Monday, August 15, 2016

A 2016 Tompkins Square Riot Reunion Concert
















-The place was martiallawville two thousand and one
and everywhere I looked I saw people with guns
standing on the corner in uniforms
full of torture devices for if you stray from the norm
they'll stop you over here and they'll stop you over there 
they'll stop you anywhere and they won't even care
as they shake you down and throw you on the ground 
put their foot on you and then kick you around 
they'll punch you and they'll beat you till you're almost dead
I couldn't take it no more and so I said
No Police State. yeah, that's right, no policy state. 
I screamed No Police State. No Police State. 

And so, I left the street and then I went to the store 
but as I walked through the metal detector
I could not get through because this man at the door
in a uniform called security 
with a criminal record worser than you and me
he took my bags and my belongings too
and he said the words we are surveiling you
with plain clothes spies and close circuit cameras
inspection devices and ten way mirrors
and so I started shopping from aisle to aisle
but I could hear them all the while
they murmured, they whispered and then they said
come with us your time is at hand
to be mocked, scourged, tried, tempted and afflicted
and crucified and persecuted in this wilderness 
I said to them deliver me I did not do a thing 
they said I did and that was it and so I screamed
No Police State. yeah, that's right, no policy state
I screamed No Police State. No Police State.

And so, I went home and I felt secure
until the evil knocked at my door 
it was a legion of men it was an army 
and they called themselves the authority 
who were concerned for my safety 
so they said to me can we see some ID 
to use against you as you will see
our king he owns the land and he even owns you
so this is what we're gonna do
they trashed my place, they tore it upside down
they took everything and then they threw it around 
then they wanted to put me under their care
cause it looked like I could not take care of my affairs 
so I took no further thought for what I was gonna say
cause they were gonna search and seize me anyway
and so I screamed, No Police State yeah that's right, no policy state
I screamed No Police State. No Police State. 

And so I found myself attempting to sing part of that above No Police State Song at another one of Chris Flash's The Shadow and Iconicide's  2016 Tompkins Square Riot Reunion concert in Tompkins Square Park the other day, which was actually about a week ago, as it was that concert time of year again.  And it was mostly a punk rock concert with a few other speakers like Paul DeRienzoJerry Trudell, Warcry Priya and Father Patrick Moloney thrown in.  And I vended those DecorForU #blacklivesmatter, #occupywallstreet, #berniesanders and #theshadow necklaces, magnets and key chains for $1 each alongside those The Shadow t shirts and other merchandise as well.  And the Facebook event invite for that 2016 Tompkins Square Riot Reunion concert read something like:

TWENTY EIGHT YEARS AGO

The environment in NYC, and especially AlphaBet City and surrounding areas, was drastically different. The city had made it clear, its underclasses were to be disowned. Tent Cities had sprung up in local parks. Warehoused and abandoned buildings were siezed and turned into squats by neighborhood residents who had had enough with the empty myth of Upward Mobility and Trickledown Economics. People carved out livings for themselves, however spartan, to a degree and scope that today would be seen as unfathomable.

It was "necessary," then, for the city to at once save face, and to punish such outright acts of autonomy. And so, after a "mini riot" staged by the NYPD in order to gauge public opinion, the full force of the Men in Blue was let loose on denizens of Tompkins Square Park, who had commited the unforgivable crime of having nowhere else to go, and, by default, on every human being found out past an arbitrary midnight curfew.

The tidal wave of subsequent complaints against the 9th Precinct, who had conscripted personnel from other precincts throughout the city, pale in comparison the the actual bloodshed of that long, hot night. Police on foot, on horseback, and in helicopters descended on the homeless, on visitors to the area, and on those who had just stepped out for some fresh air, Batons were swung, bones were broken, and many were bloodied by individuals who feared no reprisals for their actions, because their badges and identification had been blacked out. Imagine a sea of faceless blue berserkers, issued a simple order to use whatever force deemed necessary to cleanse the late night city streets, and you will only come close to the reality.

The Tompkins Square Park Police Riots were but one in a series of falling dominoes in a process of econimic and cultural whitewashing, which continues, in earnest, to this day. The shortsighted will say, what else is new; neighborhoods always change. But this change is far from organic. When an invading "culture" displaces the life's blood of a formerly vibrant, inclusive and diverse community, it is nothing short of an act of War.

COME ON DOWN to Tompkins Square Park on August 6th and 7th, and shake hands with the ghosts of those who bled on these streets, and with those who STILL will not be moved.

PERFORMANCES BY

August 6: Saturday (2:00-7:00pm)
> Simon Chardet
> The Coffin Daggers:
> ISM
> Iconicide
> Nihilistics

August 7: Sunday (1:00-6:00pm)
> Jennifer Blowdryer Punk Soul
> Rockaway Bitch
> Love Pirates
> Sewage
> Hammerbrain

Brought to you by The SHADOW, Chris Iconicide, the undying spirit of Uncle Don Yippie and.... THOSE FUCKING ANARCHISTS!!

Information Is Strength. Knowledge Is Power.  Housing Is A Human Right. Free The Land.  Squat The World. And what, if anything does this have to do with a No Police State.

Friday, July 29, 2016

A Go Africa Harlem Street Festival











Hey again bloggers, or whoever could be reading this blog. Okay, so in the age of social media web 2.0 user generated content, I have all of these photos sitting here from a few weeks ago or so, that just seem like they want to be shared on the internet somewhere, hence this blog post, again, in an attempt to maintain content for this blog and my other blagh whenever bloggers block possible. 
And so there was a Go Harlem Street Festival 2016 the other day in that city of New York where I attempted to vend those DecorForU ‪#‎berniesanders‬,‪#‎blacklivesmater‬,‪#‎occupywallstreet‬‪#‎brooklyn‬‪#‎harlem‬and ‪#‎yoga‬ necklaces, magnets and key chains for $1 each as one of those vendors at this Harlem Street Festival.  And it seems like I may have spent more time attempting to take photos of Gale A. Brewer, Manhattan Bourough President, and Charles Rangel, a member of Congress, who were speaking at this festival, as in some of those photos that find themselves posted above, then attempting to vend that jewelry.  And according to that Go Africa Network Facebook page post that reads something like:
“We would like to thank Gale BrewerMichael BlakeSenator Adriano EspaillatCharles RangelGovernor Andrew CuomoGale A. Brewer, Manhattan Borough PresidentCarl E. Heastie,HealthfirstD.j. Henri,African diaspora parade1NY African Restaurant WeekFoundation for a Drug Free WorldIDNYC,Carver Federal Savings BankCUNY Citizenship NowMoneyGram Africa and American Red Cross for their participation and support of the Go Africa Harlem 2016 street festival on 7/16/2016. We are looking forward to the next street festival on 7/15/2017. visitwww.GoAfricaHarlem.org for more information.”
And according to that  Go Africa Network 2016 website page, they were proud to announce a lot of people, politicians, musicians, vendors and beyond and more to this event, as their description of this Harlem Street Festival read as follows:
Street festival aims to support black-owned businesses in Harlem and New York City in general
 New York, NY — The second annual Go Africa Harlem Street Festival will be held Saturday, July 16 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on 116th Street within the boundaries of Adam Clayton Powell and Frederick Douglass boulevards in Harlem.
The festival will include live music and dance, African food and beverages, African-American food and beverages, clothing and apparel, health and wellness services, financial services such as banking and insurance, city agency services in areas such as immigration, housing and social services, taste tests and giveaways.
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, a sponsor and supporter of the festival, will serve as the grand marshal for the event.
 Shaun King, senior justice writer for the New York Daily News and a prominent civil rights activist known for his use of social media to shed light on social causes, will serve as Co-cost for the event with  Charlene (“Charlie”) Cooper from WFXR, Fox News
 Some of the restaurants that will be participating in New York African Restaurant Week (NYARW) 2016, will be in attendance. A Taste of Africa, a community-based organization dedicated to promoting the best of African cuisine and culture that organizes the annual NYARW, is among the supporters of the event.
Other sponsors and supporters include the Consulate General of Senegal in New York; Association Nationale des Senegalais d’Amérique; Manhattan Community Board 10 and the Honorable Professor Michael John Downie, chairman of the CB10’s Arts and Culture Committee; the Delegate General of Côte d’Ivoire; the Permanent Mission of Guinea to the United Nations; New York State Assemblyman Keith Wright; Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and his African Advisory Council; Souleimane Konaté, imam of the Masjid Aqsa Mosque in Harlem; New York City Civil Court Judge W. Franc Perry; New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat; Manhattan Borough President Brewer’s Immigrant Task Force; and Halstead Property.
And what a great Go Africa Harlem Street Festival day this was indeed.  Have a Great Harlem Street Festival day and more. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A Black Lives Matter Art Show at Out In The Streets Festival & Chashama
















And on this day finds itself as Occupy Wall Street day one thousand and something, I think.  And Occupy Wall Street and that all things police brutality and beyond movement Black Lives Matter are still moving fast. And so again, I thought to repost this blog post from that Occupy Art blog in an attempt to maintain web 2.0 user generated content for this blagh and my other blog sometimes, whenever bloggers block possible because hey, it's less writing sometimes.

Okay, so I guess I can say that another one of those Black Lives Matter Art Shows, or at least part of one, went to Out In The Streets Music & Arts Festival at Onderdonk House as part of Talking Walls in that neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn, or is it Ridgewood, Queens simply because hey, I found myself taking some of those Occupy Art and Black Lives Matter posters and banners there and attempting to vend those DecorForU #berniesanders, #blacklivesmatter, #occupywallstreet, #brooklyn, #bushwick and #yoga necklaces, magnets and key chains for $1 each at that event also.  And if I must blogger say, that event rocked, literally, with those rock bands that played that really cool rock band music and beyond.  And the weather seemed to hold up on that day, so much that those pools that find themselves in some of those photos posted above, remained full at all times.  And Ridgewood Market was there vending also. And so that Facebook event invite for that Out in the Streets Festival 2016 read something like:

July 16 - July 17
Out In The Streets Music & Arts Festival
1820 Flushing Ave.  Queens, New York 11385

☀JULY 16 - 17☀
2 days of MUSIC, ART and FOOD on 2 acres of outdoor park land at the historic ONDERDONK HOUSE 

☀LINE-UP☀

SATURDAY, JULY 16TH
The So So Glos
Potty Mouth // Guerilla Toss
BIG UPS // Beverly - Band
FUTURE PUNX // B Boys
Party Static // SOFTSPOT // Freind

SUNDAY, JULY 17TH
FRANKIE ROSE
TEEN // Honduras
EZTV // PILL // The Britanys // BOYTOY
Weekender // The Teen Age // Dead Stars

☀TICKETS☀
http://www.outinthestreets.com/tickets/
DOORS 1pm // SHOW 1:30pm
ii->ALL AGES 11 & Under FREE!!

☀AFTERPARTY☀
CHAPPO // Gemma // Surf Rock is Dead
Sunnyvale Brooklyn --> JULY 16 --> 10PM --> $5 w. wristband!
RSVP:: https://www.facebook.com/events/686724114799565/

☀FOLLOW US☀
web -www.outinthestreets.com
facebook - https://www.facebook.com/OutInTheStreets/
twitter - @outinthestreetz
instagram - @outinthestreetsfestival

****Lineup for the festival and all associated parties subject to change without notice****

☀FEATURING☀
Local vendors by Ridgewood Market
Art curated by Talking Walls
Food by ALPHAVILLE. // 140 Wilson Ave.

☀THE ONDERDONK HOUSE☀
http://www.onderdonkhouse.org/

The The Vander-Ende Onderdonk House is the oldest dutch colonial stone house in NYC and the third oldest surviving structure in Queens. In the mid-1600's, Peter Stuyvesant granted the land it sits on (over 100 acres) to its first owners . The current house was built in 1709 by Flatbush resident Paulus Vander Ende. Besides a farm, the house has served as a speakeasy and scrap glass business and once established the boundary between Kings and Queens counties. Today the space is owned by the Greater Ridgewood Historical Society, which saved it from being bulldozed after a fire in the 1970s and opened it to the public in 1982. It is currently occupied by caretakers who maintain the property and tend to the house's coop of six hens.

☀WITH THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF ☀
The Bronx Brewery //Paper Garden Records // Tell All Your Friends PR//Newtown Radio // Ridgewood Market // Archie's // MILES // Wyckoff Starr Coffee Shop // Faro // ALPHAVILLE.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ SO MUCH LOVE ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
The Sky Report ♥ BirdDog Promo ♥ Supercrush Studio ♥

Out In The Streets 2016 is dedicated in loving memory to Trey Trenchard


And on another Black Lives Matter Art Show event note....

I am super looking forward to Black Lives Matter Art Show at Chashama

We give you what you need. SPACE! 
chashama presents artists' works in many different venues, and thanks to the The Durst Organization, artists are able to present their work in the lobbies of many buildings in NYC. Another way in which we can keep alive the cultural richness of our city!



Art is powerful.
Carla Jean of Occupy Art and a speaker for The Stop Mass Incarceration Network displays her ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ artwork and posters, alongside her photographs from Black Lives Matter protests throughout the NYC area.
August 5 - September 4, 2016
at 
Chashama 266 West 37th Street, New York, New York, 10018

Have a great Out In The Streets Music & Arts Festival, Chashama day and more.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Alton Sterling. Black Lives Matter


First they came for the Socialists and I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists,
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak for me.

#2012 wake up world

#blacklivesmatter

And a host of Black Lives Matter related events and beyond have passed since I left that Stop Mass Incarceration Network Justice for Alton Sterling & Philando Castile #StopPoliceTerror-Which Side Are You On? protest at Union Square just yesterday in that city of New York that seems to have been part of a much larger nationwide protest for Alton Sterling and all victims of police brutality. And the latest headline news of the day on this day for the Dallas protests yesterday, has me wanting to say Occupy the NRA. And Alton Sterling was the 558th person killed by cops in 2016.  And if you don't take issue with this then you are part of the problem. And By the numbers: US police kill more in days than other countries do in years.  And that event invite for that Stop Mass Incarceration Network Facebook event invite read something like:

July 7 - July 8
at 7PM
Union Square Park, New York, New York

Friday July 8 7:00 pm people will meet again at Union Square, 14th Street (south) end of the park near the steps. Bring your signs, your banners, your drums, your noise makers, your anger and and your determination to#StopPoliceTerror

The Stop Mass Incarceration Network & the NYC Revolution Club call on you to get in the streets right away in response to the outrageous and criminal murder of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and of Philando Castile in Minneapolis MN

Stop police terror!
Indict, convict, send the killer cops to jail!
revcom.us: http://revcom.us/a/447/alton-sterling-baton-rouge-louisiana-en.html

Just this week we have #3deadin3days! Starting with so-called Independence Day:

Monday #DelwarnSmall was shot by an off duty cop in from of his family during a road rage incident in Brooklyn NY.

Tuesday #AltonSterling was murdered while pinned down by officers which was caught on video in Baton Rouge LA.

Wednesday #PhilandoCastile was murdered in Falcon Heights, MN also in front of his family after complying with officers, also on video.

And those photos and video that find themselves posted above from this protest, tell a story, part of a story. And what, if anything, does this have to do with a No Police State.