People of Color & the Zapatista Movement w/ a Black Panther Focus | Estación Libre Speaking Tour 2005 ft. Ashanti Alston

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Estación Libre was a people of color organization which focuses on building ties between struggles of communities of color in the United States with the Zapatista struggle, with the goal of learning from the living model of the Zapatistas and trying to figure out how we can apply the lessons learned back here in what Ashanti Alston calls “the brain of the empire.”

In this video, members of Estación Libre highlight the significance of the Zapatista movement in Chiapas, Mexico as it relates to struggles that Black, Brown and other people of color face in the United States.

Speakers include Melissa Burch, Karl Karl Jagbandhansingh, and former member of the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army Ashanti Alston.

“An Orange House Production in collaboration with Collective of Autonomous Movie Producers [CAMP].”

Originally downloaded from It’s About Time, the official website of the Black Panther Party Alumni                                                                                                                                                            

Can I just say something. ..

About the opinions of Police and Military personnel who conduct riot control. I see a lot of negative backlash, but I have an alternate view. My unit conducts riot training, and it is something I train to do every month.

Let me just say that the way we are taught, both through class and through feild training is not what peope think. We aren’t put there to hurt anyone. We are trained to control these situations without people getting hurt. Force is at the very END of the list. It’s the last thing we want to do. During all of our trainings we are basicslly rewired to not react to hostility or aggression. We don’t push back we hold our ground. Our goal isn’t to hurt people, its to de-escalate the situation.

I mean for crying out loud, we’re trained to detain an injured person so we can treat them and make sure they are stable. No matter what side. We want to ensure everyone’s safety.

I’m not saying bad things don’t happen, I know that some pretty unlawful shit has gone on. But I just felt like I needed to share with everyone that riot control is to do just that, control civil unrest in a non agressive manner. You’re all free to your own opinions of things. People never agree on everything 100% however I did want to share my experience through the training I have done.

In light of the recent public events

Don’t want to be “That Guy” but all lives matter, I could care less if your black, white, caramel, what God you pray to, who you choose to share a bed with, the fact of the matter is we need to stop dividing ourselves into these sub classes because it’s just adding to the problem. All these rioters are not doing anything but destroying their own community and hurting themselves. Black Lives Matter, Police Lives Matter, White Lives Matter, All Lives Matter! People are people, humans are humans and we need to start acting like it, not like animals.

The 7th Korea-U.S. Integrated Defense Dialogue (KIDD), Washington, D.C.

The 7th Korea-U.S. Integrated Defense Dialogue (KIDD), Washington, D.C.

The Department of Defense and Republic of Korea (ROK) Ministry of National Defense held the 7th Korea-U.S. Integrated Defense Dialogue (KIDD) on April 14-15 in Washington, District of Columbia. Over the course of the two-day KIDD, ROK Deputy Minister for Defense Policy Yoo Jeh Seung met with Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Affairs Amb. David B. Shear, Deputy Assistant…

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