fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

One of these photos was taken in 1965 and the other last night. Not much has changed: #BrooklynProtest
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fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

One of these photos was taken in 1965 and the other last night. Not much has changed: #BrooklynProtest

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djphatrick:

TRAILER:  Uprising: Hip Hop & The LA Riots

#20thAnniversaryLAUprising

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20 years…

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the L.A. Riots/Rebellion/Uprising (depending on who you’re talking to). I usually write really long blogs, but I’ll keep it simple on this one.

What has changed since then? And more importantly, what hasn’t?

I still need to do more research myself, but what we have here is an adult male, George Zimmerman, on “neighborhood watch” who killed an innocent 17 yr. old Black guy, Trayvon Martin, who appeared to be “suspicious” (apparently, he was “armed” with a bag of candy. YES…candy).  As far as I know, no formal charges have been made against Zimmerman yet.

As one of my friends stated on Facebook, “Nancy grace spent two years covering Natalee Holloway, zero minutes on Trayvon Martin” (I’d also like to add Casey Anthony and a bunch of other non-Black folks to that list).

Ok all you Wall Street Occupying 99 Percenters/KONY 2012 people, now’s your chance to speak up on another issue…or does it even matter?

I still need to do more research myself, but what we have here is an adult male, George Zimmerman, on “neighborhood watch” who killed an innocent 17 yr. old Black guy, Trayvon Martin, who appeared to be “suspicious” (apparently, he was “armed” with a bag of candy. YES…candy). As far as I know, no formal charges have been made against Zimmerman yet.

As one of my friends stated on Facebook, “Nancy grace spent two years covering Natalee Holloway, zero minutes on Trayvon Martin” (I’d also like to add Casey Anthony and a bunch of other non-Black folks to that list).

Ok all you Wall Street Occupying 99 Percenters/KONY 2012 people, now’s your chance to speak up on another issue…or does it even matter?

Please take a few minutes to watch this video of people being uprooted from their homes in the Philippines, which is most likely in the name of “development”. You don’t even need to know the language, you just need to look at their face and hear it in their voice to empathize with their situation — The tears. The despair. The pain. The confusion. The anger.

When I was there just a few weeks ago I heard so many stories, just like this one, of whole communities being displaced. We’re talking about hundreds or thousands of people whose homes are demolished to make way for some new mall or land development project. Of course, the politicians and business people say that it will stimulate the local economy by providing jobs, but the truth is that most of the residents in those surrounding areas couldn’t even afford to shop at those places anyway.

This video shows what’s been going on in the country for years. I understand that this can be tough to watch, but that’s nothing compared to actually having to live through this. Yeah, we can turn a blind eye and pretend this doesn’t exist, but I personally never want to forget images like this.

"That’s all fine and dandy, but what does this have to do with me since I live in the United States? I’m not even Filipino.”

The truth is that this affects all of us in the States. It’s not a Filipino struggle, it’s a People’s Struggle. Did you know that your tax dollars are being used to fund the Philippine military and their counterinsurgency programs like Oplan Bayanihan, which are modeled directly from the United States? Programs like these fall under the guise of combating “terrorism” but it’s really an all out war on the People. The military and the police constantly violate human rights in the Philippines — anybody who tries to organize or speak out against landlords, politicians, companies, etc. is subject to severe forms of repression, including kidnapping, torture and death.

During my trip to the Philippines, I participated in an Exposure/immersion program very similar to the one seen in this video. I met quite a few people who were victims of military and police repression, one of whom included a labor union organizer who was forced to flee his home and family in an attempt to keep them safe from the intense military harassment and surveillance. He hasn’t seen his wife and their 13 year old son in over six months, simply because he’s fighting for basic rights like livable wages and safe working conditions.

Again, these are our U.S. tax dollars that are funding things like this. With all the messed up things going on in this country, wouldn’t you rather have that money go towards things like education and healthcare? It’s just like 2pac said, “they got money for wars, but can’t feed the poor.”

Whether we acknowledge it or not, we’re a part of this struggle…but we can also be a part of the solution.

Is it any wonder why a lot of people share the same sentiment towards cops?

Here’s the description that was posted on Facebook:

The officer who pepper-sprayed UC Davis students is Lt. John Pike. Give his PD a call. 530-752-1727.

Activists were peacefully protesting on their campus at University of California, Davis Quad. Friday afternoon police showed up in riot gear to disperse the protesters by using pepper spray at point-blank range.

Is it any wonder why a lot of people share the same sentiment towards cops?

Here’s the description that was posted on Facebook:

The officer who pepper-sprayed UC Davis students is Lt. John Pike. Give his PD a call. 530-752-1727.

Activists were peacefully protesting on their campus at University of California, Davis Quad. Friday afternoon police showed up in riot gear to disperse the protesters by using pepper spray at point-blank range.

eelinejenilee:


Land is life | Hacienda Luisita, Tarlac, Philippines | July 2011
November 16 marks the 7th anniversary of the Hacienda Luisita Massacre. In 2004, the farm workers of Luisita went on a labor strike demanding fairer wages, above the 9.50 pesos/day they currently made, increased benefits, and equal distribution of the land that farmers have worked on for centuries. 12 young farmers and 2 children, all who were unarmed, were killed when Philippine police and military forces were dispatched to break up the strike. This was the worst slaughter of Fillipino workers in years. No one was made accountable for these injustices.
This past summer on my Exposure trip, I got to visit Hacienda Luisita. The people there are still traumatized by the massacre. I listened to their compelling stories of the Luisita martyrs and how the farmers today are still getting harassed by the military and police. I saw what their conditions are currently like. Until the government distributes land to the landless, peasant farmers will always be peacefully protesting against exploitation and demanding justice to the victims and families of the massacre. 

eelinejenilee:

Land is life | Hacienda Luisita, Tarlac, Philippines | July 2011

November 16 marks the 7th anniversary of the Hacienda Luisita Massacre. In 2004, the farm workers of Luisita went on a labor strike demanding fairer wages, above the 9.50 pesos/day they currently made, increased benefits, and equal distribution of the land that farmers have worked on for centuries. 12 young farmers and 2 children, all who were unarmed, were killed when Philippine police and military forces were dispatched to break up the strike. This was the worst slaughter of Fillipino workers in years. No one was made accountable for these injustices.

This past summer on my Exposure trip, I got to visit Hacienda Luisita. The people there are still traumatized by the massacre. I listened to their compelling stories of the Luisita martyrs and how the farmers today are still getting harassed by the military and police. I saw what their conditions are currently like. Until the government distributes land to the landless, peasant farmers will always be peacefully protesting against exploitation and demanding justice to the victims and families of the massacre. 

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OCCUPY…

The cops are really cracking down on the Occupy movement all across the country and it’s happening as we speak in New York City.

I hate to say it, but I’m not the least bit surprised that something like this has happened and will continue to happen. I’m actually more surprised that people are shocked at what they’re seeing. All along I’ve been thinking that it’s only a matter of time before the ones in power really crack down and say, “that’s enough. We let you have your protests, but now it’s time for us to show you who’s really in charge.”

I might be coming off as pessimistic right now, but let’s be real here. I’m not saying it’s hopeless and that things won’t change, but we cannot underestimate the power of “The Establishment”. Yes, the worldwide Occupy movement has been a powerful symbol of what can happen when people organize and come together, but we have to be in it for the long haul.

Do we really think that camping out for a few weeks will be the sole cause behind lasting, systemic change? Are some people that egotistical that we think a few weeks of occupying will have a bigger impact than the centuries of freedom fighting that came before us? Like I said before, we have to be in it for the long haul. Again, I’m in no way trying to downplay the historical significance of what’s been going on, but we have to realize that the ones in power will do whatever it takes to maintain their current position. To those people and that kind of system, “Human/Civil Rights” aren’t even an afterthought. It’s not even a concept to them — it’s simply just a combination of words that have no meaning.

I can’t find the exact quote or even an audio clip of it right now, but to paraphrase Malcolm X, he said that we have to speak the same language as the Oppressor. If the Oppressor speaks a language of violence, we can’t expect to effectively communicate with them with a language of non-violence. But just to be perfectly clear, I am not advocating one way or another, I’m just saying that there are varying levels of Struggle (which is open to interpretation).

We’re at a critical junction in time. It’ll be interesting to see how things play out in the next few months…

The indoctrination begins. Smh.

The indoctrination begins. Smh.