The Activists' Watch

January 20, 2023

Turning the embers into a bonfire
Calendar section

Upcoming Activist Events:
Jan. 20 - Feb. 3, 2023

Jan 21 - 8 am MEDIC first aid training
Jan 22 - 8 am MEDIC first aid training
Jan 23 - 7pm Staunton Organizing meeting
Jan 24 - 10 am NOW, Virginia Law Audit Project (VLAP) Launch and Press
Jan 25 - 7 pm Community Gathering CCPJ
Jan 30 - 7 pm Staunton Organizing meeting

For complete descriptions of these events, visit
The Activists' Guide Calendar.

What happened?

Jan. 21, 1977 - President Carter pardons hundreds of thousands of draft evaders who had gone into exile rather than participate in the Vietnam War.

Today's Quote

The Nazis and their silent helpers could take Anne’s life from her, but not her voice. “I know what I want, I have a goal, have an opinion, have a religion and love. . . . If God lets me live, I shall attain more than Mummy has ever done, I shall not remain insignificant, I shall work in the world for mankind” (April 11, 1944, ver. A).
In the end, the Nazi terror could not silence Anne’s voice, which still rings out for all of us, whom she had hoped so ardently to serve.

Melissa Müller
Anne Frank: The Biography
"We Stand Together" the newest iteration of Activists' Guide's "Cville Stands Together" provides daily posts from legitimate media reports. The posts depict the growing institutionalization of fascism in the US, a major symptom of which is white supremacy, and mass actions of resistance. is presented in blog format.

Here's a recent Post:

Judge Gives Ex-Philadelphia Cop Who Killed Unarmed Black Man Sitting on the Ground with a Hand Up a Lenient Sentence Because Prison Would Not ‘Make Him a Better Person’
A trial highlighted how Ruch fatally fired his weapon within six seconds of arriving on the scene in the Ogontz section of Philly, where Plowden had crashed his car while being pursued in a high-speed chase by law enforcement. Prosecutors said Plowden was in the process of surrendering to the PPD when Ruch shot and killed him.

McDermott said there were two main reasons why Ruch received such a light sentence. One, she said, over the years since being charged with the killing, he has demonstrated good behavior. Two, she believed a longer sentence would not have afforded him any rehabilitation.

“Nothing he is going to do in prison is going to make him a better person,” the judge said. The judge took it a step further and blamed the victim, saying, “Plowden was the one that created the danger.”

Under this sentence, Ruch is also eligible for parole and does not have any financial penalties attached to this criminal case.

A white former Philadelphia police officer received a sentence of fewer than two years in prison for killing an unarmed Black motorist in 2017 despite being convicted of voluntary manslaughter in September. The judge gifted him with a light sentence, as the maximum sentence he could have received was 20 years in lockup.

For details check "We Stand Together". It is now available on-line at:


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