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I thought it was time to split off the violence from the BLM coverage:

So: I think it is time for the police in Portland to be given the right to protect their lives and if need be by using real bullets.

Police use tear gas, Portland protesters throw fire bombs

Sept 6 (Reuters) - Protesters in Portland threw rocks and fire bombs at police who in turn used tear gas on Saturday night and at least one person was injured, on the 100th day of demonstrations in the Oregon city against racism and police brutality.

Police described what they called "tumultuous and violent conduct" by protesters on the city's Southeast Stark Street.

"Fire bombs were thrown at officers, injuring at least one community member", police said on Twitter while re-tweeting a video posted by a New York Times reporter showing fire bombs being thrown and a protester running with his legs on fire.

Police used tear gas to disperse the gathering, the Oregonian newspaper reported, estimating the number of protesters at around 400.

Portland has seen nightly protests for over three months that have at times turned into violent clashes between demonstrators and officers, as well as between right- and left-wing groups.

Police said they made arrests but did not give a number.

"There were hundreds at the beginning (of Saturday night's demonstrations). Arrests have been made, yes", police told Reuters in an emailed statement when asked about the crowd size and whether arrests were made.

Elsewhere on Saturday, armed police supporters and anti-racism demonstrators clashed in Louisville before the Kentucky Derby horse race, while Rochester police also used tear gas to disperse protesters.

Demonstrations erupted around the United States following the death in May of George Floyd, a Black man, after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

President Donald Trump signed a memo on Wednesday that threatens to cut federal funding to "lawless" cities, including Portland. His Democratic challenger in the Nov. 3 presidential election, Joe Biden, has accused Trump of stoking violence with his rhetoric.

(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru Editing by Frances Kerry)


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Portland protester arrested for rioting in NYC window-smashing spree: report

The Brooklyn woman said she spent all summer in Portland 'washing faces of tear gas and bear mace, when people are screaming in agony'

A woman who participated in protests in Portland, Ore., was one of the eight arrested for rioting in New York City on Friday after a three-hour window-smashing rampage inflicted an estimated $100,000 in damages from Manhattan's Foley Square up to 24th Street.


Jade O'Halloran, 30, from Brooklyn, was arrested and charged with rioting and two counts of weapons possession. She was then given a desk appearance ticket to appear in court at a later date and was released, according to the New York Daily News.

O’Halloran told the newspaper she had returned to New York to attend school after spending all summer in Portland “washing faces of tear gas and bear mace when people are screaming in agony.”


“And then I come here and it’s like, ‘Oh, this violent Antifa breaking windows’ and it’s so not true. I didn’t come here for this. I came here for school,” she said. “What they said is so not true, I cannot shout that loud enough from the rooftops.”


From after Memorial Day and now approaching Labor Day, Portland has seen a three-month stretch of violent confrontations between demonstrators and local and state police and federal officers, who spent weeks protecting targeted government buildings until the state’s Democratic leadership agreed to intervene.

The New York City Police Department said eight people were arrested around 8:15 p.m. Friday at two locations near E. 24th St. and Madison Ave., and E. 22nd St. and Fifth Ave. Officers said they recovered two Tasers from O’Halloran’s front pocket and backpack. Crowds also tossed smoke bombs at officers, as demonstrators smashed the windows of businesses and spray-painted graffiti.


At least 150 protesters flooded the streets of Manhattan Friday night in response to the death of Daniel Prude, a Black man who died in March in Rochester, N.Y., after police placed a hood over his head and held him down. His brother had called for help after Prude began acting erratically. Video of the encounter was made public last week, giving new attention to the incident from months ago.


A large crowd of Black Lives Matter supporters gathered for a rally in Times Square Friday.


Black Lives Matter demonstrators gathered at Times Square to protest President Trump and Vice President Pence in New York City on September 4, 2020. (Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Black Lives Matter demonstrators gathered at Times Square to protest President Trump and Vice President Pence in New York City on September 4, 2020. (Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

But one demonstration organized Friday elsewhere in the city that night also called for “amnesty for all” protesters and demanded the charges against anyone arrested in the George Floyd and Breonna Taylor “uprisings” be dropped. Thousands were arrested in New York City over the summer amid the civil unrest, according to Newsday, though it's unclear how many remain in custody.

A flier circulated on social media read: “No Good Cops, No Bad Protesters.” It instructed people to gather at the Manhattan Courthouse on Centre Street at 6 p.m. The event was sponsored by the New Afrikan Black Panther Party and Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement.


Social media posts showed a Starbucks and banks Chase and Wells Fargo “redecorated” with “abolitionist messages” such as ACAB, the acronym meaning “All Cops are Bastards.” Those marching through the street held a sign that read: “Free All Political Prisoners,” according to tweets posted by an activist called Ash Agony.


Among those arrested Friday was 20-year-old Clara Kraebber, who the New York Post identified as the daughter of a wealthy Upper East Side architect and a Columbia University child and adolescent psychiatrist. Kraebber could face up to four years in prison for the federal rioting charge, according to the outlet. She was also charged with misdemeanor vandalism.


The other six arrested for rioting included young adult men and women from Brooklyn and Manhattan, Newsday reported.

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Rival groups square off at Kentucky Derby

  • Calgary Sun
  • 6 Sep 2020
img?regionKey=bbws4t0D8wzdQ1dGdyafPg%3d%3dBRYAN WOOLSTON/ REUTERS A far-right activist and self-described militia member confronts a Black Lives Matter activist on the day of the Kentucky Derby horse race in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday.

Armed supporters of the police and anti-racism protesters squared off near the famed Kentucky Derby horse race on Saturday, as duelling demonstrations over racial justice and policing continued to grind on across U.S. cities.

As the afternoon wore on, a large group of protesters marched toward the Churchill Downs track chanting “No Justice, No Derby” - a nod to an earlier call by activists for the historic race in Louisville, Kentucky, to be cancelled. The race was being held without spectators to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, a group of about 200 members of NFAC — a Black militia group which has protested against police killings of Black people — had gathered at a park just outside Churchill Downs and were inspecting their weapons, with the Derby preliminaries well underway inside.

Louisville has emerged as one flashpoint in a summer of unrest due to the death of Breonna Taylor, a Black 26-year-old woman who was killed when the city’s police burst into her apartment with a “no-knock” arrest warrant in March.

Earlier on Saturday, some of the counter-protesters outside Churchill Downs, brandishing pistols and long guns, squared off with a group of Black Lives Matter protesters and got into shoving matches. People on both sides screamed, faces inches apart. After about 45 minutes, police cleared the people from the park, but the protests outside Churchill Downs continued.

The counter-protesters included about 250 pro-police demonstrators, including Dylan Stevens, the leader of a group who goes by the nickname “The Angry Viking.” According to his website, Stevens supports Republican President Donald Trump, the police, the military and the right to bear arms.

Demonstrations against racism and police brutality have swept the United States since May 25 when George Floyd, a Black man, died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

Meanwhile, a group called said it has organized protests in 23 cities on Saturday, calling President Donald Trump’s actions a form of fascism that will worsen if he is elected for a second four-year term.

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Despite author’s claims, there’s no defence for looting


  • Calgary Sun
  • 6 Sep 2020
  • JONAH GOLDBERG Goldberg is editor-in-chief of The Dispatch and the host of The Remnant podcast @Jonahdispatch

Vicky Osterweil, the author of “In Defense of Looting: A Riotous History of Uncivil Action,” is getting her 15 minutes of fame thanks to a segment on NPR in which she said some really mind-bogglingly dumb, indefensibly evil and fascinatingly reactionary things.

We'll come back to her in a moment.

One of my weird mental pastimes is to look at the world as if I were a visitor from the past. But rather than think of how a time traveler might marvel at the new technology and tall buildings, I like to wonder: What would someone from 500 or 1,000 years ago recognize as familiar?

Some things are obvious: a mother breastfeeding a baby or an old man tending a garden. “We do that too!” a time traveler might say on first sight.

But if you were a sophisticated and knowledgeable time traveler, you might recognize some deeper similarities.

My favorite example is North Korea, which is often called a “communist” or “Marxist” regime but would be instantly recognizable to a temporal tourist as an absolutist monarchy, even though the regime doesn't use the word “king.” Divine power is passed down to the male heir of the previous ruler. Every de facto monarch is said to be of quasi-supernatural origin and endowed with superhuman abilities and wisdom. North Korea also has a hereditary aristocracy that lives off the hereditary peasant class, which is born into de facto serfdom.

I bring this up because sometimes we get too hung up on words and lose sight of the things underneath. And that brings me back to Osterweil.

“Looting is a highly racialized word from its very inception in the English language,” Osterweil said in the NPR interview. “It's taken from Hindi, lut, which means 'goods' or 'spoils.'"

How this is relevant, or even evidence that the word is “racialized,” is a mystery given that maybe two in 10 million people know its etymology. Other words with Hindi origins: pundit, guru, khaki, cashmere and pajamas. The horror.

This is a good example of confusing words and things. Looting — mobs grabbing stuff that doesn't belong to them — is an ancient practice dating back hundreds of thousands of years, before we even had the concept of dates. Pillaging, ransacking, theft — call it what you like — is how tribes acquired stuff before the invention of trade.

In short: Osterweil thinks she's making some powerful neo-marxist argument on the bleeding edge of theory, but what she's discovered is tribal barbarism and put a fresh coat of paint on it.

She is fluent in all the latest buzzwords and campus jargon. The “so-called” United States of America, she writes in her book, was founded in “cisheteropatriarchal racial capitalist” violence. (I'm getting my quotes from Graeme Wood's excellent review in The Atlantic, as I have no desire to saddle Osterweil with the guilt of profiting from her work.)

Destroying businesses is an “experience of pleasure, joy and freedom,” she writes. Osterweil also insists it's a form of “queer birth,” and that “riots are violent, extreme and femme as f---.” Looting isn't wrong, she claims, but rather a form of “proletarian shopping.”

“Looting strikes at the heart of property, of whiteness and of the police,” Osterweil explained on NPR. “The very basis of property in the U.S. is derived through whiteness and through Black oppression, through the history of slavery and settler domination of the country.”

Nope. Notions of private property can be found in ancient China, the Islamic world and, well, everywhere.

Even the Korean grocers targeted by looting have it coming, according to Osterweil, because they're working in the white man's system of “ownership.” And ownership is “innately, structurally white supremacist.”

What Osterweil is really describing is revenge based on collective guilt. A Viking or Gaul from the past would instantly recognize it. So would countless non-white barbarians of yore, because that's what humans used to believe. “Your ancestors did something to my ancestors and so you have this coming.”

Books could be written about how wrong — historically, morally, logically — Osterweil is. But there is one place where she's right. Rioting and looting are fun, which is why young people do it from time to time. Mobs are thrilling, which is why they're so dangerous and evil. (Presumably rapists and murderers feel “joy” too, that doesn't make them good; it illuminates their evilness.) That's why civilized societies try to prevent them. Barbarians come up with clever word salads to defend them.

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Tactics know no boundaries as Americans speak out against police brutality and racial inequality

  • Calgary Sun
  • 6 Sep 2020
img?regionKey=7E28QwSBoTTRsfhgooBJOg%3d%3dCHERISS MAY/REUTERS Demonstrators block traffic riding skateboards and bicycles in downtown Washington, D.C., on Saturday, above, marking 100 days of dissent in the city. The protest movement in the U.S. capital has links to that in other U.S. cities including Portland, Ore., above right, and found inspiration from as far away as Hong Kong, below right.

WASHINGTON — After 100 days of dissent in Washington, the boundaries between cities, states and even countries have dissolved as protesters from Hong Kong to Portland, Ore., to the District of Columbia, swap tactics, share strategies and ping from one demonstration to the next.

The protests after the police killing of George Floyd have developed a language and shared culture as daily demonstrations become a fact of life in cities across the United States. Enraged by the backdrop of police violence and racial inequality that plays out in graphic videos depicting police brutality against Black citizens, protesters have developed new means of resistance experts say may change protests in America forever.

Marches have grown more confrontational — cornering politicians in their homes and heckling strangers as they go about their lives. Protesters have embraced mobility and taken to participating in demonstrations far from their hometowns. Some fly, some drive — some have walked for days.

Online tutorials about crafting homemade shields to protect against rubber bullets and stinging pepper ball pellets using plywood, foam pool noodles, trash can lids and other household wares have spread like wildfire.

What were once considered obvious markers of troublemakers looking to break things have become muddled as demonstrators scramble to protect themselves from rubber bullets and chemical irritants police use to disperse crowds.

Influenced at first by the longevity and intensity of pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong, then by the evolving tactics of protesters in American streets, experts say the mainstreaming of ideas and tactics once considered radical reflects a political sea change spurred by a youth-led uprising.

“This is bringing people into a different way of being,” said Mark Bray, a Rutgers University historian and former organizer of the Occupy Wall Street movement. “Things are happening now at a profound level.”

While U.S. capital braces for protests in the days and weeks ahead, months of unrelenting demonstrations, mass arrests and standoffs with police have changed D.C. protesters in ways big and small: Their tools, their tactics and their tolerance for behaviour once decried as antithetical to peaceful protest have shifted.

On recent nights, as smoke and explosions ripped through the night air and police advanced on a line of demonstrators while shouting, “Move back,” it became clear that the flashbangs just don’t work like they used to.

Longtime demonstrators in Washington have stopped sprinting for cover. They kick sparking canisters back toward police, walk steadily away from the rapid pop of rubber bullets and strap on respirators and gas masks when the threat of tear gas hangs in the air.

The protests have also given first-time demonstrators an up-close look at munitions, controversial crowd control tactics like “kettling” — when police surround a group of demonstrators and arrest them en masse — and the use of chemicals that make people cough, gag, cry and burn.

But images captured at these events also serve a tactical purpose: With every video of a protester disarming a tear-gas canister or volleying a smoking stun grenade back at law enforcement, demonstrators are learning skills that may have otherwise taken months to acquire on their own.

Like the civil rights movement of the 1960s opened Americans’ eyes to racism and the Occupy Wall Street movement turned socioeconomic inequality into a national conversation, experts say the Black Lives Matter protests will likely shape the world view and politics of a generation — and forever influence the way Americans protest.

It also moves the needle of what is considered a peaceful protest, said Gabriella Coleman, an anthropologist at Mcgill University who specializes in online activism and social movements.

Coleman said as more videos of violent standoffs are shared on social media, “they become so common or seen as so unremarkable” that people get used to it.

“It allows this transmission and normalization that is almost unconscious,” she said.

In the same way videos of violent police encounters with unarmed Black men and women have driven many Americans to recalibrate their views on policing and criminal justice changes, so, too, have videos of protesters being pushed, shot at and tear-gassed, Coleman said.

Since protests began in late May, public officials have sought to draw clear distinctions among groups of people: The good protesters and bad protesters; the looters, the vandals and the peaceful demonstrators — but it has never been that simple.

“Protesters who were relatively new to protest and who, by now, have been shot with rubber bullets and pepper spray have now learned what kind of helmets to wear and what to do with a tear-gas canister that lands at your feet,” Bray said.

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser has pointed to agitators who she has long said come from outside the city bent on destruction. U.S. President Donald Trump has intensified his efforts to demonize the far-left antifa movement for escalating demonstrations, property damage and violence in Democrat-run cities.

Last weekend — after a peaceful gathering of thousands at the 2020

March on Washington — a chaotic standoff ensued between protesters and

D.C. police, who fired rubber bullets and noxious chemicals into a crowd.

More than two dozen people were arrested. Police said officers were injured by bricks, fireworks and lasers pointed into their eyes.

Bowser blamed “outside agitators” for setting fires and shooting off fireworks in overnight clashes. These visitors had come “armed for battle,” Bowser said, “looking for police to confront.”

Of 29 people arrested, most were from the Wash

ington area, including the Maryland and Virginia suburbs, according to arrest details released by police.

After the daytime march ended, some visitors from other states attended smaller rallies to disrupt Washingtonians’ daily lives and confront residents on issues of race and criminal justice.

Hundreds of protesters roved though city streets, blocking bridges, highways and swaths of downtown traffic. By the end of the day, after marches had spent hours criss-crossing the city, a D.C. organizer called out to the unfamiliar faces in the crowd: “Do y’all need any help getting back to your hotels or Airbnbs? Just ask us.”

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, protest-hopping in different cities has become an increasingly common practice among the most committed activists.

They travel to the sites of recent police killings — like the D.C. police shooting of 18-year-old Deon Kay in southeast Washington and asphyxiation of Daniel Prude, who died after officers put a black hood over his head and pinned him face down in the street — where inflamed tensions spark nightly clashes.

Some join in demonstrations, while others offer food and supplies, help get protesters out of jail or offer aid to local organizers. Several protesters said these experiences can be transformative — a way to learn new strategies and new ways to organize.

D.C. activists have participated in protests in Richmond and New York, among other cities. Members of the fledgling Freedom Fighters D.C. organization are planning trips to Denver, Portland and Kenosha, Wis., organizer Arianna Evans said.

As demonstrators broaden the definition of what it means and looks like to protest, Bray said, the public’s idea of what constitutes acceptable resistance has also changed.

When leaf blowers cropped up in Portland, Ore., allowing demonstrators to clear the air of the tear gas federal forces were using to blanket downtown streets, the “leaf-blower dads” were thanked and celebrated by protesters and onlookers.

Now, leaf blowers are becoming a feature of protests around the country.

Laser pointers, which have been used to foil surveillance cameras and drones from Hong Kong to American cities — and to injure officers, police say — are less universally embraced, Coleman said. Last month in D.C., several protesters pointed lasers at the line of police staring them down.

Even chants seem to travel from city to city.

In D.C., protesters from different states recently greeted each other with a call and response that protesters around the country repeat in marches through their own communities.

“Who keeps us safe?” they ask. “We keep us safe,” comes the reply.

Jeremy Vajko, 27, a software engineer from Seattle, was one of many protesters who came to D.C. last month from out of state. Vajko emerged from the D.C. jail Monday to chants and cheers from local activists who celebrated his release.

Though Vajko was in an unfamiliar city surrounded by new people, the solidarity and generosity felt familiar. Vajko, who identifies with the gender-neutral “they” pronoun, said they have felt similar sentiments in every city while driving a van to protests in recent months.

Vajko was arrested during D.C. protests in late August while their white van — known among protesters as the Snack Van — was bashed by police.

The van is hard to miss.

It’s covered in “Black Lives Matter” graffiti and has travelled from state to state to offer food, water and emotional support to activists calling for racial justice.

Vajko and the Snack Van became a fixture earlier this year at Portland protests, where they joined an elaborate aid effort that handed out food and water.

After leaving a job in the tech sector this year, Vajko cashed out their retirement savings and spent $50,000 to maintain the van, which has been attacked by white nationalist armed groups and targeted by police, Vajko said. More than once, the windows have been shattered and the van shot at with less-lethal rounds. The inside was bear-maced once, Vajko said, ruining heaps of food and contaminating supplies.

“I don’t show up to create violence. I show up to help people,” Vajko said. “Obviously, the solution to all this is not for me to just show up with food everywhere, but it feels like it’s something I can do to help right now.”

Vajko was arrested twice in Portland. A D.C. police officer last month was filmed shattering the driver’s side window of the van and pulling Vajko out onto the sidewalk. Vajko was arrested Saturday and held through Monday, when they were told the U.S. attorney’s office would not be pursuing criminal charges.

The next day, Vajko piled back into the van and charted a course for Kenosha.

Driving from place to place, protest to protest, has given Vajko a front-row seat to the proliferation of protest tactics that were once a hallmark of West Coast radicals.

“That fight is now showing up across America, and they’re seeing how Portland has dealt with it,” Vajko said. “People are travelling to other cities to learn how to protest and then coming back.”

Evans, the Freedom Fighters D.C. organizer, can’t wait to go to Portland.

A Howard University student who has been protesting since Floyd’s death, Evans used to consider herself a “peace activist.” Known for her vivid red braids that cascade down her back as she commanded a megaphone, she routinely implored fellow demonstrators to “stop throwing ” objects like water bottles at police.

In the first week of D.C. protests, as she was teargassed and pushed out of Lafayette Square by federal agents, Evans denounced violence and agitation, saying “the more that we are violent, the worse this will get for every one of us who is out here.” Now, she talks about trash can fires set in the city and shrugs.

Police are still shooting at unarmed protesters, she said. Onlookers and peaceful demonstrators are tear-gassed as badly as those who light a spark.

“I was out here fighting for peace, asking people not to be aggressive, saying, ‘Don’t do anything,’ and then I got shot at by rubber bullets. Then I got tear-gassed and pepper-sprayed, and it showed me that crime is a social construct because can openly violate our rights and that’s not illegal, so now I feel like it’s well within our rights to fight back as hard as we can,” she said. “People might say I’ve been radicalized, but you know what? I have absolutely been radicalized — and it’s the government’s fault.”

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2020 is not 1968: To understand today’s protests, you must look further back

The conflicts of 2020 aren’t just a repeat of past troubles; they’re a new development in the American fight for racial equality.

The 1960s Black Power activist formerly known as H. Rap Brown once said that “violence is as American as cherry pie.”

Over the last two weeks, more than a thousand protests—most of them peaceful, though some devolved into violence—have swept across America caused by outrage over the death of George Floyd, recorded as a Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee to his neck for nearly nine minutes while Floyd was handcuffed and lying face down. Floyd was one of approximately 1,100 people killed annually by police use of force in the United States in recent years, according to data compiled by Fatal Encounters, a nonprofit that tracks police-involved deaths since 2000. A disproportionate number of the people killed, like Floyd, are African American.

Casting their eyes to the past, observers search for comparisons to today’s uprisings in the chaos of 1968. But the roots of 2020’s events go far deeper into the last hundred years of American history, which were punctuated by race riots, massacres, and clashes between the police and African Americans. Starting in 1919, three major waves of nationwide uprisings in the 20th century shed light on how the fight for racial equality has grown, how it’s changed, and what has stayed the same.

Red Summer

The first wave came in the early 20th century, culminating in the so-called Red Summer of 1919, when the country was recovering from World War I, bitterly divided by racial and gender tensions and anti-immigration fervor, and ravaged by the deadly Spanish flu epidemic. That year, dozens of violent racial clashes played out with ferocity in at least 25 places including small towns such as Elaine, Arkansas, and Bisbee, Arizona, and in big cities, including Omaha, Nebraska, Chicago, Illinois, and Washington, D.C. During this first wave, hundreds of thousands of African Americans were moving north in what came to be known as the Great Migration, seeking jobs created by wartime spending and fleeing the violence and oppression in the former Confederacy.

In 1921, white mobs, with the complicity of local police, torched Tulsa, Oklahoma’s black business district, known as “Black Wall Street,” killing about 300 people and leaving nearly all of the city’s black population homeless. In most of these massacres and riots, the police turned a blind eye to white violence and instead arrested African Americans for defending themselves.

In response to these brutal tactics, African Americans invested energy in building up civil rights organizations in the 1920s and 1930s. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), founded in 1909, expanded its nationwide campaign for racial justice, creating one of the largest mass-membership organizations in the country, with 500,000 members by 1945. Millions of African Americans—in both the urban North and the rural South—gravitated toward organizations that promoted racial pride and self-determination, most notably the United Negro Improvement Association, led by Marcus Garvey. Empowered by the right to vote (a right denied to blacks through voter suppression across most of the South), African Americans in northern cities began to exercise their electoral clout.

Fighting fascism abroad, racism at home

The second mass wave of protest and racial violence came during the disruptive years of the Depression and World War II. In 1941, when civil rights and labor leader A. Philip Randolph threatened a March on Washington to demand that the federal government open up defense jobs to African Americans, President Franklin Roosevelt succumbed to the pressure and signed an order creating the Committee on Fair Employment Practices. The hypocrisy of racism in a country that was fighting a world war for democracy fueled anger among many African Americans, unleashing one of the most intense periods of black political organizing and white opposition ever.

In a second wave of the Great Migration, hundreds of thousands of black workers moved north and west during the war, finding jobs in aircraft factories and shipyards. Newspapers serving African American communities, led by the Pittsburgh Courier, publicized racial discrimination and violence and launched the “Double V” campaign for victory against fascism abroad and against white supremacy at home.

In Mobile, Alabama and Detroit in 1943, whites fearful of rising black militancy and competition for jobs and housing rampaged through black neighborhoods and attacked black workers, a reprise of what had happened in the 1919 Red Summer. More than 240 race riots broke out that year throughout the United States. African Americans were not the only targets; the same year, in Los Angeles, white mobs angry about a new racial threat attacked young Mexican American men. In all of these cities, the police swept in, taking the side of white rioters.

During and after World War II, African Americans actively protested—both peacefully and violently—against racism and police brutality. New York’s City’s Harlem neighborhood was a hotbed of civil rights activism. In August 1943, after a white police officer shot Private Robert Bandy, an African American soldier on leave, angry crowds of blacks outraged at police brutality broke shop windows and clashed with law enforcement officials. In wartime Birmingham, Alabama, African Americans resisted second-class treatment on the city’s buses, clashing with white drivers, passengers, and police. In 1943 and 1944, civil rights activists in Chicago staged sit-ins at restaurants that refused to serve blacks. Those protests snowballed into a nationwide movement between the war and the mid-1960s.

The turbulent Sixties

Fueled by growth of the civil rights movement, a third and enormous wave of urban uprisings swept the country between 1963 and 1968. The protests grew out of decades of grassroots organizing against racial segregation and discrimination in employment, housing, transportation, and commerce, both in the North and the South.

In 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference marched in Birmingham, Alabama, demanding the desegregation of department stores, restaurants, public restrooms, and drinking fountains. In a violent show of force, Birmingham Commissioner of Public Safety Eugene “Bull” Connor infamously ordered police officers and firefighters to turn guard dogs and fire hoses on nonviolent protestors, many of them schoolchildren. In retaliation for the brutality, angry local blacks calling for self-defense rampaged through the city’s business district. When peaceful demonstrations did not get the desired results and law enforcement officials used force to suppress dissent, protestors often turned to more disruptive tactics.

It was a pattern that would be repeated hundreds of times over the next several years, drawing energy from the rising Black Power movement, which called for black pride, self-defense against racist attacks, and self-determination. Philadelphia, Harlem, and Rochester burned in 1964; Los Angeles in 1965; and Chicago and other cities in 1966, culminating in the “Long Hot Summer” of July 1967, when 163 cities erupted in collective violence over police brutality and indifference to black suffering.

African Americans burned and looted stores and faced violent retribution on the part of big cities’ nearly all-white police forces. In Newark, New Jersey, 34 people died, 23 of them at the hands of the police. In Detroit, 43 people died, most of them shot by some 17,000 police, National Guard, and military troops sent to put down the rebellion. In April 1968, sorrow and fury over Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination turned to uprisings in which more than 100 cities were burned.

The 1960s uprisings differed from their precursors in 1919 and 1943. The later demonstrations—both nonviolent and disruptive—were led by African Americans, unlike the race riots in Chicago, Tulsa, Detroit, and Los Angeles that were instigated by white mobs. In the 1960s, almost all looting and burning happened in African American neighborhoods, targeting mostly white-owned local shops accused of overcharging black customers for inferior goods. Some whites joined in vandalizing stores, but the crowds and the business districts affected were overwhelmingly black.

The only whites out on the streets in sizeable numbers were law enforcement officials, who fueled the flames of discontent by beating and shooting protestors. Many white Americans—including presidential candidates Richard M. Nixon and George Wallace—cheered the police. Those who were more sympathetic to black protesters included prominent members of the blue-ribbon, bipartisan Kerner Commission, established by President Lyndon B, Johnson to investigate the causes of the 1960s uprisings. Its 11 members, including the nation’s only black U.S. Senator, Edward Brooke (R-Mass), and NAACP Executive Director Roy Wilkins, published a bestselling report that concluded that for many blacks, “police have come to symbolize white power, white racism, and white repression.”

Changing face of protest

In the decades that followed 1968, outbreaks of protest and conflict were more geographically isolated, but their causes and fury foreshadowed the events of 2020. In 1992, mass protests and riots exploded in Los Angeles after the acquittal of white police officers who were captured on video brutally beating black motorist Rodney King. Twenty years later, the deaths of more African Americans at the hands of police ignited public outrage, mass protests, and sometimes attacks on white-owned businesses. Activists around the country loosely banded together in the Black Lives Matter movement, founded in 2013 by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi in response to the acquittal of a Florida man who fatally shot an unarmed 17-year-old black student, Trayvon Martin, who was visiting relatives in a gated community. The coalition uses protests, social media, and publicity to shine a bright light on police violence against African Americans.

2020’s uprisings resemble those of 1919, 1943, and 1968 in certain respects: They grow out of simmering hatreds seeded by the long, festering history of white violence and police brutality against African Americans that has taken hundreds of lives of per year, including Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, three of the most recent victims. Most of 2020’s protests have been peaceful, early reports have found, with a fraction becoming violent.

But more than ever before, today’s demonstrations are markedly interracial—African American, Asian American, Latinx, and white faces, covered by masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, appear in city centers, blockaded across bridges and highways, and gathered in front of the White House. It suggests a new phase of opposition that is uniting groups who did not have much in common for most of American history. In cases where conflicts have erupted, those assaulted, tear-gassed, or shot with rubber bullets are of all races.

The geography of violence and looting looks different in 2020 as well. Clashes of the past happened mostly in black neighborhoods; today, they have often started and spread to wealthy downtowns and suburban shopping malls. Looters have gone after local shops and global chains in wealthy neighborhoods such as Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Soho in New York, and Buckhead in Atlanta. We can’t yet wholly grasp the significance of demonstrators spraying graffiti that say both “Black Lives Matter” and “Eat the Rich” but amidst soaring unemployment and ongoing racial injustice, we might be seeing something that is both old and new.

The solidarity of today’s protesters transcends the bloody racial divides of the past and may be a springboard for more sweeping reforms. George Floyd’s death has sparked a global movement, with statues of slaveowners being torn down from Bristol, England to Richmond, Virginia; anti-police protestors taking the knee from Seattle to Rio de Janeiro and Rome; and U.S. public officials debating whether to defund or rebuild their police forces from the ground up.

It remains to be seen if the uprisings of 2020 will resolve the long-standing issues of racial injustice fought again and again on America’s streets, but when many races march together rather than face off, the arc of history may be bending toward justice again.

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‘Burn it down’: 15 arrested after Portland protesters set fire near police precinct

By Staff The Associated Press
Posted September 7, 2020 9:48 am
 Updated September 7, 2020 9:49 am
4:07Portland protests: Tensions between police, demonstrators continue on 100th consecutive day of protests

A fire started outside a police precinct on Portland’s north side resulted in about 15 arrests during protests Sunday night into Monday morning, police said.

Demonstrators protesting police brutality began marching at about 9 p.m. Sunday and stopped at the North Precinct Community Policing Center, the site of several volatile protests in recent months.

Officials warned demonstrators against entering the precinct property, saying they would be trespassing and subject to arrest.

Shortly after arriving, the crowd began chanting, among other things, “burn it down,” police said in a statement. Some in the group lit a mattress on fire just after 10 p.m.

“Because it was not an immediate threat to life safety or structures, officers remained far back and did not engage,” police said. “Another mattress was added to the fire, as was some yard debris. The larger fire began to send lit embers into the air.”

since Multnomah County has a burn ban in effect due to extremely dry conditions, firefighters came in to extinguish the blaze.

Demonstrators moved to another side of the building and blocked some streets until dispersed by police. Most protesters were gone by about 1 a.m. Monday.

3:58‘I understand that they’re tired, but at the same time, we’re tired of you killing Black people’: Portland protester

‘I understand that they’re tired, but at the same time, we’re tired of you killing Black people’: Portland protester

“Officers discovered one arrestee was in possession of a glass jar filled with flammable liquid,” police said. “Another had a bottle containing an accelerant and a slugging weapon known as a slung shot. Still another had an electronic control weapon (“stun gun”) and a baton. Two arrestees had ballistic vests, including one, marked with the word “press,” with rifle plates.”

Most of those arrested were from Portland. Others were from San Francisco; Sacramento, California; Mesa, Arizona; and two from Vancouver, Washington.

Charges included interfering with an officer, resisting arrest, reckless burning and possession of a destructive device.


On Saturday, hundreds of people gathered for rallies and marches.

Molotov cocktails thrown in the street during a march sparked a large fire and prompted police to declare a riot. Police confirmed that tear gas was deployed to defend themselves and said 59 people were arrested, ranging in age from 15 to 50.

Demonstrations in Portland started in late May after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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Every American has the right to PEACEFUL protest.  The moment the protest ceases to be peaceful, the protesters become criminals.

The problem the police have is that in among the Peaceful protesters lurk the ones that just want to unleash havoc.  They are in the minority but have a penchant for riling up the once peaceful crowd to do things they normally would not have done.  Once this "Mob Mentality" is set in motion the instigators bugger off.

This leaves the police to sort through the mess.  The police need to be there at the start when the true criminal instigators start the rampage.  Stop them in their tracks.


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6 hours ago, boestar said:

Stop them in their tracks.

Right.  Stop them in their tracks and "no bail" until their court date.   Many of these instigators are arrested, charged and released and then they are out the next night doing the same sh!t.  Throw them in jail until their court date and the problem is greatly diminished.



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Staffer for top Oregon state lawmaker arrested during Portland riot

Portland has experienced more than three months of protests and riots

Portland marks 100 days of protests

Reaction from attorney and U.S. Commission on Civil Rights member Peter Kirsanow.

The legislative director for the speaker of the House in Portland's state legislature was arrested during a protest that evolved into a riot Saturday night.

Kristina Narayan, who has worked for Democratic state Rep. Katie Kotek since September 2016, according to her LinkedIn profile, was charged with one count of "Interfering with a Peace Officer."

"Kristina Narayan was arrested for Interfering with a Police Officer after the event became a riot and the crowd was given multiple orders to disperse, which she did not do," a spokesperson for the Portland police department told Fox News.


Narayan, and Kotek's office, did not respond to multiple requests for comment Wednesday.

According to the Washington Free Beacon, which first reported the news, nearly 150 calls were left on hold with Portland police Saturday as they prioritized the riot.

The Portland Police Department said that 58 other people also were arrested on charges ranging from rioting to attempted assault of a public safety officer.


"Multiple fire bombs, mortars, rocks, and other items were thrown at law enforcement during a riot Saturday night in Southeast Portland," the release said.

Videos posted on social media by Oregon Public Broadcasting reporter Sergio Olmos show police pushing through barricades set up by protesters and arresting people in their path as fireworks explode around them.

Portland police said they moved in to extinguish fires in garbage cans and on pallets of wood in the streets.

Thousands have participated in protests in Portland over the past three months since the May death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police. The vast majority of the protests have been peaceful, but some have evolved into riots involving arson, looting and vandalism.

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There's alot to be said about the violence. I think I asked the question of why these paid groups are doing what they are doing. Someone replied to my post and got me thinking and researching. You'll never guess what I found. 

More to follow 😀

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1 minute ago, Amelia said:

@Marshall I think this is your post? What do you mean that "the violence has little to do with the real BLM" ?  Have you researched this?

The real BLM movement was because of a killing by the police (justified or not) and now the situation has been taken advantage of by criminals bent of destruction and looting. Thus my statement.  However please feel free to provide creditable information that the BLM movement was / is all about destruction and looting.

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Black Lives Matter might be viewed as a grassroots movement of concerned people
 gathering together.   It is much more.
Black Lives Matter is a corporation whose  real name is  Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation (BLMGNF).  ( Yep…it is one of those capitalistic corporations they profess to hate.)  The following information is on their web site.   It is a nationwide corporation!   BLMGNF
has chapters in Boston, Chicago, Washington DC, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Lansing,
Long Beach, Memphis, Nashville, New York City, Philadelphia, South Bend and in Canada
in Toronto, Vancouver, and Waterloo.  (If you were impressed by how all those recent riots erupted simultaneously from a grassroots movement…well…maybe not so grassroots.)
BLMGNF is a not-for-profit corporation but not tax exempt, so donations are not tax deductible.  Except...if you go to its website and want to donate, you are transferred to  'ActBlue Charities'  which will  take your donation ,  give you a tax deduction , and  then distribute your
donation to BLMGNF.  Sort of…
Who is ActBlue?
Taken directly from ActBlue’s web page,  “Our (ActBlue) platform is available to Democratic candidates and committees, progressive organizations, and nonprofits that share our values
for no cost besides a 3.95%  processing fee on donations. And we operate as a conduit, which means donations made through ActBlue to a campaign or organization are considered individual donations”.
ActBlue consists of three parts :  ActBlue Charities facilitates donations to left-of-center
 501(c)(3) nonprofits; Act Blue Civics is its 501(c)(4) affiliate; ActBlue is a 527 Political Action Committee.  These three have raised over $5 billion dollars in the sixteen years since
it started.  If its 3.95% transaction fee has been applied to all donations,  that equates
to over $197 million.
So, ActBlue is a Democratic Party front affiliated with BLMGNF.   If only it was that simple
and stopped there.
Per Business Insider Australia,  “ActBlue…distributes the money raised to Thousand Currents,  which is  then granted to Black Lives Matter”.
What is Thousand Currents  (Formerly International Development Exchange)?
Again, per Business insider Australia, “Thousand Currents is a 501(3)(c) non-profit that
provides grants to organizations that are...developing alternative economic models…”.   (Is anarchy now an alternative economic model?)
“Thousand Currents essentially acts as a quasi-manager for Black Lives Matter :
‘It provides administrative and back office support, including finance, accounting,
grants management, insurance, human resources, legal and compliance,’ (Executive Director Solome) Lemma said”.   ( Finance, insurance, human resources, legal and compliance?  It sounds like General Motors!)
What is the significance of the above?
Black Lives Matter is not some fly-by-night fad  that is going to loot and destroy and then disappear into the ash heap of history.   It is a multi-corporation, big business which
is heavily associated with and supports the Democratic Party  and it is here to stay.  
Arguing whether Black Lives or All Lives Matter is meaningless  and distracts us from what
it is trying to achieve.   It is a left-wing political movement that will have a significant
impact on the Democratic Party programs for the foreseeable future.   Socialism and Communism are intimately linked to these efforts  while the US Constitution
and especially the Bill of Rights have no place in their plans.   Patrisse Cullors, one of Black
Lives Matter’s co-founders is  widely reported as saying, “We are trained Marxists”.
The president of Greater New York Black Lives Matter said that if the movement fails
to achieve meaningful change during nationwide protests, it will “burn down this system.”  Not the peaceful change we celebrate under our Constitution but violent change. 
For those of us who like our Constitution, this is a challenge thrown in our face.
If you have wondered why politicians have danced around criticizing Black Lives Matter, now you know.
Sources of this information:  I suggest you open and read some of these sources.
HTTPS://BLACKLIVESMATTER.COM  (Chapters; Current Chapters)
BLM leader: If change doesn’t happen, then ‘we will burn down this system’
The president of Greater New York Black Lives Matter said that if the movement fails to achieve meaningful change...


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@mo32a that's excellent information!  Thank you. This pairs well with the idea that these riots being planned. 

@Marshall I never mentioned that BLM was all about destruction and looting, not sure where you got that from? I was simply asking for what you were referring to. On another note, Have you heard the founders speak? They are quite open about their intentions. Have a listen.

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3 hours ago, Amelia said:

@mo32a that's excellent information!  Thank you. This pairs well with the idea that these riots being planned. 

@Marshall I never mentioned that BLM was all about destruction and looting, not sure where you got that from? I was simply asking for what you were referring to. On another note, Have you heard the founders speak? They are quite open about their intentions. Have a listen.

My remark was to you and I quote what I was replying to  You posted "What do you mean that "the violence has little to do with the real BLM" ?  Have you researched this?"  You gave the impression that BLM did have more than a little to do with violence.  Thus my reply.

This is exactly why my topic has this title: Little to do with the real BLM but rather anarchy not just in the US

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On 9/10/2020 at 8:34 PM, Marshall said:

My remark was to you and I quote what I was replying to  You posted "What do you mean that "the violence has little to do with the real BLM" ?  Have you researched this?"  You gave the impression that BLM did have more than a little to do with violence.  Thus my reply.

This is exactly why my topic has this title: Little to do with the real BLM but rather anarchy not just in the US

You're still not clarifying what your post about the 'real' BLM is that you are referring to?

What is the real BLM?

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12 minutes ago, Amelia said:

You're still not clarifying what your post about the 'real' BLM is that you are referring to?

What is the real BLM?

Go figure..... Do some research and you will find your answer.  (I will however give you a hint....... The None Violent Ones).  😀

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Rich kid 'rioters' are ignorant about the poor working class

Across the country, pampered children of the overclass are taking part in the vandalization, looting and burning of businesses, many of which are owned by immigrants and members of minority groups, under the guise of championing the Black Lives Matter movement. In the 1960s, Malcolm X characterized white liberals as “the most dangerous thing in the entire Western Hemisphere,” and now we are seeing why.

Consider the case of Clara Kraebber, who faces felony rioting charges after a recent alleged window-smashing spree that police say caused at least $100,000 in damage. The Post reported that Kraebber is a wealthy Upper East Sider whose mother is an architect and whose father is a psychiatrist. She was allegedly joined in the rioting by Frank Fuhrmeister of Stuyvesant Heights, a freelance art director who has designed ads for Joe Coffee and has also worked for Pepsi, Samsung and Glenlivet, among other high-profile brands. Another accused rioter is Adi Sragovich, an accomplished musician and student at $57,000-a-year Sarah Lawrence College who grew up in the super-tony enclave of Great Neck, NY. Claire Severine, a former jet-setting model, was also arrested.


These affluent white rioters are attempting to hijack the BLM movement, promoting mayhem to impress their friends. Meanwhile, they will face a fraction of the chaos and violence suffered by downtrodden Americans — if they pay any price at all.

These privileged people hold luxury beliefs, which are ideas and opinions that confer status on the upper class, while inflicting costs on the lower classes. Rich rioters burn businesses to the ground and cause chaos in the streets to increase their social status among their equally affluent peers, all the while claiming to fight for the underprivileged. In her 2018 book “Political Tribes,” Yale Law professor Amy Chua quotes a student from rural South Carolina: “I think protesting is almost a status symbol for elites. That’s why they always post pictures on Facebook, so all their friends know they’re protesting. We don’t like being used as a prop for someone else’s self-validation.”

Privileged protesters are keenly aware of how many “likes” they’ll get if they post a photo with the right hashtags next to a burning building. Never mind that the building housed a pharmacy, and now elderly members of that community no longer have access to life-sustaining medication. These senior citizens aren’t even props for privileged protesters — they’re nonentities.

The heirs of the overclass have little understanding of the policies for which they advocate, such as the infamous call to abolish the police. Only those who have never been victimized by violence could promote such a policy. These rich radicals despise police officers, many of whom are the same age as them but are far more likely to be non-white and come from working-class backgrounds. The Rev. Al Sharpton rebuked these rich radicals on Tuesday when he said, “To take all policing off is something that I think a latte liberal may go for as they sit around the Hamptons discussing this as some academic problem.”


And indeed, in July, wealthy families hired private security guards for protection while they summered in the Hamptons.

Rich rioters are cultivating dangerous environments where violence can fester. Compared to Americans who earn more than $75,000 a year, the poorest Americans are seven times more likely to be victims of robbery, seven times more likely to be victims of aggravated assault, and twenty times more likely to be victims of sexual assault, according to the US Department of Justice. Rich rioters must be ignorant of such realities. Or maybe they hope the poor will become even more victimized than they already are.

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Los Angeles police officers shot in 'ambush'

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Two Los Angeles police officers are in a critical condition after being shot in what police are calling an ambush.

Video of the incident shows a figure approach the officers' vehicle, before opening fire and running away.

Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva called the act "cowardly". The suspect remains at large.

Almost 40 US police officers were killed in the line of duty in 2020, FBI statistics show eight of them the victims of an ambush.

Protesters shouted anti-police slogans and blocked the entrance to the emergency room where the two officers are being treated, police and witnesses said.

The officers involved have not been named, but have been described as a 31-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man.

"One male deputy and one female deputy were ambushed as they sat in their patrol vehicle. Both sustained multiple gunshot wounds and are in critical condition. They are both currently undergoing surgery. The suspect is still at large," LA County Sheriffs tweeted.image.png.a3240b72756ec72f1b7c594a7c8d23f6.png


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"This is just a sombre reminder that this is a dangerous job. Actions, words have consequences and our job does not get easier because people don't like law enforcement," Sheriff Villanueva said.

Sharing the footage of the incident, US President Donald Trump, tweeted: "Animals that must be hit hard."

He has made law and order a central part of his bid for re-election.

esponding to the attack, Democratic Californian congressman Adam Schiff said he was praying for the two officers.

"Every day, law enforcement officers put themselves at risk to protect our community," he tweeted. "I hope the perpetrator of this cowardly attack can be quickly brought to justice."

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Shooting at Montreal's Old Port injures five, including police officer

Published Sunday, September 13, 2020 8:28AM EDTLast Updated Sunday, September 13, 2020 9:31AM EDT


MONTREAL -- Quebec’s Bureau of Independent Investigations (BEI) has been asked to investigate an early morning shooting in Montreal’s Old Port that injured five people, including a police officer. 

Officers from the Service de police de la Ville de Montreal (SPVM) headed to the clock tower by the water shortly after 2 a.m. on Sunday after receiving complaints about loud music and other noise. 

According to preliminary information, when the SPVM arrived on scene, a man opened fire in their direction -- hitting one of the officers.

The officers then shot back and hit the 33-year-old who first shot at them.

Three other people were shot during the event and all five were taken to hospital, but the BEI couldn’t confirm any details about the state of their health. 

The BEI will have to determine whether the above information is correct. They will be assisted by two forensic identification technicians from the Surete du Quebec (SQ) who work under their supervision.

Huit enquêteurs ont été chargés d'enquêter sur l'événement survenu à Montréal. HAP 06 h 00.

— BEI Québec (@BEIQc) September 13, 2020

The BEI is asking anyone who witnessed the shooting to contact them via their website.

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