Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Yaas concert people

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Dear Justin Trudeau: HALT THE SITE C DAM!

Message Recipients: Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau

Subject: Halt the Site C dam

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

I urge you to halt the Site C dam, and honour Canada’s obligations to respect and protect the rights of Indigenous peoples in the Peace River Valley, British Columbia.

If built, this huge hydroelectric project will drown over 80km of the Peace River Valley, destroying lands vital to Indigenous hunting and fishing and sweeping away grave sites.

Over 100 years ago, the Canadian government signed a treaty, promising to protect the way of life of Indigenous peoples in the region. Prime Minister Trudeau, please don’t break that promise.

William Rosen
Lombard, IL 60148

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Showing Up For Racial Justice

My new Black Lives Matter sign. I believe that black lives do and should matter to everyone. I have been fighting  for human rights my entire life. The election of Hitler has focused my priorities to minority communities across Illinois, and the United States. I am a member of one of those communities and I will fight till my dying breath for my and your human rights

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Chronicles Of Hate: Thanksgiving Edition: Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch Releases Video Statement on Hate Crimes in the United States

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch released a video statement today on the FBI’s newly announced 2015 hate crime statistics as well as on recent media reports of alleged hate crimes and harassment around the country.  The statement reminds individuals to report these incidents to both local law enforcement and the Justice Department in order to ensure that career investigators and prosecutors are able to enforce hate crime statutes at the local, state and federal level.

The video can be viewed here, and a transcript of the video is below:

“Earlier this week, the FBI released its statistics on hate crimes committed in 2015.  These numbers should be deeply sobering for all Americans.  Among other alarming trends, the report showed a 67 percent increase in hate crimes committed against Muslim Americans.  It also showed increases in the number of hate crimes committed against Jewish people, African Americans, and LGBT individuals.  Overall, the number of reported hate crimes increased six percent – a number that does not account for the many hate crimes that may go unreported out of shame or fear.

“Beyond these 2015 statistics, I know that many Americans are concerned by a spate of recent news reports about alleged hate crimes and harassment.  Some of these incidents have happened in schools.  Others have targeted houses of worship.  And some have singled out individuals for attacks and intimidation.  The FBI is assessing, in conjunction with federal prosecutors, whether particular incidents constitute violations of federal law.  We need you to continue to report these incidents to local law enforcement, as well as the Justice Department, so that our career investigators and prosecutors can take action to defend your rights.  You can find information about federal hate crimes laws – and other civil rights laws that the department enforces, including protections for students in schools – on our Civil Rights Division’s website.  Our site also contains resources for communities working to prevent and respond to hate crimes, as well.

“Last month marked the seventh anniversary of one of those laws: the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.  This landmark statute was named for two men who were killed for the most un-American of reasons – because they were different from their attackers – Matthew Shepard in his sexual orientation, and James Byrd Jr. in his race.  The law that bears their names significantly expanded our ability to combat hate crimes by adding new federal protections against crimes based on one’s gender identity, sexual orientation, gender, or disability status – protections that we have worked tirelessly to uphold in the last seven years.

“But despite the tremendous progress we have made, we cannot lose sight of how much remains to be done.  Nearly two decades after Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. were brutally murdered simply for being who they were, we still have a long way to go to ensure that every American can live free from the fear of violence or harassment based what they look like, how they worship, or whom they love.

“That work is not just about enforcing the law.  It’s about staying true to our highest ideals and most cherished principles.  It’s about making sure that all Americans receive the protection of the law.  And it’s about giving real meaning to our shared belief that all people are created equal.

“Put simply, this work is the right – and just – thing to do.  And I want the American people to know that as long as that work is necessary, the Department of Justice will continue to carry it forward.  We will continue to enforce our nation’s hate crimes laws to the fullest extent possible.  We will continue to uphold our conviction that all men and women deserve to lead lives of safety and dignity.  And we will continue to champion the values of diversity and inclusion that have always been the bedrock of our nation’s progress, and that point the way to a brighter future.  Thank you.”

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


To: President-elect Donald Trump 
Dear Mr. President-elect:
On Nov. 8, you were elected president of the United States. As many have reiterated, regardless of which candidate any of us supported, you now have an obligation to represent ALL Americans. In your victory speech, you urged Americans to come together as one united people to take on the challenges before us.
Throughout American history, we have found opportunities to overcome our differences and work together for the common good; it is one of the defining characteristics of our nation’s greatness.
In the months leading up to your election, your campaign rhetoric found an audience with those who would use our differences to divide us. Throughout the campaign, you and your supporters directed hateful language at people based on what we look like, where our families come from, who we love, how we worship, our abilities, our gender, and other factors that make up our identity and expression in the world.
In the days since your election, we have seen people—seemingly emboldened by your victory—committing harassment, vandalism, property destruction and even assault based on those differences. Many of these acts have been carried out in your name. Though you may not condone this behavior, your silence gives tacit permission to those who perform these acts.
We are especially troubled by incidents taking place in schools and on college campuses—places where we do everything we can to ensure our children are safe and nurtured, and have the opportunity to grow and learn free of intimidation and hatred. But now we are hearing reports of children chanting “build the wall” at classmates, Muslim students and educators harassed for their clothing, male students intimidating their female classmates and swastikas painted on classroom doors.
Millions of your supporters would never participate in these actions, but your campaign rhetoric has created an environment that enables and encourages those who want to harm others. While you spoke against bullying, intimidation and hate crimes in your “60 Minutes” interview, the appointment of “alt-right” hero Steve Bannon as your chief strategist—which has been cheered by the Ku Klux Klan, the American Renaissance and other white supremacist groups—sends the exact opposite message.
The presidency is about many things. Chiefly, it is about setting an example through your leadership. You have said that you will be the president for all Americans, Mr. Trump. We ask that you keep your promise by loudly, forcefully, unequivocally and consistently denouncing these acts and the ideology that drives them. We ask you to use your position, your considerable platform and even your tweets to send a clear message that hate has no place in our public discourse, in our public policy or in our society.


Release Prisoner of Conscience Mahmoud Abu Zeid


Message Recipients: Minister of Interior, Magdy Abde el-Ghaffa

Subject: Release Prisoner of Conscience Mahmoud Abu Zeid

Dear Minister Magdy Abde el-Ghaffar,

I urge you to release Mahmoud Abu Zeid, better known as Shawkan, immediately and unconditionally with all charges against him dropped. He is a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for his journalistic work.

A photojournalist, he was covering the Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in on 14 August 2013 in Cairo, when security forces swept in. More than 700 people were killed in that sit-in alone. Up to 1,000 people were killed across the country as police and army officers were deployed to disperse protests nationally.

When police found out Shawkan was a journalist, they arrested him. He has been in detention for more than three years facing trumped-up charges and receiving inadequate health care. Please release him without delay.


William Rosen
Lombard, IL 60148

Friday, November 18, 2016

My Sharona

Keep your promise MOTHERFUCKERS! Send aid to Flint before you go home!

Dear Senator Dick Durbin:
Dear Senator Mark Kirk:

I urge you to send aid to Flint before you leave D.C. this year, in order to fix the poisoned and decrepit pipes. It's been over two years, and Flint residents still don't have access to safe drinking water. 

There's no clear timeline for when residents will be able to safely use the water flowing from their taps. Governor Snyder and his appointed emergency manager are to blame for the decisions that led to the public health crisis. Flint residents have been dealing with the impacts of those decisions for far too long.

Before leaving for break in October, Congress promised to pass legislation allocating money to fix the pipes in Flint by the end of the year. As the end of the year rapidly approaches, don't forget the promises made to the residents in Flint.

I urge you to send aid to Flint before you leave D.C. this year, in order to fix the poisoned and decrepit pipes. It's been over two years, and Flint residents still don't have access to safe drinking water. 

There's no clear timeline for when residents will be able to safely use the water flowing from their taps. Governor Snyder and his appointed emergency manager are to blame for the decisions that led to the public health crisis. Flint residents have been dealing with the impacts of those decisions for far too long.

Before leaving for break in October, Congress promised to pass legislation allocating money to fix the pipes in Flint by the end of the year. As the end of the year rapidly approaches, don't forget the promises made to the residents in Flint.

Please support Flint residents and appropriate $220 million this year to fix the pipes in Flint. 

Flint residents have waited too long -- please move quickly to send funding to Flint to fix the pipes.

William Rosen
Lombard, IL -------------
United States

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Chronicles of Hate: Day 9 - Nov. 17, 2016

A white reporter in Detroit @Local4News recorded saying "I'm tired of reporting on niggers killing each other."

My home state of Georgia actually has a bill proposing to make it illegal for a Muslim woman to wear a hijab.

A Facebook post of my brother in arms Todd Gregory-Gibbs:

I feel the need to express my fear, very frankly.
A couple of weeks ago, the possibility that people like me and/or people of color or of a certain religion could be rounded up into camps and eventually killed -- by our fellow US citizens -- seemed completely remote.

It doesn't seem that way any more.

I fear this president-elect. I fear who he's allied himself with from the beginning, and I fear the people he continues to bring into his inner circle. I fear as much the possibility that he'll be impeached immediately and his fanatic Vice President be installed as Commander-in-Chief. All this while our legislature is all Republican, with the very real likelihood that the next Supreme Court justice will be a hard right-winger.

Please don't explain how I should "wait" or "give him a chance" or "relax." He's had chance after chance to show his true stripes. and I've learned that when someone tells you who they are, you believe them, period.
We've already seen fellow Americans do brazenly un-American things, all during his campaign rallies, and even more recently. For me it doesn't seem like such a leap to have my rights canceled out, and once the dehumanization begins, where does it end?

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Chronicles of Hate: The Corporate Edition

From a Facebook friend who asked for anonymity to avoid repercussions:

Story from St. Louis.  My partner is VP of a company. One of his employees is an African-American female. For lunch, she'll drive 3 minutes away to get lunch and check on her mom. Today, she tried to get off at her usual exit. The car next to her wouldn't let her over. She had to use the next exit. She noticed the car that was blocking her swerve out of the exit lane and followed her. At the next exit, the car swerved into her, forcing her to swerve into the curb and damage her tire. As she was swerving, the guy in the car yelled the n word at her. Other than damage to her car, she's fine. Shaken, but fine.

New development, the President of the company was informed of what happened and blamed Obama for it happening. Offered no condolences to the employee.  My partner has been chatting with his employee tonight to make sure she is ok.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Respect the Human Rights of People Opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline

Dear Sheriff Kirchmeier,

I am writing to urge you to respect the human rights of Indigenous people and all others gathered near Standing Rock in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The U.S. government is obligated under international law to respect, protect, and fulfill the human rights of Indigenous people, including the rights to freedom of expression and assembly. It is the legitimate right of people to peacefully express their opinion. Public assemblies should not be considered as the “enemy”.

The command hierarchy must convey a clear message to law enforcement officials that their task is to facilitate and not to restrict a peaceful public assembly.

Refrain from outfitting officers in riot gear when policing the Dakota Access Pipeline protests unless strictly necessary.

The decision to disperse an assembly should be taken in line with the principles of necessity and proportionality, and only when there are no other means available to protect public order from an imminent risk of violence.

Where a small minority tries to turn a peaceful assembly into a violent one, law enforcement officials should protect the peaceful protesters and not use the violent acts of a few as a pretext to restrict or impede the exercise of the rights of a majority.

The type of equipment used to disperse an assembly must be carefully considered and used only when necessary, proportional and lawful. Chemical irritants, such as tear gas or pepper spray, should not be used where people are confined in an area and not in a way that can cause lasting harm. Chemical irritants should also not be used against people in water.

Arrest and detention should be carried out only in accordance with procedures established by law, and should not be used as a means to prevent peaceful participation in a public assembly nor as a means of intimidation or punishment for participation.

If individuals are arrested, officers should not use restraints in an excessive manner or for prolonged periods of time during processing, and anyone arrested should be provided with food and water, access to restrooms, medical attention if needed, and prompt access to counsel.

Intrusive searches, including strip and body cavity searches, should be undertaken only if absolutely necessary, and should be conducted in private by trained staff of the same sex as the prisoner. Strip searches and invasive body cavity searches carried out in a humiliating manner can constitute torture or other ill treatment; authorities are encouraged to develop and use appropriate alternatives to intrusive searches.

Finally, I support the call for a federal investigation into the policing of protests and the camps by your office and other law enforcement agencies.

Lombard, IL 60148

Letter From Senator Durbin RE: NDAA

November 15, 2016 Mr. William Rosen
Lombard, IL 60148

Dear Mr. Rosen:

Thank you for contacting me about the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. I appreciate hearing from you.
On June 14, 2016, the Senate passed the NDAA, which would authorize appropriations and establish policies for Department of Defense programs and activities. The House passed a different version of NDAA. Once the same provisions are agreed to by both the House and the Senate, the bill could then be considered by the President.

The Senate version of the NDAA would authorize approximately $543 billion for national defense programs as well as an additional $59 billion for overseas contingency operations. We must ensure that United States Military Personnel and their families are justly compensated for their honorable sacrifice. The Senate-passed NDAA authorizes a 1.6 percent pay increase for troops.

The legislation also contains provisions to reform the military health system to provide military service members and their families with better access to higher quality care. Approximately one-third of service members receive government-provided housing and the remainder receive a Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for housing they rent or purchase that is not provided by the government. The Senate-passed NDAA would provide an allowance amount equal to the actual monthly cost of housing. If two or more service members occupy the same housing, the allowance would be split among them to total this actual cost of the housing.

No words can adequately express our nation's debt to the men and women who have served our country, but providing accessible and affordable health care and benefits is one way we can show our gratitude for their service. As the lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, I will continue to work to ensure that the federal government provides the funding necessary to meet our commitments to our troops and veterans.

Thank you again for contacting me. Please feel free to keep in touch.

Sincerely, Richard J. Durbin United States Senator

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Manhattan Subway Passage Becomes Emotional Outlet After Election

Hammered: Pounding Out The Excess In Mahler's Sixth Symphony