Last Night in Ferguson (10.21.14): A state senator was arrested (and mama may have been legally packing), one of the lead organizers, nettaaaaaaaa, was roughed up by police, and one of the main sources of footage/live feeds, Rebel Z, was detained in what seems to have been an intimidation and straight up harassment tactic. The police are out of control, and it’s only getting worse. If you think this is over, you need to look again. #staywoke #farfromover

Ferguson is still happening. Are you still paying attention?

Tune into Z’s UStream tonight to watch developments live. 


This picture reminded me of the picture in 1965

“Hog-spitting – not just spitting,” Tonja Bulley emphatically clarifies.

“He just hog-spit at my baby. He hog-spit. He took everything out of him and spit in my daughter’s face. She is a minor. That’s the absolute worst thing you can do, when you spit on another human being. She was just saying ‘No justice, no peace’ and he hog-spit (at) and then smacked my baby. At that time — there was no more being peaceful.”

Bulley and her daughter, Brandy were released from jail last night after being arrested by police outside the St. Louis Rams game the previous day after a violent clash with football fans.

As the Rams were completing an impressive 28-26 victory over the Super Bowl champions Seattle Seahawks, Tonja and Brandy were outside the stadium participating in a non-violent protest calling for justice for Mike Brown, and the immediate arrest of his killer, Darren Wilson.

Tonja, known affectionately to her friends as “Tiny,” continued:

“We were peacefully protesting. We were saying something that this big, tall White man did not like. He should’ve been locked up, and they did not lock him up. One slapped my daughter and another hit her with his fist. Another woman threw her drink on me – and I retaliated. I’m not coming out to fight, but I have the right to protect myself.”

Tiny would eventually get punched and knocked to the ground. “I got hit by a couple people. I have a mark behind my ear.” She was initially charged with two felonies for throwing punches after the initial altercation. No violent Rams fans were arrested.

She says the racial double-standards were apparent: “We had a right to protest without anybody interfering. When the White people protest, there are no problems. Nobody is spitting on them. When we try to do it, the media goes around and acts like we started (the fighting.) We did not start it. I peacefully protest every day in Ferguson, and it’s never a problem.”

In Ferguson, Tiny and Brandy have been protesting since Brown was killed in August, and have become unofficial members of the Lost Voices—a spirited and well-known group of young leaders who led Sunday’s protest.


There’s No Such Thing as a ‘Non-Lethal’ Weapon

Late last month, the spill of headlines calling out the Hong Kong authorities’ use of non-lethal weapons against democracy demonstrators gathered international attention and condemnation from NGOs like Human Rights Watch. For onlookers in the US, such news dovetailed with a St. Louis neighborhood’s standoff with riot police that spread 12 miles north, where yet another young black man was recently shot and killed by an off-duty officer.

From the 1960s Civil Rights movement to the Arab Spring, these events fall in line with a decades-long history of televised protests during which police weaponry has alarmed the media, activists, and the public. The use of non-lethal weapons on civilians (like the use of any type of weapon on anybody) is often the spark that leads to city streets devolving into war zones and the police beginning to act like an army. Deaths, accidental or otherwise, start to pile up.

But we should be clear about something: There’s really no such thing as a “non-lethal” weapon. A weapon’s lethality is, ultimately, not up to the object itself. Arguing otherwise is an attempt to shift one of our greatest moral responsibilities onto an inanimate object that has no agency.



New York Stands with Rasmea Odeh: ‘Supporting Palestine is not a crime! Hands off Rasmea!’ Picket at the Department of Homeland Security, October 20, 2014.

Photos by redguard

On October 22, 2013, the Department of Homeland Security arrested Palestinian-American feminist, activist, educator and community leader, Rasmea Odeh in her home for alleged immigration fraud as part of an ongoing witch-hunt that targets Arabs and Muslims who criticize U.S. and Israeli policy and labels them “terrorists.” Rasmea is facing trial on November 4, 2014 

On October 21, 2014 the Federal Court in Detroit will determine the admissibility of “Israeli evidence” — evidence obtained under torture decades ago inside the prisons of the illegal, colonial, occupying Zionist power.This is not the first time that U.S. Federal prosecutors have used such evidence against Palestinian Americans. 

National call-in Oct. 21: Drop the charges against Rasmea!

Tuesday, Oct. 21 from 9am-5pm Eastern Time: 
Call the prosecutors and tell them, ‘Drop the charges now!’

(1) Call Jonathan Tukel in Detroit at 313-226-9100
Chief of National Security Unit, U.S. Attorney’s office, Eastern District of Michigan

(2) Call Barbara McQuade at 313-226-9501
U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan

When you call say, “Hello, my name is ________, and I am calling from _________ to demand that U.S. Attorney McQuade drop the charges against Rasmea Odeh.” (First name pronounced Russ-MEE-yuh)

Make the calls!

If you can be in Detroit on Oct. 21, join us at the Court Hearing for Rasmea Odeh
Oct. 21 - 10am - Picket line outside the court building
231 W Lafayette Boulevard, in Detroit
(Google map: http://goo.gl/IUwYdq)

CHINA, HONG KONG : People listen to long-awaited talks between student leaders and senior government officials being broadcasted live at a protest site in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong on October 21, 2014. Hong Kong’s embattled leader on October 21 said he was open to creating a more democratic election committee before elections in 2017, extending a potential olive branch to democracy protesters as crunch talks to end the demonstrations got underway. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez


WASH, D.C. DEMO– Violence at the Pentagon, more than six-hundred persons arrested, and the general feeling that everyone lost are the parts and sum of a two-day anti-Vietnam-War demonstration in the nation’s capital.

Universal Newsreel Volume 40, Release 86, 10/24/1967

The March on the Pentagon, 1967

On October 21, 1967, an estimated crowd of 100,000 gathered by the Lincoln Memorial in Washington to protest the Vietnam War and march on the Pentagon. Organized by the National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam, the demonstration was the first major national protest against the Vietnam War. Along with the signs, chants, and other hallmarks of an anti-war demonstration, activists Abbie Hoffman, Allen Ginsberg, Ed Sanders, and Jerry Rubin planned an exorcism designed to raise the Pentagon off its foundation and put an end to the war. While the exorcism was mostly designed as political theater, the group purportedly met with officials from the General Services Administration and obtained permission to attempt a three-foot levitation (reduced dramatically from their original plan of 300 feet). The group also planned to use an airplane to drop a multitude of daisies on the Pentagon. They were foiled by the FBI at the airport, but the daisies played a part in creating one of the most iconic images of the late 1960s–that of a young protester placing a flower into the barrel of a National Guardsman’s rifle. By the end of the protest, the Pentagon remained firmly on its foundation, nearly 700 protesters had been jailed, and dozens were hospitalized. While it would be nearly seven years until the end of fighting in Vietnam, the march on the Pentagon had a lasting impact on public discussions surrounding the war. In its contemporary assessment of the events, the Universal News narration straddles the political line, saying that both sides ended up as losers.

via The Unwritten Record » This Week in Universal News: The March on the Pentagon, 1967


Philadelphia: Protesters confront Gov. Corbett and Fraternal Order of Police Nazis over muzzling of prisoners’ speech, October 21, 2014.

Protesters got up close and in the face of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett as he signed the “Revictimization Relief Act” into law in an attempt to silence political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal and other prisoners.

Photos by Joe Piette


Of Talk and Resolution                                                                

Pro-democracy protesters watch a live televised talk between pro-democracy student leaders and the Hong Kong government outside the Central Government Offices in the Admiralty district in Hong Kong on Oct. 21, 2014.

Student leaders met with Hong Kong government officials in televised talks to air their concerns after blocking roads and clashing with police for almost a month.

The talks failed to yield any breakthrough on ending the occupation. The government said it is considering submitting a report to China relaying the demands and concerns of the protesters. Such a report would provide Beijing with a “reference” on the demonstrators’ opinions, rather than attempt to modify an Aug. 31 ruling by China on Hong Kong’s leadership elections, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam said yesterday at the talks.

Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

© 2014 Bloomberg Finance LP

Philadelphia: Signs against Gov Corbett - Tuesday, October 21, 12 noon at 13th & Locust in Philadelphia, and Wednesday too. Join us!

Via Philly IAC

Tell Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett: NO Denial of free speech to prisoners!

We were informed today that Governor Corbett will sign the “Revictimization Relief Act” TUESDAY at 12PM at 13th & Locust in Philadelphia. We intend to make our presence felt on behalf of political prisoners and ultimately ALL prisoners. 

The signing of the bill probably won’t last longer than an hour. If you could arrive between 11:45am and 12pm that would be great! Please respond to this email or call 610-352-3053 if you can participate on Tuesday. We need a strong and visible presence while the media is there. Bring your signs and your energy.

What is this about:

Last week the Pennsylvania Legislature fast-tracked this bill to give unlimited discretion to district attorneys, the state’s Attorney General and crime victims to silence prisoner speech by claiming that such speech causes victims’ families “mental anguish.” This politically-charged legislation was introduced on behalf of the Fraternal Order of Police and its allies after they failed to stop Pennsylvania prisoner and radio journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal from delivering his Oct. 5 commencement address to Goddard College in Vermont. 

The RRA would deny prisoners’ rights to free-speech under the First Amendment by allowing for the filing of civil lawsuits to prevent their speaking, reaching the media or recording radio commentaries. Media outlets that disseminate prisoners’ voices could also be targeted with punitive monetary damages under the act. PA Sen. Daylin Leach (D., Montgomery) called this law “the most extreme violation of the First Amendment imaginable.” In seeking to silence the legally protected speech of prisoners the state also damages the publics’ right and freedom to know at a time when more attention is being focused on mass incarceration, police brutality and an unjust legal system. 

This is an emergency. Think about how you were personally transformed when you first heard Mumia speak either on Prison Radio or live via speaker phone at a meeting. While the new bill silencing Mumia and all other PA prisoner voices is an attempt to end this powerful experience, it is also a vengeful attack on Mumia, on the emerging movement to free political prisoners, stop police brutality and end mass incarceration.