Statement of Iris Vander Pluym – Perry Street Palace
7:30 EST April 28, 2015
The Palace stands in solidarity with communities of color around the country and around the world, in opposition to state violence and murder, militarized policing, unprecedented mass imprisonment and surveillance, social and economic and environmental injustice, and imperial wars.
“Until we are all free, we are none of us free.”
I found the words below waiting for me this morning, via email and links from Facebook friends. I couldn’t possibly express any of it any better, so I am amplifying these voices here.
Statement of Carl Dix – Stop Mass Incarceration Network
8:00 pm EST April 27, 2015
On the Uprising in Baltimore
The uprising in Baltimore tonight has delivered an unmistakeable and powerful message that the time is over when people will just take the unending and outrageous murder and brutality carried out by police. The torture and murder of Freddie Gray for nothing – and the ongoing, infuriating lies and coverup — is only the latest in a long line of such horrors in not only Baltimore but all over the U.S. From North Charleston, SC to Ferguson, Missouri from Pasco, Washington to New York City and beyond – THIS MUST STOP!
The authorities and the media grunt about “violence.” They get outraged about broken windows, but not the broken neck of Freddie Gray. They get mad about the destruction of property, but not the destruction of Black and Brown children. Violence? What about the unending violence carried out against the masses of Black and Latino people all over America by the police? What about the world-record violence embodied in a society in which a young Black boy has a 1 in 3 chance of spending time in prison before he dies? The violence in which nearly one million Black men and increasing numbers of women are now languishing in prison? The violence in which police behave like occupying armies in the ghettos and barrios – and the occupying armies of the US behave like police all over the world? This is America, and this whole system was built on vicious, unjust, endless violence here and around the world and it continues to carry this out. These world-class criminals, and apologists for criminals, have absolutely no right to say anything about what the masses of people do when they are fed up, when they can’t take it anymore, and when they must express this. In the face of murder and terror, is not resistance justified?
They insult those who rebel as thugs, while the real thugs go unpunished, on paid vacation… and those who give orders to those thugs not only get no punishment, but sit at the highest reaches of government. Here – in the land of the thief and home of the slave — they accuse those who rebel of looting, when the powers-that-be have looted Black people as a people for centuries, along with and as part of looting whole continents. They promise justice from the Department of INjustice, and from their rigged court system – this is just a ploy to throw mud in people’s eyes. Bringing in the National Guard means only one thing – more wanton violence against the people. NO! NO! NO!
History and present-day reality show that unless and until people stand up and refuse to go along with it, injustice, outrage and horror will continue. Everyone should stand with the defiant ones in Baltimore, refuse to condemn them, and to step up the struggle to STOP police murder and mass incarceration. This is a cry and clarion call to all of society to stand up and say NO MORE! THIS MUST STOP!
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[Kick in here if you can.]
by Ted Berg
After protests in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray turned violent on Saturday, Baltimore sports-radio broadcaster Brett Hollander took to Twitter to argue that demonstrations that negatively impact the daily lives of fellow citizens are counter-productive. Orioles COO John Angelos, son of owner Peter Angelos, seized the opportunity to respond with a qualified and brilliant defense of those protesting.
You can read the whole thing in Angelos’ Twitter replies, but it’s transcribed here for clarity. It’s all here because it’s all so good. Read the whole thing:
Brett, speaking only for myself, I agree with your point that the principle of peaceful, non-violent protest and the observance of the rule of law is of utmost importance in any society. MLK, Gandhi, Mandela and all great opposition leaders throughout history have always preached this precept. Further, it is critical that in any democracy, investigation must be completed and due process must be honored before any government or police members are judged responsible.
That said, my greater source of personal concern, outrage and sympathy beyond this particular case is focused neither upon one night’s property damage nor upon the acts, but is focused rather upon the past four-decade period during which an American political elite have shipped middle class and working class jobs away from Baltimore and cities and towns around the U.S. to third-world dictatorships like China and others, plunged tens of millions of good, hard-working Americans into economic devastation, and then followed that action around the nation by diminishing every American’s civil rights protections in order to control an unfairly impoverished population living under an ever-declining standard of living and suffering at the butt end of an ever-more militarized and aggressive surveillance state.
The innocent working families of all backgrounds whose lives and dreams have been cut short by excessive violence, surveillance, and other abuses of the Bill of Rights by government pay the true price, and ultimate price, and one that far exceeds the importances of any kids’ game played tonight, or ever, at Camden Yards. We need to keep in mind people are suffering and dying around the U.S., and while we are thankful no one was injured at Camden Yards, there is a far bigger picture for poor Americans in Baltimore and everywhere who don’t have jobs and are losing economic civil and legal rights, and this makes inconvenience at a ballgame irrelevant in light of the needless suffering government is inflicting upon ordinary Americans.
Gray, a 25-year-old Baltimore resident, suffered a spinal injury while in police custody after his arrest on April 12 and died seven days later. Six city police officers have been suspended pending an investigation into Gray’s death.
Crips, Bloods Call Truce, Not to Harm Cops But to Protect their Community from Violence & Looting.
-John Vibes, The Free Thought Project.
In the interview, gang members displayed immense intelligence and understanding for the situation. They stated that they called a truce to protect their communities from violence and looting, and to protect their community from anyone who should put it in danger. They were reportedly attacked by police when they were attempting to defend properties throughout the city from rioters.
The gang members announced that they were forming a “new faction” which will be concerned with protecting the community, and stopping the senseless violence that is carried out by both private and public individuals.
In another video published by The Baltimore Sun, rival gang members were shown meeting in churches speaking of peace and justice. One gang member told reporters that “They don’t want to see us call a truce because they want us out there killing each other.”
Baltimore Residents Come Together To Clean Up City After Riots.
-Cameron Keady, The Huffington Post.
Local businesses and community centers offer safe spaces and free meals.
“84% of Bmore students get free/reduced lunch. Schools are closed, but @ophelporhush is feeding them.”
Baltimore Riots 2015: Schools Closing Sparks Free #BaltimoreLunch Movement For Students After Freddie Gray Protests.
-Julia Glum, International Business Times.
Baltimore City Public Schools were closed Tuesday after riots against police brutality erupted in the streets Monday night, but community leaders were banding together to make sure students from low-income families could eat. Several groups were organizing around the Twitter hashtag #BaltimoreLunch to serve children who rely on schools for food.
[This is a community in pain, coming together to clean up their city and feed their kids. AMAZING.]
Jon Stewart: “Maybe We Should’ve Cared About Baltimore Before It Was ‘On Fire'”
Poor teens in Baltimore face worse conditions than those in Nigeria – study.
RT.com [Nigeria, people. NIGERIA.]
Carl Stokes to CNN’s Erin Burnett: Thugs? Just call them N#ggers then…
-Frank Vyan Walton
Did she or anyone else at CNN use the “T”-Word when the Denver Broncos won the Superbowl and this happened? (1998)
Or when the San Francisco Giants won the World Series, again? (2012)
Or the Vancouver Canucks Lost the Stanley Cup? (2011)
Or the University of Kentucky Wildcats Won? (2012)
Or the Boston Red Sox Won? Three. Seperate. Times. (2004)
Or the West Virginia University Mountaineers Won? (2014)
Or when Penn State Fired Coach Joe Paterno for Looking the Other Way While His Assistant Coach Sexually Molested Children? (2011)
Or when a Surfing Competition Takes Place in Huntington Beach? (1986, 2013)
Or they have a Pumpkin Festival in New Hampshire? (2014)
Just doing a quick google search and I come up blank on all those where Erin Burnett is concerned…All these Riots and not a single “Thug” among them?
Amazing. I wonder exactly how that happened? Could there be something significantly different about all these Riots, and the Riots in Baltimore?
Via US Uncut:
Wells Fargo Bank first pushed sub-prime mortgages on thousands of black families in Baltimore (referred to as “Mud People” by loan officers), then foreclosed on their homes. But unlike Baltimore’s black youth who threw rocks, not one single banker was arrested for destroying the community. SHARE if you know who the real Looters are!
[Related: ACLU: 109 people in Maryland died after police encounters in 2010-2014. Justin George, The Baltimore Sun.]
How to help: Donation and volunteer opportunities in the aftermath of riots.
-Rachel Cieri, The Baltimore Sun.
A complete takedown of the lies spread by the Baltimore PD and Washington Post on Freddie Gray.
-Shaun King, Daily Kos.
15 Baltimore neighborhoods have lower life expectancies than North Korea.
-Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post.
Activist smacks down Wolf Blitzer: ‘You are suggesting broken windows are worse than broken spines’.
-David Edwards, Raw Story.
From Quelling Looters to Saving Lives, Baltimore Gangs Are Doing A Better Job Than Police.
-John Vibes, The Free Thought Project.
As we reported earlier this week, during the recent riots in Baltimore, rival gang members have called a truce to protect their communities. Police initially panicked when hearing about the truce and put out a warning that gang members were teaming up to “target cops.” It was quickly revealed that these claims were entirely fabricated and that the gang members did not have ill intentions by calling their truce.
Members of the Crips, Bloods and BGF, Baltimore’s three largest gangs, even stood with city council members during a press conference this week. The council members spoke very highly of the gang members and their recent efforts.“These men have been out on the street quelling the senseless violence that has consumed our city. After meeting with them today it is clear that the notion they were planning on harming our police officers is false and simply deterred the resources we needed to focus on the individuals who instigated these riots. I applaud these young men for standing here and speaking out for our city.” City Council President Bernard C. Young said.
These are young people who live in communities torn to pieces by the War on Drugs, where violence is the norm. They’re young people who are considered a “success story” if they achieve what people in my community would call the base level of productive existence – graduating high school without dying or being sent to prison. They’re young people who, if they were to achieve what my parents would call success, will be a story so rare that Hollywood might come calling for the movie rights. The handful of young people who escape horrible Baltimore neighborhoods and find themselves in the middle class are the exception that proves the rule.
Baltimore Protesters and Senate Leader Shut Down Fox News, Ask Them To Leave.
-Jackson Marciana and Shante Wooten, Counter Current News.
Geraldo [Rivera] tries to dodge the confrontation, but a young man on the scene persisted and keeps calling him out.
“You want to report that we’re thugs and breaking sh-t down!”
“I want you and Fox News to get out of Baltimore City, because you’re not here reporting about the boarded up homes and the homeless people under MLK,” he continued. “You’re not reporting about the poverty levels up and down North Avenue.”
He asked further where Fox was during the 300 Man March, noting that Fox only turned out to catch a glimpse of anecdotes of destruction.
“You’re not here for the death of Freddie Gray! You’re here for the story!”
Morgan Freeman on Baltimore Coverage: “F*ck the (Mainstream) Media”.