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Society & Culture  (tags: Black Lives Matter, police, white protesters, video, hugs, all lives matter )

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The Black Lives Matter demonstrators initiated a truce, ultimately deciding to join the counter-protestors on the other side of the street. What happened next was a rare but inspiring sight.


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Darren Woolsey (218)
Thursday July 14, 2016, 11:45 am
Shared to spread awareness, Dandelion.

Angelika R (143)
Thursday July 14, 2016, 3:41 pm
Simply beautiful! Even if the report has a somewhat skeptical wording.

JL A (281)
Thursday July 14, 2016, 8:34 pm
Kind of hard to start a fight with someone who just hugged you--yet it speaks volumes to counter the misrepresentations of the kind of people who are the majority at each and every BLM protest and demonstration. Thanks for posting Dandelion

Dawnie W (250)
Thursday July 14, 2016, 11:36 pm

❤️:-)) Noted❤️
❤️ Thanking you kindly for sharing this information❤️
💕💛ღ❤️Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ💕♥L💜ve, Hugs and Peace go with you all♥💕Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ❤️ღ💛💕

Darren Woolsey (218)
Friday July 15, 2016, 2:09 am
Reshared over social media to spread awareness, Dandelion

Monika A (94)
Friday July 15, 2016, 2:32 am
:((( this is my attempt.
I'm not able to see my comments :-( To tell the truth, sometimes, I can do it, but it is very, very very sporadically kind of occasion, one big lottery. Not to mention about green stars and e-mails ...
Oh sorry , I'm complaining here , but still - noted ( I hope...) I can't see my actions.
Thank you Dandelion.

JL A (281)
Friday July 15, 2016, 7:58 am

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Animae C (509)
Friday July 15, 2016, 8:38 am
Thanx Dandelion

JL A (281)
Friday July 15, 2016, 10:54 am
A Wake-up Call for White Progressives

JL A (281)
Friday July 15, 2016, 11:11 am
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JL A (281)
Friday July 15, 2016, 8:04 pm

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Darren Woolsey (218)
Friday July 15, 2016, 11:25 pm
Shared articles over social media and signed and share petition.

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 16, 2016, 2:25 am
Thanks Dandelion. Lovely to see what could and should be. This time it ended very well, but I've been polite and willing to negotiate with Beezlebub a few times, it seldom ends well.

This is exactly what we need to work toward, however, globally. Earth's "We The People" are all experiencing the same genocide of the masses, from middleclass on down--and it is first being concentrated on those of certain race, color, religion, income bracket, age, health. The 1% of elitist controllers of governments and other powerful factions, are the self-designated "Chosen Few", requiring the place you are in and what's left of Earth's resources.

You have two options. One is to set aside differences, as you just read--it can be done with some tolerance, patience and committal to the same cause--trying to survive and save the planet. Joined in a revolution to remove the corruptive death steamroller from places of power, in solidarity, is man's only hope of survival. The other option is to wait until it's too late to resist, lie down peacefully and weep for what should and could have been.

Sandra Penna (135)
Saturday July 16, 2016, 7:20 am
Very beautiful and touching. Thanks for sharing, Dandelion.

JL A (281)
Saturday July 16, 2016, 8:08 am

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Janet B (0)
Saturday July 16, 2016, 12:36 pm

Colleen L (3)
Saturday July 16, 2016, 12:48 pm
Touching. Thanks Dandelion

Peggy B (43)
Saturday July 16, 2016, 1:24 pm

Birgit W (160)
Saturday July 16, 2016, 2:10 pm
All lives matter. Thanks for sharing Dandelion.

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday July 16, 2016, 2:46 pm
Noted w/thanks, Dandelion.

Too much anger, hatred, resentment and insecurity out in the world. And, too much of it is focused on the wrong targets. A simple act of kindness and thoughtfulness like this goes a long way.
This act of reaching across the lines will bring some communication. If people could only discuss this and listen to each other, they would find so much in common.
The "white-middle-class anger" that is channeled and misplaced by T-Rump can be refocused on what is REALLY wrong with America, and who the villains really are within the 1%.
We can be a truly powerful force if we can link arms together.

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday July 16, 2016, 2:46 pm
*Color of Change petition signed.

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday July 16, 2016, 2:53 pm
Thanks for bringing that up, I also signed found in JL A comment on Friday July 15, 2016, 11:11 am

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday July 16, 2016, 3:03 pm
Yes, Birgit all lives matter but when the minorities are not seeing that is a truth for them, they had to stand up and REMIND the world that Black LIves Matter too.....that they are part of the "all"......

Winn Adams (179)
Sunday July 17, 2016, 9:26 am
The picture says it all. Kindness and respect . . . . . . . Thanks Sheryl

JL A (281)
Sunday July 17, 2016, 11:08 am
Tensions running even higher with officers shot and killed in Baton Rouge today..
Baton Rouge shooting: Police appeal for information

Janet B (0)
Sunday July 17, 2016, 12:43 pm

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday July 17, 2016, 12:49 pm
This is what happens JL A when things are allowed to fester. This is not the proper way to deal with things but a way when people feel that all other ways have been ignored. For the failure of the prosecutors the good police and their families will suffer.

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday July 17, 2016, 12:50 pm
We need to come together but all must feel justice - justice denied some is an injustice to all of us. We are now seeing this played out. [*] for those who have recently been killed.

Mandi T (367)
Sunday July 17, 2016, 1:01 pm
I heard that JL more sadness... TY Sheryl

Angelika R (143)
Sunday July 17, 2016, 1:08 pm
I saw that coming..and it may not be the end of it either. I better not speak out here what kind of thoughts ran through my mind when hearing about the new killings of 3 more officers. But I sure would like to know the thoughts of those people who suffer (incl. those who formerly suffered there!) at the hellhole of Angola prison! To them, officers are officers, if they're white.


Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday July 17, 2016, 1:15 pm
Suffering can turn into resentment, which can turn into frustration, irritation, anger, which can create a reaction, leading to bad consequences.

There are no winners in this. . . we all lose

Angelika R (143)
Sunday July 17, 2016, 2:10 pm
Darren, that is what I was hinting to, perhaps even call it the Angola revenge. I don't think it is pure incidental how violence toward Police officers broke out in Lousiana, perhaps the place where blacks suffered most of all, not least in that infamous hellhole of Angola.

JL A (281)
Sunday July 17, 2016, 2:34 pm
Afromation Protest In Baltimore Against Police Violence
" It has created generations of black Baltimoreans who are traumatized by police and have lost opportunities to advance in their lives as a consequence. It has also created a police culture that continues to abuse communities of color. Remember, Freddie Gray was chased by police without any cause and it resulted in his death.

In response to this environment, black youth in Baltimore organized an action called ‘Afromation’ to raise awareness and to celebrate Assata Shakur’s birthday. The protest was organized by Bmore Bloc, City Bloc and SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice). Popular Resistance and others joined the action to provide support. What is ‘Afromation’? It is an “affirmation of black lives in the face of so much black death.” In their statement describing the protest, they wrote:

“‎#Afromation‬ is an affirmation of black life. It is a gathering of persons dedicated to reversing the cycle of brutalization, desensitization, and surveillance. It is black lives affirming the significance of their existence in retaliation to the systems that have continuously sought to deny this affirmation. It is only through a formation of undying will – in the form of resilient love and support – dedicated to affirming the existence of blackness, that we will break the chains that bind us. It is only through constant reclaiming of our lives, against a world that continues to take our lives, that we will win our freedom: freedom from endless cycles of violence, death, struggle and policing. #Afromation is our fight for freedom, and it is our duty to win.”

Jonathan Harper (0)
Sunday July 17, 2016, 2:35 pm

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday July 17, 2016, 2:45 pm
A lot of DEEP history in that area and lots of DEEP pain in that area. Some of the police and prison guards of today are the children and great grandchildren of those who held slaves of yesterday or were the guards of the master's plantation of yesterday.

I had posted this not long ago about July 4th and freedom. I'll leave the link here.
We live in one of the most un free systems on earth Mass incarceration is a reality endured by millions of people in prison and in the systems of repression that exist outside of prison

As Mumia Abu-Jamal said in the article posted in this thread:

“We live in one of the most un-free systems on earth. Mass incarceration is a reality endured by millions of people in prison and in the systems of repression that exist outside of prison.

What does freedom mean to poor people who cannot walk freely down a street?

What does freedom mean when they cannot find work?

What does freedom mean when there is no justice in the courts?

What does freedom mean when black people cannot attend a Bible study in a church without the fear of being murdered?

Where is this American freedom they keep telling us about?

I don’t see it. Black folks are more in danger, and being killed in even greater numbers, than during the reign of terror that was lynching and Jim Crow.”

Lenore K (0)
Sunday July 17, 2016, 4:57 pm

Sarah Lee (4)
Sunday July 17, 2016, 8:05 pm
Don't we all matter as humans? Our forefathers built countries around Earth. Whatever color we were and we are. Are we so consumed by so much hate in this world? Sometimes I wonder why we pray for forgiveness, when all we do the next day is create new sins...

Arild Warud (174)
Monday July 18, 2016, 1:52 am
Uplifting to see that they hugged it out.

JL A (281)
Monday July 18, 2016, 6:18 am

Cleveland Protesters Counter Noise of Hate With Silence and Love
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Darren Woolsey (218)
Tuesday July 19, 2016, 12:17 am
Silence is far richer and more potent and powerful, than aggressive shouts, and showing of military might.

Anyone ever read Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood's End?

Leo Custer (312)
Tuesday July 19, 2016, 5:21 am
thank you for the info

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday July 19, 2016, 5:31 am
You are welcome Leo....thanks for stopping by.
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