We stand in solidarity with those who are resisting in Ferguson.
Don’t stop, keep going and never forget.
We stand in solidarity with those who are resisting in Ferguson.
Black Revolt - The Ferguson Uprisings
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Political Ambitionz Az a Rioter: http://www.orchestratedpulse.com/…/ferguson-riots…/
Looting is a Political Tactic :http://thisisbobbylondon.wordpress.com/…/looting-is-a…/
Hey a Step Back From Riot Shaming: http://www.maskmagazine.com/…/step-back-with-the-riot…
Friend Who Witness Mike Brown Shooting Speaks: http://www.theroot.com/…/friend_who_witnessed_mike…
From Ferguson To Gaza- How Does A Small Town in Missouri Turn Into A Warzone: http://thisisbobbylondon.wordpress.com/…/from-ferguson…/
Things to Stop Being Distracted By When A Black Person is Murdered By The Police: http://www.blackgirldangerous.org/…/things-stop…/
7 Documentaries You Can Stream Right Now To Better Understand Ferguson: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/ferguson-documentaries…
Ferguson- Police Draw Guns on Rosa Clemente, Talib & others: http://hiphopandpolitics.com/…/ferguson-police-draw…/
The Ferguson Syllabus: http://sociology.about.com/…/fl/The-Ferguson-Syllabus.htm
The Game - Don’t Shoot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK24JLCwTjw
Video Footage From First Night of Ferguson Uprising - https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=2608817702098
Tomorrow at 1 p.m. listen in to a dialogue and report on the Youth uprising in Ferguson. Solidarity and Respect for Ferguson on 90.7 KPFK fm.
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petrolbombs said: missing your show! anyway i hope everyone is doing well : )
we actually just finished a show on Ferguson will be uploading it to SoundCloud soon :)
Whereas riots are often galvanizing community events with the potential to unleash concerted political energy in dynamic and unpredictable directions, the stale politics of respectability only leads to further marginalization and dislocation. Now, it’s possible to disagree with the utility of insurrection. But these communities’ responses to subjugation must be discussed in political terms and not simply dismissed out of hand.
We live in a context of white supremacy and neoliberal capitalism, where race-neutral policies are being used to maintain class exploitation and racial hierarchy, and any overt attempts to address racism are being dismantled or disregarded. These policies only intensify the economic dislocation and poverty experienced by those at the margins.
What both the local news interviewees and the crowd at the scene of Brown’s death seemed to understand was that they needed to disrupt the interplay between racial subjugation and capitalism. They felt that a march or some other acceptable form of benign indignation would not address their political needs — and they weren’t wrong.
From Ferguson to Gaza – How did a small town in Missouri turn into a War Zone?
Since Saturday almost aweek of uprisings haven taken place since the police murdered Mike Brown, in Ferguson Missouri. Due to social media, the countryhas started paying attention to the murder and what is happening to the people of Ferguson. The common misperception is that those who are participating in the protest are the only ones who are being affected by the militarized police force, but the reality is, that whether you are a protester or just a person going to the grocery store, as long as you are black you are in dangerof being a causality.
As someone who has participated in uprisings here in LA I’ve experienced things similar to what is being seen in Ferguson. It reminds me of what happened the summer of 2012 in Anaheim with the police shooting of Manuel Diaz. Police shot an unarmed brown man in his head while he was lying on the ground with his hands handcuffed behind his back. The community was outraged by the execution and began to crowd around and ask questions. As they did this, the police then began to shoot rubber bullets and use police dogs on community members. The community then took to what is seen as the “proper” protest route, attending a city council meeting to have their voices heard and instead they were met with cops in riot gear. Although these cops seemed unfamiliar with wearing riot gear and with performing crowd control, they were, on the other hand, seasoned, trigger-happy,racist police officers who you could tell were easily uncomfortable about the amount of brown people that were around them. Things then began to escalate, the police and city council continued to deny entrance into the meeting for community members with police presence mounting, which included officers with weaponry containing live ammunition. This then turned into a long march, which ended with what appeared to be every police unit in the area called in for reinforcement. Seeming unprepared, they began tear-gassing and shooting rubber bullets at anyone that was in the area. People then began to respond to this violence with what media categorizes as rioting, or as others would – property damage. The followingweek another protest was planned, this time it seemed like it was more driven by political organizations than from members of the community. One thing was for sure, the Anaheim police force looked different, and they were not the Barney Fifes I was so used to earlier that week. Instead they had become militarized almost over night, with snipers on the roof, army fatigues, tanks, horses, and live ammo. You could read more on this day here from my tumblr.
I bring this up because the connection to me seems uncanny, how does a police unit go from inadequate equipmentto a complete arsenal seemingly overnight. Last year, St. Louis county police were being told by their police chief that they were going to have to pay out-of-pocket if they wanted new weapons, andnew recruits in the academy were forced to use old guns. As recently as ofJune 10, 2014, the county was auctioning off Tommy guns to raise money for new weapons. A question arises, how does then a county go from what appears to be an inability to supply their officers with new guns to a police department equipped with military issued gear & weaponry that we are seeing in Ferguson?
Ferguson has become an occupied territory, one in whicha citywide curfew has been placed on it’s residents. All civilians are subject to random searches, and from what I watched recently in a video from last night, even those staying inside their homes are not protected from the tear gas being launch into their community. When I saw the image of the young black male with the American flag t-shirt throwing the tear gas canister back at the police it reminded me starkly of what we saw in other uprisings around the world – the pure image of resistance. Particularly in Gaza and the West Bank who are no strangers to occupations and militarize forces. So much so that people from Palestine were tweeting out how to deal with the tear gas to those in Ferguson. The connection to what we saw happen in Gaza and what we see happening in Ferguson is undeniable.
William Bratton, then Los Angeles police chief, was the first to begin the relationship between local police forces and Israel, specifically to the Israel Defense Force. That relationship has continued and grown, with the NYPD having an office in Israel and the LAPD as recently as of February visited Israel for a Big Data Intelligence Conference for technology and tactics to bring back home. What makes the connection even clearer is that the former police chief of St. Louis studied counter-terrorism in Israel. I should also just briefly mention that Missouri was the first state to develop a Homeland Security office and is ranked 16th in the country for compliance and amount of DHS activity in its state.
We know that Israel uses Gaza as a testing grounds for all their new weapons, 10% of Israeli income comes from their arms exports and Israel is ranked highest in the world only comparable to US and Russia. You could say their existence in Palestine is dependent on constant battle, on having repeated excuses to test out these new weapons. In the latest attacks on Gaza, Israel was using experimental chemical weapons that were developed by the US Air Force in 2008.
So again I asked the same question, how does county police go from needing to pay out-of-pocketfor guns, to the sort of weaponry we see here?
For this story and more check out: www.thisisbobbylondon.wordpress.com
follow the money $$$$
What’s happening in Ferguson is the same thing that has been happening in the West Bank and Gaza. They have been training and testing out weapons, crowd control tactics on the people the world seems to care the least about. There’s a reason why there’s an NYPD office in Occupied Palestine and why William Bratton is in the middle of it. If you are not black and feel as though this does not concern you, you are a fool.
If The War On Terror has taught us anything it is that the chickens always come home to roost.
Slave Rebellion of Santo Domingo 1861
Watts Uprising 1965
Los Angeles Uprising 1992
Hurricane Katrina 2002
Los Angeles Uprising 2013
Brooklyn Uprising 2013
Ferguson Uprising 2014
Looting is A Political Tactic
On Saturday, August 9th, Michael Brown an unarmed 17-year-old black youth was shot 10 times in the back and murdered by Ferguson police near his home. This coming with the wave of recent police murders of young black males (John Crowford and Eric Garner) and with the guilty verdict of Renisha Mcbride’s killer fresh in the news really has me wondering why some people (predominantly white people and the media/is there a difference?) are so surprised to see what they categorize as rioting and chaos in the town of Ferguson, Missouri. The police left Michael Brown’s body on the street for four hours, and when the community first came out to protest the killing, they were met with police dogs; such tactics have been used on black communities since the Civil Rights era. The following day, there was a peace vigil, again the community was confronted with violence by the police who showed up with dogs and weapons ready to attack. What else was their intention other than to provoke a police riot? This reminded me of what happen last summer with the police murder of Kirmani Gray in Brooklyn and two years ago with Manuel Diaz in Anaheim.
Far too often non-whites, although blacks have been the most effected, are murdered by police, this injustice is then met with a response by the community that sometimes turns into what is qualified as rioting and looting. Whenever there is civil unrest in black communities the focus always goes to “looting” whether it’s 2 people that do it or 200, whether it be because of anger of police brutality or the lack of sufficient supplies in the case of Katrina, the media and what seems to be the general public would rather show more concern for the store owners whose property are being taken than for the black lives that are being lost. This has me begging the question, would black peoples lives be more valued if we were still property? This might seem like a ridiculous question but when #MikeBrown and #Ferguson is trending on twitter and you have participants seem like they are more outraged with the “looting” than they do with the police state, it becomes a fair question to ask. What seems to be qualified as “looting” when black people do it, is also qualified as “property” damage when used as a political tactic when applied to others. Is disrupting capital not a political act? We’ve seen the same tactics used in Greece and Brazil, but yet when young black youth do it in America, it is simply deemed as opportunist’s committing crimes.
Which brings up another point, the sentiment continues to be that black youth are inherent criminals taking advantage of the opportunity to steal whenever they can. But, what more was the Boston Tea Party other than just property destruction. Were the founding fathers “looters” in that case? Of course not, because of the obvious, “looting” is a word reserved for only black people. It is a tactic used by the media to delegitimize the black resistance the same way refusing to acknowledge Hamas as a political agency does in Gaza. We know how this story ends, we know there is no justice to be found, and for a community that has been continuously murdered, brutalized, criminalized, and dehumanized it is not fair to judge us on how we may respond.
As long as you continue to value property over black lives, you can expect us not to value your property.
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Sunday July 20, 2014, Los Angeles Protest in Solidarity with Gaza
Around 3,000 people in attendance gather around the federal building and then marched to the Israel Consulate.
For more on what is happening in Gaza listen to our most recent show with a dialogue with from an on the ground perspective straight from Gaza.
Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/on-resistance/long-live-palestine