coffeeandniall:

i’ve seen a lot of people reblogging news from ferguson, wondering if the situation has changed at all. the answer is YES—massively! so i thought i would compile some updates, courtesy of alderman antonio french (who, less than 24 hours ago, was being [wrongfully] held in jail for alleged unlawful assembly). the time right now is 4:20AM CST, august 15th.

yesterday afternoon—thursday, august 14th—ferguson & stl police were taken out of control of ferguson and replaced with MO highway patrol, led by captain ron johnson, who grew up in the area. his first order of business was to order police to remove their masks and cease violent tactics.

orange cones replaced tanks, the police line vanished, not a drop of tear gas was in sight and families felt safe enough to have their young people out protesting with them. without the fear tactics and police intimidation, people came out in droves to support ferguson.

the discussion of mike brown cannot end here. the relief is palpable and the decrease of tension under johnson’s excellent leadership is a huge mercy, but justice has not been served yet. now, hopefully, citizens will get to work together with the legal system for swift and transparent justice for mike brown & the countless other black men & women across the nation who have been unlawfully treated, and in many cases died, at the hands of police. let all of us use the alleviated atmosphere to focus the conversation, focus the nation. #mikebrown 

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waroncops:

kropotkindersurprise:

Al Jazeera America TV crews were overcome with tear gas fired at their vehicle in Ferguson, Missouri, Wednesday night. Minutes later, police took down the crew’s light kit, and pointed their camera at the ground.

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Fuck this nonsense. First amendment is only protected if you’re a corporation and the “speech” is money spent. 

waroncops:

kropotkindersurprise:

Al Jazeera America TV crews were overcome with tear gas fired at their vehicle in Ferguson, Missouri, Wednesday night. Minutes later, police took down the crew’s light kit, and pointed their camera at the ground.

waroncops.tumblr.com

Fuck this nonsense. First amendment is only protected if you’re a corporation and the “speech” is money spent. 

missvoltairine:

neoliberalismkills:

elesheva:

There’s a bail and legal fund for protesters arrested in Ferguson set up here, fyi

reblog this. do it.

reblogging this info again because with so many people being arrested rn it’s super important. Money for bail, fines, and legal representation for people who are being targeted by police in Ferguson right now is going to be so, so vital. 

(via cognitivedissonance)

Several weeks ago, I found a chest of poetry, novels and magazines from the early 1800s through the mid-1920s in a neighbor’s front yard. Inspired by a blackout poetry exercise listed in the SoulPancake book, I created this poem from an old book from 1830 titled “Analysis of the Principles of Rhetorical Delivery as Applied to Reading and Speaking” by Ebenezer Porter, D.D. President of the Theological Seminary, Andover.
It’s amazing to me that this message came into existence as a nearly direct critique of the original reading. What a fascinating process. I highly suggest it! BLACKOUT POET EXERCISE from SoulPancake:Step 1: Grab a marker. A black one. Don’t sniff it.Step 2: Find a single sheet of newspaper or tear a page from your favorite magazine. Even a book you wish you’d never read.Step 3: Black out what doesn’t belong. Chisel away a word at a time until you reveal your poetic masterpiece.DO IT. And repost with your results!

Several weeks ago, I found a chest of poetry, novels and magazines from the early 1800s through the mid-1920s in a neighbor’s front yard

Inspired by a blackout poetry exercise listed in the SoulPancake book, I created this poem from an old book from 1830 titled “Analysis of the Principles of Rhetorical Delivery as Applied to Reading and Speaking” by Ebenezer Porter, D.D. President of the Theological Seminary, Andover.

It’s amazing to me that this message came into existence as a nearly direct critique of the original reading. What a fascinating process. I highly suggest it! 

BLACKOUT POET EXERCISE from SoulPancake:

Step 1: Grab a marker. A black one. Don’t sniff it.
Step 2: Find a single sheet of newspaper or tear a page from your favorite magazine. Even a book you wish you’d never read.
Step 3: Black out what doesn’t belong. Chisel away a word at a time until you reveal your poetic masterpiece.

DO IT. And repost with your results!

If you only write when you’re inspired you may be a fairly decent poet, but you’ll never be a novelist because you’re going to have to make your word count today and those words aren’t going to wait for you whether you’re inspired or not.

You have to write when you’re not inspired. And you have to write the scenes that don’t inspire you. And the weird thing is that six months later, a year later, you’ll look back at them and you can’t remember which scenes you wrote when you were inspired and which scenes you just wrote because they had to be written next.

The process of writing can be magical. …Mostly it’s a process of putting one word after another.

Neil Gaiman (via observando)

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 Relationships without bounds or boundaries, love without  limits, without ends 

The alternative, which this fear of solitude prevents us from seeing, seems more preferable: a world without borders, in which each of us would be part of a broader family of lovers and friends, with no distinction made between the two—and no set format for any relationship, so experimentation would be a constant feature of every one, and no relationship could ever get dull or overwhelming. To get to such a world, we just have to get used to not limiting each other, to not thinking of love as a limited commodity. 

(Source: zenarchism, via zenarchism)

The way I define happiness is being the creator of your experience, choosing to take pleasure in what you have, right now, regardless of the circumstances, while being the best you that you can be.

Leo Babauta (via observando)

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