Posts Tagged ‘Protesting’

By Steve Lendman

First Amendment rights are too precious to lose. Without them, all others are at risk.

 On January 20, six independent journalists were arrested in Washington for doing their jobs – covering protests during Trump’s inauguration.
They committed no crimes, yet face possible prosecution and imprisonment. The affected journalists include documentary producer Jack Keller, independent photojournalist Shay Horse, independent journalist Matt Hopard, free lance reporter Aaron Cantu, Vocativ journalist Evan Enger, and RT America’s Alexander Rubinstein.
RT International reported the story, explaining Rubenstein was wrongfully charged with inciting a riot. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years imprisonment and can be fined as much as $25,000. RT’s press office blasted what happened, issuing a statement, saying:

“The arrest and subsequent felony rioting charge against our reporter, Alexander Rubinstein, simply for doing his job – covering inauguration protests in Washington DC – is an absolute outrage.”
“Such acts represent an egregious violation of journalistic freedom, and are particularly disheartening to witness in the country that positions itself as the global champion of free press.”
“RT will apply the full weight of its legal team in support of our journalist and we are confident that a thorough review by the US Attorney’s office will confirm that Alexander, who wore his press credentials at all times, was wrongfully arrested.”
Brutalizing protesters is commonplace in US cities, notably against global justice, anti-war, and Occupy Wall Street activists in recent years – flagrantly violating constitutional and international law.
On inauguration day, police made over 200 arrests. A DC National Lawyers’ Guild statement on its web site said police “indiscriminately targeted people for arrest en masse based on location alone.”
office blasted what happened, issuing a statement, saying:

“The arrest and subsequent felony rioting charge against our reporter, Alexander Rubinstein, simply for doing his job – covering inauguration protests in Washington DC – is an absolute outrage.”
“Such acts represent an egregious violation of journalistic freedom, and are particularly disheartening to witness in the country that positions itself as the global champion of free press.”
“RT will apply the full weight of its legal team in support of our journalist and we are confident that a thorough review by the US Attorney’s office will confirm that Alexander, who wore his press credentials at all times, was wrongfully arrested.”
Brutalizing protesters is commonplace in US cities, notably against global justice, anti-war, and Occupy Wall Street activists in recent years – flagrantly violating constitutional and international law.
On inauguration day, police made over 200 arrests. A DC National Lawyers’ Guild statement on its web site said police “indiscriminately targeted people for arrest en masse based on location alone.”
“These illegal acts are clearly designed to chill the speech of protesters engaging in First Amendment activity.” They reflect how police states operate.“These illegal acts are clearly designed to chill the speech of protesters engaging in First Amendment activity.” They reflect how police states operate.
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This is a very unfortunate verdict but expected. “GRAND JURY DECLINES TO INDICT OFFICER IN FERGUSON SHOOTING”. The grand jury declined Darren Wilson to be charged in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown and it has emotionally outraged African American communities, country-wide. It deserves attention but other areas need more attention for the survival of the African American race. The killing of a human being is erroneous and unlawful no matter what the nationality is but many Africa Americans are mentally programmed to be more comfortable with  “blacks killing blacks”. Complacency. Our culture truly lives up to the “crabs in a barrow” mentality. African Americans kill each other everyday and no one protest, riots or marches for peace and justice in the aftermath of the tragedy . But we have the audacity to become politically driven after a white cop gun down a black teenager in cold blood. The irony is, our culture gun down each other and innocent people everyday but no one dare march behind these killings of their own race because the Africa American cultures lives would be consumed in the perpetuated protesting against black on black crime. The statistics are staggering; 93% of black murder victims or killed by other blacks. Imagine that; We’d never have a peaceful moment due to constant protesting. Racial matters are not the issue, we are our own problem and we are our only solution. The constitution was not written with black people in mind so it really should not be of shock when there is injustice permeating through of our nation. We can not turn this flawed system around until we turn around and look at ourselves, the source and acknowledge why we seem to be standing still. Education is the POWER and it can change existing matters but a great deal of black people wont even pick up a book as if it’s kryptonite to our body’s functional capacity. So what is our cause to protest and have an outcry of injustice? When tomorrow,yesterday and momentarily an African American is killing another African American. When you point a finger at someone, three more are pointing back at you. Yesterday was our time to wake up.

  • Ferguson, Missouri is engulfed in intense protesting/turned rioting and with the civil unrest, it doesn’t appear it will diminish anytime soon. Michael Brown, an 18 year old teenager, was gun down, execution style, by a police officer after “allegedly” struggling with Brown over a weapon Tuesday, August 17 but if you have viewed the surveillance video, you are aware of the truth. After reviewing the surveillance footage, you immediately notice, there is no weapon present. Maybe miniscule physical assault between the patron and store employee but no imminent posed threat and yet, the police report indicated the complete opposite of the actual ordeal and according to a dispatcher, the situation was not even called in and reported. The police station discovered the incident through its display on a local news broadcast. Dorian Johnson, Michael Brown’s friend and a witness to the monstrous injustice painted a different canvas to news reporters, expressing Michael Brown’s innocence and his concurring to cooperate after being shoot a couple times (weapon free) before being killed. As tragic and radical this police brutality is, it also has a sinister plot to it; this is and like many before it (unreported) and many after it, is merely just a smokescreen to what’s really unfolding. Your Constitutional Rights are being taken away from you.  How often in the U.S have you ever seen justice served from a police brutality case?  It is highly unlikely justice will be served even with a proper investigation. Law enforcement in the U.S has gradually been granted de facto legal immunity over the years. Exceptions are only made for pubic relations purposes and even this rarely goes beyond a smack on the wriest. Does it perplex you that the police are starting to act more like the military and we have been warned of this impending reality by bankers, some political parties, conspiracy theorist, ex military soldiers and what some might call, government ” whistle blowers”. This is an unfortunate series of events indeed but lets put in into a more logical perspective; This is not about a “race thing”. It’s about using the “race card” to distract Americans from the ultimate agenda to perpetuate a slumber induce mental dream state, keeping you docile enough to consummate their New World Order. We have already unknowingly lost most of the things in our Bill Of Rights; like the trials, juries and warrants(NDAA). The only issue I have with the entire protesting situation is, why choose to lift your voice and sing when it’s white on black crime? Why not get emotionally involved when it’s black on black crime? And that happens regularly. Just a few days ago, a few blocks from my neighborhood, a drive by shooting occurred, killing a young girl, older man and a baby. Others were wounded but no one protested about this tragedy and it got little covered. And Yes, I am a mixture of nationalities but I have always only spoken for my African ethnicity so it’s not a racial condescending to African Americans but it should resonate as a wake up call. You should feel just as moved when it is black on black crime. It’s like the kettle calling the pot black. My sincere condolences goes out to Michael Brown’s family and friends. We need learn to unite as one for every injustice our government is subjecting us too and stand against the tyranny and corruption plaguing our nation.