroy-our-democracy/ Putin's Anti-Liberal, Anti-Democratic (i.e., Fascist) Guiding Philosophy: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/12/russia-liberal-democracy/510011/ https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/russia-fsu/2014-03-31/putins-brain http://www.nationalreview.com/article/380614/dugins-evil-theology-robert-zubrin Funding the Far-right, Attacks on pro-democracy NGOs: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/george-soros-caused-refugee-crisis-breitbart-muslim-takeover-biggest-threat-alt-right-global-a7419291.html https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/mar/27/russia-raids-human-rights-crackdown?INTCMP=SRCH http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/while-trump-champions-the-alt-right-in-america-putin-spreads-its-ideology-through-europe/ https://foreignpolicy.com/2017/02/08/french-intelligence-agency-braces-for-russian-bots-to-back-le-pen/ http://observer.com/2016/10/putins-support-for-europes-far-right-just-turned-lethal/
Hi Folks First, thanks for sharing your time to read this event and for joining this group. The times we live in are challenging, complex and just flat out crazy sometimes. How about we do our part and try to improve things here in Vancouver? Try to reduce the harm that's being done, increase the good and find ways to optimize how we can work together. My name is Viral and I feel strongly that by working together we can achieve far more good for the causes we care about than we could by working alone. I'm believe in trying to be optimally ethical as a consumer, equality for all irrespective of identity, being constructively skeptical, practicing best available practices, improving things at every opportunity, collaboration & inclusiveness, being results-oriented and more... I also believe that we can achieve our goals more effectively by practicing the values that we find meaningful as people creating constructive change. Values like the insistence upon truth (satyagraha), practice of compassion (ahimsa), actualizing justice, being growth-oriented and striving to do optimal good are a core part of what I value. Generally i try to act in accordance with what i think are ethical processes and optimal results, accept the inevitability of imperfection, apologize when warranted and strive to relentlessly improve. I would like to know what you value. What causes matter to you. What you believe we can do to work together to achieve more good. Hope you can rsvp for this event and i will post more details as interest develops. I expect our first event will probably be a coffee/snacks somewhere accessible in downtown, but i'm open to suggestions and best times to meet.