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Oct

#REPOST #AMUSTREAD How the Democrat Party from Obama down and the NPIC used identity politics, ego and the naivety of their mascots & self anointed to play us, <br><br>”The Obama administration had a virtual “open door” policy when it came to activists. Their strategy was to make busyness and constant engagement look like progress. This meant having regular contact with activists, empanelling a national policing commission, and empowering the Department of Justice to initiate investigations and compile reports on egregious police departments. And yet, throughout this flurry of activity, it was hard to grasp what was changing. Where was the impact?<br><br>The Democratic Party sought, with some urgency, to resolve these issues so that progressives could then turn their full attention to the 2016 election. This meant that the liberal establishment constantly questioned the motives, structure, and demands of the movement in hopes of moving things along. “Who are your leaders?” “What are your demands?” “Give us a solution!” were some of the questions — or rather accusations — directed at the most visible leaders of the movement.<br><br>Dinner With the President<br><br>This style reflected the influence of non-governmental organisations, which measure the effectiveness of activism or organising through a lens of efficiency and tangible results. There was pressure to come up with solutions or policy initiatives as a more “real” and measurable way to confront the issues with policing. When some activists chafed at this particular framing, they were attacked as purists.<br><br>For example, when a black activist from Chicago named Aislinn Pulley refused to go to a closed-door meeting at the White House in February of 2016 because she doubted the sincerity of the Obama administration, President Barack Obama personally called her out.<br><br>Obama said, “You can’t just keep on yelling at them and you can’t refuse to meet because that might compromise the purity of your position . . . The value of social movements and activism is to get you at the table, get you in the room and then start trying to figure out how is this problem going to be solved. You then have a responsibility to prepare an agenda that is achievable — that can institutionalize the changes you seek and to engage the other side.”<br><br>The president’s comments did have a hearing in some parts of the movement. The Black Lives Matter movement was not uniform in its thinking, strategies, or tactics. And those divergent ideas about political objectives and the process through which the movement should arrive at its decisions were deeply contested within the movement. Some activists welcomed White House access and believed it meant they were getting a hearing at the highest level. Brittany Packnett, who was active in St Louis and Ferguson in 2014, explained why she and others participated in the meeting with Obama:<br><br>To gain the liberation we seek, there remain many critical moments for action and we are wise not to limit the legitimate ones. Our fights will never be won at the policy table alone. Protestors assume risk, build organic democratic accountability in the streets and force organized tactics to take hold. Organisers mobilise the people with strategic and direct action to push systemic change in institutions and policies. Policymakers and institutional leaders are influenced by all manner of people continuing to mount pressure in every space possible to see lasting change . . . I believe this movement’s collective, varied work can and has moved mountains but it will take every one of us and every tactic at our disposal to win the freedom we seek.<br><br>For others, there were misgivings. Aislinn Pulley, the Chicago activist that Obama chastised for refusing to meet, had a vastly different vision of change compared to the one offered by the president. She wrote an open letter in response to his criticism of her:<br><br>I could not, with any integrity, participate in such a sham that would only serve to legitimise the false narrative that the government is working to end police brutality and the institutional racism that fuels it. For the increasing number of families fighting for justice and dignity for their kin slain by police, I refuse to give its perpetrators and enablers political cover by making an appearance among them . . . We assert that true revolutionary and systemic change will ultimately only be brought forth by ordinary working people, students and youth — organising, marching and taking power from the corrupt elites.”

  • By Hands Up Dont Shoot
#REPOST #AMUSTREAD How the Democrat Party from Obama down and the NPIC used identity politics, ego and the naivety of their mascots & self anointed to play us,

"The Obama administration had a virtual “open door” policy when it came to activists. Their strategy was to make busyness and constant engagement look like progress. This meant having regular contact with activists, empanelling a national policing commission, and empowering the Department of Justice to initiate investigations and compile reports on egregious police departments. And yet, throughout this flurry of activity, it was hard to grasp what was changing. Where was the impact?

The Democratic Party sought, with some urgency, to resolve these issues so that progressives could then turn their full attention to the 2016 election. This meant that the liberal establishment constantly questioned the motives, structure, and demands of the movement in hopes of moving things along. “Who are your leaders?” “What are your demands?” “Give us a solution!” were some of the questions — or rather accusations — directed at the most visible leaders of the movement.

Dinner With the President

This style reflected the influence of non-governmental organisations, which measure the effectiveness of activism or organising through a lens of efficiency and tangible results. There was pressure to come up with solutions or policy initiatives as a more “real” and measurable way to confront the issues with policing. When some activists chafed at this particular framing, they were attacked as purists.

For example, when a black activist from Chicago named Aislinn Pulley refused to go to a closed-door meeting at the White House in February of 2016 because she doubted the sincerity of the Obama administration, President Barack Obama personally called her out.

Obama said, “You can’t just keep on yelling at them and you can’t refuse to meet because that might compromise the purity of your position . . . The value of social movements and activism is to get you at the table, get you in the room and then start trying to figure out how is this problem going to be solved. You then have a responsibility to prepare an agenda that is achievable — that can institutionalize the changes you seek and to engage the other side.”

The president’s comments did have a hearing in some parts of the movement. The Black Lives Matter movement was not uniform in its thinking, strategies, or tactics. And those divergent ideas about political objectives and the process through which the movement should arrive at its decisions were deeply contested within the movement. Some activists welcomed White House access and believed it meant they were getting a hearing at the highest level. Brittany Packnett, who was active in St Louis and Ferguson in 2014, explained why she and others participated in the meeting with Obama:

To gain the liberation we seek, there remain many critical moments for action and we are wise not to limit the legitimate ones. Our fights will never be won at the policy table alone. Protestors assume risk, build organic democratic accountability in the streets and force organized tactics to take hold. Organisers mobilise the people with strategic and direct action to push systemic change in institutions and policies. Policymakers and institutional leaders are influenced by all manner of people continuing to mount pressure in every space possible to see lasting change . . . I believe this movement’s collective, varied work can and has moved mountains but it will take every one of us and every tactic at our disposal to win the freedom we seek.

For others, there were misgivings. Aislinn Pulley, the Chicago activist that Obama chastised for refusing to meet, had a vastly different vision of change compared to the one offered by the president. She wrote an open letter in response to his criticism of her:

I could not, with any integrity, participate in such a sham that would only serve to legitimise the false narrative that the government is working to end police brutality and the institutional racism that fuels it. For the increasing number of families fighting for justice and dignity for their kin slain by police, I refuse to give its perpetrators and enablers political cover by making an appearance among them . . . We assert that true revolutionary and systemic change will ultimately only be brought forth by ordinary working people, students and youth — organising, marching and taking power from the corrupt elites."

Five Years Ahead, Do Black Lives Matter?

Five years since its inception, a look at what the Black Lives Matter movement accomplished and the important work it left unfinished.

10

Aug

#InNyotasWords The Hijacking of Ferguson

  • By Hands Up Dont Shoot

Nothing to Lose But Our Chains introduction session from the fifth. Speaking are Mona and Brian and #InNyotasWords An oral chronology of the hijacking of Ferguson written by Nyota Uhura. Hosted by MABL – Mass Action For Black Liberation, (formerly … More

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05

Apr

I don’t know how many wake up calls it’s gonna take for black athletes to get it. Donald Sterling was honest about how NBA and NFL owners feel about black athletes despite the billions they make off them every year. What black athletes make pales in comparison to what the league and owners make, yet it’s black athletes that are being asked to sacrifice. <br><br>The league and owners have the upper hand,<br>”The ongoing stoppage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is considered a force majeure event because it prevents the NBA from fulfilling its duties as laid out in the labor agreement.”<br><br>The NBA can use this crisis to stick it to players who will have no recourse. The league and owners will get a bailout, in addition to holding on to 50% of players’ salaries. They’re good. They could come out of this made whole and then some. <br><br>Once again we see black people suffer and bear the burden for others what they won’t sacrifice in order to build their own.<br><br>Will be interesting to see how this plays out.

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I don't know how many wake up calls it's gonna take for black athletes to get it. Donald Sterling was honest about how NBA and NFL owners feel about black athletes despite the billions they make off them every year. What black athletes make pales in comparison to what the league and owners make, yet it's black athletes that are being asked to sacrifice.

The league and owners have the upper hand,
"The ongoing stoppage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is considered a force majeure event because it prevents the NBA from fulfilling its duties as laid out in the labor agreement.''

The NBA can use this crisis to stick it to players who will have no recourse. The league and owners will get a bailout, in addition to holding on to 50% of players' salaries. They're good. They could come out of this made whole and then some.

Once again we see black people suffer and bear the burden for others what they won't sacrifice in order to build their own.

Will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Report: NBA asks players to take 50 percent pay cut beginning mid-April

The NBA is proposing that players take a paycheck reduction of 50 percent beginning April 15.
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05

Apr

Speaking of the hijacking of Ferguson, here we go again… This is rich, the person making the claims against Shaun was complicit along with Shaun and others in the hijacking of Ferguson. She’s not from here, was one of those who set up shop, inserting herself in our equation, gassed up a few local activists/orgs to sell it, then solicited/diverted funds and resources that should have gone to Ferguson grassroots and activists into her ‘response’ network, then dipped. Then used that illusion to lend credibility to her activism and come up. <br><br>She and other actorvists who express fake outrage are no diff than Shaun, they’re just mad he does it better. Notice nobody complained when they were all in cahoots and getting broke off. Their complaints didn’t start until Shaun’s endeavors started getting the lion’s share of donations and was like fuck them. They been mad and on his ass every since.<br><br>Don’t get it twisted. They all exploit black deaths, pain and suffering.

  • By Hands Up Dont Shoot
Speaking of the hijacking of Ferguson, here we go again... This is rich, the person making the claims against Shaun was complicit along with Shaun and others in the hijacking of Ferguson. She's not from here, was one of those who set up shop, inserting herself in our equation, gassed up a few local activists/orgs to sell it, then solicited/diverted funds and resources that should have gone to Ferguson grassroots and activists into her 'response' network, then dipped. Then used that illusion to lend credibility to her activism and come up.

She and other actorvists who express fake outrage are no diff than Shaun, they're just mad he does it better. Notice nobody complained when they were all in cahoots and getting broke off. Their complaints didn't start until Shaun's endeavors started getting the lion's share of donations and was like fuck them. They been mad and on his ass every since.

Don't get it twisted. They all exploit black deaths, pain and suffering.

Activist Leslie Mac Issues a 'Warning,' Claims Shaun King's Coronavirus Fundraiser Is a Scam | lovebscott.com

Activist Shaun King is being accused of fraud — again. Organizer Leslie Mac, who co-founded the Ferguson Response Network and co-created the Safety Pin Box subscription service took to Twitter to call Shaun out and warn people not to contributing to Shaun’s coronavirus-related fundraiser — the...
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05

Apr

Detroit.<br><br>Don’t risk your life being an ‘essential worker’ when they’re not providing adequate protection or hazardous pay. Added precautions for bus drivers should be a no-brainer but as we can see this brotha lost his life due to lack of adequate protection. Had it not been this woman coughing it would have been someone else. <br><br>SIDENOTE… we gotta learn to start heeding the warnings when our people on the frontlines tell us the deal. I feel his frustration. This hit hard, reminds me when Darren Seals and I rang the alarm about the hijacking of Ferguson only to have it fall on deaf ears and Darren have his life taken away working to expose it.

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Detroit.

Don't risk your life being an 'essential worker' when they're not providing adequate protection or hazardous pay. Added precautions for bus drivers should be a no-brainer but as we can see this brotha lost his life due to lack of adequate protection. Had it not been this woman coughing it would have been someone else.

SIDENOTE... we gotta learn to start heeding the warnings when our people on the frontlines tell us the deal. I feel his frustration. This hit hard, reminds me when Darren Seals and I rang the alarm about the hijacking of Ferguson only to have it fall on deaf ears and Darren have his life taken away working to expose it.

'Take This Serious': Bus Driver Dies Of COVID-19 After Calling Out Coughing Rider

"I feel violated," Jason Hargrove said, in a widely shared video complaining of selfish behavior during the coronavirus pandemic. Nearly two weeks later, the Detroit driver is dead of the disease.