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The silence over the Thabo Sefolosha trial is deafening … and mystifying

Our law enforcement system needs Law Enforcement!

#DismantleLawEnforcement
THE GUARDIAN An NBA player whose leg was unjustifiably broken in a struggle with NYPD officers could barely crack the headlines in 2015. But it was far more important than the usual sports trivia On Friday, Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha was found not guiltyof disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and misdemeanor obstruction of a […]

http://kstreet607.com/2015/10/14/the-silence-over-the-thabo-sefolosha-trial-is-deafening-and-mystifying/

The outrageous and tragic hiring of officer Timothy Loehmann by the Cleveland police

Before Cleveland police department officer Timothy Loehmann tragically shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice, he accumulated a record of emotional instability, disregard for training, and ineptitude for the job so severe that he should have never been hired. As you will see below, his previous supervisors in Independence, Ohio, said as much. As many as […]

https://myactivism.wordpress.com/2015/10/11/the-outrageous-and-tragic-hiring-of-officer-timothy-loehmann-by-the-cleveland-police/

Police Oppression is Police Privilege

This was written by an amazing man who has sacrificed much in his fight against racism. I  grateful for his presence.

By Blake Hayner

“Man is stuck with his lack of knowledge about himself until he can learn to look beyond apparent causes.”

“Instead, it’s necessary to identify the conditions that underlie ostensible causes; and these conditions exist only within man’s consciousness itself.”

“There are no causes within the observable world; the observable world is a world of effects.”

Power vs. Force The Hidden Determinates of Human Behavior by David R Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. Page 27 Paragraph 1.
Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago announces that police officers will be taken off of desk duties and dispersed into city neighborhoods to repress the current escalation of violence; to the point stopping the shootings.

Any #BlackLivesMatters Activist and ally know that this action means more violence directed toward young black men and boys by Chicago Police; simply and directly put more police oppression. 

Force is how America has dealt with all their enemies, Communist, Socialists, religious and most importantly Natives and all people of color. While the religious Right and the Atheist Left punch it out in a brawl that has lasted 600 years and counting the world has been fighting each other over scraps of land and precious metals and resources. Chicago is just one of those battlegrounds. 

White people like me have typically dealt with these conditions by ignoring the causes and attacking the people that have been impacted by our white privilege with blame and shame. This behavior cannot continue. Giving police cart’ blanch to steamroll communities that have been created by white flight, Red Lining, and discriminatory lending practices by banking institutions run by white men of privilege and law enforcement agencies that care little or nothing about the poor and homeless and more about corporate greed and a broken sense of pride while enforcing a racist drug war policy. Force isn’t working and has never worked because tribalism is stronger than any gun, bomb, or political ideal.

People of color have survived murder, lynchings, rape, destruction, political and social injustices because they unlike me know that as long as we white people use force they will always have the power. 
Police have privilege too for they are composed of many colors and different sexes. The police can run a red light, speed, jaywalk, beat up and terrorize anyone they choose even one of their own and get away with it Scott Free. Police have privilege to kill you and makeup any story they want. Police can shoot first and forget about asking your permission they can harass you, incite you, and basically spit on you with no consequences. 

I as a citizen can call a cop a pig, I wouldn’t suggest it. I can give him/her my middle finger, again, not a good idea. I can scream, rant and swear at a cop these are my 1st Amendment rights to free speech and police will in most cases kick my ass and arrest me for disorderly conduct. 

Of course being white I get a pass on most of these lewd behaviors; I can even shoot at a cop and wound him and get a pass as a white man. But, if you’re a person of color especially a black man or woman or live in a State with a Reservation in it like South Dakota and you are Native American you will be arrested and disappear then pop up in a body bag with no investigation.

This is Police Privilege, the victims of which are the result of police oppression. FORCE! Why do you think we call the institution of law enforcement a Police Force? 

My humble opinion: The people who have the power are the ones that continue their lives even after America uses Force. People that find it in their hearts to be love are the true power in the world of Force and violence. These are the Meek, those that will inherit what’s left of the Earth after the idiots with their guns, knives and bombs are gone and dead or just tired with fighting.

Police Oppression will end when we the people have no more use for police, soon to be obsolete like the black and white TV’s law enforcement will stop. Not by force, police crave people that like to use force; by power. Police respect power as they respect being treated like people not animals with fangs and claws.

Police were created by the wealthy to protect their wealth and to gain the illusion of power by forcing people to respect laws, laws designed by the wealthy as standards of morality that according to the rich everyone could respect knowing their place in society. Women, Queers, Indians, Chinese, Irish, Polish, Italians, and most importantly slaves had to know their place, if they stepped out of line the police were there to oppress, punish, lynch, torture, murder all forms of force for their millionaire, white, male, privileged handlers.

Today, nothing has changed except now the wealthy own all our judges, Prosecutors, Juries, lawyers, and all the politicians that are a part of the illusion of law making, justice, enforcement and with the development of private prisons, punishment.

Another form of force the wealthy control is information, the wealthy have for centuries owned and controlled the media which includes all the obvious sources, television, radio, film, print, and soon if not already parts of the internet for thousands of years the wealthy has controlled all the major and minor religions with the power of their little god and their minions, the clergy the wealthy have force fed us everything they want us to think and believe so that they can sell us everything including clean air and water.  

With the control of the governments by bribing wealthy people in everywhere and creating worldwide debt in every country the world’s entire population are now slaves to the wealthy billionaires as now they have control over everyone and everything. 

These wealthy families are like the Spanish system back in old Mexico where no one was a citizen except 13 families that owned everything. The peasants had nothing, no land, no businesses, no money unless the 13 families agreed to it and of course bribery, favoritism, and ancestry had everything packaged up nice and neatly.

American’s, even though they stole, enslaved, raped, murdered, and abused the land, ownership flourished and the local economies rose. Americans became wealthy while their Mexican counterparts starved.

The industrial revolution came and people’s income increased, education rose, entrepreneurialism created goods and services. There was no income tax so the government was ineffectual to support the growing population of immigrants that flowed into our ports and yet the Military Industrial Complex was born as the government controlled by the wealthy forced Mexico to give up Texas and Americans threw out all the people of color and stole their land; how thoughtful and proud Texans must be.

Later in our history after several more forced incursions into other countries America’s wealthy felt that Jim Crow would have to suffice for the loss of free labor and the exclaves’ became a problem that the wealthy needed more police oppression to force down those uppity Negros.

Ghetto’s thrived thanks impart to abolitionists that promised slaves freedom in the North only to stuff tens of thousands of blacks into shanty towns providing us whites with cheap penny a day laborers. If the Slaves had only known to go south to Florida freedom and equality would have been guaranteed by the Spanish.

Ghetto’s caused problems as the occupants rioted and fought the wealth’s unjust and racist police force. People died, building burned, lives had to be rebuilt and nothing changed. 

Now it’s the 21st Century, nothing has changed in the ghetto thanks to the oppression and mass incarceration by a system of force. White people of privilege wait for the crime to get so bad, the death so many and so horrible they sweep in buying up the cheap properties and building another white enclave forcing the invisible to leave. The police though must stay strong because the whites are scared that they will lose everything to the thugs, perpetrators, drug addicts and homeless that were left behind by gentrification. FORCE them out! Force them to change! Force them to be educated, employed, and nonviolent. It’s their fault that they are where they are. Piss on them if they don’t want to change. OH! I don’t want them living in my neighborhood!

Go west with the rest of your kind, not in my backyard. I’m not giving you any of my money you get it by working for it like my grandfather did and my father did and now I am doing, there are no free rides for the likes of you! Privilege, privilege, privilege force, shame, guilt, punish, imprison, felon, worthless, no-account lazy piece of crap.
The Left wing and the right wing are the same bird! The wealthy make the rules and the poor cleanup their messes. Power comes from within! Force is something that is outside of you. I am a white man of privilege that holds my brothers and sister hearts using force to make the organ beat. No more. Now is time for power. Power is Love. Force must die! Oppression must die! Privilege must be destroyed at any cost.
Instead of gentrification, using force to subdue the invisible for white profit why not use the powers of love to bless the ghetto’s and rebuild the people thereby constructing self determination and respect throughout the community of the existing inhabitants the money coming from social equity of the wealthier neighborhoods. 

People pitching in to empower the poor and homeless giving them the power to choose what is best for themselves. Free accessible, good housing and healthy food prepared by the fortunate passing their successes to those that ache for another chance to show that they are visible, strong, and important.

Greed is gone, favoritism is disappeared, Force is dead and power is alive in everyone. The police are servants once again no weapons, no anger, no shame, no more white privilege; People Privilege!

“Are these extravagant promises? We think not! Some of them will appear quickly, some slowly they will always appear if we work for them.” Alcoholics Anonymous Page 84 Paragraphs 1.
BLHAYNER 10/09/2015

Black Lives Matter: Brazilian Police Kill Citizens 6 Times More Than U.S.

  

By Chelcee Johns | August 31, 2015

One protestor holds a sign reading “I support the 3rd international march against the genocide of Black people.” Facebook.com/ReajaOuSeraMorto

Last Monday, over 5,000 Brazilians took to the streets of Salvador da Bahia to protest the deaths of unarmed Black people by police officers. Salvador da Bahi, the center of Afro-Brazilian culture, is feeling many of the pains endured by Blacks in America as Brazilian police have killed an average of six people per day between 2009 and 2013. Much like the U.S., these victims are disproportionately Black.

Over the past five years, Brazilian police have killed close to as many citizens as U.S. police have in the past 30 years. Last week’s protest is part of a larger movement in Brazil, “Reaja ou SeráMorto,” which translates to “React or Die,” and has many of the same concerns as America’s Black Lives Matter movement.
“This country loves our Black culture, our music, our bodies, but hates the fact we still exist as the majority,” one 26-year-old woman participating in the protest told Refinery29. “Salvador is the front line of the war against African people in Brazil. My people built this city — this country — through slavery. We will not be silent. Black lives have value; Africans all over the diaspora want to live.”

The New York Times reported at least 2,212 Brazilians were killed by the police in 2013. This number could be greater, but unfortunately not all states within the country record just how many deaths occur at the hands of police.

“Of course, the sense of outrage would be different if these victims were boys with blond hair and blue eyes who lived in rich areas, but they were not,” Antônio Carlos Costa told the Times after a 10-year-old was killed by police and his mother threatened at gunpoint. Costa is a Presbyterian pastor and works to keep track of how many children under 14 are killed by the police.

One human rights attorney who volunteers with the movement said Brazil has it far worse than America and the numbers attest to this. The Reaja ou Será Morto movement has existed for the past 10 years, but only recently have they taken to the streets to create large protests.

“When the police invade your community, your home, bash in your door, and slaughter a young family member before your eyes, it sets terror and a river of tears, and endless pain, a pain that lives after the dead are buried… We are calling this a genocide,” said one 24-year-old Afro-Brazilian woman at Monday’s protest.
Blacks in Brazil are no longer keeping quiet as police terrorize their communities, even in the face of possible death. A protest of last week’s magnitude isn’t widespread in Brazil due to the fact police often threaten the lives of organizers. Reaja ou Será Morto organizers have received death threats on their phones and social media pages and even unwarranted home visits from police.
But Reaja ou Será Morto is saying the time is now for justice in their country.
“We are not celebrating the dead; people are here celebrating life. The life of our children, to guarantee they will wake up every day and not worry about dying,” another protestor contended.

Source: Madamenoire.com

Civil Rights Warriors

 I want to take a moment to say thank you to ALL of the people across the country who are taking it upon themselves to record and document police brutality. We are seeing a new story everyday in which officers are assaulting and even killing citizens. Black citizens. Do civil rights even exist anymore? When a boy can be beaten for jaywalking, a woman can be brutalized on a bus for petty theft, I’d say no.

  
We are sending a VERY CLEAR MESSAGE that we will not just sit by. We will document and we will make sure they are held accountable.

To all the Civil Rights Warriors who are everyday people saying “NO MORE!”, I thank you!!!!

  

Three Deputies Arrested for Beating Mentally Ill Afro-American Man to Death

Three Deputies Arrested for Beating Mentally Ill Man to Death <img width=”970″ height=”554″ src=”http://www.nationofchange.org/2015/wp-content/uploads/deputieskilling9515.png” class=”attachment-full wp-post-image” alt=”deputieskilling9515″ /> Three Sheriff’s deputies in Northern California have just been arrested for beating a man to death in his jail cell. The deputies are being charged with murder, conspiracy and assault under the color of authority. Published: […]

https://colouredjustice.wordpress.com/2015/09/05/three-deputies-arrested-for-beating-mentally-ill-afro-american-man-to-death/

Workshop: Unite Against Racism

  
Unite Against Racism

Breaking Down Walls and Building Community

It Begins and Ends With Us!!

Join me for the first in a 3 part documentary/discussion series examining and dismantling Racism. Whites and People of Color see race from radically different perspectives. We will explore our individual biases and how they impact our choices and impact our community. Through individual, group and interactive exercises we will increase understanding transforming fear into knowledge and that knowledge into the power we need to eradicate racism and oppression. It’s imperative that all People of Color come together as ONE community to challenge the system of racism and oppression that this country has been built upon. It’s also crucial that our white allies join in this movement. These seminars are meant for everyone, regardless of your racial, socio/economic, religious or political background. You don’t even have to agree with the movement. What’s essential is that we dialogue face to face in a respectful environment where we can build understanding.

Saturday, Nov. 7th, 2:30-5:30pm

2930 Shattuck Avenue, Suite 300 Berkeley

AGENDA

  • Welcome
  • Documentary: The Conversation 
  • White People on Race
  • My Black Son
  • Growing up Black
  • Individual and Group Exercises
  • Discussion: We will analyze the polarization between blacks and whites in the U.S., with an in depth look at the raw realities on both sides. 

Diverse World Coaching
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El Cerrito, CA, United States 

diversewc@gmail.com 

1(628)333-9830

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Space is Limited! It is essential you RSVP by phone or by sending me an email. Please leave Name/Email and the number of people you would like to bring.

Thank You!!!!!

  

Police Violence Kills a Man Who Went to Hospital for Help!

The following is the statement and the ipetition made by Alan’s family and colleagues:

  

“We stand, now, with shaken hearts and rooted conviction, to speak our collective outrage for Alan Christopher Pean, a 26 year old who was inexcusably shot in the chest by a police officer, while seeking care as a patient at St Joseph’s Medical Center.
Personally, we know Alan as a brother, a friend, a son, a supporter, a man marked by tender kindness, quiet acts of sacrifice, humor, self-reflection, and patience.
Personally, we stand in outrage for every time he is referred to as “combative” without sub-clause or context, we stand in outrage for every time he is called a “suspect” instead of a patient, we stand in outrage for every time he, one empty-handed, help-seeking man, is painted as a threat to two officers, able bodied and armed, in a hospital.
Professionally, we have been trained in truth seeking and healing. As doctors and medical students, as nurses and care partners, we are trained in how to safely restrain and tranquilize patients, no matter how aggressive, or irritable, or anxious, or threatening they may be. Never is it appropriate or warranted for a patient to be tazed, never is it appropriate for a patient to be struck, never, never, never is it appropriate for a patient seeking care, to have their life threatened in our arms.
Personally and professionally, we are shaken by the reality of this epidemic of police brutality, in which no one– no son of a doctor, no college student, no tender-hearted soul of color remains immune. We stand with shaken hearts and rooted conviction, to speak our collective outrage for Alan Christopher Pean, our gentle friend, a 26 year old who was inexcusably shot in the chest by a police officer, while seeking care as a patient.”
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On August 27th, 2015, Alan Christopher Pean, a 26-year-old patient seeking care at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, was shot in the chest with a gun by hospital security. As members of the medical community, friends of Alan and his family, it is impossible for us to remain silent on this injustice and the disgraceful violations of medical, legal, and moral ethics involved in his care. We, the medical community, have failed Alan.
By multiple reports, Alan drove himself to the St. Joseph ED late Wednesday night, August 26th. He believed that a hospital was a place he could seek safe haven and get treatment. He was in such dire straits that he could barely get to the hospital without grazing other parked vehicles. Alan presented to the ED complaining of new-onset, intense anxiety and general disorientation. He was admitted to the hospital to assess his injuries from his minor MVA. The next morning (August 27th), Alan’s parents flew from Mcallen, TX to Houston. They visited Alan at the hospital and, upon interacting with their son, they were struck by his unfamiliar behavior, speech, and general disorientation. They communicated their observations with the personnel and implored hospital personnel to obtain a psychiatric evaluation. At the very least, as the patient’s surrogate decision makers, they desired to speak with Alan’s physician. Both requests were denied.
St Joseph’s personnel communicated that they would, instead of integrating crucial corroborative provided by Alan’s parents (one who is a board-certified physician in his own right), discharge the patient against his and his family’s wishes. While assessing a previously unknown patient’s mental status can be difficult, one of its most crucial, clinically sound aspects is the corroboration of evidence by friends and family. The physicians and ancillary staff had ample access to such data and either refused to appropriately integrate said data into their evaluation or simply did not recognize its utmost importance. Both are undeniable acts of medical negligence.
Alan’s parents were devastated that they were so dismissed by the hospital staff who were supposed to be taking care of their son. While discussing where to transfer Alan’s care, they returned to the hospital. They were subsequently informed that, far from being safe to discharge home, Alan had been accosted and shot by security personnel.
Alan was–it cannot be reiterated enough–an admitted patient on St Joseph’s eighth floor. In the midst of a mental health crisis, he was confused, frightened, and vulnerable. In short, he was–and still is–a patient. Alan had recently moved to Houston to study for the GRE, continue to take classes, and apply for graduate school. He hopes to join our medical community and become a physician’s assistant. At this point, we can only pray that our friend Alan even has the opportunity to hope for a future.
Instead of offering him the best medical care for a patient experiencing one of his life’s true moments of crisis, St. Joseph’s medical professionals enabled their security division to commit an act of violence against one of their patients. Anyone who has worked in a hospital setting for any period of time is aware of the protocols and medical resources -pharmacological and nonpharmacological–at its disposal to manage any patient’s agitated or combative behavior non-violently. There are multiple methods of intervention and amelioration to protect a disoriented patient from hurting himself or others. Utilizing a gun is not an option. Utilizing a gun against a patient is anathema to our professional standards. There is absolutely zero indication for gun violence in a healthcare setting. This is an indictment, not only on the officers in question, but how rational and compassionate medical care was delivered overall.
Furthermore, the police department and St. Joseph’s Medical Center continued to infringe upon its mission to serve the well-being of its patients. The hospital barred Alan’s family from seeing Alan for nearly 48 hours–48 hours after being shot on a hospital floor. They barred a father from seeing his son. They barred a mother from seeing her child. They barred two brothers from seeing their brother. They were limited to “10 minute visits” per day and disallowed physical contact. These strict rules are those employed in prisons. Not in places of healing. This is abuse of a patient and his family in every physical and emotional way imaginable. Alan’s parents have been interrogated relentlessly as to whether Alan has a criminal record or has ever been to jail. (By the way, he has not.) The Peans are aghast at their treatment by fellow medical professionals.
Finally, as Alan lay intubated in the ICU, he was charged with two counts of aggravated assault against a public servant. Bail set. A young man who rightfully sought treatment as a patient for an acute mental crisis was shot under the care of a hospital and is now a criminal. With a bullet hole in his chest.
The legal concerns are irrelevant to the true tragedy at hand. Alan’s family simply desires that Alan get better. They wish to physically see and hold their boy. They desire to tell him that they love him and tell him not to be afraid.
Primum non nocere.
-8/29/15 UPDATE: Alan was extubated, obviously in pain, but talking. The first thing he asked his family was, “is anyone else hurt?”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-20X4p9FVts
-9/3/15 UPDATE: 7 days after being shot, Alan is out of the hospital, walking and talking with minimal pain. He is grateful for the miracle allowing him to have survived and encourages everyone to put away the anger, address the many issues at play in his story, and learn from this so it NEVER happens again.
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Momentum is a powerful thing so please take a second to sign today. Thank you for sending your thoughts and prayers to the Pean family. Please do NOT donate monetarily (no option to delete this feature).
While we appreciate your support in any form, we encourage you to sign and complete the additional fields identifying your role in the healthcare community. Please add your title in the box of name entry i.e. [John Doe, MD] 

Below is the actual link to the petition. I ask that you sign it and share this story because it’s clear we much force action be taken. This happens to frequently and is happening in increasing numbers. Police violence is unacceptable 
  http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/AlanPean

The White Man’s Fear

This is dedicated to those that live and spread hate. 

  

 By Sevgi Fernandez 

Fear
Do u even see it?

That black cloud that is us creeping ever so slowly over the whiteness that is your palace of hate

Fear

It makes you close your eyes, cover your ears and shout “Animals!” as we wait at the gate, our truth in the words we shout at your deaf, dumb ears

Your self appointed pedestal of white domination is dripping red with the blood of our brothers and sisters

Your hatred weeps like blisters, the salve our tears, our pain

Who are the savage beasts?  The monsters with their trigger happy fingers pointed straight at our sons, our brothers, our fathers!

You reap what you sow….

Fear

Your fear of a multi hued world pressing in, taking over as your Tea Party, KKK club smolders

Your venom poisoning you from the inside

Go ahead and take that slippery ride of hate; far be it for me to berate 

You, massa, sir, whitey, cracker, human who bleeds just like me, don’t you see!

We meet your fear with strength 

Your hate with love

Your ignorance with knowledge 

We will march until the sound of our footsteps haunt every dream you dare to have

We will fight each day with every breath until our peace is had

Until Our justice is equal to your justice

Our pain equal to yours

Through the demise of your humanity we shall rise 

We meet your fear unabashed

With nothing to lose

And everything to gain


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