#HandsUpWalkOut in Progress; Gloriously Relentless! (with updates)
From the FergusonAction #HandsUpWalkOut web page:
“In the wake of events in the last weeks, including the non-indictment in the killing of Mike Brown and the senseless killings of Akai Gurley in New York and 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, our communities are hurting and justifiably angered. What gives us hope in this moment of pain and anguish is the thousands of people who have poured into the streets of America to demand change.
From the #ShutItDown actions that have blocked major highways and intersections to the #BlackoutBlackFriday protests,the message is clear: No more business as usual. We can no longer do what we have always done and cooperate with a system that does not respect Black Lives. We will only get the change we want if we disrupt the daily order and insists that Black Lives Matter. If that means shutting down the entire country, that’s what we’ll do.
On Monday, Dec 1st people around the country will be walking out of their schools and places of work in solidarity with Ferguson communities across the country affected by police violence.
Where? It can be any central location at your school or the area where you work . Consider if there is a place that has relevance to social justice such as a monument, chapel, or scene of previous protests.
When? Ideally, all #HandsUpWalkout events will happen simultaneously at 12pm central time on Monday, December 1st.”
Suggestions are included below that, and okay…I’m a little bit late posting.
Planned events nationwide at the Ferguson Response Network.
You can follow on #HandsUpWalkOut on Twitter (or anywhere else you find).
— Jim Ewing (@OrganicWriter) December 1, 2014
— birdman (@heatherbirdman) December 1, 2014
— PrisonsToSchools (@AndyRose12) December 1, 2014
— Sarah SK (@Sarah_SK) December 1, 2014
— JamesFromTheInternet (@JamesFTInternet) December 1, 2014
— isaura (@mcojdc) December 1, 2014
— hari stephen kumar (@hariteach) December 1, 2014
— Shugah (@Shugah) December 1, 2014
— Leah Susman (@leahsusman) December 1, 2014
— StopMotionsolo (@StopMotionsolo) December 1, 2014
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 1, 2014
Sublime Synchronicity at play once again:
This just came in from the Partnership for Civil Justice (justiceonline.org)
“Constitutional Rights lawyers blast Pres. Obama’s appointment of Charles Ramsey to lead presidential task force on militarized policing, PCJF calls for his removal based on history as mass violator of civil rights.
The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) condemned President Obama’s appointment of Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, former chief of D.C. police from 1998 to 2007, to co-lead a presidential task force on militarized police tactics and equipment. The task force will develop a draft executive order on “21st Century Policing” within 90 days.
Ramsey, who was also recently brought in as a consultant for the Ferguson PD after the unrest in that city, has a record marked by excessive force, false arrests, and complete disregard for constitutional rights.
“If the President’s idea of reforming policing practices includes mass false arrests, brutality, and the evisceration of civil rights, then Ramsey’s his man. That’s Charles Ramsey’s legacy in D.C.,” said Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Executive Director of the PCJF. “President Obama should immediately rescind his appointment of Commissioner Ramsey, who is a mass violator of civil rights and civil liberties.”
Carl Messineo, PCJF Legal Director, stated: “For civil liberties advocates, Chief Ramsey became synonymous with militarized and repressive policing. If this task force is under his command it does not stand a chance of substantially changing the status quo. Keeping Ramsey as the leader of the task force will demonstrate that President Obama is only seeking to provide window dressing rather than to create meaningful reforms.”
During his tenure as Chief of Police in Washington, D.C., Ramsey implemented, oversaw and deployed a militarized policing force including against peaceful protesters, engaging in mass false arrests, brutality and evisceration of fundamental rights. He ultimately cost the city tens of millions of dollars for civil rights violations as a result of lawsuits brought by the PCJF on behalf of more than 1,000 people.
…etc. Ah well, window dressing is what he does best. 🙂
My, my; TefPoe lays it out for the President:
— Ferguson Action (@fergusonaction) December 1, 2014
— EpiphanyOnWallStreet (@NineInchBride) December 2, 2014