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'This Isn't Going Away': Defying Curfews and Police Brutality in Relentless Push for Justice, Uprising Over Killing of George Floyd Keeps Growing

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/06/04/isnt-going-away-defying-curfews-and-police-brutality-relentless-push-justice

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“To those rising up, speaking out, organizing together: this would not have happened without you,” said Jayapal. “Keep marching, keep protesting, keep demanding accountability, and keep fighting for justice. Don’t stop building the pressure necessary to secure change”

Exactly. Appeasement will not be obtained by merely arresting the complicit other three policemen.

I am glad to see the citizens of the US out in the streets and hope they can overcome the fascist/racist policies forced upon them. Like someone on CD said: “there are more of us than them.” Power to the people.

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Exactly right. Total, non cooperation next. Solidarity!

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From NNU:

We all know that George Floyd did not die of heart disease last Monday. He died because he had a police officer heavily kneeling on his neck for nine minutes.

And yet, the first report from the medical examiner in Minneapolis said there were “no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation” that caused the death of George Floyd – blaming instead underlying medical conditions including coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease.1

We know George Floyd did not die due to pre-existing health conditions. What really pre-exists is the legacy of racism and police misconduct. Thankfully an independent autopsy, and now Minnesota officials, have confirmed that his death was a homicide.

It is racism that is the deadly disease. It has incited police killings, along with decades of racial disparities in health care, housing, employment, education, criminal justice, and so many other facets of our society that have taken Black lives and boiled over in a call for change now in our streets.

In this critical, historic moment, we all have a responsibility to stand up for the justice that Black people have been denied time and time again. That’s why we’re asking you to do whatever you can — talk to your friends and family, join a demonstration (safely!), make a donation, and engage on social media — to support the leadership of Black communities as we fight together in defense of Black lives.

As nurses, we see the horrific effects of racism in our hospitals and communities every day. We’ve seen the deadly impacts of racism not only in this latest wave of police and white supremacist killings, but in the disproportionate impact of this pandemic and the economic crisis that has followed.

Across the country, Black and Brown Americans have died of COVID-19 in numbers as high as three to four times the rate of white people and have lost jobs in greater percentages since March.

Our country has failed Black communities – but instead of taking responsibility, our government has tried to blame those most harmed by these policies. Similar to the examiner’s report, Health and Human Services Secretary, Alex Azar, cited obesity and diabetes as the reason for the drastically high COVID-19 death rates among Black populations. This is a blatant attempt to cover up the disastrously failed response of the Trump Administration to the pandemic, and we won’t allow it.

This is an extremely perilous moment, Giovanna. We are at a crossroads in this nation. It is increasingly evident that verbal opposition to the policies in Washington and in many states, is not enough.

We must all do the work individually, in our communities, and as a nation to educate ourselves, interrogate our beliefs, get comfortable with confronting our own racism, and take action however we can. The system is working as it was designed, and it’s up to all of us (white folks especially) to dismantle it piece by piece.

National Nurses United is committed to pushing for the transformative changes that are necessary to protect the health and safety of everyone. Thanks for your support and solidarity in these times.

Until we’re all free,

National Nurses United

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These marches and protests are based on a movement to continue the progress, of social justice, economic justice, and political justice. All of which are fights that Americans have been fighting in this country for many generations. These marches are Intersectionality not one dimensional.

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Birth is painful, bloody, beautiful.
Awaken integrated humanity, you/we barely have time to save life itself from ourself.

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As usual the Corporate Controlled Media outlets try to hide the wide extent and pervasive nature of these protests. The killing of George Floyd was the immediate spark that initiated these protests but a much larger set of issues are involved.

What we are seeing develop in front of our very eyes and ears is a giant coalition forming, in which various “identity groups” work to support each other’s political agendas. The vicious and hopeless nature of our nation’s socioeconomic order, particularly for the young is what is really fueling these ongoing protests. Trump and his handlers, funders, and behind-the-scenes bosses know well that there is a large majority of the country that hates them and wants profound basic change. They will kick out all the stops and try to use the military to impose their unjust and corrupt rule for as much longer as possible, so they can continue looting and wrecking the country, But they face major constraints, the military is about 40% minority and around 90% composed of the poor, working class, and lower-middle class. They are not reliable for imposing a harsh martial-law police state for any length of time.

The military just is not big enough, or reliable enough, to smash every protest in every city and town. But the ruling class, for whom Trump is just the “front man”, will try to defeat key protests and then hope that the fervor will die down. They will rely on the elite commando units, that number about 70,000 as per the analysis of Chris Hedges, and on hired thugs, and right-wing vigilantes. This seems to be the beginning of an epochal struggle, at least equal to the socioeconomic and political fights that established the New Deal some 80 - 90 years ago.

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This is just the beginning. According to the Huffington Post, William Barr is deploying an army of unidentified agents, wearing no insignias and therefore unaccountable for their actions. I’m waiting for my masks and I am joining. There is strength in numbers. The government has finally shown their true color, white supremacist and it is time to for us all to go lay down in front of tanks so democracy may live.

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This movement needs to be rebranded

Occupy Anywhere Anytime

and efforts to explain that this is a class war which will do more to heal racial tensions than anything else. There are not enough jail cells nor courtrooms to contain this and TPTB know it. Staying nonviolent is the key. Provocateurs should be shunned at every turn.

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Rise up
Get out
My spirit is with you
Revolution
Revolution
Revolution
Revolution!

It’s time for a change
Over 400 years of brutality
The czar must go
March
Fight
For change
For all of humanity!

Ghost Poet

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As I have watched the local news the last couple of months and seen the mile long lines at local food pantries and other charitable organizations I thought, maybe, just maybe, something is coming. About a third of the American workforce is currently unemployed. A good portion of those still working have taken pay cuts, or seen their benefits suspended or eliminated. Record numbers of households are late on their rent or mortgages. Needless to say all other accumulated debt will go unpaid as well. Other social issues like racism and xenophobia have been exacerbated. There are still concentration camps along the southern border. Americans were working record numbers of hours, and taking record numbers of anti depressants and anti psychotics. America’s infrastructure is falling apart. We have been in a state of war for 30 years. All of this is causing people to get apprehensive, frustrated, and yes, angry.
I once said that Americans are a different breed. They have convinced themselves from day one of the Republic that they were different, extraordinary. And that there was no problem that couldn’t be solved by simply working harder. Well, as we fell into debt in the 70’s 80’s and 90’s, that’s what we did. Through the savings and loan crash, to the tech crash, to 2008, to now, we maintained our “middle class” status by increasing our workweeks from 40 to 50 hours. Sure, we were stressed out, but still had our suburban homes, two cars and our cable tv. But then a pandemic hit. Our 21st century work-your-ass-off-just-to-get-by construct was shredded. People were now alone at home with their thoughts. They had time to realize that what they were doing the last 35 years was driving them crazy and killing them. And then the food started to run out. Food lines are everywhere. People are getting hungry, and that’s when revolutions happen.
And then the Minneapolis police decided to murder George Floyd.
I hope this is the beginning of a quantum shift in America. However, let’s not kid ourselves. If this is the time of change, it will not be bloodless. It will not be pretty. But it is necessary. Let’s face it folks. It’s this, or fascism.

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This is the heart of America. Draw on past experience and one thing we know is that it takes ALL OF US to run a Republic that is democratic.

[democracy (n.)

“government by the people, system of government in which the sovereign power is vested in the people as a whole exercising power directly or by elected officials; a state so governed,” 1570s, from Middle French démocratie (14c.), from Medieval Latin democratia (13c.), from Greek dēmokratia “popular government,” from dēmos “common people,” originally “district” (see demotic), + kratos “rule, strength” (see -cracy).

Sometimes 16c.-17c. in Latinized form democratie. In 19c. England it could refer to “the class of people which has no hereditary or other rank, the common people.” In 19c. U.S. politics it could mean “principles or members of the Democratic Party.”

Democracy implies that the man must take the responsibility for choosing his rulers and representatives, and for the maintenance of his own ‘rights’ against the possible and probable encroachments of the government which he has sanctioned to act for him in public matters. [Ezra Pound, “ABC of Economics,” 1933]

Malcolm X once said America had a chance to make the right change. In 1964 he predicted what’s coming. America has its boot on the necks of working. Yes working white folks the boot is on your neck also. You’ve been conned, hoodwinked, bamboozled, lied to, and pimped!! Reagan, both Bushes, and IQ45. There are more of us than them. Read my words!! There are more of us than them!! Russians in 1917 got tired of the czar’s boot on their necks! No food no jobs. In Russia the workers were serfs! What we have here is a state that’s a plutocracy! Gold steaks for the rich, rotten cornflakes for the poor. Michigan let nestle have clean drinking water for profit, Flint gets the contaminated water. And Obama did nothing. Obama did nothing for anyone. Lots of talk, just like emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars film. A smooth talker with a hidden agenda. Sistas and brothas we’re about to cross the Rubicon. Revolution is bloody as Malcolm said. " Without change something sleeps inside us never to be awakened."

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I have a completely different take from most here. I see this current movement as being nurtured and guided by the plutocrat-controlled corporate media. Millions of ordinary citizens have been building up anxiety, anger, and even rage from the continued rise in economic inequality with added tension from the frustrations of the Covid-19 lockdowns. Our “betters” are well aware of this and have surely become worried about it. They promoted the sensationalization of the George Floyd murder in order to channel all the rage and frustration into protest over a racial issue, making the focus on race, which they find to be non-threatening. If the focus had been economic, on the 99% vs the 1%, they would be trembling in their boots, but with the focus on race it becomes unlikely that the little people will join together with sufficient numbers to be able to threaten plutocrat control. As long as the focus is race, it is certain that the little people will be too divided to ever mount much of a threat.

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The people that are lucky enough to have kept their jobs are not going to be in the streets except perhaps on a weekend day.
Since so many protesters are either out of work or just getting by, how about those otherwise unwanted soldiers manning soup and bread lines and feed the masses. Trump would certainly gain support from such a selfless act.

This is what revolution looks like. Democrats are unwilling and unable to offer solutions other than worthless platitudes and while Trump is a dangerous POC well deserving of criticism the solution to this is not ramping up the whining about how awful he is. We must see programs designed to help people - the social agenda of Bernie would be a good start. That will calm everything down and give all of us a sense of hope. My personal take is that this is not going to to stop until that this a definite.

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Nice to see someone is still dreaming, while Tяump is doing is best to destroy your social security (to just name one) and after the 1% got $500 billion richer, while unemployment surged. Stop dreaming and join the protest. The time for talks is over.

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Come and join us in the streets and contribute to changing the focus.

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While the unemployment has tripled in 3 months, it’s still less than 15% not 33%. It makes it difficult to read the rest of your post, but I did. You are right.

I’m not advocating for looting. Just advocating for a deeper understanding of why it happens. Being pissed off and trying to have a conversation has not worked. Being pissed off and burning some shit is starting to work. No guarantees, there never are, but a show of force must be met with the same sometimes:

~https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2020-05-30/dont-understand-the-protests-what-youre-seeing-is-people-pushed-to-the-edge

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