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President Barack Obama’s speech

from

2008

when he was Senator Obama and a presidential candidate:   

‘A More Perfect Union,’

this speech addressed the issues of racism in America.

President Obama NAMED our America.

T/his speech was made eleven years ago in Philadelphia.

T/HIS speech is

RELEVANT / RAW CLEAR SIGHT

NOW!

YES, DO WATCH.

 

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ELEVEN YEARS LATER,

“WHITE SAVIOR”

TELLS OUR AMERICA’S

REALITY

YES, DO WATCH.

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TEN YEARS LATER,

THIS
IS
AMERICA

YES, DO WATCH.

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https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=88478467

The following is a transcript of the remarks of Democratic Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, delivered March 18, 2008, in Philadelphia at the Constitution Center. In it, Obama addresses the role race has played in the presidential campaign. He also responds to criticism of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, an unpaid campaign adviser and pastor at Obama’s Chicago church. Wright has made inflammatory remarks about the United States and has accused the country of bringing on the Sept. 11 attacks by spreading terrorism.

“We the people, in order to form a more perfect union …” — 221 years ago, in a hall that still stands across the street, a group of men gathered and, with these simple words, launched America’s improbable experiment in democracy. Farmers and scholars, statesmen and patriots who had traveled across an ocean to escape tyranny and persecution finally made real their declaration of independence at a Philadelphia convention that lasted through the spring of 1787.
The document they produced was eventually signed but ultimately unfinished. It was stained by this nation’s original sin of slavery, a question that divided the colonies and brought the convention to a stalemate until the founders chose to allow the slave trade to continue for at least 20 more years, and to leave any final resolution to future generations.
FRESHDRIEDBLOODIAMHUMAN                                                              Catherine L. Johnson 2013

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NEW BREED LEADERS,

PLEASE NAME/TELL THE TRUTH.

TRUTH IS INTEGRITY.

NAMING BREAKS THROUGH

DENIAL / OBFUSCATION / SHELL GAMES / COLLUSION.

FREEDOM.

ADAPT.   IMPROVISE.   OVERCOME.

NOW.

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“Courage is not supplementary but central

to the enterprise of truthtelling.”

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THIS

IS

AMERICA

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THIS IS  TRUTH TELLING RAWBRILLIANCE

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FRESHDRIEDBLOODIAMHUMAN                                                         Catherine L. Johnson 2013

 

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IS  TRUTH

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2018/03/25/791-somber-solemn-shattering-march-for-our-lives-our-childrens-awakened-courageaction-exodus-from-americas-bystander-complicit-reality-show-m-o-when-silence-is-violence/

 

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ICANFEEL + MAS/SACRED LIVES + SUMMER 2015 + CATHERINE L. JOHNSON

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/06/17/icanfeel-summer-2015-catherine-l-johnson/

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New Yorker interview with Donald Glover

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Glover explained his periodic career changes by saying,
“Authenticity is the journey of figuring out who you are through what you make.”
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/03/05/donald-glover-cant-save-you

 

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VEIL

something that covers, separates, screens, or conceals:
a veil of smoke; the veil of death; the veil of ignorance…

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JOHN RAWLS’

THEORY OF JUSTICE

“VEIL OF IGNORANCE”

http://www.csus.edu/indiv/c/chalmersk/econ184sp09/johnrawls.pdf

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Symbolic depiction of Rawls’
VEIL OF IGNORANCE.
The citizens making the choices
about their society make them from an “original position”
of equality and ignorance (left),
without knowing what gender, race, abilities, tastes, wealth,
or position in society they will have (right).
Rawls claims this ensures they will choose a just society.

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PINK: VARUS III                                                                       Catherine L. Johnson  2012

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WE ARE ALL THE COLOR PINK INSIDE.

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PINK: VARUS SET I-IX 2012
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2012/09/10/pink-varus-set-i-ix-2012-13h-x-12-5w-catherine-l-johnson/

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FAIR PLAY

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https://answersinactionpassantino.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/prince-fox-reunite.jpg?w=500

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/disability-disrespect-can-you-play-the-violin-equally-to-itzhak-perlman-no-does-that-mean-you-are-disabled-what-is-essential-is-invisible-to-the-eye-the-little-prince/

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http://www.whosestreets.com/#directors-statement

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/whose_streets/

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WHOSE STREETS?

HOW THE KILLING OF 18 YEAR OLD MIKE BROWN
INSPIRED A COMMUNITY TO FIGHT BACK.
A PEOPLE’S DOCUMENTARY

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Directors’ statement
Sabaah Folayan, Damon Davis
Every day Americans experience a mediascape that humanizes whiteness, delving into the emotional lives of privileged white protagonists while portraying people of color as two-dimensional (and mostly negative) stereotypes. Nowhere was this more apparent than in the case of Mike Brown, who, in spite of being college bound & well regarded by his community, was portrayed as a “thug” and a “criminal.” For this reason, it is essential that Black people be the ones to tell our own true stories.
Ferguson has experienced media colonization since August 9th; as all eyes turned to the protests, the Grand Jury, and the response to the non-indictment, people became desensitized by the scenes of chaos. The image of Mike Brown’s tragic final moment, pants low, one shoe strewn across the street, became a meme. The victim, a young boy with a bright future, became an object of discussion -subject to apathy,  judgment, and even ridicule, but rarely compassion.  The dehumanization of Mike Brown was perpetrated by his murderer, perpetuated by the media, and reinforced by violent police repression of his community.  This was a modern day lynching.  
We are intimately aware of how we are portrayed in the media and how this portrayal encourages both conscious and unconscious racial bias. We are uniquely suited to make this film because we ourselves are organizers, activists and we are deeply connected to the events of August 9th and beyond. We are making this film, in part, as tribute to our people—our deeply complex, courageous, flawed, powerful, and ever hopeful people—who dare to dream of brighter days. This is more than a documentary…this is a story we personally lived. This is our story to tell.  

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6 July 2017

Mn Gov. Mark Dayton

calls for police training fund

to be named for

Philando Castile

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A year after Philando Castile was shot and killed by a police officer,
the governor says he wants a new $12 million training to carry Castile’s name. 
http://www.startribune.com/dayton-calls-for-police-training-fund-to-be-named-for-philando-castile/432914653/?om_rid=1660397001&om_mid=1660397001

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Photo credit: me
To enlarge, please click on image.

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“Mom,

please stop cussing and screaming

’cause I don’t want you

to get shooted.”

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“I can keep you safe.”

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 Diamond Reynolds’ 4-year-old daughter,
to her mother while sitting in the back of a police squad car,
shortly after the fatal shooting of Philando Castile
by St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez.

 

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What the police officer,

Jeronimo Yanez,

who shot Philando Castile

said about the shooting

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PLEASE READ
the transcript of Yanez’s interview
with two special agents from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension,
the state agency investigating the shooting.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/06/21/what-the-police-officer-who-shot-philando-castile-said-about-the-shooting/?tid=pm_national_pop&utm_term=.6393948416d2

 

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“I thought he had a gun in his hand,”
Yanez said later.
Yanez feared for his life, he said,
and the lives of his partner
as well as the two passengers in the car:
Castile’s girlfriend and her young daughter.

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Recounting the shooting the following day, Yanez said:

“I thought I was gonna die.

And, I was scared because,

I didn’t know if he was gonna,

I didn’t know what

he was gonna do.”

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So he* opened fire.

* He is Officer Yanez.

 

 

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noun: panic

1. sudden uncontrollable fear or anxiety, often causing wildly unthinking behavior.

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A panic attack is a sudden episode of intense fear
that triggers severe physical reactions
when there is no real danger or apparent cause.
Panic attacks can be very frightening.
When panic attacks occur,
you might think you’re losing control,
having a heart attack or even dying.
MAYO CLINIC
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/panic-attacks/basics/definition/con-20020825

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Panic sends a massive amount of cortisol 
to course through the body
causing a fight or flight reaction.  
A person’s sudden reaction demonstrates +  discloses
their primal  blueprint/character/biases – a construct.
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Imagine the FEAR/PANIC
of  the driver, Philando Castile,
the passenger, Diamond Reynolds,
with their passenger in the back seat,
Diamond’s 4 year old daughter,  
when they were pulled over by Officer Yanez that evening
– KNOWING the “drill”  reactivity/ brutal reality of
 the blue uniform and the black male driver in America.
They were to be served and protected by the blue uniform
– the “expectation” of ALL Americans.
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Imagine the FEAR/ PANIC of  the NRA for
( Hahaha)
not stepping UP for their dedication of  the 2nd Amendment
and
their truth by action:
the gross neglect / conscious abandonment of a licensed gun owner
– Philando Castile.
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The Truth IS the Truth
that is disclosed/revealed by action,
NOT by word or pledge.
CLJ

 

 

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12 ANGRY MEN

Sixty years after its initial release,
the ultimate American morality tale
still has lessons we would do well to heed.

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GRACE #1                                                                                           Catherine L. Johnson  2017

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GRACE

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2017/06/15/737-grace-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-2017-catherine-l-johnson-pablo-neruda-of-everything-i-have-seen-what-am-i-to-do-love-loved-one/

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TC JAZZ FEST  22 JUNE 2017

Terence Blanchard feat. The E-Collective

http://www.terenceblanchard.com/

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“Imitation is suicide”

proclaimed a recorded voice
in reference to
the responsibility of the artist.

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Guitar / Charles Altura
Piano / Fabian Almazan
Bass / David Ginyard, Jr.
Drummer / Oscar Seaton

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Brilliant + Relevant + Poignant + Genius

 ALWAYS Moving FORWARD

The band affirmed its vitality with fervent originality
and
the sonics of Blanchard’s E-Collective IS a call to action.

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The band dedicated a piece titled SOLDIERS to Philando Castile.
Blanchard’s JIMI HENDRIX was dedicated to Diamond Reynolds and her daughter.

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I spoke to Terence afterward
artists ARE the hurricane lamps, the light towers that break OPEN
OUR responsibility IS to experiment, explore and MOVE FORWARD.

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ARTISTS are LOVELIGHTHOPE.

COURAGEOUS + COMPASSIONATE + COMMITTED.
TRUE + PRACTICED RISK TAKERS/EXPLORERS.
SPEAK IN ALL TONGUES OF JOY + SUFFERING.
CALLS OUT THE SOUL + GRACE ENERGY IN HUMANITY.
AUTHENTIC MAVERICKS.
LISTENERS OF THE DIVINITY WITHIN + OF OTHERS.
TRUST THEIR INTERNAL “DIVINING RODS”.
CAPACITY TO RIDE THE WAVE OF UNCERTAINTY + AMBIGUITY.
CREATING QUESTIONS RATHER THAN NEEDING THE ANSWERS IS THE FUEL.
GOSPEL SINGERS OF TRUTH + FREEDOM + RHYTHMS OF THE SUBLIME
COMMUNICATION VEHICLES OF/ FROM THE FIRST LIGHT @ NIGHT.

ALWAYS MOVING FORWARD.

SEERS.

 

YES.

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TELLING THE TRUTH

LISTENING TO THE TRUTH 

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IWISHIKNEW_2011_CATHERINELJOHNSON_1AIWISHIKNEW                                                                  Catherine L. Johnson 2011

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/12/11/iwishiknew-2011-catherine-l-johnson-mindless-menace-of-violence-robert-f-kennedy-5-april-1968-humanly-possible-the-empathy-exhibition/

 

 

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humanity_whatcolorofskindoyouwear_catherineljohnson2013WHATCOLOROFSKINDOYOUFEAR                           Catherine L. Johnson 2012X

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/fifteen-paintings-28-august-2013-the-humanity-portfolio-28-august-2013-the-50th-anniversary-of-the-march-on-washington-for-freedom-jobs-rev-dr-martin-luther-kings-i-have-a-dream-s/

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HERHYMNS#2_BEBRAVE_2013_CATHERINELJOHNSONHERHYMNS: BEBRAVE                                                        Catherine L. Johnson 2012

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/11/28/humanly-possible-the-empathy-exhibition-instinct-art-gallery-mpls-herhymns-forgive-i-will-give-catherine-l-johnson-2012-thelonious-monk-dont-blame-me-1966-livedenmark/

 

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/herhymns-portfolio-2013-2-bebraveiwillsingtoyou-i-dive-for-pearls-that-are-shining-deep-within-no-smoke-and-mirrors-nor-doppelgangers-are-welcomed/

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HUMANITY SERIES : FRESHDRIEDBLOODIAMHUMAN_CATHERINE L.JOHNSON 2013; CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;FRESHDRIEDBLOODIAMHUMAN                                       Catherine L. Johnson 2012

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/01/02/review-humanly-possible-the-empathy-exhibition-instinct-art-gallery-the-path-to-empathy-by-mpls-star-tribune-art-critic-mary-abbe-published-new-year-s-day-2016/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2014/11/27/freshdriedbloodiamhuman-ferguson-usa-prevailing-narratives-moral-courage-creative-courage-why/

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VERDICT: Zimmerman is Acquitted in KILLING of Trayvon Martin + TRAYVON BENJAMIN MARTIN + Oh say can you see…? THE COMPLEXITY OF SOCIAL/CULTURAL/FAMILIAL/INDIVIDUAL BIASES + D: “ARE YOU FOLLOWING HIM?” GZ: “YEA.” D: OK WE DON’T NEED YOU TO DO THAT” GZ: “OK” + THE HALL OF LAMENT- APRIL 2012 + “Ma’am that scream or yell do you recognize that?” + “HIS HEART WAS STILL WAS BEATING… HE WAS STILL IN PAIN… HE WAS STILL IN SUFFERING” + HUMANITY’S HEART AND BLOOD IS RED

The Whole System Failed

CHARLES BLOW
NYT OP-ED
 
 

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R. I. P.

 TRAYVON BENJAMIN MARTIN

and

all other

AMERICAN

youths + men

who are seen through

the lenses of

FEAR

by what they are wearing:

black skin.

R.I.P. TRAYVON 14 JULY2013; CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;

I AM WEARING A BLACK WORDLESS VOICELESS BLANK CARD.

R.I.P. TRAYVON

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SHAME ON FLORIDA.

GUNS + RIGHT TO KILL LAWS + SUN = FUN.

NOT.

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Zimmerman’s Acquittal Reverberates,

Setting Off Protests and Talk of Race

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/15/us/debate-on-race-and-justice-is-renewed.html?_r=0

 

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VERDICT:

GEORGE ZIMMERMAN

ACQUITTED

IN 

THE KILLING

OF

TRAYVON MARTIN

Zimmerman Is Acquitted in Killing of Trayvon Martin

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FEAR/WATCH

WATCH/FEAR

 

 

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FEAR/ARMED

UNARMED/FEAR

 

 

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WAS 

THE ARMED

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH VOLUNTEER
GEORGE ZIMMERMAN

SCARED

SCARED

SCARED

OF
THE UNARMED
 
TEENAGER,
 
 CARRYING SKITTLES AND TEA,
NAMED
TRAYVON BENJAMIN MARTIN,
 A BOY WEARING
BOTH
 BLACK SKIN AND A BLACK HOODIE,
WHO WAS RETURNING
 
FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD
 CONVENIENCE STORE
 TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD
AND
HOME
 WHERE
 HE
 WAS
 EXPECTED TO RETURN?
 

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WHAT WAS
THE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH VOLUNTEER
SCARED SCARED SCARED
OF?
 
 
 

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WHY WAS
THE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH VOLUNTEER
SO SCARED SCARED SCARED
OF THE BOY HE WAS FOLLOWING
THAT HE COULD NOT
TELL THE BOY
THAT HE WAS
THE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH VOLUNTEER?
 

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WHY WAS
THE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH VOLUNTEER
SO SCARED SCARED SCARED
OF
THAT HE REFUSED TO FOLLOW
THE 911 DISPATCHER’S
INSTRUCTIONS
TO
NOT
FOLLOW
HIS
FEAR?
 

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Oh, say can you see
 by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed 
at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
 
AMERICA’S STAR SPANGLED BANNER ANTHEM
 

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CAN AMERICANS, WE, THE PEOPLE,

SEE/ACKNOWLEDGE

OUR CONDITIONING + BIASES?

HOW DO WE ORGANIZE OUR PERCEPTIONS

IN COMPLEX SOCIAL/CULTURAL SITUATIONS?

HOW DOES OUR EXPERIENCE + BACKGROUND

SHAPE OUR LENSES?

HOW RIGID ARE OUR OUR BELIEF SYSTEMS?

DO YOU, CAN YOU, BREAK OPEN TO SEE NEW TRUTH?

DO YOU REMAIN STANDING YOUR GROUND, RIGID,

NO MATTER WHAT NEW INFORMATION PREVAILS?

29 JUNE 2013

NEW YORK TIMES: CHARLES BLOW

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/29/opinion/blow-the-zimmerman-trial.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130629&_r=0

10 July 2013

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/11/opinion/blow-beyond-the-courtroom.html?_r=0

11 July 2013

What about Martin’s right to ‘stand his ground?’

 

12 July 2013

 

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PODCAST:

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Stand Your Ground:
 Sybrina And Tracy Martin Fight
For Justice For Trayvon
 
26 June 2013

Florida’s so-called “stand your ground” law will be tested in the courts this week.

 In this report, Sybrina and Tracy Martin talk about their struggle

 to deal with a life without their son and their fight for justice.

 Travyon Martin was an unarmed teenager who was shot

 by a neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman,

 on his way back from a grocery store.

 His death sparked outrage in the Black community across the U.S.

 Church leaders, protesters, athletes and celebrities showed their support by wearing hoodies,

 the connotation-laden article of clothing that sealed Travyon’s fate.

 

 Artist Catherine L. Johnson,

whose studio is beside the Mississippi River

in Lowertown St. Paul, Minnesota,

also used 40 loaned hoodies worldwide

in very special way.

 

MINT PRESS’ contributing writer, Jo Erickson,

a BBC investigative reporter/ documentary producer

interviewed the artist, Catherine L. Johnson, on 24 May 2013.

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Please click on the links below.

The links provide actual time, dimension and depth to the audio podcast.
 
 
 

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THE LINK BELOW IS ABOUT MY 911 CALL

UPON SEEING A PERSON THROWN TO THE SIDEWALK

AND

THE PERSON’S  HEAD

BEING REPEATEDLY KICKED.

THE  VISUAL BOARDS IN THE MULTI-MEDIA INSTALLATION

HOVER OFF THE WALL, LIKE A SUSPENDED BREATH.

THE AMBIENT LIGHT REVEALS OR VEILS THE WORDS

DEPENDING ON THE POSITION

OF THE VIEWER

AND

THE LIGHT

AS WELL AS

THE SONICS THEY ARE HEARING

AND

WHAT THEY ARE SEEING.

THE PERCEPTION OF THE WORDS ARE LIKE TRIGGERS:

WHAT ONE RECALLS,

REMEMBERS,

SUPPRESSES

OR

WHAT TRUTHS/PERCEPTIONS

PREVAILS

AND/OR

EMERGES.

PLEASE LISTEN TO THE SONICS.

 
 

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Catherine Johnson, Artist: Installation named "Hall of lament"

Left, Trayvon Benjamin Martin.

Right, “THE HALL OF LAMENT: STAND YOUR GROUND FOR TRAYVON MARTIN”,
 a multimedia installation, April 2012, by artist Catherine L. Johnson,
used with permission. 
 

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SHOUT OUT FOR HOODIES
7 APRIL 2012

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30 March 2012

Pamela Espeland for MINNPOST:

In response to the tragic shooting of Trayvon Martin

 and the stupidity of Geraldo Rivera,
 
St. Paul artist Catherine L. Johnson has issued a call for hoodies:

white, gray, or black, used and not laundered.

The loaned hoodies will become an installation

in the fourth-floor hallway
of the Northern Warehouse on Prince Street 
during the St. Paul Spring Art Crawl, April 27-29.
 

This has the potential to make a powerful statement. 

FMI: link below

 
 
31 March 2012
Richard Chin for St. Paul Pioneer Press

Lowertown artist wants hoodies for Trayvon Martin exhibit

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THE HALL OF LAMENT PHOTO CREDIT KEITH DEMMINGS; CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;

Photo credit: Keith Demmings

FORTY hoodies were loaned worldwide.

The red hoodie signified Trayvon Martin.

Humanity has a heart.

All of us have a heart and blood

circulating oxygen so we can think, call, respond and breathe

the color red is humanity’s universal color.

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Each hoodie was suspended by a wire 109″ from the ground, hovering,

with the cap down and toe tags identifying each loaner.

THE HALL OF LAMENT: STAND YOUR GROUND FOR TRAYVON MARTIN

multi-media installation

was

my

RESPONSE.

It was an elegy.

At that time, my nephew, my brother’s eldest son,

Lake, was the same age as Trayvon-a teenage boy I never met..

I was in London.

I had NOT seen Lake for 8 years.

There is a knock on the door at 1 am.

I was waiting for his return.

I open the door:

there is a tall male figure wearing

a wet

black hoodie

with his head down.

It was raining.

I did NOT know who this man was.

My  initial reaction was confusion and fear.

I waited.

The teenager boy lifted his head.

It was my nephew.

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11 APRIL 2011

“I want to thank God.

We simply wanted an arrest,

we wanted nothing more and nothing less,

and we got it.

And, I say Thank You,”

“Secondly,

I just want to speak

from my heart to your heart

because a heart has no color

—it’s not black, it’s not white,

it’s red 

and

I want to say thank you

from my heart

to you heart.”

SYBRINA FULTON

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 QUESTIONS

TO THE VIEWERS/PARTICIPANTS OF

THE HALL OF LAMENT:

STAND YOUR GROUND FOR TRAYVON MARTIN

MULTI-MEDIA INSTALLATION, APRIL 2013:

IN RESPONSE TO THE POSTED CARD

OF THE IMAGE OF A PERSON

WEARING A HOODIE:

IS THE PERSON A MAN OR WOMAN?
WHAT IS THE RACE OF THE PERSON?
WHAT IS THE AGE OF THE PERSON?
WHAT IS THE PERSON HOLDING IN THEIR POCKET?
 

ANSWER:

ME, THE ARTIST, CATHERINE L. JOHNSON.
 
 

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  THE INSTALLATION ALSO POSTED A MAP
 BETWEEN THE HOODIES
OF WHAT STATES HAVE PASSED

THE STAND YOUR GROUND/CASTLE DOCTRINE

INTO LAW
 

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THE SONICS ON A CONTINUOUS LOOP:
 MAHALIA JACKSON SINGING ” HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW”
ARETHA FRANKLIN SINGING  “I’LL FLY AWAY”
 

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5 JULY 2013

SYBRINA FULTON,
TRAYVON MARTIN’S MOTHER,
TAKES THE STAND
STATE VERSUS ZIMMERMAN
 

Trayvon Martin’s mother,

Sybrina Fulton,

takes the stand during the George Zimmerman trial in Seminole circuit court,

July 5, 2013 in Sanford, Florida.

Sybrina Fulton, Martin’s mother, was the first to take the stand.

She began by describing her son’s tattoos, including Fulton’s name,

which she said was on his wrist.

Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda

played her the tape of the 911 call

the night of the fatal altercation

with former neighborhood watch captain

George Zimmerman.

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PROSECUTOR de la Rionda:

“Ma’am that scream or yell, do you recognize that?”

Sybrina Fulton, Mother of Trayvon Martin:

“Yes.”

 

When asked who she thought it was,

The mother of Trayvon Martin said,

“Trayvon Benjamin Martin.”

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5 JULY 2013
STATE VERSUS ZIMMERMAN
 
MEDICAL EXAMINER, DR. BAO.
TRAYVON MARTIN WAS NOT KILLED INSTANTLY:

 HIS HEART WAS STILL WAS BEATING…

HE WAS STILL IN PAIN…

HE WAS STILL SUFFERING.

 
 
 

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STATE VERSUS ZIMMERMAN

TBA

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WHAT DO YOU THINK HAPPENED THAT NIGHT?

WHAT DO YOU THINK OCCURRED TO OUR COUNTRY’S

CONSCIOUSNESS, AWARENESS BECAUSE OF THIS TRAGEDY ?

WHAT DID THIS TRAGEDY REVEAL/DISCLOSE/UNVEIL?

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VERDICT:

GEORGE ZIMMERMAN

ACQUITTED

IN THE

 THE KILLING

OF

TRAYVON MARTIN.

Zimmerman Is Acquitted in Killing of Trayvon Martin

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Martin’s parents were not in the court

during the reading of the verdict.

But his father, Tracy Martin, later tweeted that his son

would have been proud of the fight put up for him.

“Even though I am broken hearted

my faith is unshattered,”

he wrote.

“Together can make sure

that this doesn’t happen again.”

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R.I.P. TRAYVON

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R. I. P.

 TRAYVON BENJAMIN MARTIN

and

all other

AMERICAN

youths + men

who are seen through

the lenses of

FEAR

by what they are wearing:

black skin. 

 
 
 

 

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1968

Today.
6:01pm,
April 4,
 is the anniversary of
 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s
assassination in Memphis, TN.

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On that day in 1968,
 he was in the city to lead
a peaceful march
of striking city sanitation workers
I Am A Man sanitation workers assemble
and
 headed from there to
Washington D.C.
to launch his

“Poor People’s Campaign.”

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2012

Trayvon’s father Tracy Martin,
family attorney Benjamin Crump
and
mother Sybrina Fulton
at the ‘Million Hoodies’ protest in
Union Square, New York

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“Thank God for the media,
because I’m not sure we ever
would have gotten the truth out.”
The speaker was Benjamin Crump,
attorney for the parents of slain
Trayvon Martin.

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One Million Hoodie March for Trayvon Martin

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I have a dream
that my four little children
will one day live in a nation
where they will not be judged
by the color of their skin,
but
by the
content of their character.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“The ultimate measure of a man is not
where he stands in moments of
comfort and convenience,
but
where he stands at times
of
challenge
and
controversy.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“Faith is taking the first step even when
you don’t see the whole staircase.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“Human progress
is neither
automatic nor inevitable…
Every step toward the goal of justice
requires
sacrifice, suffering, and struggle;
the tireless exertions
and
passionate concern
of
dedicated individuals.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
 

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“A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

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What does

“ENOUGH IS ENOUGH”

mean?

What does it mean when it is spoken

 from multiple points of view

of an event,

of a beholden value and belief system,

a relationship,

a social contract,

an institution?

 

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Does

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

mean:

This is the last straw, no further discourse?

I do not want to listen.

I do NOT want to be bothered,

I do NOT want to break open

and

be asked/need

to change?

I cannot afford to revolutionize

the practiced, habitual way

I have acted and/or reacted in the world?

 

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Is it a code, a threat? Does it instill fear?
Is it a bully’s chastisement?

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Is it a surrender?
I am opened and I ask for clearsight?
I am humbled.
I need a new path, I cannot do this alone?

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Is it a rally call,
where you step up
because you must
and
a moment, an awakening,
 becomes a movement;
becomes a paradigm shift;
becomes a tectonic plate shift;
becomes a tsunami;
becomes a new Universe;
becomes a new world;
becomes a new nation;
becomes a new city;
becomes a new community;
becomes a new neighborhood;
becomes a new friend;
becomes a new blueprint;
becomes a new template;
becomes a new practice;
becomes a new pattern;
  becomes a new social choreography;
becomes a new prayer;
becomes a new vision;
becomes a new reality;
becomes a new you;
 and
 you possess the moral courage
 to ride out the ambiguity
and
the uncertainty of change
and
you choose to dedicate yourself
to the on-going improvisation
of
an authentic renewal and r/evolution?

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And, you break open

and

 leap into the experience,

 the energy

and

 volume

 of:

faith,

grace

and

love.

 

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I have been threatened for standing my ground
for my upcoming multi-media art installation!

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“…YOU better get security around YOU!
YOU racist!
YOU race-baiting racist.
YOU call yourself an artist?
Enough is enough, YOU…”

 

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It is my heart,

the sacred breath,

in me

that must be

the clarion

that blows the

walls

of

Jericho

 down.

 

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My
upcoming

THE HALL OF LAMENT:

STAND YOUR GROUND

 FOR

TRAYVON MARTIN

installation
is
NOT
a
memorial.

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It is a CALL OUT!

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No one can now

H  E  L  P   H  E  L  P 

Trayvon’s
  unheeded wails.

 

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He is dead.

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He is in God’s hands.

 

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We can say

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH 

and resolve
to create
a  NEW blueprint, a NEW template, a NEW model
to imprint
new neuro-pathways*
as
freeways
of
civility
and
the content
of
your
character
prevails
and
THAT
energy
fuels
the
future.

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The brain is made up of cells called neurons.
These cells have nerve endings called synapses and dendrites.
Nerve endings release chemical and electrical stimuli
to communicate with each other.
This brain communication forms neuro-pathways
in the brain and is the basis for how the brain works. 

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When you initially learn something the pathway
or connection is weak.

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The more frequently you think

a particular thought

 the stronger the pathway becomes,

forming an automatic habit of thinking.

We call this brain training.

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THIS IS POWERFUL!

THE BRAIN IS PLASTIC!

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I HAD TO TEACH MYSELF HOW TO WALK
WHEN I WAS AN ADULT
AFTER MY HIP WAS REPLACED.

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I HAD TO CRASH HABITS
AND
BE ENTIRELY WILLING TO LEARN
A NEW WAY OF WALKING.

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MY BODY HAD WALKED THE SAME WAY
SINCE
I LEARNED HOW TO WALK AT 3 YEARS OLD
IN CRUTCHES WEIGHED  DOWN
WITH  A HEAVY
PLASTER CAST ON MY RIGHT LEG.

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I PRACTICED
THAT  SAME HABITUAL WAY
OF WALKING
FOR DECADES.

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MY HIP WAS REPLACED
( my 39th reconstructive surgery)
ON 26 MAY 1999.

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MY BODY WENT INTO  TOTAL  SEISMIC REVOLT.

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SEVERAL YEARS LATER,
WITH
DETERMINATION, BELIEF, FAITH
 AND
VISION
COMPOUNDED
WITH A SUPPORTIVE,
TRUTHFUL CIRCLE
OF
FRIENDS AND ADVISERS,

I MOVE IN A NEW WAY.

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YET,
IT IS AN ON-GOING PROCESS
AND
IMPROVISATION
OF
MY
COMMITMENT
TO
CONTINUOUS

AWAKENINGS.

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THE R/EVOLUTION

WAS

AGONIZING

AND

LIBERATING.

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I BELIEVE

WE ARE NOT FALLING.

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WE CAN CHOOSE

TO

RISE,

TO

RISE,

TO

RISE.

 

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AMERICA MUST RISE TO INSTITUTIONALIZED RACISM.

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private_rhythm_beautiful_fortitude_2009_catherineljohnsonPRIVATE RHYTHM: BEAUTIFUL FORTITUDE  Catherine L. Johnson  2009 

 

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