Protesting is fine but I object to closing I-195 and making life miserable for our workers who might have been rushing home to pick up children at daycare or perhaps they were commuting to their night jobs. Further Art Basel is Miami's golden goose. Why piss off the Art Basel tourists? Big question? How many of the protestors vote?
Art lovers understand the concept of protest. I have never been prouder of our Miami people. Now if only we could convince them to vote!!!
The only brutality in this video is that exhibited by an inarticulate hoodlum inciting a riot. These type of impromptu demonstrations have nothing to do with expressing oneself but more with calling for disorder and creating the preconditions for a confrontation with our local police that can lead to violence and maybe even loss of life. I am surprised that City of Miami P.D. did not dispatch a moving field force to clear them out of the highway. Behind these misguided souls stands the hand of the anarchist and leftist movement that thrives by destroying the fabric of our country. If you want to demonstrate constructively pull out a permit and gather at a specific place to chant your cause. Better yet, organize a committee and meet with City officials to effect pressure. That is the way MLK did it. Blocking I 195 and claiming "shut it down" is not the answer. The golden rule for demanding rights is simple: your rights stop at the doorstep of another individual's rights.
Geez some of you don't "get" what a protest is. You probably would have shot me for blocking streets in Washington during the Vietnam war. Oh my traffic was disrupted. That is what happens when you have a protest. Anarchists? I think not. But I do like a certain level of anarchy.
In the days of the original civil rights movement there were no avenues to express displeasure, no right to vote for some, no change mechanisms, no one to turn to, no process to effect change, so they had to resort to direct action to produce pressure for change. In Miami-Dade County due to various riots, massive investments by the taxpayers, investments by official organizations and individuals, changes in our political structure and culture, diversity in the workforce, and a community willing to listen to all sectors of the population, we have many official avenues for change. There are people hired in various organizations specifically to hear your concerns and issues. In fact some of them have whole units of people for this purpose alone. Once they hear your problem, there is a whole process set up to deal with it. If you still are unhappy, you can go to the courts.There are organizations and people who actually work in various communities at the street level to deal with tensions and issues. We have a community policing policy, whereby police work in, get to know people, and become a part of the fabric of the neighborhoods.So while we might want to have peaceful demonstrations in sympathy with other areas, our role is to show them how to move forward, change their public policies, and set a process in place to address change.
We need more and real coverage of the message protestors are bringing out. This video gives voice to the protestors in a direct way. Thank you for posting.
After so much "happy" coverage of Art Basel and insipid fixation on celebrity sightings and indulge parties, it's great to see real Miami show up on the scene. Taking advantage of the world spotlight on Miami is a great way to focus on real problems we are facing as a society. Something real artists are interested in. I hope these protests has inspired great art we will see in the future.
I think we got the message loud and clear. The awareness is there. Now comes the hard work of making change. The same people who are protesting are going to have to do the difficult work of making the changes. You think all you have to do is protest and other people are going to do the laborious work of making change for you? I don't think so. Step one is registering to vote. You need to have massive voter registration events, you could call them 'voter registration demonstrations' in support of the person killed all over the country, especially in your neighborhood where policing takes place. You could have signs, speeches, music, whatever you want to have. Just work with the voter registration people to set them up so that they have massive numbers of workers to process the new voters. Your main concern is the number of new voters registered at the event. By just getting huge numbers on the voting rolls at these events, some changes will immediately begin. Afterwards set-up an on-going voter registration process. Then you are ready to begin looking at step two.
Genius, protesting injustices is one of the values that makes America great; however, when you incite a demonstration at night time and you encourage citizens to go up and block an expressway you are putting their lives in danger. Did it ever occur to you that any of those motorists who were prevented from proceeding on their way could have panicked, reacted awkwardly and driven over multiple victims? I believe the police showed great restrain on this particular incident because they were caught off guard but I assure you that type of activity will not be condoned. These demonstrations remind me of Buffalo Springfield's song line "hooray for our side", much posturing and no progress. Encourage thoughtful debate not anarchy please.
Follow the instructions on this video and all of these police/citizens related confrontations will become a non-issue:http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QR465HoCWFQ
You all are great for protesting but show some smarts by voting in all elections. Read and research and then vote. That is the real protest
Penned in a designated area protestors can be easily ignored - no disruption, little to no press coverage, most people don't know anything happened. People are angry and saying: "You will hear us. You can't ignore us." And give credit where it's due. The leaders of the movement, outside of Ferguson, have helped prevent violence. It may be illegal to block the highway, but this is peaceful non-violent protest. Given the history, and rawness of the emotions being felt, this is no small accomplishment.
Good idea to register voters but a better idea is to have them actually vote. Getting them from the couch to the polling place is the problem. I think most people are registered they just will not take the time to vote. Our Miami Dade turnout was the worst in the state for the midterm election.
novel idea??First Amendment: Freedom of PetitionThe First Amendment includes a provision that says that "Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the right of the people . . . to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." Although there do not appear to be any Supreme Court cases that precisely define the contours of this provision of the First Amendment, it reminds individuals that, in a democracy, it is the Government's job to redress the legitimate grievances of its citizens.The judiciary redresses grievances whenever it determines that constitutional or other legal rights have been infringed upon, and then attempts to remedy the situation. The Congress redresses grievances when it changes bad laws. The Executive Branch redresses grievances when its administrative agencies change inefficient regulations. When the President pardons someone who has been justly convicted, but for whom extenuating circumstances exist, he also may be redressing grievances. Thus, although there is no definitive interpretation of this clause of the First Amendment, it seems that each branch of government has specific means available to it to redress the grievances of the citizenry.
Today while people protested against the police on the streets of Miami, another toddler, this time a three year old, was shot by dueling thugs in Liberty City. What is the police to do? If they go after the drug peddlers and gun toting ruffians they are perceived as brutal. You cannot have it both ways. Decent citizens crave police protection. Those wanting to live outside the law are the first to accuse police of wrongdoing. Choose allegiance carefully.
Here is one article about one of a string of recent shootings and killings by MDPD. Four individuals were shot and killed in a reverse sting operation planned by MDPD's STOP unit. One of the individuals, a police informant cooperating with the investigation was shot and killed while laying on the ground. This operation was planned by Lt. Daniel Villanueva, formerly married to recently demoted FDLE SAC Addy Villanueva. The State Attorney's Office investigated the shooting and called it "suspicious". None of the subjects fired a single round. None of the officers was indicted or discipline. It was a turkey shoot.http://www.miaminewtimes.com/2012-05-24/news/miami-dade-police-lured-robbers-to-the-redland-then-shot-them/
Lawsuits are the only way to go.....When Lakisha Briggs’ ex-boyfriend forced his way into her home in June 2012, she faced an impossible dilemma. Although the man had physically assaulted her on several occasions, Briggs knew that if she called the police for help, she and her 3-year-old daughter would likely be thrown out of their subsidized apartment.....Terrified, Briggs instructed family members not to call police under any circumstances. She persisted even when her ex-boyfriend attacked her again, breaking an ashtray against her head and stabbing her in the neck with one of its shards. A neighbor ultimately called 911, and an unconscious Briggs was airlifted to the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center for emergency care....Three days later, her landlord began eviction proceedings against her under the direction of the city, according to a federal lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on her behalf in April 2013. The rights group argued that the town had violated Briggs’ First Amendment rights to petition law enforcement, as well as the federal Violence Against Women Act, which grants protections to victims of violence......Ultimately, Briggs’ eviction was averted and Norristown settled the suit, agreeing in September to repeal the ordinance and pay Briggs $495,000 in compensation and attorneys’ fees. But the case brought to light an issue that is far from unique to Norristown. Nuisance ordinances — also referred to as “crime-free housing” ordinances — became an increasingly prevalent feature of local law-enforcement efforts during the past two decades. According to the Shriver Center on Poverty Law, which tracks their passage, 2,000 local governments in 44 states now have such laws in place — a number that the organization says has accelerated during the past five years. http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/12/8/nuisance-ordinancesdomesticviolencevictims.html
NO JUSTICE NO PICASSO? G.O.D. thank god you weren't in an ambulance headed to JMH and in need of immediate attention. If we can't get it? Get what Food Stamps? Medicaid or Crack? Lots of decent folk living in Liberty City, Miami Gardens and other parts of this county that are scared to leave their homes. Hell lots of them have been shot in their homes and not by the police. Lets all get a grip.
Occupy Wall Street kiddies having fun - looks like the democratic base
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