bgrothus

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  • What is disturbing to me is that the police are so involved with being “in charge” once they are called, that No One under Any Circumstances is allowed to engage with the victim except the police.

    This has to change. This is tragic, but it is total over reach and unnecessary authority.

  • Thanks for this bit of good news, Jane. And I say that feeling that the words hardly mean a thing in the context of the daily grind of bad and worse news and events.

    I am essentially reduced to the religion of kindness, as in the larger picture all of our other actions for good or ill will have little to no impact, it seems.

    In death, has Michael Brown’s life mattered if it means PBO turns an eye to militarized police? We toil away at our battles for justice, but the planet is dead, we just have not grasped it.

    Good to see your fonts.

  • bgrothus commented on the diary post Over Easy: Monday Fukushima Update by BoxTurtle.

    2014-08-25 05:34:46View | Delete

    GM, boxturtle and dinerzens. Thank you for this, though a very depressing start to the week.

    Nit picking, in the paragraph on the USS Reagan, families is a simple plural, not possessive.

  • bgrothus commented on the blog post Ferguson Organizer on Life Under Police Occupation (Video)

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    Too many parallels with Palestine. Thank you for the stories, Kevin. We need them.

  • bgrothus commented on the diary post 15,000 March Across Staten Island to Protest Eric Garner’s Murder by Police by wendydavis.

    2014-08-23 19:22:45View | Delete

    Thanks for the post, not much time to spend around these parts lately.(((wendydavis)))

  • Thank you for the coverage, Kevin. The enormity of our struggle is overwhelming often.

    Never Give Up!

  • So glad you are there. I know that heat in St. Louis in the summer. Ugh. It is the humidity that really kicks ya.

    A few people from Albuquerque left for Ferguson today. I hope they look for the stories like yours on “Before I Die.” What is great is how people want good for their whole community, not just some shit for themselves.

  • bgrothus commented on the diary post Over Easy: Chemical Weapons in the War on Protest by msmolly.

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    That’s what the clip above says. Use it in a year or lose it. Incredible. What could possibly go wrong?

  • bgrothus commented on the diary post Over Easy: Chemical Weapons in the War on Protest by msmolly.

    2014-08-22 07:34:06View | Delete

    There is so much going on, and we are working on it every day. The latest of our efforts is to focus on an NRA national killer-cop shooting competition slated for mid-September. There are various teams from police units around the country. ABQ team has a 3x killer cop of unarmed citizens who is STILL [...]

  • bgrothus commented on the diary post Over Easy: Chemical Weapons in the War on Protest by msmolly.

    2014-08-22 06:30:27View | Delete

    The link from Vox says the 1033 program requires the police to use the military equipment within one year. So that’s why they trot it out. Use it or lose it. Incredible.

    Also, GM dinerzens. Have a great day. Thanks for the postnhost, msmolly.

    Some of my friends headed to Ferguson today.

  • bgrothus commented on the blog post Late Night: Fascism for Dummies

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    Outrageous. Between these thieves and the courts in Ferguson, the people have no way out. This kind of exploitation of the poor is par for the course. It has to change.

  • bgrothus commented on the blog post Late Night: Fascism for Dummies

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    NM has thousands of dollars of Homeland Security equipment and weapons for each and every cop in NM. We are the 7th nationally, I think in the amount of stuff. Probably because we are poor and have so much military already here, plus the border, plus. Well, you know.

  • bgrothus commented on the blog post Late Night: Fascism for Dummies

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    I just heard some of our people are headed to Ferguson in solidarity. I would go if I could take the time. Damn.

  • bgrothus commented on the blog post Late Night: Fascism for Dummies

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    Oh, yeah. We are trying to change it. Probably will take years and years.

  • bgrothus commented on the blog post Late Night: Fascism for Dummies

    2014-08-21 22:14:03View | Delete

    They answer to no one. Not one indictment of a killer cop, the 3x killer of unarmed citizens is still on the force and competing in the NRA killer-cop shooting competition.

  • bgrothus commented on the blog post Late Night: Fascism for Dummies

    2014-08-21 22:12:28View | Delete

    We have the DOJ here since just after Boyd. This was in the works a long time coming, but the DOJ report on ABQ (and it is a sickening document, I will find the link) is scathing. It has been in the NYT, al jazeera, all over the world really. And yet. The DOJ does not reveal anything until after the consent decree is negotiated. We are in that process, and they are still hearing from us. A lot. The Mayor is corrupt, as best I can tell. The other night at City Council, our police chief could not say how many police officers are on the streets of ABQ, out of a force of 940. I think the number is about 350, which is the number of brand spanking new AR15s were just purchased by our police, either with cash or as a gift from Homeland Security, we have not found out yet.

  • bgrothus commented on the blog post Late Night: Fascism for Dummies

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    Honestly, we really thought James Boyd’s shooting was enough. The film went viral. We hit the streets, we have been to jail. We are going to court, and we are still organizing. The stories out of ABQ should be sufficient. Maybe the death of Michael Brown will capture the public a bit more. It is a long slow slog. The militarization of the police has been a long-term plan and the implementation has been going on for generations now. Creeping fascism is a stealthy activity.

  • bgrothus commented on the blog post Late Night: Fascism for Dummies

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    I have a bunch of friends here who are outraged. We are working daily on this issue.

  • bgrothus commented on the blog post Late Night: Fascism for Dummies

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  • bgrothus commented on the blog post Late Night: Fascism for Dummies

    2014-08-21 21:52:22View | Delete

    Well done, as usual, hag. I hope you are having a fantastic time at the wedding and can avoid this topic while doing so.

    The other night a citizen journalist from ABQ was tear-gassed in Ferguson, and it was filmed live by CNN. He got it right in the face and was still recovering when they tracked him down and interviewed him live about it. After a bit of the usual type of questions, they asked him if he had ever seen anything like it before. He said, “Yes, I am from Albuquerque. We have been gassed, AND we have had 27 killings by police in the last few years. So, yeah, I’ve seen it.” I’ll try to find the link. They talked about weapons, and asked if he had seen any molotov cocktails. By this time, another CNN journalist came onto the scene and said he had not seen any MCs, and both the ABQ guy and the CNN reporter who was in the midst of the crowd when the gassing went on, said the only thing they say were water bottles thrown. So this then turns into urine in water bottles, reported everywhere. But no evidence to back it up.

    The NRA is sponsoring (8th time this year) a killer cop shooting competition in ABQ in September. On the team competing for ABQ is a 3 time killer cop, all of his targets unarmed, still on the force.

    Our dead have included everyone from James Boyd (the homeless, mentally ill campter killed almost 6 months ago) to war vets with PTSD, and a few weeks after Boyd, a 19-year old white girl who was adopted by a judge (now retired) from a nearby county. So we have seen it. We are living it daily.
    In re: the idea that this was staged. That is about as sick of a thing as I can possibly comprehend. I don’t know who cares. But we are working here, and we are not growing weary. We are fighting back. I hope others will join us.

    The cops invaded a church last night in Ferguson, where people were trying to stay safe. Does that ring any bells? IDF training our police. They trained APD, and they trained Ferguson too.

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