A man protects his head with a plastic traffic cone during clashes with Egyptian police as protesters gather close to the Syrian embassy in Cairo, hours after a bomb struck at the heart of Syria’s senior command. (AFP Photo/Ahmed Mahmud - Yahoo! News)
Protesters try to extinguish flames from another protester after he set himself on fire during a demonstration calling for social justice in Israel’s captial Tel Aviv, on July 14, 2012. Some thousands of Israelis gathered in cities throughout the country to mark one year since the start of social protests demanding for more social welfare. The protester, who is critically injured, is receiving medical attention after he poured gasoline on his body and set himself on fire. In a suicide letter he left behind, he wrote “The state of Israel robbed me” and called Prime Minister Netanyahu “scum”. (Reuters)
So, tomorrow a few friends and I will be biking to the Rally Against the Graterford Prison Expansion. It’s approximately a 33 mile ride from Philadelphia to Graterford along the Schuylkill River & Perkiomen Trails. With 100+ degree weather tomorrow, it should be interesting! If you interested in tomorrow’s action or wondering how the state funding prisons is effecting local communities negatively visit: http://decarceratepa.info/
I’ll write up a debrief of how the action went, so stay tuned!
I’ve been meaning to upload this for a few days but have been busy and resting. As soon as we reached Liberty Plaza for the final set by Guitarmy insanity ensued when Cpt. Winksi (accompanied by bullhorn) decided it was time to begin arresting people. First was a drummer who had attended the Occupy National Gathering and marched all the way from Philadelphia. He was on the edge of the plaza drumming by himself. Someone had mic checked up where everyone was and we all ran down immediately to where Brandon being grabbed and cuffed. Apparently the noise ordinance is still in effect. The older woman in the Lady Liberty outfit is his mother who is yelling at the NYPD to “let go of my son”. Unseen in the video is where she is shoved by the NPYD and falls to the ground unconscious due to exhaustion; and a journalist who captured the arrest. The mother also marched from Philadelphia. Later that night a woman was targeted by NYPD for knitting in the park. A man who came to her defense was then arrested as well as the live streamer who was documenting the brutality of the NYPD. As someone who has experienced the brutality of Cpt. Winski and his goon squad first hand (I was arrested during the 6 month anniversary weekend of OWS) I knew I was at risk for documenting the arrest. The NPYD has a record of attacking medics and journalists.
Haven’t blogged in a couple weeks. Still recovering emotionally, psychologically, physically and mentally from the Occupy National Gathering in Philadelphia and then the Guitarmy 99 Mile March to OWS that followed. Saw and experienced a lot of things and still don’t quite understand them. Sigh.
In a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the two envoys called on U.S. officials to “explain the behavior of police departments that violently disbanded some Occupy protests last fall” and expressed concern that excessive use of force “could have been related to [the protesters’] dissenting views, criticisms of economic policies, and their legitimate work in the defense of human rights and fundamental freedoms.”