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Via New York Times 1hr ago..

Activists on Saturday called for mass civil disobedience on the highways in and around this St. Louis suburb to protest the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer, with the leaders of one coalition encouraging supporters to stop their cars to tie up traffic on Labor Day.
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Organizers at the rally on Saturday called on demonstrators to drive on Interstate 70 and other area highways at 4:30 p.m. Monday, turn their hazard lights on and stop their vehicles for four and a half minutes to symbolize those four and a half hours that Mr. Brown’s body lay in the middle of the street.

“We’re going to tie it down, going to lock it down,” Anthony Shahid, one of the lead organizers of the rally, told supporters from the stage at a Ferguson park. “I want the highways shut down. I know it’s a holiday, but it won’t be no good holiday.”

Mr. Shahid’s announcement was met with applause by many of the marchers, but it was unclear how many people would take part. Only a few hundred demonstrators were in the park when Mr. Shahid made the announcement. It was also unclear what the authorities planned to do in response to the civil disobedience plan.

The march and rally were organized by a coalition of black activists and leaders largely from the St. Louis region, including state legislators, lawyers, and representatives of the Nation of Islam, the N.A.A.C.P., the New Black Panther Party and the Green Party.

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  •  i just want to say to Ferguson peoples: (11+ / 0-)
    -> shut it all down yo <-

    "....No Compromise in the Defense of Mother Earth!"

    by Seattle Socialist on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 04:02:00 PM PDT

  •  That is genius! (10+ / 0-)

    Bravo! Whoever figured this form of protest out is to be congratulated.  If they pull it off, it will be fast and effective, and should be relatively safe -- unless the cops start shooting rubber bullets, smoke bombs and tear gas from helicopters.  Really the only thing the cops could do to prevent it would be to shut down the highway -- which would have exactly the same effect!

    I really hope that they can get lots of cars out!  

    •  Shades of Chris Christie. (1+ / 0-)
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      BvueDem

      Seems no one considered the optics of ambulances and fire engines stuck in traffic.

      "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

      by Neuroptimalian on Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 09:45:07 AM PDT

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      •  whatever (0+ / 0-)

        the world won't end over a 4 1/2 minute street protest..

        Senate Democrats support Ferguson too and their traffic blocking ways:

        http://www.nytimes.com/...

        "....No Compromise in the Defense of Mother Earth!"

        by Seattle Socialist on Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 09:55:14 AM PDT

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        •  Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) supports the White Police (0+ / 0-)

          and not Ferguson in this case.

          Some U.S. Senators are not that comfortable around people of color. Its a cultural (white) thing i think.

          "....No Compromise in the Defense of Mother Earth!"

          by Seattle Socialist on Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 10:01:12 AM PDT

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          •  what i like about shutting it all down (0+ / 0-)

            for 4 1/2 minutes is that the people doing the direct action will already be driving away by the time it takes for the police to arrive.

            "....No Compromise in the Defense of Mother Earth!"

            by Seattle Socialist on Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 10:20:23 AM PDT

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            •  And if someone dies ... (0+ / 0-)

              because an emergency vehicle doesn't get where it needs to go in time, upon whose head will be the blood and blame?  The law's terms for behavior of this type ranges from "callous disregard" to "depraved indifference", and in the event such a tragedy happens, promoters of this event could find themselves charged with manslaughter.

              "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

              by Neuroptimalian on Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 01:58:51 PM PDT

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              •  sure, i could say the same thing about gridlock (1+ / 0-)
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                cowdab

                or any other street protest that has blocked any traffic for longer than 5 minutes in the last month or so.

                "....No Compromise in the Defense of Mother Earth!"

                by Seattle Socialist on Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 02:44:32 PM PDT

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                •  that would also be like 85% of this website (1+ / 0-)
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                  cowdab

                  who endorse Ferguson shutting it all down on Labor Day.

                  I can live with it..

                  If you don't like it, call the police.

                  "....No Compromise in the Defense of Mother Earth!"

                  by Seattle Socialist on Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 02:51:56 PM PDT

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                •  No, a deliberate act is quite different ... (0+ / 0-)

                  from normal gridlock.  And a street protest is somewhat different in that (1) generally, emergency traffic can get around the blocked area, and (2) promoters are not easily identified.  In the instant case, promoters can and will be tracked down in the event someone dies.

                  "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

                  by Neuroptimalian on Mon Sep 01, 2014 at 04:34:32 AM PDT

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          •  4.5 minutes is the length of the proposed (1+ / 0-)
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            Seattle Socialist

            shutdown.  Where did you find Elizabeth Warren supporting white police?  She said, as far as I can find:

            "This is America, not a war zone. The people of #Ferguson just want answers. We all want answers."
            Where in that tweet do you see her "supporting the white police?"  If you can read that into her tweet, you are better at it than I am.  If there is more, then please provide the link.

            "The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” — William Arthur Ward

            by cowdab on Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 03:00:24 PM PDT

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            •  i am just messing with her because (0+ / 0-)

              of her wacko puffy right-wing Fox News take on Israel/Palestine.

              Liz knows i love her but i still have to give her shit for being a right-wing weirdo..

              "....No Compromise in the Defense of Mother Earth!"

              by Seattle Socialist on Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 03:07:49 PM PDT

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              •  hey Liz: Haaretz today on the land grab (0+ / 0-)

                check it out:

                The United States sees Israel's announcement on Sunday of a land appropriation for possible settlement construction in the West Bank as "counterproductive" to peace efforts and urges the Israeli government to reverse the decision, a State Department official said.

                Israel’s Civil Administration in the West Bank announced the takeover of 988 acres (3,799 dunams) belonging to five Palestinian villages between the Etzion settlement bloc and Jerusalem. The move clears the way for construction of a new settlement named Gvaot.

                The announcement follows the cabinet’s decision last week to take over the land in response to the June kidnapping and killing of three teenage Jewish boys by Hamas militants in the area.

                "We have long made clear our opposition to continued settlement activity," the U.S. official said. "This announcement, like every other settlement announcement Israel makes, planning step they approve and construction tender they issue is counterproductive to Israel's stated goal of a negotiated two-state solution with the Palestinians."

                "We urge the government of Israel to reverse this decision," the official said in Washington.  

                The appropriated land belongs to five Palestinian villages in the Bethlehem area: Jaba, Surif, Wadi Fukin, Husan and Nahalin.

                The Peace Now anti-settlement group termed it the biggest appropriation in 30 years and a Palestinian official said would cause only more friction after the Gaza war. Representatives of the settler movement welcomed the announcement.

                Israel maintains that construction at Gvaot would not constitute a new settlement because the area is officially designated a neighborhood of a long-standing settlement, Alon Shvut. However, the area of Gvaot lies several miles away from Alon Shvut.  

                http://www.haaretz.com/...

                "....No Compromise in the Defense of Mother Earth!"

                by Seattle Socialist on Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 04:10:42 PM PDT

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                •  Liz (0+ / 0-)

                  Britain is deploring Israel right now too:

                  The British government said on Monday it deplored an Israeli decision to appropriate a large swathe of land inside the occupied West Bank, saying the move would seriously damage Israel's international reputation.

                  On Sunday, Israel announced the appropriation of land in the Etzion Jewish settlement bloc near Bethlehem, a move which an anti-settlement group said was the biggest such claim in 30 years.

                  "The UK deplores the Israeli government's expropriation of 988 acres of land around the settlement of Etzion," British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in a statement which echoed US calls to reverse the decision.

                  http://www.smh.com.au/...

                  "....No Compromise in the Defense of Mother Earth!"

                  by Seattle Socialist on Mon Sep 01, 2014 at 11:21:17 AM PDT

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  •  If you haven't noticed (5+ / 0-)

    the MSM has moved on.  Ergo no coverage. No nothing.

    Sad isn't it?

    "When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains, And the women come out to cut up what remains, Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains An' go to your Gawd like a soldier." Rudyard Kipling

    by EdMass on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 04:10:58 PM PDT

    •  no they haven't, the press is still in Ferguson (9+ / 0-)

      that New York Times article is from 1 hour ago..

      all kinds of press in Ferguson right now. they got people on MTV and everything. i just saw Ferguson on my Roku last night even. the shit is all over the place all viral and shit..on twitter..

      "....No Compromise in the Defense of Mother Earth!"

      by Seattle Socialist on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 04:16:35 PM PDT

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      •  Ferguson in Billboard Magazine 2hrs ago.. (9+ / 0-)
        Rappers are making their voices heard in song and on the ground in Ferguson, Mo., in the wake of Michael Brown's shooting death, channeling hip-hop's earlier roots when the genre worked as a voice for the oppressed and spoke out against injustice.
        cont..
        "It's really important to see hip-hop's role of being some grown-ups and doing some really stand-up, grown-up stuff," Public Enemy's Chuck D, one of rap's most powerful voices, said in a recent interview. "These people have actually stood up ... and that has to be saluted."

        The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer said he's impressed with rappers such as J. Cole, who released a heartaching, tearful song called "Be Free" inspired by Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was shot to death by a Ferguson officer on Aug. 9.

        Others in rap also have lifted their voices: Talib Kweli, like J. Cole, marched in Ferguson and spoke out about injustice; David Banner appeared on CNN; Nelly started a scholarship for teens in honor of Brown; and Lauryn Hill dedicated her song "Black Rage" -- which uses some of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "My Favorite Things" -- to the Ferguson community.

        http://www.billboard.com/...

        "....No Compromise in the Defense of Mother Earth!"

        by Seattle Socialist on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 04:24:26 PM PDT

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        •  83% supports Ferguson shutting it all down (3+ / 0-)
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          Stude Dude, silverfoxcruiser, martini

          on Labor Day!

          Thats what I am saying..

          "....No Compromise in the Defense of Mother Earth!"

          by Seattle Socialist on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 06:52:19 PM PDT

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          •  a new Ferguson inspired hip-hop track (0+ / 0-)

            has just been produced:

            Another protest anthem has emerged on the internet in response to the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

            12 hip hop artists -- The Game, Diddy, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Wale, DJ Kaled, Swizz Beatz, Wale, Yo Gotti, Curren$y, Problem, and King Pharaoh & TGT -- collaborated on the track “Don’t Shoot,” in memoriam of Mike Brown and in protest of police violence.

            The song was released Thursday on the Empire Distribution SoundCloud page, adding itself to the growing list of tribute songs inspired by Michael Brown, such as Lauryn Hill's "Black Rage" and J. Cole' s "Be Free."

            References to other young, unarmed black men such as Emmett Till, Ezell Ford, Trayvon Martin, and Sean Bell are also included on the track, alongside a chorus of children’s voices singing “don’t point your weapons at me.”

            http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

            "....No Compromise in the Defense of Mother Earth!"

            by Seattle Socialist on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 09:38:50 PM PDT

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  •  Seems little planning time (8+ / 0-)

    For such a mobilization.

    Restore the Fourth! Save America!

    by phillies on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 04:23:14 PM PDT

    •  I cheer you (4+ / 0-)

      I cheer the pioneers for planning protests.

      I urge you to plan enough in advance and set up enough communication networks that you get a good turn out that they provide shock not mock value.

      No, i have no idea as to exactly what you are considering.  Note that in some versions of this, demonstrators may lose their cars, not a good deal.

      Yes, losing a car is trivial relative to losing your life.

      Restore the Fourth! Save America!

      by phillies on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 04:32:37 PM PDT

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    •  It is a great idea... just try to forsee any (0+ / 0-)

      unintended consequences that could make it backfire.  Like leaving a lane to be cleared in case an emergency vehicle needs it... just things like that.  

      Although 4.5 minutes is unlikely to create any real hazards, it doesn't mean some opponent to the  shutdown couldn't manufacture one.

      "The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” — William Arthur Ward

      by cowdab on Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 03:09:25 PM PDT

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  •  I'm rooting for you! (4+ / 0-)

    But I hope that this doesn't turn out to have bad optics.

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 04:28:07 PM PDT

    •  It will have the optics (10+ / 0-)

      of the organization that reports on it.

      Which of course will be various. Right-wing outlets will show a mob, portray them as out-of-control anarchists. Left-wing outlets will show a civil protest being oppressed (probably) by police intimidation of some sort.

      Neither story is automatically true for a new scenario, but in the case of Ferguson/St Louis we already have the track record of the militarized and trigger-happy police to tell us which is closer to the truth.

      This is not a sig-line.

      by Joffan on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 04:56:27 PM PDT

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      •  ? I'd think Fox's take will be the inconvenience (0+ / 0-)

        to innocent people returning from a Labor Day picnic with their family, including young children. If they can find African-Americans inconvenienced by the traffic jam, they'll feature them.

        That's not to say it isn't a good idea! But the organizers need to think ahead to counter the PR that will be used against them, and to shape it in a favorable light. It's high-level chess, not pachisi.

        •  As commented above, (1+ / 0-)
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          BvueDem

          the anger of returning holidayers will pale in comparison to the anger of those affected by blocked ambulances and fire engines.

          "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

          by Neuroptimalian on Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 09:47:20 AM PDT

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  •  I think if they shut down some highways (5+ / 0-)

    on Labor Day it would energize the new civil rights movement.

    what they also should do is hassle Jay Nixon into replacing Robert McCulloch. disrupt Nixon's meetings until he does what Ferguson wants. Fukin bum rush that right-wing white motherfucker..

    "....No Compromise in the Defense of Mother Earth!"

    by Seattle Socialist on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 04:35:26 PM PDT

    •  If for no other reason than to cause (3+ / 0-)

      the state to spend $10's of millions. That is something the government understands.

      St. Louis County so far has spent about $1 million in police overtime responding to Ferguson, Chief Operating Officer Garry Earls said. That amount includes about $100,000 a day for the first 9 days after the shooting.

      Earls said the county and other municipalities hope the state will defray at least some of their costs.

      "If this was a storm, the FEMA folks would have shown up already," he said, referring to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "We are searching for the FEMA equivalent (regarding) civil unrest. We're certainly going to ask the state for that."

      Shoot a n****r, have the Feds pick up the tab. Next they need Federal Police Brutality Insurance to cover the millions in civil suits.

      "You can die for Freedom, you just can't exercise it"

      by shmuelman on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 06:42:17 PM PDT

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      •  Sounds Good (3+ / 0-)
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        Stude Dude, gffish, silverfoxcruiser

        Make them pay money, sue them too even.

        "....No Compromise in the Defense of Mother Earth!"

        by Seattle Socialist on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 06:54:48 PM PDT

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        •  another reason Ferguson should disrupt (8+ / 0-)

          Missouri Governor Jay Nixon in particular is because they will never get any justice with Robert McCulloch around, check this out from WAPO 1hr ago:

          Federal investigators are focused on one Ferguson, Mo., police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager, but at least six other police officers in the town’s 53-member department have been named in civil rights lawsuits alleging the use of excessive force.

          In four federal lawsuits, including one that is on appeal, and more than a half-dozen investigations over the past decade, colleagues of Darren Wilson’s have separately contested a variety of allegations, including killing a mentally ill man with a Taser, pistol-whipping a child, choking and hog-tying a child and beating a man who was later charged with destroying city property because his blood spilled on officers’ clothes.

          One officer has faced three internal affairs probes and two lawsuits over claims he violated civil rights and used excessive force while working at a previous police department in the mid-2000s. That department demoted him after finding credible evidence to support one of the complaints, and he subsequently was hired by the Ferguson force.

          Police officials from outside Ferguson and plaintiffs’ lawyers say the nature of such cases suggests there is a systemic problem within the Ferguson police force. Department of Justice officials said they are considering a broader probe into whether there is a pattern of using excessive force that routinely violates people’s civil rights.

          http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

          "....No Compromise in the Defense of Mother Earth!"

          by Seattle Socialist on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 07:00:10 PM PDT

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          •  hey Ferguson: DC folks is taking over traffic (1+ / 0-)
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            already. they are starting early:

            A crowd of protesters has taken to the streets of Washington, DC, expressing their solidarity with the people of Ferguson who gathered earlier on Saturday in remembrance of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager killed by police earlier this month.

            Chanting “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” the Washington protesters took over the streets in a northeast neighbourhood, blocking the traffic. Wondering “How many must die?” till police brutality and racism is stopped, protesters demanded “Justice for Mike Brown!”

            cont..
            Earlier in the day, hundreds of people gathered in Ferguson, Missouri calling for justice over the killing of Brown. Protesters said that this is just the beginning of a movement to highlight US racial inequality.

            The rally started where the unarmed 18-year old was shot dead on August 9th by white police officer Darren Wilson in the small Missouri town, AP reports. There were children and families among the protesters who wore T shirts and carried banners with the ubiquitous sign “hands up, don’t shoot.”

            The march was led by Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden. She and other members of the Brown family, including Michael’s father Michael Brown senior, gathered round the make shift memorial in the middle of Cranfield Drive where Brown died and bowed their heads in prayer. One was led by a Muslim cleric, the other by Rev. Spencer Booker.

            http://rt.com/...

            "....No Compromise in the Defense of Mother Earth!"

            by Seattle Socialist on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 10:42:27 PM PDT

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    •  I hate to be a party pooper, but... (2+ / 0-)
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      Neuroptimalian, BvueDem

      ...shutting down an interstate highway is likely to piss off the people who are inconvenienced and turn them against the protesters, even some people who might otherwise be on their side.  

      Also, emergency vehicles (and I'm not talking about overzealous police) need access.  What happens when a patient dies because an ambulance can't get through or takes too long to get to a hospital because it had to take an alternate route or someone's house burns down and a child dies because the fire department can't get there quickly enough?

      In other words, I support the sentiment, not the strategy.

  •  Registering and voting are key. Roll these into (14+ / 0-)

    any protest actions so the importance of them is emphasized.
    Get good candidates to run for local offices.  The local offices are often stepping stones to offices of greater power.

    Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

    by judyms9 on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 04:48:31 PM PDT

  •  Is it possible to participate where ever you are (2+ / 0-)
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    I am going to pull my vehicle over on the shoulder and participate, to pay respect to Mr Brown, Mr Garner, Mr Crawford, Mr Powell, and the countless others.  

    I lack the courage to go all in and park on the street.  

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