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On December 4, 1969, Fred Hampton was murdered while he was sleeping in his bed. He was shot in the arm, shoulder, and twice through the head. He was just 21 years old. Mark Clark was also killed that morning. Right after the shootings, State’s Attorney Hanrahan called a press conference where he announced that the Black Panthers had organized a “vicious, unprovoked attack” on the police who had appeared at an apartment at 4:45 that morning to supposedly search for illegal weapons. Seven survivors of the targeted murder, including Hampton’s fiance Deborah Johnson who was 8 months pregnant, were arrested and charged with attempted murder. After 13 years of litigation, Flint Taylor, Jeffrey Haas, and other lawyers at the People’s Law Office were able to prove that the shootings were actually assassinations organized by the F.B.I. as part of its Cointelpro program.
The following excerpts, collected by Henry Hampton and Steve Fayer for the Eyes on the Prize documentary series, feature Deborah Johnson recounting the shootings that killed Fred Hampton.
“The first thing that I remember after Fred and I had went to sleep was being awakened by somebody shaking Fred while we were laying in bed. Saying, “Chairman, Chairman, wake up! The pigs are vamping. The pigs are vamping.” About the same time, I looked up and I saw what appeared to be flashes of light going across the entranceway to the back bedroom. It looked like a million flashes of light, because the apartment was pretty much dark. I rolled over to Fred — he sill hadn’t moved at this point, as I recall — and then slid down to Fred’s right side, so that put me closest to the wall in the bedroom […]
Someone else was in the room with me and kept yelling out, “Stop shooting, stop shooting, we have a pregnant sister in here.” Eventually the shooting stopped and they said we could come out. I remember crossing over Fred and telling myself over and over. Be real careful. Don’t stumble, they’ll try to shoot you. Just be real calm. Watch how you walk. Keep your hands up. Don’t reach for anything. Don’t even try to close your robe.
I’m walking out of the bedroom, there are two lines of policemen that I have to walk through on my right and my left. I remember focusing on their badge numbers and their faces. Saying them over and over in my head, so I wouldn’t forget. As I walked through these two lines of policemen, on of them grabbed my robe and opened it and said, “Well, what do you know, we have a broad here.” Another policeman grabbed me by the hair and pretty much just shoved me — I had more hair then — into the kitchen area. It was very cold that might. I guess that it snowed. The back door was open. Some people were on the floor in the kitchen.
I heard a voice come from the dining room area. Someone said, “He’s barely alive. He’ll barely make it.” The shooting, I heard some shooting start again.”
The Internet is buzzing over a photo of a woman getting sprayed in the face at close range with what appears to be pepper spray by a riot police officer in Rio de Janeiro. The photo was reportedly taken on Monday, amid mass demonstrations in the city.
Local police say 100,000 people had gathered in the streets of Rio de Janeiro, building on big protests in Sao Paulo and other Brazilian cities this week. Protesters say they’re angry over a lack of public services, economic instability, government corruption, and police brutality. (See “Playing Rio.”)
Much of the online conversation around the photo has been marked by shock and revulsion. "It seems that the most dangerous thing the woman is carrying," wrote Business Insider, “is a cigarette.”
The photographer who shot the picture, Victor Caivano, told New York magazine that the woman in the shot was standing alone at around 11:20 p.m. on a “deserted corner” after the police had cleared the area of rioters.
“Three riot officers approached the woman and told her to leave," Caivano said. “When she resisted—the woman either questioned the order or insisted that she wasn’t doing anything wrong—she was pepper-sprayed. This policeman just didn’t think twice.”
More protests are expected Sunday in Rio near the stadium where Brazil and Spain are set to play the final match of the FIFA Confederations Cup. About 10,000 police officers are expected at the venue - the largest security operation ever at a football match in Rio.
The Emmy Comes to Bil’in, Palestine
Emmy International Award winner, Emad Burnat, brought his award back to Bil’in today (29.11.2013) - the Palestinian village where his documentary, Five Broken Cameras, was filmed - for the weekly Friday protest against Israel’s Wall and land theft.
There’s no Holywood ending for Bil’in as the struggle enters its 9th year. In the past few months Israel’s army has ramped up it’s repression of the demonstrations, with many more injured and arrested. They include Emad’s brother, who was shot in the leg three weeks ago.
Top secret documents retrieved by U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden show the Harper government allowed the largest American spy agency to conduct widespread surveillance in Canada during the 2010 G8 and G20 summits.
Yesterday, the ombudsman for federal inmates’ reported that 23% of inmates are First Nations while only making up 4% of the Canadian population and that the incarceration rate for First Nations women is up 80%.
The Harper government stands by their “tough on crime” policies and makes no apologies.
This is the same government that, just last month, ignored the UN when they urged an inquiry for the hundreds of missing and murdered First Nations women.
Also lets not forget that Harper advocates that if you can’t pass a drug test you can’t get parole, meanwhile there was very little support for those with addiction issues [in First Nations communities] to begin with and Harpers government has cut a butt trucks worth of what did exist (see NAHO and others)
After conducting research in Yemen earlier this year, clinical and forensic psychiatrist Peter Schaapveld warned of a “psychological emergency” in towns impacted by drones, with 99 percent of Yemenis he spoke with suffering from PTSD.
He described the children he assessed as “hollowed-out shells of children” who are being “traumatized and re-traumatized” by lethal drones buzzing constantly overhead. Speaking about an 8-year-old Yemeni girl who witnessed a drone strike obliterate her neighbor’s home, Schaapveld said, “Her dreams are of dead people, planes and people running around scared.” Kat Craig, legal director of the UK nonprofit, Reprieve, who accompanied Schaapveld on his trip, said that the terror inflicted by drones in Yemen “amounts to a form of psychological torture and collective punishment.”
Echoing claims made by Yemeni activists on the ground, Schaapveld added that the drone war is driving young men into the arms of Al Qaeda. “[I]nstead of keeping us safe, they breed animosity and tear apart the fabric of some of the poorest and disenfranchised communities in the world,” said Schaapveld. “A hellfire missile costs over $60,000, which could be spent building schools and wells. Yemen needs aid and our support, not drones.”
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“Disobedience to authority is one of the most natural and healthy acts.” - Antonio Negri
Nadia Myre, Indian Act
Indian Act speaks of the realities of colonization - the effects of contact, and its often-broken and untranslated contracts. The piece consists of all 56 pages of the Canadian Federal Government’s Indian Act mounted on stroud cloth and sewn over with red and white glass beads. Each word is replaced with white beads sewn into the document; the red beads replace the negative space.
Inuit children at boarding school. The sign on the wall behind them reads, “Please do not speak Eskimo.” (1914)
These are actual tiny child handcuffs used by the U.S. government to restrain captured Native American children and drag them away from their families to send them to the Indian boarding schools where their identities, cultures and their rights to speak their Native languages were forcefully stripped away from them.
Reuters: Edward Snowden reportedly used login credentials provided by colleagues to access the classified materials that he later leaked, sources told Reuters.
According to the report, Snowden may have coerced 20 to 25 employees at the NSA operations center in Hawaii to give him their logins and passwords by saying he needed them for his job as computer systems administrator.
"A German law takes effect today that establishes a third gender option for parents filling out birth certificates for newborn babies. They can choose ‘indeterminate’ if the child shows both male and female characteristics. The parents will make that choice by leaving the boxes for male and female genders blank. The new law is meant to avoid the need to label an intersex baby as male or female before the child is old enough to decide.
The child could also opt to remain classified as intersex. German passports ‘will soon be allowed to have an ‘X’ in the gender field…”