And we're off.
A couple hundred deep tonight. Chants in front, Nipsey and YG blast from a car speaker in the back.
About 16 police guard the MAX tracks at Old Town Chinatown. A MAX train is stuck.

A member of press notes that even if the protesters move, the police cars are parked in the tracks.

The crowd debates making a hole for the MAX as LRAD blades to move. ImageImage
The People choose to move and heckle the police for blocking traffic. ImageImage
Traffic wars again.

We keep an eye on the cops as the crowd moves down to the next intersection.
The BLM guy is on the mic again. He elects to move when the LRAD starts with the warnings.

I still don't know his name.
Haven't seen any snack vans tonight, but this well lit wagon is holding down mutual aid on the go.

Up ahead police look to intercept the protest but the crowd takes a left. ImageImage
BLM guy does a live interview while marching.

A homeless white man pops out of his tent, throws up a fist and yells "Black Lives Matter!"

Police fake multiple rushes, scattering the crowd as the "Walk Don't Run Chants" fail their purpose.

Someone yells for a medic.

Only Brent Taylor is taking this seriously.
Someone just got arrested right next to the police. Looked to be a member of press.

This #3 is being especially spicy tonight. He definitely has aspirations of fascism.
Brent told me I couldn't stand here and take this picture... I stood here and took this picture. Image
Another face off with the police, and we're back on the move.

Back to SW we go. ImageImage
Noticed that the Back The Blue billboard had been removed by Uber.

The protest arrives at the back of the JC.

As soon as the LRAD comes out, the crowd turns and heads to the park. ImageImage
Music Break.

People gyrate to WAP in front of the JC until LRAD comes out, then everyone moves to City Hall.
The dance party continues in front of City Hall.

Caught @MariahMacaronio in her element.
A small settlement occupies the center of Chapman Square.

With the mutual aid constantly under attack, I worry if these people are eating and being taken care of. ImageImage
Caught the flag bearer striking a pose. They've got two flags sewn together.

I'm just here for the visuals. Image
Trumpet Man has the mic and is giving a wildly articulate speech.

He shouts out @c3theguru and ceremonial grade hip-hop.

@Noshu4me shouts everybody out. Image
Freestyles commence. @Noshu4me introduces a youngin named Zion.
The freestyles continues. Jahdi gets a turn in.

DJ LRAD starts harrassing us as soon as I stop filming and everyone laughs.
A 16 year old named Arianna is talking about being whitewashed, protecting Black women, and listening to Black people.
The scene as LRAD tells everyone that the area is closed. Image
And they're rushing...
Cops continue to be aggressive for no reason.
@moneyrocket gets some shots in the intersection Image
Unscripted "FUCK BRENT TAYLOR!" chants break out.
Did some walking. Cops did some chasing.

Everybody knows Brent's name.
Cops stage in front of the World Trade Center. ImageImageImage
Cops get lectured for a couple minutes and then start chasing a man.
Man they arrested is maybe 140lbs, probably less.

Unsure if he's being tased or having a seizure.

Either way, not good.
This shit is not easy to watch.

People are PISSED. These cops have no answers.
The ambulance finally comes.

Dude has had 4 seizures. An officer searches his bag.

Many people are really shook up.
@MariahMacaronio is on the mic yelling at press for not recording the impromptu speeches.

Honestly, I'm not recording because I'm a little traumatized from what I just saw.
On one side of the street, BLM Guy is giving a speech about qualified immunity and future direct actions.

On the other corner, protesters are challenging a familiar press guy who has long claimed to be "neutral". ImageImage
I'm outta downtown. ✌🏾 Image

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24 Nov
Activism has to start at home.

Kill the bigot in your head. Confront your own family about fascist behaviors. Kill the capitalist in your head. Stop celebrating racist holidays. Make good trouble at your job. Be inclusive in your place of worship. Eat sustainably. Share freely.
Some of the most rewarding moments of my summer included talking to Muslim family about the value of trans lives, excoriating my employer for allowing systematic racism & talking to black church elders abt defunding the police.

"We take care of us" applies to our souls as well.
Just as you'll never topple a building by breaking its windows and setting its drapes aflame, you'll never topple white supremacy by demolishing its buildings.

Beware the white man's proxy wars.

Give them hell in their safe spaces. Be direct. Normalize calling out bigotry.
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To be heard…


We all have our reasons, I presume....
For me, the concept of being understood has always felt somewhat intangible.

As a young child, I suffered from a terrible stutter.

Only the people who loved me bothered to hear me.

The ability to write well – I thought – would free me from a future of larger misunderstanding.
I studied words. I read books. I journaled. I got published. I drew. I found pen pals. I built websites on the world wide web and dug for information.

I learned to write and I learned to communicate, but rarely still was I understood.
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I think I was supposed to be scared, but I keep on laughing.

It's funny because I had to stop rapping to make a top 10 list! Ichiro! Number One!!!
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Because culturally speaking, white violence is widely regarded as either "necessary" or "celebration".
OK let's talk about white violence a bit.

Why is it celebrated?
Why is it allowed?
How does it advance white supremacy?

The answer to both the first and second is the third, so let's mostly talk about that one.

But first...
If you're not sure what I mean when I talk about "white violence", please plug the phrase into your Google box and that will render you better results than hopping into my mentions with questions.

If you need evidence this exists, there are centuries of examples.
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I'm supposed to write something this morning so I don't wanna waste my morning burst...

... but lemme get these lil' tweets off real quick. Just a warm up.
Staying safe and not transmitting COVID - i.e., flattening the curve - does not mean that protest activity needs to end.

It does mean that tactics need to change and networks need to be hardened. Indeed, habits need to be formed and actions need to be focused.

Gotta smarten up.
The instinct to focus on mutual aid during the winter, I think, is both natural and logical. The climate is harsh, and chances to do not just good but better by the people most vulnerable to the environment are plentiful.

The potential to collect blessings is overwhelming.
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Kate is here, says there have already been 1000 new cases TODAY. It's noon.

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