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Okay, so I’ve been listening to all this about Ferguson and Eric garner. Regular readers and listeners know my views. I won’t rehash them here. They also know I’m a numbers guy and we have torn up every rightwing and corporatist argument using their own numbers to prove their corrupt perspectives and motives. The other thing about numbers, and this comes from years doing logistics in the commercial sector for two major airlines; a clear understanding of those numbers will help you pull sense out of the confusion of facts. Efficiency! Isn’t it all about efficiency?

So when I heard that President Obama was directing $263 million for cameras and sensitivity training for cops I had to wonder. Is that the most efficient way to solve the problem? Hmm. Let’s see.

According to the United States Census, as of 2010, of almost309 million people in the US, 38.9 of them w ere-and still are-Black. Likewise there are about 28 million Hispanics, 3 million indigenous, who are being really patient and generous with all of us non-natives, that is everyone who arrived within the last 400 years. There are almost 15 million Asians, but for some reason, except for a crazy old neighbor who didn’t go to Vietnam but listens to Rush Limbaugh and wears camouflage pants to work, nobody seems to bother the Asians much. So, for giggles, since this country really has a problem with all brown and Black people, lets combine those folks-except the Asians- which brings us to about 70 million.

Now, the problem seems to be respect and neglect. Part of the respect issue is that black and brown folks are disproportionately poor. The other part is that they live in bad neighborhoods. A major cause of that is neglect. Houses on the south and west side of Chicago, half of Detroit and the part of New Orleans hammered by Katrina more than a decade ago remain abandoned. These minority neighborhoods are poor. Folks don’t have money for good schools, repairs, paying off mortgages, beautification, starting businesses, a strong tax base and investment.

You know who gets respect? Those annoying prozac laced moms who married a lawyer or hedge fund manager then slow down rush hour traffic for working stiffs while they dump the brat off at daycare and trundle off to Starbucks as they enjoy another lazy day. I know, I know…the hardest job in the world. Maybe for a working class mom, but not if your kid’s parental surrogate is referred to as an “au Paire.” They have a couple of appletinis in the afternoon with the girls and then berate the cop pulling them over with pearls of egalitarianism like “don’t you know who my husband is,” and “My husband makes your annual salary in a half hour!” If they get the ticket, they can afford a lawyer to get it dropped or expunged from their record. They don’t worry about politeness, and in white affluent neighborhoods the cops are always as sweet as peach pie.

So, what I propose for the most efficient and productive use of that $263 million is not that we waste it on sensitivity training and cameras. Cameras didn’t help Eric Garner. Instead, split that money among those 70 million minorities. Yep. That comes to a neat $3.76 for every Black, Hispanic and First Nation person in America. Toss in Undocumented folks and it’s still a cool $2.6 million.

Crazy, you say? With that money folks could afford to move, or fix up the neighborhoods they live in. They would start businesses and create a tax base to sustain schools, libraries and community centers for a generation or more. Gang crime and drug trafficking would collapse. Shooting deaths would virtually cease. Police in these neo-affluent communities would have to show respect. Parks would flourish, incarceration would plummet, if only because now poor folks could afford a decent attorney-which is what keeps white folks from overcrowding prisons. Banks would be happy. Imagine Engelwood with sidewalk cafes in the evening and folks strolling along bright vibrant business districts.

All I ask is one simple thing. Remember, my Black, Hispanic and First Nation brothers and sisters who came up with the idea. I think a 1% finders fee is fair…

Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.

CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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Race Baiting and Ferguson. All about gun sales?

Sadly, they are getting too easy to predict, but that still doesn’t seem to mitigate the danger the NRA poses to American democracy. By all appearances the media and NRA are eagerly stoking the flames of racial animosity, and even violence as a means of reversing flagging gun sales in 2014. Earlier this year in a Revolution and Beer exclusive, Rand Paul’s effort to pass legislation requiring every licensed commercial pilot in America to carry a weapon was exposed as a naked scheme to boost gun sales. In Paul, the NRA has bought and paid for a ready and willing political ally.

Prior to Newtown the NRA invested $294 thousand dollars in purchasing members of Congress, or more than $21 million since 1990. http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/guns/how-much-did-nra-pay-senators-who-killed-gun-background-checks Both then Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Rand Paul benefitted greatly from the NRA’s abundant, string’s attached generosity. That does not include tens of millions in political advertisements which were often conveniently placed to support specific candidates. In fact, all of those Senators which appeared on FOX and on rightwing media decrying any reasonable gun control legislation, like Ted Cruz, James Inhofe, Roy Blunt, Jim Risch, Chuck Grassly and Saxby Chambliss, to name a few, received thousands in donations from the NRA.

After reading and re-reading the Ferguson Grand Jury testimony and evidence, I was perplexed at the blatant misrepresentation by talk show hosts on the right, like Sean Hannity, Michael Savage and Rush Limbaugh. Revolution and Beer has remained very close to the Brown case, and was first to question the initial reports that Officer Darren Wilson suffered serious injuries during the altercation with Brown. Then in a CNN article following this years Black Friday sales, this line jumped out:

“Traditionally, Black Friday is one of our busiest days for transaction volume,” Fischer said.
Indeed, Friday saw the highest number of background checks ever for a Black Friday, and second in history. The highest day on record was December 21, 2012, with more than 177,000 background checks.”
http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/28/us/black-friday-gun-sales/index.html

Recognize that date, December 21st, 2012? Just 7 days earlier Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown Connecticut and fatally shot 20 children and 6 adults. Recall that the rightwing media reacted swiftly against gun control proponents, and rumors circulated allegedly by the NRA or its surrogates of gun grabs and bans.

In August, Businessweek reported on steeply slumping guns sales. Gunmaker Smith and Wesson had seen 2nd quarter sales dropping 23%, with profits suffering at 45% Other gunmakers suffered similarly. More and more the politically motivated industry has looked to the NRA, once a sportsman’s organization, to act instead as the marketing wing for the industry. For the NRA, whose best marketing tool is FOX News and rightwing talk radio that effort is manifest in manipulating the aftermaths of America’s darkest and bloodiest moments. Although I reject the word, that has to about as close to evil as one can get.

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-08-27/gun-sales-are-down

Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.

CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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Michael Brown: Analyzing the Witness testimony.

The rightwing media pulled no punches in dancing on Michael Brown’s grave and spitting in the face of his family. We are led to believe from evidence most of us never will see that the case is closed based solely upon the word of an irresponsible prosecutor who seemed to be acting as Darren Wilson’s defense attorney. More than that, he seemed, by the theatrics and teasing of the release, animated towards provoking emotions in the community. St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch’s announcement regarding the Grand Jury’s decision seemed more like a campaign speech for political advancement than a public announcement.

Key to the case are the witness statements, in which Wilson also plays apart. Here it is also important to recognize several key aspects of the witness testimony. First, the more immediate the recollection by witnesses the better. That is, we can prioritize witness testimony taken the day of the shooting, August 9, 2014. Here is break down based on an analysis created from witness testimony by PBS Newshour. Excluding Officer Wilson, 21 witnesses were interviewed, 7 of those multiple times.

First, Officer Darren Wilson did not give testimony for a full 10 days following the shooting. That testimony is dated August 19th. That is critical to understanding the validity, veracity and accuracy of his statement.

of the 21 witnesses interviewed, 7 were interviewed more than once. In each case key aspects of their testimony changed. None of them could agree on the number of shots fired, ranging widely from between 3 and 11. Witness #44, interviewed on 8/16 and again on 9/25, a month and a half after the shooting, appears to have changed testimony in favor of Wilson. Initially the witness did not know if Brown reached into the car, but then changed testimony to indicate he had. Witness #48 initially indicated Brown had his hands up, but then recanted that

Excluding Wilson, whose testimony must be considered biased, the key issue is the alleged altercation at the vehicle. We are led to believe by the prosecutor that witnesses agreed fully that there was a battle in the vehicle, with Brown assaulting Wilson, supposedly in going for the gun, which subsequently went off injuring Brown and leaving residue on his hand. The facts show something quite different. While 8 witnesses recalled an altercation of some sort at the vehicle, 3 disagreed. 2 of the 8 changed their testimony on whether or not there was an altercation, both times in favor of the prosecution. While no allegations of witness intimidation have come to light, it must, until verified, remain a possibility.table-finalfinalup

While the prosecutor and the right wing media seem fixated on the alleged altercation at the vehicle, that is only part of the incident. Equally, if not more important, is whether Michael Brown had his hands up and was surrendering. Only 2 witness said that Brown did not have his hands up. Their testimony was taken days after the incident. 12 witnesses reported that his hands were up when shot. Likewise, only 3 witnesses said Brown was NOT running away when shot. Nearly every witness testified unanimously that he was running away when fired upon.

5 witnesses reported that Brown charged Wilson. 5 disagreed. That alone should have been enough to warrant a trial.

Finally, only 6 witnesses were interviewed the day of the shooting. That is curious, given the nature of the incident. Many of the rest were not interviewed for more than a week, several after a month or more and one on the 11th of November, more than three months after the shooting. Of those interviewed the day of the shooting, all were unanimous that Brown did not charge Wilson, or that they gave no answer

Clearly this is a simple analysis of the witness testimony. Not included here, but critical to any assessment is the distance and visibility of each witness to the shooting. Also critical is at what point in the incident each witness arrived. That is, did they witness fully, unencumbered by trees, angle, distance or lighting (1.e., glare) the incident from the moment Brown approached the vehicle until his death, or did the witness only the incident in part.

Still, based even upon a simple analysis we are left with an inescapable conclusion; it is not as airtight and simple a case as the prosecutor and media would lead us to believe. On that basis alone, in an uncorrupted system there should have been more than enough cause to hold Wilson for trial. And for those who would place too much faith in the infallibility of the judicial system, one only has to look to the civil rights era to realize that the courts have long maintained a bias towards the status quo rather than to minorities.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/newly-released-witness-testimony-tell-us-michael-brown-shooting/

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Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.

CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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A Protest without the promise of violence, should the state act against the people is a parade, and parades are for children and clowns, not the apparatus for justice and change.

Thomas Paine:
As a long and violent abuse of power is generally the means of calling the right of it in question, (and in matters too which might never have been thought of, had not the sufferers been aggravated into the inquiry,) and as the king of England hath undertaken in his own right, to support the parliament in what he calls theirs, and as the good people of this country are grievously oppressed by the combination, they have an undoubted privilege to inquire into the pretensions of both, and equally to reject the usurpations of either…
The cause of America is, in a great measure, the cause of all mankind. Many circumstances have, and will arise, which are not local, but universal, and through which the principles of all lovers of mankind are affected, and in the event of which, their affections are interested. The laying a country desolate with fire and sword, declaring war against the natural rights of all mankind, and extirpating the defenders thereof from the face of the earth, is the concern of every man to whom nature hath given the power of feeling; of which class, regardless of party censure, is
THE AUTHOR. Philadelphia, Feb. 14, 1776.

Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.

CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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Black Youth Project 100 (BYP 100) Chicago to hold a Press Conference in Response to the Grand Jury Decision on Officer Darren Wilson

Press Conference & Teach-In
Tuesday, November 25th, 9 AM
City Hall, 121 N LaSalle, 5th floor

CHICAGO, IL, 11/24 – A Black person is killed by a police officer, security officer or self-appointed vigilante every 28 hours in America (Malcolm X Grassroots Movement). Following an indictment Grand Jury decision in the case of Officer Darren Wilson, the Black Youth Project 100 (BYP 100) Chicago Chapter will engage in a press conference at 9:00 AM at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, 5thFloor, Chicago, IL, 60602 on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014. The press conference is in response to the lack of accountability for police violence in the City of Chicago and all over the nation.

In coordination with the Don’t Shoot Coalition and activists across the nation, BYP 100 Chicago members are calling for immediate demilitarization of law enforcement agencies nationwide. The group also joins Hands Up United in calling for Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to appoint a special prosecutor to oversee the case of Officer Darren Wilson.

Following the press conference, the group of young Black activists will lead healing circles and political education teach-ins on the BYP 100 Agenda to Keep Us Safe (The Agenda) which is a policy agenda that proposes strategies and policies to end the criminalization of Black youth in America. The Agenda is one step in a long-term fight to end the criminalization of Black youth and to end the violence against the Black people by law enforcement officers.

For more information about the press conference, please contact Camesha Jones at (240) 533-2876.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/299710183557970/

Black Youth Project 100 (BYP 100) is an activist member-based organization of Black 18-35 year olds, dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. We do this through building a network focused on transformative leadership development, non-violent direct action organizing, advocacy and education using a Black queer feminist lens. We are an organization affiliated with the Black Youth Project.

Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.

CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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FOX News Political commentator Juan Williams on AM560 in Chicago today compared whites supporting Ferguson protests to Jihadists supporting terrorist groups in the Middle East. Call FOX and demand Williams recant, apologize and resign, 1-212-301-3000


CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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Ferguson, the FBI and the Media’s Dangerous turn towards Violence

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/fbi-warns-ferguson-decision-lead-violence-extremist-protesters/story?id=26980624

The media, ahead of the verdict of whether or not to indict Officer Darrel Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown has taken a dangerous turn. That turn, in the view of many concerned Americans risks a perversion of the First Amendment by nakedly enflaming tensions, creating terror among civilians and seeking to directly affect events rather than report on or reflect them. Worse, there is growing evidence that the government, in particular the FBI and law enforcement are acting in collusion, or sympathy with the corporate Press; the endgame, a Boston-bombing style assault on civil liberties.

Rightwing hosts and so-called journalists (re: propagandists) like Breitbart and others purposely skewed and obtusely reframed dissent by activists and residents nationwide as looming violence. Their reporting, which largely targets white demographics seemed specifically intended to accomplish three fundamental points: Encourage gun sales, drive a stronger rightwing agenda and to undermine voices on the Left, particularly at a time when key issues like the XL Keystone pipeline, Net Neutrality and Trans Pacific Partnership are being decided. Republicans, while losing the pipeline vote in the Senate yesterday by a single vote, while reintroduce the bill in January when their chances are better for a victory in both houses.

Statements by activists regarding efforts to protest and rally, pursuant to their fundamental constitutional right were repeatedly skewed and reframed by the media as violent and threatening. There was no effort for balance, no counterpoint and no effort at correction. The strategy was clear, frighten the American people. But that has been the tactic of the rightwing media, except that the Left also made no effort to counter message with the truth, or by bringing activist and protest voices to the airwaves. That media message worked in tandem with deliberately inflammatory and irresponsible statements by the FBI. An FBI bulletin to law enforcement, and distributed widely by the media read in part:

“The announcement of the grand jury’s decision … will likely be exploited by some individuals to justify threats and attacks against law enforcement and critical infrastructure…This also poses a threat to those civilians engaged in lawful or otherwise constitutionally protected activities…Those infiltrating and exploiting otherwise legitimate public demonstrations with the intent to incite and engage in violence could be armed…The FBI assesses those infiltrating and exploiting otherwise legitimate public demonstrations with the intent to incite and engage in violence could be armed with bladed weapons or firearms, equipped with tactical gear/gas masks, or bulletproof vests to mitigate law enforcement measures.”

There have long been allegations that law enforcement agent provocateurs have infiltrated peaceful protests around the country to undermine protected public dissent for political and economic purposes. Those economic reasons always protect specific corporate interests outside the law and the wishes of the vast majority of Americans.

In the aftermath of the Boston marathon bombing, and the subsequent manhunt for a single suspect constitutional rights at all levels were brazenly violated in martial-law style house to house searches, with residents ordered from homes at gunpoint, and an entire American city locked down. There was virtually no reaction and no civil right inquiries following Boston. It is alleged that Boston was a convenient experiment for mass public control by law enforcement. Spying and data collection on a mass scale against activists and civilians alike continued and expanded greatly in the time since Boston. The media was a key partner in that effort.

Ferguson is the next major step in a broader effort to roll back civil liberties and exercise greater control over dissent and citizen activism. With Boston the media had to play catch-up to the government. Here they are, or seem to be working in a dangerous partnership. In the next article I will tell you the endgame for this effort, who is behind it and why it is structured this way…


CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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Protest and Release of Report on CPD Torture + Police Brutality Protest #ChiCopWatch

Oct 22: ‘We Charge Genocide’ Presents Report on Chicago Police Violence and Hosts Silent Protest on National Day of Action Against Police Brutality
Chicago organizers release report they will present to the UN, exposing
ongoing, pervasive Chicago Police violations of the Convention Against Torture, as well as
call for a protest at the 11th District Police Station, formerly run by disgraced Commander Glenn Evans.

CHICAGO 10/20– On October 22, a national day of action against police brutality, local organizers with We Charge Genocide (WCG) will present a report to the public detailing Chicago Police violence in marginalized communities and against youth of color. The report shows that CPD actions violate the United Nations (UN) Conventions Against Torture. The presentation will take place at 9 am at
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 S Halsted St, Chicago.

The full report, We Charge Genocide: Police Violence Against Chicago’s Youth of Color, will be available for download on 10/22 at wechargegenocide.org.

9 AM Presentation Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/393181967499789/

Later that day, at 5:30 pm, WCG organizers who will travel to the UN to present the report will be available for interviews before a 6:00 pm silent protest at the 11th District Police Station, at 3151 W Harrison. The 11th District is a hotbed of police brutality. Recently, the Commander of the station, Glenn Evans, was accused of putting his gun into a suspect’s mouth. Brutality lawsuits against Evans alone have cost taxpayers nearly a quarter of a million dollars.

6 PM Protest Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1487848628144241/

In November WCG, will send eight organizers to present a report on Chicago Police violence to the United Nations Committee Against Torture at their 53rd Session in Geneva, Switzerland, during which the U.S. will be under review. With widespread community support, the group raised over $17,500 in less than a month via online fundraiser and a series of fundraising dinners. Because of the generosity of people in Chicago and around the country, WCG has added two additional organizers to the Geneva delegation.

Press Kit with bios, FAQ sheet and images for media use. Please credit We Charge Genocide: http://bit.ly/1okIZQI

We Charge Genocide: Police Violence Against Chicago’s Youth of Color contains data and personal narratives collected by WGC at events, using their online submission form, the #ChiCopWatch hashtag, as well as publicly available resources. The report also includes an infographic, Chicago Police Violence By The Numbers. Key finding include:

• From 2009 to 2013, although Black people comprised only 32.3% of Chicago’s overall population, 75% of police shooting victims were Black. Additionally, in the first six months of 2014, 23 of 27 people shot by the CPD were Black.
• Between 2009 and 2011, 92% of Taser uses involved a Black or Latino target, including 49 youth under the age of 16 (with some as young as 8 years old).
• Black youth accounted for 77% of the arrests of youth in 2011 and 79% in 2012. Latino youth accounted for most of the other arrests, i.e., 18% of these arrests in 2011 and 17% in 2012.
• A brutality complaint is 94% less likely to be sustained in Chicago than in the nation as a whole: Only 0.48% of brutality complaints against the CPD are sustained (as opposed to 8% nationally).
• Between 2002 and 2004, Chicago residents filed 10,149 complaints of excessive force, illegal searches, racial abuse, and false arrests against the CPD. Only 124 of these 10,149 complaints were sustained (1.2%), and a mere 19 cases (0.18%) resulted in any meaningful penalty (a suspension of a week or more).
We Charge Genocide is volunteer-run by Chicago residents concerned that the epidemic of police violence continues uninterrupted in Chicago and who seek to equip individuals across the city with tools to more proactively hold police accountable. The name We Charge Genocide comes from a petition filed to the United Nations in 1951, which documented 153 racial killings and other human rights abuses, mostly by the police.

Contact: Page May, 802-324-7751, wechargegenocide@gmail.com
Monica Trinidad, 312-771-6269, mtrini2@gmail.com

October 22 – National Day of Action Against Police Brutality
9AM – Presentation of Report on CPD Violence, 800 S Halsted
5:30 PM – Press Availability with WCG Organizers, 3151 W Harrison
6:00 PM – Silent Protest Against Police Brutality, 3151 W Harrison

Previous press releases:

9/23: We Charge Genocide Raises Over $10,000 in a Week to Present Report on Chicago Police Violence to United Nations Committee Against Torture in Geneva

9/15: We Charge Genocide To Present Report on Chicago Police to the United Nations Committee Against Torture in Geneva


CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

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I Love Ebola!

I know that democrats, Republicans and corporations love Ebola as well. In fact, they love it so much, they are counting on you to fear it, become obsessed by it and ignore everything else they are sliding by you while their media dangles the shiny keys of the Ebola crisis in your face. Here is the short list of things they want you to forget about:

1. Trans Pacific partnership: This trade agreement will override the constitution, negate congressional oversight, reverse gains on the environmental front and loot the US treasury in favor of corporations. Obama wants to fast track ratification after the election.

2. XL keystone Pipeline: The administration put off a vote on this until after the mid terms. The US will see minimal job gains; in the dozens, not hundreds or thousands. The US will see no benefit in lower gas and oil prices. We are essentially the mule for Canada’s dirty fuel which will ultimately be shipped overseas. The Koch brothers will, however, reap tens of billions.

3. Fracking: With the US essentially a pin cushion for frackers communities are being deprived of water, contamination is on the increase, communities are endangered by radioactive waste from fracking, and earthquakes are on the rise in places that have never seen earthquakes before, like Ohio and Arkansas.

4. ISIS The cost not the war: estimates are for $40 billion annually. Pentagon sources say we could be at war with ISIS for 40 years. Sounds like someone is thinking of long term profits. By last count ISIS was thirty thousand men or so. How did we beat the Germans and Japanese simultaneously in the Second World War with a combined force of about 25 million soldiers?

5. The economy: The administration has hit the markers on traditional economic metrics in the economy, like the stock market and the unemployment numbers. The real indicators are private debt, savings and consumer spending. One is way up and two are way down. 85% of the stock market is is controlled by the top 10% earners in the nation. Your 401k, and those of a hundred million other working class Americans is merely the lubricant to the market and represents a miniscule fraction of the market. What they really want is to get a hold of your Social Security. Think of that the next time you are trying to afford the heating bill and there is one of those regular market corrections!

6. Police Militarization: The issue came to light nationally out of the Ferguson issue. A debate on the militarization and growing brutality of the police was just beginning to take shape in the country right about the time the CDC flew home an Ebola patient. A month later the first patient trundles into a Dallas emergency room. Suddenly Ebola is the greatest threat to the union.

That’s just the short list. There are many more things you should be concerned about before Ebola. I didn’t get to government spying, foreclosures, the banks, the next Attorney general, Global Warming, racism, manipulation of gas and oil prices by the government for political gains, global warming induces invasions by insects destroying crops and soil fertility, corporate and special interest interference of the education system, privatization of government services that drive up the cost and inefficiency of government, and more than $1 trillion in subsidies and tax forgiveness to corporations.

If 50,000 people had Ebola your chances, in a country of 380 million, of catching it would be slightly better than winning the lottery. The wife and I have been playing Lotto for about 10 years, 2 tickets per week and haven’t won a penny. The government says that you can only catch it from exposure to an infected person’s feces…never going to be a problem…having someone vomit on you…avoid that…and blood…if you are living in a Law and Order episode! Relax America. There are even worse diseases that are far more common. Heart disease and strokes kill almost a million annually, mostly because people eat way too much fat and salt, but I don’t see authorities setting up checkpoints to confiscate contraband packs of Kraft Mac N Cheese!


CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

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Rally for Roshad McIntosh: Today at 5pm, at 2600 W Harrison

5PM, Friday 8/29: Rally for Roshad McIntosh

Community and Family Demand Name of Cop Who Killed Him
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Chicago 8/29 — Today at 5pm, at 2600 W Harrison, Roshad McIntosh’s community will hold another protest in his name. An announcement for the gathering was posted last night to Facebook and Twitter.

Roshad was shot by police on August 24th in his North Lawndale neighborhood. At a press conference Wednesday, The Dissenter reports, his mother Dawn said, “My son was killed senselessly, and he shouldn’t have been. He was surrendering, and they shot him anyway. He was on his knees with both hands up begging for his life. They killed him.”

On Wednesday evening, hundreds of community members marched on the 11th precinct police station, demanding the name of the officer who killed Roshad. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DukBfDGVbM

Community members organizing these protests say: “We want the name of the cop that killed Roshad. We want him arrested and held accountable – immediately. We want every cop who was present the night Roshad was murdered to be held accountable. We want the police out of our communities – their racist campaign of terrorizing us, brutalizing us, putting us in prison cages and exterminating us has to end immediately. We want our community park back, immediately. We want our programs and the resources to benefit our kids and our communities that will lead to self-empowerment and autonomy.”

Roshad McIntosh’s death and the community response to it has been covered by: Democracy Now!, Examiner, ABC 7, Chicago Tribune, The Dissenter, DNAinfo Chicago, Huffington Post, and more.

A Storify post about his death has received over 32,000 views.

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