A Good Indigenous Peoples Day, & Yesterday’s #JusticeOrElse March on Washington

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These cities have renamed Columbus Day so far; others are considering doing so: Seattle, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Berkeley, Portland, Lawrence, Santa Cruz, and just this week: Albuquerque.

(Chortle-worthy for me, just below that Tweet): @The_Red_Nation: “Just in: Noam Chomsky endorses #ABQ‘s #IndigenousPeoples Day march.”

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Now I was aware that yesterday was the 20th anniversary of Louis Farrakhan’s ‘Million Man March’, and had chosen not to feature it since the man has a long history of being anti-Semitic, homophobic, and a male chauvinist patriarch.  But hey, that might just be me; or maybe not…  The Popular Resistance newsletter had featured yesterday’s #JusticeOrElse march on Washington several times, and I admit that I was positively impressed by the invitation’s credo, but of course I can’t find it again.  It was very inclusive of minorities, women, the poor, and allies of any complexion.  You may remember that whites were banned from the original march, or so I’ve read.

But given the fact that hundreds of thousands attended the event, and a hella lotta ‘luminaries’ , including rappers, actors, ministers (I chuckled seeing Jeremiah Wright), BLM activists, and mothers of many blacks that were murdered by police or vigilantes, I’m allowing readers to decide how to think or feel about it.  Again, it will be mainly by Tweet, and I’ll include a couple…dissenters.

Ahem; ‘his woman’?  Pfffft.

The full program of speakers (no transcript, and I haven’t watched.)

By all accounts, it was a very peaceful and loving event, and got zero media coverage.  Marchers chanted a portion of Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Alright’.

Via Popular Resistance, ‘Nat’l Black United Front: Next Steps After ‘Justice Or Else’

5 responses to “A Good Indigenous Peoples Day, & Yesterday’s #JusticeOrElse March on Washington

  1. If only World Beyond War could mobilize +100K or moar against empire. But the Ner0bamanable question remains, Haz US NO Sense of humanity, cur; at long last, have you no Sense Of HUMANITY?

    • yes, indeed, bruce. and sorry to be such a bigot, but i’ve sworn off the Intercept, though others may like reading your link.

      • Too much interdeception, comrade?

        • hmmmm. because “Pierre”, because i don’t care for gg’s and edward’s concepts of democracy and freedom, nor the ‘good whistle-blower v. bad whistle-blower’ er…contrasts (me, i heart wikileaks), and for corralling journalists who could be writing in a zillion other venues just as well. i tried and failed to find the announcement at First Look wherein they’d used some of Pierre’s lucre to join Gawker’s class action lawsuit over hulk hogan’s sex tapes, but i failed. perhaps Pierre removed it, as even some of the faithful commentariat…objected.

          yeah, without the link, it’s just hearsay….but not long after, Pierre made a matching donation pledge to help chelsea manning’s legal defense. that, at least, was a good thing, especially at this late date. yanno? i’m continually amazed at Assange’s level of solidarity with the other two, but i reckon: needs must.

  2. The compradors shun the exploited:

    We Charge Genocide, a grassroots abolitionist organization, wrote the Stop, Transparency, Oversight and Protection (STOP) Act. This municipal ordinance would have required the CPD to collect and share comprehensive data on police stops. […] In September 2014, WCG presented its own report to the UN Committee Against Torture that detailed the Chicago police’s systemic harassment and abuse of minority communities, the failure of existing redressive mechanisms, and the resultant impunity of the Chicago police. […]

    While grassroots activists were mobilizing support for the ordinance among Chicago’s communities and alderman, the ACLU entered secret negotiations with the CPD and mayor’s office to broker an alternative agreement. On the very day that the STOP Act was to be filed by three aldermen, the ACLU announced the details of their agreement with city government. [… The ACLU’s agreement is a] sharp contrast from the STOP ACT, which would have required quarterly public reporting of more comprehensive stop and frisk data: demographic information of those stopped, the badge numbers of officers involved, as well as the location, reason, and result of the stop.

    In effect, the ACLU used WCG and STOP Act as bargaining chip to advance a narrow policy goal. As the WCG’s public letter put it:

    “What you have “won” is fundamentally different from the STOP Act, both in its means and in its ends. Our goals are rooted in the experiences of those most directly impacted; yours are not. Our movement is rooted in a political analysis that recognizes the need to shift power away from police and into our communities; your policy “victory” is not. Our motivation is rooted in a theory of change that prioritizes movement building and centering the leadership of those most affected; yours is not. Now, because of your self-serving interest in pushing simplistic policy changes, we and our allies face a much harder task pushing the critical package of reforms included in the STOP Act but ignored in your settlement. There is no such thing as an easy victory, and yours has come at a high cost.”

    The right-wing nutjobs rail against ACLU so proles will support them. Teamwork!

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