Im going. Are you?
On March 1, thousands of students are expected to occupy their colleges to voice concerns over rising tuition costs and the diminishing quality of education. For so long students have found themselves helpless in the face of inaction by politicians and a culture which has chosen to ignore America’s education crisis. But re-energized by the birth of a new season and the Occupy movement, students will demand real change in America’s failing higher education system.
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Two days ago, ABC News‘ Sr. White House Correspondent Jake Tapper confronted WH Press Secretary Jay Carney on the issue of ‘praising’ journalists after they passed away on the line of duty (in this case, the deaths of Marie Colvin & Rémi Ochlik in covering the unrest of Syria). There has been many times in this situation where we only appreciate one’s courage in covering a story in unpredictable situations like these, but in fairness.. there’s been times we’ve shown support and praise once the story/coverage has been made complete, especially during those challenging times as well.
But with the situation shown here, there’s been way too many praises for those after they passed away in the line of duty. Why is that? Here’s where I appreciate Mr. Tapper…
Check the partial transcript down below.
I haven’t posted anything in regards to serious politics in a long time (which I should do more of). Im making this post, I’m wondering where does ANSWER stand in regards to this ‘invasion’ of Syria.. and why? Right before she passed away, she gave her last interview with Anderson Cooper, reporting that the Syrian Army is just blasting every single house in a poor neighborhood, especially watching a 2-year-old boy die after a ‘shelling’ by them. If you have not read the story about what’s going on in Syria, then I suggest you do some research, and put the pieces of the puzzle together yourself.
Here’s the latest timeline on the happenings in Syria. Anyways, if you guys are planning to go tomorrow to check this discussion out, then take a lot of notes and ask questions.
Now this is interesting! Two days before the actual festivities go off there will be a rally & march for the legal use of marijuana and the LA ban against the use of it! This is more than just folks ‘smoking out’; people actually use for medicinal purposes.
Cypress Hill SmokeOut has teamed with Americans for Safe Access (ASA) and Medicine & Music Project for a peaceful protest in response to recent Federal activities against medical marijuana as well as the local Los Angeles ban on medical marijuana. The event will start with protesters meeting at the west steps of City Hall at 4:20pm and will then proceed to the Edward R. Roybal Federal building where speakers on safe access will include Cypress Hill’s B-Real, Americans for Safe Access’ California Director Don Duncan and more.
The goal of the rally is to draw attention to local threats towards patient access and federal interference in efforts to regulate medical marijuana. The scope of the federal crackdown is shocking, as federal officials and agencies have threatened providers, growers and property owners. They are seeking to intimidate elected officials, financial service providers, legal gun owners and media outlets. This may be the broadest and most serious threat to medical cannabis yet. The federal crackdown has frustrated efforts to regulate medical marijuana in Los Angeles and some City Council members are ready to ban patient cooperatives and collectives outright.
Protesters are encouraged to take public transportation. Parking information is also available here: http://gsd.lacity.org/parking/parking.htm
Starting location – 4:20pm:
City Hall (meeting at the West Steps)
200 N. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Edward R. Roybal Federal Building
255 E. Temple Street (between N. Los Angeles St. and N. Alameda St)
Los Angeles, CA 90006
In support of future online communication to everyone (and each other) across the world (which will include my friends from out of the country) and also for many important sites that people go to, especially for the sake of wanting to express my point of views on anything (freedom of speech), I will NOT be using the internet tomorrow at all, nor will I be doing any form of posting on here or anywhere else. If you havent heard, then I suggest you go here for a full explanation on what can be potentially happening. Or, if you’re more of a visual person, just go and check out the video.
Today marks the 100th day that the Occupy Wall Street Movement has been in existence. If you have been a part of the movement (or at least watching from the sidelines), you’ve personally witnessed how big this movement has touched everyone across the world, let alone the states. This video here is a thank you message from them! For the non-believers, do your research. There isnt a single issue out there that’s not addressed by the movement that doesnt affect you. Trust me, we all know there is at least ONE.
This movement isnt going anywhere. Not any time soon, either. We ARE the 99%.
By far this is MY official favorite photo! for two reasons! One, there’s a lot of emotions that is captured on here, and two… its because of the history that’s present! Women in the Arab gathered together to protest against military rule is one of the bravest things that has ever been done in the history of Egypt, let alone Arab women expressing their anger!
Historians called the event the biggest women’s demonstration in modern Egyptian history, the most significant since a 1919 march against British colonialism inaugurated women’s activism here, and a rarity in the Arab world. It also added a new and unexpected wave of protesters opposing the ruling military council’s efforts to retain power and its tactics for suppressing public discontent.
The march abruptly pushed women to the center of Egyptian political life after they had been left out almost completely. Although women stood at the forefront of the initial revolt that ousted President Hosni Mubarak 10 months ago, few had prominent roles in the various revolutionary coalitions formed in the uprising’s aftermath. Almost no women have won seats in the early rounds of parliamentary elections. And the continuing demonstrations against military rule have often degenerated into battles in which young men and the security police hurl rocks at each other. – via NY TIMES
I salute all the women who are putting their backs against the wall to fight for their freedom and their right to be heard!
I’ve been ‘somewhat’ of an active participant in this ‘Occupy’ movement for a while.. keeping up with what’s going on across the country, viewing the livestreams, etc. So far (from my knowledge), Oakland, New York, Boston, San Francisco, Portland, Sydney (Australia); I know there’s PLENTY of others, campuses like UC Davis & UC Berkeley [who are protesting the fee hikes on California colleges and universities… have been in battle with the police. So, who’s next city in line to ‘possibly engage’ with them?
For as long as they have been in existence, everything has so far been peaceful over at LA City Hall. There hasn’t been any incidents with the police; in fact.. some of the folks who are camping out there have been having casual conversations with cops, and from what I’ve witnessed.. there’s on an average of two cops on site patrolling on foot. There have been peaceful demonstrations so far, from marching to Olvera Street (among many other places), to the N17 demonstration (which in my opinion was the straw that broke Mayor Villaraigosa’s back). I think some (if not most) of the protesters realized that there will be a time when they will have to eventually face off against the police…
…and that may happen tonight at midnight, because many of #OccupyLA are going to stand their ground.
If you want to help support this movement, read the flyer down below. There will be training this morning, so if you want to help participate ahead of time, make sure you head to LA City Hall by 1130am, and later today at 730pm tonight.
Considering tomorrow will be the first national global revolution we’ve had in YEARS, the #Occupy movement will be having sit-ins and marches tomorrow morning and the rest of the world in support will be participating. This movement was inspired by the Egyptian, London, Tunisia, Greece, Italy, and Spain uprisings from earlier this year. So, in support of my community… here’s a flyer with the details showing what we’ll be doing out in my city. More details here [via Reuters].
Among all the #Occupy events that’s going on across the nation, the ten year anniversary of the Afghanistan War is slowly approaching.
Hundreds of thousands of Afghan people have been killed, wounded and displaced, and thousands of U.S. and NATO forces killed and wounded. The war costs more than $118 billion per year— $330 million per day—at a time when social programs are being slashed. Jobs and education continue to be cut while the trillion-dollar military budget increases and Wall Street corporations make record profits. Millions of people can’t find a job.
That… along with what’s going on around you should give you more than enough reason to stand up and do something! So, with that being said, participate friday evening!