PSA for comrades intending on engaging in acts of Direct Action or are looking to protect themselves and others whilst protesting (please share this and spread it around) : How to make a cheap/disposable “Book Bloc” shield, (disclaimer, these types of shields are only good for blocking police batons, kicks and punches and pepper spray not less lethal rounds or live ammunition) Step 1. Find or buy some heavy duty tough cardboard sheets or sturdy lightweight wood hardboard, Step 2. Punch or drill 4 holes through the sheets or boards in the middle, Step 3. Find or buy 2 hooked bungee cords, one should be slightly longer than the other in order to provide enough slack so your arm can fit through, Step 4. loop the bungee cords through the holes and attach the hooks at either end together to create handles, Step 5. Paint or draw on a design or message of your choosing, people tend to paint on the title of a book and the name of the author hence the term “Book Bloc” shield.
A mother clings to a riot policeman’s shield at a polling station. Her son was one of thousands of demonstrators who were arrested because they tried to prove that the presidential election on December 15, won by the government candidate, had been rigged. (South Korea)
american jews must rid our communities of the so-called progressive except palestine ideology that has embedded itself among our community. behind black americans, we are the second left-most voting bloc in this country. we have stood against the robber baron for exploiting working classes, against the marine for serving american empire, against the riot cop for enforcing white supremacy, and yet—somehow we decided the robber baron is fine if he has a jewish name? the marine is fine if she is in jerusalem? the riot cop is fine if he has hebrew script on his riot shield?
when the israeli state was founded, we became k'chol ha'goyim, like all other nations, equipped with a repressive police-state apparatus and an imperialist army and a national bourgeoisie. [we in diaspora didn’t, but it appears some of us still haven’t realized they don’t care about galutim.]
while being unlike all other nations made [and in diaspora, makes] us dependent on the goodwill of goyim for safety, who subjected us to pogrom after pogrom and expulsion after expulsion, it is morally repugnant to support violent institutions we have always opposed, whether they were run by president harding or tsar nicholas or emperor titus, just because they are staffed by jews there
it is an ineffable embarrassment to our people to see stone-wielding children teargassed by tanks with loshn koydesh written on them
it is an ineffable embarrassment to our people to make gaza into a ghetto after hundreds of years of our own ghettoization
it is an ineffable embarrassment to our people to call jews who care about universal human rights antisemites or self-haters while likud hosts front national and freiheitliche partei österreichs, both founded by nazis and collaborators, in jerusalem
the desire to be k'chol ha'goyim and wield force to defend ourselves is strong and i think clearly understandable, but can we hold ourselves to a better standard than becoming our oppressors?
Jeremy Corbyn: Empty homes owned by rich should be 'requisitioned' for Grenfell Tower residents
Jeremy Corbyn has called for the empty homes of rich people in Kensington to be seized for Grenfell Tower residents who have been made homeless by the fire.
The Labour leader said that the London Borough was a “tale of two cities” between a wealthy south and a rich north.
He suggested that “requisitioning” expensive vacant properties could help ensure that residents are housed locally.
The Government has committed to rehousing all those who lost their homes in the fire in the local area.
However Mr Corbyn said: “Kensington is a tale of two cities. The south part of Kensington is incredibly wealthy, it’s the wealthiest part of the whole country.
Sadiq Khan confronted by residents at Grenfell Tower
“The ward where this fire took place is, I think, the poorest ward in the whole country and properties must be found - requisitioned if necessary - to make sure those residents do get re-housed locally.
“It can’t be acceptable that in London we have luxury buildings and luxury flats left empty as land banking for the future while the homeless and the poor look for somewhere to live. We have to address these issues.”
It came as Theresa May announced a public inquiry into the blaze but faced questions over why she did not meet with residents, in contrast with Mr Cobryn.
Asked why she had not met survivors and those who lost loved ones, Mrs May replied: “Well, I visited the scene of this terrible fire this morning.
"I wanted a briefing from the emergency services. They’ve been working tirelessly in horrific conditions and I have been overwhelmed by their professionalism and their bravery.
"I heard stories of firefighters running into the building being protected from the falling debris by police officers using their riot shields. And we thank all our emergency services for the incredible work that they have done.”
Sadiq Khan, the Labour Mayor of London, faced an angry crowd as he was visited the scene of the fire.
He was confronted by a young boy who asked “how many children have died?” as he talked to an angry crowd at Grenfell Tower today.
The boy added: “What are you going to do about it?” The Mayor replied: “People are justifiably angry and I share their anger and I share their demand for answers.”
He was also heckled by a supporter of Mr Corbyn about his failure to back the Labour leader and there were suggestions that a bottle was thrown at him. More than 20 police officers rushed in to calm the crowd.
Nick Hurd, the fire minister, said that the fire was a “national tragedy” and no moment for “cool plodding democracy” as he vowed to leave “no stone unturned”.
It came as a new poll found that Theresa May’s poll ratings are now lower than Jeremy Corbyn’s were before the General Election.
A survey by Yougov found that the Prime Minister’s “favourability score” has fallen from plus 10 to minus 34. In the meantime Mr Corbyn’s popularity rating has climbed by 42 points.
It came as John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, urged the unions to mobilise more than a million people to protest in London on July 1 in a bid to pressure Mrs May into standing down.
I feel heartsick today. I work in Charlottesville and live just outside it; I’m lucky enough that my mall is out of the heart of the Nazi activity–because I’ve been playing nice and using euphemisms with customers and company reps all day and I’m fucking tired and I’m gonna call a Nazi a fucking Nazi–but that didn’t stop a group of them marching through the mall single-file just to show they’re there, just to show they could be violent here too if they so chose. We shut our gate for an hour after they showed up, just to be safe. I’m lucky I work for a company that praised that as a smart and safe decision instead of demanding to know why we lost money.
I was scared for my employees and my loved ones today. I watched a mom’s lip quiver as she tried to hold it together and explain to her toddler why they were hiding in our back room. I heard an old woman wail when she heard about the car plowing into counter-protesters. I kept my eyes glued to twitter to judge how long it was safe to stay open, the exact point I could make the case to corporate that we needed to send everyone home.
One of my friends got choked by an alt righter, for the unforgivable crime of asserting that she was as good as him. He dropped his fucking homemade riot shield and grabbed her by the fucking throat, then arrogantly said “I’ve made my point.” Which just fucking says it all, doesn’t it? That’s why they’re here. They’re coming from all over to my town to bring fear and hatred and chaos in the name of some fucking archaic idea of white masculinity because they can’t stand to feel like the world no longer revolves around them.
And you know what? Goddammit, I’m fucking scared. But I’m also lucky to know people like her, who are here to face that fear and stand strong against Nazi scum. May I find half the strength and courage they have.
at the Dallas Theater Center. So tired but OH MY GOSH.
-SET IN MODERN DAYS! COPS. POLICE BRUTALITY. GUNS AND EXPLOSIVES AT THE BARRICADE. Riot shields. Caution tape set up after the barricade fell. Hearing their radios reporting as they stepped over the students’ dead bodies. It was chilling.
-guns as an active part of the story, more so than the 1800s version. JVJ literally knocked a gun from Javert’s hand and took it when he ran after Fantine’s death.
-the only non-ensemble characters portrayed by white people were Javert, Enjolras and a couple other students (not including Marius), and the Thenadiers. Eponine MAY have been white but I’m not quite sure. The subtext of racism played into the story that already existed SO BEAUTIFULLY that it made me cry MORE than usual
-In “One Day More” they were holding signs that said “living wages for all” “everyone deserves clean water” “we are all God’s children” “freedom” “never slaves again” and I just !
-Thenardier during “Dog Eat Dog” song, which is always disgusting ANYWAY - but at the line, “Someone’s got to collect their odds and ends / As a service to the town!” He reached down and lifted up the head of one of the dead students, Courfeyrac I think, and squished his lips to “sing along” to the service to the town part, and I was so disgusted and angry I started crying furiously.
-The costuming. Not just cop uniform for Javert, but the SWAT-like masks and uniforms for prison guards, the fact that those were the SAME men who later showed up in “Lovely Ladies,” and later barricade police forces, orange jumpsuits for JVJ and the other convicts in the prologue, seeing the factory workers dressed crappily while the foreman got a white shirt and dress pants and the CEOs and Mayor walked through in their nice suits and barely looked at the workers, a home being foreclosed and a family being kicked out and the homeless men and women with their cardboard signs being “cleaned up” in the streets of Paris, and all the sudden the distance and “how could that even happen” in the historical version became “oh my gosh, I am literally doing this in my life, how many times have I been part of this problem and not known it?”
-ok lol hipster Enjolras and other students with their mac laptops and coffee cups at the cafe
-But SERIOUSLY, each cast member was so talented, and each of their heritage highlighted something about the story of the character and how those struggles exist NOW. Indian Jean Valjean. Black Fantine and Young Cosette. Asian Adult Cosette (it was a little awkward having her change ethnicity as she grew, but I’m SO HAPPY they didn’t just make her actress be Eponine because of the tradition of casting Asian women as Eponine ever since Lea Salonga…), diverse ensemble including latin@ men and women as well…I could cry. I DID cry. JVJ being punished more extensively for a simple crime and the implied subtext with his being easily mistaken for Middle Eastern. Fantine as a single black mother being singled out for aggressions at her factory workplace and later brutality. The tender, TENDER moment with her on a modern hospital bed in a hospital gown as she’s dying, and he looks at her and UNDERSTANDS the prejudice that she’s faced - that he played into! And that the privileged students were similarly diverse, so no one race was pigeonholed into a certain role of suffering, and, and, everythiiiiiing
-“Turning Through The Years” with police caution tape and red and blue flashing lights
-Realizing that I could read on the news about a riot involving students somewhere, under 10 dead, etc - and be sad but not have it mean as much to me as it should. Because it SHOULD. Every time this happens, now, and it IS happening now, it’s Les Miserables.
-“Will join in our crusade? Who will be strong and stand with me? … Tomorrow comes!” This production effectively took the passion I always feel at the end of Les Miserables and directed it to look at myself and the true injustices of our age, our lives, our society. Bam.
I’m sure there’s more I’ll think of later but I was just so…wow.
If you live in the Dallas, TX area and want to see it! https://www.dallastheatercenter.org/show_details.php?sid=70