Livestream from #Ferguson. Police are advancing on peaceful protestors as we speak please share ASAP http://new.livestream.com/accounts/9035483/events/3271930 …
They’re starting another round of tear gas and rubber bullets right now
“Young demonstrators regulating themselves. Removed someone who they say has been know to agitate crowds.”
I needed to come back from hiatus to encourage those of you who want to keep up with what’s really happening in Ferguson to look to those who are actually there.
Take a moment to follow Antonio French on twitter and see what he sees. The video above is from his vine. Also an important follow in this moment.
Please remember that there are truths and then there are whole truths. The truth is, there are people who take great pleasure in getting folks riled up. The whole truth is that those people are being peacfully dealt with. The truth is, there are looters. The whole truth is that those looters were all of ten people, many of which weren’t from Ferguson. The whole truth is that hundreds upon hundreds have protested peacefully while breaking no laws only to have wooden pellets, rubber bullets, pepper balls and tear gas thrown in their faces by a racist gang who uses military style tactics. A racist gang who should be interviewing the key witness but haven’t “Gotten around to it” yet.
These are not the dogs of Selma. This is the violence of racism. Stop calling it everything but what it is.
This is racism.
these photos were taken by mohammed salem and klaus thymann (click pic), showing the rise of parkour in gaza’s shati and khan yunis refugee camps. unemployment in the camps is high, and with little to do and limited resources, some have turned to parkour as a means of escape.
as abdullah enshasy, who cofounded gaza parkour team with mohammed aljkhbeer, explains, “i have witnessed war, invasion and killing. when i was a kid and i saw these things, blood and injuries, i didn’t know what it all meant.”
adds aljkhbeer, "there is a big relationship between parkour and barriers that we’re surrounded by in the gaza strip. there’s the blockade, walls are everywhere. …parkour gives us a sense of freedom and allows us to endure these conditions without getting deeply depressed.”
for a sport that is literally about overcoming obstacles and living beyond imposed physical restraints, parkour has perhaps even greater resonance in the narrow, politically and militarily confined gaza strip, which is home to a densely boxed in population of 1.7 million palestinians.
but enshasy notes, “at first people didn’t accept us. they would say, ‘you jump like monkeys and you climb buildings like thieves’.” but as their facebook page explains, parkour is about breaking from conventional paths in life and finding your own.
To say that the past few days have been emotionally taxing is to greatly understate and trivialize how hurt & fed up I am with the treatment of people, my people, in this country. 2014 and we’re no further from persecution & slaughter than we were since….ever. Since forever. At what point have we not been given the treatment of a rabid dog? Of subhuman? Of beings undeserving of fair & humane treatment? Of beings deserving of protection?
I am not impressed with your president’s statement regarding the death of an entertainer before that of a boy being senselessly put down by an officer of the law. Or the lack of transparency in the media & by the police. Or the fact that several eyewitnesses have corroborated & confirmed the story that Michael Brown, an 18 year old who was to be furthering his education post-high school as of yesterday, was shot multiple times and ultimately murdered with his hands raised in surrender pleading not to be, for j-walking. Though the media speculated shoplifting or a struggle with the officer, who has YET TO BE NAMED, there is still no justification for the fact that the victim was unarmed (though the pressing of the fact is problematic in & of itself) was executed and left on the cement to stew in a pool of his own blood for hours. Peaceful protests were met by canines and riot gear. The media failed, unsurprisingly to report that. Your president failed, unsurprisingly, to report that.
How many more innocent brown people are to be put on micro-trial & executed by law enforcement before it’s acceptable to be upset? Before it’s acceptable to be angry, stop asking for permission to have change & demand that it be given before there is consequence? I’m not satisfied. I won’t be until there is accountability and reform. We are tired, we are angry, and we are well within our right to be.
I can’t see this happen again. I need to do more.
(*Note: Photos provided by the timelines of people on the front lines in Ferguson & are not my own. To keep track of what’s happening as it happens or and get involved, vandalyzm & @antoniofrench (to name a few) have been my go to.
How many more innocent Black people…
Police fire tear gas at crowds near St. Louis amid unrest over teen’s death
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Police dressed in riot gear fired tear gas and rubber bullets into crowds in Ferguson, Mo., on Monday night as unrest continues over the fatal shooting an unarmed teenager by police.
Photo: Riots continued Monday night over the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. (David Carson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
I know it’s been a crazy, emotional day but it is so important to be aware that this is happening right now
while you’re burnin away,
the thing’s goin down
you got to move
you got to move
dance in the trees
From Boricua Pop: Puerto Ricans and the Latinization of American Culture by Frances Negrón-Muntaner
Unanimously hail the butt.
Your mind is your strongest weapon because they can’t control your mind, they can’t get inside and that’s their failure.
Mairead Farrell (via irish-history)