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micdotcom:

Potent minimalist art sends a strong message about police and vigilante brutality in America

Journalist and artist Shirin Barghi has created a gripping, thought-provoking series of graphics that not only examines racial prejudice in today’s America, but also captures the sense of humanity that often gets lost in news coverage. Titled “Last Words,” the graphics illustrate the last recorded words by Brown and other young black people — Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant and others — who have been killed by police in recent years.

Let us not forget their voices

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Lemond

On the morning of George Zimmerman’s acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murder earlier this year, with the mainstream media raising the specter of riots, blogger Jay Smooth made a prediction: ‘The fundamental danger of an acquittal is not more riots, it is more George Zimmermans.’

There were no riots. There have been more George Zimmermans.

Joel Reinstein | The racist killing of Renisha McBride (via america-wakiewakie)

america-wakiewakie:

thinkspeakstress:

Welcome back to Shaming Racists: the Halloween Edition! Ladies and gentlemen, I present:

Caitlin Cimeno, also known as Kt Cimeno of Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts. Employed at Our Market Package Store.

Greg Cimeno

William Filene from Quincy, Massachusetts.

This is all public on facebook. All three pictures can be found on Caitlin Cimeno’s Instagram, @ktcimeno.

There’s no question that the three of them are racists, but Caitlin disgusted me by taking an unconsented picture of somebody else’s little girl, somebody else’s child, and using them as the target of racism for a facebook status. I’m including that too because how nasty do you have to be? As if the Halloween photos don’t answer that question.

Let me add that this stuff right here, EVERYBODY, is the reason you can’t darken your skin to portray a Black person. Because this is used to dehumanize us. Whether you intend to or not, you are perpetrating Blackface.

IT. IS. RACIST.

Caitlin Cimeno, Greg Cimeno, and William Filene are three of thousands. But justice will be served where it can. For them to make a mockery of Trayvon Martin’s death is disgusting, as is every single person praising them in the comments and every person defending them.

Look at how little value Black lives have in some people’s lives. Look at how today, yes, in 2013, our deaths are something to be laughed at, mocked, and our bodies worn as a Halloween costume. This is how we are dehumanized. Only one of thousands of ways.

Happy fucking Halloween.

Signal boost! Don’t let this shit stand. Shame these fucks. I personally messaged all three of them. You should too. 

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america-wakiewakie:

This revelation of the political right praising the acquittal of George Zimmerman has come as little surprise. As the weeks of trial progressed the oft repeated phrases I heard from conservatives all around me was “This ought to have never gone to trial,” as if the death of a young black teenager meant so little as wiping sweat from the brow of an inconvenienced bystander. The irrational conservative views Martin’s murder as the exercising of gun rights, not the loss of life, not the ending of a young man’s barely started journey. In fact these are those whom say Trayvon Martin was the criminal, that he was a hooligan gangster wannabe. Talking heads the likes of Rush Limbaugh, no doubt, have been injecting that vitriol for months. So it is little wonder that when we delve only a bit deeper, we can make the connection of gun-zealot conservatives seeing this case as ratifying their perceived right to shoot people, and by people I mean blacks and Latinos, virtually whenever they feel like it and actually be exonerated. It feels to me as if these folks tell themselves, “What good is a gun if I can’t use it?” 

socialismartnature:

https://www.facebook.com/events/206905356133861/
Trayvon Martin: The IN-justice System, Racism & Resistance
Spontaneous Celebrations45 Danforth St, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts 02130
Wednesday, July 17th, 2013
Across the country, tens of thousands of people have hit the streets after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the murder of Trayvon Martin. The enraging, tragic case of Trayvon Martin, like Emmett Till and so many others, has reaffirmed how racism is still at the heart of American society. We live with a system of “justice” that lets racist killers go free while warehousing millions of people of color into a “New Jim Crow” system of mass incarceration. To fight back, we must organize. In Boston, there was a powerful rally and march in Dudley Square that brought together hundreds — black, Latino, white, Muslim, Asian, LGBT, etc. How do we build upon this single protest? How do we build a strong, multiracial movement against racism & mass incarceration in our city? Come to a panel discussion to figure out these and other questions. Speakers TBA, but will include organizers in Boston as well as victims of racist injustice (and their families). Sponsored by the International Socialist Organization. To co-sponsor, please e-mail umb.socialists@gmail.com or contact one of the hosts on Facebook.

socialismartnature:

https://www.facebook.com/events/206905356133861/

Trayvon Martin: The IN-justice System, Racism & Resistance

Spontaneous Celebrations
45 Danforth St, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts 02130

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Across the country, tens of thousands of people have hit the streets after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the murder of Trayvon Martin. The enraging, tragic case of Trayvon Martin, like Emmett Till and so many others, has reaffirmed how racism is still at the heart of American society. We live with a system of “justice” that lets racist killers go free while warehousing millions of people of color into a “New Jim Crow” system of mass incarceration. To fight back, we must organize.

In Boston, there was a powerful rally and march in Dudley Square that brought together hundreds — black, Latino, white, Muslim, Asian, LGBT, etc. How do we build upon this single protest? How do we build a strong, multiracial movement against racism & mass incarceration in our city?

Come to a panel discussion to figure out these and other questions.

Speakers TBA, but will include organizers in Boston as well as victims of racist injustice (and their families).

Sponsored by the International Socialist Organization. To co-sponsor, please e-mail umb.socialists@gmail.com or contact one of the hosts on Facebook.

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Warlike Parakeet

Reblogged from Socialism Art Nature

For all outraged at this verdict, for all outraged at this blatant individual and institutional racism (and if anyone doubts the racism inherent in this trial - ask yourself: what if Zimmerman were black and Trayvon were white!) - for all those outraged, come out: Raleigh folks. Tomorrow at Moore Square at 3PM. Justice for Trayvon! Be there! Posters, Banners, Black liberation flags, etc.

Pass the word. All out. No Justice, No Peace.

Rania Masri (via stay-human)
michaelgizzi:

Stop and Frisk, New York Style…   This mural, painted on a wall in East New York, Brooklyn, depicts the NYPDs Stop and Frisk policies, in which minorities are targeted at a extremely high rate to be stop, frisked, and harassed by police at a far higher rate than caucasians.        This street art is a sad yet powerful commentary on our time.
Photo Source:  The New York Times 

michaelgizzi:

Stop and Frisk, New York Style…   

This mural, painted on a wall in East New York, Brooklyn, depicts the NYPDs Stop and Frisk policies, in which minorities are targeted at a extremely high rate to be stop, frisked, and harassed by police at a far higher rate than caucasians.        This street art is a sad yet powerful commentary on our time.

Photo Source:  The New York Times 

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fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

“Million Hoodie & Hijab” contingent on May Day in Bay Area 
ROOTS (formerly Occupy the Hood), People’s Community Medics, and MXGM invite you to join the Million Hoodie & Hijab contingent on May Day as part of the Dignity and Resistance march in Fruitvale & the International May Day mobilizations for workers & im/migrantsTuesday, May 1Meet at 3:00pm at Fruitvale BART plaza. After the rally, we’ll join the march to San Antonio Park and on to Downtown Oakland. Uniting our struggles against racist profiling and oppression In honor of: Trayvon Martin (Sanford, FL), Sergio Huereca (El Paso), Shaima Alawadi (San Diego), Oscar Grant (Oakland), Ramarley Graham (Bronx), Rekia Boyd (Chicago), Danny Chen (U.S. Army), Kenneth Chamberlain (NY), Agnes Torres (Puebla) and all people attacked, detained, brutalized, and killed by racist violence.We will wear our hoodies, our hijabs, our rebosos, in solidarity with each other for: * An end to police brutality and vigilante murders * * An end to splitting up and deporting our families ** An end to the oppression of all immigrant communities ** An end to all forms of racism, xenophobia, and homophobia * * An end to evictions, foreclosures, and gentrification ** An end to school closures and funneling our children into private prisons *We call for Black, Brown, & Arab Unity against institutional racism We want: Schools not jails. Homes not banks. People not profits. Immigrant rights. Civil Rights. HUMAN rights for all! This is NOT about a piece of clothing…this is about America’s criminal disregard for our lives: for Black life, for Muslim life, for the lives of Im/migrants and poor people. We are not disposable. We are mothers, fathers, aunties, tios, sons, daughters, and elders — and we WILL have our human rights. We call for an end to white supremacy and for the institution of a National Plan of Action for Racial Justice, as proposed by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and others. http://mxgm.org/trayvon-martin-is-all-of-us/ This action is for all our beautiful Oakland diasporas. For East, West, and North Oakland. For youth, for the church folks, for the artists and agitators, for teachers, for first-time marchers, for veteran freedom fighters, for aunties and uncles & everybody who loves justice… Bring your signs! Your songs! Your chants! And most importantly…your folks! If your group would like to endorse and/or participate in this contingent, let us know!- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - —> Note: This contingent will be part of the Dignity and Resistance march, which is being organized by a wide range of immigrant rights and Decolonize/Occupy activists. While we never know how the police are going to respond, both this march and contingent are being organized to be non-violent and family-friendly. There will be many actions going on during May Day in Oakland, and we hope this will be a strong day for the diverse, powerful people of the 99%. We also stand in solidarity with the Occupy the Justice Department actions in Washington, DC on April 24 and the National Day of Action for Trayvon Martin on April 26. For more info on the Dignity and Resistance march: http://mayday2012.blogspot.com/For more info on other Occupy Oakland actions on May Day: http://occupyoakland.org/

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

“Million Hoodie & Hijab” contingent on May Day in Bay Area

ROOTS (formerly Occupy the Hood), People’s Community Medics, and MXGM invite you to join the Million Hoodie & Hijab contingent on May Day as part of the Dignity and Resistance march in Fruitvale & the International May Day mobilizations for workers & im/migrants

Tuesday, May 1
Meet at 3:00pm at Fruitvale BART plaza. 
After the rally, we’ll join the march to San Antonio Park and on to Downtown Oakland. 

Uniting our struggles against racist profiling and oppression 
In honor of: Trayvon Martin (Sanford, FL), Sergio Huereca (El Paso), Shaima Alawadi (San Diego), Oscar Grant (Oakland), Ramarley Graham (Bronx), Rekia Boyd (Chicago), Danny Chen (U.S. Army), Kenneth Chamberlain (NY), Agnes Torres (Puebla) and all people attacked, detained, brutalized, and killed by racist violence.

We will wear our hoodies, our hijabs, our rebosos, in solidarity with each other for: 

* An end to police brutality and vigilante murders * 
* An end to splitting up and deporting our families *
* An end to the oppression of all immigrant communities *
* An end to all forms of racism, xenophobia, and homophobia * 
* An end to evictions, foreclosures, and gentrification *
* An end to school closures and funneling our children into private prisons *

We call for Black, Brown, & Arab Unity against institutional racism 
We want: Schools not jails. Homes not banks. People not profits. Immigrant rights. Civil Rights. HUMAN rights for all! 

This is NOT about a piece of clothing…this is about America’s criminal disregard for our lives: for Black life, for Muslim life, for the lives of Im/migrants and poor people. We are not disposable. We are mothers, fathers, aunties, tios, sons, daughters, and elders — and we WILL have our human rights. 

We call for an end to white supremacy and for the institution of a National Plan of Action for Racial Justice, as proposed by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and others. http://mxgm.org/trayvon-martin-is-all-of-us/ 

This action is for all our beautiful Oakland diasporas. For East, West, and North Oakland. For youth, for the church folks, for the artists and agitators, for teachers, for first-time marchers, for veteran freedom fighters, for aunties and uncles & everybody who loves justice… 

Bring your signs! Your songs! Your chants! And most importantly…your folks! 

If your group would like to endorse and/or participate in this contingent, let us know!

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 

—> Note: This contingent will be part of the Dignity and Resistance march, which is being organized by a wide range of immigrant rights and Decolonize/Occupy activists. While we never know how the police are going to respond, both this march and contingent are being organized to be non-violent and family-friendly. There will be many actions going on during May Day in Oakland, and we hope this will be a strong day for the diverse, powerful people of the 99%. 

We also stand in solidarity with the Occupy the Justice Department actions in Washington, DC on April 24 and the National Day of Action for Trayvon Martin on April 26. 

For more info on the Dignity and Resistance march: http://mayday2012.blogspot.com/
For more info on other Occupy Oakland actions on May Day: http://occupyoakland.org/