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|By Mike Allen ·|
Situational awareness (and today's least surprising story) ... WashPost's Ellen Nakashima and Joby Warrick: "U.S. intelligence officials ... have concluded that North Korea does not intend to fully surrender its nuclear stockpile, and instead is considering ways to conceal the number of weapons it has and secret production facilities."
|1 big thing ... Acceleration of #activism: Pop-up protests speed up|
Thousands march through downtown Minneapolis yesterday to protest Trump immigration policies. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP)
This weekend's massive flash rallies to protest President Trump's immigration policies — following the global women's marches and the March For Our Lives after the Parkland school shooting — represent a unified, accelerated activism surpassing even what was seen in the late '60s, social movement historians tell me.
The speed and scale of yesterday's pop-up protests is fascinating:
Experts in social movements say that what we're seeing is totally new — befitting, and powered by, our times and our technology.
Peter Dreier — who teaches politics and chairs the Urban & Environmental Policy department at Occidental College in Los Angeles — said the current movements unite the left's strands in a way we haven't seen in nearly a century:
Elaine Weiss, author of "The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote," told me that what's "different about the waves of demonstrations of the past 18 months is their spontaneity — made possible by new technology and mastery of social media."
Be smart, from Weiss: "Our current zeitgeist of frustration and rage is the perfect ecology for these Instagram-ready demonstrations."
Lin-Manuel Miranda sings and speaks yesterday in Lafayette Square, across from the White House. (Alex Brandon/AP)
P.S. Asked for comment on yesterday's demonstrations, Department of Homeland Security press secretary Tyler Houlton said:
"A society that has more justice is a society that needs less charity."