Black Lives Matter - A Need for Justice
In the United States people used to think all the bad things in the world were happening somewhere else. There were plenty of injustices. There were always struggles. Have things become worse? No, they have only become exposed.
Racism is the one injustice that runs through perhaps most of all the other injustices. There are many forms. Currently we are seeing police violence, outright and open, and recorded to be seen by everyone.
As of September 23, 2020, Breonna Taylor’s family has been awarded a $12M settlement, but it will be paid from taxpayer funds - not the Louisville Police Department. A grand jury indicted one of three officers for shooting into a neighbor’s apartment and none charged with murder; they claiming self-defense for killing a woman asleep in her bedroom, after busting through the front door unannounced.
People, a few of their names here, have met with deadly police violence, establishment violence, qualified immunity violence:
- Mike Brown
- Trayvon Martin
- Philando Castile
- Sandra Bland
- Eric Garner
- Aura Rosser
- Botham Jean
- Atatiana Jefferson
- Freddie Gray
- Tamir Rice
- Elijah McClain
- Daniel Prude
- Stephon Clark
- Breonna Taylor
- George Floyd
- Jacob Blake
- Dion Kay
At a church in Kenosha Wisconsin Portia Bennett addresses Joe Biden on police violence. If I were addressing Joe Biden I would not have been so polite.
My name is Portia Bennett. I was told to go off this paper, but I cannot. We need the truth. Part of the truth: I was born here, raised here. I have to give you the truth of the people.
The truth of the matter is we are heavily angry. Not angry as to where people say they are protesting. There is a difference between a protester and a rioter. Protesters show not just Blacks – Blacks are tired of what is going on. We came together to help get this community together because we live here and we want it to stay the way we have always had it. The changes we want have to be more in effect.
We have heard so many people say, we will give you this and we will give you that. We have yet to see action. You will be let down every single time. If I were that officer, I would be in the Kenosha County Jail right now. All of these officers who commit these crimes, if a medical examiner does their job and says – rules it’s a homicide, that is murder – rules it a homicide, that is murder.
Why are there more police officers in the Black neighborhoods? Why are we more targeted than anybody else? We walk somewhere, and automatically, you fit the description.
I am only 31. I have seen enough within these last two years to say, I’m tired. I am a mother. My oldest is 13 and my twins are nine. I do this because I want their future to be better than what I have right now. My present is not good.
I want the truth heard and I speak for the people in the city because all of us are here with these people. I am telling the truth. It is not what a lot of people think it is for us. We want the same exact rights as others. We want to be treated just like everyone else. A lot of us get denied jobs because we mark that box as Black or African-American. People tear down our houses in our neighborhoods instead of fixing them up and making a better. We are pushed to one side of town. Gentrification has to stop as well. We cannot get there if somebody with a voice cannot put that into effect. That is all we are asking. We want the same treatment. We are not asking, put us above anybody. For so many decades, we have been shown we don’t matter. We want someone who is actually going to show and put their action in paired. There a lot of stuff we want done, action in. There are a lot of stuff we want done.
I see it, I live it. Others who don’t see it and live it cannot tell you the truth. They cannot give you the things we are going through as Black and Brown people. So I am telling you. It is way more that we want done, and it did not just start with Jacob. We want change. We want change. Thank you for coming today and hearing me.
Letetra Wideman, Jacob Blake’s sister, eloquent statement after her brother was shot in the back SEVEN times by police in Kenosha Wisconsin.
Jacob Blake is still alive after being shot in the back seven times, but he is paralytic and was, for a time, handcuffed to a hospital bed. Police are lying about what happened. Protests continue. Establishment, outnumbered. Violence accelerates.
The Governor who produced this massacre in Flint has endorsed Biden and Biden has accepted his endorsement! For a detailed report on this situation, please find and listen to Michael Moore’s podcast Rumble episode #116 featuring “Red Bull Melissa”.
And they want us to vote for Biden-Harris. No, we cannot. Many of us cannot.
Police violence was prevalent from the moment George Floyd was murdered on May 25, 2020. Police have been fired, Chiefs of Police have been fired, police reform is beginning, and defunding the militarization of police departments throughout the United States is underway.
Los Angeles Police Department Public Forum
One example of all the above was the public forum conducted on June 2nd 2020. Overwhelmingly the public called for the dismissal of Chief Moore of the Los Angeles Police Department. The forum continued for eight hours though only four hours of the forum was rebroadcast. It is here complete with a few sections that were blank due to waiting during the forum removed.
Poor People's Campaign June 2020
A National Call for a Moral Revival
This is important. I know there is a lot to catch up with, but this cannot wait. The publisher of this website has experienced or been affected by nearly every thing talked about in this campaign. We have seen very little change come from our government so far, where progress was not blocked entirely. There is much to say and much was said in this program.
We enter the stream where Rev. William Barber II gives an opening statement. Listen through to the end where he gives a powerful closing statement.
More Rev. Barber in interview with Bernie Sanders on voter surpression. on this page.
Racial and Economic Justice with Bernie Sanders and Cory Booker
Black Lives Matter
Bernie continues the Fireside Chats, this time with Cory Booker in the aftermath of the Black Lives Matter Uprising. Bernie handled this cleverly asking Booker to confirm his attendance at Yale Law School, later drilling down to why people cannot afford medicine - one of the many economic injustices that exist in the United States - knowing, like an open secret, that Cory Booker is among the perpetrators of this injustice.