(All of the following Tweets and links came either from #BaltimoreUprising, plus two from #Baltimore. Again, if you can’t see them in their entirety, hold down Control while pressing -, then +, and they should justify.)
The Baltimore Uprising – Part 1:
#Baltimore, My Baltimore, Grit Teevee A moment to a movement
[WATCH] The roots of #Baltimore’s uprising—and the forces that can move us forward from @openSociety: ‘Baltimore Rising: Policing After Freddie Gray’
(Text by Bryan Stevenson at this link. It’s a bit old-guard soporific for my tastes, and what he doesn’t say is noteworthy (as in: The Police Must Stop the Killing!) None of them in the video make a case for continuing radical civil disobedience, as does this next essay:
‘After the uprising: lessons from Rojava for Baltimore’ (Roar magazine)
Some bits of an important essay by Ben Reynolds:
“The Baltimore uprising evoked these reactions because it was the essential symbol of our era’s struggle: a battle between the most oppressed sections of society and agents of the state defending white supremacy and capitalism.
It is no accident that the most intense struggles in the past year have emerged in cities like Ferguson, Oakland and Baltimore, which have been devastated by de-industrialization and the prison-industrial complex. These sites are not echoes of a dying past but a vision of the future of the entire working class — a carceral society designed to police an increasingly superfluous labor force”[snip]
We have learned that the police can be outflanked and outmaneuvered by teenagers armed with rocks. We have learned that direct action is the only reliable way to force concessions from the state.
But we still have no coherent strategy to dismantle a social system that allows the wholesale murder, imprisonment and oppression of people of color and working people. We can block bridges and highways, but we cannot yet expel the police entirely from our communities.
We still have no strategy to replace capitalism with a system that values humanity over commodities. We have become aware of our strength, but we have yet to develop the means to use it to its full potential. [snip]
It is time to stop thinking about the revolution in hypothetical terms and start building a revolutionary alternative now. The world has been in a state of permanent political and economic crisis for seven long years. Millions have taken to the streets, forged new connections and alliances, and organized new initiatives in their communities.”
‘Border City Blues’, Dissent Magazine.
This we know, as in especially: Baltimore, but AP: ‘FBI Using Low-Flying Planes for Surveillance’
Via Carl Dix: ‘Report on Revolution/revcom Forum on Baltimore Uprising’
Action NC brought Taibbi’s ‘Why Baltimore blew up; It wasn’t just the killing of Freddie Gray. Inside the complex legal infrastructure that encourages — and covers up — police violence’
Mmmmm…by my lights, (not that they should count) I believe we can rule out Baltimore rapper/entrepreneur Ja Rule as advocating for any ‘what’s next?’ usable contributions: ‘Ja Rule Talks 2016 Election, Baltimore Uprising On Fox News’
“On the latter topic (Baltimore protests), Ja Rule called it a “very sad situation” and said that the issue isn’t confined to Baltimore. In terms of the presidential race, Ja endorsed Hilary Clinton but said that Jeb Bush was also a “good candidate.”
Heh, Ya think he may have missed the significance of the meaning of ‘Babylon‘?
Never underestimate the power of art under oppression:
Baltimore Art and Justice Project with host Kalima Young. It contains an internal link: ‘Y-LLEAD: Youth Learning Lab of Education and Applied Design is a youth-led design program that uses architecture, product and graphic design as a tool for social justice and self-actualization.’
the Baltimore rappers and hip hop artists are tellin’ it:
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When even the Guardian calls bullshit on the ‘reason’ for a po-po killing a citizen, one knows how absurd that ‘reason’ is: ‘Iowa police officer kills unarmed man who ‘walked with purpose; Police still investigating why officer Vanessa Miller shot Ryan Keith Bolinger through the rolled-up window of her patrol car’
How can one not hear the echoes of Obama’s Terror Tuesdays friend in the Oval Office showing him satellite images of ‘terrorists’ ‘walking in a tactical fashion’, thus needing assassinating by drone? Yes, they were children tending their families’ sheep in Afghanistan.
‘Horrifying Video Shows Cop Choking 13-Year-old Boy as He Tasers Him in the Spine’
Via @keeganNYC: Police in Tennessee shot & killed #JasonNash yesterday as he reached for his cell phone case: http://www.courierpress.com/gleaner/news/ksp-investigating-officer-involved-shooting-in-ohio-co_99395535 …
No, killings by police aren’t stopping, they don’t even appear to be slowing down. MDR: 3 a day? Who’ll stop the rain? (stay.tuned.)