Saturday, Jan 18th, 2020 - 10:22:58

Noam Chomsky - #Occupy Boston (2011)

'The book includes an editor's note, a brief section providing legal advice for American Occupy activists, and five sections written by Chomsky himself. Occupy opens with an editor's note written by Greg Ruggiero, in which he explains the basics to Chomsky's views on the Occupy Movement, drawing quotes from his various public speeches in order to do so. Ruggiero also discusses Occupy's success in the United States, stating that it has helped to change media discussions by introducing terms like "the 99%" into popular discourse and also by bringing national attention to the plight of the impoverished. He remarks that the protest movement has not only helped to highlight the "heartlessness and inhumanity" of the socio-political system, but that it has also helped to provide solidarity with those "being crushed" under that system.'

Thai Barricades: Bureaucracy (2014)

"After more than four months of relentless sit-ins and government shutdowns, the leader of the insurrection, Suthep Thaugsuban, has dismantled most of his various protest sites around the capital, retreating to a single encampment in central Bangkok. His supporters are dwindling in number, and so is their appetite for further confrontation. Lumpini Park is the new headquarters of Thailand's failing people’s revolution."

Casta Paintings - "a hierarchical system of race classification"

"Español con India/(o), Mestizo/a.
Mestizo/a con Española/o, Castizo/a.
Castiza/o con Español, Española/o.
Español con Negra/o, Mulato/a.
Mulato/a con Española/o, Morisca/o.
Morisco/a con Española/o, Chino/a.
Chino/a con India/o, Salta Atrás.
Salta Atras con Mulata/o, Lobo/a.
Lobo/a con China/o, Gíbaro/a (Jíbaro/a).
Gíbaro/a con Mulata/o, Albarazado/a.
Albarazado/a con Negra/o, Cambujo/a.
Cambujo/a con India/o, Sambiaga/o (Zambiaga/o).
Sambiago/a con Loba/o, Kalpa-mulato/a.
Kalpa-mulato/a con Cambuja/o, Tin Tin de los Aires.
Tin Tin de los Aires con Mulata/o, No entieñdo de nada.
No entieñdo de nada con India/o, Tornado Tantrás".

Satyagraha - Visible Shape: Philip Glass / Lou Reed at Occupy Wall Street

'With a moving melody and an assortment of footage, French filmmaker Jean Thevenin artfully pieces together the events of an important night in Occupy history in his short film, "Visible Shape". On this particular evening in December, composer Philip Glass and Lou Reed joined a large crowd of occupiers in Lincoln Center in New York, outside the final performance of Glass's opera "Satyagraha", which is about the life of Gandhi and his non-violent protests. Glass joined the crowds for a mic check, reciting the closing lines of his opera, which is also where the film gets its name: "When righteousness withers away, and evil rules the land, we come into being, age after age, and take visible shape, and move, a man among men, for the protection of good, thrusting back evil, and setting virtue on her seat again." Lou Reed spoke via the people's mic as well, saying, "The police are our army. I want to be friends with them." Those involved in the movement couldn't help pointing out the irony in the fact that the Koch Brothers and Mayor Bloomberg sponsor Lincoln Center; the New York City Ballet dances in a theater bearing David Koch's name. While Bloomberg celebrated Gandhi and his efforts, he also worked to shut down the Occupy Movement, and the irony was apparently lost on him. 'Protest', a song from Satyagraha played by the New York City Opera Orchestra, plays throughout the short film, melding seamlessly with the black and white footage of the crowds, signs and the protesters' chants. The result is a powerful video that has truly captures the solidarity and spirit of the Occupy Movement.'


Snipergate: Occupy Houston & FOIA Documents

"Remember the Occupy Movement? The peaceful crowds that camped out in the center of a number of cities in the fall of 2011, calling for some recognition by local, state and federal authorities that our democratic system was out of whack, controlled by corporate interests, and in need of immediate repair? That movement swept the US beginning in mid-September 2011. When, in early October, the movement came to Houston, Texas, law enforcement officials and the city’s banking and oil industry executives freaked out  perhaps even more so than they did in some other cities. The push-back took the form of violent assaults by police on Occupy activists, federal and local surveillance of people seen as organizers, infiltration by police provocateurs—and, as crazy as it sounds, some kind of plot to assassinate the “leaders” of this non-violent and leaderless movement. But don’t take our word for it. Here’s what the document obtained from the Houston FBI, said.."

MLK & the National Conference for a New Politics (1967-68)

"Unknown to the public or the anti-war movement at large, its leaders were already talking to Dr. King as their candidate for president against Johnson in 1968.  On January 5, former National Students Association leader — and future New York congressman — Allard Lowenstein, Yale chaplain William Sloane Coffin and four-time Socialist presidential nominee Norman Thomas held a discussion with King and his friend, New York attorney Harry H. Wachtel. They suggested that the clergyman run for president. Writing in "The American Melodrama," British authors Godfrey Hodgson, Lewis Chester, and Bruce Page noted, 'In March 1967, during the first discussions of liberal strategy for 1968, Lowenstein and his hero Norman Thomas inclined toward the idea of putting up Martin Luther King as a third-party peace candidate'. King certainly let his admirers on the left encourage his candidacy, and the talks went on for months... On August 31 1967, more than 3,000 liberals, Vietnam War opponents, and civil rights and community activists met in Chicago for a five-day National Conference for a New Politics. The theme of the conclave was electoral strategy. The 'wish list' of many of the participants was a third party ticket with King for president and pediatrician and anti-war leader Benjamin Spock for vice president."

Buddhist Monk - Thai Folk Art (2014)

"In the last half of the 20th century, the vast majority of Thailand's rainforest were lost. Millions of villagers in the forest were (sometimes violently) driven from their homes as villages were bulldozed over to make room for eucalyptus plantations... Forest monks in Thailand were on the front line in the battle against logging companies and eucalyptus farmers to preserve Thailand's rainforests."

MLK - Memphis

Act of State: The Execution of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"Martin King was killed because he had become intolerable. It's not just that he opposed the war and now was going to the bottom line of a number of the major corporations in the United States; those forces that effectively rule the world at this point in time, the transnational entities. But more importantly, I think the reason was because he was going to bring a mass of people to Washington in the spring of '68. And that was very troubling. He wanted to cap the numbers. But the military knew that once he started bringing the wretched of America to camp there in the shadow of the Washington Memorial, and go every day up to see their Senators and Congressman and try to get social program monies put back in that were taken out because of the war -- and once they did that, and they got rebuffed again and again they would increasingly get angry. It was the assessment of the Army that he would lose control of that group. And the more violent and radical amongst the forces would take control and they would have a revolution on their hands in the nation's capital. And they couldn't put down that revolution. They didn't have enough troops. Westmoreland wanted 200,000 for Vietnam. They didn't have those. They simply didn't have enough troops to put down what they thought was going to be the revolution that would result from that encampment. So because of that I think, more than anything else, Martin King was never going to be allowed to bring that mass of angry, disaffected humanity to Washington. He was never going to leave Memphis. And that was the reason for the elaborate preparations that they had..."

Visions of Abolition: From Critical Resistance to A New Way of Life

"Imprisonment has become the response of first resort to far too many of the social problems that burden people who are ensconced in poverty. These problems often are veiled by being conveniently grouped together under the category "crime" and by the automatic attribution of criminal behavior to people of color. Homelessness, unemployment, drug addiction, mental illness, and illiteracy are only a few of the problems that disappear from public view when the human beings contending with them are relegated to cages. Prisons thus perform a feat of magic. Or rather the people who continually vote in new prison bonds and tacitly assent to a proliferating network of prisons and jails have been tricked into believing in the magic of imprisonment. But prisons do not disappear problems, they disappear human beings. And the practice of disappearing vast numbers of people from poor, immigrant, and racially marginalized communities has literally become big business."

The FBI War on Tupac Shakur and Black Leaders

"The FBI War on Tupac Shakur and Black Leaders contains a wealth of names, dates and events detailing the use of COINTELPRO style tactics by the FBI against a generation of leftist political leaders and leftist musicians. Based on 12 years of research and includes over 1,000 endnotes. Sources include over 100 interviews, FOIA-released CIA and FBI documents, court transcripts, and many mainstream media outlets. Book is 192 pages of main text, 100 pages of endnotes, 8 pages of photos (incl. government/court documents) and some more pages of preface, foreword, afterword, and bios. (Fred Hampton, Jr. contributed an Afterword and Pam Africa wrote a Foreword to which Mumia Abu-Jamal contributed an essay.)"

2-Pac got Shot!

The Last Words of Tupac Shakur - "Fuck You" to Vegas Police

"...all of a sudden in the snap of a finger, he changed. And he went from struggling to speak, being noncooperative, to an ‘I’m at peace’ type of thing. Just like that. He went from fighting to ‘I can’t do it.’ And when he made that transition, he looked at me, and he’s looking right in my eyes. And that’s when I looked at him and said one more time, ‘Who shot you?’ He looked at me and he took a breath to get the words out, and he opened his mouth, and I thought I was actually going to get some cooperation. And then the words came out: ‘Fuck you.’" After that, he started gurgling and slipping out of consciousness. At that point, an ambulance showed up, and he went into unconsciousness... As soon as he got to the hospital, he went into surgery and was heavily sedated, and I guess he went into a coma and really never came out of that, until they took him off of life support. So that moment I talked to him was his last real living moment where he was speaking."

Zeds Dead - "Essential Mix" (2013-03-02)

"Canada's Zeds Dead drop a bass heavy Essential Mix. Zeds Dead are production duo DC and Hooks. They've been destroying dancefloors in North America and beyond since 2009 and once embarked on a 12 week, 80 date DJing road trip by bus! They've been championed on Radio 1 by Diplo and they've released music on the likes of Mad Decent and Steve Aoki's Dim Mak. They've also remixed an wide range of artists from TEED, to Marina & The Diamonds, to The Prodigy."

Ramona Africa: MOVE Bombings were "Urban Terrorism" by Police

"Twenty five years ago, the Philadelphia police dropped a bomb on the compound of the Black militant group MOVE. The bombing killed 11 MOVE members including five children, destroyed 61 homes and sent shock waves throughout the country. On the anniversary of the bombing, dozens of protests broke out in Philadelphia as the legal team of the MOVE victims filed a new lawsuit against the police officers who dropped the bomb."

Oligarchy Remix

The Powell Memo - A Blueprint for Social Control in America

"Corporate oligarchy is a form of power, governmental or operational, where such power effectively rests with a small, elite group of inside individuals, sometimes from a small group of educational institutions, or influential economic entities or devices, such as banks, commercial entities, lobbyists that act in complicity with, or at the whim of the oligarchy, often with little or no regard for constitutionally protected prerogative. Monopolies are sometimes granted to state-controlled entities, such as the Royal Charter granted to the East India Company. Today's multinational corporations function as corporate oligarchies with influence over democratically elected officials... Some contemporary authors have characterized current conditions in the United States as being oligarchic in nature."


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