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1968 protests at Columbia University called attention to ‘Gym Crow’ and got worldwide attention

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Black power militant H. Rap Brown and Stokely Carmichael (right) appeared at a sit-in protest at Columbia University in New York City on April 26, 1968. AP

Stefan M. Bradley, Loyola Marymount University

“If they build the first story, blow it up. If they sneak back at night and build three stories, burn it down. And if they get nine stories built, it’s yours. Take it over, and maybe we’ll let them in on the weekends.”

This is what Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and Black Panther Party affiliate H. Rap Brown told a crowd of Harlem residents at a community rally in February 1967.

They were there to protest Columbia University’s construction of a gymnasium in Morningside Park, the only land separating the Ivy League university from the historic black working-class neighborhood. The gym, along with the discovery that Columbia was affiliated with the Institute for Defense Analysis – a national consortium of flagship universities and research organizations that provided strategy and weapons research to the U.S. Department of Defense – stirred students to protest for more decision-making power at their elite university.

When considering the key events of 1968, such as the Tet Offensive, the assassinations of national leaders, demonstrations at the Democratic National Convention and the Olympics, as well international events concerning democracy, the Columbia uprisings merit attention.

Issues converge on campus

As I detail in my book – “Harlem vs. Columbia University: Black Student Power in the Late 1960s” – all the issues of the 1960s and New Left collided on the Morningside Heights campus of Columbia. Students contended with the war in Vietnam, institutional racism, the generational divide, sexism, environmentalism and urban renewal – all while trying to find dates and attend classes.

Everything came to a head on April 23, 1968 – just weeks after the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. That was when members of the Columbia chapter of Students for a Democratic Society hosted a rally on campus to decry the war – and, what many considered the racist gym in Morningside Park. Members of the Students’ Afro-American Society, or SAS, and Columbia varsity athletes – known as jocks – were in attendance as well. SAS followers showed up to resume an earlier fight they had with the jocks who supported the construction of the gymnasium.


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Some students had been working with Harlem community groups. They saw the gym as a symbol of the university’s “power” over a defenseless and poverty-stricken black neighborhood. They joined local politicians who opposed the gym for a myriad of reasons, including its concrete footprint in a green park and the inability of the community to have access to the entire structure once built.

Troubled relations

The situation was, of course, complex. Columbia had long been a contentious neighbor to Harlem and Morningside Heights. The campus gym was decrepit and prevented the university from competing with its Ivy peers effectively in terms of facilities and space. Regarding the park, Columbia had constructed softball fields that initially community members could use. By 1968, however, only campus affiliates could access the fields. Then, white faculty members had been mugged in the park.

The university, seeking to expand in the postwar period, purchased US$280 million of land, mortgages and residential buildings in Harlem and Morningside Heights. That resulted in the eviction of nearly 10,000 residents in a decade, 85 percent of whom were black or Puerto Rican.

Columbia acted in coordination with Morningside Heights, Inc., a confederacy of educational and religious institutions in the neighborhood that also sought to “renew” the area to serve their mostly white patrons. David Rockefeller, grandson of oil magnate John D. Rockefeller, acted as MHI’s first president. Columbia was the lead institution.

Despite being close to a black neighborhood, the university admitted few black students and employed a handful of black instructors. For instance, as I report in my book, in the 1964-1965 school year, there were only 35 black students out of 2,500 students enrolled in Columbia’s College of Arts and Sciences, and just one tenured black professor. By spring 1968, there were more than 150 black students enrolled.

On April 23, protesting students attempted to take over the administration building but were repelled by campus security. Then, they walked to the gym construction site where they tore down fencing and physically confronted police. From the park, they returned to campus where they finally succeeded in taking over a classroom building, Hamilton Hall. In doing so, they surrounded the dean of the college, Henry Coleman, who chose to stay in his office with his staff. To “protect” Coleman, several jocks stood guard outside his door.

Clashes with police

What started as a racially integrated demonstration of students took a turn in the late night when H. Rap Brown and several community activists showed up at the invitation of the Students’ Afro-American Society. The student group, Brown and the community activists agreed that black people solely should occupy Hamilton Hall and that white activists should commandeer other buildings. The white demonstrators accommodated, leaving Hamilton and taking over four other buildings. That forced Columbia officials to contend with not just a student protest but a black action on campus at that height of Black Power Movement. Incidentally, the community activists removed and replaced the jocks as sentries of the dean’s office.

Participants of a student sit-in assist each other in climbing up into the offices of Columbia University President Grayson Kirk on April 24, 1968. AP

To the ire of many white university administrators of the period, Stokely Carmichael of SNCC and the Black Panthers fame showed up to explain – through the press – that the university deal either with the student activists on campus or militants coming from Harlem. This insinuated the tone of the demonstrations would change drastically. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had been assassinated less than three weeks before. From offices in Morningside Heights, Columbia administrators had watched Harlem burn as residents mourned and reacted to the black leader’s death. The only thing that separated the elite white institution from angry black rebels was the park in which the university was building a gymnasium against the will of many community members.

In consultation with New York Mayor John Lindsay, Columbia administrators chose to end the demonstrations by calling 1,000 New York police officers to clear the five occupied campus buildings on April 30. Chaos and brutality prevailed. As the NAACP and other Harlem community organizations stood watch, black students vacated Hamilton, which SAS had renamed Malcolm X Hall, and were arrested peacefully. In the building that national Students for a Democratic Society leader and Port Huron Statement author Tom Hayden occupied, police and demonstrators collided physically. One of the most iconic documents of the postwar period, the 1962 Port Huron Statement outlined the need for young people to be in the vanguard of the movement to eradicate racism and grind the military-industrial complex to a halt; it centered the notion of participatory democracy, which called for greater inclusion of the citizenry in decision-making. In other buildings, students found themselves on the hurt end of police batons when they resisted arrest.

Police rush toward student protesters outside Columbia University’s Low Memorial Library on April 30, 1968. AP

Worldwide attention

In opening the door to violence, the university turned what was a local matter into an international story and radicalized moderate students and neighborhood residents. Young radicals abroad learned of “Gym Crow” and university-sponsored defense research. In solidarity, they supported the Columbia student activists’ causes and chanted “two, three, many Columbias” – a refrain that gained popularity among American student protesters.

After the demonstrations in April, ensuing violent demonstrations in May, and a six-week student strike, the university did not build the gym in the park and renounced its membership in the Institute for Defense Analysis.

In my view, elements of the 1968 Columbia rebellion are inspiring and instructional for today’s students, protesters and community residents. As gentrification threatens the homes of poor black people in urban areas today, activists should recall that 50 years earlier young people believed they could cut their university’s ties to war research and prevent a prestigious white American institution from expanding into black spaces at the same time. They succeeded.

Our new podcast “Heat and Light” features Prof. Bradley and Columbia University’s Michael Kazin discussing this issue in depth.

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Stefan M. Bradley, Chair, Department of African American Studies, Loyola Marymount University

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

 

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Corey Feldman ‘Targeted by Death Threats’ After Announcing Project to Expose Hollywood Child Abuse Ring – The Vigilant Citizen

via Corey Feldman ‘Targeted by Death Threats’ After Announcing Project to Expose Hollywood Child Abuse Ring – The Vigilant Citizen

Corey Feldman claims he was almost “run down by two trucks” after confirming plans to bring to light the full extent of Hollywood child abuse.

Former child actor Corey Feldman has been mentioned several times on Vigilant Citizen because he’s been, for years, the most vocal denunciator of child abuse in Hollywood. While he always claimed that several high-powered Hollywood executives are part of a child abuse ring (and that one of them raped his co-star Corey Haim at age 11) Feldman never released any names.

Probably energized by the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Feldman recently released plans to expose Hollywood abuse with by directing, producing and self-distributing the “most honest and true depiction of child abuse ever portrayed.” Feldman said on Twitter:

“Right off the bat I can name six names, one of them who’s still very powerful today.”

He also said he can show a link between paedophilia and one of the major studios.

Feldman also started an Indiegogo campaign for $10 million to be used to fund the film, a legal team, and security for himself and his family. Feldman’s wife, Courtney, suggests the money is to ensure their safety after certain events have left him paranoid he’s being targeted.

On October 19th, Feldman tweeted:

“For the record: I will not be going on a talk show to disclose names of my abuser or anyone else’s abusers. So please stop asking me to do so. Also let me add, this is not about fear of being sued! Yes that’s a real possibility but the bigger reason is safety for my family.”

Targeted?

Since Feldman launch his Truth Campaign, Feldman claims that he’s being targeted and his life is being threatened. On October 23rd, he was arrested on a marijuana charge in Louisiana after his tour bus was pulled over for speeding. Feldman believes that the arrest was a shakedown in response to his campaign.

Mangham Police say officers pulled over Feldman’s tour bus for speeding when they found Feldman was driving with a suspended license.

Police say they searched the bus and found marijuana and prescription pills. Feldman was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana, speeding, and driving with a suspended license. He was able to pay a fine and was released.

On his Twitter page, Feldman said he had nothing on him but was charged because the tour bus is in his name. He said the marijuana was a member of the crew’s, who has a legal California prescription. He also claimed the pills were legal, and officers promised to drop the charges if he could provide proof of prescription.

He claimed the traffic stop was “a bit of a good ol shakedown,” and that officers asked for pictures and autographs after he paid the fine in cash.
– KNOE8, Police release details in Coery Feldman traffic stop

He adds that several members quit his band because they were fearing for their lives, wondering if “someone got to them”.

Finally, Feldman said that he had a “near death experience” when two trucks nearly ran him down.

Will Feldman ever actually spill the beans and expose the system. Feldman says in his video:

“It’s not easy. I’ve been degraded at great levels. Rumours have been told, stories have been made up about me… all because they fear what I know. Justice will be served. Because this is about good and evil.”

Vegas cops change their story: Paddock shot security guard BEFORE mass shooting: huge new can of worms « Jon Rappoport’s Blog

Stephen PaddockVegas cops change their story: Paddock shot security guard BEFORE mass shooting: huge new can of worms Oct 10  by Jon Rappoport

LA Times: “Police said Paddock fired 200 rounds into the hallway” wounding a hotel security guard.

by Jon Rappoport

October 10, 2017

LA Times, October 9: “Police have dramatically changed their account of how the Las Vegas massacre began on Oct. 1, revealing Monday that the gunman shot a hotel security guard [in the leg through the closed door of his hotel room] six minutes before opening fire on a country music concert — raising new questions about why police weren’t able to pinpoint the gunman’s location sooner.”

The previous police story was: Paddock shot security guard Campos after he finished firing on the concert crowd.

The LA Times focuses on how this new information changes the timeline of events—in particular, the addition of minutes before police arrived at Paddock’s door.

Really? That’s the takeaway?

There is a far more serious question. Why did Paddock shoot the security guard through his hotel room door, with 200 rounds of ammunition (according to police), BEFORE starting to fire on the concert crowd?

Whether or not Paddock was using a silenced weapon to shoot the security guard, didn’t he think 200 rounds through a door might possibly alert people in the hotel to what he was about to do—kill people at the concert?

Security guard Campos, according to the Times, was on Paddock’s 32nd floor to check on an alert about another guest’s room door having being left open. Campos wasn’t there to check on Paddock. There is no indication Paddock was suspected of anything.

The new Vegas police sequence of events now goes this way: Paddock is in his room preparing to slaughter people at the concert; security guard Campos comes to the 32nd floor to check on a report of another guest’s door having been left open; Paddock sees Campos out in the hallway outside his door (using a camera Paddock had installed); Paddock fires 200 rounds through his door and hits Campos in the leg; leaving Campos there, Paddock then WAITS SIX MINUTES and begins firing through his broken window(s) at the concert crowd.

Perhaps the police will change their story yet again. Paddock didn’t fire 200 rounds through his door. He stepped out into the hallway and wounded Campos with one shot using a silenced handgun. He then left Campos there, went back into his room, waited six minutes, and then started firing on the concert crowd.

Or, after wounding Campos with one bullet, he paid Campos with a pile of casino chips and told him to wait in the hallway and say nothing to anyone for a half-hour.

Or he bound and gagged Campos after shooting him in the leg and stuffed him into a laundry closet in the hallway.

Or, the most popular tactic in these untenable and absurd stories: “Obviously, Paddock was crazy. There is no way to account for all his actions. We may never know why he did what he did.”

That usually works with the public. The police or the FBI paint themselves into a corner trying to hide the truth. They realize their latest version of events makes no sense. So they invoke the time-honored “we may never know” explanation.

If some reporter wakes up from his stupor and resists going along with the story, he’ll probably hear: “Yes, we’re looking into that. But we have no further comment at this time.”

Or most likely, any time.

Here is a reasonable assessment: since very early on, police had decided on this story: Paddock was the shooter; he was the only shooter; he wounded the security guard after he finished firing on the concert crowd.

But the fact that the security guard was wounded BEFORE the concert shooting was leaking out. People in Las Vegas knew about it. So the cops (or the FBI) decided they had to get out ahead of the leak, if possible. It would be better to change their story than wait and end up with egg on their faces.

And so far, it looks like they made a smart move. Because how many media outlets are pointing out how crazy the new story is?

Most importantly, how many other egregious lies are sitting under the previous security-guard lie? How many other devious twists and turns in the true tale are being hidden?

via Vegas cops change their story: Paddock shot security guard BEFORE mass shooting: huge new can of worms « Jon Rappoport’s Blog

The Elephant in the Room, Las Vegas Event: 10-01-2017

“The Elephant in the Room, Las Vegas Event: 10-01-2017”

The Big Elephant in the Room

My videos are typically created out of inspiration that motivates me to express my thoughts and views in a certain way. While I had intended to make this presentation based on several videos and links to articles that I had viewed surrounding this subject, it wasn’t until today that I actually was inspired to present my thoughts on this event in the way you will see laid out here.

All too often when these events happen folks get caught up in the details, pitting one detail against the other, assuming they are correct about the whole picture while glaringly staring at one branch on the tree.

My experience has taught me, to always go to the root of the situation issue or concern. Analyze it from deep within and then make connections on your way out.

My first reaction to this most recent event in Las Vegas was the proverbial.. Bullshit! Then I watched a ton of videos read even more articles, and I will post the links to all of them in the blog. The link to the blog is in the description below.

There is also the need in these type of situations to pull all the evidence together into one whole picture. The western mind tends to think linearly, and decide it is either this way or that way. When in actuality, it is typically all of the above in most cases. If we take a moment to see how almost all scenarios could have taken place, we can see a much broader agenda and the purpose of it, rather than focusing on one agenda and running with that. We have to be ever aware that the entities who run the world, are not limited to one agenda, purpose or even narrative. It is very strategic and it understands that as situations contain their own variables, the narrative has to change with each situation or point of view or perspective.

The first thing folks say is it’s about gun control, however, they fail to realize that if it were truly about gun control, all the government would have to do is round up all the guns. Instead, these events cause more folks to buy more guns and the guns and ammunition fly off the shelves within hours or days after these events.

Confusion mounts surrounding the details of the events, which is exactly why the details tend to contradict each other. Multiple stories serve the purpose of keeping the masses chasing its tail, each one trying to be the one to solve the mystery and have the one answer that fits all. They just don’t realize that it’s all of the above.

Meanwhile, distrust is fomented between all parties for or against the narrative. No one knows what to believe, and those who are fervent about their positions are willing to fight tooth and nail to have their position be the last word on it. But they are still looking at it in a linear fashion, and the people who plan these events know full well that everything is a circle.

Fear, is the most immediate outcome of these events, but it is not the main goal. Shaking up the masses can be done with a scary movie of end times or the grid being blasted by solar flares. The masses have been terrorized for so long that it is no longer gain worthy to keep that scenario going. And nowadays with Conspiracy sleuths on the case, before long the entire story unravels. Which just gives them even more incentive to create a new one.

Before long another Distraction is produced to give the MSM more fodder for their “fake news” which has been “fake” for decades and exposed as such for just as long. However to hear government officials parrot the line of fake news seems to make it more believable, and remember, Obama spoke in Germany about fake news, long before they gave that “meme” to Trump. And Hillary blasted the Alt-Right in some of her campaign speeches. The agenda was in the works long before “Trump” came into office, but he makes the perfect fall guy for the agenda.

The Alternative Media scrambles to pull the pieces together as well, but since it too has the linear way of looking at things, the alternative perspectives get into the battle field of wanting to prove their point is more relevant than the other.

I typically do not even watch MSM news, but nowadays, YouTube has the long list of them in my suggested videos, I actually have to take the time to find alternative points of view and they are becoming more and more like needles in a haystack. I can barely find some of my favorites so I know that my subscribers will have just as difficult of a time finding mine.
Again I say, the alternative news has to use a broader brush, even broader than they are now using and realize, it’s all of the above.

“John Brown, the Secret Six, Freemasonry, the Illuminati and the Conspiracy That Precipitated the Civil War.   https://youtu.be/TMAx1P2rgbY

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The Civil War in this country was fomented by folks who sponsored both sides, that is what a Civil War really is about. There are bad guys and good guys on both sides. But to have a Civil War, both sides have to be armed and extremely dangerous. In order to do so, and especially if the manufacturers have no sides, they are armed with the same weapons. In other words, they are shooting and killing each other with weapons provided by the same manufacturers. The color of money does not change.

Folks may appear to be fighting for the “greater good” but that greater good is only in the eyes of the beholder. And if money is good and control is good, well by any means necessary even if it involves complicity and collusion.

When we fully examine the Divide & Conquer strategy we get a bit closer to what this Las Vegas and many other conflicts around the world are about. If you destabilize the masses among themselves, they will be so overwhelmed by confusion and thinking linearly, they feel they have to “pick a side” they will totally miss the point that they are being divided. For centuries in human history, this has been the underlying agenda for control and dominance. Political parties, identity politics, religion and sexual preferences are simply smoke screens for the real agenda, and that is to keep the masses squabbling over the crumbs while the entities in charge get the lion share of the whole pie.

Even with the issue of Puerto Rico disruption of distribution of supplies. San Juan Mayor, Carmen Yulín Cruz, is supported by Hillary Clinton, Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello Supported by Trump. Divide and conquer leads once again to destabilization and the masses hurt and confused, don’t know which way to go. It is so dangerous and truly an opportune time for the government to get even more control via the auspices of “humanitarian efforts”.

Stephen Paddock

I can’t help but notice the many similarities between these so-called “staged” events and the so-called perpetrators who are responsible for them and for the most part deceased and therefore cannot defend themselves. But those who have made it to a court of law are obviously compromise in some way and in some instances, are not even the ones whom the MSM claimed were the original perpetrators. But it is very interesting and quite a tell-tale sign when the similarities are lined up. In fact, I was kind of tickled when I saw the connection between just these two, Stephen Paddock and Steve Stephens. Beyond the name, did we get the whole disgruntled gambler in there? Mr. Paddock allegedly killed a bunch of innocents and Steve Stephens killed a kindly old man. The outrage is enough to certainly steer the sights of the masses from the real culprit. Correct?

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Then we have a tie in with Adam Lanza. How could such an old man, seemingly a bit of a boozer, have the strength and know how to kill so many folks and from such a distance and with such high power weaponry? Comparing that to the story of Adam Lanza, a quiet withdrawn young man barely over 120 lbs being able to wield such high powered weaponry as well, and of course, they both had to be mentally unbalanced. If you ask me, it’s the script writer who needs mental health assistance along with the folks who believe this. It is unfortunate that folks become so distracted that they can’t see “the forest for the trees.”

The largest mass shooting in American History. Personally, they said this about what happened at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, but they tend to forget a couple of other events.. Las Vegas Is Only the Deadliest Shooting in US History Because They Don’t Count Black Lives. The link to the events recounted in the historical record is in the blog post below as well. Today, it is needed to continue the blame game and keep the natives restless as they rewrite history for the umteenth time. The MSM shudders at alternative news outlets calling them “fake news” while they are knee deep in propaganda.

Gun Control-Jobs

The Irony More Gun Control for Civilians/More Militarization of the Police
is very striking as an outcome for these situations. Unless Mr. Paddock was an octopus, how would one man shoot or need to have available 42 guns?

So let’s look at the big Elephant in the room. The idea that gun control will stop gun violence is quite laughable. Even with the law stating……..

Under_the_National_Firearms_ActSo_what_about

It is quite apparent that if anyone in the Shadow Government wants to create a scenario of terror they will simply find a patsy and give him all the guns “he” or “they” need to pull it off. It really doesn’t matter how many gun laws are enacted. They can all be ignored, circumvented or colluded with. And who has access to these weapons?

THE BIG ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

As long as the big Elephant in the room has access to these weapons, no amount of gun laws, codes, regulations, etc, will keep those guns out of the hands of those who will terrorize the masses with them. The US government is one of the biggest if not the biggest gun salesman in the world, and they have destabilized countries to prove it.

The US is notorious for selling and giving guns to so-called rebels/terrorists in conflicts as well as arming the prevailing governments against the so-called rebels/terrorist. They sell their weapons to both sides of the conflict. Gun manufacturers know exactly who they are selling these high powered automatic weapons to, US governmental agencies with the authority to purchase them.

What they do with them after purchasing them can be seen in these mass shootings where people who are seemingly in capable of tying their shoes without falling over are performing feats like super soldiers. And the baby elephant in the room? Who are these super soldiers? And who trains them?

We can scrap back and forth for days and days, watch a ton of videos and read another ton of articles, but the bottom line is, only the US government and its many intelligent and law enforcement agencies can pull off these events as they have full and unfettered access to all the resources needed to make it happen. As we squabble among ourselves as to what the real narrative is about these attacks, they are planning the next one. In essence even the attack itself, is a distraction from the real deal.

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