Get Real: Mandatory Sacrifices of a Revolutionary

This feels awkwardly refreshing, as I haven’t written an article or blog in over a year; the truth is that I experienced burn-out from being a part of something that took more from me than it deposited, and from being associated with some major distractions. As I sit and reflect on the time that I vested into this situation, I was able to identify a very valuable lesson learned from the experience, and I’d like to share it with you all, in hopes that someone else can grab a nugget or two from it. There is an old saying, that hopefully my brain isn’t making up, but it goes “Nothing great is obtained without great sacrifice”; this is the truth, except in the case of the lottery of course! This brings me to the case of the greatest social role known to man-kind, the revolutionary, as the sacrifices required of a revolutionary are comparable to none. What exactly is a revolutionary, and what are a few of the mandatory sacrifices that are required of these under-appreciated heroes, and why are these sacrifices so vital to the success of the revolution?

 

A revolutionary, according to Webster’s definition, is an individual that causes complete or dramatic social change. That’s not my definition though; I like to keep it real and politically incorrect! In the words of the greatest Geno you all have ever met, a revolutionary is an individual, who is forced by the ills of society, to rebel against power structures to institute social change. It is the charge of a revolutionary to view the world and society objectively, envision freedom and life without boundaries, and sacrifice leisure and personal desires to advance humanity through education, direct action, and advocacy. Before we delve into the meat and bones, here is a list of the seven different sacrifices that I was able to identify that a revolutionary must make to be successful in their mission of achieving social impact:

 

  1. Slave Mentality
  2. Greed
  3. Excuses
  4. Lies
  5. Pass-Time/Entertainment
  6. Failure (Lack of Proper Preparation)
  7. Depression and Guilt

 

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Slave Mentality

Slave mentality, as defined by the popular consensus and loud mouth individuals around the country, is the mentality of an oppressed individual, that cannot achieve freedom because the individual isn’t aware of the fact that they are indeed a slave, or they have been placed in a position of false privilege by their oppressor, and have indeed fallen in love with their state of captivity; so much so that they will assist their oppressor in their quest to enslave other persons that look the same as themselves. There are many pseudonyms for this character in history; one such nickname being coon. This individual’s role in society is to serve as the basis, on which the oppressor, can make claim that their reign of oppression and terror are false and non-existent. It is vital to the success of the revolution, that this weak state of cognition be eradicated from oppressed people, because it is this strategy of “divide and conquer” that keeps the group of African descendants throughout the world from being organized enough to overthrow and overcome their oppression. This blog can’t cover this topic enough, so we will agree to revisit the subject soon and proceed to the next great sacrifice of a revolutionary; greed!

Greed

Greed is the uncontrolled obsession with consuming any desire. Of course, that was a freestyled definition; Webster describes greed as the intense and selfish desire of something. In my pursuit of root cause analysis, I have come to understand that, at the heart of greed, lies fear of loss or void; an underlying anxiety caused by the uncertainty someone feels when they realize that they are unprepared to seize opportunity. In that fear of not knowing how their needs or desires will be fulfilled, greedy individuals begin a mad dash to obtain whatever they can before their inevitable peril. What is it that makes people greedy, because it is a fact that all people feel anxiety from the uncertainty of the future. What makes an individual choose greed over faith (faith being the belief in things not scene)? The answer to that question is nature vs. nurture; the balance of how a person was raised, weighed against their experiences. There is no magic formula to predict whether an individual will succumb to greed, or remain rooted in their faith, and persevere through the adversities of life. Why is it imperative that an individual overcome greed, for them to be utilized by the revolution? Simply put, the revolution is a movement of universal energy, that requires not a face, but utensils that are willing and able to be used to feed the purpose of the revolution. A person cannot be so trodden by experience, that they adopt a mentality of bitterness and selfishness. How do we cure the greed that hides within us? We accept ownership of our actions and desires, and that brings us to our next mandatory sacrifice of a revolutionary; excuses!

Excuses

Let’s start this section off with my personal definition of an excuses; an excuse is a bullshit explanation for why one fails to accomplish a goal or task. In short, it’s a statement that one could really keep to themselves, because it doesn’t change the fact that the objective was not accomplished. In my opinion, excuses are for weak minded and spirited individuals; people, who instead of taking ownership of their shortcomings, would opt for frantically scrambling to identify a person or object to transfer blame to. Shame on excuses, and those who find this state of fuckboy-or-girlness, their comfort zone; I spit on excuses! Why are excuses a mandatory sacrifice of a revolutionary? Excuses are a defense mechanism for weakness; in this revolution, weakness must be identified and cast out. If the root of a problem can thwart discovery, through the presentation of excuses, that root issue will fail to receive the remedy needed to shore up that weakness in the movement’s integrity. As a leader in the movement, a revolutionary must be able to take ownership for mistakes, and be able to improve upon the overall operation of the revolution through the elimination of vulnerabilities. How does one rid themselves of the weakness that causes excuse-making? We must acknowledge, and fall in love with truth, which brings us to our next mandatory sacrifice of a revolutionary, lies!

Lies

I’m not going to bother explaining to you what a lie is; if that must be explained, you shouldn’t be reading this blog. This section is but an extension of the slave mentality, greed, and excuses sections. Why do individuals choose to tell lies, as opposed to telling the truth? I believe it is because the truth requires strength. The funny thing is that, for an individual to become strong, they must first discover that all the listed characteristics reside within them, then set out to eradicate their existence, and all traces that they were once there. Yes, you heard me right; we all possess these characteristics innately as humans. The difference between a person that remains immature, and one who overcomes weakness, is nurturing, reflection, and practice. While we are on the topic of practice, lets move forward to our next major sacrifice; pass-time and entertainment.

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I once read a book, and the author referred to this new generation as the tickle-me generation. In his opinion, this generation’s priority had shifted to heavily focus on entertainment. I don’t remember the name of the book, or the author, but that ideal has stuck with me over the years. I very rarely agree wholeheartedly with anyone, as I attempt to always remain objective, but this was extremely profound. The truth is that I don’t know, or care to dissect the reasoning behind this new epidemic of thoughtlessness, but it most certainly is fact. Matter of fact, its what makes me so unique; my psychosis is totally opposite, as I feel like entertainment is the worst form of wasted time. In my mind, I am always weighing opportunity costs; what else could I be doing with the time I take to engage in any given task? In short, for the time I waste learning nothing in front of a television, I could be learning to code, which could translate into paid work; the opportunity costs for watching television is then, not learning to do something that could make me money! What I don’t do, is judge people because they choose to watch television; I am one of the few humans that minds their own business. Even with me not judging though, pass-time must be sacrificed by revolutionaries, as this social role requires that a human be able to maximize productivity. Revolutionaries understand the plight of their people, and understand that to overcome that oppression, unorthodox methods of social resistance are required. How does one go about eradicating pass-time from their lives? It’s quite simple my friend; read a book, or do something that helps you properly prepare for the revolutionary battle. This brings us to our next sacrifice of a revolutionary; failure and lack of preparation.

Failure (Lack of Proper Preparation)

Failure occurs when opportunity is presented to an individual who has failed to prepare. This characteristic is a mandatory sacrifice for revolutionaries. There is a popular saying, that is also a cool acronym, and it reads, “proper preparation prevents poor performance (5-P’s)”. I find it cool, simple, and ingenious. Don’t get me wrong, it is possible for an individual to take all necessary procedures to prepare to succeed, and still fail, but the chances of failure are 100% for an individual who has failed to prepare. In short, you plan to fail, if you fail to plan. I know it sounds cool, but you guys should really meditate on that point, as it should stand as a summation of all the sections that precede it. Why is failure, and lack of preparation, a mandatory sacrifice for revolutionaries? Simply put, because our oppression was masterfully crafted and instituted throughout history. It is silly to believe that anything other than a masterfully crafted plan, will be able to help oppressed people achieve their freedom, and ant the universal realization of their human rights. Even though a revolutionary may try and fail many times, a revolutionary must continue to be prepared to succeed in each battle, and must be able to quickly recover from the disheartening emotions created by small failures. Simply put, a revolutionary must be able to try, fail, and try again; this brings us to our final mandatory sacrifice, which is depression and guilt.

Depression and Guilt

This is the final, and greatest sacrifice of them all, because a prerequisite is having successfully rid yourself of all the previous flaws. What is depression? I had a conversation with a chaplain at the Jesse Brown VA hospital in Chicago a few weeks ago, and I had a Watson moment while speaking with him. I can’t quite remember what we were speaking about, but I remember explaining to him what depression was to me. I looked him in the eye, and without blinking, uttered “reflection without action equals depression”.  Immediately after I had said this, we both paused with puzzling looks on our faces; I could tell he was digesting the complexity of the statement, and I know that he could realize that I was shocked that something like that could come out of my mouth. I mean, I’m not dumb at all, but that statement was one of wisdom. It’s funny how all the answers to life’s questions are housed within us! That’s neither here, nor there, but dissect that saying; the regret caused when we reflect on our mistakes, if not mitigated by corrective action, can lead to incredible guilt and depression. Why is depression and guilt a mandatory sacrifice for revolutionaries? Well, lets see; maybe because the state of depression and guilt is an incomplete one. Life is designed in a way that requires us to accomplish goals through accomplishing small objectives that collectively lead to success. That means, if our goal is to obtain 10 items, we must 1st start by gaining one, then we repeat that process of gaining one nine more times. What does this have to do with depression and guilt being a mandatory sacrifice? Simply put, a revolutionary must be a positive light for the people to admire and aspire after. This individual must have mastered the doubt, and regret caused by past failures and experiences. Our revolutionary must know how to wake up everyday ready to rise victorious over a new battle; even if the battle the day before ended in defeat. The revolution doesn’t need an individual who is still harboring the pain of yesterday’s defeat; harboring feelings of defeat lead to greed and jealousy, and that is a no-go for the revolution.

As I embark upon this journey, I feel compelled to offer up this contemplation for those who walk a similar path. I used to be extremely anti-social, but as I grow into the man that God created me to be, I realize that life is about sharing; building a foundation upon which others can add finishes to. What a blessing it will be to see the next generation build upon the radical ideas of this time we currently reside in. I felt it was important to write this because I needed to expose myself to a truth that I could only experience through questioning myself; I was the only person with the answers to the questions that I had. With that, it’s my time to shine; stand in the way and I will incinerate you. All praises to our creator. We need a new breed of leadership; signing off, but never offline.

Silvestri: The Sneaky Salmon

On May 10th 2016 I was asked if I would like to voice my concern about a resolution proposed by Commissioner Silvestri, the Commissioner of the 9th District of Cook County . The major theme of the proposal was to change the position of Cook County Circuit Clerk from elected, to appointed. This would mean that the people wouldn’t have a say so in who they feel is the best person for the job, and only the Board of Commissioners would decide.

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 The problem with this is that 17 people, who all have salaries over $100,000, couldn’t possibly represent the people in an effective manner with the Peoples’ interest in mind. This simple fact was all of the ammunition I needed to attack these fascists, though there was more evidence to bring to light. The hearing for Mrs. Dorothy Brown was on the 11th so I was hard pressed to find more information to back up what I would say the following day.

Keep in mind that this “resolution” was brought to the table shortly after Mrs. Brown asked for a raise; the last time her position got a raise was 16 years ago, and this after the Democratic Party, chaired by Preckwinkle, endorsed Michelle Harris.  How can you expect a person to do better than the previous year when expenses go up each year, and you won’t give them the resources they need to function effectively?

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When the resolution concerning Dorothy Brown came up, Silvestri saw all of those African faces in there, and decided to cut his losses. It was at least 30 Dorothy Brown supporters in there, and he definitely didn’t want us to turn up! Though this was just to shut us up collectively because they don’t want certain messages broadcast (the hearings are live), and they don’t want YOU to THINK for YOURSELF!!! Once they told us that we couldn’t speak, I left, but this is what I wrote:

Good morning,

My name is Quintin Martins representing B.R.O.T.H.E.R.S. Inc. and I’m here to voice my concern regarding Mr. Silvestri’s proposal. This proposal would change the Circuit Clerks position from elected to appointed which means that  we would have to rely on the 17 individuals on the board of commissioners to choose a clerk that’s in the interest of the people. That’s 17 votes out of the 1,171,349 votes for circuit clerk, which is not even half of a half of 1 percent. This, Mr. Silvestri, is an absolute spit in the face of democracy and the fact that this is even up for discussion is disgusting. Lets be clear about what this is really about, the powers that be became disappointed that Ms. Brown rightfully won her seat as Cook County Circuit Clerk. When she asked for a raise she was declined and is expected to perform better than she did the year before, even  though she has 9 times as many employees as her associates. Its obvious that their priority is to stifle Ms. Brown in any way, but shouldn’t their priority be to the people and not the pocket? Maybe if the democratic party was concerned with representing the people instead of splitting votes then maybe, just maybe she wouldn’t have won. I have my own proposal, let’s focus on an appointed position we would like to see on the ballot in the future and petition for that!

 

White on White Crime: Unbiased at Last

In November I started protesting police brutality starting with the famous Black Friday protest on the magnificent mile. I was extremely proud after the Black Friday protest. I thought we were all going to fight this thing, and all races were united. I didn’t see how anyone could not be pleased about it; I was wrong. I posted things on Facebook and all of my right wing relatives said, “What about Tyshawn Lee?,” and why don’t they protest “black on black crime” in their own neighborhood.

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I live on the south side of Chicago and I can proudly state that we do protest crime in our own neighborhoods. We are furious about about the deaths and the killings. One of the many priests on the south side just had a huge peace march on Sunday <http://patch.com/illinois/beverly-mtgreenwood/fr-pfleger-time-church-break-code-silence-0&gt; and it was far from his first, but the media never covers them. All of the activists I know have held rallies on gun violence. Some of them even call it “black on black” crime as well even though I don’t agree with that term.

I don’t appreciate the term “black on black” crime as was deemed by Fox News (http://mediamatters.org/blog/2013/07/21/foxs-wallace-lectures-civil-rights-leaders-and/194991) because it’s used as a diversion tactic whenever the issue of police brutality and the black lives matter movement is brought up. This started with Trayvon Martin, which I followed intensely and I can remember my blood pressure going up because I was sick of hearing about it, and i experience heavy nausea.

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Exactly what are we classifying as crime to begin with, because white collar crime <https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/white_collar&gt; is one of the main sources of harm to people of all races, and it’s largely committed by whites. The perpetrators are rarely tried or found guilty put in prison.  Furthermore the perpetrators of mass shootings are usually white, not black, yet the media never puts the focus on their color. <http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/27/us/mass-shootings/&gt;

The term “black on black” crime leads people to believe that black people are barbarians who kill each other all of the time. As I’ve grown up around a lot of black people, I don’t think this is fair, and if you are going to use that terminology you should also pay attention to the other types of crime and who is perpetrating them and also start using the term “white on white crime”. When we are classifying things by color, it’s nothing but racism; plain and simple.

Written by: Lauren Meltzer

Adobe Creative Cloud: Software-As-A-Service

pizza logo 1I created this sample piece while watching a tutorial in Adobe’s online learning environment. There were a few things that I did not do exactly as they showed, because I feel compelled to maintain my individual expression as an artist, but I am very proud of the work I have done.
While this is but a simple piece of art, and I was coached through creating it, I gave this project my 100% effort. Adobe’s products, fused with their online learning center, has captivated my interest so much so that I went out and purchased a stylus pad and pen to be able to create on a more professional and creative level.
All I can say is that you all have developed an amazing marketing strategy for a fairly new product (Software as a Service) in the market. Because you all have presented a product, and supplied training (cutting back on administrative cost associated with training or hiring qualified candidates), I am able to economically enter your purchase funnel, and still capitalize off the skills acquired.
GREAT JOB ADOBE! www.adobe.com/creativecloud.html
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Eugene Stanley
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Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign
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With 209 People Shot and 34 Killed in Chicago So Far This Year, Protestors Who Shut Down “Mag Mile” Seek to Shut Down Violence in Black Community

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Today, the same organizations that joined together to put launch the 2015 Black Friday protest on Chicago’s infamous “Mag Mile” held a demonstration to denounce police terror, as well as Black on Black violence. A brief press conference was held with “The Final Call”, then the freedom fighters traveled from 75th & Dorchester to 79th & Cottage Grove to raise awareness on the UN Conference to be held at Chicago State University on January 24th & 25th. The soldiers also took a firm stance against the ongoing plague of poverty induced violence that has led to 209 people being shot, and 34 of those victims dying from their sustained injuries, in just the first few weeks of the year. The current state of African’s in this country is sickening, but I can personally attest to the fact that immediate economic and social intervention is needed in Chicago. It is this truth that compels me to the front-line of this battle against an ancient and dying machine.

I left the south-side of Chicago for the first time when I went to the United States Navy. It was a huge culture shock for me. This was my first encounter with Europeans besides being victimized, profiled, and discriminated against by the police because my ancestors built pyramids, and lived on a resourced enriched land. When I stepped off the bus I was too shocked to focus on anybody’s behaviors besides my own, but when I was stationed aboard a Naval ship, I got to observe these people closer.

Up to this point, I had only read narratives, and brief descriptions about slavery; but my most accurate briefing came from watching tapes of the television show Roots, that aired in 1977. I wound up traveling through a season in my life in which I was heavily and constantly numbed by alcohol. I reached out to the Navy chaplain, and was receiving assistance. After getting into an alcohol related incident on base where I passed out and stopped breathing, I found myself standing in front of a group of white men in tan uniforms. There was one black man, but he didn’t do any talking; he just stared. For 10 minutes, these Naval chiefs attempted to tear pride and dignity from me through a form of verbal degradation only befitting for an animal. What they didn’t know was that my pride is in my heart, and that can never be taken; it can only be relinquished.

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It was this event, along with an overwhelmingly majority of my interactions with these people, that pushed me to make an informed decision not to trust them. I determined, through interaction with a few very great people that were European, that I couldn’t hate them, but I surely knew that I had to protect myself and my family from them by any means necessary. This is what compels me to speak and build rapport with the young African youth in my neighborhood. This is what made me go out to protest after being fired days before Christmas for telling a European at my workplace that I wouldn’t allow anyone from management to confiscate my phone, and what ultimately led me to assisting in this process of hosting this United Nations fact finding mission.

The United Nations has assigned a work group (Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent) to visit Chicago and take testimony on the Human Rights violations against people of African descent in the United States. The mission is to take testimony from civil society, and state and city representatives on the condition and plight of African Americans within the U.S. With the current climate of public disdain towards Chicago’s current Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, Governor Rauner, and the Chicago Police Department, this investigation into the human rights violations that taken place throughout this nation’s history stands to be a monumental milestone in the African fight for fairness within the United States.

The United Nations Conference will be held at the Chicago State University Library Auditorium. On Sunday, the events will take place between the times of 50 pm and 7 pm; the public is urged to arrive early, as seats are claimed on a first come first serve basis. This is a major accomplishment for people of African Descent around the world, and we highly encourage families to come as units, showing a strong engagement and interest in the futures of all of our youth.

Written By: Eugene ‘Geno’ Stanley

 

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Website:
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Racism/WGAfricanDescent/Pages/WGEPADIndex.aspx
http://chicagoantieviction.org/

http://nationalblackagendaconsortium.org/

http://www.blackstarproject.org/

Special Thanks:

  • Willie ‘JR’ Flemming – Chicago Anti Eviction Campaign
  • Iva Carruthers
  • Pat Hill
  • Vicki Casanova
  • Stan Willis-Groups
  • Human Rights Network
  • The Black Star Project
  • National Black Agenda Consortium
  • N’COBRA – Chicago
  • African Development Plan
  • F.L.Y. Fearless Leading by the Youth
  • Justice or Else (NOI – The Final Call)
  • Paleo-Americans First Inc. & Tepiu-aui-Ra
  • Midwest Black Law Student Association
  • Attorney Stan-Willis
  • Shakira Brown

 

United Nations Arriving in Chicago: Africans Charge Genocide-Encampment Project of Tents

Media Advisory – For Immediate Release                         Contact: Kham Howard

January 23, 2016                                                                   Phone: 773.520.0369

 

As U.N. Arrives in Chicago, Encampment Project of Tents Rises to Welcome Officials

And to Announce that “Africans Charge Genocide” in America

 

Encampment Project Will Be in Place during U.N. Visit

in Solidarity with Projects in All Cities Visited by United Nations

 

What:         With the United Nations fact-finding mission about 24 hours away, The Encampment Project is coming to Chicago, endorsed by the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA).  This campaign is an important step in the direction of the diplomatic encirclement of the U.S. in its genocidal treatment of African people.  Chicagoans of African descent will also testify before the U.N. on this genocidal treatment.

Who:          National Coalition of Blacks for Reparation in America endorses the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement’s (InPDUM) Encampment Project.  People of African descent and other organizations from around the country, and around the world, have been invited to set up tents.  

Why:          Almost everyone is aware of the string of murders of African people by the police. Walter Scott in South Carolina, Eric Garner in New York, Sandra Bland in Texas, Freddie Gray in Maryland, Laquan McDonald and Rekia Boyd in Illinois, Oscar Grant III in California, Mike Brown and Cary Ball in Missouri, 7 year old Aiyana Jones in Michigan, 12 year old Tamir Rice in Ohio, and just on Saturday, January 16, 2016, Palm Beach County Florida Sheriff’s deputies murdered a 19 year old African named Henry Thomas Bennett in Belle Glade, Florida.  KilledByPolice.net reports that 3,087 Americans were killed by the police between 2013 and 2015 (in 3 years), many being young Black men.  Tuskegee University’s Records and Research Division reports that 3,446 Negros were lynched between 1882 and 1968 (in 82 years) by the Ku Klux Klan.  Africans Charge Genocide!!!

 

Where:       Chicago State University

9500 South at St. Lawrence 

                    Chicago, Illinois

 

When:        Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 2:30 pm (Photo opportunities) 

 

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Waiting On Justice Is Like Waiting For A Unicorn To Come Change Your Life

On December 15, 2015, I attended a public hearing at City Hall in Chicago, along with several of my colleagues, with the purpose of allowing the Fraternal Order of Police president (FOP- Dean Angelo), an Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) representative, and the Chicago Police Superintendent (acting- First Deputy John Escalante), to speak about their handling of the death of Laquan McDonald. They also spoke on their inability, or lack of desire to fix the terrorist practices, and ill dealings within the Chicago Police Department. City Council members seemed to all have wanted to get their paws on FOP President, Dean Angelo. Cook County state’s attorney Anita Alvarez, and current Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel, decided it’d be best to cower from the bubbling ridicule and resentment of the citizens of Chicago.

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I sat astounded as I listened to testimony on how the City of Chicago had paid out over $500 Million in settlement money, stemming from complaints on police brutality over the last decade. I was even more confused when I listened to the response from Dean Angelo. He seemed to not care that tax payers were footing the bill for grotesque police misconduct; a half a billion dollar bill at that. When asked by an alderman if he would object to settlements for cases of police brutality being paid out of pension funds, the FOP president declared that he would most certainly be opposed to that idea even being considered. He was also asked if he would object to a tax being imposed on all officers to help mitigate the city’s settlement expenses, and he went down as not being opposed to negotiating that as a possibility.

During what can be described as a blatant slap in the face of the families of those horrifically martyred by Chicago police officers, FOP president Dean Angelo told the audience that no matter what the officer has done, he will defend that officer legally, and work diligently to ensure that the officer doesn’t accrue lost time from work. If the FOP has the primary concern of legal defense for officers, then them being involved in every aspect of officer’s profession is a conflict of interest. I believe the FOP should work as a union, and cover the cost for 3rd party legal teams to defend officers in cases of alleged police brutality. According to Dean, public attention should be concerned with the PTSD the police officer’s suffer after these events. While explaining examples of these cases of PTSD, he mentioned instances that all included officers having to respond to an accident where they saw dead children, and a few instances of adult bodies being discovered. What he didn’t mention was cases where vicious savages with badges murder innocent people, then have a hard time sleeping at night.

When asked about the frequency of use of deadly force in African American neighborhoods, the FOP president told aldermen that CPD only has 760 tasers to share amongst the department. He also testified that only 1 in 5 Chicago police officers are certified to use tasers. What are the rules of engagement, and the rules to the use of deadly force for the CPD? Is deadly force the only option when a police officer interprets that a situation is beginning to escalate? This is a clear depiction of the police state’s value on black life. Injustice seeps from the pores of an organization that is controlled and manipulated by power drunk public officials.

Next, an alderman asked Dean Angelo why he didn’t fire Van Dyke sooner. He replied, once again, that his only priority in any complaint of police misconduct, is defending the officer, and ensuring that he doesn’t incur any lost time on the job. The alderman then asked him if there were any procedures in place that could’ve had ex-officer Van Dyke terminated immediately. He then disclosed that there is a procedure in place, which shocked everyone and caused disapproval by Black Lives Matter protesters observing the address. According to him, IPRA could’ve recommended that the officer be fired. The process would’ve taken 30 days after the Board of Police approved the recommendation. This raises more suspicion about all parties involved in this case.

Chicago is bubbling close to full blown revolution, and there are more people politically involved than ever before in history. Police brutality and terror plague black communities all over the country. Consistent protests have dealt a great blow to business in downtown Chicago since the release of the tape showing the murder of Laquan McDonald. Protesters are calling upon elected officials to take immediate action at resolving this issue of brutality and terror in the Chicago Police Department. They are also calling for the immediate resignation of Rahm Emmanuel, and Anita Alvarez. Why are there only 760 tasers, but over 8,000 officers? Why are good officers afraid to speak out against misconduct by their peers? Should periodic training and certification be beefed up for all officers? The point is to figure out what we can do to totally reform a policing system that is rooted in racist beginnings. Whatever is decided upon as the course of action, it needs to happen NOW, and citizens are demanding that we be involved in decision making processes from now on. Signing off, but never offline!

By: Eugene “Geno” Stanley