OPEN YOUR EARS: LISTENING TO RURAL AMERICA

Originally posted on Eléctrica in the Desert:

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ALL  PHOTOS  BY CLAIRE  O’BRIEN

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I’ve watched so many parades all over the middle of America, that they have come to form a kind of map, marking the contours of the landscape I know best.  I always feel rooted when I see a parade, a banner strung across a remote Main Street announcing a parade, or even an arrow pointing in the direction of a parade, because then I know exactly what to do: document it as if there’s never been another parade like it – nor will there ever be again. That this is so exactly not the case is, in fact,  a large part of what makes my ” job” so important.

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This was a literally pressing and specific responsibility when I was a staff reporter, but even now that I’m just a freelance bum, there are times when I can’t avoid the sense that I’m on some kind…

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HARVEY SILVERGLATE AND CALVIN TRILLIN: HOW TWO BIG SHOTS BULLIED A REPORTER INTO SILENCE

Originally posted on Eléctrica in the Desert:

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NOTE:  I have added extensively to this post, written two years ago, before I was aware of Harvey Silverglate’s involvement in a Kansas First Amendment legal case that destroyed my life.
Please pardon the poor formatting. WordPress has me flummoxed, and I can only ask readers for their patience and thank them for  their perseverance.
THE VIEW FROM UP THERE:
When a very famous journalist uses a murder trial to illuminate the systemic racism that is its context, does he have a right to omit his knowledge of a hotly contested issue because a famous lawyer has asked  him to do so – and because ” it’s not the story” he’s writing?  The career and reputation of a hopelessly outgunned, multiple award-winning  small-time reporter  have been destroyed: and both she and Calvin Trillon are well aware of his singular power to restore her good name with one sentence…

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Poverty kills people: Harvard stumped, Academy of Sciences “baffled”

Originally posted on Eléctrica in the Desert:

Just when we thought we were all middle class, the Academy of Sciences caved in and said the P word, about six weeks before the big election.

 

Life Spans Shrink for Least-Educated Whites in the U.S.

By Sabrina Travernis,  New York Times.

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(EXCERPTS)  The latest estimate shows life expectancy for (American) white women without a high school diploma is 73.5 years, compared with 83.9 years for white women with a college degree or more. For white men, the gap was even bigger: 67.5 years for the least educated compared with 80.4 for those with a college degree or better.

Researchers said they were baffled by the magnitude of the drop.

“There’s this enormous issue of why,” said David Cutler, an economics professor at Harvard. “It’s very puzzling and we don’t have a great explanation.”

The slump is so vexing…

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Hearts of Steel Start to Grow

 Outrage In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man
 SUPERHEROES    By Script
 
      All her life she has seen
All the meaner side of dreams
They  took away the prophet’s dream
for a profit on the street.
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Now she’s stronger than you know
A heart of steel starts to grow.

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All his life he’s been told
He’ll be nothing when he’s old

All the kicks and all the blows
He won’t ever let it show

‘Cause he’s stronger than you know
A heart of steel starts to grow.

 

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When you’ve been fighting for it all your life

You’ve been working every day and night

That’s how a superhero learns to fly

Every day, every hour

Turn the pain into power.

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All the hurt, all the lies
All the tears that they cry

When the moment is just right
You see fire in their eyes

‘Cause they’re stronger than you know:
A heart of steel starts to grow

 

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When you’ve been fighting for it all your life
You’ve been struggling to make things right

That’s how a superhero learns to fly.

Every day, every hour

Turn the pain into power.

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When you’ve been fighting for it all your life

You’ve been working every day and night

That’s how a superhero learns to fly

Every day, every hour

Turn the pain into power

Every day, every hour

Turn the pain into power.

 

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She’s got lions in her heart
A fire in her soul
He’s a got a beast in his belly
That’s so hard to control

‘Cause they’ve taken too much hits
Taking blow by blow
Now light a match, stand back,

Watch them explode.

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Now light a match, stand back,

Watch them explode.

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Every day, every hour
Turn the pain into power

Every day, every hour
Turn the pain into power

 

National Guard Called In As Unrest Continues In Ferguson

 

Turn the pain into power.

 

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MEXICO’S DAYS OF LOVE AND RAGE

Originally posted on dorset chiapas solidarity:

MEXICO’S DAYS OF LOVE AND RAGE 

 
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Public outrage over the police murders of six people and forced disappearances of 43 students from the Atoytzinapa rural teachers’ college in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero continued to snowball this week.
 
Parts of the Mexican Republic were virtually paralyzed by a 48-hour protest convened October 22-23 by student, labor, farmer, and social organizations.  Significantly, actions ranging from the shut-down of university campuses and…

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Albuquerque authorities seek to dampen public outrage over police violence

Originally posted on Counter Information:

By D. Lencho

27 October 2014

The city of Albuquerque, New Mexico held the first in a series of community meetings on October 21 aimed at defusing continuing public anger over shootings by Albuquerque Police Department (APD) officers. The meetings, ten in all, are scheduled to stretch out until the middle of February 2015.

Billed as the “Albuquerque Collaborative on Police-Community Relations,” they are the latest in a number of damage control measures pursued both locally and on the national level.

The introductory meeting, held at the Albuquerque Convention Center and attended by between 80 and 120 people, gave a foretaste of future meetings. More than 20 of those in attendance were uniformed police officers. Mayor Richard Berry talked of “challenges” and “opportunities” and “collaborative effort.”

Police chief Gorden Eden, notorious for stonewalling and defending the most egregious police misconduct, said, “It’s so important for us to make sure that…

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Web of testimonial of four indigenous prisoners in Chiapas

Claire Marie O'Brien:

Reblogged by Electrica intheDesert. THANK-YOU.

Originally posted on dorset chiapas solidarity:

Web of testimonial of four indigenous prisoners in Chiapas

October 24, 2014

By: Aldabi Olvera 

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A heavy blanket of fog and rain densely covers the valleys, canyons and mountains of Chiapas. It seems that the strong threads of heaven are gradually forming a wall to convert the territory into a giant prison of the mind,

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Travelling these roads, with compañeras and compañeros I visited four prisoners in a week:

Alejandro, indigenous Tsotsil, is imprisoned unjustly in CERESO 5 in San Cristobal de las Casas.

Mario, Juan Antonio and Roberto, Tseltal indigenous, are prisoners for political reasons. “Revenge of the police”, say his family. They have just been transferred to CERESO 12 in Yajalón.

A heavy blanket of fog and rain drowns the mountains from the north to the highlands of Chiapas. Despite the heaviness with which the huge threads of nature tie the soul, the walls raised by humans are more terrible. However…

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The Ugly Side of St. Louis’s White Community

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Claire Marie O'Brien:

A great post by Caleb Gee. Thank-you,Caleb.

Originally posted on United States Hypocrisy:

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Ever since Ferguson, Missouri arrived on the international radar back in August after police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 19 year-old Michael Brown in cold blood, most of the focus has been either on the various demonstrations carried out by protesters from the community, or on the repressive tactics employed by the police forces in their attempts to quell voices of dissent. What hasn’t received nearly as much attention is the significant amount of animosity St. Louis’s white residents apparently have for the local Black communities. The New Republic was the first publication to take a significant look at this, and it was soon followed by polling data taken as part of a Pew Research survey. Indeed, one is hard pressed to find a forum online where the Mike Brown case is discussed – be it Pinterest, Twitter or Facebook – that doesn’t include at least…

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Background information about the horrific student massacre in Guerrero, Mexico, from OWS Zapatista

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Background information about the horrific student massacre in Guerrero, Mexico, from OWS Zapatista

Dear friends,

Some activists have asked us for background information about the massacre of the students from Ayotzinapa School in the city of Iguala in Guerrero, Mexico. There is not much information circulating in English, so here is more in case you want to know:

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The Ayotzinapa School is an iconic school for elementary rural teachers (that’s what the word “normalista” means, because they are teachers of “escuela normal” which means “elementary school”).  So when we say “students,” that is what they are, but they are studying to be teachers. They are mostly indigenous people and peasants. The school is located in the heart of the mountains (the Sierra), in a very, very, very poor rural area. It is iconic because it is where two important teachers in the 60s and the 70s started a guerrilla movement…

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Thousands of Zapatistas Demonstrate in Chiapas on Oct 22

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      Thousands of Zapatistas Demonstrate in Chiapas on Oct 22

In Chiapas, Thousands of Zapatistas Demonstrate in Support of Ayotzinapa and the Yaqui People

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Chiapas, Mexico. October 22, 2014

Just as was happening in different parts of the country and the world, thousands of Zapatista support bases once again demonstrated in silence, this time from the autonomous communities, to demand the presentation alive of the 43 Ayotzinapa students and for the freedom of Mario Luna and Fernando Jiménez, political prisoners from the Yaqui people.

As they had announced, the Zapatistas demonstrated on Wednesday afternoon, October 22,  in the communities and roads of the state wherever they have a presence, in solidarity with the Ayotzinapa students and the Yaqui people.

In the Caracol of Oventic and nearby communities, banners are seen with legends that demand the presentation with life of the 43 students of the Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers College…

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