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Ferguson isn’t about black rage against cops. It’s white rage against progress.


When we look back on what happened in Ferguson, Mo., during the summer of 2014, it will be easy to think of it as yet one more episode of black rage ignited by yet another police killing of an unarmed African American male. But that has it precisely backward. What we’ve actually seen is the latest outbreak of white rage. Sure, it is cloaked in the niceties of law and order, but it is rage nonetheless.


Anonymous Announces “Day of Rage” – Ferguson Protest


Seattle: 4:00PM (QUEEN ANNE BAPTIST CHURCH, 2011 1st Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98109)

Anonymous Announces “Day of Rage” – Ferguson Protest
Posted By Fred Touchette

AnonThe infamous hacking group known as Anonymous today announced a National Day of Rage in protest of the current situation in Ferguson Missouri. Currently all media outlets are buzzing with constant updates on the state of affairs around this small St. Louis suburb. Many in Ferguson have been in protest over the shooting and killing of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer since it occurred on Saturday August 9th, while others, let’s call them opportunists, have decided this would be a good time for looting everything in sight. All of the chaos and racial division has forced others to stay locked in their homes out of fear and for their own safety. Nightly protesters have gathered while the police force face them in what looks to be nothing short of a stand-off with an imaginary line drawn between the two. Also nightly, things eventually get out of hand when the crowd is deemed to be assembled illegally and dispersed with rubber bullets, acoustic cannons, flash grenades and tear gas.

It now seems that Anonymous wants to join in the fight. Well known for a long laundry list of hacktivism, including a strong showing in the quasi-recent Occupy Wall Street protests in 2011, protests against Westboro Baptist Church, and Operation Tunisia in support of the Arab Spring movement. In addition to these, Anonymous has also had a hand in attacks against Sony resulting in over 100 million accounts being compromised in that same year as well as attacks against the US Department of Justice and the New York Stock Exchange. The internet has always been the weapon of choice for this group whether it be calling people to action by assembling in protest, or using it to disable websites leveraging some sort of SQL Injection flaw, with the reach of the world-wide web they are able to wield a large amount of power in the name of their causes.

They often like to input their brand into highly polarizing world events such as the one happening now in Ferguson. This is an event that has a lot of people up in arms and Anon agrees. They have announced a “National Day of Rage” this Thursday August 21st in order to protest the events in Ferguson. According to their YouTube channel and video on the subject “This is another collective peaceful day of rage. Rage with voices, not with violence.” and the video calls for “Justice against police brutality“.


They have also included a schedule of cities and locations where the events are supposed to take place via a Pastebin post, a favorite site for sharing items such as these. These can be seen below.

Phoenix: 5:00PM (EASTLAKE PARK, 1549 E Jefferson St , Phoenix, AZ 85034)
Tuscon: 5:00PM (CATALINA PARK, 900 N 4th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85705)
Little Rock: 6:00PM (OUTSIDE STATE CAPITOL BUILDING, Dr Martin Luther King Jr Dr., Little Rock, AR 72201)
San Francisco: 4:00PM (CIVIC CENTER PLAZA, 355 Mcallister St, San Francisco, California 94102)
Oakland: 4:00PM (FRANK OGAWA PLAZA, 1 Frank H Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612)
Los Angeles: 4:00PM (LEIMERT PLAZA PARK, 4395 Leimert Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008)
Denver: 5:00PM (CIVIC CENTER PARK, 100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, Colorado 80204)
Washington DC: 7:00PM (OUTSIDE WHITE HOUSE, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500)
Atlanta: 7:00PM (OLD DECATUR COURTHOUSE, 101 E Court Sq, Decatur, GA 30030)
Orlando: 7:00PM (LAKE EOLA PARK, 195 N Rosalind Ave, Orlando, Florida 32801)
Miami: 7:00PM (GWEN CHERRY PARK, NW 71 St., Miami, Florida, 33147)
Chicago: 6:00PM (RICHARD J DALEY CENTER, 50 W Washington St, Chicago, Illinois 60602)
Des Moines: 6:00PM (IOWA STATE CAPITOL, 1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319)
New Orleans: 6:00PM (LAFAYETTE SQUARE, New Orleans, LA 70130)
Baltimore: 7:00PM (201 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202)
Boston: 7:00PM (MASSACHUSETTS STATE HOUSE, 24 Beacon St, Boston, MA 01233)
Detroit: 7:00PM (HART PLAZA, One Hart Plaza, Detroit, Michigan 48226)
Lansing: 7:00PM (STATE CAPITOL BUILDING, Capitol Avenue at Michigan Avenue, Lansing, MI 48933)
Ann Arbor: 7:00PM (THE DIAG, Burns Park, Ann Arbor, MI 48109)
Minneapolis: 6:00PM (MINNEAPOLIS URBAN LEAGUE, 2100 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411
St. Louis: 6:00PM (GATEWAY ARCH, St. Louis 63102)
Carson City: 4:00PM (NEVADA STATE CAPITOL BUILDING, 101 N Carson St, Carson City, Nevada 89701)
Manhattan, NY: 7:00PM (TIMES SQUARE, Manhattan, NY, 10036)
Newark: 7:00PM (NEWARK CITY HALL, 920 Broad Street, Newark, New Jersey 07102)
Durham: 7:00PM (200 E. Main St. Durham, North Carolina)
Columbus: 7:00PM (GOODALE PARK, Columbus, Ohio 43215)
Cleveland: 7:00PM (CLEVELAND PUBLIC LIBRARY, 325 Superior Ave E, Cleveland, Ohio 44114)
Portland: 4:00PM (PIONEER COURTHOUSE SQUARE, 701 SW 6th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97204)
Philadelphia: 7:00PM (LOVE PARK, 1599 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102)
Pittsburgh: 7:00PM (PITTSBURGH CITY-COUNTY BUILDING, 414 Grant St, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219)
Nashville: 6:00PM (801 Broadway Nashville, TN 37203 Estes Kefauver Federal Building)
Memphis: 6:00PM (Health Sciences Park Memphis, TN)
Austin: 6:00PM (TEXAS STATE CAPITOL, Outside South Gate-11th and Congress Ave.)
Salt Lake City: 5:00PM (SALT LAKE CITY COMMUNITY COLLEGE, 4600 S Redwood Rd, Salt Lake City, Utah 84123)
Seattle: 4:00PM (QUEEN ANNE BAPTIST CHURCH, 2011 1st Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98109)
Milwaukee: 5:00PM (DINEEN PARK, Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

Shooting Death of Michael Brown 23rd and Union Protest and Rally

The shooting of Michael Brown occurred on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri, United States. Brown was an 18-year-old African-American man who died after being shot multiple times by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Brown was unarmed and had no history of arrests or criminal convictions. According to Ferguson police, Brown was a suspect in a robbery minutes before the shooting, although the initial contact between Wilson and Brown was unrelated to the robbery.

Wilson has served four years with the Ferguson Police Department, two years with another local police department, and had no disciplinary history with an award for “extraordinary effort in the line of duty”.

The incident sparked reactions within the St. Louis suburb and at the national level, including peaceful demonstrations and protests, acts of vandalism and other forms of social unrest,as well as national calls for an investigation. Widespread media coverage explored the question of local police departments arming themselves with “military-grade weapons” and responding in a military fashion when dealing with protesting civilians and journalists covering volatile current events.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) opened a civil rights investigation of the shooting. U.S. President Barack Obama issued a statement expressing condolences to Brown’s family and committed the U.S. Department of Justice to conduct an investigation.

On August 16, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and implemented a midnight to 5 a.m. curfew in Ferguson.

Source: wikipedia.com

Stokely Carmichael, Black Power’s forgotten prophet


The civil rights movement has inspired many to glorify the actions and efforts of the two polarizing figures of that tumultuous time — Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Peniel E. Joseph

Americans tend to overlook another prominent figure of that time who is arguably as influential those icons. In “Stokely: A Life,” author Peniel E. Joseph sheds light on the activist Stokely Carmichael, painting an in-depth portrait of the civil rights leader and the lengths to which he was willing to go for blacks during a crucial time in American history.

Born in Trinidad in 1941, Stokely Carmichael moved to New York with his family when he was 11. He mingled with children of different backgrounds. From those early encounters he developed ideas about class and race that he would bring to the Civil Rights struggle.

A tall, handsome and well-spoken young man, Carmichael developed and honed the rhetorical skills that would help him spearhead grass-roots movements. He led the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the Jim Crow-riddled South while still a student at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

On June 4, 1961, Carmichael boarded a train from New Orleans to Jackson, Mississippi, with eight other “Freedom Riders” in an effort to integrate the train’s “Whites Only” section. They were subsequently arrested and taken to jail for disturbing the peace after attempting to dine in a white cafeteria in Jackson.

Carmichael’s political career gained traction as his fame for organizing movements for black rights grew. During this time, his national profile grew as he organized nonviolent sit-ins, marches and demonstrations such as voting rights campaigns in the Deep South.

Stokely Carmichael’s notoriety not only fueled efforts that lead to the 1963 March on Washington, it also put Carmichael in the position meet and befriend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King served as an influence for Carmichael as a nonviolent activist, but it was the young man’s uncompromising rhetoric on the Vietnam War that influenced Dr. King.

After the March on Washington, Carmichael began the transition from a pragmatic peace promoter to a radical revolutionist. His national debut on CBS’s “Face the Nation” program allowed him the chance to expose American hypocrisy in which it justified “dropping bombs in Vietnam to ensure free elections there.”

Carmichael argued that the nation could and should “do no less in freedom in Mississippi.”

It was here that his nonviolent rhetoric also changed. He began preaching the necessity of political rights and self-rule by any means necessary, leading to increased scrutiny from J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI.

President Lyndon B. Johnson viewed the “Carmichaels and Kings” of the world as serious threats to the United States, suggesting that they might be under the control of communists by speaking anti-war rhetoric. Carmichael’s trips to Cuba and North Vietnam didn’t help matters much.

Mr. Joseph argues that Carmichael’s call for “Black Power” and the formation of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense provided a new means for African-Americans to not only unite and protect themselves against white Americans but to take pride in being “not lazy, but black, intelligent, aggressive people.”

Black Power gained worldwide attention during the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City when 200 meter Gold and Bronze Medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their black gloved fists in the air to symbolize black power.

When he turned 30, Carmichael made the brash decision to embrace pan-African ideology by leaving the United States and moving to Guinea, where the adopted the name Kwame Ture. This move perplexed and disappointed his supporters. He became a somewhat forgotten figure until his death in 1998.

Throughout “Stokely: A Life,” Mr. Joseph suggests that Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King and Stokely Carmichael formed an unacknowledged trio that dominated liberation politics on the world stage during the 1960s. It is a disservice to civil rights history that his name is often omitted when chronicling the progress since that time.

Could it be that because Carmichael was the only man the trio to make it past the age of 40 without becoming a martyr through assassination that he’s been forgotten?

Whatever the reason, Mr. Joseph’s detail rich biography delves into the life of a political activist turned icon while not forgetting to show us his human side.


Rallies Against Zimmerman Verdict Being Held in US


From New York to California, outrage over the acquittal in George Zimmerman’s murder trial poured from street demonstrations and church pulpits Sunday as protesters called for justice for the unarmed youth he killed and demanded federal civil rights charges against him.

Protests were planned later Sunday in Boston, Detroit, Baltimore, San Francisco and other cities over the Florida case, which unleashed a national debate over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice. One protest in California hours after the verdict late Saturday ended with vandalism while police dispersed another crowd by firing beanbag rounds.

In Washington, the Justice Department said it is looking into the case to determine whether federal prosecutors should file criminal civil rights charges now that Zimmerman has been acquitted in the state case.