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The Colonialism of the Present

 

Scholar and activist Glen Coulthard on the connection between indigenous and anticapitalist struggles.

Demonstrations against the police murders of Eric Garner and Mike Brown in recent months have adopted tactics that, to me at least, seem reminiscent of some indigenous practices in Canada: the seizing and blocking, if only temporarily, of major public infrastructure, for instance.Do you see connections in these struggles?

The blocking tactic, the impeding of critical infrastructure and flows of capital through that tactic is an important one, but more so, I think the expressions of anger and outrage and resentment towards a state that is profoundly violent, colonial and racist is really where I see the relationship.

 

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Source: www.jacobinmag.com

 

Powerful article.

 

HT unsettlingamerica.wordpress.com

 

BOMBSHELL INTERVIEW: Eric Garner’s Death a Retaliatory Move by NYPD

 

“I wouldn’t really say [he was killed] because Eric was a black man. It’s due to the fact that they stole money from [Eric] and refused to give him his money, and he filed charges against them.” -Benjamin Carr, Eric Garner’s stepfather

 

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Source: thefreethoughtproject.com

RIP Eric Garner….Artists respond “WE CANT BREATHE”

#WEEKOFOUTRAGE Artists respond to the Murder of Eric Garner. Grand Central Terminal. 12-9-14 NYC

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Remember, all the other officers ALLOWED the illegal choke hold to continue through 11 “I can’t breathe’ statements.

The officers who are hired to serve and protect us are either killing us or ALLOWING others to kill us.

 

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NY Attorney General Asks to Probe Deaths by Police

 

New York state’s attorney general has asked the governor to authorize his office to investigate deaths at the hands of police following the public outcry over the death of Eric Garner on Staten Island.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, in a letter Monday to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, said that authority exists under New York law, has been used in the past, and is needed now because of the “crisis of confidence” in law enforcement.

 

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Source: www.wnyc.org

Gabrielle Union: Lack Of Compassion About Eric Garner Makes Me Fear For My Family [VIDEO]


There’s a lot to complain about in the way the justice system has handled the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, but Gabrielle Union’s chief concern is the lack of compassion in the response to it all.

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Source: www.huffingtonpost.com

“It’s a Disgrace” Even U.S. Congressmen are Disgusted with the Grand Jury Decision in Garner Case [VIDEO]

 

New York, N.Y. – A U.S. congressional delegation of Congressmen from New York, representing a broad cross section of ethnicity, held a press conference to express their absolute disgust with the grand jury decision to not indict anyone in the killing of Eric Garner.

“The decision by a grand jury not to indict in the death of Eric Garner is a miscarriage of justice. It’s an outrage, it’s a disgrace, it’s a blow to our democracy and it should shock the conscience of every single American who cares about justice and fair play,” said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries.

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Source: thefreethoughtproject.com

 

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Attorney On Garner Decision: “This Is The Lowest Point For Civil Rights In America”

 

On Wednesday the nation was literally hit with a massive punch to its collective gut as we learned a Staten Island grand jury failed to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the chokehold death of 43-year-old Eric Garner.
Despite video evidence that captured the entire incident leading up to the Garner being drug down to the ground and exclaiming 11 times “I can’t breathe,” the 23 person panel which comprised of 14 whites and 9 non-whites decided to not indict Pantaleo for his actions that caused the death of Garner.

 

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Source: thoughtprovokingperspectives.wordpress.com