NYC Rise Up and #ShutItDown for Baltimore April 29 Protest–First Thoughts

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Over and again cries for justice filled the streets of New York City on April 29th, pointing out a system that is broken and corrupt on a NationWide scale. Protesters came together in unity with the City of Baltimore, and the savage death of Freddie Gray at the hands of Police.

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And in more intimate dialogues happening at interludes, lull points in marching, and at an end point in Grand Central Station protestors pointed to a broken economic system.

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People speak of the destruction of cities like Ferguson and Baltimore, but those windows will be fixed while Freddie Grays spine is broken forever. As a matter of economics, the destruction pales in comparison to the $700,000,000,000 Billion Dollar bailout handed over to a corrupted financial system on Wall Street. The destruction pales in comparison to the mortgage crisis, and the resultant Tsunami of foreclosures that have decimated communities across the country.

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Systemic institutionalized inequality is real. It is institutionalized and endemic. It also rests in the minds of many, to jump at the chance to call black people animals. And while I don’t condone it, I can understand the destructive outrage. It is hopelessness manifested in anger and destruction. Empowerment is life and death, it is creation and destruction in the hands of an individual or group. It wrestles the power away from the oppressor and frees the individual’s will to power.  

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NYPD Tactics

April 29th was a peaceful protest, with the vast majority of protestors remaining so. Yet 100 plus people were arrested. NYPD chose NOT to open up a lane on 6th Ave., and mild chaos immediately began as protest organizers had to come up with a Plan B Marching route. NYPD tactics are conflict provoking tactics. If protestors were out there marching against ISIS, or some other they would have cleared the way. But because Police practices and systemic institutionalized inequality are the object and subject of protests, NYPD displayed a failure to cooperate with our* Freedom of Speech.

We will often criticize Governments of other countries for dominating their citizens, yet this is that same tactic. A caged bird, is a caged bird.

*“Ours”—Even if you were not there.