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Find Your Local Rally for October 22nd, the National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality, Happening TODAY

” This October 22nd, stand with thousands across the country to express our collective outrage, creativity, and resistance in response to the crimes of this system. On October 22nd, WEAR BLACK, FIGHT BACK! ” – The October 22 Coalition

October 22 was been an important day for me for many, many years. It is the day of national police brutality protest. I’ve been taking part of this for at least a decade, missing a few years here and there yes but I never am away in spirit, usually always there in person, but sometimes sadly have had to miss. But I digress. I know protesting isn’t going to solve this issue.

However, I do think today is a day of duty to make sure everyone knows how angry we are, and that we are not going away. This protest has been going on since the late 1990s, and with more and more cities joining in, I hope everyone has a productive but also a safe day. Watch yourself and please know your rights for what they are worth. Protesting rights can be found here. [For what it is worth…Again, please be safe…]

Also tomorrow there is another important event going on in New York City. A court case over yet another murder by the police begins and as many people as possible are needed to support the family and cause. More information below, followed by a list of cities and your local events. First though, let’s take care of the two places I call home, but I’m gonna do it in reverse order, Newark first..

Newark, NJ, being one of those cities, as the poster below suggests. Today, October 22, at 3 pm in Newark, NJ, newark nj

“WE STAND UNITED IN DEFENSE OF OUR NEW CIVILIAN REVIEW BD AND WILL RALLY @ THE LINCOLN MONUMENT @ 3PM ” < Newark, NJ

And NEW YORK! STARTS AT 12pm TODAY!

As for my FIRST home, NYC, today at noon the rally begins at the steps of the Brooklyn Borough Hall. 

The page also included the following so I might as well: Take the 2/3 to Clark Street or Borough Hall, 4/5 to Borough Hall, A/C/F to Jay Street-Metrotech, R to Court Street.
March to Barclays Center for second rally follow. [Event Page HERE.]

And before the list of the rest of the cities, please note there is an important event is happening tomorrow, the 23rd. Please show up and show our numbers are not going down… We need the community now to unite more than ever…

“…in an upcoming court case against NYPD Officer Wayne Isaacs, who murdered Delrawn Small on July 4th of last year. The trail will start on 10/23 and is expected to last for 2-3 weeks. For morning attendance, arrive before 9 am to get through security/lines. Afternoon sessions begin after lunch around 2pm. Each day will probably recess sometime between 4-5pm.

Location: Brooklyn Supreme Court, 320 Jay Street, 2nd floorCeremonial Courtroom” Each day will probably recess sometime between 4-5pm.Txt (646) 302-8959 for any question you may have.

All Trains to Brooklyn Borough Hall “

You can access tomorrows event information by clicking here, which will take you to, like most of these event pages will take you to, the related Facebook group page, opening in a new tab.

I truly, truly hope we over flood the courts. I’m curious, how many of you can recall Delrawn Small’s killing? Especially those outside New York… Okay so later today I’ll either be putting up a post in Delrawn’s memory, or making a video; one of the two… After seeing how few people remember or know of this, it reminds me back when I was working in 2004…no one knew. And the few that did…

Anyway… For the rest of America, here ya go. If your city isn’t below, click here for the October 22 website and see what’s up; if nothing is going on, consider starting your own…Speak out, we need VOICES. We need action, honestly, but that’s another story…

>>> CALIFORNIA <<<

FRESNO, CALIFORNIA
3:30PM Gather at Arte Americas, 1630 Van Ness at altar for some Fresno Stolen Lives, followed by a march stopping at the jail, the sheriff’s office, the Fresno Unified School District, and ending at Eaton Plaza (corner of N and Mariposa) for annual vigil
https://www.facebook.com/events/117399395624119
~ October 22 Coalition-Fresno 559-250-2434 or 559-942-0708 (Irene) / IWAPGH@aol.com
~ Fresno Brown Berets – Autonomous Chapter https://www.facebook.com/Fresno-Brown-Berets-Autonomous-Cha…
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
12:00PM Gather at LA CAN 838 East 6th Street
2:00PM March to Mariachi Plaza with a stop in front of the Metropolitan Immigration Detention Center, with rally and performances to follow
Sunset vigil
https://www.facebook.com/events/1898849893768880/
~ October 22 Coalition-Los Angeles October22.LA@gmail.com / https://www.facebook.com/October22ndCoalitionLA/
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Other contacts:
~ Justice for Michael Nida II nidasrydas@gmail.com / http://www.michaelnida.com/home.php / https://www.facebook.com/pages/Justice-For-Michael-Nida-II/171901759570991
~ Revolution Club 323-331-1769 / revclub_la@yahoo.com / Social Media @revclub_la
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MERCED, CALIFORNIA
12:00PM Court House Square Park at W 21st Street
https://www.facebook.com/events/168699800377509
~ Autonomous Brown Berets de Merced https://www.facebook.com/MercedBrownBerets
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SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA
7:00PM Rally at Florin & 65th Street
Email Sac@ANSWERcoalition.org to endorse
https://www.facebook.com/events/126137701376097
~ ANSWER Coalition https://www.facebook.com/AnswerCoalition/
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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
1:00PM-3:00PM March from Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, 6401 Skyline Drive, to the San Diego Police Dept Southeast Station
https://www.facebook.com/events/115361632550189
~ San Diego Coalition for Racial Justice and Activist San Diego 619-871-9354 / info@activistsandiego.org / http://www.activistsandiego.org / https://www.facebook.com/pg/ActivistSD
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5:00PM Set up and poster-making at City Heights/Weingart Library and Performance Annex
5:30PM Know Your Rights and information distribution
6:00PM Opening Blessing by Grupo Danza Azteca Quetzalhuitzilin, Rally, Performances, and Candlight March to OLB Action on the I-15 Overpass
https://www.facebook.com/events/212940602471561
~ United Against Police Terror – San Diego uaptsd@gmail.com / http://uaptsd.org / https://twitter.com/UAPTSD / https://www.facebook.com/uaptsd
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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
3:00PM For families directly impacted by police terrorism, monthly gathering at 5600 3rd Street in the Common Room
https://www.facebook.com/events/1735702040059785
~ Open Circle – Families United for Justice idriss.lives@gmail.com / https://www.facebook.com/pg/OpenCircleFamiliesUnitedForJustice
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Other contacts:
~ Stop Mass Incarceration Network Bay Area 510-984-3648 / stopmassincarcerationbayarea@gmail.com
~ Clarion Alley Mural Project https://www.facebook.com/ClarionAlleyMuralProject.org
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SANTA CLARA, CA
8:00PM Prayer Vigil for National Stop Police Brutality Day at Mission Church Plaza at Santa Clara University
https://www.scu.edu/events/…
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11:00AM-1:30PM Protest at the entrance to the SF 49ers Levi’s Stadium at
5201 Great America Parkway before the 49ers (Colin Kaepernick’s former team) vs Cowboys game at Levi’s Stadium
https://www.facebook.com/events/364942163918577
~ Refuse Fascism Bay Area 510-253-5551 / norcal@refusefascism.org / https://www.facebook.com/RefuseFascismBayArea
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SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA
5PM Remembering Andy & Honoring His Legacy at Andy’s Unity Park, 3399 Moorland Avenue
https://www.facebook.com/events/1792953674115996/
~ Justice for Andy Lopez 707-331-7389 (Ana Salgado) / https://www.facebook.com/andylopeznojusticenopeace
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>>> COLORADO <<<

DURANGO, COLORADO
6:30PM-7:30PM Rally/Vigil at Fort Lewis College Clock Tower, 1000 Rim Drive in solidarity with political prisoner Herman Bell
https://www.facebook.com/events/284575065359547
~ Durango Save the Kids http://www.savethekidsgroup.org / https://www.facebook.com/durangosavethekids
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FORT COLLINS, COLORADO
10:00AM Writing names of Stolen Lives on the plaza in front of the LSC at Colorado State University
https://www.facebook.com/events/287875555042771
~ Ethnic Studies in Action https://www.facebook.com/ethnicstudiesinaction
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>>> FLORIDA <<<

ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA
6:30PM Silent March from St. Augustine Old City Gates, down St. George Street, ending at the Plaza de la Constitution. SayTheirNames: Unity March Against the Repression of a Generation
https://www.facebook.com/events/121842015193096
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TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA
3:00PM at the Florida Historic Capitol Museum, 400 South Monroe Street
https://www.facebook.com/events/863928963775280
~ Tallahassee SDS https://www.facebook.com/tallysds/
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>>> GEORGIA <<<

ATLANTA, GA
National Stop Police Brutality Weekend (October 19-22)
https://www.facebook.com/events/177545596122657
On October 22:
3:00PM Rally at the CNN Center, 190 Marietta St NW
https://www.facebook.com/events/1929495543980711/
~ https://www.facebook.com/NationalStopPoliceBrutalityWeekend
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>>> ILLINOIS <<<

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
10:30AM Take a Knee – meet at the northeast corner of Michigan & Roosevelt at Grant Park for action in front of Soldier Field
https://www.facebook.com/events/139553756681479
~ October 22 Coalition-Chicago https://www.facebook.com/October22Chicago and Revolution Club Chicago https://www.facebook.com/revclubchi
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Other contacts:
~ Stop Mass Incarceration Network Chicago https://www.facebook.com/SMINChicago
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>>> MINNESOTA <<<

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA
Saturday, October 21
*NOTE NEW LOCATION* 5:30PM-7:30PM Remembering Minnesota Stolen Lives protest 4200 Cedar Avenue
https://www.facebook.com/events/152191358712703
~ Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB) 612-874-7867 / http://www.cuapb.org / https://www.facebook.com/cuapb.org

Sunday, October 22
5:30PM – 7:30PM Community Dinner at 4200 Cedar Ave S
Ramona Africa Speaks on Police Brutality
https://www.facebook.com/events/741579972710323
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TWIN CITIES, MINNESOTA
11:00AM Take a Knee at US Bank Stadium (in front of Chicago Avenue)
https://www.facebook.com/events/872655839577989
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>>> MISSOURI <<<

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
3:00PM Rally and workshops at City Hall, 1200 Market Street, on Tucker side
https://www.facebook.com/events/352083671883384
~ Coalition Against Police Crimes and Repression 314-332-1COB / capcr_cob@hotmail.com / http://capcr-stl.org / https://www.facebook.com/pg/RealLocalControlAndEffectiveCivilianReview
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4:30PM Protest at St. Louis Metropolitan Police Dept at 1915 Olive Street
https://www.facebook.com/events/120753261953323
~ Expect US https://www.facebook.com/FrontLineA1
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SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI
12:00PM Solidarity with St. Louis at Battlefield and Glenstone
https://www.facebook.com/events/484178605302171
~ Radical Activists in Demand https://www.facebook.com/RadicalActivistsInDemand
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>>> NEW JERSEY <<<

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY
3:00PM March and Rally assemble at intersection of Springfield Avenue & West Market Street (by the Lincoln Monument)
https://www.facebook.com/poppicturesandvideos/photos/a.564231943645003.1073741894.297655323636001/1444181035650085/?type=3&theater
~ People’s Organization for Progress 973-801-0001 / info@njpop.org / https://www.facebook.com/poppicturesandvideos
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>>> NEW MEXICO <<<

ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO
1:00PM Gather at 4th Street and Marquette at Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department, followed by march to rally at Federal Court House on Lomas and 4th Street
https://www.facebook.com/events/2031152737114275
~ Albuquerque Save the Kids https://www.facebook.com/AlbuquerqueSaveTheKids
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5:00PM Candlelight Vigil and moment of silence for Stolen Lives at 400 Roma Street
Organized by families of Stolen Lives – contact https://www.facebook.com/mary.jobe.92
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>>> NEW YORK <<<

BUFFALO, NEW YORK
4:00PM Screening of 13th at Raqs Solidarity – A Community Space, 322 Amherst Street
https://www.facebook.com/events/211150129424948
~ Buffalo Anti-Racism Coalition https://buffaloantiracismcoalition.wordpress.com / https://www.facebook.com/BuffaloARC
~ Buffalo Save the Kids http://www.savethekidsgroup.org / https://www.facebook.com/BuffaloSTK
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK
12:00PM Rally at steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall, followed by march to Barclay Center for second rally
https://www.facebook.com/events/121900851824869
Families of people killed by police should contact Juanita Young at 646-294-8344
~ October 22 Coalition-New York 866-235-7814 (toll-free voicemail and fax) / http://nyc.october22.org / https://www.facebook.com/pages/October-22-Coalition-to-Stop-Police-Brutality-New-York/87429681537
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Other contacts:
~ Hoods 4 Justice https://www.facebook.com/Nyhoods4Justice/
~ Urban Art Beat http://urbanartbeat.org / https://www.facebook.com/urbanartbeatinc/
~ BlackMatters blackmattersus@gmail.com / https://blackmattersus.com// https://www.facebook.com/blackmattersus.mvmnt/
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>>> NORTH CAROLINA <<<

GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA
~ https://www.facebook.com/GsO22-157996174964/
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>>> OHIO <<<

CLEVELAND, OHIO
~ October 22 Coalition-Cleveland ClevelandO22@aol.com
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COLUMBUS, OHIO
Friday, October 20
7:30PM-10:30PM Black Queer and Intersectional Columbus Art Against Police Brutality, 485 E Livingston Avenue
To donate or sell art contact Kris Keilhorn at iamlittlegoattt@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/events/1915297872061715
~ Black Queer & Intersectional Columbus blackqueercolumbus@gmail.com / https://www.facebook.com/blackqueercolumbus
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>>> OKLAHOMA <<<

TULSA, OKLAHOMA
3:00PM Protest at Tulsa County Courthouse at 500 S Denver Avenue
https://www.facebook.com/events/151818382093181
~ Aware Tulsa https://www.facebook.com/awaretulsa / http://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/
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>>> OREGON <<<

PORTLAND, OREGON
~ Don’t Shoot Portland https://www.facebook.com/DontShootPDX
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>>> PENNSYLVANIA<<<

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA
October 21-24: Disrupt IACP
https://noiacp.blackblogs.org/ and https://noiacp.blackblogs.org/…/october-21st-march-aboliti…/
Saturday, October 21st
10:00AM Gather to march from Thomas Paine Plaza
https://www.facebook.com/events/1538669419573848/
Sunday, October 22nd
12:00PM-2PM Teach-in outside Pennsylvania Convention Center at 1101 Arch Street
https://www.facebook.com/events/1756634317970858/
~ Philly Anarchist Black Cross phillyabc@riseup.net / https://www.facebook.com/Philly-ABC-114909635873633 / https://phillyabc.wordpress.com/
~ Philly for REAL Justice 267-544-7671 / phillyforrealjustice@gmail.com / https://www.facebook.com/PhillyforREALjustice / http://phillyrealjustice.tumblr.com/
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>>> SOUTH CAROLINA <<<

GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA
2:00PM-4:00PM Greenville Malcolm X Center-WMXP/95.5FM Upstate Black Lives Matter – come tell your story
~ October 22 Upstate, SC Coalition to Stop Police Brutality 864-901-8627 / october22upstatesc@gmail.com or enjericho@gmail.com
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>>> TEXAS <<<

HOUSTON, TEXAS
2:00PM Rally at Guadalupe Plaza Park at 2311 Runnels Street, march to follow
https://www.facebook.com/events/463650544022086
~ Brown Berets de TejAztlan Houston brownberetstejaztlan@gmail.com / https://www.facebook.com/BrownBeretsDeHouston/
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2:00PM Rally and mock funeral at Texas Southern University, starting at TSU Library, across from Cuney Homes, followed by march to where Alva Braziel was murdered
Call to get involved: 832-385-9212 or 713-505-8280
https://www.facebook.com/events/134706030506607
~ Justice for Alva https://www.facebook.com/Justice4Alva-641108196079959/ and Move Against Tyranny, Corruption and Hate
challengeandendcorruption@gmail.com / https://www.facebook.com/pg/moveagainsttyrannycorrutionandhate
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~ October 22 Coalition-Houston stopmassincarcerationhtown@gmail.com / https://www.facebook.com/o22houston
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>>> UTAH <<<

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
6:00PM Panel Discussion: “Beyond the Footage: Understanding Police Violence” at the Beehive Social Club, 666 S. State Street
https://www.facebook.com/events/178503852722566
~ Utah Against Police Brutality https://www.facebook.com/UtahAgainstPoliceBrutality
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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
~ https://www.facebook.com/O22Seattle/
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TACOMA, WASHINGTON
2:00PM Moving viewing, story-telling and discussion at Tacoma Community College in Building 17
https://www.facebook.com/events/1466773936734392
~ The People’s Assembly thepeoplesassembly253@gmail.com / https://www.facebook.com/ThePeoplesAssembly253/

February 23rd Nationwide Protests to Protect Individual Privacy From FBI and Government

We’re NOT protesting Apple, they are fighting back against this too. We’re protesting the government’s dangerous attempt to undermine our security by demanding a backdoor.- Below

The government is searching for an easy way to access and monitor all of us with iPhones. I’ve always been an Apple supporter; now more than ever for not simply selling us out and making a new OS with a backdoor for the FBI. They at least are resisting.

The AP states:

“Apple is fighting the court order issued in the case, arguing that the special software sought by the FBI could be used to break into millions of other iPhones. The FBI contends Apple is exaggerating the security risks of complying with the court order in a marketing ploy aimed at selling more iPhones.

Fight for the Future believes Apple’s concerns are warranted and is hoping the protests will persuade the Obama administration to take a stand against the way the FBI is trying to break into Farook’s iPhone, said Evan Greer, the group’s campaign director.”

 

Of course the Government thus far is supporting the FBI’s attack on the people and Apple. And the abusive, brutal and cruel NYPD has said the encryption Apple uses is, “A Gift From God to Criminals”….

That all by itself should be a huge red flag to all of us. Our privacy is at risk of being further invaded and violated. Join me and Apple at protesting the government! (See Links Below)

And from another article:

This is a huge.

“This is really dangerous. The FBI just got a judge to order Apple to build a software “backdoor” to help them hack into an iPhone. They’ve been wanting to do this for years, but now they’re exploiting the tragedy in San Bernardino, CA to push their agenda to weaken the security of all of our phones to enable more government surveillance.

Our basic safety and security is at stake! On Tuesday, February 23rd we will gather at Apple stores nationwide with two simple messages: “Don’t Break Our Phones!” and “Secure Phones Save Lives!”

We’re not protesting Apple, they are fighting back against this too. We’re protesting the government’s dangerous attempt to undermine our security by demanding a backdoor.

Scroll to the bottom of this event for a list of organized protests (coming soon), or simply show up at the most central Apple store in your town at 5:30pm. Check back soon for a simple tool that will allow you to turn your iPhone, tablet, or laptop into a protest sign you can bring to these events.

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT:

Breaking the security features of our iPhones won’t just hurt our privacy, it puts all of our safety at risk. Once a backdoor is built, it won’t just be used by governments or law enforcement. It will enable malicious hackers, foreign governments, terrorists, thieves and stalkers to use our data against us.

What the FBI is doing is dangerous, but it’s also illegal. Apple has a right to offer customers secure devices that protect our most sensitive information. According to the ACLU, forcing Apple to hack their own customers is unconstitutional and will undermine our privacy and safety without improving national security.

So far, Apple is vowing to fight this unlawful and reckless demand by the government, but we need to show them that they’re not standing alone. Join us at one of these important events to stand up for everyone’s safety.”

Above Excerpt Found Here

National Facebook Events

AP Article

Never Forget Aaron Swartz; A Revolutionary Hero…

Three years ago this world was robbed of a beautiful life, a wonderful soul…his name, Aaron Swartz. It is a very emotional topic for me, I’d like to write more about him and about all the good he has without a doubt done for us, given to us; but right now I can’t find the words.

In the below video from “The Young Turks” we are given information on just how unjust, biased and discriminatory the prison sentences are. Of course with drug offenders, who should not be in prison either, the mandatory minimums are outrageous. But comparing what Aaron Swartz “did” -wanting to help people, understanding that education should be free; and so more- to other offenses that people would think carry more time than he was facing; but don’t.

Note, under 15% of prisoners are in for murder or sexual offenses, 95% of those last offenders will haunt the streets shortly after doing time, if they do in fact do time. The majority being drug offenders who are over 56% of the prison population. The reason I note this is because these laws he goes over make it seem the American government doesn’t have an agenda; but it does.

That can clearly be seen if you look at the numbers and the crimes; if you look at the man I deem a hero, Aaron Swartz; who was facing an outrageous amount of time for doing nothing more than trying to help make this world a better place. I do blame the government for his death; his suicide. 

The government was afraid of the intelligence and awareness Aaron had. His gift mixed in with his intelligence and concern for social issues made him someone they feared because they can’t grasp it; they don’t desire to… Their mind and heart are in it for the money; the people are the last thing they care for.

And thus, we lost an amazing, amazing activist & caring, kind and brilliant man 3 years ago….

VIDEO: My Police Brutality Channel

Yes, I look like crap; yes, I’ve been crying. How can any one not? It takes a lot to make me cry, but thinking back on all the racism and cases of police killings and beatings, including children, got me. Video below, more to come later today.

Student BlackOut Coming Up!

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****SECOND CALL BEFORE ACTION****

Over 300 callers on the first call from around the world! (Canada, UK, France, South Africa)

SECOND NATIONAL STUDENT CALL TO ACTION

SUN NOV 17 – 10PM EST

#StudentBlackout Conference Call

In solidarity with #ConcernedStudent1950

Join the growing movement to END campus Racial Injustice. Plan an action at your school.

Register: bit.ly/blackoutcall

Get the tool kit at BlackLiberationCollective.org

Check out our facebook after you register for the conf call!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1662524677349133/

Interviews: Street Artist Aaron Maybin and the Movement for Black Lives Conference

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Bill Fletcher Jr. interviews street artist and activist Aaron Maybin, a former professional football player. Then Fletcher talks with activists about the Movement for Black Lives conference recently held in Cleveland.

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