Saturday Open Thread

Good Morning. Hope you’re enjoying this weekend with family and friends.

The Best Part of the Democratic National Convention was First Lady Michelle Obama’s Speech. I think it’s sort of hitting all of us is that we’re being prepared for that goodbye with the Obamas.

But, these are a couple of articles that expresses how I feel.

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Dear Michelle Obama, Never Leave. Sincerely, Everyone
The first lady ruled during her speech at the Democratic National Convention Monday night, but did we expect anything less?
BY: JASON JOHNSON
Posted: July 26, 2016

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If you have never had the chance to see Michelle Obama speak live, I encourage you, at some point during this campaign season, to drive, fly or run to see her. I am the last person to trot out the overused term #BlackGirlMagic, but there is something immensely captivating and awe-inspiring when you see FLOTUS enter the room. As she walked onstage, dressed in electric blue, I looked at the crowds sitting next to me on either side, and they all sat up in their seats as if their favorite teacher or aunt, or most respected mentor or boss, had come into the room. And when she spoke, the words that Michelle Obama brought to the audience were the perfect bridge between the angry Sanders supporters and the establishment Democrats who were already in for Hillary.

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As I watched the speech, I found myself welling up, something that has happened to me only once before in my years of reporting and analyzing politics. Not thug tears, not tears of joy. I had those tears you cried when you were 7 years old and your mom dropped you off for summer camp and you realized you weren’t going to see her again all summer. Those tears.

The first lady’s words about living in a house built by slaves where now her girls play with dogs on the White House lawn were more than just a generational come-up story. It was a narrative that I will never hear again for the rest of my life as an American. We are not likely to get another black woman in the White House like Michelle Obama. Oh, we might get a black vice president and his wife. We might get some white man with a black or racially ambiguous wife living in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. But a working-class black woman from the South Side of Chicago who gives us representation and catharsis and hope and optimism and visibility like Michelle Obama? Never again.

And, From Very Smart Brothas:

DEAR MICHELLE OBAMA, WE WILL MISS YOU.
Panama Jackson, 7/26/16

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Michelle on the other hand, she got up there looking great, sounding great, and making every body in the room connect with her words. Maybe that’s come with practice as being the wife of a President and being as active as she’s been, her speech game has to be on a hundred, thousand, trillion, at this point. But the ability to connect with people and make them believe in what you’re saying is a mark of greatness. And she does it with class and flair.

I won’t get into specifics about what she said – I think most of these folks mustering up their belief in Hillary is an act of true resilience – because how I felt watching one of these significant last moments on the farewell tour for Barack and Michelle was what affected me most.
I’m really going to miss them like they’re family. Maybe they are my family. Politics and policy aside, she feels like a family member who made it that you actually like and WANTED to make it. She took that role and made it hers. She never let it change her into a person she isn’t. She’s Michelle, a Black woman from Chicago all day long. She’s just managed to make those folks who don’t know better think that she left that behind. But we know. We look at her and see her and see how great she is and how great she’s been and realize that, likely, we’ll never see this ever again in our lifetimes. Maybe our kid’s kids will, but it won’t be the same.

Despite my early and misguided protestations, Michelle is exactly the role model she should be and I’m going to miss seeing her make Barack look good, and seeing her speak to kids and connect with people in a way that only she can. And I’m mostly going to miss knowing she’s in there at 1600 Pennyslvania Avenue, NW, being her best, most awesome self, flawlessly. Her presence is a gift.

Thanks, Michelle. I will miss you. And we will miss you.

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United Nations rep slammed US police for trampling protesters’ rights

Baton Rouge Protesters 25Amid renewed nationwide protests over police killings of black men, a representative from the United Nations toured the United States with a peculiar goal: to assess whether the exercise of freedom of assembly and association in the country conforms to international human rights law.

UN special reporter Maina Kiai concluded a 17-day tour on Tuesday, during which he met with protesters, law enforcement, and government officials in 10 cities—including Baton Rogue, Louisiana; Ferguson, Missouri; Baltimore; and New York City—and observed protests at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, as well as Black Lives Matter protests in other cities. A full UN report on Kiai’s visit is due in June 2017, but Kiai posted his preliminary findings on his Facebook page on Wednesday. Many of them weren’t pretty:

◾US police officers understand appropriate crowd management and de-escalation techniques, but chose not to use them, Kiai said. Black protesters face more aggressive responses from police than other groups, experience “more intimidation and more disrespect,” and are detained longer and face more serious charges when arrested. Such treatment can discourage people from participating in protests—an illegal curtailment of their right to do so, Kiai said. He also compared the Baton Rouge Police Department’s aggressive response earlier this month to protesters of Alton Sterling’s death to the “mismanagement of protests” seen in Ferguson and Baltimore and noted that the Cleveland Police Department contributed to “escalation” during protests at the GOP convention last week.
◾The Department of Justice’s 1033 Program has “caused serious harm to the practice of and thinking around management of crowds,” by giving civilian police departments military equipment to use against protesters, Kiai said. “Protesters are not war enemies” and must not be treated as such, Kiai said, adding that violent acts by a few protesters should not be used to “strip other individuals of their right to continue the assembly.”
◾Kiai slammed US police for allegedly spying on Black Lives Matter protesters. He noted, as Mother Jones reported last month, that ahead of the GOP convention, Black Lives Matter organizers in Cleveland had received visits from the FBI that many found intimidating. He also noted that at a Black Lives Matter protest in Philadelphia, protesters pointed out to him an undercover officer who was filming them, a practice he called “unfathomable.” Cops should only film at protests to record a crime in progress, he said, not to “intimidate or provoke protesters.”

Kiai said Louisiana’s new “Blue Lives Matter” hate crime law and similar proposals in other cities could have “disastrous effects.” He argued that the arrest of Christopher LeDay, the man who shared the Alton Sterling police shooting video widely, amounted to intimidation and harassment. He also criticized stop-and-frisk and called on the Department of Justice to enforce consent decrees against “as many of the [United States’] 18,000-plus local law enforcement jurisdictions” as possible in order to reduce discrimination in law enforcement.

This isn’t the first time the United Nations has involved US policing and protests in the global dialogue on human rights. Members of the Black Lives Matter movement spoke on a panel at a UN event in New York City earlier this month, and a delegation of organizers from Chicago testified before the UN Committee Against Torture in Geneva, Switzerland, in November 2014, along with the parents of Michael Brown.

You can read Kiai’s full assessment of his tour here.

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Friday Open Thread – Hillary Clinton Accepts the Democratic Party’s Nomination for President.

Hillary Clinton became the first woman to accept the nomination for President of a Major American Political Party.

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Reverend William Barber Speaks at the Democratic National Convention

Rev. Barber took DNC folks to CHURCH.

Updated

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Thursday Open Thread: President Obama, Vice-President Biden And Senator Tim Kaine Speak at the Democratic National Convention

The President, Vice-President and the 2016 Democratic Vice Presidential Nominee spoke at the DNC Convention last night.

President Obama Silhouette

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Marilyn Mosby Press Conference: Baltimore Police Killing of Freddie Gray | 3 Acquitted 3 Charges Dropped

So the SYSTEM used MODERN-DAY SLAVE-CATCHER Judge Williams to punish Marilyn Mosby, for having dared bring charges against the KILLER COPS.

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These MOFOS have the nerve to file a fucking lawsuit against State Attorney Mosby.

3 Chics stands by you, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.

Freddie Gray Trial 3

Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby says she stands by the finding that Gray’s death was a homicide, saying “we do not believe that Freddie Gray killed himself.”

SYSTEM REFORM & POLICE ACCOUNTABLILTY GO HAND IN HAND.

NO JUSTICE

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Wednesday Open Thread: Mothers of the Movement Speak at the Democratic National Convention

The Mothers of the Movement spoke at the Democratic National Convention.

Mothers of the Movement DNC 2016

Meet the Mothers Of The Movement Speaking at the Democratic Convention
Will Drabold @WillDrabold 5:18 PM ET

Sybrina Fulton, Lesley McSpadden and other “Mothers of the Movement” will speak Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention. These mothers of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland and other African-American men and women who died at the hands of police, in police custody or from gun violence will tell their stories to millions of Americans.

The focus on the Black Lives Matter movement and the deaths of black Americans at the hands of police is in contrast to the Republican National Convention, where speakers used the phrases “Blue Lives Matter” and “All Lives Matter.”

In four years since the last convention, the movement has grown from nonexistent to active in dozens of cities nationwide. Black Lives Matter protesters regularly lead marches all over the country, most recently after two black men were killed on camera in Minnesota and Louisiana.

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