Wednesday, September 17, 2014

THE BEST REASON TO VOTE THIS NOVEMBER? #WRITEINMIKEBROWN

I didn't realize that other people had started the same campaign when I came to the conclusion that the only person to vote for as Prosecutor (McCulloch is running unopposed) was Michael Brown, Jr.

(One link is the leaflet, the other is the original post.)
http://optinstl.blogspot.com/2014/09/november-4th-2014-vote-for-michael.html
http://optinstl.blogspot.com/2014/09/vote-for-michael-brown-november-4th.html

But now that the movement has become visible, I found this article about it, and all the (sarcasm alert) "lovely" trolls in the comments.

http://twitchy.com/2014/09/16/furious-st-louis-county-residents-start-campaign-to-writeinmikebrown-for-county-executive/

After responding to all of them individually, and making the same points over and over, I thought I'd just consolidate it all here. 

First, let me explain something about voting in this country that a lot of people don't seem to understand.  Your vote is NOT just a choice about who is on the ballot, IT IS YOUR VOICE TO THE GOVERNMENT.  As far as I know, we are unique in all the world for this.  VOTING and the election process replaced the monarchy.  It was the voice of the individual citizen which is sovereign.  And we have the right to say whatever we want, without fear of government reprisal.  (Well, in theory, anyhow.)

We The People even have the right to vote for someone not on the ballot. We can write-in ANYONE.  You can vote for ANYONE.  (I think Mickey Mouse and Jesus, and during the 1960's, Snoopy's friend Woodstock, are the most famous.)

http://www.dailyprogress.com/news/columnists/mckenzie-from-your-mom-to-hank-the-cat-write-in/article_f377eab4-304a-11e2-b874-001a4bcf6878.html?mode=jqm

And did you know there is a cat that has been mayor of an Alaskan town for 16 years?
http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/04/us/alaska-cat-mayor-attacked/

We can write-in the name of a dead man that was killed by the police.  He won't be elected, obviously, or serve in office, but we can tell the government that is who we want to vote for.  That is what voting is in this country.  Who we want, not NECESSARILY who is on the ballot.

This is an unparallelled freedom in this world.  That we have such freedom and power we can legally mock a candidate and the entire electoral process if we choose.

As I said before, I hope the voter turnout this November is 100%.  Not just the African American vote, not just North county and city, but that everyone that is eligible votes.  Let us exercise and protect this freedom.

Your voice is the strongest weapon you possess.  By all means, keep protesting, attending meetings, petitioning, and seeking out leaders that can run for office, but please vote.  Vote to protect your voice.  Vote to make your voice heard. Vote to send McCulloch a message that we want Justice for Mike in that office.

http://www.stlamerican.com/news/local_news/article_5509968c-3e8c-11e4-b8fa-d3c00efcf341.html

Because there have been so many attacks on voter rights, and because there is a chance the Board of Election Commissioners may not officially tally the votes for Michael Brown, Jr.  I suggest you send the BOEC a message BEFORE the election, in addition to calling on them on November 5th (the day after the election) requesting that they uphold the voice of the people and report the number of votes write-in candidates receive, whether those write-ins are living or dead.  It wouldn't hurt to send a letter to the media outlets, requesting that they too ask the BOEC for a tally of all the votes cast, including all write-ins, and not just for those names on the ballot.

Feel free to use part or all of this letter.

Dear Board of Election Commissioners:

You may be aware there is movement growing among voters to write in Michael Brown, Jr. for St. Louis Prosecuting Attorney, against Robert McCulloch, who is running unopposed.


Because the vote is the voice of the people in this country, and not just the means to make a choice from what is on the ballot, we are requesting that you tally and report the write-ins as well as the votes for official ballot choices.

If you are planning to sanction voters for writing in a deceased person, or discredit their ballots, please make public IMMEDIATELY under what terms you are legally able to do this.


This is a re-post from Occupy Public Transportation in St. Louis
http://optinstl.blogspot.com/2014/09/why-voting-for-michael-brown-jr-is.html

Check out this post, too, on Shaun King's investigation into the actual distance between Wilson and Brown: http://optinstl.blogspot.com/2014/09/long-story-short-wilson-was-100-ft-away.html

Monday, September 15, 2014

ILLEGAL POLICE ACTIONS, BERKELEY JAIL, AND WHY WE NEED A SMART REVOLUTION OF WIT & CUNNING, NOT VIOLENCE

LAWLESS PO PO

I don't want to write too much on this blog (yet) about my actual arrest and charges, and interactions with the police.  But I do want to briefly consider the Highway 70 and Hanley demonstration.  This was to shut down the highway for 4 minutes.  The organizers declared it a success because the police actually shut Hanley down.  That's really ironic isn't it?  The scene- as briefly as I witnessed before getting arrested- looked a lot like dueling protests.

Here are the people protesting the police and judicial system, threatening to shutdown the freeway.  And here are the cops protesting the protesters, shutting down the adjacent street.  And in terms of presence, the police outnumbered the protesters.  The police brought the potential for much greater violence than the people protesting the police.

"If you want to know who is rioting, look at who came prepared for a riot."

And no government entity had any legal authority to shut down Hanley and restrict the gathering of protesters.  There was no justification for that road block or the re-routing of protesters.  It would have been one thing if they had blocked off part of the street for the gathering and then gone down to the edges of the highway and waited for people to actually try to go out in the street.  But not everyone that was assembling, including me, was there to do something illegal.

And I am not sure there is a Constitutional basis for saying that a highway shutdown is not peaceable assembly.  It may be that there is a legal basis for the police to be dispatched to instead close the highway down for the protest, not the other way around.  One especially jerkish cop said to me in jail "The only time I've seen the highway shut down was for a Presidential motorcade, and that was only for five minutes."

Well, first of all, what is more important than the President?  We The People.  The Constitution, and especially the First Amendment.   Moreover, MODOT's inability to provide structurally sound roads results in a lot of shutdowns for repairs, and in many parts of north city and county the streets are downright dangerous due to repair and lack of proper signs and lights.  I call shenanigans.

And secondly, that Presidential motorcade was one minute longer than the demo was supposed to be.

The police think it is okay to yell at people and order us around and if we don't submit we should expect to face violence or detention, simply for not being respectful?  Well, they had better expect some people to respond in kind, especially when they are breaking the law.  Yes, I am getting right in their face as are a lot of other people.  Too bad.  They aren't Gods. They aren't the Law itself.  They should not have this much power.  And this anger has been burning under the surface for a while, and while Michael Brown's murder set it off, they have done nothing but pour gasoline on it since.

After dealing with the Berkeley police and that jail, I don't think that changing the complexion of the police is enough.  Black or white, it seems largely comprised of bullies and zealous Good Germans. It is a culture of fear and everything about policing is based on fear.  What kind of person is that?  Especially given that the majority of people they deal with are NOT violent towards them.  Yes, they see more of it than they would in their nice white suburban neighborhoods, but the majority of the public they interact with is not equal in the threat they pose to us.

 I want the neighbourhood beat cop back.  And preferably walking or riding around on bikes, getting out and talking to people and getting to know who is who.  The police should know the people that live in their patrol areas.

The people should not be preyed upon by the police.  http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2014/09/03/how-st-louis-county-missouri-profits-from-poverty/

If taxes don't pay their salaries, and legitimate, fair and equal traffic fines, etc, they should not have the right to jack us up.

BERKELEY JAIL: YOU WILL PAY OR YOU WILL STAY... IN HELL

My cellmate was being held for a $1500 bond from a moving violation and failure to appear.  They set the bond without a hearing, for everyone, and if you don't pay, you don't get out until your court date.  I don't see how that is even legal, to set bond without a hearing or consideration of the person's character or past. (This is something I will be investigating.)

My cellmate was 15 days into a 30 day detention.  They just flat out jack people up.  The conditions are so awful (more on that in a minute) that they know the poor person will do everything they can to come up with that money.

And this is taking away from someone working, or finding work.  This solves nothing. And cops break traffic laws.  I hope all those cameras catch the cops that turn on their sirens just to get through a light (all too frequently talking on their personal cell phones.)  And what about all the lawyers, judges and friends and family of the legal professions that get their traffic and parking tickets fixed, or never even get written?

If the law were fair about owing the government money for a crime or illegality, then all those sub-prime lenders would be in jail.  If it were about who owes money people that claimed bankruptcy or didn't pay taxes would be held in detention until they paid or their bankruptcy hearing came up. No one's traffic tickets would get fixed.  No traffic citations would be waived.  To say that it is impartial is bullshit.

And do all these traffic citations make the streets safer?  No.  You just have single mothers that can't pay for insurance and already have a citation, but also have a job, and have to get the kids at school and to the babysitters and then to work, etc.  And if you are driving around you see a cop you might be the kind of person that speeds to get away. Or makes a sudden, unsignaled turn.

All these traffic fines and warrants do is pay for the police.  The jerkish cop that made the Presidential motorcade comment also bragged that it only cost $3.71 a day to house a prisoner.  That comment is disgusting, and while the cash value is likely wrong, they operate like a for profit business.

When I first got there all the men in the other cell were yelling to me that Berkeley was the worst and that it would break the strongest person's spirit.  (They said this kindly, the yelling was because we could not see each other.) After 2 days and nights in there, I don't know how anyone could do 30 days, much less 60 days.

It is Dickensian. It is freezing, probably to keep bed bugs and germs in hibernation as the justification, and to make it more miserable as the real reason.  You only get one very thin blanket.  You cannot use a toothbrush.  There are no toiletries and they charge you even for sanitary napkins.  (It is Ferguson that is famous for charging an inmate that was beaten by the police for getting blood on the cops uniform, but Berkeley seemed like the same mentality.  Just glad I wasn't beaten. Or molested by one of the cops.)

The bunks are metal.  Two four bed cells and one two bed cell.  A toilet with small sink attached.  No soap or hot water.  If you want water between the three ten minute meal and telephone call times during the day, you have to drink the water from the sink from your hand,  And you can only wash your hands with hot water and soap before you eat and drink.  (One at a time, waiting in the holding cage until the other person is done at the sink.)

The food is barely 900 calories a day.  You get only three of the most awful bread and meat microwaved sandwiches made by Lancashire.  The bread tastes like baked vomit.  You only get water to drink, and you have to leave your styrofoam cup outside your cell.  You get no water between the meal times, which are anywhere between 7 and 9 A.M., 12 and 1:30 P.M, and 8 and 9:30 P.M.

They leave the overhead flourescent lights on all the time.  There is no visible outside light or view of outside, even in the holding cage where you eat and make phone calls for less than 30 minutes every day.This is mid-level torture, especially with the low calories and cold and difficulty getting real sleep on the metal slabs.  To have no natural light, no sense of time, and artificial lighting on ALL THE TIME.

There are cameras in the cell in addition to your cell mate or mates, so when you have to go to the bathroom, you wrap your blanket around you if you want privacy.  And if you are taking a shit you have to wrap your blanket around you, even if you don't care about modesty, because you don't want to flood the cell with stink.  It is so unsanitary but you don't care.  Because the food will make you so constipated that when you can finally shit you just do.

You do not see any clocks or mirrors, and if you wear glasses as I do, you are not allowed to have them.  There is nothing to read, nothing to watch and nothing to hear, other than the cops talking to each other and on their cellphones talking.

At night, there is no one at the desk, and if you need a sanitary napkin, or anything, you have to wave at the cameras and hope someone in dispatch sees you and will send someone up to respond.  Sanitary napkins were not forthcoming during the night hours.

The place is so depressing that I understand why people become suicidal and even kill themselves even knowing they will only be in there for a thirty days, or even a few days.  And while everyone seemed to have someone to call during meal times, I can imagine how much harder it would be if there was no one you could reach because someone had not paid their cell phone bill. (My cell phone was turned off, still is right now, for non-payment, and I was thinking "what if someone in jail could call me for free and got that message?")

In the cell there is phone for collect calls and crime tips only.  The calls are ten dollars for ten minutes and they make the person you are calling give them a credit card number.  When one of the cops that I confronted and who assisted in my illegal kidnapping (they called it detainment and arrest) cut off one of my phone calls (the free calls are on speaker phone, and the person I was talking to made a rude remark about them) he told me "That's not in your First Amendment preamble, You got your free phone call. No more free phone calls for you."  When I got back to my cell I began trying to call everyone whose number I could remember.

(He and another cop also delighted in telling me that my lawyer could call the court, but not the jail, and if a lawyer does come "he might have to wait a long time, if we don't have anyone to bring him up here, cause, you know, we are real busy."  Uh, yeah, looking at or talking on their cell phones.  But actually, they were downright gleeful about it.  They just want your bond money.  They don't give a damn about your legal and human rights.)

While my phone privileges continued at the evening meal break, I had no way of knowing that for the day, and to have the only lifeline to the outside cut off was terrifying emotionally.  (And again, how it legal for them to do this?  Isn't that once again a violation of free speech?  There is nothing in the Constitution that says people can only say nice things about the police.)

I did get out on Friday afternoon.  The whole time I was in there I just kept thinking about James Foley and the others like him, who were in worse condition for much longer than I was, and how he was protecting the First Amendment rights of a people that do not have that in their own country.  I thought about those kids that walked from Central America and Mexico and were sleeping on the ground.  I thought about Nelson Mandela, Bobby Sands, Stephen Biko, George Jackson.

I looked at the woman who shared the cell with me and had been there for 15 days and still had that many to go.

On Twitter yesterday someone posted a picture of Kim Teehan, the Ferguson female officer that took part in the beating of Henry Davis and then made Davis pay for cleaning his blood off their uniforms. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/08/ferguson-cop-who-charged-suspect-bleeding-her-uniform-now-city-councilwoman 

I wrote "I'd like to send her to Berkeley jail for a while."  But actually, I wouldn't treat her or Darren Wilson that way.  That is inhumane.  It creates nothing but bad feelings AND IT IS JUST WRONG. Especially for traffic fines and warrants!

I have a draft about the Michael Brown, Jr funeral. (I will link here when it is done.)  One thing I was really thinking about afterward was how different the experience of Jesus and religion is in black churches versus white churches.  Same with jail.  The average middle class white person is so terrified of jail and the police, and has so little judicial interaction with them.

In the black community the police are a constant presence.  Like violence.  And poverty.  Even if someone has a stable family and a job, to be black is to be surrounded by young men that were gunned down by street gangs or police (whether unjustly or in the commission of real crime).  And most black folks seem to know at least one person on food stamps, even if that person works full time.

Children grow up seeing more violence than white kids in nice neighbourhoods. When an Adam Lanza commits a random shooting, the children are flooded with psychological support and massive outpourings of community grief and solidarity.  And when a black kid commits a random drive by, it's "oh, those people again."

Interactions with the police are not rare.  And they pose a much greater threat than to the nice white suburbanites.  Like my cellmate's children, hearing mommy or daddy call from jail is not that unusual. Most black folks seem to know at least one person that has been to jail for traffic warrants, and at least one man that has been to prison.

That black culture and white culture are so separated, and that black culture largely evolved in both submission and opposition to white culture, falls squarely in the lap of white history.  The looting in the wake of Michael Brown, Jr.'s murder was nothing compared to white flight. Or the lack of funding for business development and jobs, aforementioned streets, etc.

Moreover, black people DO go to primarily white areas to do menial work, but white people ALMOST NEVER  come to primarily black areas.  If the neighbourhood is mixed, it is because black people moved in.  (Except perhaps Old North, but most primarily black areas have a white flight legacy of white people that were too poor and stuck to be able to move.)  It seems shameful to me that so many white people are afraid of black people, or have such a low opinion, when the interactions are so limited and one sided.

If the black community is violent, the violent police state and jail culture has a lot to do with it. When these white boys do come down to "the hood" they only get the worst because they are all about punishment.  And who doesn't hate their jailers?

The police are all about fear, and they all seem afraid and vulnerable without the instant respect they expect for carrying a gun and wearing a badge.  And I have really been trippin' lately on how their behaviour when one of "their own" is just how they complain about lack of witnesses and information in the black community.  They say that rarely will any witnesses step forward, give them info, etc.  (Again, local beat cops would change that.)

But that is EXACTLY what they have down with Darren Wilson, and all the other cases like before.  No real information.  No trust in the public, just as they say that the public will not trust them.  They say criminals are lawless, yet they act with impunity, They have become the soldiers of the "business as usual" "good ole boy" "Local 1%" fortune.  Chosen for their goose-step and desire to bully and be in control. We have no rights if they suspend them.  They have too much power and they abuse it.

TIME FOR A REVOLUTON

I have totally committed to this "muggle" (non-magickal) world as it is, with all of us a great squeamish mass, writhing in discontent and desire. But I also believe that a real battle is going on right now between the people that see and feel a better life, and those that have no real faith in humanity to sociologically, politically, and economically evolve.

It's a great tug of war, very polarized, because it is such a new world and age, and a really big change with all the old anchors becoming archaic and useless.  And in the past it was always the side that yanked the hardest that won, and that was always through violence and upheaval.  And maybe that was the best solution in the past.  I don't know.  But I don't see it as a good solution now.

Seriously, look at this amazing new world we live in.  This technology I am using now, and space travel, and massive abundance (and waste-- like debt it is a sign of wealth)-- and to have so many people be hungry and sick and thirsty and homeless and without satisfying work, suited to them?  No. Crazy. Ridiculous. And wars and all this violence, and so much of it is really about fighting over who is going to get the greatest share of natural and human resources (labour and consumption, mostly manifested as money).

I feel like we are just really working it out and it is getting really messy because too much of the world's wealth is being withheld from the people that create it. And too much violence in the air.  Just MELT ALL GUNS, and every other weapon. Symbolic step toward eliminating violence. There are enough other things that kill- accidents, disease, etc--that we should be able to find a way to get along without hurting each other and using violence to work out the ways to live together.  But I can't get anyone else to do that unless they freely choose it for themselves. The Duck Dynasties and the Darren Wilson's are part of this world, and I think maybe it is time to start working around them.

Why can't those of us that can see the better world find a way to create it among ourselves?  Maybe it will be the young people, but that is where I want to focus.  Not on more violence. (One of the reasons I love trolling.  A softer bite and no venom.) Anger is passion, I'd rather learn to live with it and soften it   We need anger to create change.  We don't need more violence.  That is a fear based and a self-sustaining cycle.

I think the more people that begin to see that we can have a peaceful revolution and reorganize more equitably, all of us will be able to take advantage of what the world has to offer.  Why can't share and divide up all the work so that everyone can do different things if they want, and constantly be learning new skills?  And others that want to devote themselves to one profession can become the experts and masters to apprentice and journeyman? There is no shortage of WORK.  There is SO MUCH to be done.  It is a shortage of jobs.  It is too much of the profits of labour and consumption being kept by only a few people.

North St. Louis city and county is like concentration camp for African-Americans.  And the poor generally.  This is the place of surplus labour, of the threat of more desperate workers to fill an employees shoes, so that everyone is so desperate they have to be obedient.  A lesser version of the Berkeley jail, or any jail or prison.  But there are a lot programs that could be altered and taken over without violence.  Through massive voting, petitioning, and a lot attendance at community meetings, and applying for grants, engaging committee's and so forth.

I think there are enough grants and funding that if we fought for it we could create a prosperous, safe, city and county, with plenty of room for the capitalists to do their thing, but with more communities like the land trust over in Cherokee neighbourhood,  More like the Hobo University, and Copenhagen's Christiana, and Findhorn.

And more co-ops.  I am working on being the first psychic to win the lottery, and when I do, I want to open up a co-op in at least my neighbourhood, or even a buyer's club, so that people can get off the Wal-mart nipple and keep the money in the community.  (The shorter distance that money has to travel, the stronger it is.) Until I win the lotto, let's start working on reshaping how government assistance comes into poor communities.

Co-ops would save a lot of money from going into corporations like Wal-Mart, and the jobs would be community based and sustaining.  Without an owner or executives there would be no need for excessive profits beyond what was needed to keep it going.  It would be self-sustaining and poor people could afford to eat decently, and not always be so afraid. And if there were soup kitchens and food pantries attached, the homeless and very needy would at least be able to eat, too.

Instead of HUD housing, why not HUD funds to buy people homes?  No more of this fear of where am I gonna go?  And if the co-op was also involved in the housing, maybe even an savings and loan.  I haven't worked all that out yet.

The co-op could sell medical and auto insurance to the community at low cost, and perhaps even have a clinic and dental office, optometrist, etc. And the co-op could offer day care, and while it would require some funding, there is a lot of government money already going to programs like this.

But people aren't allowed to, or don't find a way, to pool together. For instance, you can get the government to pay a friend or family member to care for you if you are disabled, or for child care.  But if the community could set up their own system with that money, and use it to fund a day care where people babysat children as a job instead of an assistance program, that would bring real prosperity to a community.  And a sense of pride.

The local and state governments would see an increase in taxes paid by working people.  The people that live in these "nice" communities and only want to be around other people that are just like them, and that have lives entirely built around the acquisition of possessions and the most luxurious, lifestyle then can acquire, they won't need to worry about people stealing $12 worth of copper wiring, or holding up liquor stores.

 Probably some of that will go on, but I think it will be greatly reduced. Greed does seem to be part of past and current human behaviour. We see looting done by the richest Wall Street Bankers and the greediness of people like the Wal-mart heirs stealing wages from their workers. But the people that are in power now were born in a world that had less than half the population it has now.  All of these technological advances we take for granted weren't invented during their childhood and formative years.  They live in the past.  They won't live forever.  We don't have to get violent to stop the cycle.  We just have to stop it.

We that are poor are able to live on much less, obviously.  But the disparity is too great.  This is too unbalanced.  We The People are going to have to demand more and then manage it ourselves.  Not just assistance, but better wages and better jobs.

It's HOW we are going to demand it that is really being decided.  So instead of this tug of war, I think we need to share our knowledge and ideas with each other, and be smarter and more economical than they are.  And be so sure of the abilities of humans to find solutions that we don't live in the kind of fear as someone that has billions and still doesn't have enough.

The state of the world right now does not even benefit the uber rich.  Not just violence and diseases and crime.  But out planet. Money cannot buy clean water, or more bees, or anything else natural.  The earth,  has millions of degrees hotter, and million of degrees colder.  It is we humans that must keep it within a one hundred degree range, with very specific requirements for air, water, and food.

I don't think violence will wrest the entire world from the clutches of those that will plunder anything to make a buck.  That might take awhile. I think we have to start looking for ways to create parallel worlds.  Like those I listed above.  I like the idea of a Christiana here that has its own police, community based, and centered around a "Peace Force".  Let's have people that only have the job of going out in the community and finding out what people need and helping them getting it.

I don't want to invade everyone's privacy, but I do think all neighbourhoods should have an HOA, and the neighbours get together and work things out and get to know each other.  We need to KNOW each other.  If we are going to give cops the power of a gun and the right to detain people, let's make sure we are keeping an eye on everyone, both the cops and the robbers, and all of us in between.

And we need representatives from each community that go and talk to representatives in other communities.  And perhaps that is what government officials are supposed to be now, but there needs to be some changes.  We have to get MUCH MORE INVOLVED. It can't just be about voting, and then they just decide what happens with our money-- how much the school gets, and how much some private developer gets to build a business that the people that live in the community may or may not want or need or derive any benefit from.

Like Ballpark Village gets these huge tax incentives and credits, and it just put all the little guys out of business.  They say it creates more jobs, but only if we don't lose a bunch as well.  New businesses do not necessarily create more prosperity. And again, how much of that money is going out of St. Louis?

Or the insanity of building a new Metrolink a few blocks from the existing Central West End station, when the North side is so under served by Metrolink? And in relation to how dependent the North side is on public transit, under served generally. (And I am not even going to touch the Folly of the Loop Trolley.)  If it didn't take so long to get to jobs outside of North St Louis on public transit, maybe people could get a second job, or save on daycare.  (And fewer people driving without insurance, but, of course that will cut into all the local police budgets.)

A great public transit system that focused on the people that need it the most would benefit the whole city.  And once there was some business development on the North Side, I'd bet that all these places that are so offended by saggy pants and grillz and whatever else wouldn't see those patrons anymore, anyhow.  If you like to go to a place where "everyone knows your name" and they were playing your song, don't you think other people might like that, too?

The people that are the most loving and spiritually evolved and peaceful, like the Dalai Lama and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., need to create some sort of prison system that does not completely degenerate the humans we have decided to keep alive even though they are being punished by or kept separate from society.  People should be treated with dignity and given DECENT nutrition, sanitary conditions, hygiene, and shelter.

The USA sanctions other countries for less than the conditions of the Berkeley jail and detention until bond is paid.  If an Islamic group were treating people like the Berkeley jail, we would be hearing screams of terrorism and torture.

The protests and the activism of the people is strong enough right now to create real change.  I think start by getting registered to vote, and let EVERY registered voter turn out at the polls this November 4th.   Let's keep fighting for Justice for Mike. Let's work on getting the highway traffic stops turned over to the County PD and/or the Highway patrol.  Let's demand better detention facilities and treatment.  Let's keep demanding economic development. Let's get a $15 an hour minimum wage in St. Louis city and county.

Let's keep going with demands.  Let's do it with wit and cunning, and smarts.  Not violence.  Not fear.

That's their game.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

THE ILLEGAL KIDNAPPINGS BY POLICE OF MICHAEL BROWN PROTESTORS

This is a reprint from my Occupy Public Transportation in Saint Louis blog on my arrest-- actually an illegal kidnapping by the Berkeley police department, as they were in violation of First Amendment, and had no authority to arrest me-- on September 10, 2014 at Hanley and highway 70.  

http://optinstl.blogspot.com/2014/09/optinstl-illegaly-arrested-by-berkeley.html


OPTINSTL was one of the 35 people arrested at the 10 September demonstration at Highway 70, however, I was simply trying to get passed the illegal roadblock (violating the First Amendment) to get to do the protest. I had no plans to go out on the highway.  But I wanted to to be there because I knew, even before I saw the illegal roadblock, that First Amendment rights were going to be violated.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/11/us/police-block-highway-protest-over-ferguson-mo-shooting.html?_r=0

http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/10/us/missouri-ferguson-michael-brown-protest/index.html

http://fox2now.com/2014/09/10/live-updates-michael-brown-protesters-plan-to-shut-down-i-70-during-rush-hour/

I also had this leaflet to hand out:
http://optinstl.blogspot.com/2014/09/vote-for-michael-brown-november-4th.html

I am going to be writing a lot more in this blog, and to the media, and of course, in preparing to fight my case, but I am hoping that one of the 10 or 12 cell phone videos, and one news camera, of my arrest will be sent to me.  If you know anyone at the demo, I was on the other side of the highway, the Express Scripts side, trying to get across the illegal police blockade.  I am a white woman.  I was wearing a grey t-shirt and purple skirt.

Please send me an email if you have video. optinstl@gmail.com

Since I had been encouraging people that had been arrested for "failure to disperse" or any of the other many illegal violations of the First Amendment rights by the police, it is interesting that simply by losing my temper (I challenged the police line about their illegality, crossed their "line" and was arrested for "Trespassing" and "Failure to Comply".  They also accused me of "assaulting an officer" for taunting them for being fascists.  Wisely, they did not file that charge.  However, even without that, they made many, many mistakes, and I have good grounds for challenging the violation of the First Amendment, which more of us are going to have to do to protect this most important freedom that we have in this country.  It was not just MY rights that were violated, every citizen of the United States is having their First Amendment rights violated at almost every protest since Brown's murder.  Again, more on that later.)

I will also be encouraging media, lawyers, and citizen rights advocacy groups to investigate the many illegal and inhumane practices of the Berkeley Police Department.  The jail conditions (900 calories a day, which are three bread and meat microwaved sandwiches, not allowed to use a toothbrush, no water except during the three "meal times"), setting bond without any trial and then detention until bond is paid, with little or no access to a lawyer, etc.  And I was in a cell with a woman that was facing thirty days in these conditions, because she can't afford to pay the $1400 bond (and the non-refundable $25 administrative fee tacked on top of it!)

One thin blanket, very cold temperatures, metal beds, lights on all the time, no visible clocks, only allowed one shirt, one pair of pants, and someone has to bring you new clothes, and they have to return the clothes you were wearing to that person.  I also was not allowed to wear my glasses.  One of the officers BRAGGED that each inmate only costs $3.71 a day to house! I wouldn't treat Darren Wilson that way! Absolutely inhumane.

There have been many articles recently about the high amount of tickets that are issued to drivers in the north county area, not just for "Driving While Black" but because the main source of income for small municipalities is traffic fines.  The response from the police is always "If you don't break the law you have nothing to worry about."

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/michael-brown-shooting/black-st-louis-suburbs-hit-ticket-blitz-n185061

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2014/09/03/how-st-louis-county-missouri-profits-from-poverty/

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-10/arrests-form-financial-bedrock-across-st-louis-county-towns.html

But that is patently not true.  Let's not even get into the many times cops turn on their sirens to speed through a yellow or red light. I've worked for law offices and attorneys in another state, and one attorney here, and all of their traffic tickets were fixed or dismissed due to their privilege of being lawyers and knowing so many judges, etc. (They broke the law and had nothing to worry about, RIGHT? ) I am hoping that an thorough audit of ALL traffic tickets is conducted to see just how often tickets are dismissed for lawyers, their families and friends, etc.

Ironically, while I was only jail for two days, the County sells the arrest records to all the lawyers so that they can send out advertising to the arrestees home address.  The lawyer I worked for sent one to me.  One of my jobs was to fold up these letters and put them in envelopes.  What is even more insulting about this obvious scam-- where lawyers profit from these tickets, too-- is that these lists are sent out IMMEDIATELY, but I can not get a copy of the incident report for SEVEN TO TEN DAYS, AND I HAVE TO GO DOWN TO THE STATION TO GET IT.

I call shenanigans on this entire operation.

Keep checking back, but please, if you have any video of my incident, please forward it to me.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

REMEMBER THE 5TH OF NOVEMBER 2014: START YOUR SAMHAIN CELEBRATION THIS YEAR WITH A REVOLUTION

Samhain looks to be from sundown on the 6th until sundown on the 7th of November this year.  I need to be a little closer to the day to "feel" it. (Sun at 15 degrees Scorpio is really an approximation of the location of the Pleiades alignment with the centre of the Milky Way galaxy.  The Druids are credited with discovering this annual opening of the "doorway between the worlds".  I must have ten posts on how to calculate the Fire Festivals, so please search this blog for more on that.)

However, there is no reason for those of you that are participating in demolition of the remaining (and rotten) structures of the Old Age, and/or the construction and architecture of the New Age, to not plan for a little revolution on November 5th.

"Remember Remember".  (If you haven't seen V For Vendetta movie, or read the graphic novel, now would be a good time.)

November 5th falls in the middle of the nationwide "March Against Corruption" November 1st-8th., to get big money out of politics.  (If we achieved that, I daresay there would be no need for a revolution!)
http://marchagainstcorruption.com/

And the 5th is the "Million Mask March".
http://www.millionmaskmarch.com/

In the U.S. this is the day AFTER the elections.  A day when basically, no work is done by elected officials, lame duck or otherwise.

It is also the best day of the year to start a revolution.  No, not that Old Age, violent-type of revolution that does little but swap the faces in the power and create a lot of chaos and bloodshed.  Another of these Old Age revolutions is looming on our horizon, and it will accomplish nothing except to delay the full emergence of the 5D Consciousness of the planet and the visible emergence of the New Age.

(I have a post in my drafts folder, about the difficulties we all face right now in making the transition, and how critical these next nine years are.  There does still seem to be some danger that we won't make the transition globally, and even a possibility that even the New Immortals might end up in an "astral" New Age, if you understand what I mean.  I will finish the full post when I can, but that should be enough for now for magickal peeps to understand how critical this time is.)

Everything that we need to really change things is available to us right now.  There is enough of everything, for everyone. And there are systems of distribution that once fully "occupied" by those that have everyone's interests at heart-- and not just the greedy few-- will serve just fine without complete dismantling.

The past holds no answers anymore. We who were born from 1900 through the present, live in a world that is the opposite of all the aeons before it:  7 billion people on the planet-- a number that has doubled since the 1970's alone!  "Of all the people that have ever lived, half of them are dead."  Rather, almost everyone has incarnated for this transition to the New Age.  We are all here, deciding what comes next.

We have technology that almost (almost!) makes the need for telepathy and magick and astral travel unnecessary! Woman are free to choose destinies unmarked by reproduction, thanks to birth control.   Humans have become a greater threat to Nature than Nature to Humans.

And because mortal humans do pose such a great threat to this planet, especially those that are literally living in a mind-set that belongs to a world that no longer exists, a mind-set rooted in the past and driven by fear and lack-- we must do what we can to alter how wealth is determined, and how it can be used.

Gold remains the measurable standard, but it is only half of the equation.  The amount of human labour to extract and refine gold has remained unchanged throughout the ages.  Human energy is half of the equation.  Natural resources are the other half, but with 7 billion people, it is water and clean air and fertile land that is precious.  Not gold.

It is time for a more equitable distribution.

And those with "eyes to see and ears to hear", we who are visionaries of what can and might-- and even probably will-- be the New Age, need to lead.

What we need is an "Armchair Revolution."  A revolution consisting not just of marching in the streets (although that is fun), and acts of civil disobedience, but a legal, comfortable, consensual revolution.  Using the most powerful of weapons, our minds and our voices.

Oh yes, get registered to vote, by all means, and let this election day have the greatest voter turn out ever.  Vote for everything.  If you don't like a candidate, write someone else in.  Vote on all the issues on the ballot even though most of them are basically meaningless to the lives of the majority of people in this country.

BUT ON NOVEMBER 5TH LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD.  SHOW YOUR TRUE POWER.  USE YOUR REAL "VOTE".

DON'T GO TO WORK.  DON'T GO TO SCHOOL.  DON'T BUY ANYTHING.  TURN OFF THE TELEVISION.  JOIN THE MILLION MASK MARCH OR SIMPLY STAY HOME.  BUT DO USE YOUR PHONE.  USE YOUR COMPUTER OR A PEN AND PAPER.  CALL AND WRITE EVERY SINGLE POLITICIAN, AGENCY, AND BUSINESS THAT YOU HAVE AN ISSUE WITH AND TELL THEM WHAT YOU THINK.

Money out of politics.  No more GMO's.  No more fracking.  No more big defense budgets.  No more cyber-spying and drones. No more tax credits and tax payment deferments for corporations.  Remind all elected officials that they work for We The People and not the other way around.  Demand that all legislative action be driven by the people, for the people.  Demand that all elected officials spend more time among their constituents, not just those that voted for them, and not just on the campaign trail.  Demand an end to Wall Street.

Whatever your issues are, DEMAND THEM.

Yes, you will buy your gas and groceries on the 4th or the 6th, and perhaps it won't hurt profits.  You will make up your schoolwork and go back to your job on the 6th.  The point is not to create havoc on the system, but to remind the greedy few that have hijacked our world that there are more of us than there are of them.  And more importantly, that they need us more than we need them-- they need our labour, and they need us to repurchase the fruits of our labour.

REMIND THEM THAT THEIR TIME IS OVER.  REMIND THEM THAT IF WE THE PEOPLE, THE 99% ARE UNITED, THEN THEY WILL BE DIVIDED, AND THEY WILL FALL.

It is time for a more equitable world, based on real value-- human labour and natural resources-- and not profits for the very few.

Remember this 5th of November, that "Ideas are bulletproof."  And that "People should not be afraid of their governments.  Governments should be afraid of their people."

Join the Armchair Revolution, and "phone it in."  It will be only the beginning, but it will be a grand start!

If you want to do something on the astral/magickal front, before the next Mercury retrograde-- October 4th-25th-- have a chat with Mercury and Iris and the other god/desses, and also the spirits, and nature entities, etc., about the revolution and what you require from them on that day, and what you are hoping to accomplish.  They are already on-board, just waiting to hear from you!

Blessings Peeps!


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

PART THREE OF DEALING WITH THE FOX NEWS CROWD: IT'S NOT ILLEGAL ALIENS THAT ARE STEALING AMERICAN JOBS

Want to see Part One and Two of dealing with the Fox News crowd?
http://laladyrae.blogspot.com/2014/08/how-to-explain-ferguson-protests-how.html
http://laladyrae.blogspot.com/2014/08/more-on-how-to-explain-things-to-fox.html

One thing the Faux Mews crowd can't get enough of is the immigration "crisis."  Repugnicans are threatening to shut down the government because Obama (that Kenyan, Muslim terrorists, intent on disarming the nation of 2nd Amendment rights, et cetera, ad nauseum)  isn't being an obedient slave to the "Good Ole Boy" masters, and doing what they tell him to do.  



What no one in the government or the media seems to be mentioning is that immigrants, illegal or otherwise, are the least of our problems.   

Did immigrants decide that shareholder profits needed to be protected instead of jobs and benefits and a sustainable minimum wage?


Did immigrants decide that corporate income tax could be reduced from $1.50 (in 1970) to .22 cents (currently) for every dollar a U.S. worker pays to the I.R.S.?  http://www.commondreams.org/views/2012/04/30/five-tax-fallacies-invented-1  AND
http://investmentwatchblog.com/back-in-1950-corporations-paid-3-in-taxes-for-every-1-paid-by-a-worker-today-they-pay-22-cents/

Did immigrants form ALEC?  Set up trade agreements that bankrupt foreign nations?  

Allow US AID to be used exclusively as a way to create massive debt in third world countries, by "lending" them money to hire Halliburton to build oil infrastructure for U.S. consumption?
http://www.democracynow.org/2003/3/12/halliburton_bechtel_and_other_u_s

Did illegal aliens that were formerly small farmers allow global corporations to patent seed sharing and sue them for working their land as they have for thousands of years?
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/03/201332813553729250.html

And did illegal immigrants vote in any election? Are they responsible for Reagan, or Bush "Voldemort", Sr. or Bush "Forrest Gump", Jr.?  (I would hope no one needs to see any links for this?)

The answer to all those questions would be "no."

No one has robbed the American worker (actually, robbed the ENTIRE WORLD) of jobs MORE than American corporations (many of whom are now fleeing and setting up in countries with even lower corporate tax rates). 

Next up, how the biggest "war Presidents" actually reduced the troops and the pay and benefits they receive.  And, how money is not "Free Speech" and corporations are not "People."

EDIT: A truly HILARIOUS right winger that has a police incident on her record is confronted with that by a caller LOL!  http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/25/1324613/-Hilarious-Audio-In-Midst-of-Ferguson-Rant-Rightwing-Host-Gets-Nailed-for-Attacking-a-Cop-in-1997?detail=email

EDIT: And let's not forget that this countries government does not even guarantee breaks for workers. The Federal government only regulates how breaks are paid, and only five states require employers to give workers breaks.  That's right.  Read this post, and follow the links, and read the law carefully.  The ten minute break every two hours is at the employers discretion.
 http://laladyrae.blogspot.com/2013/11/human-rights-violation-workers-told.html

OFF OF FACEBOOK

EDIT: As of 14 Sept 2014 I am back on facebook and Lady Rae page is up.  Good chance to learn about Twitter, and even though I had an account before, I'd rarely used it.  The Michael Brown Jr revolution is taking place mostly on Twitter.

One of the right wing trolls (see my last two posts**) reported me on facebook (for using a nickname) and they suspended my account.  I thought someone had just hacked my account and logged me out.  When I finally went through all the rigmarole of a new password, etc and got the "Facebook is a place where we use our real names" I had a response similar to the time the cable company had clipped my service from the curb (in other words, actually come out to the pole and disconnected my service, instead of temporarily suspending, which would have been a minor charge and a two hour wait, instead of a service call and re-connection fee).

My response.  "What a relief.  It's mostly a waste of time."

I can still troll via Google Plus, and keep up with people via my blogs, Twitter, and, oh yeah! email!  Time will tell if I will miss the meme's that are so handy for illustrating blog posts.  (But Yellowdog Grannie and few other blog I follow also supply the best ones.***)

Pre-2008 I had a very big resistance to social media-- and cell phones, I didn't get a phone until 2009! And I was living in L.A., where cell phones were de riguer.   It was with great reluctance that I joined facebook, and of course, I loved it, but lately I have felt that I spend too much time on facebook and have become too dependent on it.

This "facecation"has the added bonus of not draining off potential blog posts into status updates.  Or sucking me in when I am writing and go on line to do research.

Maybe I will change my mind.  We'll see.  But in the meantime, email me here, or call or text me.  And if you are facebook friend, please feel free to let our mutual friends what happened, if you feel so inclined.

Blessings Peeps!

** http://laladyrae.blogspot.com/2014/08/how-to-explain-ferguson-protests-how.html
http://laladyrae.blogspot.com/2014/08/more-on-how-to-explain-things-to-fox.html

*** Like this one, of the Troll's "Hero"


And this one, of blue common sense, versus red "common cents".