Anti-U.S. Military Aggression Protest in DTLA. April 7, 2017.

Thousands of people gathered in cities across the U.S. on Friday, April 7, in protest of President Trumps decision to attack a Syrian airbase said to be the facility which conducted chemical attacks against Syrian civilian on April 4, 2017.

In downtown Los Angeles, a crowd of nearly one thousand people holding signs and chanting anti war slogans marched through the streets from Pershing Square to City Hall, where leaders delivered a message of solidarity with the Syrian people.

“Money for jobs and education, not for bombs and occupation!” Chanted the crowd as it passed L.A.’s busy Grand Central Market and on toward City Hall.

“We anticipated this,” Said one of the march organizers, John Prysner. “We had designs prepared and printed all these posters this morning,” John said about the yellow signs being held by the majority of protesters as they walked down Broadway Street. “We are here to protest this act of U.S. aggression.” When asked what ordinary people could do John said, “Dont mourn and get organized.”

People hung out of cars and out their apartment windows to record the commotion as it came rumbling up the street.

“SHUT THE F*** UP!” Said one red-faced man from his fifth story window. As he ran back inside to surely grab something to throw, I pulled out my cell phone to record his next move. Sure enough, he returned to quickly throw a golf ball down at the protesters and then slam his window shut. Luckily, no one was directly hit by the mans cowardly assault.

“What do we want?! Hands off Syria! And if we don’t get it? Shut! It! Down!” Chanted the crowd as it moved slowly towards city hall, carrying Syrian flags and pictures of Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad.

“You support a terrorist! The Syrian people are happy!” Said a Trump supporter from across the street, with about five or six other Trump activists who supported his decision.

“Trump is saving lives,” the man with the MAGA hat and the American flag draped over him told me. “Where were you guys when Obama bombed the middle east?” Said another man holding his American flag tightly.

At the end of the day I found myself arguing with a Trump activist who believed that it was in ours and the Syrian peoples best interest to attack Syria. As a left, one person told me to be cautious of the man I was talking to, saying that he was a “full-on facist” who records peace activist and makes fun of them on his Facebook page.

People interested in organizing in California should check out Answer Coalition and the refusefascism.org websites for more information.

In Solidarity.

 

 

Why I Shoot Film

Why I Shoot Film

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You have to love it. You have to love photography if you ever want to call yourself a “photographer.”

For some people it’s irresistible. Capturing an image among the infinite that make up every day. The timing. The light, especially. When you take a photograph that you like and love, you can always look at it and it will bring you joy.

I prefer to take my photographs on film. The obsolete medium, for some. A hassle and a passion for others.

Why? Because one, it looks better. If you meet the most experienced, the most veteran of the photography community, they will tell you “film all the way.”

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Well, if they are into it and don’t mind the extra dollar on buying film. But film does a lot of things that digital can’t. It brings life to the photograph. Depth and feeling. Colors are different, more pronounced. Black and white is a different story. Shapes and structures and shadow make up its content.

And two, because it draws out the process. You don’t “spray and pray” as some call it: take a million photos and hope one comes out. No, you take your time. You think about the framing and the “composition.” And after you shoot 24 or 36 (or less if you use a larger film format) you have to go get it developed, which you could learn to do at home by yourself if you really wanted to.

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And the best part is, is you get physical copies of your photographs. You put them in a sleeve and in a folder and you have memories and beautiful images to show your grand-kids.

That’s why I shoot film. It is fun and I love it. I hope that one day you pick up a film camera (disposable cameras from CVS use film) and decide to load some film into. You wont regret it.

Standing Rock Feb 21, 2017- What Today Means

After months of protest and after an incredible amount of injustice towards Native American sisters and brothers, the government has officially declared it will cut off access to the main resistance camp at Standing Rock, Oceti Sakowin, shutting it down, and most likely forcing its inhabitants out.

They are peacefully protesting. They are conducting behavior that is protected by the US constitution. So why are they being treated like criminals and terrorists?

I pray for the water protectors. They are taking on the most difficult battle of all Americans, because they are fighting the Unstoppable Empire, the very beast itself.

What has really changed? This is how they have been treated for many decades. Centuries. Nothing has changed between the relationship of the American government and the original Americans, except in all the ways the American government has deceived its people.

This is what occurs when profits are put before people. When oil flowing through pipes is more important than the lives of people.

This is not an overreaction. This is a very real fight for survival. There water is now in more danger than ever before. Just like our grandmother Earth.

Pray for Standing Rock.

 

My brief prediction for the next four years

On January 27th, 2017, we will enter a new era in the United States: The Trump years.

oh, and how we were Trumped. Americans love to fight. and that is what they did on Nov 8th. they fought. and they fought who they saw as the enemy: the establishment. They said “no way Hillary. We will have none of you. We know you are lying about everything!”

“But Trump on the otherhand…” and the rest is history.

Duped. fooled. Tricked.

Americans all over the country truly believe that Trump will succeed, at least in some manner or way, in fixing this country. It may be slow progress, it may be bumpy, and a few people may get thrown over board, but it is for the best of this country and for each and every one of us.

No. No, he is not going to do ANYTHING. NOTHING. HE WILL BE THE WORST PRESIDENT OF ALL TIME.

You see, presidents are elected because to do so you must be competent, professional, and extremely smart and educated, so smart that you literally can guide and dictate all sectors of society. Not just anyone can become president. it is reserved for the absolute brightest and best the country can possibly muster.

Wrong. It is now clear that you do not need to be well educated, you do not need to be competent and professional. no, you just have to be rich. rich and good at convincing people that you are pursuing the presidency for no other purpose other than helping every single American (and maybe throw out a few million illegal immigrants.)

The next four years we will see the Trump administration fight everything the progressive movement has fought for for the last 50 years: freedom of religious practive, the right to vote, pro-choice opinion, the right to move about freely without discrimination, the end to police brutality and institutional racism, same-sex marriage, EVERYTHING.

There will be no holding back. Republics hold the house and the senate. They will fight tooth and nail to push through their agenda of christian neo-facism. And i’m not joking. the people lined up to be his cabinet and administration are domestic terrorists (in the sense they do not care for the lives of their fellow citizens), racists, islamaphobes and religious zealots: Mike Pence, Rudy Guiliani, John Bolton, Steve Bannon.

Look them up. they are all horrible pieces of shit who do not respect the liberty and human rights of others!

4 more years of prosecution against whistleblowers. 4 more years of fracking and mass pollution. 4 more years of war in the middle east. 4 more years of apartheid and genocide in Palestine. 4 more years of division and distraction in the US.

4 more years of increased solidarity between individuals everywhere who will look to each other for protection, guidance, leadership, and hope in these troubling years ahead.

19th of September 2016- Apartheid, Racism, Slavery- Alive and Well.

A short introduction video to the Palestinian/Israel conflict.

Another day here in California. Away from the genocide, the destruction, and Apartheid taking place in the middle east (all with the consent of my countrymen and government.)

It sure is a drag. which weighs down on me every single day.

It is 2016 and what civilization has fought for so long to expel, things such as racism and genocide, apartheid, discrimination, war- are all today thriving.

The bombs are still dropping. The drones are still striking. The corporations are still pulling the strings of the puppet politicians. The masses are still hypnotized in every aspect of their lives.

Will any of this ever change? What can stop this super power government from funding more brutal occupation?

Idk where im going with this. But It is something I need to express.

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$38 billion? Really?

38 billion dollars could do a lot of good here at home in the United States.

There are endless possibilities. We could invest in our communities, in clean energy, our schools could be rebuilt, we could tackle student debt, etc. etc.

But instead of being invested here, we as a nation have decided that Israel needs the money more.

It will help them build their military infrastructure and national defenses against any threat, foreign and domestic.

This aid package equates to 3.8 billion dollars a year- an increase from the 3.1 billion the USA already gives Israel annually.

This is part of our memorandum of understanding- a clear indicator of our loyalty to Israel and its people.

I disagree with this decision, however, and feel that it is not in our best interest nor in the best interest of people around the world.

Israel continues to occupy Palestine. It continues its Apartheid, its discrimination, its abuse, its murder, of the Palestinian people. And with this new monetary gift of billions of taxpayer dollars, we as a nation are saying, “Go ahead. We do not see any injustice being committed in Israel and the land of Palestine.”

The establishment, with their monopoly on the mainstream news sources and the entertainment industry, have successfully distracted the people of the US into not considering where there taxpayer dollars are going.

Americans do not think,”My tax dollars are contributing to Apartheid and genocide.” They simply focus on themselves, because why should they do anything else?

It’s sad. and it gets sadder the higher up the ladder you go.

 

August 15th- News Roundup, Leonard Peltier Week & Muslim targeted hate crimes.

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Today is the first day of Leonard Peltier week. President Obama leaves office in 157 days. So far he has shown the greatest effort to help Native American’s out of any recent US president, and that is why there is such a great effort to get him to grant Leonard executive clemency because if any president were to do it it would be him.

But knowing Obama, there is still little hope he will grant Leonard clemency, unless public pressure becomes so great that it would be foolish to do otherwise.

You can make a donation at whoisleonardpeltier.info – they are asking for $10.00 from each of us.

You can call the white house comment line and leave a comment for the president 202-456-1111.

 

TULSA, OK–  A young American Muslim, Khalid Jabara, was shot and killed, by his neighbor, Vernon Majors. Vernon, who had a history of violence against the same muslim family, was already awaiting trial for allegedly running over the mother of Khalid in his car.

The families official statement of the hate crime and death of their beloved son and brother:

Jabara Family Statement on the Murder of Khalid Jabara
August 15, 2016

On Friday night, our world was shattered when our brother, Khalid Jabara, was murdered on the front porch of our family home. The perpetrator was not unknown to us—he is our neighbor—someone whom we continuously brought to law enforcement’s attention. He killed our brother while awaiting trial for running over our mother, resulting in a broken shoulder, collapsed lung, broken ankle, broken nose, head trauma, and fractured ribs amongst other injuries. Only 30 minutes prior to my brother’s shooting, Khalid called the police stating this man had a gun and that he was scared for what might happen. The police came and told him there was nothing to be done. Minutes later, the suspect murdered our brother with four shots.

My family lived in fear of this man and his hatred for years. Yet in May, not even one year after he ran over our mother and despite our repeated protests, he was released from jail with no conditions on his bond—no ankle monitor, no drug/alcohol testing, nothing.

This suspect had a history of bigotry against our family. He repeatedly attacked our ethnicity and perceived religion, making racist comments. He often called us “dirty Arabs,” “filthy Lebanese,” “Aye-rabs,” and “Mooslems”—a fact highlighted by the Tulsa Police Department who also heard these comments from the suspect. The suspect’s bigotry was not isolated to us alone. He made xenophobic comments about many in our community — “filthy Mexican” and the “n” word were all part of his hateful approach to anyone from a different background.

Today, in our pain, we are also keenly aware that this is not just another murder to be added to crime statistics. Our brother’s death could have been prevented. This man was a known danger. He intentionally tried to kill our mother less than one year ago when he ran her over with his car. Based on his racist comments towards us, he should have been charged with a hate crime then. He should not have been released without monitoring. Yet he was released and put back next door to us, the family he assaulted just months before. This is troubling at any time, but profoundly disturbing given the current climate of our country and the increase nationally in cases of hate crimes.

Our brother Khalid was just 37 years old and had his whole life ahead of him. He was a kind spirit, loving brother, uncle and son. Khalid’s heart was big. He cared for our entire family, our friends and people he didn’t even know. He created every Jabara family joke and filled our lives with love and laughter. All of that has been taken away from us by this hateful man and a system that failed to protect our community.

Press inquiries for the Jabara family may be sent to:
Rebecca Abou-Chedid
202-256-4096
abouchedid.rebecca@gmail.com

 

This sheds light on the increasing negligence by law enforcement across the U.S. to properly address cases of violent hate-crimes towards Muslims. His death could have been prevented. Please share this families story and message.

 

North Dakota– Leaders of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe are protesting against the construction of a massive 1,172 mile, 3.8 billion dollar pipeline spanning across 4 states from North Dakota to Illinois.

The developers of the project are now suing the tribe leaders for the safety of the construction workers and law enforcement. Taken from Nativenewsonline.net:

We are working with local law enforcement on this situation to ensure the safety of our employees and the safety of those who live and work in the area.” They went on to add a particularly grim note, saying “We will press charges against anyone who interferes in the construction of the pipeline. Construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline will continue across all four states along the route.” – Dakota Access LLC comment to ThinkProgress, originally published by nativenewsonline.net

It is unclear exactly what means Dakota access law enforcement are using to sabotage the protests of the Native Americans. One protester claimed that their phone service has been disconnected because of planes deployed in the sky meant to disrupt their communication.

 

This concludes today’s new round-up by Brian Carrillo. Follow for more news round-ups and current events shaping our future.