It’s been an incredibly difficult five days with what’s happened in what I look at as my back yard. Last night watching the live feeds of what was happening in Ferguson, MO was absolutely unbelievable and I spent the entire night refreshing twitter feeling total shame and despair.
Today though, across the country there were little glimpses of light at this very dark tunnel. Being consumed by this level of anger feels exhausting, and take that with an incredibly huge grain of salt because that’s just what I with the privilege of being a white male am capable of feeling. I’m not capable of comprehending the real pain. At today’s NMOS14 demonstration in Chicago, an incredible number of people gathered on short notice. The assembly was peaceful. We listened to people express their hurt, their hope, their anger, and their drive to change things. Once my camera died (again, short notice on this rally), I biked straight to my computer to share the solidarity- if only here in Chicago.
I know this isn’t really the stuff I normally post on here, but I figure the one time I’m literally crying while taking pictures is probably a good time to post stuff. My gratitude goes to everyone organizing today, and not just here but everywhere.
Congrats to Jackie Robinson West for becoming the United States Champions. Congrats to America for being a Siamese twin of hypocrisy once again by weeks earlier reminding black boys like them they can be unarmed and shot down by law enforcement.
@duhmilo23 sang and I broke down. it’s not fair. it’s painful to know systematically people who look like me will die everyday.
"It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains." - Assata Shakur
A Staten Island man died Thursday after police placed him in a chokehold as they attempted to arrest him for selling untaxed cigarettes.
According to authorities, Eric Garner, 43, went into cardiac arrest and died at Richmond University Medical Center following the arrest that was filmed by several witnesses.
In the video, Eric can be seen telling police that he had not been selling cigarettes, repeatedly saying, ” I didn’t sell anything,” before insisting, “I’m minding my own business, please leave me alone.”
After a standoff, five officers tackled the 400-pound asthmatic Eric — with one placing him in a chokehold – and wrestled him to the ground as they attempted to put handcuffs on him.
As Eric lay on the ground, with one officer pushing his head into the pavement, he can be heard saying, “I can’t breath. I can’t breath,” over and over.
As the video ends, Eric appears to be unconscious as police clear onlookers while waiting awaiting paramedics.
According to his family, Eric, a married father with six children and two grandchildren, suffered from asthma.
“When I kissed my husband this morning, I never thought it would be for the last time,” Eric’s wife, Esaw, told reporters.
Police stated that Eric has been arrested multiple times for selling untaxed cigarettes, and records show he was due in court in October on three charges, including pot possession and selling untaxed cigarettes.
Witnesses at the scene claim Eric was breaking up a fight when police arrived, with Eric’s family stating that he didn’t have any cigarettes on him or in his car at the time of his death.
“They’re covering their asses; he was breaking up a fight. They harassed and harassed my husband until they killed him,” Eric’s wife said.
Within hours after Eric’s arrest and death, residents in the area hung handwritten posters on telephone poles near the scene with phrases like “no justice, no peace” and “Another innocent black man has been killed by police brutality. The NYPD must be stopped!”
Poet superstar Malcolm London performs for #GetINChicago youth board in the @edelmanchi board room. #edelchi #edelpr #chicago #violence (at Aon Center)
Click the images to watch Monday’s episode of Verses & Flow featuring, Carl Thomas, Malcolm London, Maestro Gamin and Ant Black.
Malcolm London presents the beauty of Chicago in 1969
Malcolm London x Maser - Never Too Late[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwH8sobnCyI&w=810&h=486]
Wall Graffiti by Maser in Dublin
It’s sometimes hard to explain to people who aren’t involved in the Creative industries just how much this industry affects the lives of those who work in it.
As a graphic designer, I am beyond lucky in that I am one of those people who does work in the creative space, in an industry that rewards me for playing, for being imaginative, while presenting challenge…
YCA visited my school for Writers Week!
Malcolm London and Maurice Meaway were amazing, their poems were really impressive and so great to listen to. Shoutout to them for taking the time to be with us, being so chill and joking around with us!
Poet Malcolm London reads his poem “Why You Talk Like That” on On Point Radio. ('Poet Malcolm London Finds Hope On Chicago's Streets,' March 18, 2014)