JUNETEENTH 2020: An Extraordinary Moment

The next election should focus on creating a framework to allow people calling for the abolition of modern prisons to begin the hard work of creating new institutions.

Americans need to vote to help activists continue anti-racist work that will allow us to envision the possibility of a society that is free of racism and sexism and homophobia and transphobia.

I don’t know whether it would have unfolded as it did if not for the terrible COVID-19 pandemic, which gave us the opportunity to collectively witness one of the most brutal examples of state violence.

This is an extraordinary moment which has brought together a whole number of issues.

CLICK

DAVE CHAPPELLE: 8 Minutes & 46 Seconds

“Are you guys having a good time? Or is this weird?” Both, Dave. Both.

But we needed this, chairs outlined in red, Social Distanced. We needed this, you hitting the stage.

You never put your hands in your pockets, Dave. Only to reach for a lighter.

You’re a warrior.

8 Minutes & 46 Seconds!

CLICK

POLICE BATONS, RUBBER BULLETS, TEAR GAS & NOW THE FINAL INSULT…MICROWAVE POPCORN!

As many as 13 Chicago police officers broke into Rep. Bobby Rush’s Chicago campaign offices to lounge on chairs, drink coffee and make popcorn while looters vandalized nearby businesses in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, Rush and Mayor Lori Lightfoot said on Thursday.

The two Illinois Democrats stood together at a news conference to call out the actions, which took place at the end of May. While they spoke, images of officers “in repose,” as Rush said, were flashed on a screen.

“Looting was going on, buildings were being burned, officers were on the front lines truly taking a beating with bottles and pipes, and these guys were lounging — in a congressman’s office,” Lightfoot said. “The utter contempt and disrespect is hard to imagine.”

The mayor added that “it’s almost inconceivable with what was going on … where looting continued into Monday morning, having started Saturday night.”

“Look at this guy, sleeping on a congressman’s couch,” Lightfoot said, pointing to an image of an officer.

Rush added: “They even had the unmitigated gall to go and make coffee for themselves and to pop popcorn — my popcorn — in my microwave while looters were tearing apart businesses within their sight and within their reach.”

“When you swear an oath to serve and protect, you are a Chicago police officer — not a police officer only for certain neighborhoods and only for certain times,” said the mayor, whose voice shook with emotion and who at one point wiped away tears.

CLICK

HERE’S YOUR WALL, MR. PRESIDENT.

As the protests over police brutality and the killing of George Floyd ramped up in the past week, the administration of Donald Trump increasingly fortified the area around the White House.

Entrances to Pennsylvania Avenue and E Street NW, the Ellipse, and Lafayette Square are barricaded by about 1.7 miles of mesh metal fences and guarded by police.

Meanwhile, Mayor Muriel Bowser has expressed concern that some of the measures may be permanent.

The barriers have been a jarring sight for many Washingtonians, long used to free access to spaces that serve as a symbol of democracy and where First Amendment protests have played out for over a century. Throughout the week, protesters could often be heard pressed up against the fence, chanting…

“This Is What Democracy Looks Like.”

CLICK

CONFEDERACY OF RACIST BUFFOONERY

Protesters in Richmond toppled a statue of Jefferson Davis that stood since 1907.

Police watched as a tow truck took the statue away. Protesters toppled the statue.

The statue of Davis, who was president of the Confederacy, was the 3rd to be torn down.

A statue of Confederate General Williams Carter Wickham was toppled from its pedestal. A statue of Christopher Columbus was torn down and dumped in a lake.

Good. Riddance.

CLICK

DECONSTRUCTING PRIVILEGE

The killing of George Floyd was shocking. But to be surprised by it is a privilege African Americans do not have.

A black person is killed by a police officer in America at the rate of more than one every other day. Floyd’s death followed those of Breonna Taylor, an emergency medical technician shot at least eight times inside her Louisville home by plain-clothes police executing a no-knock warrant, and Ahmaud Arbery, killed in a confrontation with three white men as he jogged through their neighborhood in Brunswick.

Floyd’s gasps were familiar, the same words Eric Garner uttered on a Staten Island street corner in 2014…

“I Can’t Breathe.”

CLICK

POLICE SLASH TIRES LIKE OBSTINATE TEENAGERS

Minnesota’s Department of Safety and the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office acknowledged their troopers and deputies had knifed the tires of several parked, unoccupied vehicles in Minneapolis during protests against the police killing of George Floyd.

Several journalists were among those who returned from protests to find their tires slashed.

CLICK

HORRIFYING MILESTONE OF POLICE IMPUNITY

A grim milestone as more than 10,000 protesters are arrested in America.

This only further reveals the oppressive nature of the police and the state, neither of which has any interest beyond the perpetuation of capitalist exploitation under stable conditions of enforced consent. It is imperative working people everywhere reject these authoritarian tactics.

And demand the release of all political prisoners without charges.

CLICK

BEARS SEEK KAEPERNICK FOR SUPER BOWL SHUFFLE II

Amid a half-hour of insight into the intersection of America’s racial unrest and the NFL, Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks raised the idealistic notion that the league should make things right with exiled quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Hicks suggested that a team should sign Kaepernick or that the NFL should hire him to a meaningful position to address social-justice issues.

CLICK