civil disobedience

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Starting on Monday, thousands of university students in Hong Kong have been gathering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Tamar Park (outside the government offices) to protest the National People’s Congress (NPC) of China’s decision to restrict the right to vote for Chief Executive, the city’s highest political leader in 2017.

Article 45 of the Basic Law (Hong Kong’s own mini-constitution implemented after the handover from Britain to China in 1997) states that the Chief Executive should be chosen by universal suffrage as an eventual goal. Time and time again the Communist Party of China have dodged/shut down any democratic progress. Last month the NPC announced that they would continue using the 1200-member committee, consisting of members loyal to the Communist Party, to vote for our CE. THIS IS ILLEGAL. THIS IS SHAM DEMOCRACY AND SHOULD NOT BE TOLERATED.

The sit-in of university students belongs to a movement called ‘Occupy Central with Love and Peace’ and is led by The Hong Kong Federation of Students (schedule and declaration of the strike included). This act of civil disobedience consists of absolute non-violence. It consists of free public lectures offered by university professors and writers on topics like Orwell’s ‘1984’, history of Hong Kong’s struggle for democracy, Ghandi and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s fight to end injustice etc etc. I was one of the students sitting in Tamar Park on Tuesday and Thursday and it was one of the most rewarding, educational and, I must emphasise, peaceful political activities I have ever witnessed.

On Friday, high school students led by the student group Scholarism joined in the protest. They marched to Civic Square, pleading for our current CE to come out of his offices and listen to their requests, just like he promised during his ‘campaign’ in 2012. More and more citizens joined in the protest after work.

The police started cutting off access to Civic Square, which is a publicly owned area. They used shields to form a blockade against the protestors and started pushing them back. When people resisted with umbrellas, they started using clubs and pepper spray on the protestors, who started putting both of their hands up to show they are unarmed. Many students who managed to rush in Civic Square are arrested, including the leader of Scholarism. Many of them have visible injuries caused by police brutality and some of them still haven’t been released from police custody.

THE FIGHT IS STIL GOING ON. PEOPLE ARE STILL CROWDING OUTSIDE CIVIC SQUARE AND TAMAR. Resources are running thin and the police are still threatening violence. Some of my friends are at the protest and they are continuing the struggle despite the risks. It is predicted that the police will escalate their brutality with tear gas, more pepper spray and water cannons against innocent, peaceful protestors, many of them teenagers.

You can watch Occupy Central live here: x (Apple Daily livestream)

I know tumblr is a US-centric place but PLEASE PLEASE SPARE A SECOND TO REBLOG THIS POST. Hong Kong is a tiny city. We are anything but a formidable force in international politics. The only thing we can do is raise awareness among the world and force our corrupt government to answer to our protests. 

PLEASE HELP US. 

Articles on Occupy Central (English): x (The Economist), x (BBC News), x (Mail Online), x (Newsweek), x (CNN), x (Right Now I/O), x (NY Times)

Updates (Chinese): x (Campus TV, HKU), x (Apple Daily), x (Amnesty International Hong Kong), x (InMedia HK), x (926政總現場消息發佈)

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Bryon Rich works at the New Hartford Fire Department as a firefighter and EMT.  And he is advocating for the mass murder of college students for peacefully protesting.  I’m supposed to trust this person with my safety?

New Hartford Fire Department: (315) 732-1710

Online Contact Form: http://www.nhfd.com/contact.html

He is also the captain of the Killabrew Bar Room Brawlers, a hockey team.  Their Facebook page is here.

Everything included in this post is accessible to the general public.  I have neither met nor otherwise interacted with this man, have no desire to, and have no access to any information other than that which he has made available to the public at large.

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Hundreds of students walked out of classrooms around suburban Denver on Tuesday in protest over a conservative-led school board proposal to focus history education on topics that promote citizenship, patriotism and respect for authority, in a show of civil disobedience that the new standards would aim to downplay.

The youth protest in the state’s second-largest school district follows a sick-out from teachers that shut down two high schools in the politically and economically diverse area that has become a key political battleground.

Student participants said their demonstration was organized by word of mouth and social media. Many waved American flags and carried signs, including messages that read “There is nothing more patriotic than protest.”

“I don’t think my education should be censored. We should be able to know what happened in our past,” said Tori Leu, a 17-year-old student who protested at Ralston Valley High School in Arvada.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10411159

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54 arrested in LA during Walmart protest
November 8, 2013

Dozens of Walmart workers and activists were arrested last night protesting the company’s labor practices and retaliatory behavior in Los Angeles’ Chinatown last night in what organizers are calling the largest act of civil disobedience in Walmart history.

Workers, clergy and activists sat down in the middle of Cesar Chavez Avenue in a circle outside the company’s new Chinatown store last night. Some 825,000 Walmart workers make less than $25,000 a year, workers say. Richard Reynoso is one of them, despite having a rare-for-Walmart full-time position as an overnight stocker.

“I got arrested today because I believe that taking this step will encourage others to be brave and step forward and stand up to the world’s largest retailer,” Reynoso said in a statement. “Walmart can’t silence me.”

The civil disobedience followed a protest outside a Walmart store in the working class Los Angeles suburb of Paramount, where 100 people gathered. The actions are supported by OUR Walmart, a union-backed workers group which organized the first strike in Walmart history last year. 

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Today in Solidarity: Protesters in Ferguson SHUTDOWN I-70, demanding Darren Wilson’s immediate arrest. (Pt 1)

As usual, police officers are being dicks, protesters are being arrested, and Darren Wilson is still a free man, living off of the taxpayers dollars. Proud of my people in Ferguson practicing some old school civil disobedience doe! #staywoke #farfromover 

The people now calling for nonviolence are not prepared to answer these questions. Many of them are charged with enforcing the very policies that led to Gray’s death, and yet they can offer no rational justification for Gray’s death and so they appeal for calm. But there was no official appeal for calm when Gray was being arrested. There was no appeal for calm when Jerriel Lyles was assaulted. (“The blow was so heavy. My eyes swelled up. Blood was dripping down my nose and out my eye.”) There was no claim for nonviolence on behalf of Venus Green. (“Bitch, you ain’t no better than any of the other old black bitches I have locked up.”) There was no plea for peace on behalf of Starr Brown. (“They slammed me down on my face,” Brown added, her voice cracking. “The skin was gone on my face.“)

When nonviolence is preached as an attempt to evade the repercussions of political brutality, it betrays itself. When nonviolence begins halfway through the war with the aggressor calling time out, it exposes itself as a ruse. When nonviolence is preached by the representatives of the state, while the state doles out heaps of violence to its citizens, it reveals itself to be a con. And none of this can mean that rioting or violence is "correct” or “wise,” any more than a forest fire can be “correct” or “wise.” Wisdom isn’t the point tonight. Disrespect is. In this case, disrespect for the hollow law and failed order that so regularly disrespects the community.

Throwback Thursday: I’m Mexican, Pull Me Over

In the days after Arizona’s SB 1070 was signed by the state’s then governor, Jan Brewer, many in the community immediately began resisting.

“I’m Mexican, pull me over,” read the back window of a car in this now classic image that came to exemplify this time.

Almost 5 years, the fight to stop SB 1070 continues!

Israel jails Druze conscientious objector for the sixth time

Omar Saad, an eighteen-year-old Palestinian musician and high school senior from the Druze minority religious community, was recently handed down a sixth prison sentence for his ongoing refusal to serve in Israel’s occupation army. He stated his refusal to serve in the Israeli military at an induction base in Tiberias on 4 December 2013. He says, “I will refuse to serve in the army even if I’m jailed sixty times.”

Read more here.

In its typical fashion, Anonymous has been waging a digital battle on Twitter. It started with demands for the officer’s name. Then the group hacked the police department’s computers and obtained audio files of police dispatches.

Thursday morning, it posted the home address, Social Security number and phone number of St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar.

Then, at about 8 a.m. CT, the group released the name of the officer it believes was responsible for Brown’s death.

But the escalation continues. The group is demanding a response from St. Louis County police. If none arrives, the group is threatening to release the officer’s photo at 10 a.m. CT, his address at noon and more personal details later in the day.

In a YouTube video, the Anonymous group issued this warning: “If you attack the protestors, we will attack every server and computer you have. We will … release the personal information on every single member of the Ferguson police department as well as any other jurisdiction that participates in the abuse.”
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This is from the clergy protest on Moral Monday during Ferguson October. Cornel West was standing right in front of me. The media intentionally never shows images or videos of protestors being peaceful but this video contradicts everything that the media has been showing. Spread this!