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Joe Biden's George Floyd speech references Birmingham's Bull Connor

https://www.al.com/news/2020/06/joe-bidens-george-floyd-speech-references-birminghams-bull-connor.html


Eugene "Bull" Connor, former Birmingham, Ala. police commissioner and fiery segregationist, gestures during his speech, June 8, 1963, to the Tuscaloosa, Alabama County White Citizens Council. Connor urged the audience to stay away from the University of Alabama campus when two blacks are scheduled to enroll. (AP Photo/stf) The Plain Dealer

Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden referenced one of the most painful eras in Alabama history in remarks about the police-involved slaying of Minnesota man George Floyd. Speaking at Philadelphia City Hall, Biden also criticized President Donald Trump and his handling of Washington D.C. protests over Floyd’s death.

“This nation is a nation of values. Our freedom to speak is the cherished knowledge that lives inside every American,” Biden said. “We will not allow any President to quiet our voice. We won’t let those who see this as an opportunity to sow chaos throw up a smokescreen to distract us from the very real and legitimate grievances at the heart of these protests.”

Biden went on to say that the it’s in “some of the darkest moments of despair,” that America has made great progress. “The 13th and 14th and 15th Amendments followed the Civil War. The greatest economy in the history of the world grew out of the Great Depression. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965 came in the tracks of Bull Connor’s vicious dogs. To paraphrase Reverend Barber — it’s in the mourning we find hope,” Biden said.

In 1963, Connor was the Birmingham Public Safety Commissioner. He became known worldwide for using fire hoses and police attack dogs against black civil rights marchers in Birmingham. Images of the attacks were broadcast around the world and became lasting symbols of the brutality of the era.

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Kim Kardashian to pay medical bills of protester left horrifically disfigured after being shot

Kim Kardashian offers to pay medical bills of protester left horrifically disfigured after being shot with a rubber bullet by police

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-8378035/Kim-Kardashian-offers-pay-medical-bills-protester-left-horrifically-disfigured.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490

Kim Kardashian has generously offered to help a protester who was seriously injured by a rubber bullet over the weekend.

The 39-year-old reality star was shocked to see a trending photo on Twitter showing a woman who was shot while standing in the street filming during a George Floyd protest in Louisville, Kentucky.

The graphic image shows a young woman with a chunk of flesh missing from her forehead and her left eye bruised and swollen shut.





https://www.instagram.com/shannynsharyse/

https://www.instagram.com/p/CA4yhwOnxRj/







https://twitter.com/shannynsharyse/status/1266631722239766528




I hope that pig copper who did this to her ends up on a fucking spit

The world's largest free-flying American flag has been ripped in half after a thunderstorm

https://www.businessinsider.com/largest-american-flag-ripped-in-half-after-storm-2020-6?r=US&IR=T

The Acuity Insurance flag, located in Wisconsin, was ripped in half after a thunderstorm.
It is measured at 70' by 140' and weighs 340 pounds.

https://twitter.com/tmj4/status/1268026368601870337

Michael Rapaport unloads on William 'Turkey Giblet Neck Fuck' Barr and Dirty Dickstain Donald



https://twitter.com/MichaelRapaport/status/1267973850773389317

The photographer of the pic with the cop, rubber bullet gun & the child says it was not aimed at her

I knew it was not the first time I saw it just by looking at the angle (the man and the girl are closer to the camera, thus making an optical illusion) and then the cop's eyes. He is not looking at them, and he is aiming at someone behind them and to their left. I wanted to have confirmation from the photog because I knew it would be an unpopular opinion (now fact.)

The photog's clarification comments are at the bottom part of the post.

The coppers are still racist, brutal motherfuckers btw, this changes nothing, other than the explanation about this ONE picture.



Here is the picture that kicked it all off




now

here is the UNCROPPED photo





https://www.instagram.com/p/CA9M5t7AWHw/

richardgrant88

https://www.instagram.com/richardgrant88/?hl=en

So I know this been basically silence from me since I posted that picture. I received thousands of messages and comments. I simply don't have time to read them all.

First thing the photo is not fake. It is not Photoshopped. What I saw through the viewfinder is what is here.
There was color correction and cropping so it could look better on Instagram when I posted it. I have stated before that I do not believe in the 1/500th of a second that the picture was made in that the officer was aiming at the man with the child.
This is an uncropped photo with no color correction. I used a 24 -70mm lens at 70mm and f 3.5.

4h



brianbilbao
Keep taking pictures
I appreciate you & the responsible clarification❤️✊
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Theresa Greenfield wins the Democratic primary for US Senate in Iowa

https://www.businessinsider.com/iowa-senate-dem-primary-theresa-greenfield-mike-franken-live-results-2020-6?r=US&IR=T

Theresa Greenfield won the Democratic primary for Iowa's US Senate race to run against Republican Sen. Joni Ernst this fall.
Greenfield, who has been backed by Senate Democrats' campaign arm, beat Admiral Mike Franken and Eddie Mauro.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/06/02/us/elections/results-iowa-new-mexico-pennsylvania-primaries.html?action=click&pgtype=Article&state=default&module=styln-elections-2020&variant=show®ion=TOP_BANNER&context=storylines_menu

History Will Judge the Complicit

Why have Republican leaders abandoned their principles in support of an immoral and dangerous president?

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/07/trumps-collaborators/612250/



On a cold march afternoon in 1949, Wolfgang Leonhard slipped out of the East German Communist Party Secretariat, hurried home, packed what few warm clothes he could fit into a small briefcase, and then walked to a telephone box to call his mother. “My article will be finished this evening,” he told her. That was the code they had agreed on in advance. It meant that he was escaping the country, at great risk to his life. Though only 28 years old at the time, Leonhard stood at the pinnacle of the new East German elite. The son of German Communists, he had been educated in the Soviet Union, trained in special schools during the war, and brought back to Berlin from Moscow in May 1945, on the same airplane that carried Walter Ulbricht, the leader of what would soon become the East German Communist Party. Leonhard was put on a team charged with re‑creating Berlin’s city government.

He had one central task: to ensure that any local leaders who emerged from the postwar chaos were assigned deputies loyal to the party. “It’s got to look democratic,” Ulbricht told him, “but we must have everything in our control.” Leonhard had lived through a great deal by that time. While he was still a teenager in Moscow, his mother had been arrested as an “enemy of the people” and sent to Vorkuta, a labor camp in the far north. He had witnessed the terrible poverty and inequality of the Soviet Union, he had despaired of the Soviet alliance with Nazi Germany between 1939 and 1941, and he knew about the Red Army’s mass rapes of women following the occupation. Yet he and his ideologically committed friends “instinctively recoiled from the thought” that any of these events were “in diametrical opposition to our Socialist ideals.” Steadfastly, he clung to the belief system he had grown up with.

The turning point, when it came, was trivial. While walking down the hall of the Central Committee building, he was stopped by a “pleasant-looking middle-aged man,” a comrade recently arrived from the West, who asked where to find the dining room. Leonhard told him that the answer depended on what sort of meal ticket he had—different ranks of officials had access to different dining rooms. The comrade was astonished: “But … aren’t they all members of the Party?” Leonhard walked away and entered his own, top-category dining room, where white cloths covered the tables and high-ranking functionaries received three-course meals. He felt ashamed. “Curious, I thought, that this had never struck me before!” That was when he began to have the doubts that inexorably led him to plot his escape.

At exactly that same moment, in exactly the same city, another high-ranking East German was coming to precisely the opposite set of conclusions. Markus Wolf was also the son of a prominent German Communist family. He also spent his childhood in the Soviet Union, attending the same elite schools for children of foreign Communists as Leonhard did, as well as the same wartime training camp; the two had shared a bedroom there, solemnly calling each other by their aliases—these were the rules of deep conspiracy—although they knew each other’s real names perfectly well. Wolf also witnessed the mass arrests, the purges, and the poverty of the Soviet Union—and he also kept faith with the cause. He arrived in Berlin just a few days after Leonhard, on another plane full of trusted comrades, and immediately began hosting a program on the new Soviet-backed radio station. For many months he ran the popular You Ask, We Answer. He gave on-air answers to listeners’ letters, often concluding with some form of “These difficulties are being overcome with the help of the Red Army.”

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superb long-form article

How To Protest Safely During The Pandemic



https://www.elle.com/culture/career-politics/a32723435/protest-safely-during-pandemic/



Last Monday, a 46-year-old Minneapolis man named George Floyd was killed by a police officer named Derek Chauvin. Chauvin put his knee on Floyd's neck for close to nine minutes, including the three minutes when Floyd was unresponsive. Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder.

This happened in the middle of a global pandemic, but cities across the world are holding protests filled with residents who want to speak out against unjust deaths in the black community. People are suiting up in masks, grabbing signs, and taking to the streets to protest violence from police and yet are still coming up against more violence from police. Although many of these protests are peaceful, dangers mount as law enforcement and the National Guard presence increases.

But with all of these protests going on, there is another danger that still exists: COVID-19. Here are some ways you can stay safe and healthy as you speak out for what you believe in in the coming days. There are plenty of pandemic risks to be aware of right while you're standing in solidarity with other protesters. Dr. John Swartzberg, who focuses on infectious diseases at UC Berkeley, told BuzzFeed News that it's important to wear goggles, glasses, and some other eye protection.

"We don't know how important a face shield is or goggles are, but we think it's sufficiently important that we have healthcare workers wear a face shield," he said. He also added that screaming, as one does at a protest, expels a lot more droplets of the coronavirus disease in the air. "Screaming is going to expel lots more particles with a lot more force," he said. Tear gas, he added, can attack the respiratory system, much like the coronavirus: coughing, gasping for breath, and feelings of asphyxiation are all normal.

Here are some tips for how to stay safe from both the virus and the harmful weapons you might come across at a protest.

Wear a mask..........

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Thousands in Paris protest racial injustice as George Floyd killing resonates beyond US

Tear gas choked Paris streets as riot police faced off with protesters setting fires Tuesday amid growing global outrage over George Floyd's death in the United States, racial injustice and heavy-handed police tactics around the world.

https://www.france24.com/en/20200602-thousands-in-paris-protest-racial-injustice-as-george-floyd-killing-resonates-beyond-us



French protesters took a knee and raised their fists while firefighters struggled to extinguish multiple blazes as a largely peaceful, multiracial demonstration degenerated into scattered tensions. Several thousand people defied a virus-related ban on protests to pay homage to Floyd and Adama Traore, a French black man who died in police custody. Electric scooters and construction barriers went up in flames, and smoke stained a sign reading “Restaurant Open” — on the first day French cafes were allowed to open after nearly three months of virus lockdown.

Chanting “I can’t breathe,” thousands marched peacefully through Australia’s largest city, while thousands more demonstrated in the Dutch capital of The Hague and hundreds rallied in Tel Aviv. Expressions of anger erupted in multiple languages on social networks, with thousands of Swedes joining an online protest and others speaking out under the banner of #BlackOutTuesday.

Diplomatic ire percolated too, with the European Union's top foreign policy official saying the bloc was “shocked and appalled” by Floyd's death. Floyd died last week after a police officer pressed his knee into his neck for several minutes even after he stopped moving and pleading for air. The death set off protests that spread across America — and now, beyond. As demonstrations escalated worldwide, solidarity with U.S. protesters increasingly mixed with local worries. “This happened in the United States, but it happens in France, it happens everywhere,” Paris protester Xavier Dintimille said. While he said police violence seems worse in the U.S., he added, “all blacks live this to a degree.”

Fears of the coronavirus remain close to the surface and were the reason cited for banning Tuesday's protest at the main Paris courthouse, because gatherings of more than 10 people remain forbidden. But demonstrators showed up anyway. Some said police violence worsened during virus confinement in working class suburbs with large minority populations, deepening a feeling of injustice. As the Paris demonstration wound down, police fired volley after volley of tear gas and protesters threw debris. Police were less visible than usual at the city's frequent protests. Tensions also erupted at a related protest in the southern city of Marseille.

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Tinkerblow

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