We’ve done a few OPED pieces, where we expressed personal opinions, and now we’re trying something new:
Mediawrench.org presents ‘YourOPED’ Where we pose a question to the audience, open from now on, with only one answer provided (hint: we have to put something or it wont make the poll at all, so the answer provided is just an example of what we’re looking for.)
So here’s the first one: Please enter your favorite and most trusted news source, be it a person, or a company. Name that person that whenever you hear their news you tend to agree, and furthermore tend to believe when they present an event or idea. Nothing is off limits, providing the response is a source of news (i.e. a burrito is not a source of news*).
*to our knowledge, feel free to correct in the comment section.
After you’ve entered your favorite news source, feel free to weigh in on why you chose them in the comment section below, and provide links to convincing videos featuring your nominee.
Everyday Connection is a radio show you can find here, Yesterday they interviewed a member of mediawrench, Kristopher Harrison, about mediawrench, where it came from, and where its going. It was a lot of fun! Check out their stuff, and also check out the interview here. Thanks to Rick and Jean for having us on the show! It will be fun to see where mediawrench takes us next.
Here are the links to the interview:
With International Day Against Police Brutality having just passed, the rally in Toronto was rather minimal, and so instead of showing the couple dozen of folks who came out to publicly bring attention to the disregard of the worst police officers here, we decided to focus on a fresh example. Brooklyn is just such an example.
Kimani Grey was 16 years old when he and a group of friends were approached by men with guns who were not identified as police. As Cenk from TYT states in the video, if unidentified people came and drew their guns on on the kid, it is a fathomable reaction that he would respond similarly. It also seems intuitive if the information that the undercover officers would have had to gather to warrant their reaction, then they very well could have called in uniformed officers to search and if need be arrest the kid, who likely would not have tried to pull a gun on two uniformed officers. To not take this crucial step in establishing their legal authority has, in this case, cost a community one of their children.
This is just one example of an issue of apathy within the policing system. One protester states plainly that ‘They [the police] don’t feel its wrong to snuff out a black life’. To add to this feeling of being hunted, it seems that the police commit murder with impunity, and ultimately a body count results in a paid vacation and perhaps a new motorboat. All the officers involved in the Rodney King incident are currently well paid high ranking members of the LAPD or its affiliates. It’s a question of who are they serving, and protecting? What is their incentive to not snuff out young men and women. I guess it depends who you ask. There are protocols that, as a police officer, if you don’t follow (one major protocol is you must be clearly identified as an officer of the law, and another that you must always act in ways that do not violate peoples’ basic rights) then you cannot expect compliance, and you are essentially a thug and a tool of the social mechanisms that are keeping marginalized people gentrified, stigmatized, and hopeless.
MediaWrench Interviews: Lisa Schofield, OCAP – Sit-in at Mayor Ford’s Office 15-02-13 for the Homeless
My name is Lisa Schofield, I’m with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty. We’re here at City Hall today on the Second floor in front of Mayor Rob Ford’s office. This is an Occupation. We’ve taken this space, set it up as a shelter for the day demanding that city act on homeless deaths. There’s been about 6 deaths in the last couple of weeks in the city of Toronto. People who have frozen to death on the streets. People who have died because of complications of being homeless in the city. And so we’re demanding action from the city on the fact that there is not enough shelter spaces for people, that the conditions in the shelters are terrible and unlivable, and that people need more support to get into housing. And we need more housing in general.
It’s a pretty diverse grouping of people. There’s people who are homeless, who have been homeless in their lives, are currently precariously housed. There’s people who work in community agencies, front-line workers in the community. And then allies who are coming in and out. We’ve had a teacher came by and brought us some coffee. We’ve had people coming in and out to support us.
They’ve told us that the building itself will close. They’ll close it down by 9:30. And they told us, essentially, that that is our deadline to leave by. We’ve said and maintained that we’re not going to leave, that we’re here and we’re going to stay until the city takes action on this crisis and has a emergency meeting and sets up emergency space. Our intention is not to leave. If the city chooses to respond in a security sort-of way and remove people forcibly, that’s something we’re putting on them. But this is an emergency and we’re not going to just watch as more people die.
If people want to come out and support, you could come today down to City Hall right now. If you’re watching this, this Friday evening. Otherwise there is a motion coming on Wednesday with Councillor Adam Vaughan [is bringing a motion for emergency action to be brought by the city] to deal with this crisis. People could come out Wednesday and come in support that motion and encourage your councillor and your local councillor to support that motion. Call them up. Also, just get involved and visit the OCAP website [OCAP.ca]; get involved in this movement.
OCAP Website: ‘Come To City Hall Now – Eviction at 9:30pm – OCAP Turns City Hall into Emergency Shelter‘ http://ocap.ca/node/1057
Digital Journal Story Link: ‘City councillors, activists discuss Toronto City Hall protests’
National Post Story Link: ‘Anti-poverty activists, homeless people camp out in front of Rob Ford’s office to demand more shelter beds’ http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/02/15/ontario-coalition-against-poverty/
Toronto Star Story Link: ‘Police called in to shift protesters camped out in front of Mayor Rob Ford’s office’ http://www.thestar.com/news/city_hall/2013/02/15/toronto_homeless_protest_outside_mayor_rob_fords_office.html
680 News Story Link: ‘OCAP protesters escorted out of city hall’
CityNews Story Link with Video: ‘OCAP protestors escorted out of city hall’ http://www.citynews.ca/2013/02/15/ocap-protestors-escorted-out-of-city-hall/
CP24 Story Link with Video: ‘OCAP protesters escorted out of City Hall peacefully’ http://www.cp24.com/news/ocap-protesters-escorted-out-of-city-hall-peacefully-1.1158697
Toronto Sun Story Link: “OCAP sets up temporary ‘homeless shelter’ inside City Hall” http://www.torontosun.com/2013/02/15/ocap-sets-up-temporary-homeless-shelter-inside-city-hall
Global Toronto Story Link with Video: ‘Police escort activists out of city hall after protest outside mayor’s office’ http://www.globaltoronto.com/homelessness+activists+set+up+makeshift+shelter+outside+of+mayors+office/6442810415/story.html
Without condoning the violence that has taken place over the recent weeks, it seems necessary to address the issues the LAPD are facing regarding corruption that has become so acute that former officers are writing tell-all manifestos to break the silence, and bring about the positive societal change that is the basic reason that good police get into the policy enforcement business.
With no further ado,
The Manifesto of Former LAPD Officer Joe Jones:
My Former LAPD Officer Joe Jones MANIFESTO…
I know most of you who personally who me are in disbelief of the partial story I will tell today. A story that has been suppressed for about 18 years, But lives strong everyday of my life.
I without hesitation would like to send my condolences to the Victims who were lost and their families during this tragic situation. I would also like to send my condolences and well wishes to the many former and current Officers, as well as Citizen’s and their families who lost the lives and souls of loved one’s to the injustices of Police Corruption, Scandal, Lies, Deception and Brutality.
Unlike Former Officer Dorner, I fear dying; But I also fear living in a society where Innocent people are dying for no reason. A society where pain so great can be afflicted to people who have to desire to live right and treat people right and then be punished for doing right.
They say we all look alike. In very few cases this of course is true. But in most cases it is not. I feel a resemblance to Dorner, (See Photos) However several people who have no resemblance to Dorner have been shot due to the fear of what is taking place. I DO NOT WANT TO BE SHOT FOR CRIMES I DID NOT COMMIT!. Neither does anyone else.
To preface my story I will say this: Just like former Officer Christopher Dorner I used to smile a lot. I loved everyone. I was voted Friendliest Senior of my Sr. Class in High School. I always believed in the system and never got into any trouble. I loved hard and gave to all I could. After Joining the LAPD in 1989 I quickly found out that the world and society had major flaws. I had flaws as well for ever believing that our system of government was obligated to do the right thing. his is what I believed as a young Officer. Without going into major detail, I need you to first assume that I would not surface 16 years later with lies about a situation that has me with PTSD to this very day. The pain forces me to speak as I have yet to shake the Ill’s of my experience as an LAPD Officer. Of course I have moved on physically. But mentally and emotionally I still live with flaws.
I can’t go into re-living the emotions of what I went through so I will say this. I had my home viciously attacked by a gunman with my family and myself inside the house. No arrests were made and my family and I Received very little support. I had my Civil Rights violated on several occasions. I was falsely arrested at gunpoint by the Sheriffs as an Officer who ID’d himself and was conspired against by both LAPD and the Sheriffs when my Civil case went to Trial. I was falsely accused on more than one occasion and simply placed in a position that the trust was so compromised that I could no longer wear the Uniform. Also know there were many more episodes. All of these issues are well documented and I present them not to be a Whistle blower, However to hope that one would not assume that all of what is being said is Lies as presented by Dorner. I don’t know him, But I know me. I will say from my experience, If a person knows they were wrong it is easier to move on without anger. Seems that Dorner obviously could not move on… Could I just be content and move on with my life and not say anything? Yes…Then I would feel that I for once had my chance to speak on something that hurts me to this day and I did nothing to arouse thought or provoke reform. This is what I hope comes from this whole situation:
1. Families that lost someone to this tragedy find the peace that only God can give at this terrible time.
2. Citizens of Los Angeles be mindful of this fearful time to be an Officer and comply vigorously so that you are not the victim of an Officer on high alert.
3. Government and Politicians please be diligent in the responsibility of creating Laws that protect those who could be the victim of a conspiracy. Never allow the door to be shut on the Truth.
4. Honest and Fair LAPD & All Agencies: Keep doing what you are doing to protect citizens and be safe while you are doing so. We need you and I would hope that you do not allow the Bureaucratic drama and Stress to kill your morale as I know it can.
5. Unethical LAPD & all Agencies: Whatever is was that lead you down this path, Pray to somebody’s God to forgive you and begin to remove unethical methods to your policing style. Always think what if it were you, How would you feel?..How would you like if you were falsely accused and your life, lively-hood and career was taken from you? How would you like if someone was beating on you just because they felt they could get away with it? You are no better the criminals you took and oath to arrest when you do what you do!
6. Chistopher Dorner. The 1st thing I would say to him is, I feel your pains!…But you are going about this the wrong way. To take innocent lives could never be the answer to anything. I say this as a Man who experienced the same pain, betrayal, anger, suffering, litigation and agony that you did in many ways, Only I didn’t get Fired. I just choose to go a different route. My heart still suffered that same shock, I was still left to try and put the pieces back together. The disbelief that people could conspire and cause you to loose something you loved so dearly was still there. I lost my Career, I lost my Family, I lost my Dignity, I lost my Trust…But I am here now to hopefully one day see change…Bro, Don’t kill anymore Innocent people. Your point has been made. Clearly. They know you mean business, The whole world knows. Refrain from any further wrong doing and do what you must to salvage your Soul. Whatever that means to you. Just remember that God is a forgiving God.
In conclusion I say to people who knew none of this about me that one day I will have to reflect on when was the time to speak. When I see the potential for innocent lives to be lost…The time is Now!…JJ
A few months ago, I put a video out with incorrect spelling of the name of an artist, who really does a lot for the community and has a great sound. I would like to share this video with you now in order to make some sort of amends. This video is on Mama D’s own youtube channel and certainly if you enjoy this song, you can find more of her stuff there.
to Mama D,
Thanks for all the hard work you’ve done, and good luck in all your future endeavours!
About the video:
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