Day 2/3: Johnson City, Tennessee

Today, just seconds before I came to join our second demonstration on campus, a freshman at our school, East Tennessee State University a freshman by the name of Tristan Pettke came up to my fellow protestors and taunted them with bananas, brandished a paper sack with the Confederate Flag, and carried around a noose. He called one protestor a nigger and handed out bananas. He was detained by public safety and onlookers demanded his mask be taken off before he was taken away. Though his actions deserved harsh repercussions, protestors remain calm while met with such heinous behavior. Tumblr, I ask of you to boost the heck out of this. We have been peaceful the entire time and to be met with such blatant racism is disgusting. Very proud of our president for taking immediate action and the good news is that he will be charged with civil rights intimidation and I spoke directly to our university president and demanded expulsion. For now, Tristan is suspended. I’m hoping for nothing worse tomorrow after what happened today. We might be waking people up on campus, but being in the South, the actions like today are to be expected and are nothing new.



Photo by Tommy Kearns for Under The Radar magazine’s Protest Issue.

Under The Radar magazine’s Protest Auction begins today auctioning off all of the autographed protest signs created by musicians for The Protest Issue of the magazine. All profits made from the auctions will go to the War Child charity and includes an auction of a hand made and autographed sign Amanda made for the issue featured in the photos above. 

Click HERE for more information on Under The Radar’s The Protest Auction.
And CLICK HERE to directly bid on Amanda Palmer’s protest sign.
12-Year-Old Boy Takes On Thousands Of Anti-LGBT Protesters In Mexico
The boy later revealed, "I have an uncle who is gay. I hate that they hate him."

Over the weekend, thousands of members of Mexico’s “pro-family” hate group Frente Nacional por la Familia took to the streets across the nation to protest the impending passage of marriage equality.

Though these homophobic demonstrators faced their fair share of opposition, perhaps the most powerful moment came at a rally in Celaya, Guanajuato when a 12-year-old boy jumped in front of a crowd of 11,000 protesters.
Why This Jailed Trans Woman of Color Hasn't Eaten for 37 Days
San Francisco County Sheriff's Department officials have promised changes in how the jail houses trans people, but they have been slow in coming.

A transgender woman of color incarcerated in San Francisco County Jail has refused to eat for 37 days — and plans to continue her hunger strike until she is housed with women. Athena Cadence, 29, a trans woman of color and a U.S. combat veteran, was arrested last November for misdemeanor assault, according to S.F. Weekly. She is currently being held in a private cell away from other inmates — and has not eaten since June 1.

Transgender Law Center staff attorney Shawn Meerkamper is in regular contact with Cadence and is helping to monitor her general well-being.

“[She is] remarkably strong and clear-headed, given how long she’s gone without food,” Meerkamper, who uses the gender-neutral pronouns they/them, told The Advocate.



#ICantBreathe: 22 Of The Best Twitter Reactions To The Eric Garner Decision

De ja vu time: Another police officer has been indicted after killing an unarmed black man. Yesterday, a New York grand jury decided that there wasn’t enough evidence to charge officer Daniel Pantaleo with a crime after his fatal chokehold killed 43-year-old Eric Garner during an arrest attempt back in July. Despite the fact that the entire event was caught on camera, despite the fact that Garner stated 11 times that he could not breathe and despite the fact that the Officer Pantaleo wasn’t allowed to put a suspect in a chokehold in the first place according to the NYPD rule book, Pantaleo won’t be charged with a single crime.

All I have to say is W…T…F?

“Black lives matter. Latinx lives matter. Trans lives matter. Native lives matter. Disabled lives matter. Muslim lives matter. ”
“Donald Trump: Racist, Sexist, Anti-Gay”
“We stand with Standing Rock”
“Gay rights are human rights”
“Refugees are welcome here”
“Her body, her choice”
“Global warming’s fucking real”

This is some dialogue from tonight’s NYC rally that spanned for dozens of blocks up until Trump Tower.
Tonight I witnessed a mass of determined young people from different races, genders and backgrounds unify and stand up for each other. We are fighting for a future that is selfless and inclusive, and everything Trump’s regime is against.

The image above is an illustration about implications of Net Neutrality. Here’s what is going on today:

There’s a protest organized by a number of large websites, including etsy, Netflix, dailydot, Tumblr staff and Twitter; organizations like the thehpalliance (alongside a lot of youtube filmmakers/vidders - you can add a video too!) are supporting it as well. 

Over the last few months, the FCC has been taking comments on a proposal that would require telecom providers to ensure that “all users have access to an internet experience that is sufficiently robust, fast and effectively usable”. 

Tech and content companies including Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Twitter, wrote to the FCC claiming the rules “would enable phone and cable internet service providers to discriminate both technically and financially against internet companies and to impose new tolls on them”.


In other words, what you’re seeing today is important, and changes to the nine-months-ago status of Net Neutrality could be problematic (I’m not saying “would be” because codification of Net Neutrality in the FCC’s rules would actually be a change, and awesome) but it doesn’t mean that there’s something newly threatening that’s happened in the last few days. 

Sign the petitions if you want - although the FCC comment period is closed - and make your voice heard, but don’t panic that there’s something new that you may’ve missed in the last week. 

ETA: And check out the tumblr staff post about why your images and icons may look like they’re loading slowly.
Day 50, and BLM's Los Angeles Protest Is Still Going Strong
The national media so far hasn't paid much notice, but Black Lives Matter has been protesting in Los Angeles for 50 consecutive days.

Tuesday marked an important anniversary for the Los Angeles chapter of Black Lives Matter. It’s been exactly 50 days since the L.A. chapter first began its occupation of City Hall. The group is calling for L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti to fire LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. In early August, the group delivered more than 8,000 petitions to the mayor’s office from citizens seeking Beck’s ouster.

Jasmine Richards, an out Black Lives Matter organizer who was arrested in June on a “felony lynching” charge, reflected on the group’s 50-day effort to “Decolonize City Hall.” 

“The Panthers have been around for 50 years, so that’s why its a significant number to me,” Richards told The Advocate on Tuesday.


Beyond Bodycams — What to Do After Garner and Brown

The grand jury decision in the Eric Garner case in New York City – the second in just over two weeks in which a grand jury in the United States failed to indict a white police officer in the killing of an unarmed African American – has raised important questions about one of the few concrete solutions that US officials (President Barack Obama and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, among them) have proposed for dealing with police brutality: the increased use of body cameras.

In theory, and with adequate protections in place for privacy rights, body cameras could provide a useful check on police abuse, though their effectiveness will depend on whether they operate independently of the officer wearing them.

But US and local officials should not treat them as a one-size-fits-all solution to police brutality. After all, Garner’s death in July – which the New York Medical Examiner ruled a homicide – was caught on video by a bystander. Given the prevalence of cell phones, police officers should assume that anything they do in public is likely to be caught on video, and if that was the case for the officer in the Garner case, it did not deter him from using an apparent chokehold, a tactic forbidden by the New York Police Department.

As with the Michael Brown case, it’s hard to assess the content of the Garner grand jury decision without more information. But it’s understandable that many view the verdict as one more example of racial discrimination in the criminal justice system, and that the news set off a wave of (peaceful) protests throughout the city. Political leaders should take note. The protests are not just about these two cases: they’re about a criminal justice system in which police killings of people – and, the limited available data suggests, particularly young black men – are all too frequent and hardly ever prosecuted or sanctioned; a system that many African Americans feel, often with good reason, disproportionately targets them for arrest and prosecution.

President Obama has announced a task force to look at policing, though it’s not obvious that it will be looking at the deeper issues the protesters are raising. And Attorney General Eric Holder plans soon to issue an updated guidance to curb racial profiling in federal law enforcement, which – assuming it makes certain key improvements, and doesn’t include new loopholes – should help to address certain federal law enforcement abuses.

But until federal, state, and local governments all deal squarely with the larger problem of a criminal justice system warped by pervasive racial discrimination and impunity for police abuse – by, among other things, improving data collection on police brutality; reviewing and, where necessary, overhauling accountability mechanisms in cases involving police; and reforming police practices that result in abuse or that disproportionately burden African American communities – many of the speeches and proposals policymakers are making will ring hollow.

Photo: People sit and block the Lincoln Tunnel in New York City as they protest the grand jury decision not to indict the police officer under investigation in the death of Eric Garner on December 3, 2014. © 2014 Reuters
2,500 Native Americans Successfully Block Oil Pipeline Construction -- State of Emergency Declared
The media is silent amid the declaration of a state of emergency over a peaceful and successful protest by Native Americans to block a pipeline.
DeRay Mckesson Sues Louisiana Police for 'Unconstitutional' Arrest
Out activist DeRay Mckesson filed a federal class-action lawsuit Thursday against the City of Baton Rouge for what he alleges was “excessive force” used by law enforcement during Mckesson’s July 9 arrest in Louisiana.

Mckesson, a prominent organizer within the Movement for Black Lives who has been at the front lines of nationwide protests against police brutality, was one of the 200 activists detained in Baton Rouge during protests following the death of Alton Sterling. Activists took to the streets after the 37-year-old black man from Louisiana was shot and killed by police while officers had him pinned to the ground on July 5.

Mckesson is the named plaintiff in the federal class action lawsuit, which claims that officers “employed unconstitutional tactics to disturb, disrupt, infringe upon and criminalize plaintiffs and class members’ constitutional rights to freedom of speech and assembly.” These tactics included “attacking, battering, beating and assaulting plaintiffs and class members without provocation or the need for defense,” the suit continues.

Mckesson and other activists were charged with “simple obstruction of highway commerce,” after police claimed that protesters were blocking traffic on a local highway. But Mckesson’s lawyer, Roy J. Rodney Jr., refutes that claim, saying activists organized in areas that would not impede the flow of traffic. In the live video Mckesson streamed through Periscope during his arrest, a fellow demonstrator can be heard telling police that there is no sidewalk for them to traverse, and explaining that activists were walking on the shoulder, not directly in the road.

What’s more, the highway in question had been closed by police during the protest, Rodney said.

“How can you obstruct a highway that’s closed to traffic?” Rodney asked the Baltimore Sun. “[Police] arrested people who had left the highway and entered private houses or gathered on private property.”

Those arrested included activist and 2016 Socialist Party presidential candidate Gloria La Riva, but charges against her were later dropped.



Armed, Confederate flag-waving White Lives Matter protesters rally

Why are these people always finding reasons to hate the black race? If they truly wanted to help the black people, they would not be on the other side of the street protesting. They would be standing with the black race, protesting against the same issues. #Hate it!

Police helping wannabe white supremist to get on the bike:
Black Lives Matter Toronto Will Lead This Year's Pride Parade
“We hope to bring awareness and attention to meaningful conversations and engage social actions."
Pride Toronto backtracks from Black Lives Matter promises
‘My priority yesterday was to make the parade move,’ ED says

Pride Toronto is backing away from the promises made to Black Lives Matter Toronto during a protest that temporarily shut down the Pride Parade.

“My priority yesterday was to make the parade move,” Mathieu Chantelois, the executive director of Pride Toronto, told CP24 the following day on July 4, 2016. “Frankly, Black Lives Matter is not going to tell us that there are no more floats anymore in the parade.”

Instead, Chantelois said it is up to the community and the membership of Pride Toronto to determine whether or not the police should march in Pride.


Catholicism is not Christianity

“Catholicism believes in the traditions they hold being as sacred as the Bible they read.“In the supremely wise arrangement of God, Sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture and the magisterium of the Church are so connected and associated that one of them cannot stand without the others.”(Vatican Council II) Jesus plainly says in the Bible that there are people whose hearts are far from Him even though these people claim to worship Him. He says that these people follow the traditions of men instead of their own Lord. (Mark 7.6-9) So from this, one can see a denial of a decree from Jesus Himself that traditions will take away from the word of God. Catholicism is based on a few things though: The Bible, Tradition, and the works that Catholicism has added. These traditions that Catholicism follows range from how they proceed with their church service to the kissing of the pope’s hand to catechism. With tradition defying God in Mark, we can also see it in Matthew: “Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition.” (Matthew 15.6b). Catholicism not only adds tradition to the Bible, but it also adds works.

In Catholicism, you are to work toward salvation, forgiveness for sins is through another sinner (called priest), and that the pope is the representative for God on earth. This is where Catholicism is denying sound Biblical doctrine again and the Gospel itself. The Bible clearly says how it is that a Christian is saved and from this salvation, reborn through Christ Jesus: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2.8–9), but from Catholicism we can clearly see a denial of THE GOSPEL. “The Sacrament of Baptism…Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life…through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn [born again] as sons of God…” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, Sec. 1213, p.342). Catholicism has added the Baptism as a requirement for, and the basis for, salvation when clearly Holy Scripture tells us that it is our Lord and Savior’s Grace alone by our faith alone that caused salvation. This isn’t the only work that the Catholic church has added to the Bible.

According to Catholicism you need to be constantly doing good works in your life to be saved but, from previous scripture, one can see this is Doctrinally wrong. To be forgiven of one’s sins, one has to talk to a priest and he can forgive them.“The forgiveness of God can be obtained only through the supplication of priests.” (Pope St. Leo the Great) A great question arises here as a Christian and it was asked in the Bible. “Who can forgive sins but God alone?” (Mark 2.7b) This is a great rhetorical question which also leads one to question priesthood as well, but the Bible has a distinct answer in just who priests are.“You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood… a people belonging to God…”(1 Peter 2.9, a referring to the Christians). The pope claims to be THE representative for God on earth, “The entire body of society is sick; all it’s most noble parts are infected; the very sources of life have been tainted. The one refuge, the one remedy, is the Pope.”(Pope St. Pius X), but according to sound Biblical Doctrine, one can learn something quite different. “he that hath seen me has seen the Father.” (John 14.9) Here, Jesus says that he is the form of God walking the earth. That if you have seen God, you have seen Jesus, and that if you have seen Jesus, then you have seen God. This would make him the representative of God, and God, on earth whom the pope claimed to be. Claiming to be the representative of God sounds mildly all right until you realize that it means you are claiming to be God.

When looking at the beliefs of Christianity compared to Catholicism, one can see the difference in the two. Denial of the Gospel should have been a key sign. Claiming to be the representative of God, a role placed only for Christ Jesus, should have been another sign. Traditions taking away from the word of God can be seen as yet another indicator. With these reasons out in plain sight with sound Biblical Doctrine to earnestly contend for the faith of Christianity, one can see why Catholicism isn’t Christianity.”

-Ryan Patterson