Boston vigil in support of #MikeBrown and against police violence (14 Aug 2014). Hundreds in attendance.
Boston vigil in support of #MikeBrown and against police violence (14 Aug 2014). Hundreds in attendance.
got it. will do.
The president sidesteps the role of race in the Michael Brown killing and aftermath.
Last July President Obama addressed the nation about the shameful George Zimmerman verdict delivered in Sanford, Florida. He famously claimed that Trayvon Martin could have been his son and went into detail about how “very few African-American men” could say that they haven’t been racially profiled:
“You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago. And when you think about why, in the African American community at least, there’s a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it’s important to recognize that the African American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away.”
A little over a year later the president addressed the nation about the Ferguson, Missouri, police killing of 18-year-old, unarmed Michael Brown. The remarks stands out for what the second-term president left out. He didn’t once mention race.
This strategy defies logic. Ferguson is not one of those instances where racism exists only in the eyes of the oppressed. Mainstream outlets such as the Washington Post have reported that racism and segregation play a role in Ferguson policing. Race informs the posts of thousands of social media users—including those using the #IfTheyGunnedMeDown hashtag. If that’s not enough, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson announced on Wednesday that “race relations” are now a “top priority” for the department. This year alone we’ve seen the police-involved deaths or attacks on unarmed black people including Eric Garner, John Crawford III, Marlene Pinnock, Ursula Ore and Ezell French. Even the jackasses who accuse people of “playing the race card” would agree that race is a factor in the Brown shooting and its aftermath. And yet we have the First Black President of the United States avoiding even the slightest mention of race and racism when discussing Michael Brown.
Obama made a statement about Ferguson without mentioning the word “racism.” But this is the entire reason why people rebelled in the first place following the police lynching of Michael Brown. This is like talking about the American Civil War without mentioning the word “slavery.”
And there it is.
"Because capitalism is inherently racist, police departments everywhere serve at the behest of corporate sponsored governments — that is, in protective service of white supremacist private corporate power. As an institution police departments operate as state sanctioned gangs employed to uphold the violent, racist hierarchy of capitalism and, whenever possible, to further the monopoly of power where all violence from/by those higher on the hierarchy upon those lower can be legalized and normalized. Any deviation from this narrative, any counterviolence — or even the threat of force — by those lower on the hierarchy upon those higher is met with brutal repression. This is why cops are always present at protests. It is not to “keep the peace.” It is to protect the private property/interests of corporate power, the owners of US government, and to maintain at all times the explicit reminder of America’s power hierarchy, meaning, inevitably, black and brown people’s brutalization above all others. Such will always be the primary function of police no matter who we elect — Democrat or Republican — so long as the cement between private corporate power and government remains un-fractured. Thus we know, all cops may not be racist, but all cops replicate/enforce white supremacist, capitalist oppression."
yeah, i agree with that part of what he said. the part that i quoted was the part that i strongly disagreed with, i.e., “there is no excuse for violence against police.”
i maintain that when police are engaging in oppression and repression, they should be resisted by any means necessary.
#Ferguson #JusticeForMikeBrown #TrayvonMartin #OscarGrant #SeanBell #JordanDavis #EricGarner #Gaza #Palestine #Iraq #Afghanistan #Occupy #Inequality #Poverty #WallStreet #WalMart #Misogyny #Sexism #Capitalism #Revolution
Just saying …
We hold these truths to be self-evident … That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness…. [W]hen a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
- Declaration of Independence, 1776
In conversations about Gaza, I have heard many thoughtful people in the Jewish community lament the loss of Palestinian lives in Gaza but then say, “But Hamas…,” as if that were the heart of the problem. I’d like to suggest that, when we have these conversations about Hamas and Israel’s current bombing campaign, we begin with the necessary context and historical perspective.
Re: The Nakba
1. To create the Jewish state, the Zionist movement destroyed more than 400 Palestinians villages and expelled 700,000 Palestinians from their homes and land. Palestinians who remained in what became Israel were relegated to second-class citizenship, had much of their property confiscated, and, to this day, have fewer rights than Jewish Israeli citizens.
Re: The 1967 Occupation
2. In 1967, Israel occupied the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem and still occupies them until this day.
Re: Settlement expansion; the apartheid wall; and the siege of Gaza
3. Over the past 47 years of occupation, Israel has illegally confiscated more and more Palestinian land; built an apartheid wall; systematically denied Palestinians basic human and civil rights and engaged in state-sponsored violence; and forced the Palestinians in Gaza to live in appalling conditions that make it increasingly impossible to survive. Israel’s latest bombing campaign, Operation Protective Edge, has killed over 1,900 Palestinians, at least 450 of whom are children, and has displaced hundreds of thousands more.
If those of us in the Jewish community who are committed to justice begin from these facts, I think it would become clearer – regardless of who the Palestinian leadership is – that the underlying problem really is the denial of freedom and basic human rights to millions of people, for decades. And, as a community, it should also become clearer where priorities need to be in order to have any integrity on this issue: addressing the Nakba of 1948 and the responsibility for the Nakba head-on – including the right of return for refugees; ending the occupation; ending the siege on Gaza; and recognizing the right to full equality for Palestinian citizens of Israel.
Donna Nevel, a community psychologist and educator, is a long-time organizer for peace and justice in Palestine/Israel. More recently, she is a founding member of Jews Say No!, on the board of Jewish Voice for Peace, and on the coordinating committee of the Nakba Education Project-US.
The militarization of police in Ferguson, Missouri and across the country must be stopped.
"Mike Brown allegedly threw his hands up and yelled "I don’t have a gun! Stop shooting!" but he was shot to death anyway by a yet-to-be-named police officer. Protesters following the event in Ferguson, Missouri are being watched by rooftop snipers. And there are numerous reports of police aiming automatic rifles at people filming the events, and opening fire with rubber bullets on unarmed crowds. This is what the disturbing trend of the militarization of America’s police force looks like.
“This new precedent across the country has one particularly upsetting source: the Pentagon. A federal program called 1033 allows the Department of Defense to distribute hundreds of millions of dollars worth of military equipment to police forces across the country. The chilling motto for this program is “From Warfighter to Crimefighter.”
“From Mike Brown in Ferguson to Eric Garner in New York, police forces are assaulting and killing innocent people, with no accountability. This is unacceptable. Police forces should be protecting us. By militarizing police across the country through the 1033 program, the Pentagon is encouraging local police forces to feel as if they are going into battle — with a clear enemy and a shoot-to-kill mentality. This national militarization of police must be stopped immediately. Sign the petition to demand that the Department of Defense dissolve the 1033 program and hold all police officers involved in brutality accountable.”
"WHEN MANY thousands of innocent civilians are faced with the danger of being wiped out, and we have the capacity to do something about it, we will take action."
Those were the words of Barack Obama speaking on August 7 to justify air strikes in Iraq. The statement was characteristic of the rhetoric always rolled out to defend U.S. military intervention—a self-serving story about America’s noble commitment to human rights, the liberation of the oppressed, the goals of freedom and democracy.
This time, though, Obama voiced them after the world had watched in horror for a full month as the U.S.-supplied Israel Defense Forces attacked “many thousands of innocent civilians” in Gaza.
Day after day, the "world’s most moral military" pounded one of the most densely populated places on Earth. Israel’s “precision” strikes leveled whole neighborhoods, murdered civilians as they fled and destroyed Gaza’s energy and water treatment infrastructure. UN shelters struggled to help the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who had been told to flee their homes because their neighborhoods were about to be bombed. Then the shelters where they sought safety were bombed.
The people of Gaza have certainly been “faced with the danger of being wiped out” since Israel launched the latest stage of its colonial war on Palestine. So what “action” did Barack Obama and the U.S. government take?
In the midst of Israel’s war-crimes spree, Obama gave Israel special permission to tap into a U.S. reserve of mortars, grenades and other munitions warehoused on Israeli territory to deal with “emergent” crises.
Most of the media reporting about the U.S. warplane and drone strikes in Iraq emphasizes the administration’s claim that it is protecting the Yazidi religious minority, thousands of whom are stranded on Mount Sinjar and surrounded by hostile fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a radical Sunni fundamentalist insurgency. Actually, most of the U.S. air strikes have taken place more than 100 miles away, where ISIS fighters are threatening Erbil, the capital of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, a crucial part of U.S. imperial hopes of maintaining some influence over Iraq’s future.
But even if you focus only on the attacks around Mount Sinjar, Washington has proven over many long years that its main concerns are its own interests. “The United States of America has no claim on the language of ‘humanitarian aid’ to Iraq after what it did to that country,” wrote Middle East expert Juan Cole wrote. “It is rather as though Washington should send Meals Ready to Eat [provided by the U.S. Army to soldiers in the field] to the good people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”
In the end, the main difference between the Palestinians and the Yazidis is that one group is being bombed by a U.S. ally and the other group is being menaced by a U.S. enemy. In both cases, the U.S. Empire couldn’t care less about the people enduring the nightmare of war—whether it shrugs them off as “collateral damage” or champions them as “innocent civilians.”
The real aim of the Obama administration is to maintain U.S. domination of the Middle East and control over the oil that lies under the ground—what was once described by the U.S. State Department as “a stupendous source of strategic power and one of the greatest material prizes in world history.” …
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has opened an investigation into one of their own troopers over allegations that he raped a woman during a traffic stop.
When he began asking inappropriate sexual questions, the woman “began to fear for her safety.”
A few days after the adult film actress allegedly suffered a brutal beating at the hands of her MMA fighter ex-boyfriend, the victim blaming has already begun.
… We wouldn’t blame a stuntman, after all, for getting hit by a car in real life just because he sometimes gets hit by a car during work hours. But because Mack works as a visible icon in a sexualized industry that many perceive as inherently immoral, Mack will have to be defended in the coming weeks from those who would chalk up her abuse to “bad life choices.”
Every 36 hours, a black person is summarily executed by law enforcement or vigilantes in the United States. Now that people are struggling against it, all we hear about is riots. If you care more for property than the lives of people of color, you are part of the problem. #Ferguson #MikeBrown
“Lawanda Wallace, 40, got closer than anyone else to the stone-faced officers and accused them of racism. “It’s just the same as 40 years ago,” said Wallace. “When white people do it, it’s an honest uprising; when black folks do it, it’s rioting and looting.”“
Man is said to be in critical condition in hospital after fresh demonstrations over police shooting of Michael Brown, 18