One of the Cooper square organizers speaking wisely
If you’ve been wondering where all the smart folks who were in Zucotti park in September of 2011, before the crazy folks & drug addicts moved in on them, they’re outside the main entrance to cooper union, on 7th st & Bowery in manhattan (6 train to Astor place or r train to 8th st) right now. Prediction: this is going to be an amazing summer.
“Jackie” has written fine piece addressing Facebook’s double standards on Women, nudity, male-oriented softcore porn, and women’s sexual health sites. She’s been banned from Facebook for posting “inappropriate” material (a text-book illustration of female sexual anatomy), while numerous “bro” groups post stuff like this:
…hardly the raunchiest material I’ve ever seen, but also far more the kind of stuff we don’t want the 7 year olds peeping into (I assume, I’m not a parent) than this sort of thing:
…but that’s what got her banned from Facebook. People are really hungering for an alternative. I sure wish there was something I could point them at that was ready to be a drop in replacement. Of course, there’s a project in development that looks like it might be able to fill the bill someday soon, but it’s not quite ready to do all that yet. Soon. In the meantime, we could all try making a stink. It’s worked before. The original post with all relevant info, the “Open Letter To Facebook” whence this post takes it’s name, is here: An Open Letter to Facebook and Jackie, thanks for the hard work, and courage to stand up and speak back!
Why do I have to turn to a British newspaper to read an important story in NYC?
A bunch of us from the Kimani Gray protests were interviewed on WBAI last night. I’ve got link to an MP3 of the interview here, or you can listen to it streaming-style here:
Let me know what you think, and of course, pass it on.
This is a copy of a little screed I just posted to the Facebook thread about the on-going Kimani Gray protests in East Flatbush.
See, there was a big march (well, no where near as big as it coulda been) in Brooklyn today that could have been a real turning point in the effort to grow the Kimani Gray protests beyond East Flatbush, but instead is, once again, a foot note thanks to some real 20th century thinkers (or non-thinkers) who just can’t seem to learn from past mistakes. I’ve seen these folks smother one promising effort after another, and I really think it’s way past due we started sending them some memorandums of concern with bricks attached, to paraphrase our dear departed Charlie Barnett.
So to dispense with the verbose forwords, my screed:
For starts, I just want to say for the record that I’m not a Marxist for the same reason I’m not a Newtonian. Great analysis, buggy solutions, and limited applicability, much like Newtonian physics and it’s attendant age-of-steam technologies. Some things make sense in a certain context, but once that context is past, they’re more like religious sects, waiting for their messiah to come again, endlessly promising that his return is imminent, and the faithful will be saved and the wicked expunged.
That having been said, I’d like to admonish a particular group of Scientology-like Lemmings that REAL Bolsheviks mask their agendas and identities, the better to infiltrate and take advantage of more moderate progressive movements and hijack them once their rise to power is a fait accompli but consolidation is still to be achieved. People who go around declaring “LOOK AT ME! LOOK AT ME! I’M A SUBVERSIVE! SEE ALL THE COPS? THEY’RE SCARED OF ME! I MUST BE BAAAAAAAD!!!!
Now, THAT having been said, may I say for the record that I was as thoroughly underwhelmed by todays appearance of the afore-mentioned Reactionary Cartoonist’s Parody as I would have been had Westboro Baptist Chruch suddenly decided that they and they alone should lead our march, crosses pinned to their shirts and prayers blazoned across their chests, which they each paid only $9.95 happily for the privilege of displaying on their chests as a public affirmation of their deluded faith. I have to wonder if you realize the extent to which you make cointelpro like undertakings by the establishment so much less expensive, and some times entirely unnecessary. After all, why waste valuable resources infiltrating and discrediting spontaneous locally-led social change movements when their so called allies are willing to do it for the established order for peanuts?
So, while as individuals, I might have otherwise welcomed your participation and support, as cult members of the scientology of radical politics, seeking to hijack a spontaneous local uprising, and make of it a blood sacrifice to your dead god Xenu, I would kindly appreciate it if you and the Blac Blockers would all just go out for drink together, or engage in some flagellation and mortification or whatever it is you do for fun, and do it somewhere else. Thank you. A copy of this will be posted to http://occupyyourbrain.tumblr.com You can go DDOS that if you know how.
UPDATE 1 - For some reason, I suddenly decided this piece really wasn’t complete without his set of clips from Johnny Mnemonic:
UPDATE 2: I realize that clip had absolutely no relevance at all to my screed, but there’s something about watching a fanatic explode that just made my morning.
There’s a thread (actually, several) on Facebook, the past week. It’s taking several forms, depending on whose talking on whose timeline, but it comes down to a few things:
What business do you Occupiers have being here? Why do you care? What business is it of yours? It’s not just some of the good folks from East Flatbush asking these questions, because quite a few are asking us to be there. It’s not just the Occupiers who aren’t there, or the “Kimani had a gun and got what he deserved” crowd, either. It’s a few folks from each of these crowds that are saying it. It’s so much who is and who isn’t there that speaks volumes; truthfully, only a dozen or so of us “Outside agitators” have been going. A lot of them are there because of my endless screeds to be there. Others have their own screeds, others just see it as newsworthy and in need of documentation.
I went first because it was East Flatbush. I’m from East Flatbush, and it’s always (in my lifetime) been a place no one lives on purpose. You live there because you can’t afford any place else, and because it’s got better shopping than Brownsville, next door, which is arguably the worst neighborhood in NYC. You live there if you have chronic medical problems that require you to live in close proximity to a full-service hospital, even one as nightmarish as Kings County, and you can’t afford to live near Bellevue. You live there because you have a minimum wage job, or because you’re an entry level municipal employee who takes home less after taxes and union dues than a minimum wage worker does. You live there because your parents do, and you need help raising a kid alone, and can’t handle the rent and the food and the babysitters yourself, and you just don’t trust anyone else. It’s a neighborhood with 3 generations in a 1 bedroom apartment, where you fear to call the police on the violent nut jobs downstairs, because you’re a single mom and they’re a scary family of psychos and arresting you is easier than arresting them. Little by little, it drives you crazy. You work and you work and you work and the harder you work the less you have. Your children grow up without you ever having any quality time with them, and you just want to get them out of the hood in one piece so maybe they’ll forgive you for never being there and think well of you when you get old, but it doesn’t work. See, the neighborhood will never really let you leave. How dare you think you’re going to leave us all behind? Did you think because you moved a few miles north we’d forget you? Well, Kimani Gray’s mom knows the answer to that question. Did you think getting your son away from here would save him from the worst cops NYPD has to offer?
I don’t doubt that Kimani Gray may have done something, but I doubt it had anything to do with a .38 caliber pea shooter. The only witnesses that say they saw him point a gun at the cops are the cops, and the cops who say he did it are hardly boy scouts. I think maybe he got away with something that made those two feel humiliated, and they came looking for revenge. Maybe it was a case of mistaken identity, maybe it was a gang thing. I do know, however, that if he was a member of the bloods, then he sure as hell didn’t point a .38 at the police, because no East Flatbush gangsta would be caught dead with a .38 special. NO GANG BANGER CARRIES A REVOLVER. Listen to some hip hop, and here the words: NINE. 9mm. Glock, 9mm. Who carries a .38 special? Old police men. It was the standard side arm of NYPD until the late 90’s.
Now I’ll mention a little NYPD tradition. It’s called a throw away gun, and every cop is supposed to have one. It’s a gun to plant on a suspect you shot who turned out to be clean, or a mistaken identity. It has no history, and there’s no way to trace it. Sometimes it’s taken off a suspect, or bought on the black market, which is rumored to be largely run by….cops. I believe in .38 special throwaway. It meets the profile, a hell of a lot more than straight-a student at a magnet school for architecture meets the profile of a gang banger, and that brings us to my next reason: NYPD.
To be totally honest, my commitment or nostalgia for my old hood only goes so far, but my fear at what my country and my city are devolving into goes a lot deeper. Think about this how many times this past year have you been horrified by something the NYPD did? How about shooting a helpless man WHO DID NOTHING in his car on a freeway in the Bronx because he took too long to pull over, and writing it off as justified because there was an electric drill on the floor of the car (they say) and they thought he might be reaching for it? How about two cops offering to escort a drunken woman home and then raping her? How about an officer using the FBI’s computer system to find the bra sizes of women he intended to kidnap, cook, and eat? I’m not even going to go the fact that within the past week, it was found that and entire group of officers and their CO’s had completely fabricated the charges against a protestor who was arrested for assaulting an officer, only to have video of the scene show the officers assaulted the accused? How many of these have to happen before you start to question their version of events? Ever heard of the boy who cried wolf?
This is beyond mere corruption. This is institutionalized terrorism. It’s the kind of random terror that’s intended to send a message to the populace that you obey without question or bad things will happen to you, and no one will ever be punished for it. We can do anything to you we want and get away with it. The Ton Ton Macoutes were Baby Doc Duvalier’s private army, the NYPD are Mike Bloomberg’s, and I’m NOT exaggerating. We may not be up to the level of sadism and cruelty and out-right expropriation of Mobuto Sese Seko, or of Anastasio Somoza, but we are going there, fast. So while you may have dismissed this incident as just one more in a seemingly endless stream of “justified” shootings, you’ve done this because someone you’re supposed to believe told you there was a gun, while all the witnesses say there wasn’t one. You say why did they shoot him then? Why did they shoot the guy in the car in the bronx? Why did they rape the woman in the East Village? Why did they want to cook and eat women? Why not? They’re cops, and as long as the regime that began with Rudolph Giuliani launching his campaign for mayor in 1993 with a brownshirt rally by the PBA and threatens to continue with the election of Christie Quinn as Mike Bloomberg’s “chosen successor”, just as Bloomberg himself was Giuliani’s chosen successor, remains in power, none of them will ever see the inside of a jail cell, loet alone stand accused in a court room.
We are on the fast track to the kinds of dictatorships the corporate state created throughout the developing world in the 1960’s and 1970’s that we looked upon in horror and wondered how our government could support such brutal sadistic dictators, and the answer should now be obvious: because our country as well is ruled by the same kind of people, and they are becoming more brazen with each passing day.
So, why am I doing this? I guess I’m doing it because I still can. I’m doing it because I’d rather do this now, than hide my head in the sand and wait for the inevitable knock on the door, and all that happens to people like me under governments like what ours has now revealed itself to be. I guess the question is not, why am I doing this, the real question is, when will the rest of you start doing this?
More footage from last Wednesday night’s Kimani Gray march, now with lower res and shorter download times, and also kind of in the order they happened:
Before the march even begins, cops have a chopper in the air, and oodles of troops:
I let the whole march march past me, while I stood in one place, so I’d have footage of how large the march was, and how orderly. I’ve cut most of the footage on this one, to minimize the number of faces visible in the video. As you can see, the march is really orderly, and about a block and a half long as it moves from E. 55th St. along Church Avenue, toward the precinct, about a mile west:
After the march passed me, I crossed Church Ave so I could walk faster than the march and catch up with it’s head. Here’s what I saw when I finally caught up with it, I think it’s East 52nd St.:
It would seem marketing has successfully hijacked “progressive”:
I’m going to start compressing some of the stuff I’ve already put up, and reposting it web ready. I’ll leave the old Hi-Res clips where they are, but they’ll be easier to watch and to link to soon!
Meanwhile, here’s a few clip’s from Wednesday night I never uploaded. I’ll be reposting a compressed version of this one tonight, some time.