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The War on Drugs: Race & Politics (2016)


Nixon advisor and Watergate co-conspirator John Ehrlichman on why that administration escalated the War on (Some) Drugs:
“You want to know what this was really all about?” [John Ehrlichman] asked with the bluntness of a man who, after public disgrace and a stretch in federal prison, had little left to protect. “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”
-- Dan Baum, "Legalize It All", Harper's Magazine, April 2016.

https://harpers.org/archive/2016/04/legalize-it-all/

#JohnEhrlichman #RichardNixon #WarOnDrugs #Racism #AntiWarMovement #Politics #BLM
 

Three Men Are Found Guilty of Murdering Ahmaud Arbery

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — Three white men were found guilty of murder and other charges on Wednesday for the pursuit and fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, in a case that, together with the killing of George Floyd, helped inspire the racial justice protests of last year.

The three defendants — Travis McMichael, 35; his father, Gregory McMichael, 65; and their neighbor William Bryan, 52 — face sentences of up to life in prison. The men have also been indicted on separate federal charges, including hate crimes and attempted kidnapping, and are expected to stand trial in February on those charges. ...
Convicting the killers is a step forward. But how about we stop the killing.

As noted elsewhere and in currently circulating memes, The MicMichaels were not arrested, nor considered "flight risks", nor were charges initially pursued in the matter. In an official statement by Glynn County, GA:
[O]fficers were advised by the DA’s office that no arrests were necessary at the time. Detectives met with DA George Barnhill, Sr. of the Waycross Judicial Circuit the following day and reviewed their findings with him. DA Barnhill, Sr. advised detectives before noon on Feb. 24, that the act was justifiable homicide.
https://thebrunswicknews.com/breaking/county-issues-statement-on-arbery-shooting/article_8d33e189-f31f-5ea6-be6d-b8d4abe13af3.html

It was public outcry which led to justice being served, though Ahmaud Arbery remains dead, victim of murder.

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/11/24/us/ahmaud-arbery-murder-trial

#AhmaudArbery #BLM #BlackLivesMatter #Georgia #TravisMcMichael #GregoryMcMichael #WilliamBryan
 

Kyle Rittenhouse is acquitted of all charges in the trial over killing 2 in Kenosha

Kyle Rittenhouse, the 18-year-old who fatally shot two people during the unrest last year in Kenosha, Wis., has been acquitted of all charges in a criminal trial that divided the nation over questions about gun rights, violence at racial justice protests and vigilantism.

The verdict, delivered Friday, follows a highly watched trial in which prosecutors struggled to overcome Rittenhouse's claim that he acted in self-defense on the night of the shootings. ...
https://www.npr.org/2021/11/19/1057288807/kyle-rittenhouse-acquitted-all-charges-verdict

#JacobBlake #KyleRittenhouse #BLM #BlackLivesMatter #MiscarriageOfJustice #Vigilantism #WhiteNationalism #Wisconsin #Kenosha #KenoshaWI
 
#BLM
 

Chris Kubecka 🇵🇷 ✈️ #BLM @MiddleEastInst auf Twitter: "How to properly partition a hard drive https://t.co/4AIHomxd6f" / Twitter


https://twitter.com/SecEvangelism/status/1434528314056712194
#BLM
 

Howard University renames College of Fine Arts after alum, actor Chadwick Boseman

On Wednesday, Howard renamed its performing and visual arts school after the “Black Panther” star, who earned an Academy Award nomination for his role in last year’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” Boseman, who graduated from Howard in 2000 with a bachelor of arts degree in directing, died in August at the age of 43 from colon cancer. ...
https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/howard-university-chadwick-boseman-fine-arts/2021/05/26/c3782970-bd75-11eb-9c90-731aff7d9a0d_story.html

The honor comes the day following the one-year anniversary of George Floyd's murder at the hands of multiple Minneapolis police officers.

#Harvard #ChadwickBoseman #GeorgeFloyd #inclusion #BLM #BlackPanther
 
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"Guilty" of all 3 charges (including murder) for this sadistic killer cop.

The words I'm seeing (in my own internal word cloud gathered from various news orgs & conversation):
"Justice", "hope", & "relief" - though tempered by skepticism about this generalizing & having an impact. But with police support and (so far) peace & prayer... Hope, respect, thinking... all will play a role. ☮︎

#GeorgeFloyd #BLM #justice #racism #police #murder #respect - #MakeAmericaSaneAgain (or more than thus far!)
 
● NEWS ● #NBC #BLM #Politics ☞ 'White Lives Matter' protests are failing across America. Here's one big reason why.
 
● NEWS ● #NBC #BLM #Politics ☞ 'White Lives Matter' protests are failing across America. Here's one big reason why.
 
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Meanwhile outside of a courthouse in Portland, a protester with a Hello Kitty helmet ran up to a tear gas grenade with a hockey stick and whacked it back at federal officers. I think I just got into sports...

Photo by Nathan Howard from Blackpowderpress


#art #photo #photography #blm #portland
#usa #police #protest #riot #sport #hockey #woman #gas
 
I don't see any of these as positives.

And the GOP have, at every turn, when faced with holding themselves accountable, turned and pointed the finger elsewhere. Much like #BLM, taking a knee, or protesting in the streets, however it's being done is apparently the wrong way.

Fuck that shit. Seriously just fuck it.
#BLM
 
Inadvertently taught my dad a little bit about #BlackHistory. After the #BLM performance part of the #Pregame show, I commented that Strange Fruit would have gotten a very different reaction. Turns out, my dad didn't know that song. So cued up the timeless Billie Holiday, and shared a classic. I then told him that Nina Simone made a cover of it, too.

Turns out, he didn't know who Nina Simone was, either.

#BlackHistoryMonth #MoreThan28Days #Music #BillieHoliday #NinaSimone #Superbowl
 
It was easy to miss, very subtle relative to the huge gold brooch of a dove with an olive branch. Lady Gaga raised a black-fisted glove when she sang the word proudly, a tribute to both #LGBT #pride and to #blackpower, see Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Olympics.

#biden #inauguration #LadyGaga #BLM
 
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A reminder, since this photo has been going around.

Yes, this was the police response to the Black Lives Matter protests. But this isn’t at the US Capitol, this photo was taken at The Lincoln Memorial. Behind these cops isn’t a building full of government leaders and staff. Behind them is a gigantic statue of President Abraham Lincoln. That’s right. The President who freed the slaves and waged a literal war against the white supremacists.

So maybe you’re confused.

Maybe you’re thinking, “All these SWAT cops are protecting Abraham Lincoln from Black Lives Matter? WTF?”

No. They’re not protecting a statue of Abraham Lincoln from BLM. They are protecting those steps from BLM. They’re preventing this historic steps from being used by BLM to make historic speeches.

That’s what they were there for. Martin Luther King Jr made his most famous and influential speech on the steps of The Lincoln Memorial. That’s what these SWAT cops were there to prevent. They were there to prevent BLM from using these steps to make another influential speech. They were there to stifle free speech, not to “protect” the memorial most beloved by BLM supporters.

#USPolitics #Politics #Progressive #Liberal #BLM #BlackLivesMatter
 
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A reminder, since this photo has been going around.

Yes, this was the police response to the Black Lives Matter protests. But this isn’t at the US Capitol, this photo was taken at The Lincoln Memorial. Behind these cops isn’t a building full of government leaders and staff. Behind them is a gigantic statue of President Abraham Lincoln. That’s right. The President who freed the slaves and waged a literal war against the white supremacists.

So maybe you’re confused.

Maybe you’re thinking, “All these SWAT cops are protecting Abraham Lincoln from Black Lives Matter? WTF?”

No. They’re not protecting a statue of Abraham Lincoln from BLM. They are protecting those steps from BLM. They’re preventing this historic steps from being used by BLM to make historic speeches.

That’s what they were there for. Martin Luther King Jr made his most famous and influential speech on the steps of The Lincoln Memorial. That’s what these SWAT cops were there to prevent. They were there to prevent BLM from using these steps to make another influential speech. They were there to stifle free speech, not to “protect” the memorial most beloved by BLM supporters.

#USPolitics #Politics #Progressive #Liberal #BLM #BlackLivesMatter
 
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A reminder, since this photo has been going around.

Yes, this was the police response to the Black Lives Matter protests. But this isn’t at the US Capitol, this photo was taken at The Lincoln Memorial. Behind these cops isn’t a building full of government leaders and staff. Behind them is a gigantic statue of President Abraham Lincoln. That’s right. The President who freed the slaves and waged a literal war against the white supremacists.

So maybe you’re confused.

Maybe you’re thinking, “All these SWAT cops are protecting Abraham Lincoln from Black Lives Matter? WTF?”

No. They’re not protecting a statue of Abraham Lincoln from BLM. They are protecting those steps from BLM. They’re preventing this historic steps from being used by BLM to make historic speeches.

That’s what they were there for. Martin Luther King Jr made his most famous and influential speech on the steps of The Lincoln Memorial. That’s what these SWAT cops were there to prevent. They were there to prevent BLM from using these steps to make another influential speech. They were there to stifle free speech, not to “protect” the memorial most beloved by BLM supporters.

#USPolitics #Politics #Progressive #Liberal #BLM #BlackLivesMatter
 

Stacey Abrams saved the Republic


Yesterday's repudiation of Trump by some of the seditious GOP (but by no means all) was the result of flipping Georgia blue, and that the consequence of long-term and farsighted legwork by Stacey Abrams. She is a national treasure of the United States.

https://www.theroot.com/stacey-abrams-is-not-your-superhero-mule-or-god-she-i-1846001869

#StaceyAbrams #election2020 #Jan6Coup #DumpTrump #blm
 
"Putin is pissing his pants laughing" laughing his ball off as we say round here .Can you imagine what the response would be if #antifa or #BLM or a #blackbolck did the same ?
 

Survival Manifesto: Principles for Change


@Peter Oram wrote a draft manifesto, inviting comments, for ...
balancing my concerns about the world/society with my well-being? Perhaps you have some suggestions. Basically, I want to work towards co-creating a fairer society that pays attention to climate, inequality, and justice, but I don’t want to get so caught up that I feel unhelpful anger or helplessness.
I suggested some reordering and edits, whilst trying to preserve the spirit. This ties as well with @Phil Landmeier (ᚠ)'s letter-writing proposal, my feet to the fire and pull where you want to go posts.

Activism Survival Manifesto

  • My ability to be a force for good and change in the world begins with my own existence and health. I will tend to and be mindful of my own health, and be aware of and respect my strengths, weaknesses, and limits.
  • The world and its problems are larger than me. Working together with others, finding those to work with, ensuring their own health and wellness, and working effectively with them, maximises my own contribution. Doing more on fewer issues focuses my efforts and results.
  • Problem resolution is a process beginning with awareness and concluding with assessment and learning. Contributions throughout this cycle are useful.
  • Knowledge of leverage points and community activism tactics is useful. Generally, maximising effect through actions toward goals at minimum effort should be my operational standard.
  • Often communications is activism. Even a minimal contribution, yes, even a “like” or reshare, is a contribution, though substantial contributions may be far more useful. Do what I can.
  • Keeping interactions polite to the extent possible is helpful, but so are firmly establishing boundaries and protecting that which I, or those working with me, require.

2021 Suggested Areas of Focus (US)


I'd suggested these ten topics on Phil's discussion, and it still seems a good start.
  • Covid-19, public health, CDC, and healthcare for all.
  • Economic health and justice, including housing, wages, taxes, corporations, offshore wealth, and securities reform.
  • Long-term threats and risks: global warming, energy, resources, pandemics, natural disasters.
  • Political corruption and dysfunction, including restoring agencies and services and functions such as the, elections CDC, UPS, FEMA, VOA, and others attacked by Trumpism.
  • Justice reforms: police, prosecutors at all levels, courts at all levels, prisons, bail, addiction, violence, white collar crime, institutional discrimination.
  • Media reform: online, cable, broadcast, print.
  • Monopoly and antitrust / privacy, censorship, propaganda, manipulation.
  • Foreign policy and relations.
  • Military policy: preparedness & alignment, ongoing conflicts, Guantanamo.
  • Science, technology, education.

On Methods


I'll admit that this is where I feel I'm weakest. Political change is about deploying tactics, actions, toward goals. There's a fairly standard playbook of community activism methods, a key and underutilised one being working within your community.

I'd written a long bit on Phil's thread but the upshot is: Letter-writing to politicians is about signalling, not persuading.

Persuasion and planning should, mostly, occur within your own community, or in public communications and think-pieces.

Repetition is more effective than argument.. Though to very occasional good argument may help refine taking points.

Looking at past campaigns, corporate, oligarchic, or popular, and seeing what contributes to success or failure, is useful. Note that corporate campaigns largely don't rely on mass-movement techniques, though they may attempt to emulate them.. Fascist and nationalist campaigns are a notable exception, though the rely strongly on fear, anger, and intimidation.

Companies and institutions are notoriously risk-averse, and often respond to shifts in risks faced.

Organised movements are vastly more effective than unorganised ones. Build community.

#activism #politics #SurvivalManifesto #BigProblems #CommunityOrganising #EconomicJustice #MedicareForAll #BLM #ClimateChange #ZeroCarbon #NoJusticeNoPeace #Antitrust #DecriminalizeDrugs #EconomicJustice #MediaReform #democracy
 

James O'Brien's most powerful Brexit monologue yet | LBC

This is the James O'Brien Brexit monologue which some LBC listeners have branded the most powerful yet.
Famed for his powerful and emotive soliloquies on the UK's departure from the European Union today James has outdone his previous bests.
I don't always agree with James O'Brien and sometimes find his radio manner irritating, but he makes some very good points in this less-than-ten-minute monologue.

#politics #UK #Brexit #Tories #Eton #BLM #racism #xenophoboia
 

'The black man remains a prisoner' Leonard Freed's iconic civil rights photos - in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian

The Brooklyn photographer’s striking black and white images showed an America divided. Over 50 years on from their original publication – and now featuring previously unseen photos – the work seems prescient
#photography #BlackLivesMatter #BLM #racism #AntiRacism #CivilRights

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2020/nov/03/the-black-man-remains-a-prisoner-leonard-freeds-iconic-civil-rights-photos-in-pictures

 

BREAKING: Breonna Taylor Grand Juror Granted Permission to Speak Publicly, Juror Confirms KY AG LIED


https://youtu.be/MOnLwEG915E #StatusCoup 10/20/20

#AGDanielCameron's Words...FACTS Verified...Utter Miscarriage Of Justice-That This Happened In #BitchinMitchMcConnell's State Comes As No Surprise.


#SayTheName #BreonnaTaylor #LiesAndMoreLies #BLM #JordanCharitan
 

BREAKING: Breonna Taylor Grand Juror Granted Permission to Speak Publicly, Juror Confirms KY AG LIED


https://youtu.be/MOnLwEG915E #StatusCoup 10/20/20

#AGDanielCameron's Words...FACTS Verified...Utter Miscarriage Of Justice-That This Happened In #BitchinMitchMcConnell's State Comes As No Surprise.


#SayTheName #BreonnaTaylor #LiesAndMoreLies #BLM #JordanCharitan
 
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How to hack Electronic Road Sign (VMS)

FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY

How many times have you driven by an electronic road sign like one of these?

This is the ADDCO portable sign. Today, you see what is on the inside, and how they are programmed to display important information.

WARNING YOU SHOULD NEVER TAMPER WITH THESE SIGNS

The access panel on the sign is generally protected by a small lock, but often are left unprotected. Upon opening the access panel you can see the display electronics.

The black control pad is attached by a curly cord, with a keyboard on the face.

Programming is as simple as scrolling down the menu selection to "Instant Text". Type whatever you want to display, Hit Enter to submit. You can now either throw it up on the sign by selecting "Run w/out save" or you can add more pages to it by selecting "Add page"

DO NOT ENTER PASSWORDS THAT DONT BELONG TO YOU BUT IF YOU WERE CURIOUS... Should it will ask you for a password. Try "DOTS", the default password.

In all likelihood, the crew will not have changed it. However if they did, never fear. Hold "Control" and "Shift" and while holding, enter "DIPY". This will reset the sign and reset the password to "DOTS" in the process. You're in!
#hack #hacking #road #sign #Electronic
#acab #protest #blm #diy
 
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How to hack Electronic Road Sign (VMS)

FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY

How many times have you driven by an electronic road sign like one of these?

This is the ADDCO portable sign. Today, you see what is on the inside, and how they are programmed to display important information.

WARNING YOU SHOULD NEVER TAMPER WITH THESE SIGNS

The access panel on the sign is generally protected by a small lock, but often are left unprotected. Upon opening the access panel you can see the display electronics.

The black control pad is attached by a curly cord, with a keyboard on the face.

Programming is as simple as scrolling down the menu selection to "Instant Text". Type whatever you want to display, Hit Enter to submit. You can now either throw it up on the sign by selecting "Run w/out save" or you can add more pages to it by selecting "Add page"

DO NOT ENTER PASSWORDS THAT DONT BELONG TO YOU BUT IF YOU WERE CURIOUS... Should it will ask you for a password. Try "DOTS", the default password.

In all likelihood, the crew will not have changed it. However if they did, never fear. Hold "Control" and "Shift" and while holding, enter "DIPY". This will reset the sign and reset the password to "DOTS" in the process. You're in!
#hack #hacking #road #sign #Electronic
#acab #protest #blm #diy
 
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How to hack Electronic Road Sign (VMS)

FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY

How many times have you driven by an electronic road sign like one of these?

This is the ADDCO portable sign. Today, you see what is on the inside, and how they are programmed to display important information.

WARNING YOU SHOULD NEVER TAMPER WITH THESE SIGNS

The access panel on the sign is generally protected by a small lock, but often are left unprotected. Upon opening the access panel you can see the display electronics.

The black control pad is attached by a curly cord, with a keyboard on the face.

Programming is as simple as scrolling down the menu selection to "Instant Text". Type whatever you want to display, Hit Enter to submit. You can now either throw it up on the sign by selecting "Run w/out save" or you can add more pages to it by selecting "Add page"

DO NOT ENTER PASSWORDS THAT DONT BELONG TO YOU BUT IF YOU WERE CURIOUS... Should it will ask you for a password. Try "DOTS", the default password.

In all likelihood, the crew will not have changed it. However if they did, never fear. Hold "Control" and "Shift" and while holding, enter "DIPY". This will reset the sign and reset the password to "DOTS" in the process. You're in!
#hack #hacking #road #sign #Electronic
#acab #protest #blm #diy
 

Louisville police officers cleared of criminal charges in Breonna Taylor death

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (Reuters) - Two white policemen who fired into the apartment of Breonna Taylor, a Black medical worker, will not be prosecuted for her death because their use of force was justified, but a third was charged with endangering her neighbors, Kentucky’s attorney general said on Wednesday.

Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced the Louisville grand jury’s decision at a news conference as protesters against racial injustice and police brutality massed in the streets of Kentucky’s largest city. ...
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-race-usa-louisville-report/louisville-police-officers-cleared-of-criminal-charges-in-breonna-taylor-death-idUSKCN26E2KZ

#BreonnaTaylor #BLM #BlackLivesMatter #PoliceKillings #Louisville
 

Nearly all Black Lives Matter protests are peaceful despite Trump narrative, report finds


In stark contrast to rightwing claims, 93% of demonstrations have involved no serious harm to people or property

The vast majority of the thousands of Black Lives Matter protests this summer have been peaceful, with more than 93% involving no serious harm to people or damage to property, according to a new report tracking political violence in the United States.

But the US government has taken a “heavy-handed approach” to the demonstrations, with authorities using force “more often than not” when they are present, the report found.

[I would like to know what fraction of all harm that has occurred during BLM protests was actually caused by right-wing infiltrators/agitators/murderers.

My guess is More than 90%.

Trump is the violent extremist. Trump does not care about black lives. Trump does not care about any lives but his own. Trump is the one who would rather let millions of Americans die than admit a mistake. It stands to reason that Trump and his zombies would be the ones committing all acts of violence at the BLM protests. Without evidence, any claim to the contrary is just propaganda.

Until I see Hard Evidence that BLM protestors are responsible for any of the violence, I will continue to assume that 100% of the violence at BLM protests was committed by white, right-wing extremists.

Trump and his followers have proven themselves to be such violent, ignorant subhuman pieces of shit that they have earned the presumption of guilt until proven otherwise: At this point, the presumption of Nazi guilt is simply a rational Bayesian inference, much like the presumption that the sun will rise tomorrow, or that gravity will still work an hour from now: It is just the way the universe works.]

#BLM #BlackLivesMatter #PeacefulProtest #RightWingViolence #RightWingExtremism #AmericanNazis #StochasticTerrorism #Trump
 

Nearly all Black Lives Matter protests are peaceful despite Trump narrative, report finds


In stark contrast to rightwing claims, 93% of demonstrations have involved no serious harm to people or property

The vast majority of the thousands of Black Lives Matter protests this summer have been peaceful, with more than 93% involving no serious harm to people or damage to property, according to a new report tracking political violence in the United States.

But the US government has taken a “heavy-handed approach” to the demonstrations, with authorities using force “more often than not” when they are present, the report found.

[I would like to know what fraction of all harm that has occurred during BLM protests was actually caused by right-wing infiltrators/agitators/murderers.

My guess is More than 90%.

Trump is the violent extremist. Trump does not care about black lives. Trump does not care about any lives but his own. Trump is the one who would rather let millions of Americans die than admit a mistake. It stands to reason that Trump and his zombies would be the ones committing all acts of violence at the BLM protests. Without evidence, any claim to the contrary is just propaganda.

Until I see Hard Evidence that BLM protestors are responsible for any of the violence, I will continue to assume that 100% of the violence at BLM protests was committed by white, right-wing extremists.

Trump and his followers have proven themselves to be such violent, ignorant subhuman pieces of shit that they have earned the presumption of guilt until proven otherwise: At this point, the presumption of Nazi guilt is simply a rational Bayesian inference, much like the presumption that the sun will rise tomorrow, or that gravity will still work an hour from now: It is just the way the universe works.]

#BLM #BlackLivesMatter #PeacefulProtest #RightWingViolence #RightWingExtremism #AmericanNazis #StochasticTerrorism #Trump
 
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