(the transcript, if you’d rather read)
This is the #BlackIsBack Coalition on Twitter
Examples of the information, documents, and petitions that Glen mentioned you can find on their Facebook pages:
‘Day 2 Report from the Black Community Control of Police National Conference’; there are plenty of conference videos on various pages.
Via Bella Eiko on Twitter, bless her ‘keepin’ it real’ heart, and Woot!:
#LaborAgainstPoliceTerror Local 10
From their Facebook page:
“The labor force has played an integral part in social justice movements throughout United States history and beyond. ILWU, Local 10 in particular, has been at the forefront of many monumental events including, but not limited to the Big Strike of 1934, the 1984 Anti-Apartheid action against South Africa, and the 2010 Oscar Grant rally and port shut down.
Police terrorism in the United States is out of control. We have witnessed an endless onslaught of police brutality and police killings of innocent and unarmed people. These assaults have been mainly directed towards Black men and Black communities. We as union and non-union workers alike cannot standby and become desensitized to these great injustices.
ILWU, Local 10 is leading a Day of Action on May 1st, 2015 to call national attention in order to STOP POLICE TERROR. There will be no longshoremen working on that day in the Port of Oakland. The port will be SHUT DOWN. Disrupting commerce in this country is one means to find viable solutions to STOP POLICE TERROR. Please join us in this action and stand up against police terror.
We will gather at the ALREADY SHUTDOWN port at 9am for an hour long rally which will be at the APL gate near berth 62 close to the overpass (parking is available along Adeline close to 6th & 7th).
After the rally, WE MARCH! We will march from the port to Oscar Grant Plaza as we demonstrate that AN INJURY TO ONE IS AN INJURY TO ALL!
There will be another rally at noon when we reach OGP.”
PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR UPDATES…..
Endorsing community organizations include:
Onyx Organizing Committee
The Alan Blueford Center For Justice
Anti Police-Terror Project
Community Ready Corps
Black Power Network
Workers World Party
Stop Mass Incarceration Network
Transport Workers Solidarity
Love Not Blood Campaign
A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition Bay Area
AROC: Arab Resource & Organizing Center
International Socialist Organization – Northern California
Oakland Sin Fronteras
UC Student-Workers Union, UAW Local 2865
Oscar Grant Committee
Alameda County PFP and Socialist Organizer
Black Lives Matter–Bay Area
SEIU Local 1021
San Francisco Electrical Workers Minority Caucus
Oakland Education Association
You’ll no doubt remember the West Coast Port Shutdowns were aided by various Occupy groups, and that eventually the ILWU local in Portland shut down that port in defiance of the AFL-CIO, their ‘parent organization’. That local finally pulled out of that ‘family’s’ organization, noting what a cowardly liar Richard Trumka had been. Obama had called in the Coast Guard to escort the grain ships to the odious EGT’s terminal for off-loading. A long and ugly standoff it was, but the Longshoremen/women are the real deal.
Meanwhile, From the Guardian:
‘Baltimore imposes bail bonds of half a million dollars in legal crackdown:
“Republican governor extends 24-hour detention-without-charge limit ‘to protect public safety’ while courts impose sky-high bail bonds for minor offences’
“Baltimore’s under-fire criminal justice system risked antagonising its already seething local community on Wednesday by suspending legal procedures and imposing bail bonds of up to half a million dollars on the city’s most impoverished residents.
In one especially stark case, a 19-year-old charged with eight offences allegedly committed on Saturday, including riot, theft and disorderly conduct, was set a bail of $500,000. Court records show the defendant, a black man, was sent to jail after failing to produce the funds.
Meanwhile, most of the 235 people arrested during riots and protests in the past week still have not been charged, after Maryland’s new Republican governor, Larry Hogan, effectively suspended the state’s habeas corpus law – which limits detention without charge to 24 hours – in a move he said was “necessary to protect the public safety”.
The tough treatment meted out to the more than 200 people arrested after unrest in the city was implemented by the governor as part of a state of emergency that also involved a 10pm to 5am curfew on Tuesday, enforced by 1,500 national guard troops.”
They were apparently aided in the curfew enforcement by the Crips and the Bloods, as well as some fairly spectacular vehicles.
The Free Republic’s rumors about Freddie Gray having sustained cervical spine injuries earlier have been debunked (the abject liars).
Reuters: ‘#Baltimore police say they will not publish report into death of #FreddieGray but will give findings to state’s Attorney General’ (insert sick jokes here) Remember: there is allegedly an ongoing federal investigation into his murder by police; stay tuned.
Hmmmm; interesting, and quite creepy, via the Gothamist, while announcing a protest demanding justice for Freddie Gray at Union Square tonight at 6 EDT:
“Some protesters who were arrested during the demonstrations in New York City last November and December were subjected to an intense form of interrogation by the NYPD that may have been illegal.
After the NYPD was found to have been illegally monitoring the political activities of New Yorkers in the 1960s and ’70s, a federal judge placed strict guidelines on how the police could retain information on political speech, allowing it only if it directly relates to terrorist or criminal activity.
After 9/11, the NYPD repeatedly crossed these boundaries, especially with respect to their widespread Muslim surveillance program that generated zero leads and was deemed by the FBI as too odious to be involved with.
Now, the New York Times reports that protesters arrested during Black Lives Matter demonstrations are being asked about their political activities, amounting to what one prominent civil rights attorney calls “an infringement of the right to be free from government interference in your political activities.”
A heartbreaking story from the FTP: Deputy Kills Autistic Man For Disorderly Conduct by Smashing His Skull
Rest in peace, David Dehmann; go for the light, brother.
Killed by Police reports that corporate media accounts of citizens killed by police have now reached these numbers:
At least 383 people have been killed by U.S. police since January 1, 2015.
At least 1,101 were killed in 2014.
At least 2,251 have been killed since May 1, 2013.