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HAPPENING NOW (11.5.14): Protesters in Ferguson join the global #MillionMasksMarch, peacefully occupying their own streets and neighborhoods. Police respond by sending out dozens of riot police to block streets in residential neighborhoods. 

The police in Ferguson truly believe they own the streets, not the residents/taxpayers of the city. We’re three months in, and they’ve only become more brazen. With the looming lack of indictment for Darren Wilson being announced next week, it’s clear that the police are prepared to suppress the people, by any means necessary. Even if you’ve stopped paying attention, NOW is the time to start tuning back in to Ferguson. A grave injustice is happening there, and it’s not just the death of Mike Brown. This November 5th remember: “People shouldn’t be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people." #staywoke #farfromover

Remember, remember!
The fifth of November,
The Gunpowder treason and plot;
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!
Guy Fawkes and his companions
Did the scheme contrive,
To blow the King and Parliament
All up alive.
Threescore barrels, laid below,
To prove old England’s overthrow.
But, by God’s providence, him they catch,
With a dark lantern, lighting a match!
A stick and a stake
For King James’s sake!
If you won’t give me one,
I’ll take two,
The better for me,
And the worse for you.
A rope, a rope, to hang the Pope,
A penn'orth of cheese to choke him,
A pint of beer to wash it down,
And a jolly good fire to burn him.
Holloa, boys! holloa, boys! make the bells ring!
Holloa, boys! holloa boys! God save the King!
Hip, hip, hooor-r-r-ray!
—  Perhaps most widely known in America from its use in the movie V for Vendetta, versions of the above poem have been wide spread in England for centuries. They celebrate the foiling of (Catholic) Guy Fawkes’s attempt to blow up (Protestant controlled) England’s House of Parliament on November 5th, 1605. Known variously as Guy Fawkes Day,Gunpowder Treason Day, and Fireworks Night, the November 5th celebrations in some time periods included the burning of the Pope or Guy Fawkes in effigy.