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Your Thoughts On Black Lives Matter

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And even in the midst of when that Google page rank update still wants to send me in search of a fifth full time job for when that get rich internet quick does not get rich internet quick, and it seems as if the world around me could be going to hell in a hand basket,  I still find myself blaghing on this blagh and my other blog in an attempt to maintain web 2.0 social media user generated content whenever blaghers block possible.
And on this day finds itself as Occupy Wall Street Day one thousand and something, I think.  And Occupy Wall Street and that all things police brutality and beyond movements Black Lives Matter are still moving fast.  And so that Black Lives Matter Art Show at Chashama has come to pass that I blogged about a few weeks ago on my other blog.  And so I thought to post some of those “Your Thoughts On Black Lives Matter” comments that were written on those banners to be found at that Chashama space, for when the prevailing thought seems to be All Lives Matter, followed by the color of ones skin with a few quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King thrown in as follows:

1.  My Life Matters
2.  Listen, do you want to know a secret?  All Lives Matter.  Stop the hate.
3.  (in response to #2), yet this totally disarms #blacklivesmatter and continues the hate.  Ironic.
4.  Let’s be clear.  Black llives have always mattered.  What the Black Lives Matter is saying is that black lives in the judicial system are not being recognized as life lost.  Legally we stopped being property less than 200 years ago.  So since we are free black & magical – are we less protected by law because we are no longer property. Black Lives Matter is all you ever need to know.  #______ my life matters.
5.  If we don’t get justice they wont get no peace.
6.  Love your blackness.
7.  I love black people
8.  We are one.  No one is different.  All the same.  Same love.
9.  Fight the good fight.
10.  Keep fighting.  Keep loving.  Freedom is the soul of equality.  Do not rest until we are all equal.
11.  The people united will never be defeated.
12.  You are my brother.  You are my sister.
13.  Jesus Loves Black Lives.
14.  Focus on the progress.  Not hate.  Otherwise they win.
15.  It’s so sad that even in 2016 we are still living in a white supremacist capitalist colonial patriarchy where people of color are routinely silenced and murdered.
16.  A white male police officer told Karyn Gains “I can’t believe you’re raising your kids this way”, meaning raising them to defend themselves and resist police violence.  5 months later, she was murdered in her home and her son was shot by police.  When will we stop blaming people of color for their own victimization under white supremacy.
17.  We are a billion cells of pure knowing.
18.  Black Lives Matter
19.  All Lives Matter (in response to #18).
20.  Together we can
21.  Jesus
22.  No God.  No Peace.  Know God.  Know Peace.
23.  There’s history, power & strength of my skin color.  Always love your black in all ways.
24.  Step the fuck up white people.
25.  My life does matter and my skin is beautiful and important.
26.  My skin color is beautiful.
27.  Black is beautiful.
28.  Silence is not an option, but listening is just as important.
29.  Race is a social constraint that we reaffirm everyday.  It is in out power to change the status quo.  Love is love is love.
30.  The color of my skin does ot make me inferior.  It makes me beautiful.
31.  We all feel and feelings have no color.
32.  The skin i’m in is beautiful, bold, black.
33.  All people of color should be treated fairly.
34.  Color is just a refraction of lights, length received by our eyes, what should count is what’s in our souls.
35.  Black Love Matter
36.  Every place where you set your foot will be yours. – Deut 11:24
37.  A 5 year old child understands this you would think all adults would.
38.  If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.
39.  The character of a man is now where he stands in times of peace, but where he stands in times of strife & turmoil.  Where do you stand?
40.  Under skin we all bleed red.
41.  Jesus is love.  Dwell on this notion!
42.  Skittles + hoodie = armed + dangerous.  R.I.P Trayvon
43.  Inequality is a historical & social product of society, classified by color.  It is out moral obligation to keep fighting until we truly reach equality & justice.  A revolution has to happen now.  Keep fighting.
44.  We are people.  We have families.  We exist.
45.  Let’s keep the fight against injustice.
46.  our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. MLK Jr.
47.  Be kind to yourself, and others! racism.
48.  Just like black is the combination of all colors of the spectrum.  So are black lives.  So when we say black lives matter we are saying black trans, black gay, black women, black children, black men, my black is all of that.
49.  “March through the streets”.  I’m willing and I’m able.  Categorize me and I defy every label.  #blackgirlmagic, #carefreeblackgirl, #blacklivesmatter
50.  Fight the power! Transform the people for revolution.
51.  #Hands Up Don’t Shoot!
52.  Let us remember that Dr. King was hated by the government.  Be flexible.
53.  ONE LOVE
54.  Change!
55.  Justice
56.  It’s not about the color, its the character.
57.  1 world, 1 race, 1 life, 1 death, 1 eternity.
58.  500 years later and we’re still trying to make this point?!  We need to come together and heal now.  Educate about the true history.  Share stories.  Work for change.
59.  All lives can’t matter until black lives matter.
60.  Petty crimes = death penalty.
61.  Stop racist police.
62.  “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice anywhere”. – MLK Jr. #blacklivesmatter
63.  #Latinx4blm
64.  We all belong
65.  (In response to #1) All lives can’t matter until black lives matter
66.  The voices of the oppressed matter most.  If you are white you don’t have the authority to speak over black people regarding black issues.
67.  Another white anti – racist for black lives matter
68.  #peace
69.  (In response to #1) true but right now we are talking about black lives
70.  We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. – Letter from Birmingham.  MLK JR.
71.  Today it might be me, tomorrow it might be you! Think about it.
73.  CHANGE!
74.  The struggle continues
75.  Once upon a time there was my grandfather.  Today he is alive in my heart.  An african descent slave
76.  Look at me, not my skin color
77.  F*ck cops
78.  Love always
79.  In a country run by bigotry + racism the black lives matter movement has succeeded in bringing the people of color together to educate those who wish to be enlightened and to promote the love between all people of color we must all love one another.
80.  Read your history.  3/5 of a human being.  U.S. Constitution!
81.  It’s the content of your character, not the color of your skin.  God bless my brothers & sisters of color.  I stand with you.
82.  Out of many we are one.
83.  You are my brother you are my sister.  God intended us to treat each other as such.
84.  There’s no color between people.  We all human
85.  I can’t breathe.  BLACK LIVES MATTER

And I am not sure if there are any other words to say about this art show except to say thank you Chashama for giving me that opportunity to take the artwork out the closet to say #blacklivesmatter, Black Lives Matter.  And what, if anything, does this have to do with a No Police State.  Occupy Art.  Occupy Wall Street Worldwide. 

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Occupy This Event

Hey again bloggers or whoever could be reading this blagh. And besides those political conventions that seem to be in the headline news these days, a whole lot of other events seem to be going on. And I know that a whole lot of other events are going on, specifically in that city of New York because all of those Facebook events and email announcements that find their way into my inbox says so. And on this day finds itself as Occupy Wall Street Day 356, a week or so away from the #S17 anniversary of that global revolution. And Occupy Wall Street is still moving fast. And so in my social media web 2.0 user generated content attempt to maintain content for this blagh and my other blog whenever blaghers block possible, some of those events are as follows because hey, it’s less writing sometimes, I think.

Commemorate 9/11/01 Concert: Sunday, September 9th, 2012, 2:00pm. Wombat In Combat, Comrades, Alien, Mans Gin, Atruth, Carla Npsg, David Peel. Tompkins Square Park, 7th Street Ave A, New York, New York. And from what I Carla Npsg blogger know for this event, more bands and speakers to be announced. And I think the title of that event and the history of that park speaks for itself.

Go: a community-curated open studio project : On September 8–9, 2012, from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, artists across Brooklyn will open their studio doors, so that you can decide who will be featured in an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. And I just know #gobrooklynart is happening this weekend because I have received what seems like a million come look at my art in my studio emails and announcements from what seems like a bazillion different artists in a million different locations who will be showing their artwork as part of this event.

Spectra Showdown: And in case you haven’t heard, some big oil company is looking to blow up the ground in New York and New Jersey to run a fracked pipeline through it, or something like that. Frack is wack.

Thursday, September 6th at 8:30am until December 31 at 10:00am

Upcoming Calendar of Events!

#S6
TWO RALLIES
MORNING & EVENING

Join Us for an Early Morning Show of Non Violent Resistance to Spectra Pipeline Construction THURSDAY from 8:30- 11am
Expect Hijinks!
Evening Rally starts at 6pm
We will take it to the streets to Make Some Noise Against the Machines of Death
Meet at Gansevoort and Hudson River Parkway!

#S9
Sunday Afternoon Picnic Blockade Training and Teach In at the Kids Playground to the left of the Spectra Construction Site. Gansevoort and Hudson River.
Look for the Playground Pier. And the banners.
located left to the disturbing new man made island barge.
Come out! Bring Your Kids
Times Up! Bike Riders will arrive at 3:30
Picnic starts at 3pm
Bring your favorite dish!

#S15
Occupy Town Square in Washington Square Park.
Come check it out! Stop by and say hi at our table!
11 am – 5pm

#S16
Blast Perimeter Parade! Meet Up at 10am at Gansevoort and Hudson River Greenway as we march the potential blast zone, marking it with our presence. Guitarmy, OWS Puppet Guild and others will be joining us as we parade the blast zone. We will then make our way down to Foley Square for the Occupy Wall Street one year anniversary concert. Join Us!

#S17
Polar Bears on Bikes! Eco Blockade at the Museum of the American Indian! Stay tuned for details!

#S18
TUESDAY Morning FLASH MOB!
BIG ACTION DAY AT SPECTRA
ALL HANDS ON DECK
for a visual uprising!
10 am
Gansevoort & Hudson River.
we will rise up
against Fracking

WHAT WE ARE FIGHTING FOR:

The right of all NYC citizens to be free from a radioactive pipeline coming into our city and into our homes with our cooking & heating fuel.

Texas Gas vs. the People of NYC

Spectra, you’ve been warned. Get out of Town, We don’t like your kind around here.

They’ve been laying the infrastructure and groundwork to move in. They’ll be importing hydro-fractured gas (using this most toxic type of extraction method) into the West Village, thereby creating more demand for this gas, thereby creating more hydro-fractured sites across the country, including our very own upstate New York and Catskills, and thereby endangering our water supply. It looks definite that Spectra will break ground next week.
We are going to prepare ourselves to shut them down on arrival. It’s Showdown time! Put on your toughest Clint Eastwood face, bring your signs, noisemakers, snacks, puppets, instruments, songs, chants and prepare to tell the dirty extraction industry, “Go ahead. Make my day.”

Wear a costume! Bring a sign, an instrument, anything to help spread the word to the people most affected by this, the residents of the NYC and NJ.

WHAT:
The “New Jersey-New York Expansion Project” is a proposed high-pressure gas pipeline, varying in diameter from 42-30″ and slated to travel up the New Jersey shoreline, through the edge of Staten Island, under Jersey City and across the Hudson River, entering Manhattan at the Gansevoort Peninsula in the West Village. It is known more commonly by the name of its builder’s parent company, Spectra Energy.

WHY:
We must take a stand to defend our communities; upstate, NYC, New Jersey, all places where hydro-fracking rears its ugly head. The gas industry thinks they can sneak in and set up shop in NY and we’ll just lie there and take it while they destroy our farmland, water and air quality, expose our homes to radon and put us in a blast zone. They’re dead wrong.
Monday night we follow in the footsteps of our brave climate justice comrades and we fight back. Please join us.

WHERE:
Gansevoort and Hudson River Greenway – You can cross over the West Side Highway at 14th St., at Horatio St. or at W.12th St. to get to the Greenway. Look for the Department of Sanitation Building, and adjacent to this is a HUGE crane. This is the site. This is Spectra Energy.

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Fun Fact: Spectra Energy is excluded from regulations of the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts.

Fun Fact: Radon Gas, according to the Surgeon General, is the 2nd leading cause of Lung Cancer in the nation today.

Radon Gas is what they want to pipe into your home via your cooking and heating gas. Thanks, but no thanks!!

Location is at the end of Gansevoort St and Hudson River Greenway.

for more information on Spectra Pipeline and others planned for NYC and upstate NY, please visit this website:
http://saneenergyproject.org/

Donate to the War Chest to fight this in Court:
http://saneenergyproject.org/action-alerts/

Tell the Texas Gas Men to Frack Off!

And the list of events goes on and on…. Occupy Wall Street Worldwide.

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An Occupy Wall Street Art Event

Hey again bloggers or whoever could be reading this blog. And in case you have been stuck in the stone age or hiding out underneath one of those rocks, you may have heard by now that on this day finds itself as Occupy Wall Street Day 166. And as far as I blagher know, Occupy Wall Street and that global revolution of a movement Occupy Together are still moving fast. And so somehow I came across this LOW LIVES: OCCUPY! Facebook event throughout my internet travels on this day. And this Occupy With Art event seems to be one of many, seemingly a bazillion and beyond occupy events that are happening each day in that occupy wall street worldwide movement. And that Facebook event invite reads something like:

LOW LIVES: OCCUPY!
Event Date: Saturday, March 3, 2012
Event Time: 6:00 – 10:00 pm (EST)
Stop by any time between 6:00 – 10:00 PM
Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics , New York University – 20 Cooper Square, Fifth Floor (and online)

Low Lives has partnered with Occupy with Art and The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics to present “Low Lives: Occupy! a unique one-night-only program of live performance art, happenings, and public actions, simulcast to presenting host venues around the world. Low Lives: Occupy! partner Mark Read of the 99% Bat Signal / The Illuminator, will contribute a special projection and performance in conjunction with Low Lives: Occupy! in New York City…..

and there is also a

Call to Create! Public Art in City Streets, May 1 that OWS May Day Arts plans to have. And that Facebook event invite reads something like:

Call to Create! Public Art in City Streets, May 1
Tuesday, May 1, 2012. 9am until 11pm.

WHAT

Participate in massive, simultaneous public displays of art all over New York City and around the world on May 1, 2012.

On May 1st, Occupy Wall Street and our partners in the May 1st coalition and labor unions will bring tens of thousands of people into the streets to participate in a celebration of a better world. Performances and displays of public art will create a living, moving exhibition that will converge in three places at three different times during the day.

WHY

Create the world you want to see. On May 1st, we want to put the beautiful potential of that world on display, to encourage and excite others to work towards a new future.

HOW

Submit your idea, and we will help you make it happen. Or, if you don’t need our help, please, go ahead, just do it.
http://www.calltocreate.tumblr.com/submit

We want to make this process as reciprocal as possible. If you have an art project ready to go, whether it is two-dimensional art, a performance or musical piece waiting for a public venue or audience, we would love to help you début it in the streets on May 1st. If you need supplies, space, special skills, printing, or volunteers for your project, we will work to help you find those resources. Please be specific when asking for help and resources. What do you need? How much? When?

WHO

You. We need you.

Right now: Spread the word, in every way you can. Help us open minds to new possibilities. Forward this call to create.
For May 1st: Dream something big and bring it to the world. We will help.
On May 1st: Show up. Celebrate with us.

Occupy Art Worldwide.
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An Occupy Hoboken Art Show




Hey again bloggers, or whoever could be reading this blog. And today finds itself as Occupy Wall Street Day 129. And Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Together are still moving fast. And there will be an Occupy Hoboken Art Show to be found in that city of Hoboken that is to be found in that state of New Jersey that is to be found across the river from that city of New York, January 30th – March 17th. And I know that there will be an Occupy Hoboken Art Show in that city of Hoboken because this Occupy Hoboken Art Show Facebook event invite and all of those artworks that I am trying to make for this Occupy Hoboken Art Show and also that flyer that finds itself posted above says so, I think. And that facebook event invite reads something like:

Greetings all’

I will have a solo show of my artwork, paintings and mixed media assemblage, January 30th – March 17th @ Sovereign Bank, 86 River Street, in Hoboken, New Jersey, one block from the Hoboken PATH station if you happen to be in the neighborhood. This exhibition is inspired by the Occupy Wall Street protests and sponsored by Hob’ Art Cooperative Gallery. Hope to see you there. Occupy Art Worldwide.

Opening Reception with refreshments: February 2, 2012 (5-6pm)

There will also be a hob – art’s “Celebration” Exhibit

This will be the first show at their new gallery: This event will be a group show of Celebratory work in honor of the new space.

OPENING RECEPTION: February 10, 2012 hours: 6 – 8 p.m
CLOSING/CLOSING RECEPTION: February 25, 2012 hours: 5 – 8 pm

The gallery is located at E 208 at 720 Monroe Street, Hoboken, NJ. (2nd floor just a short walk from the 9th Street Station elevator)

Come out and celebrate with us.

http://hob-art.com/

Have a great Occupy Art day and more.

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An Occupy Wall Street Drum Circle




Hey yet again bloggers or whoever could be reading this blagh. And on this day finds itself as Occupy Wall Street Day 67. And Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Together are still moving fast. And there was an Occupy Wall Street drum circle in that city of New York a couple of days ago. And I know there was a OCCUPY BLOOMBERG’S MANSION DRUM CIRCLE PROTEST / ANTI-DICTATOR ART SHOW drum circle near that Central Park the other day because this facebook event invite and all of these OWS Protesters Bring Drum Circle To Mayor’s Home news articles says so. And that Mayor Bloomberg’s Assistant: EPIC FAIL YouTube video that finds itself posted above, well that just seems to Mayor Bloomberg’s Assistant: EPIC FAIL drum circle performance art speak for itself. And that Occupy Wall Street drum circle near Mayor Bloomberg’s house YouTube video that also finds itself posted above, well it just seems to Occupy Wall Street drum circle near Mayor Bloomberg’s house rock. And so that Facebook event invite read something like “OCCUPY BLOOMBERG’S MANSION DRUM CIRCLE PROTEST / ANTI-DICTATOR ART SHOW. November 20 at 2:00pm until November 21 at 2:00pm. SHOW UP/ARRIVE AT 17 EAST 79 STREET AT 2PM TODAY!
BRING DRUMS AND OTHER MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS AND FOOD SLEEPING BAGS BANNERS ART AND ART SUPPLIES / LET’S OCCUPY THE PARK AT 79ST AND HAVE A LOVE-IN AND SERENADE MAYOR MIKE.” We are the 99%. No one is free when others are oppressed. Is another world possible. 2012. An awakening. A Time for change. Occupy wall street drum circles worldwide. And what, if anything, does this have to do with a No Police State.
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PROTEST! Art Exhibition

And so I came across this posting from another one of those blogs that finds itself in internetland…

And being that the title of this blog finds itself called Occupy Art that seemingly wants to support those Occupy Wall Street protests with all things Occupy Wall Street art, it seems fitting to mention on this blog that Theater for the New City will be having a “PROTEST!” art show, in addition, or at the same time, or before, or during our Occupy Art Show at Theater for the New City November 12th also. And we would like to invite you to view the “PROTEST!” art exhibition while you are at the Theater for the New City during the Occupy Art Show also. And that announcement for the “PROTEST!” art exhibition reads as follows:

Theater for the New City, Crystal Field, Executive Director, presents “PROTEST!” a visual arts exhibit curated by Carolyn Ratcliffe featuring the works of Artists:

Amy Cohen Banker , David Barish, Elliot Berke, Lois Carlo , Kathy Creutzburg, Carla Cubit, Dennis Edge, Lauren Edmond, Haim Elisha, Galante, Alan Gastelum, Susann Ferris-Jones, Randy Jones, Hieke Kerbs, Charles Krezell, Kathleen McDermott, Jerry Pagane, Carolyn Ratcliffe, Mike Rimbaud, Gene Reynolds, Bonnie Rosenstock, Morena Saenz, Suki Weston, Suzanne Wilde, Laura Zelasnic

The exhibit explores concepts and issues of Protest! in painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media and text. Demonstrations have spread across the globe as people demand changes – a refusal to accept the status quo of dictatorships, corporate greed and laying waste to the environment. Join us for our

Opening Reception: Wednesday, November 9th, 5:30-8pm

Dates: November 3-December 31, 2011

Gallery: M-S. 4-8 PM, Sun. 3-5pm (& is wheelchair accessible)

Address: 155 First Ave, New York, NY 10003

Public Transportation: Bus-M 8 &15; Subway: R, 6, F, & L

This program is made possible in part by public funds from The NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the New York City Council-(Many thanks to Rosie Mendez, NYC Councilperson)

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"Occupy Art" Show At Theater For The New City




Hey again Bloggers, or whoever could be reading this blog. And an Occupy Art Show at Theater for the New City is happening on November 12th in that neighborhood of the Lower East Side now called the East Village for real estate marketing purposes maybe, to be found in that city of New York to be found in that country of North America. And that “Occupy Art” Show at Theater For The New City is happening on a date so far away as I blah blog this post, that I can’t even think that far, I think, sometimes, maybe. Though that event seems to be happening amongst a seemingly bazillion other Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Together events. And in case you have been stuck in the stone age or under one of those rocks and haven’t heard of Occupy Wall Street by now, the description of that movement or revolution reads something like “All day occupation (possibly longer) of Wall Street to oppose in numbers the corruption, financial treachery, oligarchy, and forced debts imposed on us by an irresponsible and unapproachable Wall Street (world financial center) sister protests may also take place in similar California Financial Centers if enough interest is shown. This is a peaceful protest and violence will not be tolerated.” And also another Occupy Wall Street Facebook event that reads something like “The Occupation Has Begun. Join us at Zuccotti Park (Liberty St & Trinity Place) in NYC beginning on September 17, we want to see 20,000 people flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months. Once there, we shall incessantly repeat one simple demand in a plurality of voices”. And those Occupy Art photos that I posted above, well they just seem to Occupy Wall Street Occupy Art speak for themselves. And so that Occupy Art or is it Occupy Art NYC post that I came across reads something like:

We will have an art, performance and exhibition pop up party called ” Occupy Art” to be held at Theater For The New City on Saturday, November 12th from 4 pm on.
This event is inspired by the Occupy Wall Street protests. We are looking for art, performance and video to install during the event.

Please come join us to continue the discussion in a variety of media: performance, painting, sculpture, drawing, graffiti, etc.

4pm – Artists Reception
6pm – Performances
8pm – Open Mike

Speakers
John Penley

Dance
Jessica Danse, Allison Jones

Video Projectionist
Brent Felker – “the 99”

Slide Show/Documentary Video
Duke and Dutchess Creation
Cynthia De Moss, vocals

Short Film and Photography
Anne Hanavan

Poetry Slam
James C. Matthews

Participating artists include:
Galinsky, Duke and Dutchess Creations, Hip Hop USA artists and MCs, Scott-Free, Lisa Moira, Richard West, Cheryl Parry, Layla Merritt, live visual art by Marthalicia Matarrita, Darryl LaVare, Chris Lee aka Shadow, James Top grafitti art, Duke Nine and more tba..

Participating musicians include:
Welf Dorr from Underground Horns, No Police State Girl, Meg Montgomery, more tba…

email occupyart@juno.com
http://occupyart.blogspot.com/
http://theaterforthenewcity.net/
http://www.facebook.com/occupy.art.nyc

I am/we are the ninety nine percent. Have a great Occupy Art, Occupy Art NYC, Occupy Art Worldwide day.

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