blunthought:

just finished reading:
Liberated Territory: Untold Local Perspectives on the Black Panther Party | Yohuru Williams & Jama Lazerow

blunthought:

just finished reading:

Liberated Territory: Untold Local Perspectives on the Black Panther Party | Yohuru Williams & Jama Lazerow

And all this ceaseless labor—to what end? Merely to entomb oneself deeper and deeper in silence, it seems, so deep that one can never be dragged out of it again by anybody.
privileged people:the problem isnt the actual problem!! the problem is that youre not reacting to the problem the way i feel you should be reacting to the problem!! even though im not experiencing the problem in any way therefore i really shouldnt dictate the way the problem should be solved but--- HEY LISTEN TO ME YOU HAVE TO LISTEN TO ME THATS EQUALITY!!!
babylonfalling:

Emory Douglas, The Black Panther (1968)

babylonfalling:

Emory Douglas, The Black Panther (1968)

fuckyeahanarchopunk:

Yesterday, State of Emergency was declared in Hamburg

As anti-government protests rage across the German city of Hamburg, German police have increased their stop, search and arrest powers in so called ‘danger zones’ in the city’s Altona, Sankt Pauli and Stemschanze districts after a far-left group attacked a police station last week. Hamburg has established a so-called danger zone giving police the right to stop and search people. Critics warn it’s an infringement of rights.

mercuryacejones:

Latest positive news out of Ferguson. Community coming together.

The commitment to orderly social change is probably the most powerful yet least obvious restraint on rioting. The most powerful because it is grounded on the profound conviction that in a democracy necessary reforms can always be achieved through legitimate channels and that violent protest can never be justified as the only available recourse. The least obvious because this conviction, unlike the concern for personal safety and the fear of arrest, is founded on assumptions about American society which have been so widely accepted for so long that they are rarely made explicit. Thus to riot or otherwise engage in violent protest is to repudiate a quintessential component of American ideology. It is to proclaim that the legitimate channels are inoperative, that the existing institutions are unresponsive, and that violence is a legitimate, indeed imperative, weapon in the struggle for social change. It is also to challenge assumptions about American society on which, as Louis Hartz has pointed out, most Americans have staked their claims to a distinctive civilization for almost two hundred years.
wintergrey:

James Baldwin on “looting” (via x).

wintergrey:

James Baldwin on “looting” (via x).

(Source: georgepearisson)

kropotkitten:

Free food for protesters prepared in front of the burnt gas station in Ferguson. 

[photo credits: John Fleissner]

medicine:

how is obama gon preach non-violence in response to ferguson while he continues to bomb people in somalia, yemen, pakistan, afghanistan, and other countries in the global south and fund billions to israel

Take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
ard-al-burtuqal:

Black Panthers, Palestinian delegation at the Pan-African Cultural Festival held in Algiers [1969]

ard-al-burtuqal:

Black Panthers, Palestinian delegation at the Pan-African Cultural Festival held in Algiers [1969]

aurajones:

To say that the past few days have been emotionally taxing is to greatly understate and trivialize how hurt & fed up I am with the treatment of people, my people, in this country. 2014 and we’re no further from persecution & slaughter than we were since….ever. Since forever. At what point have we not been given the treatment of a rabid dog? Of subhuman? Of beings undeserving of fair & humane treatment? Of beings deserving of protection?

I am not impressed with your president’s statement regarding the death of an entertainer before that of a boy being senselessly put down by an officer of the law. Or the lack of transparency in the media & by the police. Or the fact that several eyewitnesses have corroborated & confirmed the story that Michael Brown, an 18 year old who was to be furthering his education post-high school as of yesterday, was shot multiple times and ultimately murdered with his hands raised in surrender pleading not to be, for j-walking. Though the media speculated shoplifting or a struggle with the officer, who has YET TO BE NAMED, there is still no justification for the fact that the victim was unarmed (though the pressing of the fact is problematic in & of itself) was executed and left on the cement to stew in a pool of his own blood for hours. Peaceful protests were met by canines and riot gear. The media failed, unsurprisingly to report that. Your president failed, unsurprisingly, to report that.

How many more innocent brown people are to be put on micro-trial & executed by law enforcement before it’s acceptable to be upset? Before it’s acceptable to be angry, stop asking for permission to have change & demand that it be given before there is consequence? I’m not satisfied. I won’t be until there is accountability and reform. We are tired, we angry, and we are well within our right to be.

I can’t see this happen again. I need to do more.

(*Note: Photos provided by the timelines of people on the front lines in Ferguson & are not my own. To keep track of what’s happening as it happens or and get involved, vandalyzm & @antoniofrench (to name a few) have been my go to.