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  • In the Loop: Photo Gallery: Athens Womens' March

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    As more than 1 million women (and men) marched on Washington, D.C. Jan. 21, Athens was having its own women's march, which drew several hundred people to the Classic Center—home of the Athena statue—in spite of being somewhat hastily organized. 

    Reader Brendan Vaganek was kind enough to send along photos of some of his favorite signs:

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  • In the Loop: UGA Students Walked Out Friday to Protest Trump

     

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    Photo Credit: Kat Khoury

    Several hundred students, professors and community members gathered on Friday at 11:45 a.m.—the same moment that President Donald Trump was inaugurated into office—to voice opposition to the incoming administration. “Walk Out” protestors met in groups at the main library on the University of Georgia's North Campus and the ROTC building on South Campus. Two parades of black-clad marchers then made their way to the rendezvous point at Tate Plaza.

    Real Food & Amnesty, the Lambda Alliance, the Women's Studies Student Organization, the UGA National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Undocumented Student Alliance, Students for Justice in Palestine and Athens for Everyone had representatives speak to a crowd that continued to grow. The black clothes of the marchers eventually mingled with the plainclothes passersby who were drawn to stay, some out of solidarity, some out of curiosity.

    “We were hoping for a good turnout; this is an amazing turnout,” said Adwoa Agyepong, co-president of Amnesty International at UGA.

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  • In the Loop: Thousands March Against Trump in Downtown Athens

     

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    Photo Credit: Joshua L. Jones

    Jesse Houle fires up the crowd at the City Hall before the march starts.

    On an unseasonably warm night for mid-January, a makeshift band, giant bird puppets and a crowd of thousands gathered around Athens City Hall in protest of newly inaugurated President Donald Trump, filling in every inch of space from Washington Street to Hancock Avenue and from College Avenue to the City Hall doors.

    At what might be the largest march in Athens history, the Day of Resistance drew an estimated 2,500–4,500 attendees, according to Athens for Everyone, who helped organize it.

    While the march was organized in response to the inauguration of Trump, it was not specific to one cause. Speakers included representatives from U-Lead Athens, an organization for undocumented students; The Cottage, a nonprofit that assists sexual assault survivors; Students for Justice in Palestine and Athens for Everyone.

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  • In the Loop: Photo Gallery: Athens' First MLK Day Parade

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    Photo Credit: Joshua L. Jones

    Former R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe speaks with parade organizer Mokah Jasmine Johnson after the Athens in Harmony concert at the 40 Watt Club Monday night.

    Athens' first-ever Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade drew several thousand people downtown on Monday to enjoy not only marching bands and classic cars, but food trucks, kids' activities, live music and more. Flagpole photographer Joshua L. Jones was there to capture the event. [Blake Aued]

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  • Homedrone: 11 Days of Christmas: Ludacris' Liquor and Condoms

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    Photo Credit: David Barnes/UGA Athletics

    Ludacris performs at G-Day.

    As the Flagpole staff takes a much-needed break over the holidays, we're reposting 11 of our most popular, most important, funniest and/or otherwise noteworthy stories of this most dismal of years. Look for a new post each day through Jan. 2.

    New Georgia head football coach Kirby Smart wanted to bring 90,000 fans to Athens for the Bulldogs' annual spring practice game, and what better way to do it than to hire gazillion-selling rapper Ludacris to perform on G-Day?

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  • In the Loop: 11 Days of Christmas: 2 Many Chainz

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    This is a locally owned business.

    As the Flagpole staff takes a much-needed break over the holidays, we're reposting 11 of our most popular, most important, funniest and/or otherwise noteworthy stories of this most dismal of years. Look for a new post each day through Jan. 2.

    In August, a UGA student wrote a dumb column for The Red & Black about how students prefer chains to local businesses. It outraged a lot of people, and I was bored, so I wrote a takedown that wound up being the most-read article on our website of the whole year. Read it again here

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  • Culture Briefs: 11 Days of Christmas: RIP Jack Davis, a Damn Good Dawg

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    Photo Credit: Jack Davis

    As the Flagpole staff takes a much-needed break over the holidays, we're reposting 11 of our most popular, most important, funniest and/or otherwise noteworthy stories of this most dismal of years. Look for a new post each day through Jan. 2.

    Illustrator Jack Davis—a UGA graduate renowned for his satirical cartoons in Mad magazine as well as his popular Georgia Bulldog-themed drawings—died July 27 at the age of 91. From Arts Editor Jessica Smith's obituary:

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  • Culture Briefs: 11 Days of Christmas: Celebrity Beefs

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    Tituss Burgess on "The Late Show."

    As the Flagpole staff takes a much-needed break over the holidays, we're reposting 11 of our most popular, most important, funniest and/or otherwise noteworthy stories of this most dismal of years. Look for a new post each day through Jan. 2.

    It didn't rise to the level of R.E.M.'s feud with Donald Trump in 2015, but two celebrities with Athens ties—Drive-By Truckers frontman Patterson Hood and actor Tituss Burgess—both mixed it up with the powers that be in 2016, and judging by the online traffic, Flagpole readers loved it.

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  • In the Loop: 11 Days of Christmas: Athens Hip Hop Gets Political

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    Photo Credit: Joshua L. Jones/file

    Mokah Jasmine Johnson talks with ACCPD Capt. Mark Magnuson during a Black Lives Matter rally in July.

    As the Flagpole staff takes a much-needed break over the holidays, we're reposting 11 of our most popular, most important, funniest and/or otherwise noteworthy stories of this most dismal of years. Look for a new post each day through Jan. 2.

    A new voice emerged in local politics in 2016—a year when blue-on-black violence continued to roil the nation. Hip-hop promoters Mokah Jasmine Johnson and her husband, Knowa, spoke up with a message of peace and harmony in a city that too often ignores its racial fault lines.

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  • Culture Briefs: 11 Days of Christmas: Indie South Fair Blows Up

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    Photo Credit: Missy Kulik

    As the Flagpole staff takes a much-needed break over the holidays, we're reposting 11 of our most popular, most important, funniest and/or otherwise noteworthy stories of this most dismal of years. Look for a new post each day through Jan. 2.

    Indie South Fair has long drawn artists and craftsmen not only from Athens, but all over the Southeast. So it made sense for founder Serra Ferguson to take her show on the road.

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