A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from August 11, 2022
“Become ungovernable” (political slogan)

"Become ungovernable” is an anti-government slogan that has been printed on many images. The terms “Become ungovernable” and “Be ungovernable” became popular in November 2016, after the U.S. presidential election between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, the winner. The nation became polarized, and “Has America become ungovernable? - BBC Newsnight” was posted on YouTube on November 1, 2016.

“it’s time to be #Ungovernable!” was posted on Twitter by “hex m. hell” on November 9, 2016. “In responding to systematic violence and racist infrastructure development, ‘I urge you to become ungovernable’ -Noah Morris” was posted on Facebook by Ramps Campaign on November 10, 2016. “Come to the #anarchist side where #notmypresident is full time… Don’t #TrumpProtest just be #ungovernable by #governing yourself...” was posted on Twitter by vagabond on November 10, 2016.

“We must become #Ungovernable” was posted on Twitter by Rebel Diaz on November 10, 2016. “Be the supporter; be on the frontlines; be the supporter; be the underground, be ungovernable. #notmyprsident #Ungovernable” was posted on Twitter by Rosa A. Clemente on November 11, 2016. “WE DO NOT CONSENT TO A DONALD TRUMP PRESIDENCY AND I AM URGING ALL OF US TO BECOME UNGOVERNABLE” was posted on Twitter by Rosa A. Clemente on November 11, 2016. “We must be #Ungovernable. We must disobey. #PresidentTrump” was posted on Twitter by MintPress News on November 12, 2016. “2017: the year we become ungovernable” by Cory Doctorow was published on boingboing on January 2, 2017.

There was a website (ungovernable2017.com), and protests were planned for January 2017. “BECOME UNGOVERNABLE” was a popular sign at these protests.


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Become Ungovernable
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Origin
The slogan “become ungovernable” gained notable popularity online in late 2016 and early 2017, appearing in a number of blog articles about far-left and anarchist protests during that period. On January 21st, 2017, at Oakland Women’s March, protestors carried a sign reading “Become ungovernable,” with the photographs shared online and appearing in media (shown below, left and center). On February 4th, 2017, Tumblr user sproutdistro posted a “Be Ungovernable” poster, which gained over 1,200 likes and reblogs (shown below, right).

YouTube
Has America become ungovernable? - BBC Newsnight
Nov 1, 2016
BBC Newsnight
Mark Urban has been in North Carolina looking at the US presidential race so far, and asking whether the country can be put back together after the divisive election contest.

Twitter
hex m. hell
@Hex_M_Hell
Replying to @thejonmccoy
it’s time to be #Ungovernable!
2:53 PM · Nov 9, 2016·Twitter for Android

Facebook
Ramps Campaign
November 10, 2016 at 9:57 AM ·
In responding to systematic violence and racist infrastructure development, “I urge you to become ungovernable” -Noah Morris

Twitter
RAMPS Campaign
@RAMPSWV
In responding to systematic violence and racist infrastructure development, “I urge you to become ungovernable”... http://fb.me/5kB8hZnxW
9:57 AM · Nov 10, 2016·Facebook

Twitter
vagabond
@vgbnd
Come to the #anarchist side where #notmypresident is full time… Don’t #TrumpProtest just be #ungovernable by #governing yourself…
9:09 PM · Nov 10, 2016·TweetDeck

Twitter
Rebel Diaz
@RebelDiaz
We must become #Ungovernable
9:13 PM · Nov 10, 2016·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Rosa A. Clemente
@rosaclemente
Be the supporter; be on the frontlines; be the supporter; be the underground, be ungovernable. #notmyprsident #Ungovernable
9:24 AM · Nov 11, 2016·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Rosa A. Clemente
@rosaclemente
WE DO NOT CONSENT TO A DONALD TRUMP PRESIDENCY AND I AM URGING ALL OF US TO BECOME UNGOVERNABLE http://rosaclemente.net/not-consent-donald-trump-presidency-urging-us-become-ungovernable/ #ungovernable
6:20 PM · Nov 11, 2016·Twitter Web Client

Rose Clemente
We Do Not Consent To A Donald Trump Presidency And I Am Urging All Of Us To Become Ungovernable
NOV 11, 2016 | ELECTORAL POLITICS

Twitter
MintPress News
@MintPressNews
We must be #Ungovernable. We must disobey.
#PresidentTrump
10:00 PM · Nov 12, 2016·TweetDeck

Twitter
Shannon Carey
@scmaestra
“We have to become ungovernable.”
-my spouse
9:53 PM · Nov 20, 2016·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Kamau Franklin
@kamaufranklin
Be #ungovernable. let Trump know he does not represent you. Endorse, spread the word, let us know about public actions so we can share.
(An image is shown.—ed.)
10:32 PM · Dec 7, 2016·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Prof KKC
@KaranjaKeita
Be #Ungovernable! https://ungovernable2017.com
Lamont Lilly and 5 others
9:45 PM · Dec 14, 2016·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Haki Kweli Shakur
@Haki_Shakur
National Day of Action January 20th 2017 Be #Ungovernable https://newafrikan77.wordpress.com/2016/12/15/national-day-of-action-january-20th-2017-be-ungovernable
5:32 PM · Dec 15, 2016·WordPress.com

Twitter
Prof KKC
@KaranjaKeita
Be #Ungovernable 1/20/17 https://ungovernable2017.com/meetingpoints
Lamont Lilly and 7 others
4:05 PM · Dec 26, 2016·Twitter for iPhone

boingboing
2017: the year we become ungovernable
CORY DOCTOROW 7:49 AM MON JAN 2, 2017
Kali Akuno, an organizer with Cooperation Jackson and the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement talks to Alternet about the first stirrings of the mass-scale civil disobedience we must practice to resist trumpism.

Twitter
MidWestWomen4Justice
@MWWfJ
#KnowTheProcess #StopTheMadness #BecomeUngovernable
Women For Justice Midwest http://fb.me/67NERukRH
10:30 PM · Jan 6, 2017·Facebook

Twitter
Trust yourself
@omyouare
Time to Build and Fight to #BecomeUngovernable with Kali Akuno - Mixcloud http://mixcloud.com/ClearingtheFOG/time-to-build-and-fight-to-become-ungovernable-with-kali-akuno/
11:58 AM · Jan 12, 2017·Twitter Web App

Twitter
Stephen Pimpare
@stephenpimpare
“Become ungovernable.”
12:55 PM · Jan 16, 2017·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
NYC Radical Reference
@NYCRadRef
And a big shout-out to @InterferenceArc for their amazing propaganda party this weekend! Check out these sweet buttons! #BecomeUngovernable
10:28 AM · Jan 17, 2017·Hootsuite

Twitter
Cindy Barukh Milstein (they)
@CindyMilstein
J20, Become Ungovernable, Detroit / meet at 5 pm, outside Greektown Casino / please RT #ArtOfResistance #Solidarity https://facebook.com/events/578155202384027/
("BECOME UNGOVERNABLE” is shown on a sign.—ed.)
9:06 PM · Jan 18, 2017·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Joy Damiani
@trynottobeadick
#becomeungovernable #dumptrump #rally #Oakland #oscargrantplaza #youthspeakout #rightnow https://instagram.com/p/BPgHunAg4in/
4:50 PM · Jan 20, 2017·Instagram

Twitter
Cindy Barukh Milstein (they)
@CindyMilstein
40-50-long “fuck white supremacy” at #J20Detroit #BecomeUngovernable, but our passion for… https://instagram.com/p/BPgKksjhM-j/
5:15 PM · Jan 20, 2017·Instagram

Twitter
Oakland Uprising
@oaklanduprising
Burning #DonaldTrump in #Oakland #FuckTrump #TrumpInauguration #Trump #J20 #DisruptJ20 #FuckDonaldTrump #BurnDonaldTrump #BecomeUngovernable
7:12 PM · Jan 20, 2017·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Liz Henry
@lizhenry
Oakland women’s march . Become ungovernable
("BECOME UNGOVERNABLE” is shown on a sign.—ed.)
2:44 PM · Jan 21, 2017·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Black and Grey Market Anarchist 🏴🏳️‍⚧️🏳️‍🌈
@LilGirlCressida
Great Job Black Bloc #BecomeUngovernable #NoMorePresidents http://fb.me/17u91wwU3
3:23 PM · Jan 21, 2017·Facebook

Twitter
Nini D.
@romanticnini
The say they hate the president and that he is old. #trump #protest #becomeungovernable https://instagram.com/p/BPim2sIAIek/
4:01 PM · Jan 21, 2017·Instagram

Twitter
Nancy Jane Moore
@WriterNancyJane
My favorite sign:
“Become Ungovernable.”
Block evil. Build good.
#zentao
12:11 PM · Jan 22, 2017·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Tina Foster of Foster & Flourish
@fosterandflo
When the guru is not the Guru.
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#becomeungovernable #sfoprotest #nobannowall… https://instagram.com/p/BP3d1RFBT6-/
6:26 PM · Jan 29, 2017 from California, USA·Instagram

Twitter
Truth Capture Media
@TruthCapture
Still thousands here at SFO waiting for (we’re told) two families to be released #NoBanNoWall #nomuslimban #sfoprotest #sfo #notrump
("BECOME UNGOVERNABLE” is shown on a sign.—ed.)
8:19 PM · Jan 29, 2017·Twitter Web App

Twitter
Clara Jeffery
@ClaraJeffery
Replying to @ClaraJeffery
Signs #sfoprotest
("BECOME UNGOVERNABLE” is shown on a sign.—ed.)
11:18 PM · Jan 29, 2017·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Brain Trust Live Pod
@BrainTrustLive
Feeling particularly inspired today by a large sign that was at the #SFOprotest over the weekend: “#BecomeUngovernable.”
12:59 PM · Feb 1, 2017·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
taylor garron
@taylorgarron
become ungovernable
From chaos tiktoks
(A bird is shown with a knife.—ed.)
3:36 PM · Dec 4, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Andrew Wolaver
@Stetsonofagun
Replying to @CountDankulaTV
I said, “sometimes one must become ungovernable” on FB. I was promptly shut down for 30 days.
8:22 PM · Aug 11, 2022·Twitter for Android

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