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It’s been a while since I signed into this blog in an attempt to maintain web 2.0 user generated content for this blog and my other blagh whenever blagheers block possible, And during what seems like an end of the world panicdemic or at least an end of the world as we know it panicdemic  going on at the moment, I thought to post a few photos and videos seen in my attempt to vend black lives matter necklaces, magnets, key chains and pins for $2 each and Black Lives Matter tote bags somewhere in between Union Square Park and Washington Square Park in the New York City area the past few months or so.

 
And it was seen while vending Black Lives Matter jewelry at Union Square Park during the Union Square Greenmarket, or Union square Farmers Market, Underground Horns were busking near that Union Square subway entrance on this day.
 
And then it was seen again that Underground Horns were busking again at Union Square Park during that Union Square Farmers Market near that Gandhi statue. and there was also an anti vaccine rally there on this day.
 
And there was a World Wide Rally For Freedom, World Wide Demonstration & Stop Asian Hate March on one of these attempt to vend in the park days also. And that World wide rally for freedom- March 20 2021 event invite read something like:
 
World Wide Rally For Freedom

World Wide Demonstration March 20, 2021 We stand together as one big family on March 20, 2021 ❤️ For freedom & human rights ❗️ #wewillALLbethere T.me/worldwidedemonstration #worldwidedemonstration #freiebuergerkassel #wwd #wewillALLbethere #wirwerdenALLEdasein“.

 
And according to their Facebook page, there is another World Wide Demonstration 2.0 May 15th, with text that reads like:
 
World Wide Demonstration 2.0
We will do it again!
Side by side – for Freedom & Human rights!
You will find all the details of the protests soon on our Website, on Telegram, Instagram or Facebook!
 
And lo and behold, I came across underground horns busking in that park yet again, and this time it was at Washington Square Park. And so I took A walk around Washington Square Park with Underground Horns brass band on this day. 
And there was also a Justice For Jamarion Robinson memorial and rally on this day at Washington Square Park and there was also a Times Square Takeover to stop asian hate in Times Square this past weekend , which I guess brings me to this current date of today in the photos and videos that find themselves posted above.
 
underground horns is a 6 piece brass band playing afro funk bhangra new orleans latin grooves and beyond. Bring your dancing shoes if you happen to run across them. #blacklivesmatter
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The Union Square Holiday Market Is Closed

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The Union Square Holiday Market isn’t open in New York City this year. And this blog post isn’t really about anything other than that the Union Square Holiday Market is cancelled this year, I guess because of these crazy and historical times we are living in. And Bryant Park Holiday Market is open this year, though Columbus Circle Holiday Market is cancelled, yet the Union Square Greenmarket, Farmers Market is open on this day as I attempt to display those Black Lives Matter banners and vend those Black Lives Matter, S#!t Just Got Real, Not My President, Occupy Wall Street, No Police State, Yoga, Brooklyn, Union Square Park and I Love New York necklaces, magnets, key chains and pins for $2 each at Union Square Park this past weekend.  And what the logic of these panicdemic restrictions are, I am not exactly sure, as one of those photos posted above has a sign in it that says “Stay home, stop the spread”, right next to a sign that says “Come out to the market”  @grownyc. And these photos and videos that find themselves posted above are what a canceled Union Square Holiday Market looks like, or at least part of what a cancelled Union Square Holiday Market looks like on a Union Square Farmers Market day.  Have a great New York City holiday day and more, if possible, during these crazy and historical times we are living in

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Underground Horns After A Halloween In Tompkins Square Park!

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Underground Horns were playing at Tompkins Square Park this past Halloween weekend. Well, not exactly, as they were busking across the street at St Marks Place.

And it was earlier that day that I had said to myself that I had take photos with that camera at that event burnout on that day that I attempted to vend those Black Lives Matter necklaces, magnets, key chains & pins and Black Lives Matter hats at Halloween in Tompkins Square Park! And instead of taking a bunch of photos with that camera that I did not take to that event, instead, it became take a bunch of random photos with that cell phone that I took to this event. And after that Halloween in Tompkins Square Park! ended, and Seth’s slideshow began, it became a Halloween night that I ran into Underground Horns who were playing on St Mark’s Place, only to read on Facebook later that there was also a dance bus parked on Avenue A, Hungry March Band played, and there was a dance party and bike parade later that Halloween night in Tompkins Square Park. 

And Shows in Tompkins Square Park Facebook event invite reads like:

With the exception of a few brave creative souls who have set up independently, we’ve all been robbed of shows in the park this year. So, on Halloween, we are putting on the biggest one of them all, as our final show for 2020.

In addition to the following performers, we will have political speakers, info tables, publications and arts + crafts created by community members:

> PINC LOUDS
> B.B. YTK
> M. LAMAR
> EDDIE BAKER
> RUCKUS INTERRUPTUS
> THE CARVELS NYC
> SOUL CAKE
> WICKED EXORCIST RITUAL
> THE VOLUPTUOUS HORROR OF KAREN BLACK

Following the show, WW3 ILLUSTRATED co-founder and artist Seth Tobocman will present slides of his anti-Trump comics, with the help of musicians Eric Blitz and John Wagner. Michelle Shocked will perform her blues lament, Graffiti Limbo, honoring the life of Michael Stewart, a young artist who died in police custody in 1983. There were no charges for the murder. R. Sikoryak will read and show images of The Bill of Rights and selected Amendments, from his new graphic novel, Constitution Illustrated.

The fun begins at 1:00pm SHARP!

[Stay tuned here for more details]

If only every day were Halloween then we would be free to be who we want to be.  And as I type this blagh post a few days later after Halloween has passed,  New York City is boarded up again and Luxury retailers are ‘planning for the worst’ on Election Day in anticipation of riots and looting — no matter the result. Have a great Blogger day, if possible, during these crazy and historical times we are living in. #blacklivesmatter

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Mass March to Defund NYPD, Tax the Rich & Stop the Layoffs!

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Mass March to Defund NYPD, Tax the Rich & Stop the Layoffs! Those are the words that I saw for the title of that Facebook event invite when I looked to see why there seemed to be like ten different protests going on at once at Washington Square Park this past weekend, and that’s not including the Women’s March that was there this past weekend also as I attempted to vend those Black Lives Matter, Not My President, Occupy Wall Street, No Police State, Yoga, Tompkins Square Park, Union Square Park, Washington Square Park, Brooklyn and I Love New York necklaces, magnets, key chains and pins for $2 each at Washington Square Park this past weekend. Batala was drumming there and The People’s Bodega had some really good food there also.

And the Facebook event invite for the Mass March to Defund NYPD, Tax the Rich & Stop the Layoffs! read like:

RSVP HERE: https://actionnetwork.org/events/mass-march-to-defund-the-nypd-tax-the-rich-and-stop-the-layoffs

At the end of June the NYC City Council passed a budget which Mayor DeBlasio and Speaker Corey Johnson claimed Defunded the NYPD in response to the demand raised by protestors and those encamped at City Hall. This claim was a blatant lie as not a single NYPD officer faces a job loss. To add insult to injury, the budget leaves 22,000 city workers at risk of losing their jobs in the midst of crises of unemployment, economic decline and COVID-19. Thus far, the state legislature and Governor Cuomo have refused to pass legislation to Tax the Rich & Wall Street to fill the budget gap. Meanwhile President Trump threatens to withhold funds from NYC and has designated us an “Anarchist Jurisdiction.” In the spirit of resistance which drove this summer’s protests towards justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others murdered by the police, a coalition of the city’s labor and community activists invite the people, and all other social justice organizations to join us in turn in out as many NYers as possible. See you on the streets!

Link to sign-up for updates to come!

Flyer credit: @whenthisallblowsover

And there were like 32 hosts for this event invite, including, NYC Covid Coalition, Black Trans Nation, Revolting Lesbians, Crown Heights Tenant Union, PRESS NYC Parents for Responsive Equitable Safe Schools, Moms United for Black Lives NYC, Black Lives Matter Brooklyn, Met Council on Housing, NYC for Abortion Rights, Teachers Unite, Queens DSA, NYC DSA Labor Branch, Bronx, Uppen Manhattan DSA, Red Bloom: A Communist Collective, Freedom Socialists Party – NYC, Labor for Palestine, North Brooklyn DSA, Sunrise NYC, People’s Strike: Fighting for our Lives, Forging Our Future, MORE UFT, Crown Heights Service Industry Workers, North Bronx Racial Justice, Central Brooklyn DSA, Parents Supporting Parents NY INC, NYC Democratic Socialists of America, Socialist Alternative NYC, DC 37 Progressives, Rank and File Action, NYC Fight for Our Lives Coalition, DSA AfroSocialists and Socialists of Color Caucus, Local 100 Fightback and NYC DSA Racial Justice Working Group.

And that banner that I think it was Rise and Resist held up in front of the Washington Square Park arch that said “DEMOCRACY DIES IN A POLICE STATE” was really cool. And it seems to have been a weekend of demonstrations and protests.

Black Lives Matter. Occupy Wall Street Worldwide. And what, if anything, does this have to do with a No Police State.  Have a great New York City protest day and more, if possible, during these crazy and historical times we are living in.

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Kansas City Missouri. Black Lives Matter

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And I have been to Kansas City before throughout my travels here on planet earth.  And this time it was for a funeral that I visited that 8-Square-Mile “Murder Factory” zip code of 64130 that I saw the People’s City at Occupy City Hall Kansas City from the bus from the airport that I find myself blogging about.  And in the midst of a panicdemic and going to that funeral and listening to His Eye Is On The Sparrow and Stairway to Heaven at the service, it was also an attempt to vend those Black Lives Matter necklaces, magnets, key chains & pins and display those your thoughts on black lives matter banners at J.C. Nichols Fountain .  There has been protests at the Country Club Plaza to rename Kansas City’s J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain. J.C. Nichols use of “restrictive covenants”—barring African-Americans from buying or renting homes in his subdivisions are to blame for the stark segregation and racial divides that still exist throughout the metro.  

And everyone was at the Kansas City Chiefs game, a drum circle was going on,  a barbecue was later and a Blue Lives Matter rally was on the way that day at Occupy City Hall Kansas City.  The great reset, new world order temperature checks required for entry. And the flyer that I picked up from The People’s City reception table read:

“KC: The city of killer cops

The people demand justice

Why we’re occupying city hall

On September 30th, Deja Stallings, at nine months pregnant, was assaulted by KCPD, the video that surfaced is one in a long line of brutal police attacks on black and brown people in Kansas City

We are occupying because we have had enough. Deja’s case is not an isolated event; black women like Deja are some of the most marginalized and endangered people in our society and shouldn’t have to live in fear of being attacked by the police.

We know that abolition is the path to transformative justice. We fight to live in a world where black lives are truly affirmed, protected and liberated.

The Demands

1. Fire Chief Rick Smith and officer Newton who brutalized Deja.

2, Fire all officers who have killed black victims in Kansas City

3. Divest 50% from KCPD’s $273 million budget

4. Reinvest the KCPD budget into resources that support the black community including education, healthcare and housing.

How Can You Help?

– Occupying with us outside of city hall

– Bring the occupiers supplies such as food, water & blankets

– Donate to local groups like Black Rainbow and the KC Community Bail Fund

– Email BOPC@kcpd.org & demand they vote to terminate Rick Smith

– SPREAD THE WORD

For more information….

Stacy Shaw @Stacyshawlaw

Black Rainbow @Blackrainbw

KC Community Bail @kcbailund

Fund Project

And what, if anything, does this have to do with a No Police State. Black Lives Matter. Occupy Wall Street Worldwide.

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The Shadow Presents: An Autumn in Tompkins Square Park

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And in the midst of all of those Black Lives Matter protests going on, and that scary virus that came from out of nowhere earlier this year to where it now seems like that mayan calendar date wants to read 12.21.2021 instead of 12.21.2012 or something, there was another one of those The Shadow Tompkins Square Park concerts that took place at Tompkins Square Park this past weekend, after that scary virus that came from out of nowhere appeared. And it was another concert that I found myself attempting to vend that Black Lives Matter jewelry at and displaying those your thoughts on black lives matter banners at, along with other arts and crafts vendors at this event. And Chris Flash’s The Shadow Presents: Autumn in Tompkins Square Park Facebook event invite read as follows:

Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM

It’s that lovely time of year when neighbors get together to celebrate the cultural vitality of their community in our beloved Tompkins Square Park.

in addition to speakers, information tables with local crafts, we will have the following musical talents:

 > The Acute — 2:00> Evil Kim Evil — 2:30
> Acorn Slim (with Dead Dean) — 3:00
> Jennifer Blowdryer Soul Experience (with Robert Aaron + Nikki Fuse) — 3:30
> SEWAGE (with Spike Polite) — 4:00
> Skitzopolis — 4:30
> Soul Cake — 5:00
> Rebelmatic (with surprise guest CV) — 5:30
> The Love Pirates — 6:00
> Grace The Enemy — 6:30
> Ruckus Interruptus — 7:00

AND: Seth Tobocman (WW# Illustrated) will do a slide show with Eric Blitz and John Wagner.

Brought to you by: The SHADOW, John Gabriel, Eddie Mack, the undying spirit of Uncle Don Yippie and….THOSE F*CKING ANARCHISTS!! 

And Chilis on Wheels were serving some really good vegan food as they seem to do on Saturday’s in this park and extinction rebellion youth had an XR Youth NYC Guerrilla Flea Market on this day also. Climate change is real. And after the Parks Department showed up to shut down that concert a few minutes early, or on the dot, or near the very end, I guess, as in that blurry photo that finds itself posted above,  Seth’s slideshow started, in the dark, in what seemed like a few hours after the concert had ended. And it was an Occupy Wall Street mic check kind of a slide show without a mic. And if my ears heard correctly, he introduced Michelle Shocked who played a few songs into the night, as in that other blurry and dark photo that finds itself posted above.  And what else is there that can I say about this concert that has not already been said in all of the photos that have already been posted in social media land, except to say that between the bands, the merchandise tables, the vendors, the dancing, the music, music  and more music, it seemed to be a great day for another outdoor show and concert in the park. Have a great Tompkins Square Park concert day and more.

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A Tompkins Square Arts + Book Fair!

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Hey again bloggers or whoever could be reading this blagh. And in the midst of that scary virus that came from out of nowhere, and other headline news of the day, there was a  Tompkins Square Arts + Book Fair! at Tompkins Square Park this past weekend.  I know because that Facebook event invite that reads like as follows says so:

Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

The first annual TOMPKINS SQUARE Arts + Crafts and Book Fair is ON!

Come and get works of art, hand made crafts, books, records, videos, and more, all offered by members of your community on the Lower East Side.

There will also be book readings, musicians and speakers.

At dusk, we will be showing the amazing film called LOOSE CHANGE.

LOOSE CHANGE is an in-depth documentary created by students who originally sought to make a documentary that supported the official government version of the incredible events of September 11, 2001. However, as their project progressed, it became clear to them that the official story was NOT credible and that the TRUTH is a whole lot worse than the narrative of foreign terrorists hijacking commercial jets in the US and then crashing them.

LOOSE CHANGE, created on the smallest imaginable budget by students, is superior to anything churned out by state media that backs the govt’s LIES about “9-11”.

Come see LOOSE CHANGE in our beloved Tompkins Square Park and decide for yourself.

[Those interested in participating in selling, trading or giving stuff away (there are NO fees!) can either email us at: shadowpress@rocketmail.com or just come on down.]

And it was also another attempt for me to vend those DecorForU black lives matter, s#!t just got real, not my president, no police state, occupy wall street, yoga, squat, the shadow,  museum of reclaimed urban space , tompkins square park, brooklyn & I love new york necklaces, magnets, key chains & pins for $2 each again. And it was also another one of those Saturdays where Pinc Louds was playing there again. And Pinc Louds gets everyone to dance, dance and more dancing.  And Pinc Louds shared the stage with other artists and performers from the arts and book fair on this day.  And there were other vendors, and food carts, and cheap clothes for sale on this day, something similar to one of those park yard sale bazaars maybe. And The Shadow, who sponsored this event, had their The Shadow Newspaper and other Shadow merchandise for sale on their merchandise table. And as the day wore on and dusk appeared, and Pinc Louds Christmas lights went on into the night as they played, Chris Flash‘s 9/11 film appeared for film night, as some of those photos posted above tell a story.  And Chris Flash’s Shows in Tompkins Square Park are having another concert September 26th—-COME ON DOWN!!! Bring your dancing shoes I guess. #blacklivesmatter

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Extinction Rebellion at Central Park, NYC. #blacklivesmatter

 

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extinction rebellion had a September Rebellion Kick Off! and a September Rebellion: Amazonia or Bolsonaro? Which Side are You on? event at Central Park this past Labor Day weekend. I know because their facebook page says so.  And it was another attempt to vend that Black Lives Matter jewelry near their event and to vend those DecorForU Black Lives Matter, S#!t Just Got Real, Not My President, Occupy Wall Street, No Police State, Yoga, Brooklyn and I love New York necklaces, magnets, key chains and pins for $2 each near their 9/7 Rebel Fest after they passed through Bethesda Fountain.  And apparently  climate change protesters scaled that Columbus Circle globe and hung a banner that read CLIMATE JUSTICE NOW!, all to the soundtrack of jazz street performers playing in front of the globe

 extinction rebellion NYC is a global climate justice movement using nonviolent direct action to pressure governments to address the climate and ecological emergency. 

SAVE THE DATES!

9/13  Extinction Rebellion Action @ Battery Park

9/17  Animal Rebellion @ Foley Square 4PM

9/20 March for Climate Justice Through Racial Justice

And as I type this blog post there are headlines that read Large swaths of the West Coast burn in unprecedented wildfires, the skies have turned red and ‘Unprecedented’ wildfires rage across the US West Coast.

Join The September Rebellion. #climatechangeisreal  #blacklivesmatter

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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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A 2016 Tompkins Square Riot Reunion Concert

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The place was martiallawville two thousand and one
and everywhere I looked I saw people with guns
standing on the corner in uniforms
full of torture devices for if you stray from the norm
they’ll stop you over here and they’ll stop you over there 
they’ll stop you anywhere and they won’t even care
as they shake you down and throw you on the ground 
put their foot on you and then kick you around 
they’ll punch you and they’ll beat you till you’re almost dead
I couldn’t take it no more and so I said
No Police State. yeah, that’s right, no policy state. 
I screamed No Police State. No Police State. 

And so, I left the street and then I went to the store 
but as I walked through the metal detector
I could not get through because this man at the door
in a uniform called security 
with a criminal record worser than you and me
he took my bags and my belongings too
and he said the words we are surveiling you
with plain clothes spies and close circuit cameras
inspection devices and ten way mirrors
and so I started shopping from aisle to aisle
but I could hear them all the while
they murmured, they whispered and then they said
come with us your time is at hand
to be mocked, scourged, tried, tempted and afflicted
and crucified and persecuted in this wilderness 
I said to them deliver me I did not do a thing 
they said I did and that was it and so I screamed
No Police State. yeah, that’s right, no policy state
I screamed No Police State. No Police State.

And so, I went home and I felt secure
until the evil knocked at my door 
it was a legion of men it was an army 
and they called themselves the authority 
who were concerned for my safety 
so they said to me can we see some ID 
to use against you as you will see
our king he owns the land and he even owns you
so this is what we’re gonna do
they trashed my place, they tore it upside down
they took everything and then they threw it around 
then they wanted to put me under their care
cause it looked like I could not take care of my affairs 
so I took no further thought for what I was gonna say
cause they were gonna search and seize me anyway
and so I screamed, No Police State yeah that’s right, no policy state
I screamed No Police State. No Police State. 

And so I found myself attempting to sing part of that above No Police State Song at another one of Chris Flash’s The Shadow and Iconicide’s  2016 Tompkins Square Riot Reunion concert in Tompkins Square Park the other day, which was actually about a week ago, as it was that concert time of year again.  And it was mostly a punk rock concert with a few other speakers like Paul DeRienzoJerry Trudell, Warcry Priya and Father Patrick Moloney thrown in.  And I vended those DecorForU #blacklivesmatter, #occupywallstreet, #berniesanders and #theshadow necklaces, magnets and key chains for $1 each alongside those The Shadow t shirts and other merchandise as well.  And the Facebook event invite for that 2016 Tompkins Square Riot Reunion concert read something like:

TWENTY EIGHT YEARS AGO

The environment in NYC, and especially AlphaBet City and surrounding areas, was drastically different. The city had made it clear, its underclasses were to be disowned. Tent Cities had sprung up in local parks. Warehoused and abandoned buildings were siezed and turned into squats by neighborhood residents who had had enough with the empty myth of Upward Mobility and Trickledown Economics. People carved out livings for themselves, however spartan, to a degree and scope that today would be seen as unfathomable.

It was “necessary,” then, for the city to at once save face, and to punish such outright acts of autonomy. And so, after a “mini riot” staged by the NYPD in order to gauge public opinion, the full force of the Men in Blue was let loose on denizens of Tompkins Square Park, who had commited the unforgivable crime of having nowhere else to go, and, by default, on every human being found out past an arbitrary midnight curfew.

The tidal wave of subsequent complaints against the 9th Precinct, who had conscripted personnel from other precincts throughout the city, pale in comparison the the actual bloodshed of that long, hot night. Police on foot, on horseback, and in helicopters descended on the homeless, on visitors to the area, and on those who had just stepped out for some fresh air, Batons were swung, bones were broken, and many were bloodied by individuals who feared no reprisals for their actions, because their badges and identification had been blacked out. Imagine a sea of faceless blue berserkers, issued a simple order to use whatever force deemed necessary to cleanse the late night city streets, and you will only come close to the reality.

The Tompkins Square Park Police Riots were but one in a series of falling dominoes in a process of econimic and cultural whitewashing, which continues, in earnest, to this day. The shortsighted will say, what else is new; neighborhoods always change. But this change is far from organic. When an invading “culture” displaces the life’s blood of a formerly vibrant, inclusive and diverse community, it is nothing short of an act of War.

COME ON DOWN to Tompkins Square Park on August 6th and 7th, and shake hands with the ghosts of those who bled on these streets, and with those who STILL will not be moved.

PERFORMANCES BY

August 6: Saturday (2:00-7:00pm)
> Simon Chardet
> The Coffin Daggers:
> ISM
> Iconicide
> Nihilistics

August 7: Sunday (1:00-6:00pm)
> Jennifer Blowdryer Punk Soul
> Rockaway Bitch
> Love Pirates
> Sewage
> Hammerbrain

Brought to you by The SHADOW, Chris Iconicide, the undying spirit of Uncle Don Yippie and…. THOSE FUCKING ANARCHISTS!!

 
Information Is Strength. Knowledge Is Power.  Housing Is A Human Right. Free The Land.  Squat The World. And what, if anything does this have to do with a No Police State.
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