Good morning America and welcome to this link roundup! I am so mad at our fascist government, our abusive anti-Black militarized police force, our biased media, our idiotic president and his idiotic followers, the spineless politicians, our abhorrent political system and the fucking prison-industrial complex every single fucking day I want to SCREAM CONSTANTLY. How are you? I hope you are mad.
Some Reporting From The Ground
+ Are you following Movement For Black Lives on all available platforms and reading their website? You should! They have recommendations for a week of action for the cause, resources for you and your communities, links to mutual aid resources and a description of policy platforms and accordant demands.
+ This thread of police instigating violence against protesters continues to grow. It is so long and it is so fucking abhorrent.
+ The Videos That Rocked America. The Song That Knows Our Rage: “The most urgent filmmaking anybody’s doing in this country right now is by black people with camera phones.”
+ Protestors at Stonewall demanding justice for Black Lives and George Floyd were attacked with batons and violent force by the New York police Department. Time is a flat circle.
+ In North Carolina, the police opened fire at the owner of a gay bar for handing out water to protestors.
+ A non-binary protestor in Sacramento will require surgery for a fractured skull after being attacked by police officers
+ LAPD chief told to “suck my dick and choke on it” during a live Zoom call. Truly the entire call was an epic event I hope you’ve all had a chance to see at least small clips of it.
+ Thousands attend Memorial for George Floyd, where his eulogy was delivered by Al Sharpton.
+ Our Brother Kaizen: “He would be called a murderer and a domestic terrorist. But to us, he was family. Our struggles with systemic racism were the same.”
+ Don’t Call It Rioting: Maxine Waters on the history of protest and the language of insurrection.
Some Reporting From Offices and Podiums
+ Public Health experts posted an open letter about protesting during the COVID-19 pandemic: “protests against systemic racism, which fosters the disproportionate burden of COVID-19 on Black communities and also perpetuates police violence, must be supported.”
+ Trump is increasingly isolated, having created a “deep rift” between the White House and the Pentagon: “His decision to invoke a military response to nationwide protests against police brutality — symbolized by the move Monday to gas mostly peaceful protesters in a park across from the White House to clear the way for a staged photo outside a church — appears to have been a fateful miscalculation.”
+ Tom Cotton’s op-ed urging military action against protesters inspired a mass denouncement from New York Times staffers denounce newspaper and netted the paper its highest number of cancellations in a single hour.
+ Mayor Garcetti has agreed NOT to continue with the LAPD’s planned budget proposal that would’ve raised the LAPD budget by seven percent, thus sending 54% of general funds to the LAPD. Garcetti said that the city will “identify $250 million in cuts so we can invest in jobs, in health, in education, and in healing,” with a focused on marginalized communities. Please note that this represents only a 3% reduction in funding earmarked for the police. Additional steps were laid out including a moratorium on the CalGang Database and expanding the LAPD mental health intervention training program.
+ The LA Pride Parade was cancelled but now will be replaced by a Black Lives Matter protest
+ In Nebraska, the police department gathered at the George Floyd Memorial to sign an agreement to “Hold Cops Accountable,” and pledge to engage with community members at a monthly even facilitated by the HCA committee. Following the announcement, everybody did the Cupid Shuffle together.
+ U.S. billionaires have become $565 billion richer during the pandemic.
Some Resources From Us
+ Lez Liberty Lit: Readings and reading lists on Black radicalism, dismantling white supremacy, antiracism, police brutality and more.
+ Tuesday’s Also.Also.Also included a massive list of resources to provide help and education.
+ Queer Eye Star Calls Out Racism in LGBT+ Community: Karamo Brown points out that “yeah you might have had a struggle because you’re gay, but white privilege still exists.”
+ Indya Moore to NBC Out on advocating for Black trans women: “It’s really important to me to prioritize those who will always be thought of last, if thought of at all,” Moore wrote. “I am prioritizing the needs of black trans women first, the ones who are least likely to have friends, boyfriends and families checking in or present at all.”
+ Lili Reinhart came out as bisexual while announcing she would be marching the LGBTQ+ for Black Lives Matter protest we had in West Hollywood yesterday. “Although I’ve never announced it publicly before, I am a proud bisexual woman,” she said in her instagram story, while sharing a flier for the rally.
+ Criterion Collection has removed the paywall on most of its films by Black creators.
“The stories I’m reading about how white women are using their privilege and the fact that they are not fireable, something that I was told once on set after having my own complaint. They know that they are not fireable and they use that privilege to terrorize their counterparts. These networks don’t have to give a f**k. We were even told, we were expendable. The colored girls, the Black girls, are expendable. I’m talking about the culture of Hollywood right now and how they treat Black characters, Black men, Black women. I’m talking about the culture.”