‘For the modern political gadfly armed with Skype and an internet connection, distance and geography are diminishing barriers to activism.’
The News Lens
By: Keith Menconi
A group of about a dozen is meeting in a coffee shop to discuss their strategy for
mobilizing to oppose the agenda of U.S. President Donald Trump.
As their conversation progresses through the balmy winter evening in mid-February, they take on questions of strategy one by one: Will they hold a full-blown strike on International Women’s Day, or merely a demonstration? How can they best coordinate their efforts with those of other groups? Should they have a Twitter account?
This scene of grassroots activism could perhaps have taken place in any number of cities throughout the U.S. after Trump’s election galvanized thousands of people into political action and protest. But this particular coffee shop meeting is not in the U.S. It is instead tucked away into the underground level of a Mass Rapid Transit station in Taipei City, Taiwan. [FULL STORY]