This blog was created for the purpose of sharing info about and my experiences with occupy. I'm a former reformer who never really found a proper or complete place with activism, until I met occupy.
15-year-old Gezi victim Berkin Elvan dies after 269 days in coma
March 12, 2014
Berkin Elvan, who has been in a coma since June 2013 after being struck in the head by a gas canister during a police crackdown on protesters, died March 11, his family announced via Twitter.
“To our people: We lost our son Berkin Elvan at 7 a.m. in the morning. Condolences to us all,” Elvan’s parents said in the message.
The young teenager, the eighth person to be killed in the Gezi Park protests, went into a coma after sustaining a head injury from a gas canister as he went to buy bread during a police crackdown in Istanbul’s Okmeydanı neighborhood last June. Elvan has since become one of the prime symbols violence faced by protesters throughout the nationwide Gezi demonstrations.
He had only turned 15 in January while still in a coma. A ceremony will be held at a cemevi in Okmeydanı before the burial in Feriköy cemetery on March 12.
Scores of people gathered in front of the hospital where Elvan was convalescent for over nine months, in a show of solidarity with the family upon calls on social media.
Tension rose between a group of demonstrators and the police, which again resorted to tear gas regardless of the fact that the hospital’s entrance was nearby.
“Riot police arrived in front of the hospital as the funeral was ongoing to be sent to the forensics department. Some people also went that way and protested against the police. A scuffle occurred. The police officers did not restrain themselves at all from using gas. They once again used disproportionate force,” said Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) Istanbul lawmaker Melda Onur, who was participating in the vigil. “Tear gas even entered inside the hospital,” she added.
Onur also said a child was brought into the hospital after being injured due a tear gas canister.
Another man, who was going to the hospital to visit his sick wife, was also injured after being hit in his head by a tear gas canister.
Tributes also poured in under the hashtag #BerkinElvanÖlümsüzdür (“Berkin Elvan is immortal”).
Dozens of protests are planned in cities around the country for this evening.
Protest police violence and police respond with MORE violence! Pigs keeping it classy, as usual.
Which dictator killed the most people?
May all of these men burn in hell for all eternity.
Unarmed, clearly non-violent student brutally pepper-sprayed.
73 were arrested over the weekend as police used outrageous tactics against college students enjoying a pre-St. Patrick’s Day party.
A youtube Video by levin00, shows how brutality and oppression are quickly becoming the goto tactics of Police State USA. It also shows that what the media is saying about this event is all wrong.
The video clearly shows kids having fun, NOT being violent or destructive.
Then the storm troopers show up in their black uniforms, with rubber bullets and pepper spray. The jackboots rolled trough campus laying waste to the wasted.
These are college kids doing what college kids do, and they were treated like enemy combatants. This was completely uncalled for! The violent tendency of the state has got to be reined in.
When will enough be enough? These cops need to be held accountable, as well as the one’s that sent their vicious attack dogs out to wreak havoc.
Watch video of the party and the police’s response here.
Was this at Indiana University of Pennsylvania?
when will people fight back?
Pretty much EVERYTHING is just fine until the pigs show up :/
SOLIDARITY ACTION TONIGHT in Tacoma, WA (near Seattle)!
“Speaking on Friday, two prisoners appealed for public support.
Prisoner 1: “So that they give us better food, so that they give us lower prices on what they sell here in the commissary, and so that they stop the deportations.”
Prisoner 2: “I’m hoping we can get some support from all the people who are listening, because, don’t believe what you hear, life in here is not very easy. They have us here working for one dollar a day. We work for four hours, five hours sometimes, and for just one dollar.”
The prison is run by The GEO Group, a contractor for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. According to The Nation magazine, GEO recently violated a pledge to refrain from lobbying Congress on immigration reform, presumably in favor of for-profit jails.”
“While advocates for the strikers put their numbers at 1,200, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said in a statement that, on Friday evening, meals had been refused by 750 of a total 1,300 inmates at the Northwest Detention Center, operated by the #GEOgroup.
Under President Barack Obama, deportations from the United States have hit record highs, according to U.S. Department of Homeland Security data.
Along with the hunger strike, many detainees have also begun a work stoppage, she said.”
“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has confirmed that 750 detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Washington state have refused to eat and say they are on a hunger strike.
#ICE detention standards state that a detainee who has not eaten for 72 hours is considered to be on a hunger strike.”
Petition - please sign & share: http://www.notonemoredeportation.com/portfolio/support-the-1200-detainees-on-hunger-strike-near-seattle/
Action alert & photo via Occupy Seattle on FB: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=718394194869976&set=a.256913927684674.62537.254620607914006
#PrisonerSolidarity #NoBorders #NoOneIsIllegal #PrisonLabor #HungerStrike
Really great assessment of privilege and how to manage it, made by Robot Hugs
Many things for me to think about. I stand in a position of considerable privilege and it’s only been recently that I’ve started examining it- or even really being aware that there is something to examine.
Many things to think about.
Today, somebody posted on FB about their frustration over Obama not doing the will of the people, when it comes to legalizing marijuana. I pointed out that from the very beginning, he has flat out said screw the will of the people, I’m not doing that! I know this because I watched as Change.org and the similar system Obama himself hosted on the White House website, had asked The People to submit and vote to support the legislative ideas they liked the most, then the top three or so would go straight to Obama for his consideration. BOTH sites proved that legalization was the NUMBER ONE choice of the people and not long after that, I watched as a young man (at something like a town hall) asked him to legalize and he straight up said NO.
I also said things like, do people even realize that there are currently 650,000 people in prison over this and that VERY few are in on trafficking/dealing, that nearly all of them are in on possession charges ALONE?! Easily over half a million people have been criminalized for simply smoking pot; which can easily hamper their ability to be employed, amongst other things. Lots of this type of thing was offered, including medical benefits and so forth.
But an Obama-bot came into the thread, talking about all the “great achievements” of Obama’s and repeatedly insisted that he had NO POWER whatsoever over things like the DEA continuing to raid LEGAL dispensaries in states that have legalized them. I talked about how presidents regularly direct agency’s to focus their enforcement efforts on particular things, now presidents might make arguments like…because I don’t want the DoJ’s resources to be tied up in legal battles about overriding state laws, I’ve directed the DEA to focus their radius efforts within states that have NOT legalized marijuana.
But this woman kept insisting that the president could do no such thing, kept saying that I didn’t know how government worked, that the president couldn’t *override federal law* - which of course, I NEVER FUCKING SAID! It didn’t matter how many times I’d said the president can direct agencies and the people he’s accounted to head them up to PRIORITIZE particular types of enforcement that any given agency has the power to enforce, she just kept saying that the president can’t override federal laws.
So I said, think about it, whenever a president appoints somebody to head up an agency, they say, “I’ve appointed this person because they agree that this agency’s PRIORITIES should be X, Y & Z.” I also noted that if an appointed person were to do the opposite or not do what they agreed to do (went a different direction), that they would be pressured to resign or would be fired, that this was common practice for presidents. She kept insisting that presidents can’t override federal laws, that Obama was helpless until congress changed the law.
I can’t even tell you how many times I’d repeated that wasn’t what I was saying at all. I asked her if she even knew the difference between overriding laws and setting priorities. She kept insisting there was nothing Obama could do, that he was somehow forced to enforce the laws to their fullest extent.
So I posted a link to what a presidential executive order was; which of course, she never bothered to read. I copied and pasted the info into the thread. Of which she AGAIN said presidential orders/directives cannot be used to override laws. I said…who said they could? NOT ME!
Then finally, I linked articles to the one thing this administration did to help dispensaries, which was allowing banks to do legal business with dispensaries. She claimed the banks did that. I linked articles that said the Treasury AND DoJ did that, asked her if she really thought those agencies could send out those memos, without knowledge and consent of the president, who appointed the heads of those agencies, without them being fired. She again said the banks just classified the dispensaries as a certain type of retail business. Didn’t bother reading the article again, because ya know, it didn’t agree with her zealous, blinding love for Obama and her determination to frame him as completely helpless to do anything.
Something tells me that had the president in this discussion been Bush, it would’ve been an entirely different story for her - as in, THEN the facts would’ve mattered.
i was totally awkward today i worded everything so badly that i think i made it sound like i liked this dude - and i was talking to him! but i don’t.. and wow. i only thought after i spoke i just suck lol like forreal. how.. could.. i. i’m just messed up lol smh nour x10000000000
A partner of mine was once on his way to my place for a date. He’d borrowed a car that was quite nice and he’s a musician, so I suppose he looked like he could be a famous rocker or something (tattoos, piercings, long hair, etc). He was coming from a wealthy neighborhood too and another man, who also appeared to be wealthy, in a nice suit, driving an expensive car, pulled up next to him at a light and said to him, “I like your style!” My partner said thanks and the guy asked him if he’d like to hang out some time, asked him for his phone number; to which he said sure and rattled it off without thinking twice about it. When he arrived at my place, I opened the door and he said, “I think I might have a new boyfriend!” LMFAO!l
im thinkin of dropping spanish (or just finishing it this semester, idk which) and then taking either french or italian ‘cause i live in california so there kinda is no need to take a spanish class, plus it’s kinda sorta easy and similar to arabic. i was thinking of taking french though cuz i can learn bout lots of african countries through french sources, but i was thinking italian cuz some of my family speaks it and i can learn about libya and other places like that too. idk.
Just wanted to say how awesome this is, because I’m so often frustrated with people in the US who are clearly spoiled by the idea that they don’t “need” to learn other languages (because English is officially, yet inexplicably IMO, the “international language”).
I used to speak French and Greek semi-fluently, but have lost most of it because I also live in CA and have too few people to speak those languages with, so it went away :(
Spanish is actually the native tongue for more land on Earth - quite practical! I used to speak some Spanish too, but when I first moved to CA, most of the Spanish speakers teased me a lot, because I learned in Spain and that particular dialect is funny to them I guess. Now it’s been long enough that most of that is gone too; so I’ve been thinking it’s a good time to relearn, in another dialect.
I’d learned Spanish and then French. I found French a MUCH more difficult language to learn, mostly because it’s tough for your ear to distinguish words, with the flat tone and the blending of words together (for example, articles ending in vowels, become one word when the noun starts with a vowel). Most of my learning was learning to listen and it took a long time before I was truly hearing it clearly - much longer than any other language. And that was while I lived in Paris, despite having had three years of it in school (though school was about 10 years before I lived there).
Then I started to look at Italian, because I considered traveling to Italy. I had a feeling that I’d be able to pick it up fairly easily, because most of it seemed to be very close (in root word, as well as pronunciation) to either Spanish or French; plus it’s more clearly pronounced, more expressive sounding, like Spanish. So I’d recommend you learn French.