International condemnation of last week’s massacre in Gaza by Israeli Defense Forces continues. Images from a rally on May 19, 2018.
To those of you in the US who can’t stop pontificating about the ‘flag protest’ and ‘anthem protest’, can you at least be honest and stop calling it that?
Because we all know that’s not what #taketheknee is. Nobody’s protesting your flag or national anthem. It’s a peaceful action NFL players are engaged in to bring attention to racial injustice that remains all too systemic in the US. If that’s not something you want to have a conversation about, fine. Americans have never been very good at talking about race – I hardly expect you to begin now. But please stop wrapping yourself in the flag as an excuse to avoid that conversation.
In Take a Knee: The revenge of Colin Kaepernick, published in n+1, Stephen Squibb writes:
BEFORE THE COPS BOUGHT DYLANN ROOF a burger after he killed nine people in a South Carolina bible study and before Michael Slager shot Walter Scott in the back after a traffic stop and then planted evidence on his body; before Daniel Pantaleo choked Eric Garner to death on camera and Jeronimo Yanez killed Philando Castile for legally owning a gun; before Sandra Bland was found hanging in police custody and Heather Heyer was run over by the fascist James Harris Fields, Jr., and the police told the media he was “just scared”; before Jeremy Joseph Christian told two young women of color on a train in Portland, Oregon to go back to Saudi Arabia and then stabbed to death two of the three men who rose to defend them—“I’m a patriot! This is what liberalism gets you!” he shouted in court—before James Harris Jackson came to New York from Baltimore for the purpose of killing black men and stabbed 66-year-old Timothy Caughman to death while he was collecting cans; before John Russell Houser killed two women in a movie theater for watching a feminist film and before Robert Lewis Dear, Jr. was captured alive after killing three people—one of them a cop—in a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood; before the police killed Freddie Gray in the back of a van and 12-year-old Tamir Rice in a park in Cleveland; after so many thousands of others but before all of these, officer Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown when he was standing in the middle of the street with his hands up in Ferguson, Missouri.
Wilson thought he was just killing an animal, an angry beast with the temerity to do something other than what he said exactly when and how he said it. The courts and his fellow officers agreed with him, and he was rewarded with early retirement. But Wilson wasn’t killing a creature like a dog or a pig whose complex emotional lives we routinely torture and destroy without consequence. He was killing a citizen of the United States of America, and these creatures are stubborn.
I posted the first two paragraphs above on my Facebook page where just two people to whom this was directed responded — by, predictably, trying to deflect the conversation to anything but what the protests are actually about. If you care to chime in, or simply read, here you go:
Making some noise.
A different take on Slovenia’s ‘I Feel Love’ theme. Sixteen images.
An Afghan asylum seeker and his balloon at a demonstration in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Watching the sidelines of political demonstrations in the Ecuadorean capital.
Here are a dozen shots from today’s rally of same-sex marriage and equal rights supporters in Ljubljana ahead of Sunday’s referendum in Slovenia that could overturn a marriage equality law approved by parliament last spring. If the “za”, or “yes” campaign triumphs, Slovenia will become the first Central European and post-Communist nation to enact full… Continue reading Marriage Equality Supporters Rally in Ljubljana on Eve of Referendum
More than 2,000 turned out to call for military de-escalation and a Europe without borders and wire fences.
About 300 gather in the Slovenian capital, joining demonstrations in more than 2,000 cities around the world.
On an action to shame those who spew hate speech
Several hundred protesters gathered at a ‘Refugees Welcome’ rally here in Ljubljana today to show their solidarity with the migrants entering Europe and to demand an end to what they call the racist immigration policies by many European Union member states. The gathering, organized by the Anti-Racist Front Without Borders, a loosely-knit coalition of several… Continue reading Hundreds March in Refugee Solidarity Rally in Ljubljana – 19 Images
Loud message, small crowd.
I’m going to miss the Plaza San Francisco.
The international workers holiday got a little complicated this year in the Ecuadorean capital.
When it comes to politics, nothing is simple in Ecuador.
Several hundred people gathered in Quito to take part in the annual ‘Marcha de las Putas’, part of a network of ‘Slutwalk’ marches to protest sexual and domestic violence towards women.
Making a splash in the Ecuadorian capital.
26 Photos from a demonstration to protest the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.
An estimated 3,000 people gathered in the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana on Sunday in support of the so-called May Declaration 2014, a document that brings attention to what supporters denounce as the country’s ‘unfinished’ transition to democracy. I covered the event and filed a dozen photos for the Demotix news service which you can view… Continue reading Coverage of ‘May 2014 Declaration’ Rally in Ljubljana, Conservative Gathering Denouncing Country’s ‘Unfinished’ Transition to Democracy
An estimated 2,000 people gathered in Kongresni Trg square in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana on Wednesday to protest a proposed sweeping higher education reform law. The law, known as ZViS, would introduce tuition fees for the first time, essentially ending free universal higher education. Here are a dozen photos.