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Karim Sulayman’s “I Trust You” Artful Protest vs. Anarchic Protest

Karim Sulayman’s “I Trust You” Artful Protest vs. Anarchic Protest

Karim Sulayman – I trust you from Meredith Kaufman Younger on Vimeo.

Who is Karim Sulayman? He is an Arab-American who has mastered the art of singing tenor. He has also mastered the art of protest. (And he performed it right in front of Trump Tower).

Sulayman’s protest touched people in a good way that made them stop and consider how they feel about Muslims. People watching him had to be asking themselves if they feared him and, if the answer was Yes, then why?

We need much more of this type of peaceful protest and much less of the anarchic type of protest that we saw in response to Milo Yiannopoulos’s scheduled appearance at UC Berkeley.

Did the Berkeley protest change the minds of any bigots who support Milo Yiannopoulos? I doubt it. The best way to protest a provocateur is to not show up at his event. People like Yiannopoulos relish conflict and chaos. It inflates their egos. So if you really want to marginalize him, make plans for a big protest and make sure he knows about it – and then make sure nobody shows up to protest.

Protest Donald Trump’s Inauguration by Wearing Black

Protest Donald Trump’s Inauguration by Wearing Black

Well, we’re doin’ mighty fine, I do suppose,
In our streak of lightnin’ cars and fancy clothes,
But just so we’re reminded of the ones who are held back
Up front there ought ‘a be a Man In Black.

– Johnny Cash, from “Man in Black

Inauguration in Black

What should you wear to protest Donald  Trump’s inauguration as president of the United States of America on Friday, January 20, 2017? It’s pretty simple. Wear black, and I mean all black – black underwear, black t-shirt, black pants, black belt, black shirt, black tie, black socks, black shoes, black coat (raincoat with a hood if you live in Seattle), black accessories, and if you hair is not black – consider dying it black.

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Donald Trump Tweets Flag Burners belong in Jail and should Lose their Citizenship

Donald Trump Tweets Flag Burners belong in Jail and should Lose their Citizenship

American-Flag-Burning Donald Trump Tweets Flag Burners belong in Jail and should Lose their Citizenship

Early this morning, Donald Trump woke up and sent off a flurry of tweets including this one:

“Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail”!

6:55 AM – 29 Nov 2016

What are we to make of this tweet that defies the U.S. Constitution? In 1989 the Supreme Court in Texas v. Johnson ruled that burning a flag in protest is political expression protected by the First Amendment. In 1967 the Supreme Court ruled in Afroyim v. Rusk that the 14th Amendment forbids the government from taking away the citizenship of natural born Americans. Is Donald Trump suggesting that congress enact laws to punish flag-burning protesters by incarcerating them for a year and/or stripping them of their citizenship? Based on Supreme Court decisions, if congress did pass such laws, they would immediately be ruled unconstitutional.

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Political Songs: The 2016 Election Selection

Political Songs: The 2016 Election Selection

Hillary-and-Donald-6-sm Political Songs: The 2016 Election Selection

Choose wisely.

Here is a list of political songs you need to listen to during the final two weeks leading up to the presidential election on November 8th.

As you may have figured out by now, one of the biggest issues of this election is racism. The first few political songs take us back to the mid sixties through the mid seventies. Yes our nation has made some progress since then, but these songs remind you about what was going on then and makes you wonder why it’s still going on now.

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Will Colin Kaepernick Stand for the Canadian National Anthem

Will Colin Kaepernick Stand for the Canadian National Anthem

San Francisco’s backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick (#7) is coming to Seattle on Seattle’s annual Canada Day game. The Canadian national anthem, “Oh Canada” will be played before “The Star Spangled Banner”. Kaepernick started the national-anthem protests against police killings of unarmed black people across the country. What will he do during the Canadian national anthem? Stand? Sit? Kneel?

Kaepernick-anthem-kneel Will Colin Kaepernick Stand for the Canadian National Anthem

Since the Canadian anthem will precede the US anthem, I think he will be standing for that (Canada doesn’t have a racist-cop problem do they?) and take a knee before “The Star Spangled Banner”. He has probably thought this through to the media reaction: He stood up for Canada but not the US?!!!!!! What horrible ungrateful, military-hating man! Who does he think he is? Why doesn’t he just move to Canada?!!!!!! And all the racists  will say: “Move to Canada N***R!”, or worse, “MOVE BACK TO AFRICA WHERE YOU CAME FROM N****R!!!!” Who knows? It certainly would keep people talking, and that is the whole point of protest.

You will have to watch the pre-game festivities at 1:00 p.m. on Fox tomorrow to find out what he does and how the media reacts.

 

Occupy Seattle Protest Posters and Speakers October 15, 2011

Occupy Seattle Protest Posters and Speakers October 15, 2011

This morning I received an email from a neighbor who had been in Westlake Park Wednesday night. Here are a few things he wrote about it for his Facebook page:

About 150 people gather at the stage at the north end of the park, chanting and cheering, with another couple hundred around the periphery. There is a great flurry of activity in the center as a few policemen come in to arrest the man who has erected a yellow tent and is refusing to leave it. Actually, I don’t see these specifics, but heard them later. What I see are dozens of cell phones raised in the air, a guy with a big T.V. camera wading into the center and people chanting “The whole world is watching!”. Then a struggle close to me – some guy going nuts, shouting and flailing. Immediately, people swarm around him and work to calm him down.

Also near to me are about 20 people sitting on the pavement, arms and legs wrapped around each other to form a tightly intertwined “human blanket”. Here is the hard core group, ready to be arrested and determined to peacefully resist.

However, the police withdraw from the park, having made their one arrest and removed the yellow tent. They do not issue an order to vacate. The scene becomes a party with drums and whoops and dancing on the stage and excited conversations everywhere I turn.

I spoke to him briefly before heading downtown to see how the Occupy Seattle movement is progressing.

Upon entering the park I met Derek, a Community Outreach greeter who is assigned the task of informing people wandering into the park what the event is about.

Occupy-Seattle-Derek Occupy Seattle Protest Posters and Speakers October 15, 2011

He asked if I knew about was going on, and I said yes I was here last week. We talked a bit about how this protest might progress and how Mayor McGinn was in kind of a tight spot sympathizing with the protesters now, and how he will eventually get pressured by the downtown suits to end this thing. Will it get violent? We don’t know. Tonight’s “Night of 500 Tents” might tell us something.

Occupy-Seattle-Fist Occupy Seattle Protest Posters and Speakers October 15, 2011

Moving through the crowd to the stage where dozens of people are queued up to take part in the “Speak Out,” I took photos of many of the protest signs.

Occupy-Seattle-stop-greed Occupy Seattle Protest Posters and Speakers October 15, 2011

Occupy-Seattle-coma Occupy Seattle Protest Posters and Speakers October 15, 2011

I listened to several passionate speakers tell the crowd why they were there and what they were fighting for. This guy was a union laborer who told us that the “job creators” were really job destroyers who laid off thousands of Americans and shipped jobs overseas.

Occupy-Seattle-Labor Occupy Seattle Protest Posters and Speakers October 15, 2011

This guy is an Iraq War Veteran against the wars. He spoke of the trillions of dollars we’ve spent on wars that we could have spent at home on education and healthcare to improve our own country.

Occupy-Seattle-war-vet Occupy Seattle Protest Posters and Speakers October 15, 2011

This is David Korten of Yes Magazine who spoke about what great changes this protest and other Occupy events around the globe would bring.

Occupy-Seattle-Korten Occupy Seattle Protest Posters and Speakers October 15, 2011

This singer performed John Lennon’s “Working Class Hero” to much applause.

Occupy-Seattle-Working-Class-Hero Occupy Seattle Protest Posters and Speakers October 15, 2011

While wandering about the square I came across a man devoted to spreading the word that Corporations are Not People via his organization named SeattleMovetoAmend.org. We talked a bit about the Citizen’s United decision and about Thom Hartman’s book, Unequal Protection. I am a big fan of Thom Hartmann, who I had seen last night on Real Time with Bill Maher.

Occupy-Seattle-corporations-not-people Occupy Seattle Protest Posters and Speakers October 15, 2011

I left the event thinking that the Occupy Wall Street movement is just going to keep getting bigger and it’s going to keep spreading across our country and around the globe. People who say they don’t get what it’s about aren’t paying attention. It’s pretty simple really: The vast majority of people in this country are pissed off at how so much wealth and power the 1% richest among us have accumulated. The 99% aren’t going to put up with it anymore. The structure has to change. 

This speaker put in simple terms, “There are two ways we can go about this: Reform or Revolution?”

Occupy-Seattle-revolution Occupy Seattle Protest Posters and Speakers October 15, 2011

The top 1% better start paying attention if they want to avoid the revolution.

Economic Injustice is what Occupy Wall Street is About

Economic Injustice is what Occupy Wall Street is About

This week’s edition of This Modern World explains to all the people to dumb to figure out what the Occupy Wall Street protest is about:

TMW2011-10-12colorKOS Economic Injustice is what Occupy Wall Street is About

There’s more here.

What the heck is this “economic injustice” thing the protester is yelling about?  Well let me give you an example as reported in the Tuscon Sentinel:

The head of the parent company of the Arizona Republic, the shuttered Tucson Citizen – and part owner of the Arizona Daily Star operation – resigned Thursday. Gannett CEO Craig Dubow may be paid out as much as $37 million, after leading the company for five years in which the company’s stock dropped from $72 to $10.

Dubow, 56, has suffered back problems over the past several years, and began his second medical leave in two years on Sept. 15.

He is positioned to to collect as much as $37.1 million in retirement and disability benefits. Gannett’s president and chief operating officer, 60-year-old Gracia C. Martore, succeeds him. Marjorie Magner, 62, an independent member of the board since 2006, was named non-executive chairman.

Under Dubow’s tenure, Gannett has seen it’s revenues fall from $7.6 billion in 2005 to $5.4 billion in 2010.

As the company has lost revenue and seen readership plunge, it has laid off thousands of employees. The company’s workforce dropped from 52,600 in December 2005 to 32,600 at the end of last year. Included in those who lost their jobs were the 65 staffers of the Tucson Citizen, and dozens at the Republic and Star.

Something wrong with that?  Isn’t it okay for the CEO of a news organization to leave and take as much as $37 million while journalists are losing their jobs all over the country? NO IT IS NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

No CEO is worth $37 million dollars.  Who the hell comes up with these exit packages? It’s got to be the organized union of greedy ass CEO’s that run corporate America.  They all look out for each other while they piss all over the thousands of people who work for them.