The city [Chicago] has been ordered to release, within days, a police video of the fatal shooting of a black 17-year-old by a white police officer. Even the officer's lawyer has described the video, which the city sought for months to block from public view, as "graphic" and "violent" and "difficult to watch at some points."
"My greatest fear is not the protest, but if there is no protest." -- Rev. Jesse Jackson
Drop the MIC is focused on highlighting how U.S. militarism affects everyone's lives- those living abroad facing the brunt of U.S. forces and weapons and those living here, facing over militarized police. The same companies that provide weapons to Saudi Arabia and militias in Syria are equipping police departments with armored vehicles. U.S. militarism shows up in the recruiters in our schools, the surveillance aircraft monitoring our protests and the Pentagon sponsored 'Salute our Veterans' spectacles at sports arenas across the country. It is immersed in our lives and we are committed to working to make the invisible seen and to put it to an end.
On Friday evening, March 21, 2014, Alejandro "Alex" Nieto, 28 years old, was killed when he was struck by 14 to 15 bullets (of a total of 59 shots) fired by four San Francisco Police Department officers, on Bernal Hill Park, without justification.
Yesterday friends, community and family came together on the windy steps of the old Federal Building to celebrate a judge's decision to allow a civil suit against the killers to go forward. Trial date is now set for March 1, 2016. -- janinsanfran
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Months of student and faculty protests over racial tensions and other issues that all but paralyzed the University of Missouri campus culminated Monday in an extraordinary coup for the demonstrators, as the president of the university system resigned and the chancellor of the flagship campus here said he would step down to a less prominent role at the end of the year.
The threat of a boycott by the Missouri football team dealt the highest-profile blow to the president, Timothy M. Wolfe, and the chancellor, R. Bowen Loftin, but anger at the administration had been growing since August, when the university said it would stop paying for health insurance for graduate teaching and research assistants.
Many of the students and faculty members who took part in demonstrations had also been inspired by the protest movement sparked last year in Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis, after a white police officer there killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black man, and they were experienced at using social media in organizing. They saw themselves as part of a continuum of activism linking Ferguson, other deaths at the hands of police, protests on campuses around the country and the Black Lives Matter movement...
"After a decade and a half of war abroad, the war has come home, mobilized through a culture of fear, surveillance and violence... The very idea of violence has metamorphosed into a solution for addressing social problems. For instance, as everyday behavior is criminalized, school children are assaulted by the security personnel, Black youth are killed by the police for making eye contact, and under the pretext of a war on terror, the distinction between civilians and combatants is blurred. Public spheres once considered safe spaces have been transformed into war zones, turning poor urban schools into prisons, cities into training grounds for paramilitarized police forces, and airports into sites of intensive surveillance and security," says critical pedagogue Henry A. Girou.
"Black youth, among other concerned young Americans, are currently making real strides in moving beyond sporadic protests, short-lived demonstrations, and non-violent street actions in the hopes of building sustained political movements. Groups such as Black Lives Matter, Black Youth Project, We Charge Genocide, Dream Defenders and others represent a new and growing political force that are not only connecting police violence to larger structures of militarism throughout society, they are also reclaiming public memory by articulating a direct link 'between the establishment of professional police systems in the United States (and) the patrolling systems that maintained the business of human bondage in chattel slavery.'"
After months of denying that U.S. troops would be in any combat role in Iraq, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter acknowledged that a raid in Hawija was just that.
Police Commander Glenn Evans, a 28-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, is accused of shoving the barrel of a gun down a man's throat while simultaneously holding a stun gun to his genitals.
What happens when you put cops in schools?
The correlation between the mental baggage of war, the increased hiring of military combat veterans as police officers, and an observable escalation of aggressive and violent police brutality is difficult to ignore...
USA TODAY: A coalition of groups plan to host three days of protests across New York City this week in an effort to call attention to systemic racism, mass incarceration and police brutality.
Organizers of the demonstrations, dubbed #RiseUpOctober, will focus on police-involved killings by staging several acts of civil disobedience on Thursday and Friday as well as by hosting a large march on Saturday with families of people killed by officers. The events come as the nation continues to debate the relationship between police and communities of color and after several high profile police killings were captured on video over the last year...
Sponsoring organization Stop Mass Incarceration Network met the press Monday morning outside Oakland City Hall during a send-off rally for families and activists going to New York City for 3 days of action to STOP Police Terror. We recognize the tremendous sacrifice this trip represents -- emotional and financial -- and those of us who can't go to New York are privileged to support these ambassadors for justice. It is not too late to contribute to the fund that will make this happen.
#RiseUpOctober plans include a non-violent direct action outside the massive prison complex that sits right in the middle of Manhattan. Read co-initiator Cindy Sheehan's "Why I Want to Shut Down Rikers" posted to her blog. To join the action or provide support: AddMyVoice@RiseUpOctober.org
WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
Parents of James Earl Rivera Jr. demonstrated tireless determination yesterday to bring the epidemic of police terror to a halt. Their 16 year old son (same age as his younger brother today, also present at Monday's rally) was shot and killed in a hail of 48 bullets fired by Stockton police officers Gregory Nunn and Eriz Azavard and San Joaquin County Sheriff Deputy John Nesbit on July 22, 2010. This family is dedicated to finding justice for James and helping other families thru the nightmare of government oppression.
Two dozen Lost Lives posters displayed In Frank H. Ogawa Plaza (right) include only a few of the faces of Bay Area deceased. Participants in New York events are encouraged to carry photos of the many other victims in Saturday's march thru NYC.
Join a community of people across this country who are standing for justice. This is a moral act and it is part of bringing into being, right now, the shoots of the world we are fighting for -- one where no one turns their heads when others are oppressed and terrorized, where justice is real.
The Future is Unwritten. Which One We Get is Up To Us.
Elaine Pasquini, Washington Report On Middle East Affairs, reports:
More than 50 passionate human rights supporters chanting "IDF you can't hide, we charge you with genocide!" greeted guests arriving at San Francisco's posh Palace Hotel on October 11 to attend a gala dinner honoring soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces hosted by the organization Friends of the Israel Defense Forces. Members of CODEPINK, World Can't Wait and Occupy SF Action Council loudly decried the ongoing and escalating brutal treatment of Palestinians living in Gaza, the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem by the Israel Defense Forces.
Many carried homemade signs criticizing the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and the killing of innocent civilians. Speaking to passersby one protester declared, "Zionism is a criminal enterprise!"
The activists were protesting the most significant escalation of violent attacks against Palestinians by the IDF since June 2014.
Between September 29 and October 10 four Palestinians in East Jerusalem, including 13-year-old Abdel-Rahman Abeidallah, were killed and 794 injured by Israeli military forces in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. In Gaza on October 9, the IDF shot and killed Shadi Hussam Dawla, 20; Ahmad al-Harbawi, 20; Abed al-Wahidi, 20; Muhammad al-Raqeb, 15; Ziad Nabil Sharaf, 20; Adnan Moussa Abu Elayyan, 22 and Jihad Salim al-Ubeid, 22, and injured 145 during demonstrations near the border checkpoint.
On October 10, Israeli police killed 16-year-old Ishaq Badran near the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City. On the same day, Ahmad Salah, 24 was shot dead by the IDF in Shu'fat Refugee Camp.
The number of Palestinians arbitrarily arrested skyrocketed in September. Some 94 children in East Jerusalem and at least 14 adults and three children in Silwan were arrested on October 5. During the first week of October there were 130 attacks by Israeli settlers against Palestinians.
For two days during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, Israeli officials autocratically barred Palestinians from entering Jerusalem's Old City, except for those who live or work there. Israeli authorities also disallowed Palestinian males under the age of 50 from worshipping at the al-Aqsa Mosque located in the Old City. The Palestine Red Crescent Society declared a state of emergency following 14 attacks by Israeli military forces and settlers against its ambulances and staff in the three days preceding the crackdown.
Due to the brutal crackdown, restriction of movements and rising tensions the Al-Ma'mal Foundation for Contemporary Art in the Old City cancelled its opening exhibition of Wihdeh by Naqsh Design House. Likewise, Sunbula, located in East Jerusalem postponed its Home Décor and Furniture Show.
We owe it to all of us, lost and living, to engage in the ongoing struggle to transform the world, ourselves and our relationships to each other.
World Can't Wait is answering the challenge that Stop Mass Incarceration Network put out to fundraise to bring family members of those who were murdered by police to NYC for mass mobilization on October 24th. Their critical voices are essential to the campaign to stop police terror.
What we allow our government to get away with in this country, we allow it to do to others around the world. We stand with those in the righteous struggle to end police brutality and murder here because the system that oppresses people around the globe is the same system that brutalizes and tortures people in its own streets.
Families (left) shared stories of stolen lives with guests of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco. Photo by Cephus Johnson.
Our goal, as an organization, is to raise $10,000 so that 10 family members of those whose lives were stolen by the police can travel to NYC to participate in three days of determined resistance. Despite unspeakable loss, despite having their child gunned down by the police for no reason, despite having to watch as their child's murderer goes free and the epidemic of police murder and terror drones on, these courageous individuals will not back down and instead are leading this resistance.
We celebrate these family members' bravery and commitment to ending the horror. Imagine the impact it would add to these days of protest to have dozens of family members who share this same tragedy marching arm and arm, saying that they are not going to stand for any more children being taken away.
Their powerful accounts of extrajudicial killing, and their cries for justice -- not just in their cases but for what is happening to people all over this country -- need to be heard right in the heart of New York City, the financial and cultural capitol of the empire.
Make a generous donation today, so that family voices can be heard and their children remembered. Specify "Oct24 families" use of funds on memo line (checks) or "in honor of" box (online).
Recently, scores of police murders of unarmed and nonthreatening African Americans and other citizens have come to light. Outrage has grown over the failure of the system to bring to justice those officers who have committed murder and abused their power. Analogously, lingering outrage remains that no one in the Bush Administration has been brought to justice for their evident war crimes... the bloody, costly and devastating repercussions of the Bush Administration's war crimes are ongoing...
Artist Sandra Koponen's paintings defy state-sponsored amnesia
Few people thought former Hollywood star Ronald Reagan could ever become president -- until he was elected twice.
Few people thought business mogul Donald Trump could be a serious presidential candidate -- until he shot to the top of most polls amid a crowded GOP field...
evidence of health benefits and longer average life-span following low-dose irradiation should replace fear."
No Joke. You can't make this stuff up.
If adopted, this would permit all current radioactive releases, leaks, and ongoing emissions from nuclear power plants, and decrease evacuation zones, as well as allow Fukushima, Chernobyl, WIPP (New Mexico nuclear waste disposal site), Hanford, Oak Ridge, Nevada and Alaska test sites, Santa Susanna, Farallons nuclear waste dump, depleted uranium, nuclear weapons, and other international emissions, as long as the government deems them to be "low level", to impact Americans under the fantasy of a hormesis effect.