A young girl climbed up a step ladder to stand at the podium before a tense Charlotte City Council meeting.
Petite in size, with braids in her hair and hearts on her t-shirt, Zianna Oliphant collected herself and delivered her message loud and clear.
“It’s a shame that our fathers and mothers are killed and we can’t see them anymore. It’s a shame that we have to go to their graveyard and bury them. We need our fathers and mothers to be by our side.”
Differentiating between protesters and rioters is “good-protester versus bad-protester” bullshit. It is an extension of the “peaceful protester” myth and is a mechanism of self-policing. The state and capitalist elite want you to feverishly believe in the idea of peaceful protests because it erases the unrelenting violence of capitalism and the state. Their idea of “peace” is more accurately defined as the unabated continuation and invisiblization of their own violence. By sanctioning only state endorsed methods of resistance you help do the work of policing militancy FOR THE POLICE.
Brooklyn, NYC: Justice for Sandra Bland and other Black Women Killed by Police, July 13, 2016.
More than 700 people gathered in Flatbush, Brooklyn, and marched to honor the lives of Sandra Bland and other Black women killed by the police on the anniversary of Sandra Bland’s death. Family members of Kyam Livingston and Shantel Davis called for justice, and the people took over Flatbush Avenue and marched in their name.
So like, in case ye didn’t know, Ireland currently has a fucking awful homeless problem. I’m talking over 170,000 people without homes while we have over 400,000 empty houses
Now y'all know our boy Hozier, the son of a gun who loved churches?
Well he fuckin took over an apartment block with a bunch of homeless people and barricaded it from being retaken by the cops to protest
It wasn’t just him tho, there were other dudes too but I figure y'all would know him best
This little rebellion was probably the best tribute we had this year, 100 years since the occupation of the GPO in Dublin, to the 1916 Rising, to oust the British from our land
The government was NOT FUCKING HAPPY
Instead of being human beings, they wanted to forcibly remove these people, telling them to go to shelters which were offering fucking sleeping bags on the floor
Instead of letting them stay in the unused block that we, the people, technically own IF what I’ve heard about NAMA is true
Anyway, it was a huge deal, and led to more attempted occupations, and massive donations of food and necessities so big they had to tell people to stop because there was too much for everyone and it would go to waste
If anyone else has more intimate details pls add because this was a fucking awesome moment of people not taking the government’s shit in Ireland, which we have shamefully been doing for years and as a result we buttfucked our country into a state that would make the men of 1916 weep to see
Thing is, laws are man made. If a building is empty, and a person needs shelter, they should be allowed to walk in and sleep in a dry room. They’re not bothering anyone. They’re a person. I don’t care if they’re a drug addict, alcoholic, sex worker, what have you, if someone needs shelter the laws of man should protect them from the storm and not have them fucked into the rain by a cop forced to follow stupidity
Shelter is a basic fucking human right and it’s being denied to thousands of men, women, and children in a supposed First World country
I want to see more occupation, I want to see more rebellion in the name of the downtrodden and castouts
(Btw. The gov tried ignoring this for a bit, what were they doing? Well, while the protest grew they were singing Christmas carols instead of working)