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"Love is the felt experience of connection to another being. An economist says ‘more for you is less for me.’ But the lover knows that more of you is more for me too. If you love somebody their happiness is your happiness. Their pain is your pain. Your sense of self expands to include other beings. This shift of consciousness is universal in everybody, 99% and 1%." ~ Charles Eisenstein, Author of Sacred Economics

Who is PERF? They’re a non-governmental international organization of law enforcement officers in the US, Canada and the UK, financed by corporations and government agencies.

PERF’s executive director is Chuck Wexler, a former operations assistant to the Police Commissioner in the City of Boston. Mr. Wexler currently serves on DHS’ Homeland Security Advisory Council alongside police officers, representatives from private corporations, university representatives, current and former governors and others, including Bonnie Michelman, a professor of criminal justice at Boston’s Northeastern University, and Ray Kelly, police commissioner of the NYPD. 

A representative from war and security industry giant Lockheed Martin also serves on the council. (Among other contracts, Lockheed was awarded a nearly $1 billion agreement to design and implement the DOJ’s massive new biometrics database,"Next Generation Identification," which aims to be the largest biometrics database in the world and will serve US federal and local law enforcement, providing information on millions of people including palm prints gathered from scenes of interest to police.)

Click through and note where the Directors of the organization are located. Corresponds with some of the worst police violence.

You know, it they didn’t insist on being partisan, right now is about the time the Tea Party would be getting outraged.

Former Philadelphia Police Captain Ray Lewis, protesting (and being arrested) with Occupy Wall Street.





Emotionally intense images of retired Philadelphia police captain Ray Lewis - who has joined the #OccupyWallStreet protests - being arrested by the NYPD.

Captain Lewis has been outspoken against the NYPD’s wrongful use of violence against peaceful protesters.

From what I have seen, Ray Lewis’ conduct defines honor, bravery, and dignity.

There is a media blackout on images of his participation in the protest, and on his arrest:


It’s proved impossible for me to get this shot of former Philadelphia Police Cpt. Ray Lewis being arrested, published anywhere.  I was adamantly rebuffed by the Philadelphia Inquirer, NYT, local NY papers, and Newsweek, before even looking at the photograph.  One of the only published photos of this paradoxical and intense event is located here at the NYC Observer:

Make this viral and they will come.

Ray Lewis gets 2 posts this morning, because this needs to be seen. I’m not even sure why, but this pair of photos made me cry hysterically.

oh my god. so much props to this man. this country has turned into utter fucking i******y. 

Wow. Just wow.

i mean

is this a cop protesting cop culture and behavior?

I genuinely don’t think I’ve ever seen this ever.

Holy shit.


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New York, New York

Amazing video. Watch it now before they pull it down!

The Jazz Butcher, “Sixteen Years”

Privatised hospitals 
Privatised water 
Privatised electric 
Privatised gas 
Privatised buses 
Privatised railways 
Privatised garbage 
Privatised jails

I hate you…

Reblogging myself, because it’s time to post this again.

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OWS has reached levels of online interest that dwarf the Tea Party at its peak. Yet, the media does not seem to reflect the cultural movement.

Here’s a good reflection:

We’re finding that large majorities of Americans share its concern about rising inequality. Whatever David Brooks says, 66 percent in his own newspaper’s poll support more taxation from the very wealthy and successful. And that’s in a country that has just emerged from a bout of Steve Jobs worship. Americans are not anti-capitalism. They are opposed to what has happened to capitalism and to a non-corrupt democracy, as it has been revealed by the last three years. They are concerned about the collapse of social mobility in America, another crucial element in this polity’s stability.

If the right sees this as a call to reform capitalism rather than abolish it, some common ground is possible. In my view, that common ground is where Obama needs to pitch his campaign tent.

"My first choice is a strong consumer agency… My second choice is no agency at all and plenty of blood and teeth on the floor"

Man, if this ad doesn’t make you want to go out and work for Elizabeth Warren I don’t know what will. Seriously.

The GOP makes the ”Matriarch of Mayhem” sound even more awesome than I already thought she was.

(and they do a pretty poor job of demonizing Occupy, even though they have quotes from a Fox contributor.)


" I agree with their statement, but it is time to move on. The trees are in the process of being impacted. The grass is being impacted. "


LA Councilman Bill Rosendahl

Local government priorities, in a nutshell.

A nice lawn, or a right to peaceably assemble for a redress of grievances… I guess it’s simply a matter of opinion which is most important. It’s pretty clear where most American (and others, such as Melbourne) municipal governments stand on this issue. Only Albany, NY, seems to be bucking the trend, but not because of their elected officials.

This is a very critical urban issue. Planners and Architects should be very focused on what is happening here, and should take stock of where they stand on these issues.

The statement reminds me of a panel I once attended in Philadelphia, where an elderly Edmund Bacon stood up, decrying the upcoming revision of his plan for Independence Mall, and shouted, “I mourn for the loss of those trees!”

Sadly, I don’t recall which principal from Bohlin Cywinski Jackson replied, “I mourn for the loss of the neigborhood you destroyed to plant them.” 

(Click through to BCJ’s design. It returned some human scale to the mall, though it could never replace the neighborhood streets that Ben Franklin once walked.)

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" Amendment 1: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. "


It almost seems quaint to read it now, doesn’t it? How long has it even been since that last bit mattered?

We had the GOP’s “Free Speech Zones” starting in 2000, but long before that we had laws passed to block sit-ins, laws passed to prevent gangs gathering, laws passed to keep people out of parks at night, all of which are being used now to break up protests. Congress didn’t pass them all, many came from states, cities, and small towns, all with their own varying purposes.

When we give up our Constitutional rights, they cease to matter. Have the last lines of the First Amendment simply atrophied from lack of use? Can they be reclaimed? The Constitution is supposed to trump laws, always, but interpretations are made with the understanding of how citizens (and judges themselves) come to view these words, despite the claims of so-called “originalists.”

Further, when our courts agree with the results of the laws, they are likely to side with them instead. Don’t believe it? See Bush v Gore. an embarrassing legal judgment for a desired outcome. The court has only gotten worse since.

" Thomas Jefferson has momentarily stopped spinning in his grave. "

- Henry Rollins, on the Occupy protests

Intelligent commentary on Occupy Wall Street.

Watch it all. Now.


Super Barrio

What does this tell you?

It tells me, sadly enough, that you must need to be armed in order to avoid police harassment.


Police reaction to armed, incendiary Tea Party protesters versus unarmed, peaceful Occupy Wall Street protesters.

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My son (7) badly wanted to play Monopoly last week. He sat and held the box for awhile, looking at it, and asked us, “why is the man on the box stealing everything?”

We told him it’s because that guy only cares about money.


Lalo Alcaraz

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