"In defense of black rage: Michael Brown, police and the American dream"

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..they want you to listen. can hear what they want?

Shut It Down! (with pics)

The Galleria Mall in St. Louis was shut down today as hundreds of black and white activists walked chanting through the enormous shopping center on "Black Friday".  We learned about the action just before it began and when we arrived inside the mall many activists were already there leading chants like:

  • Shut it down
  • Indict, convict, put the killer cops in jail - the whole damn system is guilty as hell
  • No justice, no peace
  • Forward together, no going back
  • No Black Friday
  • Hands up, don't shoot
  • Stop shopping, join the movement

As the crowd swelled it took over both floors of the mall and about half the stores pulled down the security gates to close their shop.  Many of the workers inside the stores stood behind their gates and clapped, chanted and filmed the protest.  The best moment was when two women in Macy's uniforms led the rousing chant "No Black Friday".

http://space4peace.blogspot.ca/2014/11/shut-it-down.html

NDPP

Arrests, Protests & 'Xmas Carols': Ferguson Unrest Enters 5th Day, C15 Detained (and vid)

http://rt.com/usa/209935-ferguson-dozens-arrested-protests/

 

Our Silence Means More Violence: An Open Letter To Fellow White People   -  by Carl Gibson

http://readerspportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/27168-focus-our-silence-me...

"Today, a White police officer kills a Black person every 28 hours. As White people, the police treat us very differently..."

abnormal

epaulo13 wrote:

..they want you to listen. can hear what they want?

Which doesn't answer the question.  What do they want with respect to Wilson?  Does he deserve to have the evidence heard and someone make a decision as to whether or not to charge him based on that evidence?  Or do they just want him convicted regardless of the facts of the case?

mersh

abnormal wrote:

epaulo13 wrote:

..they want you to listen. can hear what they want?

Which doesn't answer the question.  What do they want with respect to Wilson?  Does he deserve to have the evidence heard and someone make a decision as to whether or not to charge him based on that evidence?  Or do they just want him convicted regardless of the facts of the case?

Maybe when you stop positing false choices and referencing racialized violence as a desired outcome from the same people who were its subjects I'll consider your questions. Until then, you need to check yourself.

abnormal

Nonsense - no false choices.  

The "social goal" is one thing but that's a separate matter from the Ferguson case.  

Either Wilson is guilty or he isn't and whether or not he should be charged and tried is dependent on the evidence.  The only thing that would have sastified the protesters with respect to Ferguson would be to see the grand jury indict Wilson and then have him found guilty at trial.  

NDPP

In Ferguson and Beyond, Ties Between Black and Arab Struggles for Justice are Growing

http://inthesetimes.com/article/17405/ferguson_palestine

"Young activists are building a multiracial movement for justice, making the connections between racist violence like the killing of Mike Brown and the occupation of Palestine..."

Bacchus

abnormal wrote:

Nonsense - no false choices.  

The "social goal" is one thing but that's a separate matter from the Ferguson case.  

Either Wilson is guilty or he isn't and whether or not he should be charged and tried is dependent on the evidence.  The only thing that would have sastified the protesters with respect to Ferguson would be to see the grand jury indict Wilson and then have him found guilty at trial.  

 

Which wasnt going to happen, nor will it for the cop who shot a 12yr old in Ohio. Nor should it.

 

Now the one that shot a black guy in walmart for having a air rifle , from fucking walmarts own shelves. That would be an excellent case for a trial

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abnormal wrote:

epaulo13 wrote:

..they want you to listen. can hear what they want?

Which doesn't answer the question.  What do they want with respect to Wilson?  Does he deserve to have the evidence heard and someone make a decision as to whether or not to charge him based on that evidence?  Or do they just want him convicted regardless of the facts of the case?

abnormal

..better to listen then to try and frame what this is about.

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NAACP Marchers to Trek 120 Miles From Ferguson to Mo. State Capital (seven-day march)

To call attention to what it sees as a flawed U.S. criminal justice system after a grand jury declined to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed Michael Brown, 18, the NAACP on Saturday is to begin a 120-mile, seven-day protest march from Ferguson, Mo., to the governor’s mansion in Jefferson City.

The march is to begin at 12 p.m. Central at the Canfield Green Apartments in Ferguson, near where Brown was shot and his body left lying in the street for hours on Aug. 9, the NAACP said in a statement. The purpose of the march is to call for new leadership of the Ferguson Police Department, beginning with the police chief, and for reforms of police practice and culture in Ferguson and across the country, the release states.

“Our ‘Journey for Justice: Ferguson to Jefferson City’ march is the first of many demonstrations to show both the country and the world that the NAACP and our allies will not stand down until systemic change, accountability and justice in cases of police misconduct are served for Michael Brown and the countless other men and women who lost their lives to such police misconduct,” Cornell William Brooks, NAACP president and CEO, said in the statement.Our thoughts and prayers are with Michael Brown’s family.”...

http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2014/11/naacp_begins_120_mile_pr...

Aftrbrnr

I'd rather the bingo card be called "conservative/right winger bingo" as opposed to "white opinions bingo", because not all white people feel that way about the Ferguson issue and there are PoC (usually conservatives) who echo those sentiments, too. 

The "bad stuff happening to a white person story" spot kind of hits a nerve for me, because these anecdotes are some how used to justify the labeling of an entire race in a negative light despite being just that, circumstantial evidence.  I also think the concept of thinly veiled racism goes over the head of certain right-leaning whites, I can see this when they make complaints about stuff like "how they can't say anything about black people or else they will be considered racist", because a lot of the so-called criticism they want to make about PoCs are based on incorrect information or stats taken out of context and are racist.  The allegations of the rioting in Ferguson being a sign of black people being prone to such events is an example of this, just because someone isn't dropping n-bombs doesn't mean it isn't racist. 

MegB

Abnormal, you have been called on your oppressive language and baiting tactics. It's time to stop.

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Dehumanizing the Black Lives of America: Michael Eric Dyson on Ferguson, Police Brutality and Race

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Absolutely, and we decry when cases of flagrant violation occur in other countries. We are upset when we think due process is not acknowledged. We are outraged when we think that people don’t have access to evidence and able to defend themselves, or at least people who are concerned about the case, defend a particular point of view. We had a full on trial, except we didn’t have anybody defending Mike Brown or his memory or his point of view. We had no testimony that was put forth by a defense lawyer that might have repudiated several of the things that officer Wilson said. And then we had a prosecutor who was acting as a defense attorney for Officer Wilson. And there is a sad, tragically debility about what happened because Robert McCulloch, the prosecutor, has never brought a case against a police person who has been accused of killing a black person there in the area.....

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/1/dehumanizing_the_black_lives_of_am...

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Prosecutor Manipulates Grand Jury Process to Shield Officer

You know the fix is in when a suspect who shot an unarmed man voluntarily provides four hours of un-cross examined testimony to a grand jury without taking the Fifth.

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In a normal grand jury proceeding, the prosecutor presents evidence for a few days and then asks the grand jurors to return an indictment, which they nearly always do. Of 162,000 federal cases in 2010, grand juries failed to indict in only 11 of them, according the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

The standard of proof for a grand jury to indict is only probable cause to believe the suspect committed a crime. It is not proof beyond a reasonable doubt, which is required for conviction at trial. Yet McCulloch's team presented testimony and documents to the panel for three months, evidence not subjected to adversarial testing by cross-examination....

http://truth-out.org/news/item/27699-prosecutor-manipulates-grand-jury-p...

Caissa

St. Louis police officers condemned players on the NFL's Rams who made a "hands up, don't shoot" gesture before Sunday's home game against the Oakland Raiders.

Stedman Bailey, Tavon Austin, Jared Cook, Chris Givens, and Kenny Britt raised their hands above their heads during pre-game introductions. The gesture has been seen in the protest against a grand jury's decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in connection with the shooting death of Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo.

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/nfl/rams-hands-up-don-t-shoot-gesture-condemned-by-st-louis-cops-1.2855964

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The St. Louis Police Officers Association (SLPOA) released a statement saying the act by the Rams players, who are all black, was "tasteless, offensive and inflammatory." The SLPOA asked for the players to be disciplined and for the NFL to issue a public apology.

"I'd remind the NFL and their players that it is not the violent thugs burning down buildings that buy their advertiser's [sic] products. It's cops, and the good people of St. Louis and other NFL towns that do," SLPOA business manager Jeff Roorda said in the statement.

"Somebody needs to throw a flag on this play. If it's not the NFL and the Rams, then it'll be cops and their supporters."

Fuck those violent thugs

mersh

I don't know why it took so long for the penny to drop, but Maysie's link in the OP recalls bell hooks' piece, Killing Rage, from what, 20 years ago?

I am unsure about the copyright etiquette on this, but I did find a pdf of the short essay here: http://www.thinkingtogether.org/rcream/archive/old/s2006/comp/killingrag... -- I will remove it if it's out of bounds. But really, just buy the book!

 

Currently, we are daily bombarded with mass media images of black rage, usually personified by angry young black males wreaking havoc upon the “innocent,” that teach everyone in the culture to see this rage as useless, without meaning, destructive. This one-dimensional misrepresentation of the power of rage helps maintain the status quo. Censoring militant response to race and racism, it ensures that there will be no revolutionary effort to gather that rage and use it for constructive social change.

abnormal

MegB wrote:

Abnormal, you have been called on your oppressive language and baiting tactics. It's time to stop.

What oppressive language and/or baiting tactics?

All I've ever said is that the people screaming for "Justice for Michael Brown" want one thing and one thing only.  They want to see Wilson indicted and when he goes to trial they want him found guilty.  Fact is, they don't care about the evidence.  All they want is a conviction.  Kind of reminds me of the old Westerns I watched on TV as a kid.  "You'll get a fair trial.  Then hung."

 

mersh

Ever notice how people who say racist things think that if they keep repeating them it'll make them less racist?

mersh

One of my favourite people on the interweb is Andrew Ti, who runs yoisthisracist.com - an awesome font of rage-inspired wisdom. Folks with tender sensibilities might want to look elsewhere as I cut and paste one of his responses to those oh-so concerned white folks who claim to care about the integrity of the law etc. etc.

"Don’t you love how, when it’s about defending a racist murderer, racist assholes always become so fucking concerned about matters of truth and philosophy, but when it’s, oh, I don’t know, EVERY OTHER FUCKING BLACK AND BROWN PERSON IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM IT’S JUST GOOD ENOUGH IF A COP IS SUSPICIOUS."

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omg mersh thank you for that link. That guy is my soulmate. Cool

NDPP

Breaking NYC Officer Cleared in Chokehold Death of Eric Garner (and vid)

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/12/3/breaking_nyc_officer_cleared_...

"A grand jury has reportedly cleared the white New York City police officer involved in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, an African-American father of six. The incident was recorded by a bystander..."

Remember Sammy Yatim

mersh

Fuck. Permanent state of exception. Fuck that, it's the continuation of war and subjugation.

Unionist

Just want to say how happy I am to see mersh back in these parts!

NDPP

BAR: The New Movement: Are We There Yet?

http://blackagendareport.com/node/14549

"Unlike its older siblings, Civil Rights and Black Power, this movement-in-the-making has no choice but to challenge the very legitimacy of the State and its armed organs of coercion and control: The police and, inevitably, the entire intelligence and national security apparatus of the ruling regime.

Poor baby, but such is her fate."

mersh

Thanks, Unionist -- I have to say it was a few Maysie sightings that dragged me out of lurker-hood. And the Black Agenda Report site looks fascinating, NDPP:

“By 1970, Mass Black Incarceration had become a foundational organizing principle of U.S. domestic policy.”

 

And here:

Loic Wacquant: From Slavery to Mass Incarceration

 

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Another Killing in Ferguson Leaves a Family Grappling With the Unknown

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Just up the road from the memorial of stuffed animals and candles that has become a place of pilgrimage and protest over the shooting death of Michael Brown, there is an empty parking lot where another young black man was killed last week on the night this city erupted in rage.

There are no rallies or news cameras there, no signs or ribbons to mark the spot where, the police say, Deandre Joshua, 20, was shot once in the head and then set on fire inside his car. He was the only person killed during the fires, looting and riots that shook the city after a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer in Mr. Brown’s killing. But in the days since, Mr. Joshua’s death has largely become a footnote to Ferguson’s story — an open homicide case and a bitter mystery for his family.

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Some contrast. 

Knox County cop fired immediately after photos show brutal choking of student

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Usually, after charges of police brutality, police officials take their time reacting while they follow procedure to determine who did what. But this episode in Knoxville, Tenn., was so extreme and well-documented that the local sheriff fired the officer immediately.

Frank Phillips, a Knox County Sheriff’s officer, was fired Sunday night after a series of pictures taken by photographer John Messner were published in the Daily Mail in Britain. They showed an officer identified by the Sheriff’s Office as Phillips grabbing 21-year-old college student Jarod Dotson around the neck and squeezing him until he fell to his knees.

Being a white college student really makes a difference between life and death at the hands of the cops.

A month after the incident:

Deputy Who Choked Student Gets To Retire, Won’t Face Charges

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The Tennessee sheriff’s deputy who choked an already restrained and unarmed college student until the 23-year-old passed out has been allowed to retire from the police force, and will not face criminal assault charges.

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The incident occurred last month in the aftermath of an end-of-classes party at the UT campus. Raucous and inebriated students allegedly threw beer bottles at cop cars, necessitating several arrests. Dotson was one of those arrested. He did not resist or disregard police orders, instead quietly accompanying an officer to a squad car. Dotson was motionless when Phillips took hold of his neck and began choking him. The student eventually fell to the ground, unconscious.

 

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Eric Garner's Wife Lashes Out at Cop Who Killed Her Husband

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The time for remorse would have been when my husband was yelling to breathe. That would have been the time for him to show some type of remorse or some type of care for another human being’s life- when he was screaming eleven times that he can’t breathe! So there’s nothing that him, or his prayers, or anything else would make me feel any different. No I don’t accept his apology. No I could care less about his condolences. No I could care less- he’s still working, he’s still getting a paycheck, he’s still feeding his kids. And my husband is six feet under, and I’m looking for a way to feed my kids now. Who’s gonna play Santa Claus for my grandkids this year, because he played Santa Claus for my grandkids…who’s going to do that now?

— The widow of Eric Garner responds when asked if she accepts the officer’s apology for the murder of her husband

 

mersh

I have such a hard time reading some of these accounts, but it's vital to listen. And here in Canada, the Globe published a short interview with Sherene Razack, who provides a Canadian context on racialized brutality:

 

What keeps you up at night?

 

The growing, institutionalized dehumanization towards specific groups. It’s as though society is evolving based on the principle that human life doesn’t matter. Every morning, I read about 10 things that make me think we’re growing increasingly distant from each other. It begins with race and becomes a structure that invades everything. White people routinely dehumanize indigenous people. I’m talking of a spectrum of violent acts, like police officers who drive a man out of the city and leave him to freeze to death. The principle that this person’s life is not worth as much as yours is both an everyday act and a state practice. Look at the “tough on crime” initiatives that conservatives love. What kind of cruelty and disregard for human life do these kinds of policies come out of?

Sherene Razack on lessons learned: ‘No one is born white’

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White America’s scary delusion: Why its sense of black humanity is so skewed

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The invisibility of black rage, black pain and black humanity are all elements of the same problem. That problem is a framework problem. Because Darren Wilson did not use any racial slur to refer to Michael Brown, our current racial frameworks are inadequate for helping your average all-American white people think through the contours of this encounter. That problem has plagued us since the beginning of this case; it dogged us throughout the Zimmerman trial; and it is helped along by the deep emotional dishonesty that characterizes race relations in the country.

Because of this framework problem, this epistemology problem, white people find black protests to be absolutely, utterly unreasonable, in light of the “evidence.” Many of these folks have never stopped to consider the fact that “reason,” and “evidence,” are not race-neutral concepts. What is a reasonable conclusion to draw for people who have never had the entirety of their lives shaped by a negative perception of skin tone, is an entirely unreasonable set of conclusions to draw for people who have.

For instance, to believe that Michael Brown charged at Darren Wilson in the midst of a hail of gunfire is to believe that black people are monsters, mythical superhuman creatures, who do not understand the physics of bullets, even as they rip through flesh. To white people, who co-sign Wilson’s account of events, this seems like an entirely reasonable assertion, one helped along by a lifetime of media consumption that represents black masculinity as magical, monstrous and mythic.

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That inability to see black people as human, as vulnerable, as children, as people worthy of protecting is an epistemology problem, a framework problem, a problem about how our experiences shape what we are and are not able to know. The limitations of our frameworks are helped along by willful ignorance and withholding of empathy.

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Until white people are ready to relieve themselves of an all-consuming belief in a colorblind legal system, ready to recognize the violence at the core of the ideology of whiteness (which is, I hope you hear me saying, different from calling all white people violent), ready to adopt a new framework, we can’t talk. 

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This twitter hashtag that has got the mainstream all talking is #CrimingWhileWhite

 

Black twitter answered back with #NotCrimingWhileBlack and #AliveWhileBlack to show that good intention and highlighting white privilege are not enough. Once again white people are making it about themselves as this article shows why its problematic.

NDPP

Another White Police Officer Kills Another Black Man in US (and vid)

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/12/04/388791/us-police-kill-another-b...

"A Phoenix police officer fatally shot 34-year-old Rumain Brisbon on Tuesday evening. He died with two bullet wounds in his torso at a north Phoenix apartment complex.

But witnesses and community activists have challenged the police account, saying the police used excessive force..."

NDPP

Anti-Police Brutality Post Prompts Toronto Police Union to Demand Board Chair's Resignation

http://www.cp24.com/anti-police-brutality-post-prompts-toronto-chair-s-r...

"Mukherjee has crossed the line,' the release says. 'His lack of objectivity indicates he is no longer fit to sit on a police oversight board.'

DEFEND MUKHERJEE!

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Journey For Justice Faces Racist Opposition

As they marched from Ferguson to Jefferson City, Missouri protesters were met with an ugly sight.

From the Columbia Missourian:

About 200 people met the marchers as they reached Rosebud around noon, activists said. A display of fried chicken, a melon and a 40-ounce beer bottle had been placed in the street. A Confederate flag flew. Counter-protestors shouted racial epithets.

One of the counter-protesters was a young boy with a sign that said "go home."...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/04/journey-for-justice_n_6271170.h...

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Dear white people by Jamala Rogers

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"[White people] have been fed an unhealthy diet of white supremacy that requires you to embrace the belief that all non-white peoples are inferior—the darker the being, the more subhuman they are. Such a belief system is inherently problematic and unsustainable for peaceful coexistence. You have been manipulated over the centuries.

If it’s any consolation, you are not alone. Non-whites have been twisted into self-hatred and manipulated into pursuing a path of whiteness, a perverted journey whose destination one can never reach. Yes, we’ve all been put in a trick bag. Let’s acknowledge this and move on to the real challenge of building the kind of society where all potential is fully developed and all life is valued."

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"I Can't Breathe" - poem by Broadway Stars

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152524845531928

onlinediscountanvils

[url=http://www.maskmagazine.com/the-multiple-worlds-issue/struggle/mtv-suppo... Releases Video Supporting Anti-Police Riots[/url]

[by the same woman who made the excellent videos on consent that Aristotleded24 posted recently]

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Missouri High School Students Warned They Risk Serious Penalties For Walkout Protests

After high school students across the country walked out of class earlier this week calling for greater police accountability, one school district in the very Missouri county where teenager Michael Brown was killed chose to highlight the repercussions for students who left their classrooms.

Hazelwood School District in north St. Louis County also consulted with local law enforcement to increase school security. The stricter security measures made Hazelwood West High School feel like “a prison,” one student said.

“At lunch there are officers at every exit, and you can’t leave class to use the bathroom without a police escort,” the student told The Huffington Post....

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/05/missouri-student-protests_n_627...

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Torontonians! Come out this Saturday at noon, Nathan Philips Square.

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Eric Garner Solidarity Action & March:
We Can’t Breathe

Sat Dec 13th | 12:00pm 
Nathan Phillips Square

Once again, another black live is taken state-sanctioned violence. Eric Garner was mercilessly murdered by the NYPD, and a grand jury believes that his death does not even warrant a trial (even with multiple video footage as proof). Join a global movement of Black folks & allies rallying for an end to state-sanctioned violence against Black bodies.

This action will focus on centering and focusing on our local stories of how anti-black violence and police brutalility affect communitites and individuals in Toronto. We invite black folks to share their stories to us on twitter with #AliveWhileBlackTO. Our stories will be the narrative that will capture this entire action. 

More info, detailed list of volunteer and supply needs will coming in the next couple of days. 

This action is coordinated by the Black Lives Matter Toronto Coalition. For more info on the action, please email blacklivesmatterto@gmail.com

Facebook event page.

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If it was easy, I'd quote the despicable, racist statement the STLPA responded with.

 

edited: Sorry Caissa

NDPP

The Nature of Police, the Role of the Left  -  by Peter Gelderloos

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/12/09/the-nature-of-police-the-role-of-...

"...And this is the crux of the issue. The question of self-defense against the police is one that we are not allowed to answer."

Caissa

WTF, RP.  Your comments in #113 are clearly a personal attack and I have notified the mods.  Your comments are despicable. For the record, and I should not have to say it, I support the players who made the protest. I am fuckin' gobsmacked that you would think otherwise.

ETA" Apology accepted, RP.

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#AliveWhileBlack

@JamilahLemieux

#AliveWhileBlackTO

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Millions March NYC (Time Lapse)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iz7hkfNmfTY

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From dec 13 march in NYC against racist police terror. Like our page US Uncut!

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The biggest civil rights march/demo/rally

NYPD estimate was 50-60 Thousand

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Dorchester middle-school students protest 

Students in the upper grades at the Joseph Lee K-8 School in Dorchester held a two-hour Black Lives Matter protest this morning.

Kids who'd brought in permission slips walked from the school to the intersection of Blue Hill and Talbot avenues, where they chanted slogans such as "Hands up! Don't Shoot!" and "What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!"

Several teachers stood with them; three BPD cruisers and officers were parked on Blue Hill Avenue. Many passing motorists honked in support.

Here's a memo that was sent to students:

"We, the students and the staff of the Joseph Lee School are planning a demonstration to support and increase awareness that ALL lives matter, inspired by the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and so many more. We need not only the voices of our youth but the support of the adults to protest against the unjust police brutality, inequality, and racial profiling taking place across the nation as well as right here in our community. We not only want the support from YOU but the support from your family, too. These injustices based on race have been happening our whole lives. If the majority of our society have accepted same sex marriage, why can’t we come together as a community to address racial inequalities?

This demonstration is a serious matter that effects our entire community. Just think, Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown could have been a student at this school ... or could even have been you.

The school has given us permission to not wear school uniforms on the 16th. Please wear all black attire to demonstrate unity. Remember that it is going to be cold!! Dress warm."

http://www.universalhub.com/2014/dorchester-middle-school-students-prote...

Kids from the Joseph Lee School hold protest on Blue Hill Avenue

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In the Struggle Against Police Violence, the Youth Shall Lead

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This new movement is being led by mostly young black women who won’t allow us to forget that black women’s lives matter, too (Columbia University Law professor Kimberle Crenshaw was present with a large banner that featured the pictues and names of black women and girls also killed by police). It is drawing in diverse crowds, including white allies who are not calling for gradual change, but a total end to white supremacy. The people in the street have neck tattoos, are dressed in sagging skinny jeans, and curse loudly (among the more popular chants: “BACK UP, BACK UP, WE WANT FREEDOM, FREEDOM, ALL THESE RACIST ASS COPS, WE DON’T NEED ‘EM, NEED ‘EM!” and “WHO SHUT SHIT DOWN? WE SHUT SHIT DOWN!”). The movement doesn’t look or sound like anything our elders remember (or were taught) about the civil rights era. And that’s OK. We have a new fight. We have to create a new model of resistance.

Everyone has a role to play, and order for a movement to be successful, everyone (young and old) must understand what that role is and not be afraid to shift into a new one when the time for that comes.

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/16/struggle-against-police-vio...

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remember social media fail #myNYPD  ?

CNN thought is would be good idea to ask if their audience had any questions on their show with #AskACop hashtag

it backfired in a spectacularly predictable way

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Some heartening news for a change - thanks for updating this thread with such uplifting backlashes against these oppressive, racist cops and governments.

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Getting Rid of Al Sharpton and the Misleadership Class

“The collaborating Black classes moved quickly to limit Ferguson-related demands to those that were politically palatable to the president.”

Black America enters 2015 on a radically different political trajectory than could have been imagined prior to August 9. When the youth of Ferguson stood up to the militarized police to demand justice for Michael Brown, they challenged not only the legitimacy of the coercive organs of the State, but also the fitness for leadership of the accommodationist Black political class.

Although many of the young activists may not have been aware that they were crossing a kind of Rubicon, the threat that “Ferguson” represented to the post-Sixties order was immediately evident to the Black misleaders that have colluded with the mass incarceration regime for the past two generations. Instinctively drawn to the service of Power, and determined to protect the legacy of the Black icon in the White House, the collaborating Black classes moved quickly to limit Ferguson-related demands to those that were politically palatable to the president, such as body-cameras for cops, and to divert the nascent movement away from confrontation with the State and its police.

It soon became obvious that the Al Sharptons of the community were attempting to isolate the core Ferguson activists and prevent the coalescing of a youth-led national Black movement – especially one that might act in concert with non-Blacks in the remnants of the anti-war and Occupy movements.

The size, political content and momentum of the movement-in-the-making has caused the ground to shift beneath the Black misleaders’ feet. “Black Lives Matter” means all Black lives, not just the privileged minority that was catapulted into leadership by the demise of legal apartheid half a century ago and has pursued its own selfish class interests, ever since. “I Can’t Breathe” is a cry from those whose hopes and dreams have been put on permanent lockdown by a police and penal system that is specially designed to strangle Black liberationist aspirations, yet operates at full throttle in the nominally Black-controlled cities of the nation under the maintenance and protection of Black Democrats....

http://www.blackagendareport.com/node/14577

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Black activist youth – a self-aware cohort that grows larger every day – did not pick a fight with Black elected officials and the “traditional” civil rights organizations. Generally speaking, Black young people want to fight the white powers-that-be, and have little appetite for confrontation with the Black community’s secular and clergy notables. However, Ferguson’s defiance of both the police and local and national Black political pacifiers set the stage for an intra-Black struggle that will likely determine the future of progressive politics in the United States.

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Demanding End to War on Black People, Oakland Protesters Blockade Police Department

Bearing a banner declaring "Black and Breathing," protesters surrounded and temporarily blockaded the Oakland Police Department headquarters on Monday morning while shutting down a nearby freeway entrance to demand "an immediate end to the war on Black people."

"We fight for justice for every single Black life that has passed at the hands of police, but we must also stand up and shut down for the Black and breathing who are at risk of the same fate," said Deirdre Smith, one of the organizers of the action, which was led by the all-black organizations the BlackOut Collective, #BlackBrunch and #BlackLivesMatter.

Chaining themselves together, demonstrators blocked four sets of doors to the Oakland Police Department while approximately 30 black protesters held the space in front of the station. Meanwhile, others shut down a major intersection leading to a freeway close by, causing significant traffic disruption.

At one point, a demonstrator scaled a pole to replace an OPD flag with one memorializing Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, Alex Nieto, Renisha McBride, and Michael Brown—all people of color, almost all of them black, killed by police or vigilante violence. A group of people locked together at the base of the pole to prevent the alternate flag from being taken down....

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/15/demanding-end-war-black-peop...

 

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