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I just listened to this radio interview with Marissa Johnson on what actually happened

in Seattle .. Speaking of the little pups.. quite different than the way a lot on DU is trying to portray it. I hadn't seen any video or anything.. just DU's version.. I knew it couldn't be that bad though.

The interview plays clips of the vicious crowd background too.

Bains Bane

Excellent points, Gen.. Absolutely Vital for ..

"The GLBT community - as Lewis pointed out in that one gif.
It is too important for Hispanics//Latinos, Asians, Asian Indians
It's waaaaaay too important for Native Americans
It's too important for Americans who practice Judaism and Islam
And it is way way waaaaay too important for women who fall into all of these categories.

The black civil rights movement "wrote" the play book."

Mahalo, Gen~


I'll tell him that, lovemydog! He'll get a kick out of it..

I often regale tales from DU.. but this will be a good one.


Bains is Awesome.. she's getting information out there about how people feel about this.. and

too many BS supporters can't handle it so they start personally attacking her.

She's a strong woman, though.. she can handle.

Isn't she brilliant, lovemydog! Pramila Jayapal is amazing.. Bravenak sent that to me from

"du jail" as she calls it.

Mahalo for your kindness.. it's very inspiring.

In the 2008 Election.. I didn't decide on Senator Obama until late December of '07. We all have our time when it hits us.. so to speak.

I was really against Hillary.. but, I think she has grown a lot and I like that President Obama chose her for his SOS.. I think she has what it takes now to deliver us from the horror of the gop and do a great job. She's got wonderful people on board.

Not trying to sell you.. just letting you know where I stand. Just talked to my son(his birthday! ).. and he's for Bernie but he's not trying to push anything on me .. nor I him. He'll gladly vote for Hill if she's the nominee.. and vice versa for me.

So glad you appreciated the FB post from Jayapal.. I thought you would.


I love my Black Brothers and Sistahs.. but, I do appreciate that they stood in long lines for hours

to vote for then Senator Obama and President Obama!

They have helped our Democracy so much.. and a large segment of the "progressives" are crapping all over them.

But, I'm betting there are even more who Love And Appreciate them. #BlackLivesMatter

"If you support Black Lives Matter activists up until they do something you don’t agree with, then you were never really in solidarity. If you support the Black Lives Matter movement but have never done anything to challenge systems of privilege and power, then you aren’t actually an ally. You are part of the problem."

I'm sure the Alert POlice wanted this shut down, too.. looks like they lost this time.

Thank you for the OP, she.. with Martin Luther King's Compelling quote!

"Why Saturday's Bernie Sanders Rally Left Me Feeling Heartbroken" by Washington State Senator,

Pramila Jayapal

From a Black Woman who was there..

1) This is one small result of centuries of racism.

2) When the disruption first happened, the crowd (mostly white) turned ugly

3) I don't have any answer on what is "right." Bernie Sanders was a guest in our city—invited by a multiracial coalition to speak on some very important issues. Enormous amounts of work went into yesterday's event and it was so important to talk about preserving and expanding Social Security and Medicare. None of the papers today are covering those issues, because they were eclipsed by what happened. That's not necessarily "wrong"—it just is what it is. But here's what I would have loved to have happen: after the protesters were able to get the mic and say their piece and have the 4.5 minutes of silence for all the black people who have been killed, I would have loved for Bernie Sanders to take the mic and respond.

4) I had not yet endorsed Bernie Sanders (and still have not), although I was incredibly excited about his candidacy

5) Here's what I am trying to deeply think about: How do we call people in even as we call them out?

She explains each and every point at the link.

A friend just PMed this to me, Bains.. thank you for this article by Jamie Utt

"It’s notable that White Bernie supporters, who consider themselves the most progressive of us all, shouted down and booed Black women who dared to force Blackness into the center of White space."

Same thing State Senator, Pramila Jayapal, was heartbroken about.

Mahalo for the article by Jamil Smith, SW. "#BlackLivesMatter Protesters Are Not the Problem"


Having already responded to the crowd’s boos by telling them that they proved how “racist” the reputably liberal Seattle is, Johnson also called for a four-and-one-half minute-long moment of silence for Brown. Instead, more shouting from the crowd followed, including, per reports, shouts of “arrest her.” Sanders, rather than letting the protesters have their say and responding, left the stage. The event concluded without him speaking. A chorus of his supporters took to social media to question Johnson’s tactics—as if that’s what mattered most—and to tell anyone who dared question why Sanders didn’t have a set of racial-justice proposals that they somehow already existed. They were wrong.

Another missed opportunity.

Bernie's not as perfect as he's made out to be.. those who called for President Obama's feet to

be held to the fire all these years.. are saying in essence.. BS is perfect.. no one can say anything about him that doesn't ring of high praise. Hypocrites.

And, the more I find out about him the less impressed I am. Never mind his fans.

Yeah, there were fools when #BlackLivesMatter Acitivists Protested NRN but it wasn't

the Protesters.

"Bernie Sanders Blew a Huge Opportunity at Netroots Nation"


"Both candidates did damage to themselves; Sanders was defensive, and O’Malley’s response included the words “white lives matter.” But Sanders had far more to gain by getting this right.

I approach this incident as a fan of Bernie Sanders. But when he had the opportunity to rewrite his own narrative and broaden his own base, he failed."


Thank you so much for your explanatory post on why #BlackLiveMatter are doing what they're

doing, Mr Scorpio.


"To some politically minded Twitter users, the Bernie Sanders who spoke at Saturday’s Netroots Nation conference in Phoenix did not look like the civil rights rabble rouser that he has claimed to be. When protesters began chanting “say her name,” a reference to black women who have died in police custody, Sanders simply talked over the protesters. When asked to speak about recent events such as the death of Sandra Bland, a young black woman who died in a Texas jail after a traffic stop, he shifted the topic to the economy."

And, his supporters wonder why #BlackLivesMatter supporters are not impressed by him.

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