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(a few news headlines from the past 3 months)

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

police

Didn’t want to post these police brutality headlines selected from the past three months because they are so negative and depressing. But it’s what we see everyday, see and read and watch and hear.

The police are a para-military force whose primary purpose is to protect the possessions of the rich . . . their secondary purpose is to protect their own power . . . their hobbies seem to be breaking the law and abusing the rest of us.

It’s up to us to not put up with it.

The Police in the United States of America
(a few news headlines from the past 3 months)

Honest Cop Demoted, Has Sanity Questioned

Cops Kill Man for Refusing to ID
as He Dropped Off Stray Cat to Animal Shelter

Man Threatens Suicide, Police Kill Him

‘I’ll put a bullet hole right through your f*cking head’:
Off-duty Mass. cop suspended for threatening driver

You call the police to check on your grandfather, and they shoot him

Sheriff Tells Family He’s ‘Sorry’ After His Officers
Starved Their Mentally Ill Son to Death

Cop Pulls Assault Rifle, Threatens Protesters
For Their ‘Constitutional Bullsh**’

Cop Body Slams 100lb Handcuffed Teen Face First
After She Didn’t Sit Down Fast Enough

Police Brutality Activist Mysteriously Dies in Jail
After Being Pulled Over for Improper Lane Change

Cops Admit They Have No Idea Why They Stopped Man,
But Arrest Him Anyway

Business Owner’s Surveillance Cameras Catches
Undercover Police Agent Planting Crack

Cleveland Cops Promise to Stop Pistol-Whipping People
After DOJ Exposed Their Dangerous Habit

State Troopers Fatally Shoot Oklahoma Man They Were Trying To Rescue

Dashcam Video: Cops Kill Unarmed Mother,
Brag About Marksmanship Afterward

Woman Successfully Defends Herself from Armed Attacker
Only to Be Shot When Police Arrive

Video May Show Cops Eating Weed Candy After Raiding Dispensary

Good Samaritan Prevents Burglary, So a Cop Killed His Beloved Family’s Dog, Who Was on a Leash!

US police killings headed for 1,100 this year, with black Americans twice as likely to die; police kill more in days than other countries do in years

Jailhouse Snitch Tapes Reveal How Cops Recruited Serial Murderer
To Be Their Informant

“Grab Anybody!”: St. Louis PD
Indiscriminately Tase and Arrest People Walking Down Sidewalk

Photo Shows White Chicago Cops Posing With Black Man In Antlers,
took ‘hunting’ photograph with black man as prey

Cop Who Shot and Killed 7-Year-Old Girl While Filming Reality Show
Is a Police Officer Again

VIDEO: Officers Admit They Will Not Ticket Fellow Cops,
They Only Collect Revenue From Non-Cops

NYPD Cops Shamelessly Talk About How a Murdered 14-Year-Old ‘Deserved To Die’

Little Rock police slam non-violent blind man to the street. Guess his race.

Cops are the terrorists in our neighborhood

America Is #1 in Police Killings Among Western Democracies,
new report shows that American police kill at least two people a day.

Body Cam Video Catches Cops Slamming Black Pregnant Woman to Ground, Letting White Woman Go Free

Chicago police paid out more than half of a billion dollars
for police misconduct in the past decade

I Told a Grand Jury I Saw a Cop Shoot and Kill an Unarmed Man.
It Didn’t Indict.

SWAT Raids 81-Year-Old Navy Vet’s Home,
Broke His Hip, Left Him For Dead in Pool of His Own Feces

The FBI’s Response To Another Killer Cop Set Free?
More Surveillance of Protestors

Florida Cop: ‘The Crack Is Not For Me, It’s For My Wife’

Ex-Cop Says He Was Fired for Refusing to Destroy Video Evidence
of Abuse of Inmate – The inmate was paraded naked in handcuffs.

5 Cops Resign As First Black Female Mayor Takes Office In Mo.

Arrested for ‘sagging pants,’ Ervin Edwards
tasered to death in custody; Police lie in report

Cop Claims Freedom of Speech Does Not Give Citizens
the Right to Question Police

Riding his bike & talking on the phone, Dontrell Stephens
shot 4 times in the back by Florida police

Black Women in San Francisco Are Nearly 50% of City’s Female Arrests,
and Only 6% of the Female Population

Officer Turns Off Body Cam and Screams ‘Who’s the Man’
as He Beats Defenseless Homeless Man

Graphic body cam footage shows police allow a K-9 to viciously
attack a man sitting on his couch with his hands raised

Hidden Camera Catches NYPD Cops Arresting Man For No Reason,
Making Up Purpose for Stopping Him

Dashcam footage shows Delaware police officer kicking suspect in face

Fired Florida police officer with history of violence
says calling black people ‘monkeys’ isn’t racist

New Mexico Cops Bummed They Can’t Just Steal People’s Money Anymore

Sheriff Shoots Real Estate Agent as She Shows House,
Then Walks Away Because ‘He’s the Sheriff’

Atlanta Cops Kill Woman,
Say She Fired on them While Handcuffed in Back of Patrol Car

Video shows unarmed Utah man was listening to headphones
when killed by police

Underage Girl Brushes Off Cop’s Flirting Attempt,
So She’s Swarmed by Cops, Groped and Arrested

Video Proves Cops Lied When They Broke Man’s Face.
Why Are They Only Getting a Slap on the Wrist?

DOJ To Launch Federal Investigation Of Baltimore Police Dept.

DEA Steals $16,000 In Cash From Young Black Man,
Because He Must Be A Drug Dealer

City Has To Shell Out $1.975 Million After Seattle Cops
Shoot Man in the Face

Disturbing Video Shows Criminal Justice Student
Assaulted and Tasered by Border Patrol, For No Reason

St. Louis Officer Charged for Being High on Cocaine
While He Shot a Man in the Back

Baltimore: thousands of suspects arrive too injured
to go to jail, records show

In U.S., Domestic Terror, Cop Killings and Violent Gun Deaths
with Suicides, Dwarf Anything “Jihadis” Have Produced

Man Reporting Crime Given Less Than 2 Seconds To Drop Gun
Before Officer Shoots Him

Chris Rock: ‘Cops Never Shoot White Kids’

NYPD Cop Tries to ‘Cop a Feel’ on a Woman,
Her Friend Tries to Film it, So they Assault and Kidnap Him

Blatant lies by NYPD officers completely disproved
by security cameras that captured incident from multiple angles

Dashcam Video Shows Police Responding to 9-1-1 Call,
Show Up and Immediately Shoot the Victim

Mother of two called 9-1-1 to report intruders
and the police showed up and killed her

Black teen with white parents was assaulted by police in his own home
because they believed he was a robber

Man called 9-1-1 to report vandals in his home, police showed up and killed him

Video Shows Deputy Smash Autistic Man’s Skull into the Ground,
Killing Him for Joking Around

Cop Who Shoots Unarmed Boy with Down Syndrome Says
He Feared for His Life: Video Shows He’s Lying

18-Year-Old Girl Dies In Jail
After Police Accuse Her of Faking Medical Emergency

Black Missouri drivers 75 percent more likely to be stopped by police
than white drivers, new report from attorney general finds

Dad Calls Cops on Son to Teach Him a Lesson,
Cops Shoot Son Dead

Off-Duty Cop Shoots 2 After Argument At Kevin Hart Show

Cops Put Mentally Ill Man on One-Way Bus Ride to Florida
then Charged Him with Escape

Innocent Ohio man sues Cleveland cops after 40yrs in jail

Cop Charged For Pointing Gun at Infant Grandchild
‘For the Purpose of Threatening and Intimidating’

LAPD Officer Convicted Of Kicking Handcuffed Woman In The Groin

Florida police murder black computer engineer as he listens to music;
attempted coverup exposed

Ex-Cop Arrested In Cold Case Slaying, Eyed In Similar Cases

Virginia Cop Uses Pepper-Spray, Taser on Unresisting Black Man Having Stroke

Man Left Paralyzed After Police Filled Him with Bullet Holes
for 8 Ounces of Weed

Former Baltimore Police Officer Comes Clean About Corruption On Force

Homeowner Livid After SWAT Team Blows Up His Entire Home
in Pursuit of Shoplifter

Philly Police Defy Federal Recommendations,
They Want to Be Able to Kill People Anonymously

Camera catches police wrestling pregnant black woman to the ground
for no reason whatsoever

Alabama cops Tasered girl during seizure at concert and arrested mom for trying to help

We Pay A Shocking Amount For Police Misconduct,
And Cops Want Us Just To Accept It. We Shouldn’t.

The US can’t keep track of how many people its police kill

Cop Escapes Charges After Shooting
an Unarmed Man With His Hands Up on Video

Cleveland Cop Found Not Guilty
After He Jumped on Hood of Car and Murdered Unarmed Couple

RAW VIDEO: Cop Tases 12-Yr-Old Child While Choking Him!

Video Catches Cop on Rampage as Fellow Cops Try to Stop Him
From Torturing Handcuffed Man

America: Not the Home of the Brave, but of the Scared S*#tless

High School Art Exhibit Attacked By Cops for Depicting Police Brutality

– Smith, 7.28.2015

holywater

 

happiness can happen

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

defibulators

Status Report 37

The daily news obscures the views
that happiness can happen.

– Smith, 7.9.2015

b4dielist

 

the crime is not stealing big enough

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

There’s an open poetry reading Sunday at
Rooms To Let art installation
2 pm at 3810 E. 71 St., Cleveland, OHIO
hosted by Smith & Lady
in the Chiplis room I would imagine,
or elsewhere outside, depending on how many come
no sign up, just read if and when you feel
Rooms to Let art installation FaceBook page

Where’s The Sun This Earth Run?

Between dark of bed
and too early dark of rise
lack of sleep leaves lead.

Unready child
awake in unpromised land
carries dark in heart.

If this be stage,
where’s my mark, what is word,
what my length of run?

Enter stage left
and before exit stage right
place for count each step.

Script is total blank,
and on cue cards
invisible ink.

Applause often sparse
and co-actors lack in tact,
their performance flat.

Change the channel,
strip off this costume shell,
ad lib some shit.

They can’t fire you
until your done is do
so go, play the fool.

You won’t get renewed
unless you sleep with crew
or director’s tool.

And no money paid
in spite of contracted say,
that’s just way of play.

So you walk the boards
until replaced or bored,
then retire, gored.

We seem sign unseen
used for decorating stage,
sought until no need.

– Smith, 5.13.2015

The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight took in 500 million dollars . . . this is a country where folks pay half a billion dollars to watch two brown-skinned men beat the shit out of each other . . . a country where white cops kill unarmed blacks with impunity . . . where 62 of 100 Senators are worth a million or more while the rest pocket lobbyist money as fast as they can . . . where corporations buy politicians by the bushel, millionaire football players cheat to win, millionaire baseball players cheat to win, millionaire bicycle racers cheat to win . . . where corporations raking in billions pay no taxes . . where Faux News hate-speakers spew bigotry for cash . . . where clowns and homophobes and racists and sexists openly run for President . . . where cops constantly lie, priests abuse young boys, police hire out as murderers . . . where our government takes from the poorer to give to the richer . . . where our president kills whomever he wants without moral or legal cause — our leaders are crooked, our police are crooked, our corporations are crooked, our newspapers and regulatory agencies toadies to the 1%, our Supreme Court two-thirds corrupt . . . and yet we wonder why there’s such a lack of morality in life today — it’s simple, that’s the way things work now, from the top on down . . yet if you shoplift a loaf of bread to feed your family, you’re jailed . . . the crime ain’t stealing, the crime is not stealing big enough.

What’s really weird is I’m spouting off about morality, yet I stole 13 cars as a kid and spent almost a year in jail for my second armed robbery. On the other hand, I’m a perfect example that one can change, leave a bad path and try to walk a better.

 

Black History Month Poems – 2

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

 

Tamir dropped
like a rag doll
in two seconds

Video with no sound

The camera, horrified,
had to watch this movie
and it did so, dutifully
doling out chunks
a faithful guardian

Lungs knocked out throat
silent pungent scream wheezing
burning sympathy goads many
to do something

Please come all
to gentle tableland
of understanding

~ Lady

 

 

Occupation Station

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Tonight’s occupy Cleveland General Assembly meeting – foto Smith

Just stood in the cold for an hour for tonight’s Occupy Cleveland General Assembly so Lady could offer a proposal to help slow down a bank evicting a woman with cancer. It was 29 degrees Fahrenheit but felt like 16 according to weather.com. It’s going down to 20 tonight – what’s that going to feel like . . . 7 degrees?

Tonight’s hour out in the freeze and blow hurt my feet, hands, neck, and ears. How do these young adults stay out there 24 hours a day 7 days a week manning the open Occupy Cleveland info tent without heat, without tents, without sleeping bags, without electricity, without gas to cook hot food?

I know their youth makes them stronger, sturdier, able to acclimate and endure more. And I know their protesting our country’s rigged money game is going to be one of the moral highlights of their lives, perhaps one of the most important things they’ll ever do for themselves, and us. But still, it’s so cold, bitter.

Lady tries to make it a wee bit better every morning by taking down 4 hot egg and cheese sandwiches for them (or a quiche and fried potatoes, or this morning it was a Spanish omelet) plus a large thermos of coffee one day, cocoa the next (all of which is seriously damaging our low income budget and is forcing us to shop at the Great Satan Wal-Mart so we can afford supplies),

The 8-14 constant info tent occupiers (who refer to themselves as the Troglodytes) wanted December 24th off to rest and shower and drink and party and get warm so Lady decided she would start her 39th birthday off by having us take the 5am to 10am shift.

We started off comfortable and warm in the 29 degree cold, but as the hours pass, the heat seeps from your body and cold creeps in. We spent most the time huddling on the heated sidewalk around the steam grate trying to keep various body parts warm — something I’ve seen the homeless do for years.

By 10am when our relief shift was to arrive I was cold, miserable and more than ready to go home, so of course our relief didn’t show up. Three hours later at 1pm a couple of the regulars returned and we took off. But that 8 hour shift in the cold on the concrete gave me a whole new appreciation for what these occupiers are doing.

And they needn’t have to. Cleveland’s Mayor Frank Jackson is just being petty, pissy, shitty in denying them electricity, heat, tents, sleeping bags, sleep, cooking while hoping that the elements will defeat us where his police mercenaries can’t.

This is especially galling because Cleveland lets Christmas shoppers set up tents in parking lots so they can camp out over night to be first in line for the Big Box Store sales, and they let the Cleveland Brown fans have grills and fire barrels for their illegal tailgate parties, so Mayor Jackson is selectively enforcing city laws — if breaking them benefits his Corporate masters, he looks the other way; but if breaking them involves free speech and the use of our civil rights which embarrass his Corporate owners, he has his SWAT team arrest us.

According to the recent U.S. census, one of every two Americans is slipping into poverty, while less than 1% of the rich own 90% of this country’s wealth – in fact 6 of the Wal-Mart descendants own more wealth then 50 million Americans combined.

This is sick. Just plain wrong. And very shortsighted.

Occupy Wall Street has changed the conversation in this country. Before OWS, this gargantuan disparity in wealth was seldom mentioned in the news; now it is talked about everywhere.

And if the rich and corporations and politicians listen and heed and actually do something about this grotesquely unfair rigged con-game that brings such disparity, we can turm America into a nation we can finally be proud of. If they don’t, then blood will run from boardrooms and mansions into the streets, as it morally should.

Making things fairer might also turn out to be financially more rewarding and definitely physically safer for the elite.

The rich need to realize there are repercussions to their theft and lawlessness. It is in their best interest to start paying their taxes, start paying their employees decent wages, establish universal free healthcare and education, and to stop raping the Earth.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I will remember Mayor Frank Jackson’s corporate ass kissing actions when I walk into the voting booth next election and vote for anyone but Frank Jackson. And that includes any other politician I get to vote on who is not actively supporting Occupy Wall Street.

People and politicians forget that protesters changed the racist segregation laws in this country, forced Nixon to get out of Viet Nam, forced men to give women the vote, forced slave owners to free their slaves. Principles and protest and persevering actions and dedication can and has changed things for the better.

It’s all up to us.










Occupy Cleveland 2012 – foto Smith

 

Daily Digest – Sunday, Nov. 20 – Toward the Sky

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Mayors Conspired to Close Occupy Wall Street Encampments * Today’s (Sunday’s) Events * Please Speak out Against Violence Against Dogs, Arrests and Other Inappropriate Actions in NY * Recap Links * Important Movement Needs Raised 11/15-11/17 * Possible Community Meetings with Police * Call for Help with Winter Occupation Quarters, Volunteers and Food * Call for Help to Stop Garbage Incinerator * Fresh Facilitators WantedUpcoming Events of NoteMeetings / WAGsCurrent Haves and NeedsMore Reading / Links * Call for Information

Weekend Schedule: Today’s Events; 3PM GA (General Assembly); 8-10 PM Entertainment; 10 PM-2 AM Night Shift #1; 2-6 AM Night Shift #2;  Upcoming Events; Stuff happens continuously in the NW Quadrant of Public Square 24/7.

Get Occupy Cleveland in your inbox! Sign up to receive home page articles and the daily digest via email here (http://bit.ly/tCcnzQ).

New! YouTube list of OccupyCleveland tagged videos: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_type=videos&search_query=occupy+cleveland&search_sort=video_date_uploaded

Marches, interviews and more!

NOTE to readers: I am posting this here today as the OccupyCleveland site is undergoing maintenance. – Lady

Mayors Conspired to Close Occupy Wall Street Encampments

From http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/nov2011/occu-n17.shtml. Snippets from the article with embedded contact info throughout. Suggestion: call and politely ask that freedom of speech, assembly and the innate freedom to work together long term to solve problems (which means sleeping overnight in tents and communal situations sometimes) be respected by people who are mayors and people who are police.

In an interview with the BBC Tuesday, Oakland mayor Jean Quan said that she had coordinated her efforts to crack down on the occupation with the mayors of other major cities.

“I was recently on a conference call with 18 cities across the country who had the same situation where what had started as a political movement and a political encampment ended up being an encampment no longer in control by the people who started them,” said Ms. Quan.

. . .

Oakland contact info:
Mayor: (510) 444-2489
Police: (216) 625-5011

.. .

On Tuesday evening, police indiscriminately sprayed large bottles of pepper spray into a peaceful demonstration in downtown Seattle. The victims included an 84-year-old woman, a priest, and a pregnant woman who was sent to the hospital as a result. An Associated Press photo of 84-year-old Dorli Rainey with her face covered in pepper spray

. . .

Seattle contact info:
Call the Mayor’s reception desk at (206) 684-4000
Police: (206) 684-2489

. . .

The same night, five people were arrested in Pittsburgh and charged with defiant trespass, failure to disperse and obstruction of roadways.

. . .

Pittsburgh contact info:
Mayor: 412-255-2626
Police: (412) 323-7800

. . .

Police cleared out Occupy San Diego at 2 a.m. Wednesday morning, arresting 9 people.

. . .

San Diego contact info:
Mayor: (619) 236-6330
Police: (619) 531-2000

. . .

Police likewise raided a portion of the Occupy San Francisco encampment Wednesday morning, arresting seven people and dismantling 15 tents.

. . .

San Francisco contact info:
Mayor: (415) 554-6141
Police: 415-553-0123

. . .

Tuesday’s clearing of Zuccotti Park, in which 200 people were arrested, was only the most prominent in a string of crackdowns in dozens of cities.

. . .

NY contact info:
Mayor: 212-639-9675
Police: 212-334-0611

. . .

On Sunday, police cleared a camp in Portland, Oregon, arresting 50 people.

. . .

Portland contact info:
Mayor: (503) 823-4120
Police: 212-334-0611

. . .

Today’s (Sunday’s) Events

In addition to our regularly scheduled weekday events, here are some special events that are happening today! Lots to do! Unless otherwise noted, events are in NW Quadrant (Tom Johnson/Free Speech Quadrant) of Public Square or nearby in the white tent area. More upcoming events after today are here…

Sun., Nov. 20 @ 11 AM
Keeping Warm & Signs and Symptoms of Hypothermia Workshop

For everyone who is interested, especially if you spend a lot of time outside, this Sunday, November 20th, at 11am, First Aid WG will be having a Workshop on the following topics: Keeping Warm & Signs and Symptoms of Hypothermia and Frost Bite. Talking points will be on Clothing: What to wear, how often to change certain garments (ie socks, gloves), laundering the wet stuff; Hypothermia: how to avoid it, figure out if this is happening to any of our members, what to do in case it is. With winter virtually upon us, the wind picking up, and people who may plan to continue to occupy outdoors, please show up, and let anyone who is not in the online group know! http://www.facebook.com/events/216903115047801/

Community Outreach WAG
Next Mtg. Sun., Nov. 20 @ 1 PM * Alternating Saturdays and Sundays * PLEASE NOTE CHANGED MEETING VENUE
Coordination with groups to help grow the movement. We are meeting at the Root Cafe in Lakewood, 15118 Detroit Ave. 11/5 meeting notes. Outreach email: occupyclevelandoutreach (_at symbol_) gmail.com.

3 PM GA

Formal forum at NW corner of Public Square or in white info tent west of this area. At this assembly, proposals and announcements are made. This is where consensus items are decided.

Direct Action WAG * Every day after GA (7 PM Weekdays, 4 PM Weekends) * NOTE CHANGED TIME

Coordination of Direct Action communication and initiatives. Wed., Nov. 2 Mtg Notes.

10 PM – 2 AM and 2 AM – 6 AM Evening Shifts

Please sign up at the white tent for an evening shift so that we can maintain effective occupancy overnight and relieve people who are overburdened. Dress extremely warmly with lots of layers and bring appropriate gear to keep yourself warm.

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Toward The Sky

Tonight as I write I sing songs
Of soulful bliss extended into storm
The night where i was born
Again as I just became woman
I lived life like I knew you, and I knew
That all these little prayers were for each star handed to me as I spoke of you
Get this world in your hand
And take cover as they attempt to hold back tears
They know they are on the wrong side of justice
Hold on, hold on to your heart and let if fly
Toward the sky
Feel the depth of the planet in your stomach
And sincerely, eagerly participate

Let it all go, let the ‘I know I should’ be replaced
By ‘I can create a new day’.
We have a voice, we have our hand,
We can lift them up to say ‘no more’.
The life I lead can turn hate into pixie dust
Shaken from the palms of children
Onto the ground before you as you stand
With your weapons in hand
Ready to fight progress and truth

The restlessness is white noise silenced
life and faces of innocence triggered sadness
Cold nails drilled souls like yesterday
When the door we opened was abruptly
Shut in our face, our palms reached out to sky
Again to seek guidance
justice whispers her breathless allegiance
Intake coming from our soul, we will no longer
Bail out news, government thinned out like
Hair on a presidents brow, like those taken
From homes, foreclosed, we have foreclosed
Upon ourselves, our ability to speak has
ripped out like rugs under faceless dictators
Those that seek to destroy restoration, take notice.
We have come. We have arrived to ourselves
Like a new day has dawned its fresh face
On our existence. We say goodnight, we let
The moon rise and the light fall onto itself
We end this day with hope.
A new day will be born tomorrow
In the earths womb, she will carry our sorrow
Toward her core, embrace it and hold it close
To her heart. We will be carried by song birds
Facing new mornings, yes, new mornings they have come
To greet us with their hands held out.

– Shelly Gracon-Nagy

Please send poetry submissions to occupyclevelandpoetry (_at symbol_) gmail.com.

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Please Speak out Against Violence Against Dogs, Arrests and Other Inappropriate Actions in NY

Update: some are uncertain if the killings of the dogs actually occurred as it has not been widely reported. The NYPD killed 2 dogs, clubbed them in tents. Pepper sprayed another NY sanitation worker while sorting debris of camp. Poured “pee bottles” on the majority of library. They managed to save a few hundred (there were approx. 5,400), all tech found in camp was smashed, spent 6 hours prepping 300+ “post jail kits,” many beaten today… Over 30K on Brooklyn Bridge today. ~Reliable source in NYC~

Another source: over 300 people were arrested yesterday in NY.

Please call or email the mayor of New York at 212-639-9675, email: http://www.nyc.gov/html/ma il/html/mayor.html, and/or call the NYPD at 646-610-5000 and respectfully request that the Occupy Movement be tolerated and respected by the city and people who are police and for it to be allowed to persist easily. You can also go to http://faxzero.com/ and send a fax to the Mayor’s office! (212) 788-8123.

More #’s:
NY Governor Cuomo: 518-474-8390
NYPD 1st Precinct: 212-334-0611
NYPD 5th Precinct: 212-334-0711
NYPD 6th Precinct: 212-741-4811
NYPD 7th Precinct: 212-477-7311
NYPD 9th Precinct: 212-477-7811

Recap Links

Please post Saturday’s notes. Friday’s notes from memory, Wednesday livestream GA, Tuesday’s GA Notes – Thank you for posting! New notekeepers: please post GA notes in forum http://unju.st/forum/viewforum.php?f=3

Videos
11-17 march in support of Occupy Wall Street
11-17 rally in support of Occupy Wall Street

New! Media Wiki: http://wiki.occupycleveland.com/index.php/In_the_Media

Recent proposals – http://unju.st/forum/viewforum.php?f=32
11-16 forum proposal: consolidation of social media accounts
11-15 forum proposal/GA result: letters to mayor & council; modification of Good Neighbor Agreement; no secret meetings; proposal presented to yesterday’s (Tuesday’s) GA and looks like parts of proposal are going to be worked on some more.
11-14 GA raised proposal: “Occupy the Food Bank” day – sent tentatively to Outreach WAG for thought
11-14 GA raised proposal: Community meetings with police- sent to Gov/Legislative WAG for thought
11-14 GA raised proposal: Nov. 26th Holiday Ceremony signage/handouts – sent to Outreach, Media, Direct Action WAGs for thought

Interesting Threads
11-17 thread by Cummins asking for list of contact info on website
11-17 thread about Roadway permit signatories (need for) and heat.
11-15 thread about individual visions of Occupy
Discussions about winter occupation solutions in Occupy Cleveland Non-violently Facebook Group

Important Movement Needs Raised 11/15 – 11/17

  • Help with laundry
  • Boots (mens size 10 to 11), flashlights, long underwear, hats, gloves, socks, prepared foods, easy nonprepared foods, plastic dishware, rubber gloves, meat, coffee, walkie talkies
  • Help with where we are going to be in two weeks – please review http://unju.st/forum/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=960
  • Help with Dec. 10 NO CUTS day (RE Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the Super Committee) – please review http://unju.st/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=972

Possible Community Meetings with Police

From Monday’s GA: “Kevin (the white one) happened to meet Police Commissioner McGrath, who suggested a more regular community liaison approach with Occupy Cleveland, which Kevin offered as a proposal. We discussed it a bit and agreed to refer that to the Government/Legislative Working Group that has been working informally.” – http://unju.st/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=969/

Call for Help with Winter Occupation Quarters, Volunteers and Food

Currently looking for space between E 30 and W 30 (marching distance to banks and fed are key here) that is accessible 24/7. (Also, should have heat that won’t cost us a fortune). For the most part this means storefronts or office space (maybe in one of than bank buildings so we can occupy the bank?) but if you’ve got another idea that doesn’t look like that don’t let that limit you.

If you know of a space, know someone who might help us out, or just drove by something with a sign outside and feel like calling and checking, we need your help and any information you find.

First Aid needs more volunteers, and Housekeeping and Sanitation need people to help with the tent. We are running out of food and we call for donations.

Call for Help to Stop Garbage Incinerator

We have an environmental justice issue going on here in Cleveland. We have to put the kabash on this insane deal! Some want to burn toxic garbage right near community gardens and tons of schools. Please help stop this whatever way you can!

http://heresanotherreason.tumblr.com/

Fresh Facilitators Wanted

The facilitation group has asked for fresh people to do the facilitation process. Here’s a training video put out by Occupy Wall Street: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfTf2db6YfI. Interested parties can get in touch with the Facilitation workgroup as well.

Upcoming Events

Events are in the NW Quadrant (Tom Johnson Quadrant) of Public Square unless otherwise noted.

Sun., Nov. 20 @ 11 AM
Keeping Warm & Signs and Symptoms of Hypothermia Workshop

For everyone who is interested, especially if you spend a lot of time outside, this Sunday, November 20th, at 11am, First Aid WG will be having a Workshop on the following topics: Keeping Warm & Signs and Symptoms of Hypothermia and Frost Bite. Talking points will be on Clothing: What to wear, how often to change certain garments (ie socks, gloves), laundering the wet stuff; Hypothermia: how to avoid it, figure out if this is happening to any of our members, what to do in case it is. With winter virtually upon us, the wind picking up, and people who may plan to continue to occupy outdoors, please show up, and let anyone who is not in the online group know! http://www.facebook.com/events/216903115047801/

Mon., Nov. 21
Request from OccupyCincinnati that we Occupy Portman offices, phones, emails, faxes

Wed., November 23 @ 8 PM & recurring every Wednesday
Occupy Womens Group

We aim to create a safe space for woman-identified individuals to discuss ideas and goals on how Occupy Cleveland can incorporate events/direct actions to better demonstrate the movement’s solidarity with women in their struggles. Meeting place: Tower 230 Bar & Grill, 230 W. Huron, Cleveland. https://www.facebook.com/events/168133733282156/

Fri., November 25
Benefit concert for #OccupyCleveland at Phantasy Nightclub in Lakewood

Fri., Nov. 25
Buy Nothing Day

http://www.facebook.com/events/304240506270048/

Wed., November 30
Move to Amend Cleveland Meeting

Meeting including film and discussion of Jan. 20, 2012 Occupy the Courts action and campaign to pass resolution to abolish corporate constitutional rights & money as speech. Peace House, 10916 Magnolia Ave., Cleveland. http://www.facebook.com/events/259126194134066/

November Date-time Continuum Slot/Event Name TBD
Theater production(s) RE pertinent topics

Sat., Dec. 10 @ 12 NOON
International Human Rights Day No Cuts! Rally and March

A coalition of community members and organizations (including #OccupyCleveland) are banding together to organize this event to stop the proposed cuts by the Super Committee. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=130719423702177; forum discussion: http://unju.st/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=972

Wednesdays @ 8 PM – 10 PM
Community Drum Circle

Bring your drum to the NW Quadrant (“Tom Johnson Quadrant”) of Public Square Wednesdays at 8.

July 4, 2012
New Continental Congress July 4 in Philadelphia

“WE, THE NINETY-NINE PERCENT OF THE PEOPLE of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, in order to form a more perfect Union, by, for and of the PEOPLE, shall elect a NATIONAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY to convene on July 4, 2012, in the City Of Philadelphia.” – http://www.facebook.com/events/118304291615364/

Regular Meetings / WAGs*

WAGS are located in the northwest quadrant of Public Square by the Tom Johnson statue or in the white tent adjacent to the quadrant unless otherwise noted, and all are welcome to come and participate! Please send your meeting/WAG info to occupyclevelandstories (_at symbol_) gmail.com so that it can be listed here.

Community Outreach WAG
Next Mtg. Sun., Nov. 20 @ 1 PM * Alternating Saturdays and Sundays * PLEASE NOTE CHANGED MEETING VENUE
Coordination with groups to help grow the movement. We are meeting at the Root Cafe in Lakewood, 15118 Detroit Ave. 11/5 meeting notes. Outreach email: occupyclevelandoutreach (_at symbol_) gmail.com.

Occupation WAG * Tuesdays and Thursdays after 6 PM GA
Coordination and research of physical occupation

Tech WAG * Wednesdays 8 PM
OccupyCLE.tech (_at symbol_) gmail.com, 216 200 6278

Direct Action WAG * Every day after GA (7 PM Weekdays, 4 PM Weekends) * NOTE CHANGED TIME
Coordination of Direct Action communication and initiatives. Wed., Nov. 2 Mtg Notes.

Communication WAG * 1-3 PM Daily Check-ins
Facilitates communication with reps from each group–check in with John between 1-3 PM in Public Square–phone coming.

Foreclosure and Bank Action WAG – Video/Phone Conf * 8 PM Mondays
Concerns ways to brainstorm to change the situation with banks such that banks are held accountable for foreclosure impact on community

Education WAG * Next Mtg. TBA
Coordination of Education / Teach-ins / Scheduling. occupyclevelanded (_at symbol) gmail.com. Meeting Notes from 10/30 on Ed Forum (unju.st/forum)

Theater Subgroup of Arts and Culture WAG * Next Mtg. TBA
Collaborative Theater Meeting
This particular meeting pertains to theater event(s) and other creative actions. We are planning a major creative event in November and we invite poets, artists, singers, musicians, dancers, theater people and anyone interested in participating to come to this planning event Wednesday, which will also be a group collaborative event that will be fun. More details below. occupyclevelandtheater (_at symbol) gmail.com

First Aid/Housekeeping/Sanitation WAG * Next Mtg. TBA

* WAG: Working/Affinity Group

Check the forums for more info on working groups. There are probably working group meetings that are happening that are not on the above list. Here are some known working groups: Outreach * Phone & Q&A * Arts & Culture * Spirituality * Food * Mission/Vision * Legal * Peacekeeping * Entertainment * First Aid * Sanitation * Nightwatch * Direct Action * Facilitators * Finance * Tech * Logistics * Transportation * Permanent Occupation Base

Current haves and needs

Work, kindness, self-critique, community, patience, persistence, dialogue, peace, rationality, health, equality, empathy, civic support, solidarity, idealism, courage, listening, dialogue, mentoring, participation, calmness, respect, compassion for one another, outreach, ethical banks, small business loans from banks, energy, focus, kindness, wholeness, tolerance, listening, global tribal ethic, fostering leadership in young adults, restoring reverence to older adults, community, focus, patience, lots of love, pride, humility, moving forward, reaching out.

Practically speaking: Boots (mens size 10 to 11), flashlights, long underwear, hats, gloves, socks, prepared foods, easy nonprepared foods, plastic dishware, rubber gloves, meat, coffee, walkie talkies, people to help wash clothes and to help drive people to wash clothes, overnight occupiers to work in shifts in our overnight area–sign up at the tent, particularly the 2 AM – 6 AM shift, water (particularly hot water), very large thermos for hot water, more computer equipment and luxurious hot food made as ethically as you can conveniently or inconveniently muster–especially in the morning when people are cold–and donations.

Other Reading Items/Links of Note

Huffington Post: Occupy Wall Street Groups Protest Foreclosure, Try To Halt Evictions

Mentions Cleveland action mucho!

11-14 Ohio Woman Credits Occupy Cleveland For Saving Her Home

Letter of Support from Dennis Kucinich (10/28)

OCCUPY CLEVELAND T-shirts

Recurring Info

Weekday Schedule: Today’s Special Events;  6-7 PM GA; 7 PM Community Chat; 8-10 PM Entertainment; 10 PM-2 AM Night Shift #1; 2-6 AM Night Shift #2; Upcoming Events; Stuff happens continuously in the NW Quadrant of Public Square 24/7

Weekend Schedule: 3PM GA (General Assembly); 8-10 PM Entertainment; 10 PM-2 AM Night Shift #1; 2-6 AM Night Shift #2; Today’s EventsUpcoming Events; Stuff happens continuously in the NW Quadrant of Public Square 24/7.

Info Tent #: (216) 202-4999 | Phone Rules

New Media Wiki: http://wiki.occupycleveland.com/index.php/In_the_Media

Call for Information

Dear Readers/Occupiers:

People who are planning events and work groups–please email these events to occupyclevelandstories (_at symbol_) gmail.com so I can post them rather than having dig and dig every morning through the forums and multiple facebook pages to find these items. It is taking between one to three hours to do this Digest every morning, so emailing info to me will help me get this out more quickly.

Please continue to post GA notes daily in the forum “General Assembly” here: http://unju.st/forum/. It is vital to post these notes for the larger Occupy community so that we know what items are being consented to and what events are consensus events. Thank you to those who have been posting notes!

Peace,

The Temporary Editor

What Would You Like to See?

Please mail letters to the editor, story ideas, meeting times, articles, etc. to occupyclevelandstories (_at symbol_) gmail.com. Also, the Daily Digest is having a working group meeting Sunday, 10/30 at noon in the Tom Johnson (NW) quadrant of Public Square. If not right in the quadrant, please check the white tent west of the square.

Call for Poetry/Creative Writing/Art Submissions – we’re looking for poetry seeds from the larger poetry community, again, a great outreach action. We’re putting together an Occupy Cleveland poetry zine and I’d like to feature some creative items in the Daily Digest as well. Please send submissions to occupyclevelandpoetry (_at symbol_) gmail.com.

Thank you to all people who are making information available!

 

Extra Extra Read All About It ! ! ! ! ! ! !

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Member No Solicit – foto by Smith

Not enough monkey business going on, way too much serious shoots sprouting unspring-like.

So, let’s lighten the load with some odiously odd and seriously silly headlines I’ve harvested from the news sevices these past three years.

With headlines like these, no wondfer Monty Python disbanded — they couldn’t compete anymore.

Extra Extra Read All About It ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

Fish Fart To Communicate

Scientist Makes Poop Burger

Dog Gets Book Deal

Amazing Discovery Uncovered By Baboons

Cell Phone Keeps Ringing After Being Eaten By Crocodile

Bear Chased Off With Country Music

Kleptomamaniac Cat Steals Over 600 Bizarre Items From Neighbors

55-Year-Old Woman Saves Husband From Tiger Attack With Soup Ladle

Scientists Discover How To Store Data In Hack-Proof Bacteria

Father Knows Breast: Mother’s Milk Cocktails

Hong Kong Gets Nude Cooking TV Show

Promiscuous Squirrels Mate With 14 Partners A Day

Reindeer Get High On Magic Mushrooms

Nazis Tried To Train Dogs To Read, Write, And Speak

Brilliant Dog Understands Over 1,000 Words, Breaking Vocabulary Record

Snake Dies After Biting Model’s Breast Implants

States Running Out Of Smart People

People Are Allergic to the Facts

Are Humans Evolving to Be Dumber?

Artist Has Digital Camera Implanted In Head

Woman Addicted To Eating Couch Cushions

Drunk Driver, 32 Times Over Legal Limit, Arrested In Mercedes Full Of Stolen Sheep

Glenn Beck Wields A Chainsaw, Pets A Bunny

And for those of you who believe there’s no death after life, here’s da news wit da clues.

Dead Man Found Alive, Arrested

Woman Dies At Her Own Funeral

Dead Man Waking: Alive After 21 Hours In Morgue Fridge

Baby, Declared Dead, Cries Before Burial

Woman Falls Out Of 3rd Floor Window, Lands On Car, Falls Asleep

NYC Man Falls 40 Stories, Lands On Car, SURVIVES

Snails Can Survive A Bird’s Digestive System And Emerge On Other side…In Droppings

Dead Cows Cloned To Boost US Beef Production

And finally, we poets get our due:
Why Are Poets Always The Rabble Rousers?
Writer Killed Over A Poem In Iraq
‘Poetry Is a Dumb-Ass Spider’
The Poetry Foundation: Is Rap Poetry?
“Rap is short for crap”. – Gregg Allman


If yr wonderin’ – foto by Smith

 

Letter to the Universe: Ironboltbruce and the 15 Issues of the Occupy Movement

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

This is a reposting of information compiled by ironboltbruce (he said anyone can repost). He’s mentioned this list of 15 issues that the Occupy Movement has created and has had a creative, personalized take on each of the issues. Am very glad to see this kind of thinking and would like us to think locally in addition to nationally and globally. So I’d like to create my own take on the issues following his example (coming soon). But meanwhile, here’s what he’s said:

The steering committee of the “October 2011 Movement” – the patriots presently occupying Freedom Plaza in Washington DC – published a summary of the 15 issues which are the focus of their protest here:

http://october2011.org/issues

ISSUE #1. “Corporatism – firmly establish that money is not speech, corporations are not people, only people have Constitutional rights, end corporate influence over the political process, protect people and the environment from damage by corporations.”

Article: Corporatism: “Sold Glory”, the U.S. Flag After Citizens United v. FEC (g1a2d0009c1)
URL: http://tinyurl.com/ironboltbruce-corporatism
Image: http://ldrlongdistancerider.com/images/Sold_Glory.jpg
Video: http://www.hulu.com/watch/118169/the-corporation

ISSUE #2. “Wars and Militarism – end wars and occupations, end private for-profit military contractors, reduce the national security state and end the weapons export industry. War crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes against peace must be addressed and those responsible held accountable under international law.”

Article: Wars & Militarism: The Real Cause of the Debt Crisis (g1a2d0006c1)
URL: http://tinyurl.com/ironboltbruce-wars
Image: http://ironboltbruce.files.wordpress.co … doggle.jpg
Video: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid … 421983682#

ISSUE #3. “Human Rights – end exploitation of people in the US and abroad, end discrimination in all forms, equal civil rights and due process for all people.”

Article: Human Rights: No Flame Burns Hotter Than A Human Torch (g1a2d0012c1)
URL: http://tinyurl.com/ironboltbruce-humanrights
Image: http://images.democracyreview.com/Tunis … uazizi.png
Video: http://www.hulu.com/watch/151119/the-end-of-poverty

ISSUE #4. “Worker Rights and jobs – all working-age people have the right to safe, just, non-discriminatory and dignified working conditions, a sustainable living wage, paid leave and economic protection.”

Article: U.S. Corporations Firing At Home While Hiring Abroad (g1a2d0016c1)
URL: http://tinyurl.com/ironboltbruce-jobs
Image: http://ldrlongdistancerider.com/images/ … n_Jobs.jpg
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2em1x2j9-o

ISSUE #5. “Government – all processes of the three branches of government should be accountable to international law, transparent and follow the rule of law, people have the right to participate in decisions which affect them.”

Article: Government: The Kleptocracy and You (g1a2d0007c1)
URL: http://tinyurl.com/ironboltbruce-government
Image: http://ldrlongdistancerider.com/images/ … nd_You.jpg
Video: http://vforvendetta.warnerbros.com/

ISSUE #6. “Elections – all citizens 18 and older have the right to vote without barriers, all candidates have the right to be heard and to run and all votes should be counted.”

Article: Elections: Vote All You Want. The Flight Plan Doesn’t Change. (g1a2d0011c1)
URL: http://tinyurl.com/ironboltbruce-elections
Image: http://ldrlongdistancerider.com/images/ … e_bird.jpg
Video: http://www.hulu.com/watch/177439/peace

ISSUE #7. “Criminal justice and prisons – end private for-profit prisons, adopt evidence-based drug policy, prisoners have the right to humane and just conditions with a focus on rehabilitation and reintegration into society, abolish the death penalty.”

Article: Prison for Profit: CCA, GEO et al Put Revenues Ahead of Rehabilitation (g1a2d0018c1)
URL: http://tinyurl.com/ironboltbruce-prisons
Image: http://ldrlongdistancerider.com/images/ … omplex.jpg
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHVu4ZD9XQE

ISSUE #8. “Healthcare – create a national, universal and publicly financed comprehensive health system.”

Article: Healthcare in America: Who’s Paying Who? And Who’s Getting What? (g1a2d0014c1)
URL: http://tinyurl.com/ironboltbruce-healthcare
Image: http://ldrlongdistancerider.com/images/Big_Pharma.jpg
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKP_ISD3rvQ

ISSUE #9. “Education – all people have the right to a high quality, publicly-funded and broad education from pre-school through vocational training or university.”

Article: Students Drown in Debt as Predatory Lenders Bank Billions (g1a2d0017c1)
URL: http://tinyurl.com/ironboltbruce-education
Image: http://ldrlongdistancerider.com/images/ … ending.jpg
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpZtX32sKVE

ISSUE #10. “Housing – all people have the right to affordable and safe housing.”

Article: HAMP Disaster Shows U.S. Treasury is “Fully Captured by the Big Banks” (g1a2d0021c1)
URL: http://tinyurl.com/ironboltbruce-housing
Image: http://ldrlongdistancerider.com/images/ … schild.jpg
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXt1cayx0hs

ISSUE #11. “Environment – adopt policies which effectively create a carbon-free and radio-active free energy economy and that respects the rights of nature.”

Article: The General Electric Company (“GE”): Misinformation at Work (g1a2d0020c1)
URL: http://tinyurl.com/ironboltbruce-environment
Image: http://ldrlongdistancerider.com/images/ … t_Work.jpg
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jf0khstYDLA

ISSUE #12. “Finance and the economy – end policies which foster a wealth divide and move to a localized and democratic financial system, reform taxes so that they are progressive and provide goods, monetary gain and services for the people.”

Article: Finance & The Economy: A Kleptocracy Tutorial Video in 12 Parts (g1a2d0008c1)
URL: http://tinyurl.com/ironboltbruce-finance
Image: http://ldrlongdistancerider.com/images/ … System.gif
Video: http://www.hulu.com/watch/235716/trading-on-thin-air

ISSUE #13. “Media – airwaves and the internet are public goods, require that media be honest, accurate and accountable to the people.”

Article: Media: Only Part of What We See is Real, Only Part of What is Real We See (g1a2d0010c1)
URL: http://tinyurl.com/ironboltbruce-media
Image: http://ldrlongdistancerider.com/images/Psywar.jpg
Video: http://www.openfilm.com/videos/psywar

ISSUE #14. “Food and water – create systems that protect the land and water, create local and sustainable food networks and practices.”

Article: Mighty Monsanto, King Corn & The End of Family Farms (g1a2d0015c1)
URL: http://tinyurl.com/ironboltbruce-food
Image: http://ldrlongdistancerider.com/images/Monsanto.jpg
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YH4OwBYDQe8

ISSUE #15. “Transportation – provide affordable, clean and convenient public transportation and safe spaces for pedestrian and non-automobile travel.”

Article: Gasholes: Every Oil Shortage/Crisis/War Could Have Been Averted (g1a2d0019c1)
URL: http://tinyurl.com/ironboltbruce-transportation
Image: http://ldrlongdistancerider.com/images/Gashole.jpg
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVzJhlvtDms

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LABELS (A POEM OF PROTEST)

“Democrat”, “Republican”,
The parties of the system;
Puppets both, for sale their votes,
No character or wisdom.

“Liberal”, “Conservative”,
For change or status quo?
Pick either one, the change is none,
All charlatans and whores.

Far “Left” we place the Anarchists,
Libertarians claim far “Right”;
Yet both decry the government:
False continuum brought to light.

For oil, “We” bomb their mud huts,
Strip them bare, then offer “Aid”;
And fake their retribution as
Pretext–a false flag raised.

Unarmed hundred thousands killed
By weapons of “Defense”,
While rights are lost for “Freedom” sake–
On profit, all depends.

With stroke of pen, the “Patriot” Act,
And patriots’ gifts are taken;
Then “Citizens United” leaves
Our citizens forsaken.

We protest loss of liberties,
Put “World Wide Web” to use;
Cloudmark Authority censors us
For “messaging abuse”.

They label us to finger-point,
With labels, “They” deride us;
Their labels keep us all at bay,
For with labels, “They” divide us.

IronBoltBruce

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JOIN THE GLOBAL REVOLUTION!

Occupy Wall Street:

http://www.livestream.com/globalrevolution

https://occupywallst.org/

Occupy DC:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/october2011

http://october2011.org/

Occupy LA:

http://www.livestream.com/owslosangeles

http://occupylosangeles.org/

Occupy Together:

http://occupytogether.org/

Watch these Videos:

http://tinyurl.com/kleptocracytutorial

Take this Pledge:

http://wp.me/p19dS3-9o

View this Image:

http://ldrlongdistancerider.com/images/ … yranny.jpg

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PUBLIC NOTICE: No talking heads on Comcast/GE’s NBC/CNBC/MSNBC speak for us. No talking heads on Murdoch’s Faux News speak for us. No talking heads at the Kleptocracy’s Compliant News Network (CNN) speak for us (no matter how dull, deliberate or subtle their delivery). No talking heads in the lamestream media speak for us, period. And neither do ANY of the 537 bought-and-paid-for Kleptocracy puppets in Washington DC who will soon be joining our legions of unemployed!

 

No 9-1-1 for me please, I’m on the wagon

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Abolish death – foto by Smith

Ten years ago when I first watched the hijackers crash two airplanes into the World Trade Center Towers, my first response was awe at how people with no army, no money, no war equipment and few soldiers had turned the might of the mightiest military power on the planet against itself by simply using our own commercial airplanes to attack one of the world’s biggest symbols of capitalism.

I’m not forgetting or forgiving their murder of almost 3.000 civilians. Killing civilians is an abomination no matter who does it and is to be condemned whether done by terrorists, drug dealers, armies, nations, world organizations, corporations, the police, or legalized prison executioners.

But their terrorist tactics themselves were brilliant. Now I know this kind of thinking is not going to read well with the corporate-news fed, but if the situation were reversed and we’d successfully attacked the world’s biggest arms supplier terrorist nation who had been bombing our civilians, we’d be making movies and hit records about it.

Fact is, since 1950, the USA has been the major aggressor in the world — we’ve continuously bombed and invaded sovereign nations without declaring war, we’ve assassinated other country’s leaders, we’ve kidnapped citizens of foreign countries and tortured them, we’ve fomented coups, we’ve declared illegal embargoes on entire nations and killed half a million children in the process.

The USA is the biggest maker and seller of weapons of mass destruction in the world; ipso facto, we’re the largest terrorist organization. And yet our defense budget is bigger than the rest of the world’s defense budgets combined.

Recent government cables revealed U.S. soldiers in Iraq handcuffed 10 citizens — a 70 year old woman, a 5 month baby, 4 toddlers under 5 and 4 civilians — then shot them in the head and called down an air strike to destroy evidence of their actions. The Iraqi government complained and we ignored them.

If other countries did this to us, we’d fight back. So I understand why we were attacked — it was simple retribution for all the brown-red-yellow-black-skinned people we have killed and are still killing around the world ever since we moved to North America and started in on the Indians and the Mexicans.

The bad joke here is fewer than 3,000 Americans died in the towers . . . George W. Bush and Dick Cheney have killed more than 3,000 Americans in their retaliation, not to mention murdering over one million Iraqi civilians which is exceptionally perverse because Iraq had nothing to do with either 9-1-1 or weapons of mass destruction.

Dick Cheney, George W. Bush, Rumsfeld, Karl Rove, Gonzalez, Yoo, Rice, Tenant and scores more should be on trial right now for torture and war crimes and crimes against humanity. Instead most of them are on book tours raking in big bucks and yucks.

As for me, the sound of Americans cheering the deaths of yellow-brown-red-black skinned people causes unpleasant tension between what I see and what I was taught to believe we stood for as a people. Christians who kill and then strut in blood step bragging strike me as somewhat hypocritical.

You know, for a book whose main tenant is Thou Shalt Not Kill, there’s certainly a lot of blood shed under its aegis.


No flag is worth it – foto by Smith

 

What’s wrong with this picture?

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Who is the biggest arms supplier in the world?
The U.S.A.

Who is the greatest warmonger in the world?
The U.S.A.

Which nation kills the most civilians each year?
The U.S.A.

Who spends more on defense than the rest of the world combined?
The U.S.A.

Who is the largest terrorist organization in the world?
The U.S.A.

 

 
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