Waiting to march.
Gary has the megaphone and seems to have taken control of the march.

We've marched to the Gus J Solomon US Courthouse.

Press seems to be protecting the doors.
The sounds of breaking glass are unmistakable as we match away from the courthouse.

The crowd marches toward the JC chanting Black Lives Matter.
A familiar sight as the crowd pauses between the Justice Center and the Federal Courthouse.
There's a white person out here dancing for and holding signs, begging for attention in American flag clothes.

Not posting their pictures.
"Stolen People, Stolen Land" chants break out, punctuated by ACAB chants.

A snack wagon has arrived.

Richard, opens an umbrella for no clear reason.
A large American flag is burning. I think it came off the Courthouse.

I predict the 🍊🤡 is gonna have a fit; Ted Wheeler will condemn the gesture.
This young Kuwaiti fella has been out here for months. Says he started protesting after his brother was killed in NY 3 months ago.

Says he got arrested and held in the JC. Says he's being deported because of it.
Not sure about this outfit during a protest, but young bruv is speaking intelligently about how Black history has been taught in such a way to uphold a white supremacist narrative. Discusses the hypocrisy of understanding a problem & not taking action.

No cops yet tonight.
Rumor has it the cops are gearing up to break up the... dance party?

There's literally nothing for the cops to do but be dicks if they show up.
Feds watching from the Federal building. The glowing helmets can be seen from the street.

A crowd gathered, but then some convos took place and the protest marched to City Hall.

The dreaded brother in the pointy shoes who was speaking earlier also leads the drumline.
The protest walked right past City Hall. No clue where we are going.
@SnackVanTM sighting!

Feeding the streets!
"I gotta get a picture of this."
"Cuz people need to know this land wasn't always ours."

Two Asian teenagers having a convo as I walk by snapping flicks.
Holding space all over downtown. Lotta marching. Being like water.
The crowd took another intersection. Someone in a high rise threw an egg at the crowd and now the crowd has lost focus.

Gary back on the megaphone.
Walked up to PSU and we're back at the JC.

Another dance party breaks out.
A dance battle breaks out.

This is what happens when the cops don't intervene. 🤣
No Justice, No Peace
Listen To The Screams

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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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23 Nov
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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