Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Say his name: Alfred Olango

"Something painfully familiar happend on Tuesday in El Cajon, California, a city about 15 minutes outside of San Diego.

Police shot and killed someone.

He was unarmed.

He was black.

(Shaun King) full article here

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

4 Reasons Why the US Police Force Is an Extension of Slavery and White Supremacy (That You Were Probably Never Taught)

"So the next time you, whoever you are, feel the need to express sympathy for the police, to validate their brutality against Black people, to castigate Black people and others for their rage against the police, or to criminalize Black anti-police protestors, I need you to take into consideration the following four historical and contemporary truths about the police, the criminalization of Black people in America, and our subsequent rage."

- (Everyday Feminism Magazine)

Full Article Here

Sunday, September 25, 2016

N4RJ Black Lives Matter vigil 9/24/16

For White People Who Want the Racist Nightmare to End, We Must Reclaim Our Lives from Anti-Black Racism – Chris Crass

"Every murder of a Black person by the police, every justification of how scary and threatening that person was to armed, trained, law enforcement, every media account that assumes innocence on the part of the police and guilt on the part of the murdered, every justification for endless anti-Black racist war, is also a continuation of the campaign to turn descendants of European servants, descendants of insurgent European immigrants, into patriotic white people who fight for the agenda of the rulers and denounce all who strike out for a world that affirms the inherent worth and dignity of all people, that embraces our shared humanity, that centers economic, racial, disability, gender, environmental justice for all."

read it here : For White People Who Want the Racist Nightmare to End

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Saturday 12-1
Fruitvale & MacArthur

N4RJ (Neighbors for Racial Justice) will hold our weekly 1-hour vigil again this Saturday. We are standing up for BLACK LIVES.

We hope that folks who are outraged and grieving over the shooting deaths of Tyre King, Terence Crutcher, and Keith Scott at the hands of law enforcement in the last week will join us.

We will not be holding our vigil on Saturday, October 1 due to Oaktoberfest, but we will have a booth, so please stop by.

"When lives are considered ungrievable, to grieve them openly is protest. So when people assemble in the street, arrive at rallies or vigils, demonstrate with the aim of opposing this form of racist violence, they are “speaking back” to this mode of address, insisting on what should be obvious but is not, namely, that these lost lives are unacceptable losses." ---Judith Butler

This photo from Charlotte tells you all you need to know about policing in America

This photo from Charlotte tells you all you need to know about policing in America

Monday, September 19, 2016

When Police Unions Impede Justice

As a task force appointed by Chicago’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel, noted in April, “The collective bargaining agreements between the police unions and the city have essentially turned the code of silence into official policy.”

The New York Times article here

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Trespassing Black Bodies

Leaving Emeryville, I swung around the tent city settled under the freeway.  Sensitive to several cop cars huddled together, I slowed to eye the activity.

Perched on the corner of the sidewalk, surrounded by two Emeryville policemen, was Lionel, a Black man.
I pulled over to pay witness.  

Lionel sat on the curb, wrists cuffed.  His head hung low, staring through the ground.   

The two police cars were parked at an angle as to corner and trap Lionel into position. 

As casual as two old buddies at a tailgate party catching up on old times, two officers, who appeared to be white men, ever so casually leaned against their vehicles.  

Without choice, Lionel sat.  And he sat.  

Fifteen or twenty minutes later, two more cop cars arrived tightening the angle of Lionel's cage.  In foul arrogance, the newly arriving white, male cops strolled over to join the game.  

Standing four strong, they towered over Lionel as a lion does with their kill.  One cop paced back and forth punching his hands together as a fighter does in a ring before the big fight.  A second cop tauntingly leaned in and out of Lionel's face.  Lionel appeared dead.  Still.  Non-existent.

One cop reached for plastic gloves from his pocket, sarcastically he pulled them on snapping them in threat.  With a firm gesture, he demanded Lionel stand for the raid.  The hunt of his body.

Lionel could barely stand.  His legs wobbly.  Finding humor in his fragility, the searching cop slowed the violation prolonging Lionel's diminishing strength.   

The 'good' cop 'only' paying witness to this stunt, spots my prying eyes.  He nodded to the bad cops informing them of my entrance.  All cop heads turned toward me.  Tucked away in my car, they cannot make out who I am.

I chose to step from my car, my phone's video ready.  The occupants of the tent city enduring this scandal, see me rise.  All of us uncertain of what help I could possibly give Lionel.

The cop peeled off his searching gloves, tossed them to the ground and chuckled.  

With ropes and chains in tow, Lionel was free to go.

Lionel hopped on his bike and rode across the street to his tent.  I followed calling to him through his door.  

I'm so sorry that happened to you, I said as he exited his shelter.  Lionel put out his hand introducing himself.  We shook hands tightly.  A knowing.

Lionel explained he had been riding his bike down a one-way street and was pulled over by Emeryville police.  The hunt started with one cop then quickly turned into four.

Lionel said the cops artificially asked permission to search his body.  He said, no.  They proceeded to pull out the cuffs and read him his rights.  With a contrived, yes, they trespassed his Black body.  A sport.

I will see Lionel again.  I will see many Lionel's again.

(Shikira-May 2016)

The William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation

The William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation envisions a world where people honestly engage in their history in order to live more truthfully in the present; where the inequities of the past no longer dictate the possibilities of the future.

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South Carolina Collaborative for Race and Reconciliation

The University of South Carolina has launched the South Carolina Collaborative for Race and Reconciliation

Friday, September 16, 2016

Colin Kaepernick’s critics are ignoring the target of his protest - Bryan Armen Graham

"Martin Luther King wrote in his famous letter from Birmingham jail that it was not radicals or extremists who represented the greatest threat in the fight for justice but those whose pleas for order – like those angrier at Kaepernick’s actions than what it signifies – derailed the struggle.
“I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner,” he wrote, “but the white moderate who is more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says ‘I agree with you in the goal you seek but I can’t agree with your methods of direct action’; who paternalistically feels he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait until a ‘more convenient season’.”
Never have those words rung truer as the movement launched by Kaepernick struggles to take flight, nor has the mountaintop seemed further from reach. But if enough athletes continue to draw attention to the racial iniquities present in every strata in American life, they cannot be silenced forever."

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Colin Kaepernick and a Landmark Supreme Court Case - Jeffrey Toobin

"To believe that patriotism will not flourish if patriotic ceremonies are voluntary and spontaneous, instead of a compulsory routine, is to make an unflattering estimate of the appeal of our institutions to free minds."

-Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson

Read article in the New Yorker

Triumph of truth: new museum upends 'great denial' of African American history - David Smith

"Black civil war veterans first proposed an African American museum in 1915. Congress approved its creation in 2003, and construction of the 400,000 sq ft building took almost four years."

Monday, September 12, 2016

This is what white people can do to support #BlackLivesMatter - Sally Kohn

White liberals and progressives have a responsibility to organize their communities for social justice using an explicitly anti-black racism frame.

“All Lives Matter” has always been a lie: The brutality of Hiroshima and Nagasaki echoes in Ferguson and Iraq today - Arthur Chu

It shouldn’t be rocket science why invoking “All Lives Matter” is, at best, insensitive and, at worst, an active attempt to derail activism and deny reality. Nobody is disagreeing that all people’s lives do, in fact, matter and ought to matter equally.
The point is that right now they are not treated as though they matter equally. Some people’s lives are treated as precious, others as disposable garbage. If you really do believe all lives matter, then your focus should be on black lives, which are demonstrably the most neglected lives in our country and, for that matter, the world. Treating a focus on black lives as a “special interest” or parochial concern requires willful ignorance about what kind of world we actually live in.

Read the article at Salon

An Overreaction: Words On #BlackLivesMatter And MLK - Sarah O'Neal

"In light of #BlackLivesMatter protests across the country, people have been reflecting on how Martin Luther King Jr. would have responded to the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and many other black men and women who have been killed by police. 19-year-old spoken-word poet Sarah O'Neal recites her poem “An Overreaction,” where she speaks about Dr. King and her frustration at having to defend the protests."

Watch here on YouTube

Jews for Racial Justice Move the Conversation About Police Brutality Into White Communities - Marjorie Dove Kent and Chris Crass

"Because of the trust and accountability we've built with organizations led by people of color, poor and working-class and immigrant communities over the last 25 years, we've been able to mobilize white people into bold action and to take strategic risks in our work."

From Enough to Abundance: To My Black Brothers & Sisters from a (decolonizing) Indigenous Latina - Ana Perez

It is not enough to reassure you that your passion in uplifting the injustice on black people does not make my people’s struggle invisible

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Cast-Out Police Officers Are Often Hired in Other Cities - Timothy Williams

"It is unclear how far-reaching such problems may be, but some experts say thousands of law enforcement officers may have drifted from police department to police department even after having been fired, forced to resign or convicted of a crime. 

Yet there is not comprehensive, national system for weeding out problem officers. If there were, such hires would not happen, criminologists and law enforcement officials say."

Read article here

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Wear Out The Silence

Wear Out The Silence

"Wear Out The Silence" is a campaign asking white people to wear Black Lives Matter t-shirts every Friday as a way for us to bring the racial justice conversation deeper into our daily lives. We want to use these conversations to move more white people into action, and to make visible the many people supporting the Movement For Black Lives."