Friday, January 27, 2006

Facing Racism with Honour



On Thursday evening January 27, 2006 a very interesting human being, Daryl Davis graced the Cole Hall auditorium at the Bridgewater College.

Daryl Davis is a wonderful musicain, but this is not his only claim to fame, Daryl is a black man who faces the KKK to try to solve the issue of racism.


Many attended the lecture, mostly students who were very supportive of Mr. Davis, yet there was one person, Mr. William White of Roanoke, the Communiations Director and Media Coordinator as well as one of the chief officers of the NSM who did not seem to agree with Mr. Davis's multi cultural ambitions.


But, dispite Mr. White's nay saying, I think he might agree with me on one thing, and that is Mr.Davis style and approach far exceeds in both diplomacy and decentcy when it comes to activism in challanging racism than others who are trying to do the same, but in more hostile ways.

Mr. Davis doesn't attack people, he doesn't harass their homes and families, he doesn't throw rocks and participate in riots, he doesn't try to grab for fame and glory by pawning off cruel tabloid style rants and call it activism.

Mr.Davis is a gentleman and a musician, he has found that he has met and touched people through his music, and a handful of these people are members of the KKK.

It seems that through his music perfomances in the MD area, he picked up many fans, some who were memebers of the KKK.
Mr.Davis, instead of shunning or confronting them, befriended them.
He built relationships and then reached out to them.
He then had his "white" secretary call other KKK officials and arrange meetings with them.
These meetings were based in honour and respect, as his quest was not to put them down, but to try to understand where they were coming from for they could help him and he could help them and together they could bridge the gap between those who disagree with others based in racial backrounds.
(Mr.Davis holds a shirt once worn by a young girl who is now against racism)

Mr.Davis does indeed have a charismatic style. He works very well with the media shows such as the interesting clips he showed of himself on Heraldo and CNN.
His piano playing was fantastic as he banged out a whole lotta shaken goin on for us.

Today, Mr.Davis has much to show for himself. He has a book that he has written about his experiences called: "Klan-Destine Relationships", and he is still performing and recording great music.

You can read up more about him on WWW.DarylDavis.com




Friday, January 20, 2006

Kingston NY November 19, 2005

Kingston NY was sort of a small sleepy upstate town until an incident where one kid beat up another kid very badly. One very big and strong African American kid injured a much smaller white kid, leaving him with some possible permanent injuries.

The big question and public fuss was whether it was a hate crime?

New Jersey racial oriented radio host "Hal Turner" organized a rally claiming the white kid "Robby Hendricks" as a cause to defend white kids everywhere.



Others viewed Turner's rally as an excuse to publically express racism.
At any rate, here are some photos which I am posting without comment.

You as the public can draw your own conclusions without my opinions.



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There are a lot more photos, so I might do a "Part 2 Kingston", stay tuned......

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Virginia Welcomes Tim Kaine

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The new Governor of Virginia Tim Kaine

On a very raining Saturday afternoon, thousands of people huddled in bleachers to watch the swearing in of Virginia's three top elected state officials.

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But, why was this swearing in different than other Virginia swearing ins?
They are usually done in the Virginia capitol building in Richmond, but, the Capitol buildng is under construction, so this year the inaugural ceramonies took place in the original Virginia capital in Williamsburg Virginia.

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First official to recieve applause was departing Governor and a possible 2008 Democratic presidential candidate Mark Warner.
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Also being sworn in on Saturday was the new Lt. Governor Bill Bolling
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Also, the new Attorney General Robert McDonnell
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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

War Crimes Over Alito

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It was the second day of the Alito hearings and the activist action on the streets were at a pathetic low.

Yes, as the news has been reporting, nobody seems to care about our Supreme Court or who is being placed on it to vote on issues that will probably effect the rest of our lives.

Yet, at 1600 Penn Ave there was a bit of noise.

No, not by the guy who only sometimes resides there when he isn't digging in the Texas dirt, but a group of activists and lawyers who have a bit of an issue with him.

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To get an idea of what the action is based in, I think it is best to check out this web address.

http://www.bushcommission.org/Bush_Crime_Jan10.doc

This is a very passionate and organized group made up of a number of groups who showed great determination in getting both their message across and to deliver:

"An unprecedented series of indictments alleging war crimes and crimes against humanity, in five separate areas, on moral, political, and legal grounds, will be delivered by a citizens’ tribunal to President Bush at the front gate of the White House"
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The key note speaker of todays event was former CIA analyst Mr. Ray McGovern

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Mr.McGovern delivered a very moving and inspiring speech on the compassion for humanity. How McGovern and others who are supporting him and this action would like to see legal action taken against President Bush and others who have been working along side him.

After the speeches, there was a small march of a few steps from the center of Penn Ave to the gates of the White House.

There McGovern and friends very politely asked the White House guards to deliver the "indictments" to President Bush.

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And, yes, the guard refused to accept the documents, but I think we all kne they would.

But, it was still a very moving bit of grassroots activism, esp for a Tuesday afternoon. And it was a much bigger show than those who didn't turn out to support or oppose Alito.

The indictments were delivered to the White House by:
Retired CIA analyst Ray McGovern, authors William Blum and Larry Everest, Code Pink, Mike Hersh (Progressive Democrats of America/After Downing Street), Kevin Zeese (Director, Democracy Rising; candidate for U.S. Senate in Maryland), Travis Morales (World Can’t Wait--Drive Out the Bush Regime) and others.

And:

The commission was organized by the Not in Our Name Statement of Conscience and is endorsed by: Center for Constitutional Rights, National Lawyers Guild, After Downing Street.org and others, including Former Sen. James Abourezk, former British MP Tony Benn, authors Gore Vidal and Howard Zinn, poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and actor Edward Asner.

Charter, full indictments, standards for judgment, and audio and video coverage of the first session: http://www.bushcommission.org

Monday, January 09, 2006

Day # 1 Of The Alito Hearings!



Today was the first day to start the hearings for the Supreme Court opening being left vacant by Justice Sandra Day Oconner.

Samuel Alito, President Bush's choice to nominate for this spot at 11 this am was lead into the Dickson Building on Capital Hill to start the proceedings.



Meanwhile, on the steps of the Supreme Court and all around "The Hill" were the grassroots activists who were there to either support or oppose the Alito nomination.

One group who was there in strong opposition is a group that I have personally watched grow from it's baby stages in life and is making a tremendous presence on the poltical scene where ever it is and that is the group The World Can't Wait (www.theworldcantwait.org).
They even had a presence at the last event in Arlington at the town hall meeting I shot.
Today, there were WCW women dressed up in bloodied white shirts to demonstrate the perils of times of illegal abortions.





Now, as passionate as the opposition was, the pro-Alito crowd did turn out some very impressive numbers. There was a fairly large crowd of Catholic Home Schooled teens who are going to be spending the week here in DC, as part of their home learning based civics program. All were dressed in red Alito tee-shirts, with the letter A+, chanting for Altio as he dashed from car to building.



Well, then everyone went to the hearings, which I find to be the boring part.

Yet, as she once wrote: "Tomorrow is another day" and tomorrow will bring out more people in protest as there is a human rights rally/press conference against Alito tomorrow at 1:30pm at the gates of the White House.

Till then, harmony, love and happiness!

Peace OUT!

Isis

Friday, January 06, 2006

Town Hall Chaos with Congressmen Murtha and Moran



January 5th 2006 Arlington Virginia scheduled from 6:30-9:00pm was a town hall meeting at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association in the Ballston area of Arlington with Congressmen Jim Moran and Jack Murtha to discuss their theory of deployment out of Iraq. I believe an estimate of over 600 people showed up, and by the time I got there, right at 6:30pm, the Arlington Fire Marshall had declared a holt to any more entries into the meeting.

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Yet, it wasn't as if there wasn't any entertainment outside the building as it was a small yet fiesty grassroots fest with the pro-war group "Free Republic" was on one side....

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And a handful of anti-war groups such as "The World Can't Wait"

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And "A.N.S.W.E.R."

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...on the other side.

There was no way the cops were going to let me in...

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....no matter how much I begged and pleaded.

So, I got together with these three really nice people, 2 whom were Iranian and the other a civil rights attorney with a practice in DC and we found a nice place to sit and have a few beers and coffee with a bite and dicussed our views on the war, the nation, the problems in politics and how we were going to save the world! *grin*

About an hour later, it was almost the end of the meeting I headed back to the building with hopes to be able to get in for at least a few shots. And much to my pleasure, it was open, but, much to my displeasure, I missed Congressman Murtha.

Now, I do actually like Congressman Moran, but, I also have lots of shots of him already.

Yet, there he was, at the head of the room, trying to balance the all the various views and concerns over the war and other international strifes.

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As I clicked away at the last few minutes of the meeting, one voice at the mike stood out very clearly and that was from poltical activist Peter Rush from Leesburg Virginia, who was from the Progressive Democrats of America.

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Rush's big issue was the situation in Israel and his views on how the Isreali policy still further addressing while refering to a statment that Moran had said a few years back about how American Jewish Leaders don't take enough of a stand against Israeli policy(a remark that caused Moran a bit of trouble in his district).

Moran answered with stating his concern for Sharon's health and giving him credit for the West Bank withdrawl.

Over all, it was a fun night. I didn't get in when I wanted, but I met some very nice people, did get a few decent shots to share (still working on getting the flash right) and as crazy as it was, it still might be the calm before the storm called "Alito" that begins this coming Monday.

Till then, harmony, love and happiness!

Peace OUT!

Isis