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Call for 2012 Proposals for the 7th Annual A World Beyond Capitalism Conference

Jul. 30th, 2011 | 06:47 pm
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Dear friends,

On July 23rd, 2011 in Seattle, Washington an Indigenous Opening Ceremony was performed to open the A World Beyond Capitalism Conference (AWBC) and the international, multicultural networking effort needed to make it happen.

The 2012 Seventh Annual International A World Beyond Capitalism (AWBC) will include the exponentially increased vision, outreach and multicultural networking which spans 7 months (Feb 2012- through August 2012)  of dozens of gift economy women from all over the world giving workshops through interactive video teleconferences, in person conferences and pre-recorded conference that will be made available as DVD and free of charge downloadable video files for cable television, theater, home and organization viewing worldwide.  Presentations at the AWBC conference will last 7 months as we transition into a year round Africa Needs Free Justice school. 

We are currently looking to add women wh
o desire to give workshops or presentations about the Gift Economy and all related topics of encouragement and empowerment.

 

Our desire is to integrate messages of encouragement, empowerment in an exciting way that encourages viewers to share it around the world and encourage movements at the grassroots level.  We request is that you please decline this offer to make a presentation if you are an administrative/executive part of a multinational corporation or if you are a politician (this includes a politician with the democrats, republicans, green party or any other politician's party).  This is done in order to maintain our educational independence.

How to Submit a proposal:

#1.  Visit http://www.aworldbeyondcapitalism.org and click on "contact us."


Frequently Asked Questions:

#1.  Do I have to live in a certain area and will I have to travel far to give a workshop or presentation at the conference?

Answer:  No.  We plan to make presentations and workshops available to people worldwide through interactive video teleconferences (broadcasted from your home computer), or in person conferences (if you desire to travel) and pre-recorded conferences (advance videotaping of you making a presentation from a location near you).  You can live anywhere and give a workshop.

#2.  Are men invited to give a presentation?

Answer:  Not at this time.  The Annual International A World Beyond Capitalism has welcomed all genders to give presentations for 6 years of our conference.  However, for the initial stages of the 2012 Seventh Annual International A World Beyond Capitalism, we are only accepting proposals from self-identified women (which includes transgender women) at this time.  We plan to make presentations and workshops available to people worldwide through interactive video teleconferences (broadcasted from your home computer), or in person conferences (if you desire to travel) and pre-recorded conferences (videotaping presenters making a presentation from a location near you).


#3.  What is the expected audience outreach of the conference?

Answer:  Our goal is to reach out to a minimum of 200,000 audience members and viewers worldwide in the year 2012 through interactive
video teleconferences, in person conferences and pre-recorded conferences that will be made available as DVD and free of charge downloadable video files for cable television, theater, home and organization use.  We will also send any film series 'summary' videos to film festivals around the country and also to Free Speech TV. Free Speech TV reaches 30 million U.S. homes, broadcasting full-time on DISH Network (channel 9415) and part-time on 200 community cable affiliates.  They have aired many progressive and gift economy events in the past.

Now more than ever there is a need for the world to learn about a lifestyle beyond patriarchy that empowers women, marginalized people and encourages a world of equality that does not rely upon money.

#4.  Will I need to have experience as a speaker or as a workshop presenter?

Answer:  No, not all all.  We have structured this conference so that it welcome presenters of all experience levels.



#5.  When will my workshop or presentation appear on the A World Beyond Capitalism website?

Answer:  Immediately after it is accepted which is as little as 3 days sometimes.  Presentations and workshops that have been accepted can be found by v
isiting http://www.aworldbeyondcapitalism.org and clicking on "2012 Conference Schedule."


Thank you,
Love for the people,


Organizing Collective of the 2012 Seventh Annual International A World Beyond Capitalism Conference,
'Africa Needs Free Justice.'
 http://www.aworldbeyondcapitalism.org

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~Arundhati Roy, The 2004 Sydney Peace Prize lecture.

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Call for 2012 Proposals for the 7th Annual A World Beyond Capitalism Conference

Jul. 30th, 2011 | 06:44 pm
mood: cheerfulcheerful

 

PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY


Dear friends,

On July 23rd, 2011 in Seattle, Washington an Indigenous Opening Ceremony was performed to open the A World Beyond Capitalism Conference (AWBC) and the international, multicultural networking effort needed to make it happen.

The 2012 Seventh Annual International A World Beyond Capitalism (AWBC) will include the exponentially increased vision, outreach and multicultural networking which spans 7 months (Feb 2012- through August 2012)  of dozens of gift economy women from all over the world giving workshops through interactive video teleconferences, in person conferences and pre-recorded conference that will be made available as DVD and free of charge downloadable video files for cable television, theater, home and organization viewing worldwide.  Presentations at the AWBC conference will last 7 months as we transition into a year round Africa Needs Free Justice school. 

We are currently looking to add women wh
o desire to give workshops or presentations about the Gift Economy and all related topics of encouragement and empowerment.

 

Our desire is to integrate messages of encouragement, empowerment in an exciting way that encourages viewers to share it around the world and encourage movements at the grassroots level.  We request is that you please decline this offer to make a presentation if you are an administrative/executive part of a multinational corporation or if you are a politician (this includes a politician with the democrats, republicans, green party or any other politician's party).  This is done in order to maintain our educational independence.

How to Submit a proposal:

#1.  Visit http://www.aworldbeyondcapitalism.org and click on "contact us."


Frequently Asked Questions:

#1.  Do I have to live in a certain area and will I have to travel far to give a workshop or presentation at the conference?

Answer:  No.  We plan to make presentations and workshops available to people worldwide through interactive video teleconferences (broadcasted from your home computer), or in person conferences (if you desire to travel) and pre-recorded conferences (advance videotaping of you making a presentation from a location near you).  You can live anywhere and give a workshop.

#2.  Are men invited to give a presentation?

Answer:  Not at this time.  The Annual International A World Beyond Capitalism has welcomed all genders to give presentations for 6 years of our conference.  However, for the initial stages of the 2012 Seventh Annual International A World Beyond Capitalism, we are only accepting proposals from self-identified women (which includes transgender women) at this time.  We plan to make presentations and workshops available to people worldwide through interactive video teleconferences (broadcasted from your home computer), or in person conferences (if you desire to travel) and pre-recorded conferences (videotaping presenters making a presentation from a location near you).


#3.  What is the expected audience outreach of the conference?

Answer:  Our goal is to reach out to a minimum of 200,000 audience members and viewers worldwide in the year 2012 through interactive
video teleconferences, in person conferences and pre-recorded conferences that will be made available as DVD and free of charge downloadable video files for cable television, theater, home and organization use.  We will also send any film series 'summary' videos to film festivals around the country and also to Free Speech TV. Free Speech TV reaches 30 million U.S. homes, broadcasting full-time on DISH Network (channel 9415) and part-time on 200 community cable affiliates.  They have aired many progressive and gift economy events in the past.

Now more than ever there is a need for the world to learn about a lifestyle beyond patriarchy that empowers women, marginalized people and encourages a world of equality that does not rely upon money.

#4.  Will I need to have experience as a speaker or as a workshop presenter?

Answer:  No, not all all.  We have structured this conference so that it welcome presenters of all experience levels.



#5.  When will my workshop or presentation appear on the A World Beyond Capitalism website?

Answer:  Immediately after it is accepted which is as little as 3 days sometimes.  Presentations and workshops that have been accepted can be found by v
isiting http://www.aworldbeyondcapitalism.org and clicking on "2012 Conference Schedule."


Thank you,
Love for the people,


Organizing Collective of the 2012 Seventh Annual International A World Beyond Capitalism Conference,
'Africa Needs Free Justice.'
 http://www.aworldbeyondcapitalism.org

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"...remember that if the struggle were to resort to violence, it will lose vision, beauty and imagination. Most dangerous of all, it will marginalize and eventually victimize women. And a political struggle that does not have women at the heart of it, above it, below it and within it is no struggle at all."
~Arundhati Roy, The 2004 Sydney Peace Prize lecture.

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Call for Volunteers and Proposals for the Sixth Annual International A World Beyond Capitalism Confe

Jan. 27th, 2011 | 11:29 pm
mood: cheerfulcheerful



Admission, food and everything is free at the Conference.
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Dear friends,

PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY

We would like to officially invite you to volunteer and/or submit a proposal for a workshop or presentation at the Sixth Annual International A World Beyond Capitalism Conference, 'Africa Needs Free Justice.'

It is a  Mobile Event and Intentional Community created for the Design, Collaboration and Implementation of  Multicultural, Multimedia, Social Justice Projects and Groups.  It is a Training Grounds and Theory-Meets-Action Camp for Social Justice Organizers And Those Who Desire To Become Social Justice Organizers.

In order to welcome proposals from people of all backgrounds we have four methods of submitting proposals for workshops or presentations. We ask that you Read the 'about' page on our website thoroughly to understand what our conference is about before submitting proposals.


#1. Submit a proposal with your name, workshop title, workshop description and a small paragraph about yourself. If you have an online video, we will also place short online video descriptions on our website as well.

#2. We also welcome 'symposiums.'  The Word 'Symposium' has come to refer to any educational conference, or a style of educational style characterized by an openly discursive format, rather than a lecture and question–answer format.  Please feel free to reate a symposium topic or choose 10-20 titles of topics from our list of over 400 symposium topics found here: 
http://africaneedsfreejustice.weebly.com/schedule.html


#3. Do you have a group project or multimedia project that you need help with? Need a website?  Need a short video made?  Want to learn how to create a podcast/online radio station for your group?  Need to learn how to use social media effectively for your group? Need to create an online fundraising project for your group? Please submit your name, multimedia project title, project description and a small paragraph about yourself and members of your group so that we can help you and match you with our Start-to-Finish project team and volunteers to help you complete that project free of charge. Learn more here:
http://africaneedsfreejustice.weebly.com/start-to-finish-projects.html

#4. In the event that you cannot attend, we would be happy to accept a 10 minute video workshop from you to add to our series.  It might help bring greater publicity to your project.  We simply ask that you please use professional audio recording equipment and High Definition video as we have discovered that many media outlets that we will send the films strictly require it. We will send the video to film festivals around the country and also to Free Speech TV.  Free Speech TV reaches 30 million U.S. homes, broadcasting full-time on DISH Network (channel 9415) and part-time on 200 community cable affiliates.

It started in 2005 as a 3 day event in one city and has grown every year.  In 2011 it will run from July 2011 through August 2011 for a total of 33 days spanning three cities: Seattle, Washington, Olympia, Washington and Portland Oregon.  We plan to videotape 10 minute segments from a large number of workshops, social justice musicians and hands-on-action camps this year to create several full length, 2 hour documentaries of the conference.

The Sixth Annual International A World Beyond Capitalism Conference, 'Africa Needs Free Justice' conference provides free admission and free food.

We would be happy to provide you with housing with one of our volunteers while you are here.

Keep up the great work everyone!

Love, peace, solidarity,

Organizing Collective of the 2011 Sixth Annual International A World Beyond Capitalism Conference, 'Africa Needs Free Justice.'
http://www.aworldbeyondcapitalism.org


http://www.AfricaNeedsFreeJustice.org

You Provide the Dream. We Provide the Tools, the Multicultural Collaboration and the Supportive Community to Help Make Those Dreams Come True.
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The Freeschool is Promoting a Film and Zine Project! Please Pledge Your Support!

Dec. 2nd, 2010 | 03:55 pm
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Reposting a message from another livejournal account:

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Dear friends,

The Freeschool is happy to announce that we are giving a shout out for a Nationwide Film and Zine project!

The Freeschool has hosted numerous zine workshops, zine making classes and circulated zines for years as zines represent not only independence from mainstream press but also educational alternatives: people to people education rather than institution-to-people!

Recently, the Freeschool has been working very hard to get involved with filming as it is our desire to broadcast freeschool classes by film and by online video so more people of all physical abilities and financial backgrounds located all across Olympia, Thurston County, and the world can have free of charge access to those classes 24  hours a day (even in the winter when transportation is difficult)!

The project is set to begin filming the second half of the film in Olympia, Washington from March 1st-5th, 2011 and in Portland, Oregon from Feb 22-27, 2011. If they raise enough funds they will also visit the following cities:

~Austin, Texas – March 11th, 2011
~San Francisco, California – March 20th, 2011
~Santa Monica, California - March 22nd-23rd, 2011
~and more!

This is very exciting for everyone at the Freeschool as many people don't have the chance to experience being part of creating a film without prior experience.  The group recently had their project approved by Kickstarter, the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world, to raise funds for this project between now and January 1st, 2011!


Kickstarter has been featured in Wired Magazine, NPR (NPR Online Radio story here and numerous NPR Kickstarter success stories featured here), The New York Times (article here) and many more news outlets all over their world for helping amazing independent, creative projects find funding!

The Freeschool does not require or request anyone to pay for attending this filming experience. It is never a requirement, but if you would like to make a pledge to their pledge drive to ensure that this project finds funding pleasevisit www.InspireNewMedia.org

They are also looking for submissions of writing and volunteers as well.

The Pledge Drive ends on January 1st, 2011. If the project does not raise their funds by that date, kickstarter will not fund the project and kickstarter will return all funds to the people who gave a pledge so your help is greatly needed! Pledges range from only one dollar and up and there are many pledge drive appreciation gifts as well.

Thank you all!


-Freeschool Community

p.s.

Click here for a list of other zine projects (found by placing 'zine' in their search engine, that we are not affiliated with but hope for the best for them) that are on kickstarter so we wanted to give solidarity shout outs to their projects as well and congratulations to all those zine projects on the list that were able to find support to make their dreams come true!

Happy Holidays everyone.  :)

double p.s.

Please forward this on to friends, post it to your blogs, websites and twitter if you have a minute.  You can share this short web address with friends-->

...and it will lead to this same information placed on the Freeschool website. 
Thank you again!

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The Fifth Annual International A World Beyond Capitalism Conference

Jun. 14th, 2010 | 02:10 pm
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#1. Volunteer and Sponsorship Meeting for Africa Needs Free Justice 2010.  The Fifth Annual International A World Beyond Capitalism Conference.  A multiracial alliance building peace conference. Our Website is available in over 50 languages.  Workshop proposals, always accepted.   Inspiration, never ending.  Magic, always growing.  Abandon all preconceptions of the expected.  The conference runs from July 20th, 2010 through August 20th, 2010 but our volunteer meeting and sponsorship meeting will take place on July 8th, 2010 at the Q center.  If you're interested in volunteering for the conference or helping to sponsor it please attend this meeting.  The meeting is free of charge.  Time: 5-7pm at 2010 4115 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, Oregon 97217. Meeting in the library. The Q center is Portland's LGBTQ Community Center.  We greatly welcome people from all backgrounds to get involved. For more information please visit: http://www.AfricaNeedsFreeJustice.org or  http://www.aworldbeyondcapitalism.org

#2.  Africa Needs Free Justice 2010.  The Fifth Annual International A World Beyond Capitalism Conference, A multiracial alliance building peace conference. Our Website is available in over 50 languages.  Workshop proposals, always accepted.   Inspiration, never ending.  Magic, always growing.  Abandon all preconceptions of the expected. 

The conference runs from July 20th, 2010 through August 20th, 2010.  We greatly welcome people from all backgrounds to get involved. For more information please visit: http://www.AfricaNeedsFreeJustice.org or  http://www.aworldbeyondcapitalism.org

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Learn How To Make Movies, Music Videos and Much more! Free!

Aug. 8th, 2009 | 03:16 am
location: Olympia
mood: bouncybouncy


  The Freeschool Community of Olympia has spoken to the wonderful folks at Thurston County Television and by using their facilities, the Freeschool is happy to share with you free classes enabling you to make movies, music videos and much more!

YOU MUST ATTEND ONE OF THE BELOW ORIENTATION CLASSES in order to be eligible to attend the 'Studio & Control Room Operations' Class and the 'Digital Field & Editing' Class.

Date and Time of Orientation Classes:

(Choose one) August 19th, 2009, 3-5pm

or September 14th, 2009, 6-9pm.

You only need to attend one orientation.

Location: 440 Yauger Way SW, Olympia, WA 98502

In addition, the Freeschool Women's Empowerment Education group is Working to Empower Women to Change the Industry Statistics of Women's Portrayal in Media. The Freeschool Women's Empowerment Education group would like to encourage and empower self-identified women of all sexual orientations, LGBTQI, interested in producing, progressive media.

If you can attend attend all the classes, the Freeschool will sponsor you to attend the following classes 'Studio & Control Room Operations' Class and the 'Digital Field & Editing' Class. This will then enable you to use TCTV studio equipment, video cameras and much more. The Freeschool also has our own studio equipment as well. The Freeschool has many exciting, educational projects planned for the 2009-2010 school year including.

 

♥Movies ♥Music videos ♥Documentaries ♥Dance-Offs ♥Audio Project (radio)
♥Facilitating a free class, open to the public, that will be videotaped
♥Giving a class, to be recorded as a CD, DVD, and/or online video so that people worldwide can enjoy free class through the internet
♥offering these classes in multiple languages and so much more!

For more information, including dates, times and locations of all classes please visit the Freeschool website at www.Freeschoolunity.org and click on the article titled: 'Learn How To Make Movies, Music Videos and More. Free of Charge.' Click here for the shortcut and permanent direct link to the article that is found by clicking here: http://bit.ly/mediaoutreach

 
Evergreen Students are eligible

to receive Evergreen Intern credits!

Click here
to read what past volunteers

and Evergreen interns say about

the Freeschool!

You do  not have to be an Evergreen student to take this class.

If you love creating a better world, join us as we work to reach more people of all backgrounds (while having more fun) than ever before!

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2009 Radical Media Convergence Schedule! Join us!

May. 20th, 2009 | 04:02 am
location: Seattle, Olympia
mood: bouncybouncy


Brought to you by BlackManFluff at www.BlackManFluff.net , listen to the podcast audio here: MP3 File






2009 Radical Media Convergence Schedule:
All workshops and meals are free.

Breakfast- [Seattle]
8am-9am - Free Breakfast
Time and Date: 8am-9:00am on Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Title: [Seattle] Radical Healthcare Justice and Media Empowerment. Presented by Dr. Pamela Wible, radical activist doctor from Eugene, Oregon
Time and Date: 9am-11:30am on Thursday, May 28th, 2009














Photo: Pamela and Angel inside the AstroDome shortly after Hurricane Katrina


Pamela Wible, a practicing radical doctor from Eugene, Oregon, will give a remarkable presentation. She has merged health care empowerment with radical media in every manner including videos, itunes, website publishing, social bookmarking, search engines and soon a nationwide book tour. She has given workshops around the country including at the Gesundheit Institute (as featured in the movie Patch Adams) and at Andrew Weil's Center for Integrative Medicine: "Burnout to Bliss: How Patients are Healing Physicians and Changing the Face of Medicine." She has also volunteered during the Hurricane Katrina at the AstroDome among other places and later given presentations on "Googling My Way to Katrina: Breaking Rank When Necessary" and "Community-Designed Ideal Medical Care: The Grassroots Health Care Revolution." She was also in the middle of the 1999 protests that successfully shut down the 1999 WTO in Seattle and found herself surrounded by police shooting people at point black range with rubber bullets while the police threw concussion grenades at people

and she decided, in her words "to engage in my own form of protest." Her love-centered work combined with her radical experience and workshops have resulted in inspired audiences throughout America. She has helped to give people the tools and the resources they need to start their own grassroots community medical practice. She continues her medical practice in Eugene, Oregon at the Ideal Medical Practice. http://www.idealmedicalpractice.org













Lunchtime- [Seattle]
11:30am-1pm Free Pizza

Title: [Seattle, WA] Networking and Participatory Society Open Forum
11:30am-1pm on Thursday, May 28th, 2009.
Presented by Joel Isaacs, Z Media Institute Alumni from Los Angeles, California

Title: [Seattle] Tour of the Emma Goldman Finishing School
2pm-3:30pm on Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Title: [Olympia, WA] Informal Schedule and Various workshops on Media, Solidarity and Creating Participatory Societies at the The Latin American Solidarity Conference held at Evergreen College
[Olympia], Friday -Sunday, May 29th-31st, 2009

What started out as the Z Media Institute Reunion has now grown into the Radical Media Convergence! Everyone is welcome and This is a free event.

For more detailed information please visit the Radical Media Convergence at

go here: http://www.peacecommunities.org/5001.html



The direct web address for the discussion forums is here: http://tinyurl.com/mutualistproject


As always, to Leave a Comment about this blog post, please place it on my Peace Community Profile page found by clicking here (where you'll currently see another photo of Emily's huge smile! *happy laughter*).

Love for the people,
-T
You can also search for the short version of this episode in Itunes under the podcast title: 'Volunteers for Three Groups: A World Beyond Capitalism Conference, The Freeschool Community and The Peace Communities' or click here: http://tinyurl.com/link2itunes


Dare to dream of a better world!


























"....a political struggle that does not have women at the heart of it, above it, below it and within it is no struggle at all.”

-Arundhati Roy, Quoted from her speech: '2004 Sydney Peace Prize Lecture' (The entire speech is available online, search for the title)

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Pamela Whible: The Electric Doctor!"...some of the best medical, motivational presentations

Mar. 15th, 2009 | 05:47 pm
location: Eugene, Oregon
mood: cheerfulcheerful
music: Hotel California - Unplugged By The Eagles "..but you can never leave.."


MP3 File
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Dear friends,

Just so you know, I'm listening to 'Forty Six & 2' by Tool while I type this...and that is the pumped up song you should imagine while reading this! Yeahhhh! Oh, and then I'll be listening to 'Black (LIVE)' by Pearl Jam on their 'Live at Benaroya Hall' CD. Good, magical music for a magical blog post and podcast I'm about to give ya! :)

Above and below are videos of Pamela, a good friend of mine. We both gave workshop at the Healthcare Justice Gathering at the Gesundheit Institute (as featured in the movie Patch Adams). She was friggin' electric... figuratively and literally...because she instructed everyone, including many medical students, how to remain a practicing, social justice, doctor without burning out and going into debt...and even gave everyone electric flashing glow in the dark steel blue and red earings! Why? Because healthcare Justice was meant to be fun, friends! Hell yeah! It was awesome later that night at the dance party with all the lights out watching red and blue faces flashing in the dark! Hella'cool! She has given some of the best doctor presentations and videos I have ever seen. No joke. The above one and the below two are just a sample and are short.

The wildest things happened too. When we both left the Healthcare Justice Gathering from West Virginia... She on an Amtrak train, I on Greyhound... I headed for Olympia... she headed for Eugene, Oregon.... The Greyhound had a lay-over in Portland...and I decided to walk around outside the Greyhound and maybe catch a later bus to Olympia, Washington later... and guess who yelled out my name? Pamela! No way! Yes way! Pamela had overslept and got off in Portland to Stretch.

She called my name, we hugged and were both bewildered by the whole thing. It was wild. Went and got something to eat and I saw her off on her train to Eugene and then jumped back on Greyhound later headed to my beloved Olympia.

A month ago or so I also sent her the hard-core, uncut Oscar Grant article that I wrote (found by clicking here) that I wrote...and ya know what she did? She loved it and sent it to all of her patients and friends! And I know she did it because she kept me on the CC email list! Now that is solidarity for a better world!

So as I encourage you to check out her videos... it actually makes me happy to do it! Because she is awesome!

I'm trying to convince her to do an in-person interview on our radio show. It will be the event of the year, friends! Look forward to that possibility friends!

Keep working for a better world!

WOoOOoooooooo Yeah!

-T. Love
http://www.blackmanfluff.org

You can also find this as an Mp3 audio recording and on my podcast or click here to subscribe to the Itunes subscription: http://tinyurl.com/link2itunes

p.s.
Here is recent video to another doctor, who I love dearly, who I met at the Gesundheit Institute and is now a Board member of the Freeschool Community: Dr. Bonnie Gifford instructing you on how to eat locally.

Want to leave comments? Leave them on my profile page found by clicking here.

Member of the The Freeschool Community Collective

To learn more about the Freeschool Community please visit: http://www.freeschoolunity.org

The Freeschool Community is a member of the PeaceCommunities Progressive Coalition.
http://www.PeaceCommunities.org

"....a political struggle that does not have women at the heart of it, above it, below it and within it is no struggle at all.”

-Arundhati Roy, Quoted from her speech: '2004 Sydney Peace Prize
Lecture' (The entire speech is available online, search for the title)






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The short URL helps you to circulate this via twitter and share with friends. :)
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A PhotoJourney of Pain: Our World of Dreams Does Not Include Police Carrying Guns

Feb. 9th, 2009 | 04:57 am

A PhotoJourney of Pain: Our World of Dreams Does Not Include Police Carrying Guns
February  2009

Important: if you do not see the photos here please visit here:  http://savethepoorbrownchildren.blogspot.com/2009/02/photojourney-of-pain-our-world-of.html



Or this title: Time to feel the Momentum of the Movement: We Must Unite to Stop Police From Carrying Guns

or The Breeze of Revolution... No More Cops With Guns



An Open Letter to the World Regarding the Worldwide Police Killings of Unarmed People

To print out the 10 page PDF version of this article please click here.


By T. Love

This article was posted for educational reasons courtesy of the Peace Communities Solidarity Blog found at www.SaveThePoorBrownChildren.org or http://www.SaveThePoorBrownChildren.blogspot.com - and it is  a public group blog with an emphasis on feminism, women's empowerment, financially disadvantaged children, marginalized people's voices and direct action worldwide. The Peace Communities Solidarity Blog is the Media Outreach Blog of the Peace Communities Online Community < www.PeaceCommunities.org > a not-for-profit project started by the Mutualist project, created at Z Media Institute (founders of Z Magazine). T. Love is a Black Feminist activist and writer whose social justice writings have been featured in Street Roots, featured on Womanist-Musings, featured in the current issue of Natural Learning and featured in the current issue of Slingshot and many more radical activist publications, websites and journals worldwide. T. Love's personal profile page and personal blog on the Peace Communities is found by clicking here.
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As I wrote this letter, I had difficulty breathing, I cried, and then I wiped my eyes and I pulled my self together to try to sound coherent, to write clearly and civilized... civilized.. so surreal... about the police officers shooting and killing Oscar Grant, a completely unarmed, handcuffed Black man who was down on the ground while other police officers held him down...and the entire event was captured on not one, but several different videos that i just saw, so there is no mistake of the events. At least two of the videos are now here:
http://aworldbeyondcapitalism.org/onlinevideo.htm or here
http://www.peacecommunities.org/onlinevideo.htm

These were Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Police but they still has guns and were every bit as lethal. Was this an isolated incident? No, because just a few hours before Oscar Grant was killed in California, another unarmed African-American, Bobby Tolan, was gunned down by police in Texas.

I feel the momentum, like a breeze of revolution, of people all over the world who are tired of police carrying guns! It is a breeze that cannot and should not be ignored. There is a storm coming. All over the world people are taking action as a result of Police killing unarmed people. In Greece there were riots for weeks, in Oakland the people took to the streets for many days and even here in Olympia, the heavily policed capital of Washington state, activists have dared to take to the street.

In January 2009 in Olympia, about 45 people came together and wanted to show solidarity with the actions with Greece and Oakland. At first, the torch lit march against the police killings was silent and full of quiet emotion and anger about the increase in killings; then after walking around downtown Olympia some folks joined in and began playing the banjo, singing action orientated songs and Woody Guthrie songs. Several people pulled out road flares, held them up and then threw them onto the street and flipped over dumpsters to block police cars that began tailing them. Some held signs that said "Fight Back", "Fire All Cops" and much more. Some of the marchers screamed "Beneath the Concrete Lies the World of Our Dreams" and "Destroy Misery" and instead of fading off into nothingness as many marches often do, after looping around the downtown Olympia area, picking up more people, the march then headed towards the police station on the Westside of Olympia! The police quickly dispersed them with 3 people arrested and over 9 people detained. These are actions people are taking to let the world know: people are fed up with police carrying guns.

It does not take great skill and resources to show your opposition to police carrying guns. Much like most of you reading this, I am of few resources as I am a severely disabled, financially disadvantaged, Black feminist living on the West coast who happily writes with lots of typos and a blatant disregard for the grammatical rules of the Colonized English language. I watched the video of several different angles available online and what I saw was far more chilling than watching Rodney King being beat by Police Officers, in which Rodney King was fortunate to live through his hellish ordeal.




Kendra James

I considered Rodney King "lucky", because I used to live in Portland, Oregon, where three completely unarmed African-Americans were actually killed... by Portland Police within 25 months; Byron Hammick in 2002, Kendra James in May 2003 and James Jahar Perez shortly afterwards. James Philip Chasse, Jr. was not African-American, but was a mentally challenged unarmed person who was literally beaten (not shot) to death and killed by Portland Police officers in September 2006.

Many of you will never know what it feels like to be a disabled, financially disadvantaged, African-American person and walk the streets of a city knowing at any time you might be the next unarmed African-American male to be killed by Police. It's like the Black man's lottery that none of us wants to win. The only way that we, people from all backgrounds win in this crisis is join together to solve this crisis that divides us and speak out together.




Long ago, I researched every aspect of the 1999 Amadou Bailo Diallo killing, in which an unarmed Black man was killed in a barrage of 41 bullets fired by Police officers while he stood on the doorstep to his own home, and yet I still can't makes sense of it and I still can only remember. But I told myself it couldn't get worse than that. After all, the police said it looked like Diallo drew a gun, but it turned out he pulled out his wallet to show them the Photo ID because they requested to see it even as their guns were drawn. Whenever police harass me with racial profiling and ask me for ID, I move slowly, carefully and remember Diallo. Learn more here:
http://www.dsame.com/remember.pdf ]




3000 mourners at Patrick Dorismonds Funeral

And then, less than a year later, came the murder of Patrick Moses Dorismond in March 2000, an unarmed man, also killed by Police in New York. Over three thousand mourners showed up for his funeral. And then on November 27th, 2006 Sean Bell, an unarmed New Yorker was killed just hours before his wedding. I thought to myself, surely it couldn't get worse that...it'll get better. The police said they thought a fellow police office yelled 'Gun' but it was just a mistake.


But it is not just an American issue of social class of our failed system. On Saturday December 6th at around 10 pm, two Greek policemen engaged in a verbal argument with a small group of teenagers in the center of Athens. During the argument, one of the cops pulled his gun and shot 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos (Greek: Αλέξανδρος - Ανδρέας Γρηγορόπουλος). Riots broke out across Greece and the world from the event. The police always cite mistakes being made.


15 year old Alexandros Grigoropoulos (Greek: Αλέξανδρος - Ανδρέας Γρηγορόπουλος) seen on a sign held up by a man in a protest.



Robbie Tolan


Bobby Tolan was a reserve outfielder during his years with the Cardinals, with whom he won a World Series title in 1967... and batted second behind Pete Rose in the Reds lineup. Bobby Tolan is married to Marian Trahan and they have a son Robert (Robbie) Tolan who plays professional baseball in the Washington Nationals organization. On December 31, 2008, Robbie was shot by a Bellaire, Texas policeman. Robbie Tolan was unarmed and driving his own vehicle. The bullet lodged in (Robbie) Tolan's liver; the injury may have ended his professional baseball career. An investigation into the shooting is on-going." I researched further and learned that according to Robbie Tolan's family members, Robbie Tolan and his cousin were returning to Tolan's home in the primarily white Houston suburb of Bellaire in the early hours of December 31, when they were approached by officers who
suspected the SUV they had just gotten out of was stolen. Tolan's parents, the owners of the SUV, came out of the house to explain everything to the police. An altercation occurred and Robbie's mother was slammed against the garage door by an officer. According to Tolan's uncle, "Her son was on his back at the time, and he raised up and asked, 'What are you doing to my mom?' and the officer shot him -- while he was on the ground." Tolan's uncle, Eddie Tolan, was a sprinter who won two Gold Medals in the 1932 Summer Olympics..



In October 1995. Jonny Gammage, a 31 year old African-American was driving in the mostly-white Pittsburgh suburbs of Brentwood, in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. The car that Gammage was driving, a Jaguar, belonged to National Football League (NFL) player Ray Seals, Gammage's cousin. After a routine traffic stop Sgt. Keith Henderson and Patterson asphyxiated Gammage, who was completely unarmed during the entire incident, while he begged for his life. Court reports state his last words were: "Keith, Keith, I'm only 31." Officer John Vojtas, one of the police involved in the traffic stop, was found not guilty by a jury with no minority members. He was permitted to return to work as a police officer in the Brentwood department and received a promotion.

In May 1997, Shiloe Johnson was walking his bicycle across a bridge late at night. He was unarmed and wearing a Walkman and could not hear what was going on around him. A police offer approached his friend and started yelling. The cop then jumped Shiloe from behind and several seconds later the cop shot Shiloe point blank in the head. The cop had been dismissed from the LAPD for brutality. At last record, he is still employed as an officer in Napa, CA.



Abner Louima

And then in August 1997 Abner Louima, a male, unarmed immigrant, was assaulted, brutalized and forcibly sodomized with a broken broomstick by a number of New York City police in a bathroom at the 70th Precinct police station house in Brooklyn. They did all this while Louima's hands were cuffed behind his back and they sodomized him with a broomstick in a manner that caused severe internal damage to his colon and bladder that required several operations to repair. Volpe, one of the police officers involved, then walked through the precinct yelling he had "broke a man down."

Yes, strangely enough, I agree that statement is correct, because from what we can see the police are slowly breaking us all down to the point where we blindly continue to allow them to carry guns despite their escalating and more frequent atrocities against unarmed citizens. Louima was tortured while handcuffed, and officers said he faught them, but Oscar Grant was seen on video and begged for his life by saying 'please, I have a 4 year old daughter' and was still murdered by the police. In every way, the problem is getting worse.


Salimata Sanfo, Ousmane Zongo's Widow. Zongo is survived by a widow and two children.


In May 2003, Ousmane Zongo a Burkinabè arts trader living in New York City, was completely unarmed and yet shot and killed by a New York City Police Department officer in a case of mistaken identity during a botched police sting. The shooter, officer Bryan Conroy, was disguised as a postal worker and shot Zongo four times, twice in the back but did not receive any jail time. Zongo is survived by a widow and two children.



Julian Alexander, killed by police at age 20, is pictured with his pregnant wife of a few weeks, Renee. Alexander was dead shot by Anaheim police in what is believed to be a case of mistaken identity.

In October 2008, the associated press ran a story with the title: “Newlywed Julian Alexander killed outside his California home by police in mistaken identity.”
“A newlywed killed by police after he stepped outside his home to confront suspected burglars was shot in a case of mistaken identity, police said. Julian Alexander died after being shot twice in the chest by a police officer who was chasing four burglary suspects early Tuesday morning. Police Chief John Welter said the officer ran into Alexander, mistook him for one of the four juvenile suspects and shot him."

"The last thing we ever want to do, No. 1, (is) take somebody's life," he said. "And we certainly don't want to take the life of someone who is mistakenly believed to be involved in some criminal activity." "He was a good kid, trying to protect his house," said Alexander's mother-in-law Michelle Mooney. "And the police, instead of asking questions, they just shot first. Somebody has to be held responsible for this." Welter would not release the officer's name, but said he was a 10-year veteran of the department. "It's mistaken identity, but that doesn't bring my son back," said Alexander's father Jerry. He said Alexander got married last weekend and his 19-year-old wife is expecting a baby in December.”

Alexander's wife and also her 15-year-old sister looked out the window during the incident and saw the police flip Julian’s limp and bleeding body over... and then handcuffed him. Julian's family then made an attempt to rush to Julian’s side, but the police yelled at them to get back…or else. Julian stayed out of trouble as a student and won the title of outstanding defensive linebacker in 2005 and 2006. He also was the defensive player of the year in 2007—before he graduated from Riverside's Notre Dame High School. Now a life of achievements, and staying out of trouble, has been cut short... by police with guns who shoot first and ask questions later. Julian's family saw the police flip Julian's limp and bleeding body over... and then handcuffed him while he bleeding, in the exact same manner that Oscar Grant was handcuffed after being shot by the Police.

Many people would like to tell you it is a race issue or a social class issue or some other issue. We not must not let gender, age, race, mental/physical disability, class, region, sexual orientation or any other characteristic divide on us the need to solve this crisis of armed police in our communities.

Perhaps I have been too busy paying rent, paying for food, paying for healthcare, trying to find a way to get two worsening, agonizing, excruciatingly painful cavities removed with a special, expensive surgery needed with no dental coverage because the AK arthritis in my neck doesn't permit my mouth to open wide enough for standard tooth repair... and simply existing is a full time job for me and it seems to gets harder everyday. Many of you face the same exact hurdles and much worse, I know.

Because with the Oscar Grant killing I must accuse myself just as I accuse the world... of being too quiet, because I must admit that the cop killings of unarmed people, all over the world, is getting much, much worse everyday and as we see Peak Oil and the worldwide economy collapse we must realize it will get far worse if we remain silent. Oscar Grant complied with all police commands and begged for his life saying: "Please, I have a 4 year old daughter," and what did he receive for it? A BART police officer bullet that reports state say entered his back and ricocheted to his lung area, and as he began to die...the police then placed handcuffs on him just as police did with Julian Alexander while he died.

Being unarmed and killed by police didn't just happen to Oscar Grant, Julian Alexander, Jonny Gamage, Diallo, Kendra James, James Philip Chasse, Jr., Alexandros Grigoropoulos or all the countless other unarmed people all over the world killed by police... it is happening to people as a whole, everyone of all backgrounds in our society, who are more frequently being placed into a position where we are being killed by police... even after begging for our lives.

It is time to stop begging for justice! It is time to rise to action!

I was born in Philadelphia and I know there is crime and I have been mugged many times and had a mugger put a gun to my head... but the police have tasers, pepper-spray, rubber bullets, dogs, riot gear, batons, asphyxiation and a few dozen other kinds of unethical forms of weapons that are even against the Geneva Convention like broken broomsticks at their disposal so why must they carry guns to continue killing unarmed people? If authorities can use tranquilizer guns to stop wild animals why are we as humans literally executed by police with guns and bullets?

Police killing unarmed people has become so routine that people ignore it and try not to think about it. I am hoping that you will not remain silent about police killing unarmed people anywhere in the world and you will take action and let people know that the system of armed police in our communities needs to end.

It is time to start feeling the momentum of action, the breeze of revolution, and start working on a new way of life for people worldwide.

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
-Martin Luther King (1929 – 1968)


“Non-violent Direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue."
Martin Luther King* (1929 – 1968)

It is time to start working on a new way of life for people worldwide.

You don't need courage to take action, you just need to care about human beings.

"The non-violent approach does not immediately change the heart of the oppressor. It first does something to the hearts and souls of those committed to it. It gives them new self-respect; it calls up resources of strength and courage that they did not know they had."
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

I love you all,

Love for the people!

-T. Love
Freeschool Community Collective Member and Board Member

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For many of you, all that I have written will be too much information, too unthinkable, for you to take action at all and you won't even write an open letter. If this is the case then with all my heart I recommend that you at least see the graphic documentary by PBS titled "The Murder of Emmit Till." For after you see that documentary, which has proven at great length that it was an unthinkable atrocity that helped to launch the Civil Rights movement, you will quickly realize that without solutions things will only get worse. We have the ability to solve this crisis. There is hope for a better world!

If you intend to circulate this open letter, but desire a short, less graphic version...you will find a 997 word version at either of the below websites. Even though many of you may feel this letter was too long or too graphic, what you really need to understand is that each and everyone of the victims I described were only the “fortunate” ones that made international, major media headlines and their crisis was not ignored so I do not offer apologies for the long or the graphic nature of this letter but rather, I offer my apologies to the mothers and fathers who have sons and daughters who fall into the most ignored and unheard categories: the undocumented immigrants, homeless, those forced into sex-trade and those who are victims in the Prison Industrial System around the world who are among the countless male and female that never make the news when they are completely unarmed and killed by police with guns. Your pain is no less important I assure you, Thank you to everyone. Please keep in mind this is copyleft and I give everyone permission to edit all of it or part of it, and use it, without permission from me and without credit to me needed. The important thing is to get the word out, speak out, and stop the police from shooting unarmed people and turning our world into a police state... a police world. We can change things, one movement at a time, one crisis at a time, with action, hope, unity and real love for all people and for a better world.


http://aworldbeyondcapitalism.org/onlinevideo.htm
http://www.peacecommunities.org/onlinevideo.htm

2008: The Oakland police killed Casper Banjo, 71 years old. Unarmed.
http://adriennecareyhurley.blogspot.com/2008/03/casper-banjo-71-yrs-old-killed-by.html

 2008: Jose Luis Buenrostro,  15 years old.  Unarmed.
http://newsroom.mtv.com/2009/01/12/mistah-fab-releases-song-inspired-by-bay-area-shooting

2008:  Jody Woodfox, 27, unarmed.  Killed by Police Office Hector Jiminez.
http://gunshot41.wordpress.com/2008/07/27/mister-policeman-kills-again

2007: Gary King Jr., 20 , unarmed.
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2007/09/23/18449224.php

2007: Andrew Moppin, 20, unarmed.  Killed by Police Office Hector Jiminez.



Photo Caption “These children, a racial cross-section of Oakland, standing with a sign during the protest regarding the Oscar Grant protests, seem determined to stop the police' open season on young men of color before it's their turn. The sign on the left reads, "Sunset 2008-09 RIP Oscar Grant III, Casper Banjo Jose Luis Buenrostro, Jody Woodfox, Gary King Jr., Andrew Moppin and others at the hands of Oakland police." - Photo: Demondre Ward
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"Day after day, a powerful, vociferous section of the Indian elite, goaded by marauding TV anchors who make Fox News look almost radical and left-wing, have taken to mindlessly... glorifying the police and the army, and virtually asking for a police state. It isn’t surprising that those who have grown plump on the pickings of democracy (such as it is) should now be calling for a police state. The era of “pickings” is long gone. We’re now in the era of Grabbing by Force, and democracy has a terrible habit of getting in the way."

-The quote is from 'Monster in the Mirror', written on December 30th, 2008 by Arundhati Roy

 



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This article was posted for educational reasons courtesy of the Peace Communities Solidarity Blog found at www.SaveThePoorBrownChildren.org or http://www.SaveThePoorBrownChildren.blogspot.com - and it is  a public group blog with an emphasis on feminism, women's empowerment, financially disadvantaged children, marginalized people's voices and direct action worldwide. The Peace Communities Solidarity Blog is the Media Outreach Blog of the Peace Communities Online Community < www.PeaceCommunities.org > a not-for-profit project started by the Mutualist project, created at Z Media Institute (founders of Z Magazine). T. Love is a Black Feminist activist and writer whose social justice writings have been featured in Street Roots, featured on Womanist-Musings, featured in the current issue of Natural Learning and featured in the current issue of Slingshot and many more radical activist publications, websites and journals worldwide. T. Love's personal profile page and personal blog on the Peace Communities is found by clicking here.

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A PhotoJourney of Pain: Our World of Dreams Does Not Include Police Carrying Guns

Feb. 9th, 2009 | 04:52 am


A PhotoJourney of Pain: Our World of Dreams Does Not Include Police Carrying Guns
February  2009

Important: if you do not see the photos here please visit here:  http://savethepoorbrownchildren.blogspot.com/2009/02/photojourney-of-pain-our-world-of.html



Or this title: Time to feel the Momentum of the Movement: We Must Unite to Stop Police From Carrying Guns

or The Breeze of Revolution... No More Cops With Guns



An Open Letter to the World Regarding the Worldwide Police Killings of Unarmed People

To print out the 10 page PDF version of this article please click here.


By T. Love

This article was posted for educational reasons courtesy of the Peace Communities Solidarity Blog found at www.SaveThePoorBrownChildren.org or http://www.SaveThePoorBrownChildren.blogspot.com - and it is  a public group blog with an emphasis on feminism, women's empowerment, financially disadvantaged children, marginalized people's voices and direct action worldwide. The Peace Communities Solidarity Blog is the Media Outreach Blog of the Peace Communities Online Community < www.PeaceCommunities.org > a not-for-profit project started by the Mutualist project, created at Z Media Institute (founders of Z Magazine). T. Love is a Black Feminist activist and writer whose social justice writings have been featured in Street Roots, featured on Womanist-Musings, featured in the current issue of Natural Learning and featured in the current issue of Slingshot and many more radical activist publications, websites and journals worldwide. T. Love's personal profile page and personal blog on the Peace Communities is found by clicking here.
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As I wrote this letter, I had difficulty breathing, I cried, and then I wiped my eyes and I pulled my self together to try to sound coherent, to write clearly and civilized... civilized.. so surreal... about the police officers shooting and killing Oscar Grant, a completely unarmed, handcuffed Black man who was down on the ground while other police officers held him down...and the entire event was captured on not one, but several different videos that i just saw, so there is no mistake of the events. At least two of the videos are now here:
http://aworldbeyondcapitalism.org/onlinevideo.htm or here
http://www.peacecommunities.org/onlinevideo.htm

These were Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Police but they still has guns and were every bit as lethal. Was this an isolated incident? No, because just a few hours before Oscar Grant was killed in California, another unarmed African-American, Bobby Tolan, was gunned down by police in Texas.

I feel the momentum, like a breeze of revolution, of people all over the world who are tired of police carrying guns! It is a breeze that cannot and should not be ignored. There is a storm coming. All over the world people are taking action as a result of Police killing unarmed people. In Greece there were riots for weeks, in Oakland the people took to the streets for many days and even here in Olympia, the heavily policed capital of Washington state, activists have dared to take to the street.

In January 2009 in Olympia, about 45 people came together and wanted to show solidarity with the actions with Greece and Oakland. At first, the torch lit march against the police killings was silent and full of quiet emotion and anger about the increase in killings; then after walking around downtown Olympia some folks joined in and began playing the banjo, singing action orientated songs and Woody Guthrie songs. Several people pulled out road flares, held them up and then threw them onto the street and flipped over dumpsters to block police cars that began tailing them. Some held signs that said "Fight Back", "Fire All Cops" and much more. Some of the marchers screamed "Beneath the Concrete Lies the World of Our Dreams" and "Destroy Misery" and instead of fading off into nothingness as many marches often do, after looping around the downtown Olympia area, picking up more people, the march then headed towards the police station on the Westside of Olympia! The police quickly dispersed them with 3 people arrested and over 9 people detained. These are actions people are taking to let the world know: people are fed up with police carrying guns.

It does not take great skill and resources to show your opposition to police carrying guns. Much like most of you reading this, I am of few resources as I am a severely disabled, financially disadvantaged, Black feminist living on the West coast who happily writes with lots of typos and a blatant disregard for the grammatical rules of the Colonized English language. I watched the video of several different angles available online and what I saw was far more chilling than watching Rodney King being beat by Police Officers, in which Rodney King was fortunate to live through his hellish ordeal.




Kendra James

I considered Rodney King "lucky", because I used to live in Portland, Oregon, where three completely unarmed African-Americans were actually killed... by Portland Police within 25 months; Byron Hammick in 2002, Kendra James in May 2003 and James Jahar Perez shortly afterwards. James Philip Chasse, Jr. was not African-American, but was a mentally challenged unarmed person who was literally beaten (not shot) to death and killed by Portland Police officers in September 2006.

Many of you will never know what it feels like to be a disabled, financially disadvantaged, African-American person and walk the streets of a city knowing at any time you might be the next unarmed African-American male to be killed by Police. It's like the Black man's lottery that none of us wants to win. The only way that we, people from all backgrounds win in this crisis is join together to solve this crisis that divides us and speak out together.




Long ago, I researched every aspect of the 1999 Amadou Bailo Diallo killing, in which an unarmed Black man was killed in a barrage of 41 bullets fired by Police officers while he stood on the doorstep to his own home, and yet I still can't makes sense of it and I still can only remember. But I told myself it couldn't get worse than that. After all, the police said it looked like Diallo drew a gun, but it turned out he pulled out his wallet to show them the Photo ID because they requested to see it even as their guns were drawn. Whenever police harass me with racial profiling and ask me for ID, I move slowly, carefully and remember Diallo. Learn more here:
http://www.dsame.com/remember.pdf ]




3000 mourners at Patrick Dorismonds Funeral

And then, less than a year later, came the murder of Patrick Moses Dorismond in March 2000, an unarmed man, also killed by Police in New York. Over three thousand mourners showed up for his funeral. And then on November 27th, 2006 Sean Bell, an unarmed New Yorker was killed just hours before his wedding. I thought to myself, surely it couldn't get worse that...it'll get better. The police said they thought a fellow police office yelled 'Gun' but it was just a mistake.


But it is not just an American issue of social class of our failed system. On Saturday December 6th at around 10 pm, two Greek policemen engaged in a verbal argument with a small group of teenagers in the center of Athens. During the argument, one of the cops pulled his gun and shot 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos (Greek: Αλέξανδρος - Ανδρέας Γρηγορόπουλος). Riots broke out across Greece and the world from the event. The police always cite mistakes being made.


15 year old Alexandros Grigoropoulos (Greek: Αλέξανδρος - Ανδρέας Γρηγορόπουλος) seen on a sign held up by a man in a protest.



Robbie Tolan


Bobby Tolan was a reserve outfielder during his years with the Cardinals, with whom he won a World Series title in 1967... and batted second behind Pete Rose in the Reds lineup. Bobby Tolan is married to Marian Trahan and they have a son Robert (Robbie) Tolan who plays professional baseball in the Washington Nationals organization. On December 31, 2008, Robbie was shot by a Bellaire, Texas policeman. Robbie Tolan was unarmed and driving his own vehicle. The bullet lodged in (Robbie) Tolan's liver; the injury may have ended his professional baseball career. An investigation into the shooting is on-going." I researched further and learned that according to Robbie Tolan's family members, Robbie Tolan and his cousin were returning to Tolan's home in the primarily white Houston suburb of Bellaire in the early hours of December 31, when they were approached by officers who
suspected the SUV they had just gotten out of was stolen. Tolan's parents, the owners of the SUV, came out of the house to explain everything to the police. An altercation occurred and Robbie's mother was slammed against the garage door by an officer. According to Tolan's uncle, "Her son was on his back at the time, and he raised up and asked, 'What are you doing to my mom?' and the officer shot him -- while he was on the ground." Tolan's uncle, Eddie Tolan, was a sprinter who won two Gold Medals in the 1932 Summer Olympics..



In October 1995. Jonny Gammage, a 31 year old African-American was driving in the mostly-white Pittsburgh suburbs of Brentwood, in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. The car that Gammage was driving, a Jaguar, belonged to National Football League (NFL) player Ray Seals, Gammage's cousin. After a routine traffic stop Sgt. Keith Henderson and Patterson asphyxiated Gammage, who was completely unarmed during the entire incident, while he begged for his life. Court reports state his last words were: "Keith, Keith, I'm only 31." Officer John Vojtas, one of the police involved in the traffic stop, was found not guilty by a jury with no minority members. He was permitted to return to work as a police officer in the Brentwood department and received a promotion.

In May 1997, Shiloe Johnson was walking his bicycle across a bridge late at night. He was unarmed and wearing a Walkman and could not hear what was going on around him. A police offer approached his friend and started yelling. The cop then jumped Shiloe from behind and several seconds later the cop shot Shiloe point blank in the head. The cop had been dismissed from the LAPD for brutality. At last record, he is still employed as an officer in Napa, CA.



Abner Louima

And then in August 1997 Abner Louima, a male, unarmed immigrant, was assaulted, brutalized and forcibly sodomized with a broken broomstick by a number of New York City police in a bathroom at the 70th Precinct police station house in Brooklyn. They did all this while Louima's hands were cuffed behind his back and they sodomized him with a broomstick in a manner that caused severe internal damage to his colon and bladder that required several operations to repair. Volpe, one of the police officers involved, then walked through the precinct yelling he had "broke a man down."

Yes, strangely enough, I agree that statement is correct, because from what we can see the police are slowly breaking us all down to the point where we blindly continue to allow them to carry guns despite their escalating and more frequent atrocities against unarmed citizens. Louima was tortured while handcuffed, and officers said he faught them, but Oscar Grant was seen on video and begged for his life by saying 'please, I have a 4 year old daughter' and was still murdered by the police. In every way, the problem is getting worse.


Salimata Sanfo, Ousmane Zongo's Widow. Zongo is survived by a widow and two children.


In May 2003, Ousmane Zongo a Burkinabè arts trader living in New York City, was completely unarmed and yet shot and killed by a New York City Police Department officer in a case of mistaken identity during a botched police sting. The shooter, officer Bryan Conroy, was disguised as a postal worker and shot Zongo four times, twice in the back but did not receive any jail time. Zongo is survived by a widow and two children.



Julian Alexander, killed by police at age 20, is pictured with his pregnant wife of a few weeks, Renee. Alexander was dead shot by Anaheim police in what is believed to be a case of mistaken identity.

In October 2008, the associated press ran a story with the title: “Newlywed Julian Alexander killed outside his California home by police in mistaken identity.”
“A newlywed killed by police after he stepped outside his home to confront suspected burglars was shot in a case of mistaken identity, police said. Julian Alexander died after being shot twice in the chest by a police officer who was chasing four burglary suspects early Tuesday morning. Police Chief John Welter said the officer ran into Alexander, mistook him for one of the four juvenile suspects and shot him."

"The last thing we ever want to do, No. 1, (is) take somebody's life," he said. "And we certainly don't want to take the life of someone who is mistakenly believed to be involved in some criminal activity." "He was a good kid, trying to protect his house," said Alexander's mother-in-law Michelle Mooney. "And the police, instead of asking questions, they just shot first. Somebody has to be held responsible for this." Welter would not release the officer's name, but said he was a 10-year veteran of the department. "It's mistaken identity, but that doesn't bring my son back," said Alexander's father Jerry. He said Alexander got married last weekend and his 19-year-old wife is expecting a baby in December.”

Alexander's wife and also her 15-year-old sister looked out the window during the incident and saw the police flip Julian’s limp and bleeding body over... and then handcuffed him. Julian's family then made an attempt to rush to Julian’s side, but the police yelled at them to get back…or else. Julian stayed out of trouble as a student and won the title of outstanding defensive linebacker in 2005 and 2006. He also was the defensive player of the year in 2007—before he graduated from Riverside's Notre Dame High School. Now a life of achievements, and staying out of trouble, has been cut short... by police with guns who shoot first and ask questions later. Julian's family saw the police flip Julian's limp and bleeding body over... and then handcuffed him while he bleeding, in the exact same manner that Oscar Grant was handcuffed after being shot by the Police.

Many people would like to tell you it is a race issue or a social class issue or some other issue. We not must not let gender, age, race, mental/physical disability, class, region, sexual orientation or any other characteristic divide on us the need to solve this crisis of armed police in our communities.

Perhaps I have been too busy paying rent, paying for food, paying for healthcare, trying to find a way to get two worsening, agonizing, excruciatingly painful cavities removed with a special, expensive surgery needed with no dental coverage because the AK arthritis in my neck doesn't permit my mouth to open wide enough for standard tooth repair... and simply existing is a full time job for me and it seems to gets harder everyday. Many of you face the same exact hurdles and much worse, I know.

Because with the Oscar Grant killing I must accuse myself just as I accuse the world... of being too quiet, because I must admit that the cop killings of unarmed people, all over the world, is getting much, much worse everyday and as we see Peak Oil and the worldwide economy collapse we must realize it will get far worse if we remain silent. Oscar Grant complied with all police commands and begged for his life saying: "Please, I have a 4 year old daughter," and what did he receive for it? A BART police officer bullet that reports state say entered his back and ricocheted to his lung area, and as he began to die...the police then placed handcuffs on him just as police did with Julian Alexander while he died.

Being unarmed and killed by police didn't just happen to Oscar Grant, Julian Alexander, Jonny Gamage, Diallo, Kendra James, James Philip Chasse, Jr., Alexandros Grigoropoulos or all the countless other unarmed people all over the world killed by police... it is happening to people as a whole, everyone of all backgrounds in our society, who are more frequently being placed into a position where we are being killed by police... even after begging for our lives.

It is time to stop begging for justice! It is time to rise to action!

I was born in Philadelphia and I know there is crime and I have been mugged many times and had a mugger put a gun to my head... but the police have tasers, pepper-spray, rubber bullets, dogs, riot gear, batons, asphyxiation and a few dozen other kinds of unethical forms of weapons that are even against the Geneva Convention like broken broomsticks at their disposal so why must they carry guns to continue killing unarmed people? If authorities can use tranquilizer guns to stop wild animals why are we as humans literally executed by police with guns and bullets?

Police killing unarmed people has become so routine that people ignore it and try not to think about it. I am hoping that you will not remain silent about police killing unarmed people anywhere in the world and you will take action and let people know that the system of armed police in our communities needs to end.

It is time to start feeling the momentum of action, the breeze of revolution, and start working on a new way of life for people worldwide.

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
-Martin Luther King (1929 – 1968)


“Non-violent Direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue."
Martin Luther King* (1929 – 1968)

It is time to start working on a new way of life for people worldwide.

You don't need courage to take action, you just need to care about human beings.

"The non-violent approach does not immediately change the heart of the oppressor. It first does something to the hearts and souls of those committed to it. It gives them new self-respect; it calls up resources of strength and courage that they did not know they had."
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

I love you all,

Love for the people!

-T. Love
Freeschool Community Collective Member and Board Member

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For many of you, all that I have written will be too much information, too unthinkable, for you to take action at all and you won't even write an open letter. If this is the case then with all my heart I recommend that you at least see the graphic documentary by PBS titled "The Murder of Emmit Till." For after you see that documentary, which has proven at great length that it was an unthinkable atrocity that helped to launch the Civil Rights movement, you will quickly realize that without solutions things will only get worse. We have the ability to solve this crisis. There is hope for a better world!

If you intend to circulate this open letter, but desire a short, less graphic version...you will find a 997 word version at either of the below websites. Even though many of you may feel this letter was too long or too graphic, what you really need to understand is that each and everyone of the victims I described were only the “fortunate” ones that made international, major media headlines and their crisis was not ignored so I do not offer apologies for the long or the graphic nature of this letter but rather, I offer my apologies to the mothers and fathers who have sons and daughters who fall into the most ignored and unheard categories: the undocumented immigrants, homeless, those forced into sex-trade and those who are victims in the Prison Industrial System around the world who are among the countless male and female that never make the news when they are completely unarmed and killed by police with guns. Your pain is no less important I assure you, Thank you to everyone. Please keep in mind this is copyleft and I give everyone permission to edit all of it or part of it, and use it, without permission from me and without credit to me needed. The important thing is to get the word out, speak out, and stop the police from shooting unarmed people and turning our world into a police state... a police world. We can change things, one movement at a time, one crisis at a time, with action, hope, unity and real love for all people and for a better world.


http://aworldbeyondcapitalism.org/onlinevideo.htm
http://www.peacecommunities.org/onlinevideo.htm

2008: The Oakland police killed Casper Banjo, 71 years old. Unarmed.
http://adriennecareyhurley.blogspot.com/2008/03/casper-banjo-71-yrs-old-killed-by.html

 2008: Jose Luis Buenrostro,  15 years old.  Unarmed.
http://newsroom.mtv.com/2009/01/12/mistah-fab-releases-song-inspired-by-bay-area-shooting

2008:  Jody Woodfox, 27, unarmed.  Killed by Police Office Hector Jiminez.
http://gunshot41.wordpress.com/2008/07/27/mister-policeman-kills-again

2007: Gary King Jr., 20 , unarmed.
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2007/09/23/18449224.php

2007: Andrew Moppin, 20, unarmed.  Killed by Police Office Hector Jiminez.



Photo Caption “These children, a racial cross-section of Oakland, standing with a sign during the protest regarding the Oscar Grant protests, seem determined to stop the police' open season on young men of color before it's their turn. The sign on the left reads, "Sunset 2008-09 RIP Oscar Grant III, Casper Banjo Jose Luis Buenrostro, Jody Woodfox, Gary King Jr., Andrew Moppin and others at the hands of Oakland police." - Photo: Demondre Ward
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"Day after day, a powerful, vociferous section of the Indian elite, goaded by marauding TV anchors who make Fox News look almost radical and left-wing, have taken to mindlessly... glorifying the police and the army, and virtually asking for a police state. It isn’t surprising that those who have grown plump on the pickings of democracy (such as it is) should now be calling for a police state. The era of “pickings” is long gone. We’re now in the era of Grabbing by Force, and democracy has a terrible habit of getting in the way."

-The quote is from 'Monster in the Mirror', written on December 30th, 2008 by Arundhati Roy



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This article was posted for educational reasons courtesy of the Peace Communities Solidarity Blog found at www.SaveThePoorBrownChildren.org or http://www.SaveThePoorBrownChildren.blogspot.com - and it is  a public group blog with an emphasis on feminism, women's empowerment, financially disadvantaged children, marginalized people's voices and direct action worldwide. The Peace Communities Solidarity Blog is the Media Outreach Blog of the Peace Communities Online Community < www.PeaceCommunities.org > a not-for-profit project started by the Mutualist project, created at Z Media Institute (founders of Z Magazine). T. Love is a Black Feminist activist and writer whose social justice writings have been featured in Street Roots, featured on Womanist-Musings, featured in the current issue of Natural Learning and featured in the current issue of Slingshot and many more radical activist publications, websites and journals worldwide. T. Love's personal profile page and personal blog on the Peace Communities is found by clicking here.

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