Do you know what it’s like to be me? Very lonely. I see and feel things that others don’t. I don’t think I’m crazy but rather evolved. At the balcony I gain perspective. Sometimes I wish I couldn’t see through people because I wouldn’t have to feign ignorance. How many of us are out there?
This Memorial Day the question of whose freedom does America fight for is on this writer’s mind. Being of African descent, I still fight for freedom and access despite being a US citizen in America.
I can be killed because my color is deemed a threat to cops and many white people. I can be murdered for legally owning a gun. Why don’t I have second amendment rights? What happened to the second amendment rights of many Black men murdered because they were suspected of possessing a weapon while posing no threat. Is it illegal for people of color to posses weapons in America?
This Memorial Day, I am reminded that my children can die fighting in preventable and unnecessary geopolitical wars, all in the name of freedom. A freedom that my children will never experience in the so called land of freedom called America.
This Memorial Day, please remember the innocent lives lost unnecessarily because of political and media lies intertwined with hypocrisy. Indeed, this is a sad day!
The following is a letter from MoveOn. Please reblog, share and contribute.
Dear MoveOn member,
My name is Ann Lewis, and I’m the Chief Technology Officer at MoveOn. I’m writing because MoveOn is under attack by Donald Trump, and we need your help.
Here’s the situation: Over the past few months, as Donald Trump has campaigned from city to city, MoveOn members have turned out for peaceful demonstrations against his carnival of hate.
In response, Trump attacked us in the media, calling MoveOn members “not a good group of people,” while his media surrogates explicitly blamed MoveOn for violence he incited at his rallies.1,2
That’s when things started getting ugly. We’ve been flooded with hate mail, spam, and personal threats to our staff and online security.
As a result, we’re conducting a top-to-bottom security audit to secure our systems in advance of the general election. We won’t back down from Trump, but we need to be prepared. Will you chip in $3?
Over the years, MoveOn has gone head to head against everyone from Dick Cheney to Sarah Palin to the Koch brothers. But what we’re seeing from Trump and his supporters is something different—and scary.
We’ve all seen the videos of Trump supporters punching and shoving protestors—as well as Trump’s explicit statements encouraging violence. What the public doesn’t see is the avalanche of threats that come in through email and social media. It’s more hate mail of a more vicious nature than we received even when we took on the NRA or helped take down the Confederate Flag. It’s frightening.
The Trump strategy is clear: He picks a target, demonizes them, and then tries to bully them into silence. It’s what he’s done to Muslims, women, immigrants, reporters, people with disabilities—and now, he’s trying to do it to MoveOn.
But we won’t back down.
MoveOn has already begun taking on Trump’s hate directly by providing support for peaceful protesters outside his rallies, by exposing how Trump incites violence, and by joining with leaders of civil rights, economic justice, women’s rights, labor, immigrant rights, environmental, veterans, and community organizations to launch a major initiative to stand up to Trump’s hate.
But this is going to be one of the hardest-fought elections we’ve ever seen. It’s also one of the most important: a fight for the heart and soul of America.
Will you chip in $3 to help provide the resources to ensure the security of our staff and systems we need to take on this fight and keep our staff and systems safe?
Thanks for all you do.
–Ann Lewis, MoveOn Chief Technology Officer
1. Tweet by Fox News, March 11, 2016
2. “Right-Wing Media Baselessly Accuse MoveOn.Org Of Inciting Violence At Trump Rally,” Media Matters for America, March 15, 2016
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When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.
Ever noticed more and ever more how standards change to suit certain groups?
Ever noticed those standards are based on the need to control groups, usually those perceived as the ‘undeserved poor’ or darkly pigmented?
Those were my thoughts as I was called an anti-Semite and all sorts of other unpleasant names (labels). Including sexist and sexually insulting. Why? For stating facts: Israel is a racist country.
Israel has crossed the line between war and unnecessary force, as well as torture.
The standard bearers, with Zionists leanings, proceeded to repaint me with labels such as anti-Semite which has legal implications. All the labels used by these standards bearers have legal implications and that is why they are used!
Labels are pivotal tools used by standard bearers to redefine our understanding of the images we see, words we read and the sounds we make.
USA’s foreign policy is dominated by labels. Labels that are riddled with fear and threats have become part of the US foreign policy arsenal.
As much as the standard bearers tried, they could not deflect nor distract me. The key is to remember labels are tools to change scenarios. Do NOT let labels stifle or kill your voice.
The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people. – Martin Luther King Jr.
How To Goals #TweetBStorm?
Use social media platforms to continue diverse dialogues in diverse formats forming diverse cultural interconnected networks of discourse. Weekly #TweetBStorm allow organic sharing of ideas without reliance on the filtering used by government.
Censorship rooted in structural racism led to systematic targeting of black people to support the criminal justice system and private corporations under the myth of black criminality. Black on Black crimes are high (if we belief tainted data) probably because vindictive police use bullies within communities to carry out personal vendetta executions under the guise of drug related crimes.
If so, how does that affect solutions and remedies? Human Rights Abuses at the hands the USA government can serve as common ground to start discussions.
With support—talent and money— active, passionate and poetic participation, #TweetBStorm will be one way for people like us to communicate and share information in a transparent public forum and government officials as well as police officers welcome.
What is talent? Talent is not scripted…like most interviews, it is passion combined with knowledge. Both are requisites for talent. Talent finds ways to fulfill passion.
#TweetBStorm offer opportunities for each of us to display talent to future employers and employees using imagination and valuing integrity.
KEEP the above in mind as we each do our part in making #TweetBStorm successes.
Start Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 7:00PM eastern @TweetBStorm and use hashtag #TweetBStorm with tweets.
In addition, @TweetBStorm looks forward to growing organic networks of shared values to dismantle racism.
Not Voting Sends Strong Signal
Not voting sends a strong signal! Not voting when one has options sends a powerful message of uncertainty; a sentiment tremendously disliked by stock markets, and, therefore, wealthy corporations and governments.
The new civil disobedience is uncertainty and its bedfellow change. Parties with the most to lose will use fear and the same promises to sway voters. Remember that this fear is not your fear (the voter), it is their fear of losing because of unbroken promises.
Election is the people’s opportunity to excise the will of the people. And not voting, exercises that power by deeming the choices unacceptable.
Currently, in the USA, Democrats are afraid that minorities, particularly in communities of color, will not mindlessly vote Democrats, so fear of the GOP racist regime is used maintain undeserved loyalty. In effect, Americans vote against candidates rather than for a candidate.
In the last several years, a Democratic president and senate, improving economy and sky-rocketing markets, have not changed the dire plight and future of black and brown people. As a matter of fact, that future appears dimmer as access to quality healthcare, education, and housing diminishes, and police violence creates adversarial trajectories.
How do people hold politicians accountable?
Elections! As noted, laws are helpful but cannot be relied upon for justice. Demanding accountability means Change… and change means not accepting the status quo.
Making a third option available in a two-party system: That third option is not to vote. Choosing the third option is a POWERFUL option of protest because of the element of uncertainty. Orchestrated well, uncertainty can evolve into a viable people’s party.
“Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, you take it.” – Malcolm X
Choice enables creativity as well as communicates preference. Continuing to vote for the two parties means accepting the rules of broken and corrupt systems, as well as unwitting support of injustices. To vote for a candidate out of fear is an illusion of choice, compounded by lack of justice.
“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein
Give up The Toad….NO Way!
Gotta Give Up the Toad | Family Guy | TBS
how to be a brown noser
Hancock – Your head goes up his ass
My gratitude to Roald Michel for the videos and my collaborator, Toadink, for the inspiration.