I pull up to the park.

A loud "BLACK LIVES MATTER!" chant is heard in the distance. I followed the sound. Image
And we're walking.

Lots of medics. Press bloc is here. A couple of mutual aid tents are packing up.

This crowd has energy tonight.
"Whose land? Stolen Land!
Whose streets? Chinook Streets!" Image
"How do you spell _____? PPB!"
The usual cars with the usual lights meet the protesters at the Mult Co Sheriff's Office.

Protesters are just chanting.

"I DON'T WANNA SAY ANOTHER MUTHAFUCKIN NAME!"

No announcements from DJ LRAD yet. Image
There are two young Black folx with megaphones and they are working together instead of arguing.

Always nice to see.

A water bottle just landed in the parking lot, 15 yards from the nearest police car.

Maybe only let quarterbacks throw?
The speaker system overtakes the chants and WAP starts playing.

The people resist starting a dance party. Somebody shouted, "Where is @MariahMacaronio?"

The speaker volume dropped and they got back to chanting.

Actually, someone is singing.
Some kids just snatched the cones from the parking lot.

DJ LRAD responded with a threat to beat and gas people if they enter the parking lot or "the landscaping" again.

People booed.
Land Acknowledgement. The people cheer.

Richard don't give a fuck. Stands in the parking lot.

DJ LRAD responds, "To the man standing in the parking lot... We know your name."

The crowd booed.

Chants start again.
Oh shit somebody rapping...
After a break, we rapping again...
The Cha Cha Slide?
Zion is taking donations for a base of operations it seems.
@cremebruleepdx is talking about us having a chance to change. Being ready for the world we want. Says he's not perfect, but he's working on it.

Talks about mutual aid eliminating need for government/corporate control.
Gary Floyd on the mic. Talks about protesting all over the country for BLM.
Talk to em, Shinobi.
The protest is over. This chud is drunk and being a prick.

Don't fall for the bait. Image
Many people left for the red house. Me? I'm heading home.

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More from @MacSmiff

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…

A THREAD FOR THE WRITERS

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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19 Nov
I think I was supposed to be scared, but I keep on laughing.

#1!!!
It's funny because I had to stop rapping to make a top 10 list! Ichiro! Number One!!!
I wish y'all could see who else was on that list. I beat out some EXCELLENT competition.
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15 Nov
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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14 Nov
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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13 Nov
Kate, is that you? Image
Kate is here, says there have already been 1000 new cases TODAY. It's noon.

She says nobody wants to get in an ambulance and be told there's no where to take them.
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