The truth is found in noticing what they dance around. Conley is a "Spin Doctor" as much as a DO.
"I’m sure we have this ability, to flow together in wordless harmony and grace; we see it in dance...."
How has community arisen? What is it like in your dreams?
An original acrylic painting (titled (Whose Streets?”) and its inspiration, a photo of young Black men marching in protest for Voter Rights and to hear MLK Jr. speak, in 1965.
A talented member of our Discord community recounts experiences on the ground in Portland. Black Lives Matter!
Justice in Motion, Film and Commentary by Krisilyn Tony Frazier of Ypsilanti, Michigan & Remy of BTE
In the fight for justice, dancers artists and MC’s join together to create a visual arts film focused on the Black Lives Matter movement. Through creative expression this film is an artistic response to systematic oppression and police brutality.
Most charges will not be prosecuted against Portland BLM activists, says brand new Multnomah County DA
4-page policy released today outlines presumptively declining to prosecute most lower-level charges, and taking tumultuous circumstances into account for most higher charges. The new DA is an ally who acknowledges that most charges were unnecessary, exaggerated, and context-derived.
Cops scoop up "undesirables" and ride them into the middle of the desert (in New Mexico) or rival gang territory (in Chicago, Oakland, etc.) and abandon them to fate and potential death.
GISH brings tens of thousands of people of all ages, genders, and heritages, from over 100 countries, together in a spirit of community-building and an atmosphere of fun. Together, this year, we've fundraised for: NAACP Legal Defense Fund ($189,000+); Dream Corps' criminal justice reforms ($115,000+); bed nets for kids in malarial areas ($50,000+);& kids' meals (500,000+) -- all while encouraging self-education & public & electronic direct actions, against racism & sexism, for LGBTQIA rights, & for environmentalism.
Amnesty International calls out Eugene Police Department for war crimes, international human rights violations -- and it's not the first time. Previously, Amnesty denounced EPD for relentlessly pepper spraying peaceful treesitters, precariously dangling from tree limbs 40-80 feet in the air, including using a cherry picker to cut...
Physicians for Human Rights published this article, "Lethal in Disguise," in 2016. We reblog it to access the links to their Fact Sheets on each of several crowd-control munitions, on which to base future more in-depth Arsenal Academy blog posts on each.
Blatant Calm explores the direct experience of a friend who was injured while a medic, including her participation, her injuries, the weapons used against peaceful demonstrators, and what you can do to try to help. Content alert: Graphic photos.
How to dress for the war zone in downtown Portland, from an herbalist medic ally.
Blatant Calm provides reassurances you may share with loved ones outside of Oregon as to what is and is not happening in Portland, and why.
A Boop Troop Eugene first-time live streamer recounts her direct observations of the peacekeeping Wall of Moms, the All Lives Matter crew with their insidiously armed shields and guns, the march, the jail, the incident, the tear gas and pepper bullets, and the incredibly violent take-down and arrest of an unarmed, 14-year-old girl ...
Photos from a live stream by Tre Stewart.
Here are 1,700 names of officers removed from service, in 50 years in Oregon, recently released after the special session in the Legislature, prompted by direct actions and advocacy in support of BLM.
Following the Indigenous Solidarity with Black event, I tried to get over to Monroe Park as quickly as I could to meet up with the Pride event. Getting there, I realized they had already left; and not knowing where they were headed, I turned around to find other things to do with my remaining day. As I was walking, I spotted some people marching...
Reports say in PDX feds fire on someone's head enough to crack their skull, arrest a person for meditation, gas crowd indiscriminately (use of expired gas that can turn to deadly cyanide), assault medics trying to administer care.
I want to tell you all about Coos Bay. On Tuesday I witnessed community activism at its most personal, its most vulnerable, and its most compassionate.
Many BIPOC voices will be heard at tomorrow's Eugene Human Rights Commision meeting tomorrow (July 7th) at 5:30 pm.
The Flag: A Tool of Symbolic Erasure and Oppression: Reflections on the “Indigenous Solidarity with Black” event
#JusticeforIsiah echoed throughout downtown Eugene tonight as hundreds of peaceful demonstrators circled the jail where the white male who perpetrated a vicious vehicular assault hate crime at a peaceful Black_Unity event was due to have been incarcerated.
The following lyrics are an expression of the raw emotion of a day on which witnesses saw children overtly threatened. A black father, whose young daughter was present, risked his life for their protection, and was struck with a vehicle in a hate crime by an identified white perpetrator...
EMERGENCY: HIT-&-RUN HATE CRIME AT KIDS’ MARCH. COMMUNITY, NOT COPS, FOUND THE PERP. #JusticeForIsiah
The driver of this Subaru, at 15 to 20 miles an hour, deliberately drove into Black_Unity organizer, Isiah Wagoner, so hard that his body spun and almost entirely went under the vehicle. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital. Isiah intends to press charges, but for over an hour, police refused to even detain the perpetrator, who was identified and located by activists — not by cops.
BREAKING NEWS! Oregon’s Governor, Kate Brown, has reconvened the Oregon State Legislature, for an emergency session, beginning TODAY, THURSDAY 6/25/20, at 10 am!
A canvas for catharsis has emerged at Pioneer Square in downtown Portland, Oregon. Public art for healing, unity, and action has transformed the boards on the Apple iStore and across from the Louis Vuitton store on SW Yamhill, between SW 4th and 5th Ave in downtown Portland into statements of grief and resolutions to pursue justice.
Guest poem for BTE by sunsgodess --
Boop Troop Eugene News strongly encourages public engagement in civic meetings. Here is a list of intended agenda items for future meetings of Eugene City Council...
“Frustration & Disbelief”: City Council Refuses to Redirect Funds from EPD Budget. Guest Blog by White Rose Tinted.
It’s 3 AM in the morning and if anything was going to make me empathize with our city councilors it would be spending nearly seven hours listening through the June 22nd council meeting twice...
Tonight, at Springfield Library, there were overlapping, opposing rallies: people defending the actions of police, and people demanding a redress of grievances against police.
The black population in the US is often thought of in reductionist terms by white supremacists as one monolithic population, but is actually very beautifully diverse and evolving. As of the most recent tabulation of data by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center in 2016, 4,173,000 of the black individuals in the United States were first-generation immigrants:
The above link opens a .pdf that outlines Black_Unity’s demands for reform, legislation, community representation, defunding, demilitarization, and system change. These are among the main talking points being prepared by many who will participate in tonight’s public comments at the Eugene City Council meeting TONIGHT.
Personally, while I think it is certainly more encouraging that the City Manager authorized the permit and chose to make her public profile picture indicative of support of BLM than if her profile picture had a Confederate flag or a MAGA hat, if this same City Manager authorized the manipulative and belatedly announced “curfews” and the repeated and militarized response of EPD to peaceful protestors...
The following Guest Blog by Gracie is a direct copy and paste, verbatim, shared with her permission and is TIME-SENSITIVE: TODAY, 3 PM.
There were many empty seats at Saturday’s rally. Trump’s campaign declared that it had received over a million ticket requests. The prank by TikTok users and K-pop fans came after the Trump campaign tweeted to ask the President’s supporters to register for the free tickets earlier this month...
The following is copy-paste of a publicly available Google Doc. (Some might be reticent to log into that site with their accounts as the document might be monitored, and anyone logged in can see anyone else logged in. Others might not know of this type of curated do-it-from-anywhere activism.)
Yesterday on Juneteenth, and in sharp contrast to the overt white supremacism here, the European Union Parliament formally declared, “Black Lives Matter,” in a denunciation of racism and white supremacy, in the EU and the US.
When we talk about institutionalized racism in policing, first and foremost that is omnipresent in the murders and brutality. It is also prevalent in charging and sentencing. Examining the pervasiveness of institutionalized racism in prison settings is part of examining institutionalized racism in policing.
It is significant that Juneteenth weekend and World Refugee Day weekend overlap. Because many decades before the Emancipation Proclamation, many decades before word of it reached Texas 2.5 years later, about 4,000 people of African heritage who had been enslaved...
For Juneteenth yesterday, with a permit from the City of Eugene, local BIPOC artists and activists had painted Black Lives Matter in front of our federal courthouse, in yellow paint with black hand prints.
As a lot of Boop Troop Eugene community-building happens via our Discord, it is worth knowing that its architects have our back. Here is their Juneteenth statement, verbatim.
Reposted from Facebook by Boop Troop Eugene News Blog as a public service. I personally very strongly support completely demilitarizing Eugene Police Department...
Perhaps the reason that Louisville, KY was documented to have boarded up its police station windows earlier this morning was knowing that announcing intent to fire 1 of 3 murderers, while an absolutely necessary first step, does not bring complete justice for Breonna Taylor...
Thank you to all those who commemorated the 155th anniversary of the delivery of the message to Texans that all slaves were freed, the holiday of Juneteenth, with this fabulous street painting action at the federal court house in Eugene.
Below are the best resources I have personally encountered so far about: what LRAD sonic warfare is, the damage it can do, where it has been used, what you can do in the face of it...
If people in your personal or professional life still doubt or argue against there being a systemic, institutionalized basis for racism in how police brutality and other negative aspects endemic in policing are enacted, here is a tool you can use.
The stakes have never been so high...
Screen shot from live video during last night’s assault. Last night, a driver used his vehicle as a weapon at a peaceful demonstration in support of BLM in downtown Portland. He circled through the crowd 3 times, deliberately speeding into protesters.
Indefatigable, tireless. Uploading our evidence, wireless...
We want to always be right, It’s left or right, Black or white, Wrong and right...
Last weekend, Los Angeles saw thousands gather in protests across the city in its first weekend following the lifting of curfews. At the same time, Seattle police continued to brutally clash with protestors, tear-gassing crowds...
The following is the verbatim text of the Executive Order enacted today by the Tyrant-in-Chief in a publicity ploy to try to placate and pacify (source of text: NBC). As we read the verbatim text, let’s see what we derive from the subtext and the missing text..
More Discord musings from killagram91
Tonight, unanimously, Seattle City Council voted to ban: use of tear gas and other “crowd control weapons”, use of choke holds; and covering of badge numbers with the so-called “mourning bands”...
In addition to, of course, being welcome and sought for BoopTroopEugene News’ blog, artists from BIPOC communities and BLM movements are welcome and sought for some forthcoming art projects, in a variety of media.
What does community taste like? Nothing acrid in the air...
This is an era of DIY. This is an era in which we are — and must be — the media.
What does community smell like? Well, I’ll tell you what it’s not:
In this series of news briefs, I will be sharing articles and databases you can use to do your own research, for articles, press releases, and your own education. Our first focus is on: disciplinary reports documenting police misconduct and violence...
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