Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A Cell Phone Zombie Apocalypse Again




Hey again bloggers or whoever could be reading this blagh. And even when that get rich internet quick is still not getting rich internet quick years later, and that Google page rank update is still sending me in search of a fifth full time job which has now become a sixth full time job, I still find myself blogging those random thoughts for some reason or another. And so on this day, its the Zombie Apocalypse again. And I have blaghed about that Zombie Apocalypse thing on this blog before in times past, you know, that thing where everyone now has a cell phone and life has become a robot nation of everyone fidgeting and staring at their cell phones as if in a trance, in all forms of transportation, people are now in a zombie trance on trains, planes, boats, cars, scooters, you name it. And it seems to have only gotten worse than when I last posted that Zombie Apocalpyse post on this blog in what seems like years ago, to where headlines now read, College Kids Text During Showers, Sex And Class. We're Doomed. And a bunch of other articles about the alienation and inhumanization of mankind due to technology, or something like that. And it also seems as if everyone, even the homeless, now have cell phones these days and times to where if you don't have one, and you are still stuck in the technological stone age or something,  it becomes like change or die, or you are going to get left behind, maybe. Oh, and did I blogger mention, aside from cell phones zombie apocalypse, This Is How We Date Now.  Have we all become a slave to computers? And even though it's a different day, it seems to be the same zombie apocalpyse game in these days and times, so much that I can just copy and paste those same zombie apocalpyse posts from times past over and over on this blog as follows:

Hey again bloggers or whoever could be reading this blagh. And even when that Google page rank update still wants to send me in search of a fifth full time job for when that get rich internet quick does not get rich internet quick, I still find myself blaghing for some reason or another. And I know I have posted these zombie apocalypse posts on this blog before. It's just that when I keep reading articles such as The anxiety of unplugging and why we should disconnect to connect, and coming across photos like that This Is Progress photo that finds itself posted above and then videos with titles like The Innovation of Loneliness and what Facebook is doing to us that also finds itself posted above, it just brings me back to images of the zombie apocalypse and the robot nation again of wherever people are gathered these days and times, and that's not even including my travels throughout planet earth on the streets, planes, trains, buses, boats or whatever social situation or traveling mode that one may find themselves in only to be surrounded by people staring at handheld devices with blue light emanating from them and fidgeting with handheld gadgets as if in a trance and life amongst humanity seems as if it is a scene out of a science fiction movie sometimes. And this scenario seems as if it is a world wide phenomenon these days and times. What has technology done to humanity, for better or for worse. And what if anything, does this have to do with a No Police State.

And this one.....


Robot Nation Again

And so I saw someone post this post on facebook that went something like:

"Last night my friend went to the ladies room at the theater and while I waited, 6 or 7 people were waiting outside with me. Some standing, some sitting, like me. I wanted to strike up a conversation about the movie we all had just seen. "What did you think about so and so?" "How about that scene?" "That guy really can act!" You know, basic human conversation. But I couldn't. Every single person was staring down at their stupid phone. Every. Single. One. "

And this one also....

Robot Nation

Hey Bloggers, and today in America at least, is it the world also? This day seems to be finish giving ones social security mark of the beast 666 number tax day where one gives unto Caesar what is Ceasers. And who is Ceaser anyway? And for what reason does the word Caeser sound like CZAR. And in other thoughts, what's up with technology these days. Is this the result? I was sitting on that MTA subway train the other day going my way listening to their prerecorded terrorize the riders with those "If you see something say something" messages and I noticed that practically everyone on the train has a wire hanging out of their ears with some sort of walkman like, I guess iPod like device, listening to or watching something on the other end. And those who were not attached to wires were staring at or fidgeting with cell phones of some sort. And this all seemed like some sort of scene out of a science fiction movie to me as I seem stuck in the stone age of technology or something. And then there are those people who are walking around town with mini, tiny cell phones attached to their ears. Hugh? And then there are those almost non stop telemarketer phone calls that one seems to get all day long and night with what seemingly seems like every sales pitch under the son that man can think of. And those telemarketer calls seem to be automated and voice activated these days with prerecorded messages pitching some sort of product with some sort of persons prerecorded voice in every single emotion that one can think of. And these prerecorded voices even seem to speak to answering machines, and can even fill up an answering machine if one is not careful to empty those messages on that answering machine in time. How long have I been stuck in the technology stone age? What has technology done to humanity. Is this the result, a robot nation? Have a great technology and more day.

And oh, that 

Can We Auto-Correct Humanity?

video that finds itself posted above, well that's just way cool and kind of sums up this whole technological impersonalization thing.
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Saturday, March 14, 2015

I Can't Breathe

video
#EricGarner #icantbreathe #BlackLivesMatter

I can hear my brother screaming I Can't Breathe
Now I'm in the struggle and I just can't leave
I'm calling out the violence of the racist police
We ain't gonna stop til the people are free
We ain't gonna stop til the people are free
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Monday, March 2, 2015

The Horrors of Cocaine



So rewind, fast forward since I last posted on this blagh that calls itself No Police State. As I haven't blaghed on this blagh since I have been consumed with attempting to do that Horrors of Cocaine play that was presented at Theater for the New City the past month or so, February 19 - March 1. And as far as I know, Occupy Wall Street is still moving fast, I think. And so to sum up how that play went, I guess I'll just repost that other post that I just posted on that Horrors of Cocaine blog that went something like below as follows. Have a great Horrors of Cocaine day and more. 

"Hey yet again bloggers or whoever could be reading this blog. So now that this Horrors of Cocaine play has finished its time at Theater for the New City, I guess I can now blogger say, in this random thoughts of a long passage, without censorship, that this production of Horrors of Cocaine at Theater for the New City became the horror of the Horrors of Cocaine at Theater for the New City by the time it was finished. So what do you do when your play is hijacked, developed, revised and rewritten by a dictator actor who tries to take over your play and who thinks it is their play, to the point to where the script is barely even recognizable from the original script, to the point to where the main two characters quit after the second day of performances and you find yourself looking for replacement actors at the very last minute, to the point to where the play becomes a reading without props and you can't even get the remaining actors to do a staged reading with props, to the point to where the play becomes a reading without props, after months of rehearsals, to the point to where you are even told that you have to audition to read in your own play because simply put, you are held hostage at the mercy of hijackers and revolting actors, save for one innocent actor, and you have no say in your own play anymore, or what was left of your play, which has now become an epic disaster and an ongoing traumatic nightmare, to the point to where on the final day of that performance, one of the actors writes on your greeting card "We're sorry that you had to go through all of this". And so what do you do when your play has fallen into the hands of another and you are battling a dictator actor and their actor friends, save for that one innocent actor again, who try to kick you out of your own play. Do you ask your friends to act in your play instead just to avoid hijackings and rebellions. And all with this taking place during non stop snow storms and record breaking cold temperatures the past couple of weeks in that city of New York, having snowed so much that you don't even put the shovel away, you just leave it out, and a bag of rock salt for the sidewalk becomes your best friend. So the epic disaster nightmare of this production that mostly friends attended is over. And this scenario of a story has been drama within drama and hence a story line within a story line that befalls you, comedy and tragedy that the theater world has probably seen before, as there is nothing new under the sun and the show must go on, unless the theater says otherwise. And what the moral to this story may be I am not sure. Are there any lessons to be learned, I am not sure, except to blagh, thank you to Theater for the New City for being the one theater left that gives artists the opportunity to express their creativity in the community".
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Smack Mellon RESPOND Exhibition












And on this day finds itself as Occupy Wall Street Day one thousand and something, I think. And Occupy Wall Street is still moving fast. And so this blagh is still finding itself in all things #BlackLivesMatter land and beyond when it comes to all things Ferguson and beyond. And so this Black Lives Matter related post finds itself in the art world of a Smack Mellon RESPOND art exhibition, rather than on the streets as many of those seemingly a bazillion or more Black Lives Matter events have taken place lately across the country and even the world. And I found myself at this Smack Mellon art show in that neighborhood of DUMBO, Brooklyn the other day, an exhibition with over two hundred artists, with a line that went around the block at the opening reception to go along with it. And so like a lot of people there, I took photos, photos and more photos, and videos, videos and more videos that night, some of which find themselves posted above. And that Smack Mellon RESPOND Opening Reception Facebook event invite has something like one thousand people who clicked attending on it, and from the way the line of people waiting to get inside to see the show at the opening reception looked, it seems likely that one thousand people, may have attended the opening reception that night. And so that RESPOND Facebook event invite reads something like as follows: 

Saturday, January 17 at 5:00pm - 8:00pm in EST

Please join us Saturday, January 17, from 5-8pm for the opening reception of RESPOND.

EXHIBITION DATES:
January 17- February 22, 2015
Gallery hours: Wed-Sun, 12-6pm

OPENING RECEPTION:
Saturday, January 17, 5 to 8pm
With special performance by Eisa Davis at 7:30pm

FRIDAY NIGHT FILM SERIES:
beginning on January 23 with
Born in Flames, a film by Lizzie Borden

PERFORMANCE:
Saturday, January 31 at 7pm
Anthology: UK (Jack Tan), a performance by Clifford Owens

DUMBO FIRST THURSDAY GALLERY WALK:
Thursday, February 5, 7:30 to 9pm
Featuring Don’t Shoot, a poetry reading curated by
Samuel Jablon, including poets: Anomalous who, Steve
Dalachinsky, Joyce LeeAnn Joseph, Patricia Spears Jones,
Yuko Otomo, Peter Rugh, and Visual Poetics.

PUBLIC DISCUSSION:
Saturday, February 7 at 3pm
Non/Violence: The Dictionary of the Possible (Shifter and Avi
Alpert) will lead a collective discussion on the history,
meaning and purpose of nonviolent activism in the face of
state repression.

POETRY READING:
Sunday, February 8, 3pm
Brooklyn Poetry Rally
curated by Jason Koo & Brooklyn Poets.

WORKSHOP:
Saturday, February 14, 3pm
Documents of Resistance III: Tough Love facilitated by
Antonio Serna and Leina Bocar. This workshop will examine
various protest letters written to cultural institution by artist
of color from 1960s to the present.

PERFORMANCE:
Saturday, February 21 at 3pm
Moving Spirits to Enlightenment, a dance performance by
Moving Spirits, Inc., Tamara Williams, choreographer along
with Jonathan Lassiter, Sydnie Mosley, Andre Zachary, A. Nia
Austin-Edwards and other creative artists.

CLOSING RECEPTION:
Sunday, February 22 at 4pm
I Can’t Breathe, a self-defense workshop/performance by Shaun Leonardo

*Additional public programs will be planned and presented throughout the run of the exhibition.
Please visit our website www.smackmellon.org for updates.


After learning of the grand jury's decision to not indict Daniel Pantaleo, Smack Mellon postponed a planned exhibition in order to respond to the continued failure of the United States to protect its black citizens from police discrimination and violence. In order to channel our outrage into actions that can facilitate systemic change, Smack Mellon's gallery space will be used to present events, performances and artworks that affirm that black lives matter, express frustration and anger with the institutional racism that enables law enforcement to kill black members of the community with impunity, and imagine creative solutions and visionary alternatives to a broken justice system.

Smack Mellon's current Studio Artists Esteban del Valle, Molly Dilworth, Oasa DuVerney, Ira Eduardovna, Steffani Jemison, and Dread Scott worked with Smack Mellon staff as lead organizers of RESPOND.

Over 600 artists working at all levels and in all media submitted work for the large exhibition that serves as the focal point of RESPOND. More than 200 voices of artists living across the country and internationally from seven countries were selected and will be represented in sculpture, video, and two-dimensional work—including emerging artists, mid-career artists, and young people exhibiting side-by-side.

Esteban del Valle, a Smack Mellon studio artist and muralist with Groundswell, will work on a mural with local teens to be included in the exhibition. Other works include: Heather Hart’s participatory drawing Skinned, where she invites visitors to press a piece of gold leaf onto the prepared surface of the drawing in exchange for a wish, responding specifically to the context of police violence; Mel Chin’s 1993 prototype of Night Rap, a weapon/tool hybrid made from an actual enforcement officer’s nightstick; and Nina Berman’s photograph Funeral for Jose Luis Lebron, 1990. Nina’s description of this image sums things up:
On January 31, 1990 at 5:30 pm, in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York Police Officer Frank Albergo shot and killed 14-year-old Jose Luis Lebron, who was unarmed. An autopsy showed that Lebron was shot squarely in the back of the head. Albergo had been chasing Lebron for allegedly having robbed someone of $10.00 and claimed Lebron had been reaching for a gun. Eyewitnesses told a different tale. Four days earlier, also in Brooklyn, another police officer, shot and killed 17-year-old unarmed Louis Liranso. The two shootings touched off protest marches in Brooklyn. Both officers were cleared of any wrong doing. At Lebron's funeral family member were overcome by grief and some tried to jump into the gravesite. The 2014 killings of Eric Garner and Akai Gurley, currently in the news, top a long list of similar shootings by the NYPD that have been going on for decades. With each new killing, old cases fall deeper down the list, and are quickly forgotten except by family members and loved ones. Jose Luis Lebron is one of those cases.

Community Programs
Smack Mellon's 5,000 square foot gallery is being provided to community organizers, activists, artists, writers and performers to organize, collaborate, speak, perform, teach, lead and act.

Events will continue to be planned and presented throughout the run of the exhibition. A calendar of events will be updated regularly on our website,www.smackmellon.org.

~


*Special thanks to Erica Bailey and Michael Kukla for postponing their exhibitions in support of this initiative. Erica Bailey's exhibition is now slated for March 14-April 19, 2015 and Michael Kukla's exhibition is now slated for September 2015.


Exhibiting Artists as of Jan 8th :
Atikur Abdul, Derrick Adams, Doba Afolabi, Eozen Agopian, All Hands on Deck, Ben Altman, Albert Areizaga, Andrea Arroyo, Carole Ashley, Ron Baron, Amanda Barragry, Kimberly Becoat, Anthea Behm, Allison Behrstock, Daniel Bejar, Guy Ben-Ari, Jesus Benavente, Nina Berman, Sanford Biggers, Tom Bogaert, Patricia Brace, Faith Briggs, Michael Paul Britto, Elliott Brown, Melissa Calderon, Luisa Caldwell, Crystal Z Campbell, David Cassidy, Colin Chase, Bivas Chaudhuri, Mel Chin, William Claps, Tim Clifford, Tracy Collins, William Cordova, Brandon Cox, Molly Crabapple, Carla Cubit, Damien Davis, André LeRoy Davis, Sophia Dawson, Sharon De La Cruz, Rosetta DeBerardinis, Joseph DeLappe, Esteban del Valle, Elizabeth Dorbad, Luba Drozd, Oasa DuVerney, Alexander Dwinell, Louise Eastman, Melissa Eder, Savior Elmundo, Nicky Enright, Liz Ensz, Stevenson Estimé, Sarah Farahat, Danielle Faulkner, Nona Faustine, Felipe Galindo, Rico Gatson, Daniel Giles, Jessica Goehring, Kyle Goen, Tami Gold, Shane Gooding, Kearra Gopee, Risha Gorig, Morgan Green, Emily Greenberg, Sanae Guerin, Ronald Hall, Ryan Hanson, Carla Jay Harris, Christopher Harrison, Heather Hart, Sharon Hayes, Mary Henderson, Rohan Henry, YK Hong, Germaine "Coco" Howard, HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, Akiko Ichikawa, Tomashi Jackson, Shani Jamila, Steffani Jemison, Olalekan Jeyifous, Ann Johnson, Leon Johnson, Andrew Ellis Johnson, Rashid Johnson, Olivia Johnston, Ayesha Jordan, David Joseph Jr, Dana Kane, Gautam Kansara, Kylene Kasch, Jerry Kearns, Coby Kennedy, Leslie Kerby, Basil Kincaid, Noelle King, Nsenga Knight, Mensa Kondo, Sandra Koponen, Anthony Lee, JC Lenochan, Jeremy Levine, Lmnopi, Dave Loewenstein, Vidho Lorville, Miguel Luciano, Kara Lynch, Jason Maas, Nina Macintosh, Maya Mackrandilal, Rhasaan Manning, Christina Massey, Rose Materdomini, McCallum and Tarry, Bud McNichol, Myra Miller, Al Miller, Amaris Modesto, Mario Moore, Ti-Rock Moore, Nyeema Morgan, Margaret Murphy, NCA 2nd Period Dance Class, NYC Solidarity with Palestine, Doris Neidl, NYC Solidarity with Palestine, Christopher Oates, Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh, Shaw Osha, Zakiya Owens, Mario Padilla, Kwan Taeck Park, Jason Patterson, Jessica Ann Peavy, Joshua Peters, Andrew Phan, Mary Pinto, Terrance Pitts, Jenny Polak, Carol Quint, Sarah Quinter, Issa Randall, Kameelah Rasheed, Nadine Renazile, Ayla Rexroth, Roberto Rischmaui, Shellyne Rodriguez, Benjamin Rojas, Margaret Roleke, Bayete Ross Smith, Russ Rowland, Jaffia Royes, Jude Rubenstein, Cynthia Ruse, Ashleigh Sampson, Sarah Sandman, Romulo Sans, Mariel Santana, SOL'SAX, Cesali Scarola, Dread Scott, Jean Seestadt, Jessica Segall, Beldan Sezen, Rudy Shepherd, Greg Sholette, Kim Sillen, Jeffrey Sims, Monifa Skerritt-Perry, Sable Smith, Mariangeles Soto-Diaz, Fedele Spadafora, Savannah Spirit, Kurt Steger, Preach Sun, Dan Tague, Megan Tatem, Mirland Terlonge, Hank Willis Thomas, Ebony Thompson, Melissa Vandenberg, Kelly Vetter, Dareece Walker, Jordan Weber, Leila Weefur, Daryl Wells, Nafis White, Michelle Williams, Divine Williams, JB Wilson, Spencer Wolff, Jave Yoshimoto, Or Zubalsky + Hương Ngô, Sarah Zucker


2012. A time for change. Is another world possible. No one is free when others are oppressed. And what, if anything, does this have to do with a No Police State? 
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Black Lives Matter







And so being that I have been posting about Ferguson, It's Beyond Ferguson, and all things #BlackLivesMatter on this blog lately, what's been going in the world of Black Lives Matter lately? Well, lots, lots, and a lot of events have transpired and passed across the country in the demand for Justice For Eric Garner and a host of others who lave lost their lives at the hands of polizei and guns. And guns are the worst invention ever. If only guns could be banished from every human being on planet earth. And it also happens to be a New Year 2015 as I type this blog post. And Occupy Wall Street is still moving fast. And again, unless you have been hiding out under a rock or stuck in the stone age and haven't heard, Ferguson and all things beyond Ferguson is still happening. Ferguson is everywhere. And there was that Shut Down Grand Central Terminal event that happened the other day. And so as in the previous blog posts about Ferguson, I still find myself following that Peoples Power Assemblies page and that Jan 15, 2015 NYC Peoples Power STRIKE AGAINST RACISM Facebook event invite when it comes to finding about #Ferguson actions and events in the New York City area. And their weekly email for events this week reads something like as follows:

Details and Update on Jan 15th PPA Strike Against Racism - 


Jan 15, 2015 HONOR DR. King's legacy by participating in The Peoples Power STRIKE AGAINST RACISM - No business as usual - Shut It down. Walk Out! 
Sick out! Don't Go IN

8:00A-12N Neighborhood Direct Actions

Brooklyn: 9:30am Rally at DA's office 350 Jay Street #10
Brooklyn, NY
Queens: 8am at Archer and Sutphin near the terminal
Bronx: starts at 4pm, meet at Kitmer Park, 161 St, will then join main action at 6:30 at Grand Central
Staten Island: meet at 9am at 30 Bay St (site of Eric Garner's murder), will take ferry to PBA then meet at Union Square at noon for sing-in

Gather for Mass Actions
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM African Burial Ground
2:30P- 4P Various activities at 1 Police Plaza, Metropolitan Correction Center
4:30 City Hall Park
6:00 PM Grand Central
https://www.facebook.com/events/678662805565351/?pnref=story

Follow on Twitter
#J15MLKSTRIKE
#MLKSTRIKE
#NYC4MLK
#THISSTOPSTODAY
#ReclaimMLK
#NewYearSameFight
 

Enough is Enough ! We are tired of white supremacy and racism that's so prevalent in the US! We are tired of the constant NYPD repression, occupation and murders within communities of color . If Dr. King were alive today he would be in the streets with our anti-police brutality movement . Let's organize student strikes, community strikes, workers strikes, etc and March!


Come to our weekly planning meetings on Wednesday at 7 PM 147 West 24th Street - 2nd floor, Manhattan.
#J15MLKSTRIKE #NYC4MLK
#THISSTOPSTODAY
#MLKSTRIKE
#ReclaimMLK
#NewYearSameFight
#AntonioMartin
#EricGarner #BlackLivesMatter #BLackandBrownLivesMatter #MikeBrown #RamarleyGraham #ShantelDavis #KyamLivingston #KimaniGray #AkaiGurley

https://www.facebook.com/events/678662805565351/?pnref=story

Oh yeah, and then there's that I Can't Breathe Subway Sing - In (Dr. King's Birthday) Facebook event invite going on that also reads something like:

Hi everyone 

There are a couple of subway sing - in's and other #BlackLivesMatter related events going on the week of the 15th in honor of Martin Luther King Day, January 19th, and I had the idea to create this event invite to see if anyone would like to meet up as part of those actions for MLK week and do an I Can't Breathe subway sing - in on the subway platforms and trains around New York City or wherever the subway trains may take us, on and off subway platforms to sing the "I Can't Breathe" song along the way for an hour or so, or half an hour or so.

"Flood the Subways with your signs and your voices on January 15th to truly honor Dr. King’s birthday".

I had the idea to meet by the benches at the 14th street Union Square West area of the subway train station platform and decide which direction to sing on the trains from there, maybe take the uptown 4,5 or 6 subway train or 1, 2 or 3 Times Square subway platform or A,C or E Columbus Circle subway platforms or stations around noon, Thursday, January 15th, on Martin Luther Kings birthday, to take the movement to the trains and sing the "I Can't Breathe Song" that People's Power Assemblies and others have been singing the past week or so at #BlackLivesMatter events.

I also had the idea to take the downtown 4,5 or 6 or downtown N, Q and R trains to sing the I Can't Breathe Song on trains, stations and platforms and get off near Foley Square to go to the African Burial Ground, Jan 15, 2015 NYC Peoples Power Assemblies City Wide STRIKE AGAINST RACISM event at 1pm and City Hall event at 4:30pm.

Any feedback or suggestions as to where to meet on the subway train platform or station would be appreciated in the comments.

Here are other subway sing - in related events for the week of the 15th.

https://www.facebook.com/events/678662805565351/

https://www.facebook.com/events/992105584150401/?ref_dashboard_filter=calendar

https://www.facebook.com/events/423435024478291/

I have posted the lyrics to the "I Can't Breathe Song" in the comments below

#Ferguson #EricGarner #MikeBrown #BlackLivesMatter #alllivesmatter #icantbreathe


And again, Ferguson Action Network events are all to numerous to mention in this blog post, as there seems to be a bazillion or more events happening each day. No one is free when others are oppressed. Is another world possible. And what does this have to do with a No Police State?

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

It's Beyond Ferguson













And on this day finds itself as Occupy Wall Street Day 1000 and something. And Occupy Wall Street is still moving fast. And in my internetaholicness if I must blogger say, I have been following the headlines news as usual and it seems as if the world is upside down and going to hell in a handbasket sometimes when one reads or hears the headline news. And as I had posted in that previous post before this one,  in case you have been hiding out under a rock or stuck in the stone age or something and haven't heard, #Ferguson, and now Ferguson and beyond is still happening.  And if I must also blogger say, I have been consumed with and following the Peoples Power Assemblies MERGENCY RESPONSE PROTESTS/ACTIONS TO RACIST POLICE BRUTALITY From FERGUSON TO NYC! #SHUTITDOWN! Facebook page lately in an attempt to keep updated when it comes to all things #Ferguson and beyond. And their #BlackLivesMattersNYC #ICantBreathe Organizing Actions and Meetings this week reads like:


#BlackLivesMattersNYC #ICantBreathe Organizing Actions and Meetings this week...
***********************************************************************************************************
Monday December 15, 2014
Stop Mass Incarceration (#BlackLivesMatter Organizing Meeting)
490 Riverside Drive, Riverside Church New York, NY 7:00pm
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Tuesday December 16, 2014
#BlackLivesMatter #ICantBreathe #Occupy&Justice4EricGarner
30 Bay Street Staten Island, NY 4:00pm-6:00pm


Black Poets Speak Out-Community Activists Organizers Meeting
The Pratt Institute MFA in Writing
299 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215 6:00pm
**************************************************************************  
*Wednesday December 17, 2014
#Black Lives MatterPeople's Power Assembly Organizing Assembly Against Police Brutality
147 W.24th Street 2nd Floor New York City, NY 6:30pm
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Thursday December 18, 2014
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Friday December 19, 2014
#BlackLivesMatter #RiseUp4Ramarley #ThisStopsToday#Occupy4Justice-Solidarity Action
1 St. Andrew's Plaza U.S. Attorney's Office SDNY New York, NY 4:00pm

 #BlackLivesMatter #NoThankYouNYPD/ Occupy For Garner/ Justice For Us ALL!
City Hall Park New York City, NY 5:00pm
 #Black Lives Matter- Justice for Mike Brown Justice for Eric Garner/Education Coordination Outreach Action Planning Assembly for  For Justice
60 Wall Street New York City, NY 7:00opm
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S.S.
OWS OUTREACH


Wednesday December 17 at 5:30pm in EST
In honor of Eric Garner and all those unjustly killed by the police.

Wednesday December 17, 2014 marks 5 months since Eric Garner was killed by the NYPD. As part of #ThisStopsToday #11Days of Action, @ThisStopsToday is calling on people throughout New York City, the United States and the world to join a collective die-in to commemorate the 5-month anniversary of the NYPD murder of Eric Garner and demand justice for all those who have lost their lives to police.

How you and/or your Organization Can Participate in #ThisStopsToday Die-in, Rise up!

• Choose a location, publicize and gather on Weds December 17th at 5:30pm. At 6:00pm, lay still on the ground, in silence, for 7 minutes. Then rise-up to sing this song 11 times: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QganWg3WSQ

Current meet-up locations in NYC include:

BROOKLYN - Barclays Center – 620 Atlantic Ave. (near Flatbush Ave.)https://www.facebook.com/events/1041454992550340/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

BRONX - 149th St & Grand Concourse

MANHATTAN - Harlem State Building – 163 West 125th St. (near Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.). https://www.facebook.com/events/767064503374552/

You can add other meet-up locations that you are organizing by submitting to the website at: www.thisstopstoday.org/actionsubmission/

The 12/17 Die-In Rise Up! is part of the #ThisStopsToday #11Days of Action.

See our 11 demands here: www.thisstopstoday.org/demands

Go to ThisStopsToday.org or follow #ThisStopsToday #11Days, and the handle @ThisStopsToday for updates.


And there is also that Hands Up Don't Celebrate Christmas @ Jersey City Mayor's Christmas Concert Facebook event invite I found myself creating in the midst of all of this, because hey, it's in the state of New Jersey.

And then there is this #SHUTITDOWN NATIONWIDE ACTION: DECEMBER 19th Facebook photo that I just came across on Facebook.  

And there was the Millions March NYC event that took place across the nation this past week, of which one of the many Youtube videos from that march finds itself posted above.
And again, there are way too many Ferguson Action Network events going on lately, all too numerous to mention in this blog post that have taken place in the New York City area, California and throughout the world the past few weeks, seemingly a bazillion or more and beyond.

And then there is that Reverend Billy And The Stop Shopping Gospel Choir photo of the Statue of Liberty under water with a Manhattan skyline backdrop that I came across in internetland that seems hilarious if it weren't so true with text that reads like:

FIRST THEY CAME FOR THE druggies who tried to make their fantasy economy away from the bigger killers, but I did not speak out, because I'm white with powder cocaine. Then they came for the immigrants, flooded by Clinton's subsidized corn and dragged screaming by ICE from their homes, and I did not speak out, because I'm sitting here waiting for my Mexican cook to bring me my pasta special. Then they came for the poverty-dizzied young from zip codes like Bed-Stuy and the Bronx, fed into the for-profit prison pipeline, and I did not speak out, because where do you start? It's a national operation run by Wall Street. Then one day the Earth came for me, the ocean turned to acid sweeping through the streets, and I cannot protect my family, because America is declared a permanent emergency, and the cops and soldiers are the same guy, jailing us in our upstairs apartment, and no-one is left to speak for me because permits to speak in public are rationed by Chase Bank. 

The movement in Ferguson, Mo has called for people across the country to walk out of their jobs, schools and homes starting at 12pmCST in outrage over the murder of #MikeBrown and hundreds of people of color murdered by the police. No Work. No School. No Business As Usual. #SHUTITDOWNNYC against Racism & Police Brutality.  


And guns are the worst invention ever. If only guns could be banished from every human being and every form of advertising on earth. No one is free when others are oppressed. "We have seen more fight, more struggle, more unity, more diversity, and more change in the last three days than in the ten years that went before it..." We are living in a rare moment.  Occupy the NRA. And what does this have to do with a No Police State. 
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Ferguson








And on this day finds itself as Occupy Wall Street Day 1,000 and something. And Occupy Wall Street is still moving fast. And in case you have been hiding out under a rock or stuck in the stone age or something and haven't heard, #Ferguson is happening. And there seems to be a bazillion events, actions and more for Ferguson, too numerous to mention in this blog post. And seemingly a million or more Facebook groups and pages for #blacklivesmatter, #handsupdontshoot #itsbeyondferguson#indictamerica #boycottblackfriday , #handsupdontshop , #handsupwalkout , #stoptheparade and more and now #justiceforericgarner that have been created. And Ferguson Action Network has held many events for Michael Brown and Ferguson, Missouri. And then there is the Peoples Power Assemblies Facebook page whose EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROTESTS/ACTIONS TO THE FERGUSON GRAND JURY! #SHUTITDOWN! Facebook event invite that has Ferguson events and beyond on it. And the description of that Peoples Power Assemblies page and event invite reads as follows:

This page is for the ONGOING EMERGENCY FERGUSON GRAND JURY RESPONSE PROTESTS In NYC and Nationally . 

PLEASE IGNORE the SPECIFIC TIMES, DATES and LOCATION of the PAGE - The Events posted to the page are what are CORRECT & RELEVANT 
Please feel free to post your anti-police brutality & Ferguson -related actions, photos, videos, events, ideas, etc to this page. 

In solidarity with Hands Up UnitedHands Up Don't Shoot Coalition in STL/Ferguson, MO we will continue to call militant, disciplined, direct actions and events to fuel our outrage over the epidemic of the racist police repression, murder and terror that is rampant within communities of color. 

Again -Please feel free to post your anti-police brutality & Ferguson -related actions, photos, videos, events, ideas to this page. RIGHT WING RACIST POSTS/TROLLS WILL BE BANNED IMMEDIATELY

This is a NOT just a MOMENT ! We ARE A MOVEMENT!! #INDICTAMERICA
#MikeBrown #TheyThinkItsAGame #BlackLivesMatter

And there was also the People's Power Assemblies event that the New York Post described as a plot against Snoopy.

And there is a MILLIONS MARCH NYC Facebook event invite going on.

And then there is also an Occupy Wall Street #BLACK LIVES MATTER **KEEPING FOCUSED** Justice for Mike Brown and Eric Garner The real problem and looters are on Wall Street! Facebook event invite that has a list of events and actions as follows:


City Wide-Occupy-99% Schedule of Actions, Meetings, Assemblies and Special Events taking place in New York City

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Monday December 1, 2014

NYC #HANDSUPWALKOUT - NO School NO Work NO Business As Usual #SHUTITDOWNNYC against Racism & Police Brutality

Union Square, New York City , NY 12 noon

Occupy and Resist MTA Fare Increases (Show Us Your Books!)

Baruch College, Baruch Performing Arts Center, Mason Hall, 17 Lexington Ave. at 23rd Street, New York, NY.

Registration period is open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Hearing begins at 5 p.m

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Tuesday December 2, 2014

Occupy and Don't Buy From Staples/Save Our Post Offices-US MAIL not for Sale!(Direct Actions)

Union Square Staples 12 pm-1pm

6th Avenue and Waverly Place Staples 2pm-3pm

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Wednesday December 3, 2014

Occupy and Don't Buy From Staples/Save Our Post Offices-US MAIL not for Sale!(Direct Actions)

184th and Broadway Staples 12 pm-1pm

125th and Malcolm X Blvd. Staples 2pm-3pm

People's Power Assembly Mass Meeting

(From Ferguson to Low Wage Workers-Same Struggle Same Fight!)

147 W. 24th Floor 2nd Floor New York City, NY 6:30 pm

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Thursday December 4, 2014

Occupy and Don't Buy From Staples/Save Our Post Offices-US MAIL not for Sale!(Direct Actions)

2nd Avenue and 32nd Street 12 pm-1pm

2pm-3pm Meeting at NYMAPU HQ

National-Citywide Day of Solidarity-Occupy For Low Wage Workers

183rd and Jerome Bronx, NY 5:00pm

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Friday December 5, 2014

Occupy and Don't Buy From Staples/Save Our Post Offices-US MAIL not for Sale!(Direct Actions)

Broadway and 234th Street Staples Inwood,NY 12 pm-1PM

#Black Lives Matter-*KEEPING FOCUSED** Justice for Mike Brown and Eric Garner The real problem and looters are on Wall Street! Speakout and Rally For Justice and Democracy on Wall Street

26 Wall Street Federal Hall Steps 5:30pm

#Black Lives Matter- Justice for Mike Brown Justice for Eric Garner/Education Coordination Outreach Action Planning Assembly

60 Wall Street New York City, NY 7:00opm

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And there are chants, chants and more chants and slogans, slogans and more slogans when it comes to Justice For Michael Brown. Walk Out Of School, Walk Out Of Work, Say No More To Police Murder. Hands up. Don't shoot! Black lives matter. What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now! Shut it down! No justice, No peace. No racist police. No more stolen lives! Show me what democracy looks like. This is what democracy looks like. And the list of events and actions for police brutality goes on and on. And what does this have to do with a No Police State. Occupy The NRA . 

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