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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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A March To Shut Down Rikers Island

















Hey again bloggers or whoever could be reading this blagh. And so along with what seems like the remnants of hurricane Joaquin the other day, in the midst of Occupy Wall StreetBlack Lives Matter and beyond, there was another March to Shut Down Rikers Island that was held rain, hurricane or shine in that city of New York on that Island of Queens, at the foot of the bridge leading to Rikers Island. And I guess those photos and videos from that event that day that find themselves posted above can speak for themselves. And that March to Shut Down Rikers Island Facebook event invite for this event read something like: 

Saturday, October 3rd, join #ResistRikers & friends in a march to shut down Rikers Island. Featuring artwork & props by The People’s Puppets of Occupy Wall Street. RAIN OR SHINE.

3pm meet-up in front of the Rikers Island sign, followed by a speak out, march, and more! Bring your voice, banners, friends, and family. All are invited to speak about their experiences.

Directions: Q100 bus to the Rikers Island sign (right before the bridge) at the intersection of 19 Ave. & Hazen St. in Queens, from one of the following subway stations: (N/Q) Astoria-Ditmars Blvd, (F) 21 St- Queensbridge, (E/M/R) Queens Plaza, or (G) Court Square.

Contact us to get involved with planning and outreach.
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WE DEMAND AN END TO TORTURE IN NYC!
Rikers Island is NYC’s Abu Ghraib, where individuals in need of care are instead caged, languishing both mentally and physically; a place where those suffering illnesses are tortured not treated, denying them the most basic of human rights.

WE DEMAND AN END TO CRIMINALIZING POVERTY!
Most people incarcerated on Rikers Island have not been convicted of a crime. They are unable to afford bail and awaiting their next court appearance and/or trial. NYC’s Tale of Two Cities forces the poor and innocent to endure a culture of violence, rape, and overall barbarism that no human should be subject to.

WE DEMAND AN END TO DECEPTIVE REFORMS!
Mayor de Blasio shows up for photo shoots in newly renovated portions of the jail complex, while most of it remains in a state of serious disrepair and deterioration. There are frequent sewage backups and water main breaks. The floors and ceilings are crumbling. The heating and ventilation systems don’t function properly. There are rotting showers, toilets, and sinks.

WE DEMAND AN END TO OPPRESSION!
NYC Department of Correction and the Correction Officers Benevolent Association have reaped the benefits of inequality and bloodshed for far too long. Too many lives, homes, and hearts have been destroyed so that a morally bankrupt system may flourish.

NO MORE!

#ResistRikers #EyesOnRikers #BlackLivesMatter #PovertyIsNotACrime#KaliefBrowder #JusticeForKalief #SaveOurYouth

And Resist Rikers posted on that March to SHUT DOWN RIKERS ISLAND Facebook event invite, 


“THANK YOU to everyone who trooped it out to this afternoon’s march to shut down Rikers!!! Super extra mega thanks to the peeps at Black Lives Matter. NYC Shut It Down: The Grand Central CrewCopwatch Patrol Unit – CPU”The People’s Puppets of Occupy Wall Street, and Millions March NYC. TOGETHER, WE WILL WIN! Only in unity will we put an end to torture in NYC and SHUT DOWN RIKERS!!!”

And there are articles with titles like Rikers Island Jail, New York City: Shut Down This Torture Hellhole!, Queens Councilman Wants to Abolish Rikers Island, and even Department of Justice to Release 6,000 Prisoners calling to shut down Rikers and prison reform. And so The Stop Mass Incarceration Network has created another Facebook event invite #RiseUpOctober: Shut Down Rikers Island and their event invite reads something like:

It’s been called “New York’s Abu Ghraib,” a combination torture chamber & concentration camp. After years of exposure, after lawsuits and decrees, horrors that shock the conscience continue unabated. In the country’s largest jail, lives are irreparably damaged every day.
As part of #RiseUpOctober, join in a non-violent direct action and protest to Shut Down Rikers Island. Sign up to be part of the action, or to provide support. Write: addmyvoice@riseupoctober.org

When: Morning; Gathering Location: TBA

And flood the streets on October 24:
https://www.facebook.com/events/767581106685589/

Also, take part in the national October 22 National Day of Protest to STOP Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation across the country:
https://www.facebook.com/events/767581106685589/

And according to that NAACP photo posted above, “Welcome to America, home to 5% of the world’s people and 25% of the world’s prisoners. And Rikers Island is one of the ten worst prisons in America. And New York City is what a police state looks like. And Rikers Island is what a police state looks like. No one is free when others are oppressed. Is another world possible. And what does this have to do with a No Police State.

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Occupy The NRA

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And I have blaghed on this blagh many times before about gun violence and gun control. So much that I could post the same post over and over. And it almost seems as if nothing changes and everything still remains the same. Guns and the images of guns are still everywhere. And there is Trayvon Martin and a host of others, seemingly black males, who have fallen at the hands of polizei in North America. And now in the headline news there is#Ferguson Missouri, more people falling at the hands of polizei and guns. And then there are school shootings and the list of shootings in various places by various people goes on and on to where one can be afraid to leave home sometimes for fear you might not make it back, because of a gun. And then there is Occupy the NRA. Guns are the worst invention ever. If only guns could be banished from every human being on planet earth. There are no words to me to describe that photo above except to say Occupy The NRA. No one is free when others are oppressed. #IndictAmerica #BlackLivesMatter. And what does this have to do with a No Police State?

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Occupy Art Went To Figment NYC

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And if I must blogger say, FIGMENT NYC was awesome. And that ferry boat ride that one takes across the water to get to Governors Island and all of its art, art and more art, well that was even more awesome to see New York City and all of its harbor views. And those one hundred and more art projects and art installations, performances and more that found themselves on Governors Island on this Figment NYC day, well they were even more awesome. And so this Figmentevent seems as if it wants photos, photos and more photos and colors, colors and more colors to be added to this post. And so Occupy Art Show was at Figment on this day and some of those photos from this Occupy Art Show find themselves posted above. And even more photos from that Occupy Art Show and FIGMENT NYC on this day find themselves posted in my Occupy Art Show @ Figment NYC Facebook event invite. And the Occupy Wall Street People’s Puppets were there on this day also. And if I would have known that, I would have Occupy Wall Street People’s Puppets went over there to see their show also. And so Figment NYC has come to an end this past weekend. And with that, that Occupy Art Show @ Figment NYC has came to an end as well. And so Figment is off to San Diego, Boston, Toronto, Washington D.C. and even more cities as well in all its Figmentness. And on this day finds itself as Occupy Wall Street Day 997. And Occupy Wall Street is still moving fast, well sort of. Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Art Worldwide.

 

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Occupy Art Was @ Left Forum

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Well that Occupy Art Panel at Left Forum at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in that city of New York that I blogged about a week or so ago happened a few days ago. And according to Left Forum, this was their best conference to date. And from what I saw during my time there, despite a panel speaker being missing in action who did not make it to that Occupy Art panel on this day, it was Paul DeRienzo of Let Them Talk who saved the day with his squatter history slide show for the few people who were in attendance. And that slide show was all things squatting and art. And if it wasn’t for Paul and his slide show, that “There will be a slide show presentation of Occupy artwork as well as Lower East Side, NYC Lower East Side Squat History zines” part of Occupy Art’s panel description would have just been false advertising and may not have happened. And so how did the rest of that Left Forum conference go on the last day of their three day conference one may ask, maybe? Well those photos above speak for themselves and a picture can tell a story, or something like that. And on this day finds itself as Occupy Wall Street Day 990. Have a great Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Art day and more.

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