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How Hermione Granger Went From Literary Witch To Powerful Feminist Symbol

The Women’s March on Washington was littered with references to Hermione Granger.

“When Voldemort is president, we need a nation of Hermiones!” read one sign, which was posted on Twitter on Jan. 22, 2017, the day after more than 3.5 million people around the nation marched in solidarity with women’s rights.

“Without Hermione, Harry would’ve died in book 1,” read another.

In 1997, readers were first introduced to the brilliant and bookish character in Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone ― a young witch born to Muggle (non-magical) parents, with lots of “bushy brown hair and rather large front teeth.” In 2017, Hermione’s face is on protest signs around the world. She’s been reimagined as the center of the Harry Potter series, tasked with battling the patriarchy. You can even purchase posters, T-shirts and embroidered crafts on Etsy that ask “What Would Hermione Do?” 

Over two decades, the young British witch from J.K. Rowling’s eponymous Harry Potter series has grown from a literary smart girl into a powerful feminist symbol.

To understand the enduring appeal of Hermione, take a look back at what made the character connect to readers in the first place. Before Emma Watson portrayed the literary character on the big screen, forever entwining her own image with that of Hermione, Hermione Granger was a description on a page ― one that millions of children (and adults) felt drawn to. 

The first thing that makes Hermione so special is that the role she plays in the Harry Potter series defies certain literary tropes; tropes that articulate the role girls should play in boys’ lives, both on and off the page. 

“Usually when there are two boys and a girl, the girl is kind of the sidekick, and as they get older the boys fight over her attention,” Dr. Cecilia Konchar Farr, a professor of English and Women’s Studies at Saint Catherine University told HuffPost. “And what was very powerful was that Hermione was always so much a part of the trio. Hermione’s not just a sidekick, she’s a central character.” 

When The Smart Girl Gets To Save The Day

Instead of centering Hermione’s beauty or male-approved desirability, J.K. Rowling always centered Hermione’s brains, compassion and morality. There aren’t very many references to Hermione’s looks in the books, but readers of the Harry Potter series are constantly reminded that Hermione works harder and performs magic better than nearly everyone around her. This means that, not only is she consistently at the top of her class, but she is also an invaluable part of both the resistance against Voldemort and a key (and equal) member of the Harry-Ron-Hermione trio. After all, on more than one... or two... or three occasions, Hermione saves both Harry and Ron’s lives.

Her contributions and equal standing with the two male protagonists provide readers ― both boys and girls ― with a way to understand and relate to feminism. And Hermione’s “mudblood” status provides an avenue through which to explore deeper issues of racism and oppression.

“[Hermione ] displays a kind of feminism that is accessible to people for whom the term feminism has been sort of systematically demonized,” said Dr. Christopher Bell, a professor of Communication at the University of Colorado and editor of Hermione Granger Saves the World: Essays on the Feminist Heroine of Hogwarts.

Hermione’s appeal was always rooted in her ability to be a stand-in for smart, hard-working girls ― girls who yearned to see those qualities rewarded and valued in a world that still largely determines the worth of women and girls by their looks. As a girl who grew up being infinitely more confident in my academic and oratory abilities than my physical skills or looks, reading about Hermione was a form of wish fulfillment. What a world it would be if the smart girl got to save the day standing shoulder-to-shoulder with her male peers, and be celebrated for her accomplishments. 

Rowling has been vocal about the real-life inspiration for Hermione, calling the witch a caricature of her younger self. (“I wasn’t that clever. But I was that annoying on occasion,” Rowling told TIME in October 2000.) 

She has also said that putting her female protagonist’s abilities and cleverness front and center was intentional. 

“I know that Hermione is incredibly recognizable to a lot of readers and yet you don’t see a lot of Hermiones in film or on TV except to be laughed at,” Rowling told Wonderland Magazine in 2014. “I mean that the intense, clever, in some ways not terribly self-aware, girl is rarely the heroine and I really wanted her to be the heroine.”

So the heroine she is. Hermione uses logic to solve Snape’s riddle at the end of the first book, deploying skills that most wizards quite simply don’t have. (”This isn’t magic — it’s logic — a puzzle. A lot of the greatest wizards haven’t got an ounce of logic, they’d be stuck in here forever,” she tells Harry and Ron.) She successfully uses a time-turner. She organizes a movement to free Hogwarts’ enslaved labor force of house elves. She starts Dumbledore’s Army. Without hesitation, she agrees to leave school to help Harry hunt down horcruxes. She does all of these things while maintaining her values and integrity. 

The longevity of Hermione’s appeal has dovetailed with the mainstreaming of feminism. In 2007, when Emma Watson told Scholastic she was “a bit of a feminist” during an interview ahead of the release of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” most celebrities were still scared to even associate with the term. Today, celebrities are shamed if they reject the label. 

So, What Would Hermione Do?

Perhaps the greatest lesson that Hermione teaches us is how valuable it can be to take risks. After all, saving or changing the world often requires some form of sacrifice, danger and facing down the forces of evil. 

“What would Hermione Granger do? A lot,” wrote HuffPost’s Chloe Angyal, a week after the presidential election. “She’d take real risks, lots of them, and endure a great deal of uncertainty, fear and suffering. We’re going to have to do the same.”

When our own world begins to feel darker and in need of saving ― from terrorism, bigotry, or even the leaders of our own government ― it’s only natural to turn to pop culture for inspiration. And who better to emulate than Hermione Granger, the clever, idealistic young woman who uses her brains rather than brawn to create lasting, widespread change? (The fact that Emma Watson has become an outspoken feminist, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and HeForShe spokesperson since finishing the Harry Potter franchise makes the political associations we have today with Hermione even more potent.) 

The 2016 presidential election created the perfect storm for Hermione Granger symbolism. Here was a smart, hyper-competent, over-achieving woman facing down a cartoonishly unqualified man who spewed hatred at women, Muslims, immigrants, refugees, and disabled people. She would surely triumph, right? That’s how this story is supposed to end. 

But we live in America, not the magical underbelly of England. 

“When the woman who was so strong, who worked so hard, who colored inside the lines and did everything you were supposed to do, when she was defeated ― not by a really competent, wonderful man, but by a man that every feminist would object to and [many] who wouldn’t even call themselves feminists ― that was really hard,” said Dr. Farr. “So we go back to Hermione, because it’s the fantasy world where the smart girl triumphs, where the smart girl wins.”

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s election and inauguration, women and men were activated, ready to make that fantasy world a reality. The first major action of what we now know as “the resistance” was the Women’s March.  

Dr. Bell recalls seeing a variety of female heroes being used to convey a message of political solidarity during the marches ― Princess Leia, Wonder Woman, Kamala Khan a.k.a. Miss Marvel, and Hermione Granger. But he believes that there’s one thing that sets Hermione apart from the others. 

Kamala Khan, Wonder Woman, and even Princess Leia for the most part, are physical heroes,” Dr. Bell told HuffPost. “Hermione is not a physical hero. Hermione wins because she’s smart. And Hermione doesn’t just win because she’s smart, she wins because she works harder than everybody else... We sort of discount her labor and praise her innate qualities, which is what we do to girls and women all the time. I think all of those things combine to make Hermione sort of a perfect symbol for young American feminism.”

Women don’t need Hermione Granger to teach them to persist in the face of great challenges, but it’s nice to have her around when we need some inspiration. After all, when times get tough, smart girls know there’s only one thing to do: get to work

From June 1 to 30, HuffPost is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the very first “Harry Potter” book by reminiscing about all things Hogwarts. Accio childhood memories.

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jun 16 17, 21:13
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These Hilarious Protest Signs Are Perfect For Introverts

Introverts may be notorious for loathing large crowds, but that doesn’t mean they won’t make the sacrifice for the issues that matter.

Millions of people from all different walks of life have come together in the last few months to participate in marches that support vital causes, whether it’s for science, women’s rights or immigrants. As those who have perfected the art of the protest sign can attest, the issues are serious, but the messages don’t necessarily have to be. 

Behold, the most hilarious protest signs that perfectly nail being an introvert while still lending a voice to a cause. Check them out below ― because there comes a time when even “the quiet types” need to break their silence.









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apr 25 17, 22:37
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Steve Buscemi Believes The 'Big Lebowski' Women's March Sign 'Says It All'

At this point, many people think Donald Trump is out of his element as president of the United States.

Recently, Seth Meyers even went so far as to compare Trump with The Dude from “The Big Lebowski,” pointing out that they both love bathrobes, “rugs,” and “White Russians.”

At the Stand for Rights telethon to benefit the ACLU on Friday, “Big Lebowski” actor Steve Buscemi told The Huffington Post that he approves of Meyers’ theory.

“I like that comparison,” Buscemi said.

Earlier this year, the actor burned Trump in a similar way, posing with a “Big Lebowski”-inspired sign at the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., shortly after the inauguration.

“I saw a huge sign that somebody was walking [with] down there that said, ‘Shut the fuck up, Donny. You’re out of your element.’ I think that says it all,” Buscemi explained of the moment. 

In “The Big Lebowski,” John Goodman’s character, Walter, famously says those lines to Buscemi’s character, coincidentally named Donny.

The actor continued, “There are so many things that are under assault. The good that’s happened is people are getting active and people are waking up and getting involved.”

You heard the man. In other words ...

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apr 3 17, 18:23
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Seth Meyers Claims Donald Trump Is 'The Dude' From 'Big Lebowski'

This aggression will not stand, man.

During his “Closer Look” segment on Tuesday night, Seth Meyers recapped the topsy-turvy, ridiculous circumstances surrounding Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes and the investigation into Donald Trump’s alleged Russian ties. 

Nunes was a one-man show last week, holding a press conference to claim that there was evidence that Trump officials were surveilled by the government. He even took the information to the president before going to his own committee.

Meyers said Trump took Nunes’ information as proof that the Obama administration had wiretapped him, despite those reports being shut down.

Among other things, Trump told Time, “A lot of information has just been learned, and a lot of information may be learned over the next coming period of time,” and, “Well, he just got this information. This was new information. That was just got,” which led Meyers to make a shocking discovery ...

Donald Trump is The Dude from “The Big Lebowski.” 

Meyers explained, “The Dude and Trump have a lot in common. They both have bathrobes, both obsessed with their rugs, and they both love White Russians.”

Also, don’t forget they both have a Steve Buscemi connection. Buscemi, of course, played Donny in “The Big Lebowski,” and while attending a Women’s March earlier this year, he posed alongside a “Lebowski”-inspired message to Trump.

There you have it, dudes.

So should we start calling President Trump The Dude now? You know, that or, uh, His Dudeness, or uh, Duder, or El Duderino if you’re not into the whole brevity thing?

”Late Night with Seth Meyers” airs weeknights at 12:35 p.m. ET on NBC.

Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, Tracy Morgan, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Moore, Padma Lakshmi and a whole host of other stars are teaming up for Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU. Donate now and join us at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, March 31, on Facebook Live. #standforrights2017 

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mar 29 17, 16:51
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Donald Trump Tweeted About International Women's Day. It Backfired.

President Donald Trump tweeted a message of support for International Women’s Day on Wednesday. It didn’t go down well.

With his woeful track record of sexist and misogynistic behavior, Trump’s claim to have “tremendous respect” for women rang hollow for many Twitter users.

See Trump’s tweets here:

Hundreds seized on his call to honor “the critical role of women here in America and around the world” by referencing his offensive hot mic comments on the infamous 2005 bus ride with former “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush.

They also recalled that image of Trump signing an anti-abortion executive order, surrounded entirely by white men.

Here’s a sampling of the responses so far:

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mar 8 17, 15:01
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What Delaware's Special Election Reveals About The Trump Resistance

WASHINGTON ― Martin O’Malley, the former Maryland governor and Democratic presidential candidate, took an out-of-state trip this month to speak to volunteers working for a candidate in a special state Senate election.

The appearance of a national political figure at a Feb. 11 rally for a statewide election in Delaware wasn’t surprising. Democratic control of the state Senate hinges on victory for their candidate, Stephanie Hansen. But it was surprising that the Saturday morning rally attracted a massive turnout of volunteers willing to knock on doors encouraging votes for Hansen. 

“Usually, if you have a weekend canvass, if you have 20 or 30 volunteers that was always hitting it out of the ballpark,” said Erik Raser-Schramm, Hansen’s campaign manager. That day, 250 showed up.

Hansen’s campaign is benefitting from the outpouring of anger and activism that has erupted since the election of Donald Trump as president. Millions of frustrated Americans filled the streets the day after Trump’s inauguration for the national Women’s March protests. Many participants had never been to a protest or thought of themselves as activists before.

That activism is now beginning to flow into state and local politics. The special Senate election in Delaware on Feb. 25 will be its first test.

“I think it’s encouraging that there are folks who having been concerned about the outcome of the presidential election, being concerned about the direction of our national security and our federal government, are taking that concern and enthusiasm and focusing it on state and local elections,” said Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.).

The special election is critical for Delaware Democrats. The party controls the state Senate by the tie-breaking vote of Democratic Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall Long, who previously held the state Senate seat that’s up for election. The special election between Democrat Hansen and Republican John Marino will determine which party controls the chamber.

Coons, who has campaigned with Hansen along with other Delaware Democratic political figures, including former Vice President Joe Biden, said he expects the race to be “decided by maybe a few hundred votes.” Every bit of activism and energy will be needed.

The state Senate district stretches from Middletown in the south to Newark in the north, bisected by the C&D Canal. Long an agricultural region, it has seen a rapid increase in development over the past decade, with an influx of new residents from New York and Pennsylvania. Voter registration leans Democratic, but recent elections have been close.

Marino, the Republican, ran for state Senate in 2014 and lost to Long by just 2 percentage points. Long vacated the seat after winning the 2016 election for lieutenant governor.

The close margins in past elections indicate the importance of turnout in this special election. Turnout in local races has been a challenge for Democrats in recent years. That’s why the new generation of volunteers and activists rising from the disappointment of the 2016 is so important for the party, both at the local level and nationally.

Democrats not only lost the White House to Trump in November. They also found themselves out of power in Congress. And they control just 16 of 50 governorships, and 29 of 99 state legislative chambers. The party has fallen to a nearly 100-year low in terms of political power.

Hansen noted in campaign speeches that a “sleeping giant is beginning to awake” due to the shock election of Trump. She spoke at the Newark Women’s March on Jan. 21, with about 1,000 participants. Marchers who wanted to maintain the energy turned to Hansen’s campaign.

“The increase in numbers of the people getting involved has really been extraordinary,” said Lisa Goodman, executive director of Equality Delaware, who spoke at the Newark march. “Many of those people have been energized by wanting to push back policies coming out of Washington.”

Carolyn Fiddler, of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, said volunteers working for Hansen would knock on 60,000 doors before the campaign is over.

“Our field operation is off the charts, as is volunteer activity,” Fiddler said. “Organizers and volunteers have already knocked on over 30,000 doors, and they’ve made over 28,000 phone calls.”  

There are only 31,000 doors to knock on in the district.

Activism has spilled across Delaware’s boundaries. Sister District, a 5,000-member group born out of the Women’s March, and Flippable, a Democratic group focused on local elections, helped raise $87,000 in small donations for Hansen from around the country. The group Democratic Action hosted a phone-bank day for activists in San Francisco to support Hansen.

Back in Hansen’s district, Sonia Sloan, 88, is hosting a fundraiser for Hansen in the final days before the special election. This longtime Democratic Party activist said she hasn’t seen this much energy and excitement since she chaired the 1968 presidential campaign of Eugene McCarthy in Delaware.

Whether that energy translates to votes may show whether the Democratic Party has a real chance of a comeback in the Trump era.

Ryan Grim contributed reporting.

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feb 17 17, 04:05
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Lena Dunham Defends Taylor Swift's Right Not To Speak Out Against Trump

Lena Dunham, like most of Hollywood, made it beyond clear she was rooting for Hillary Clinton to win last year’s presidential election.

But while Dunham was out there writing op-eds, giving speeches and appearing in awkward rap parodies in an attempt to support her candidate, her pal Taylor Swift remained suspiciously silent, leading to increasingly loud backlash.

In new interview with Rolling Stone, however, the “Girls” star defended Swift’s decision to keep her political beliefs to herself.

“I just think everyone has to do it their way,” Dunham told the magazine when asked if she thought the backlash against Swift was unfair. “When I was lesser known, I was like, ‘Who could not share their opinion?’ Then I found out that when you talk about politics, people straight up tweet you the floor plan of your house and say they’re coming to your house. You have to fucking watch it because people are nuts.” 

Swift still hasn’t publicly said if she supported one of the two major presidential candidates. But on election day, she posted a photo of herself outside a polling station with the caption, “go out and VOTE.”

More recently, Swift said on Twitter that she supported the Women’s March, although caught flack for that, too, since she didn’t participate herself. 

Nevertheless, in the eyes of some, Swift’s unwillingness to demonstrate or support a candidate is especially suspect considering the degree to which she pushed her “feminist awakening” while promoting her most recent album, “1989.” 

A singer best known for her songs about failed relationships, Swift’s sudden transformation into a champion for sisterhood who name-dropped feminism in nearly every interview she did caught some off guard.

Critics were quick to point out that Swift’s transformation into a feminist icon could have been used as a marketing tool at a time when feminism was becoming a buzzword among young women and on the internet.

But considering she had no trouble talking about feminism when she needed to promote an album, her sudden silence regarding actual politics certainly speaks louder than any soundbite she could provide. 

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feb 15 17, 23:38
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Anti-Trump Cartoonist Is A Cuban Immigrant Who Knows What A Dictator Looks Like

”When my family came to New York, the first thing they wanted to do was go to the Statue of Liberty,” artist Edel Rodriguez explained in an interview with The Huffington Post.

Born in Cuba, Rodriguez immigrated to the United States when he was 9 years old, feeling pressure from Fidel Castro’s autocratic regime. Lady Liberty, he recalled, was there to greet him, a profound symbol of hope and acceptance for many who uprooted their lives and resettled on American soil. 

In the wake of President Trump’s executive order prohibiting citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, Rodriguez conjured a simple and blistering image of that welcoming symbol. In his illustration, Trump wields the Statue of Liberty’s decapitated head in one hand, a bloody knife in the other. The image, which appeared on the cover of Der Spiegel on Feb. 4, not so subtly draws a comparison between the leader of the free world and the terrorist group he hopes to eliminate.

Clearly, lately, what’s associated with beheadings is ISIS, so there’s a comparison,” he told The Washington Post. “Both sides are extremists, so I’m just making a comparison between them.”

Rodriguez began drawing when he was a kid, sketching in his aunt’s pharmacy where he could find ample paper, pens and supplies. When he came to the United States, drawing became a universal language that served him well. “I didn’t speak English,” he said, “so it was a way of communicating with people. I was the art kid.” 

Elements of his Cuban upbringing, Rodriguez believes, are evident in his artistic style, which is reminiscent of the graphic political posters he encountered growing up. But such influences, he said, are difficult to separate from the impact that artists like Picasso and Matisse have had on his style. 

Rodriguez started drawing Donald Trump during the primaries, attempting, in his way, to caution others of his dangerous potential. “It was a warning,” he said. 

“Having grown up in Cuba, and grown up with a bombastic dictator, I see things in Trump that remind me of Castro. I felt like I was in the position to warn people about falling in love with someone with that sort of charisma. The drawings were not for personal pleasure or a release of any kind of energy. It was a call to say: ‘Hey, pay attention.’”

One such drawing consists of melting orange skin, yellow hair and the sole facial feature: a mouth. “He talks so much, that’s why,” Rodriguez said. “Meltdown” graced the cover of Time in August 2016. Its sequel, “Total Meltdown,” hit stands in October. 

The artist believes images have a power that words do not ― the ability to communicate to anyone, regardless of their language, background or level of education. “I want to make images that can reach someone with a Ph.D. and someone who is an immigrant laborer who doesn’t speak English.”

Especially nowadays, Rodriguez expressed, when people seem to read little and pay attention to detail even less, art can speak volumes. “Images can grab people’s attention,” he said. “They can tell a complicated story in a simple way. You have an impact. It may be a small impact, but it is an impact. Hopefully, you make people want to look further into an issue.”

The artist has received a great deal of backlash from Trump supporters since his image went viral “These threats and stuff, this is not what democracy is about,” he said. “I’m okay with a conversation. I’m okay with people telling me they support Trump. But when you start calling people names, it’s not what this country is about at all. That’s what living in Cuba was about.” 

Realistically, Rodriguez does not expect to change the opinions of those who voted for Trump simply through showing them his work. Instead, he hopes to give those opposed to Trump’s agenda the tools to resist. “I think the one thing I can do is mobilize people that are already feeling a certain way, but don’t know what to do,” Rodriguez  said.

“My work encourages people that are a little afraid. When they see what I do, and all the stuff that comes at me, they might say, ‘Wow, that guy has some guts. Maybe I should get some too.’”

Rodriguez puts all of his work online in the hopes that such people will download them and use them to protest, organize and continue to create. Seeing his work pop up among crowds in the Women’s March, airport protests against the executive order, and the recent LGBTQ protest at Stonewall Inn in New York brings Rodriguez great pride. 

“My contribution is that my work gets used by people who don’t know how to say something visually,” he said. “There are people who want to march, they want to say something online, they don’t know what to do because they’ve never made a poster. This gives them something to share. That, to me, is everything.” 

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feb 9 17, 18:29
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The Raised Fist Emoji Is Social Media's Resistance Symbol

We’ve long used emojis to communicate our feelings when words can’t. But what happens when they take on a deeper meaning, becoming a symbol for an entire movement?

Recently, Hamdan Azhar, founder of data journalism lab Prismoji, decided to explore the use of emojis in viral movements. He analyzed about 60,000 tweets related to hot-button topics like #NoBanNoWall, #NoMuslimBan, #NotMyPresident, #TheResistance, and #WomensMarch to find out which emojis appeared most frequently in those messages.

In a blog post for Emojipedia, Azhar outlined his findings. 

The red heart (❤️️ ), tears of joy ( ), the American flag ( ) and the raised fist (✊) were among the most commonly used emojis.

While it’s not surprising that people use the raised fist as an expression of solidarity, Azhar notes that it’s become “a signature emoji of progressive protest.” It even showed up as one of the top five emojis for all of the protest-related hashtags Azhar studied, including #BlackLivesMatter.

And when you consider the appearance of the fist in conjunction with the heart or flag emoji, the research suggests the notion that protesters aren’t patriotic is untrue: These tweeters appear to be coming from a place of love and patriotism.

Amzhar’s research also breaks down how often different emojis are used with the different viral hashtags.

While #NoBanNoWall tweets most often featured emojis representing love and solidarity, many #NotMyPresident tweets included American flags and tearful or angry emojis expressing disappointed patriotism and mockery. (The popular “tears of joy,” for example, could also be read as a tears of ridicule.)

Fists, flags and hearts were popular in #TheResistance tweets, communicating “defiance protest-as-nationalism,” Amzhar said, and the #WomensMarch tweets contained emojis that conveyed a “jumbled mix of mockery, defiance, love, and country, all at once.”

Azhar’s analysis also noted which words are most often used with the ✊ emoji. They include “protesting,” “solidarity” and “together” ― words that communicate “community based humanitarian appeals,” according to Azhar. 

Because the analysis focused on tweets that are largely critical of President Donald Trump’s administration, Azhar stressed that Trump supporters may use the ✊ symbol in a different way.

But one thing is certain: We’ve converted a lot of emojis into symbols for the resistance. We can only wonder what new movements they will champion in the next four years.

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feb 7 17, 23:31
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Parents Create Teachable Moments At Immigration Protests is a non-profit education news site, devoted to telling the stories of schools, teachers, parents and America’s 74 million kids.

The East Coast protests started haphazardly enough Saturday afternoon. Washington, D.C., residents started gathering at Dulles International Airport around the same time New Yorkers were trekking to JFK’s international terminal — rallied by Facebook Live videos and social media posts that decried President Trump’s new executive order temporarily banning travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries, including Syrian refugees, from entering the United States.

It was a few dozen, then a few hundred. Then a few thousand spread out across the country, as spontaneous demonstrations popped up further west — notably at Chicago O’Hare International Airport and San Francisco International Airport.

Within hours, a full slate of Sunday protests had also been announced,  going viral on Twitter as people encouraged their followers to turn out the following day. Boston’s Copley Square, New York City’s Battery Park, D.C.’s Pennsylvania Avenue, and, of course, the airports: Philadelphia at 2 p.m., Chicago at 6, Los Angeles at 5, Boston at 7, Seattle at 5, JFK all day.

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If Saturday evening’s protests were notable for their speed and spontaneity, Sunday’s protests were notable for the complexion of the crowds. Cutting across races, nationalities, and age groups, uniting those who have birth certificates with green card holders, Americans took to the streets on Sunday.

And for many, it was a family affair.

At several airport actions Sunday, the sidewalks were dotted with kids  — some grown, some small — as parents turned a peaceful protest into a teachable moment: about citizenship, community, and free speech. In particular, the protest at Los Angeles International Airport saw families turn out in force. Several kids spoke about their own immigrant experience with parents or family members who came to the U.S. to start a new life.

If you attended or livestreamed protests over the weekend, and either brought a child or saw kids in attendance, we’d love to hear more about your experience. E-mail us at (Sign up for The 74 Newsletter to get notified about new reporting)

Below, a few of the sights and sounds of students taking part in the Los Angeles protests — as well as a few other images from across the country:

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