OPPORCOONISTS: HOW AL SHARPTON AND BLACK LIVES MATTER AIM TO CO-OPT THE MASS UPSURGE (2020)

By Kevin “Rashid” Johnson

THE PEOPLE RISE UP

The recorded lynching of George Floyd by Minneapolis police on May 25, 2020, sparked hundreds of protests involving hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people across Amerika and the world. Uprisings that still continue weeks later.

These upsurges represent a qualitatively different form of struggle from the urban revolts that rocked the U.S. inner cities from 1963-1968. Although the ’60s revolts were also provoked by incidents of police violence, they were largely confined to poor Black communities, and much of the property damage was to structures in those communities.

The revolts of 2020, however, have involved people of every race and ethnicity, ranging from the poor and working-class to the middle class and intellectuals. Much of the property damage has been consciously directed at police and large corporate-owned structures. This struggle has definitely taken on the characteristics of class war: namely, the people versus the exploitative ruling class and its hired guns.

A PLANNED SEIGE ON WASHINGTON

Even before George Floyd’s death, the relatives of a number of people murdered by the cops were planning a massive siege on Washington, DC, to compel justice for their slain loves ones. They planned to bring hundreds of thousands of protesters to DC to shut the capital down. The planners of this event included Lisa Simpson, mother of Richard Risher (murdered by LA police during July 2016), Chantel Brooks, mother of 15-year-old Michael Wesley (murdered by Chicago police during June 2013), and others. 

After being misled and having their losses and grief exploited by so-called civil rights leaders and attorneys, the Black Lives Matter organization, and any number of politicians, these families elected to mobilize their demands for justice at the grassroots. But among these aggrieved families, are some who follow and trust the misleadership of these civil rights opportunists. As a result, the planned siege on DC was exposed to Al (the Rat) Sharpton, who had jumped on the bandwagon as a spokesman for George Floyd’s family. Sharpton, a career camera shark, opportunist shill of the Democratic Party, and known FBI informant, moved in favor of the system to subvert the planned DC siege, announcing on June 4 at George Floyd’s memorial service, that he was planning to lead a March on Washington on Aug 28, 2020, in commemoration of the August 28, 1963, Washington March that was led by Martin Luther King, jr.

SHARPTON’S MARCH TO SELL THE PEOPLE OUT JUST LIKE THE 1963 MARCH

Sharpton’s maneuver to take over the planned DC siege with a pig controlled march is an exact duplication of how MLK was unwittingly used by the government to subvert what was going to be a grassroots siege in DC in 1963.

The only difference is MLK didn’t realize he was being manipulated by the system, whereas Sharpton knows exactly what he’s doing. He knows the history. Sharpton’s a spineless, career opportunist who will work with the pigs and undermine others to promote himself and save his own neck. He did it when, in March 1983, he was busted in an FBI drug sting, and opted to wear a wire to set up Black sports promoters and even Mafia leaders for the feds, to get himself off. (1) Many people don’t know the real story behind the 1963 March on Washington where MLK gave his famous, “I Have a Dream,” speech. A story that reveals just how foul Sharpton’s move to subvert this newly planned siege, and rechannel the uprisings today, really are.

THE 1963 FARCE ON WASHINGTON

In his Nov 10, 1963 speech, “Message to the Grassroots,” Malcolm X gave a blistering description of how MLK was used to subvert the 1963 siege on DC and contain mass unrest with a one-day government-choreographed march—readers are strongly encouraged to listen to or read Malcolm’s speech. (2)

In that speech, Malcolm describes how MLK and several civil rights leaders who were struggling for funds were confronted by president John F. Kennedy,  who became aware of the planned siege on DC, where hundreds of thousands of Blacks were expected to descend on the capital and shut down all transportation and government operations, by lying down in the streets and on runways, tying up Congress, etc., and not leave until the government solved persistent problems of racism, pervasive poverty, police murders and brutality in Black communities, and so on. At the time Blacks were also active in the streets defending themselves against racial violence. Kennedy wanted a halt to the resistance in the streets and to head off the planned siege. So he and his financial backers offered MLK and the other civil rights leaders huge sums of money, a seat at the table with the previously anti-Black Democratic Party and coverage in the mass media if they agreed to take over the siege and convert it into a government-controlled one-day march. (3) MLK and his circle agreed to the sellout, and it went over without a hitch. This is exactly what Sharpton is doing with his planned Aug 28 march, aimed at subverting the siege planned by the surviving families of people murdered by police. Families who’ve already been sold out by him and his kind, with the media giving his planned march wide mainstream coverage and not a single mention of the grassroots action it aims to replace. The thing is, toward the end of his life MLK came to realize that he’d been used by the establishment to undermine the struggle of the people against its abuses. So he planned a Poor People’s Encampment to occur during the summer of 1968, to lay siege to the capital, much as the 1963 grassroots movement originally planned to do. But the pigs murdered him only months before the encampment was set to happen. 

BLACK LIES MATTER

On a par with Al Sharpton’s opportunism is the BLM organization, especially it’s national office. BLM reached national prominence on the back of the Ferguson, MO protests, after the 2014 police murder of Mike Brown Jr. BLM did nothing to end police murders, but instead co-opted the Ferguson protests and boosted the profitable careers of its national leaders. It also gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to police departments for body cameras and “unintended bias” training. Money that was used instead to expand the departments’ military arsenals and equipment. The organization, like MLK’s circle of civil rights leaders in 1963, was brought to heel with tens of millions of dollars donated by monied interests like George Soros and others. Worse still, is while BLM has received these huge sums, it has actively stolen money from and hustled the surviving loved ones of people slain by the pigs.

One such case is Lisa Simpson. As can be seen in an Aug 2016 interview with her and Melina Abdullah, one of the original founders of BLM, BLM conducted a fundraiser in Simpson’s name under the guise of helping to pay her son’s funeral costs. (4) Simpson never received a dime of that money. Other surviving relatives have had the same experiences with BLM, including Veda Washington, aunt of Alton Sterling (murdered by Louisiana police during July 2016), Chantell Brooks, and others.

As uprisings spread in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, millions of dollars in donations poured into BLM giving this discredited organization new life. BLM in turn moved in to co-opt the mass upsurge. On June 8, BLM’s managing director Kailee Scales did an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit. (5) Questions poured in asking where all the funds are going, which Scales evaded. The session was a disaster and led to further inquiries on whether BLM was involved in illegally funneling money to establishment political groups like the Democratic Party. (6) It was the Democrats that subverted the 1963 siege and has since acted to keep Blacks politically contained. (7)

COUNTERING THE PANTHER PROTEST MODEL

Before George Floyd’s murder, the New Afrikan Black Panther Party (NABPP) and United Panther Movement (UPM) were actively organizing mass protests against police murders, where the surviving families were given a voice and leadership over the protests, and the involved masses participated in people’s assemblies.

Following the police murders of Dreasjon Reed and McHale Rose in Indianapolis on May 6 and 7, the Panthers organized several rallies where the masses effectively took over the streets and left the cops unable to respond. 

The Panthers contrasted their mass-based leadership style with the local BLM’s attempts to dictate to the crowds and won over the people. Indy’s BLM also led a group of protesters into a police ambush that the Panthers became aware of and warned BLM about beforehand. Ignoring the Panther’s warnings, the Indy BLM caused numerous protesters who followed them to be shot with rubber bullets and tear gas, while the Panthers led protestors to rally in another area where they were unmolested by the cops. (8)

Across Amerika people took notice of the Panther’s work. So too, did the pigs. It was soon discovered that the pigs were maneuvering to infiltrate the Panther’s ranks in the wake of the Lynching of George Floyd and the Panther’s moving to give leadership to the mass upsurge, leading to the dissolution and reconstitution of the Indiana branch of the UPM, as BLM moved to co-opt the uprisings. 

CONCLUSION

It’s certainly true that when we fail to learn history’s lessons we will relive them. Today’s maneuverings by BLM and Sharpton, repeat past historical experiences almost exactly.

It’s decisive that we learn from those lessons and prevent a repeat of the same tactics today that subverted our struggles yesterday. Was cannot trust turncoats who’ve already proven their sellout characters for all to see. We must fight them just as we do the state forces that are destroying our families and communities because it is the interests of this racist oppressive state that they serve.

Dare to Struggle Dare to Win!

All Power to the People!

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NOTES:

1.    https://ny post.com/2014/04/09/sharpton-at-annual-nan-meeting-amid-mob-rat-revelation/

2.    Malcolm X, “Message to the Grassroots” Nov,https://youtu.be/IY39tp3LEKI

3.    Kevin “Rashid” Johnson, “The Democrats are not Your Party: Confronting Black Political Confusions in an Election Year” (2020) http://rashidmod.com/?p=2756

4.    Jill Stein Talks With Melina Abdullah and Lisa Simpson Outside LA Town Hall, Aug 29, 2016 https://youtu.be.com/6_3tzPj-JCk

5. http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/gyzs79/i_am_kailee_scales_managing…

6.     Diego Marquez, “Is the Black Lives Matter Organization A Money Laundering Scheme?” June 9, 2020. https//:medium.com/@11abba4547e

7.      Op cit., Note 7

8.       Tyler Fenwick, “The Birth of a Protest,” Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper, May 30, 2020 http://www.indianapolisrecorder.com/news/article/4f46b76c-a2a3-11ea-8614…

Thank You from Shakaboona

Hello Everyone, It’s ur brother Shakaboona. I trust everyone is keeping distances & remaining safe during this COVID-19 pandemic we’re experiencing. Through this COVID-19 crisis, and worldwide Black rebellion due to racism & police murders of African Americans, I have been inspired by people from all over by their deep expressions of empathy, love, humanity, & courage. I have been internally moved by three (3) things over the last few months.

One, was seeing the collective movement of how people came out during the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic to help their neighbor, the elderly, & the sick with all sorts of services – food deliveries, meds pick up, donation drives, & aid to prisoners. Witnessing that really raised my spirits & faith in humanity.

Two, I was truly inspired by Black women, they always seem to amaze me. I was really feeling the “Sisterhood” of my daughters Tiana & Princes Diana in their support of their cousin Tiana’s All Natural beauty products business at Beuteeandbody.com . We must support one another in our endeavors. So I’m encouraging all my friends to go to the site and purchase some all natural soap & beauty products. I hear the beauty products are fantastic! Ima make a gift purchase too.

Another inspiring Black woman for me is Jeannine Cook, the owner of Harriett’s Bookshop in Fishtown section of Philly, because during the nationwide protest against police brutality in Philly Jeannine went to City Hall and gave away over 100 free books to protestors. The books were copies of Kate Clifford Larson’s ‘BOUND FOR THE PROMISED LAND’: Harriet Tubman: ‘Portrait of an American Hero’, and ‘THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X’: As Told to Alex Haley. Jeannine said “If you’re going to be out there resisting and on the front lines of the movement, then we also need to be on the [community]-building side of things.” Right now, passing out books to protestors has been her medium of activism. Jeannine says, “There are a million different ways that we can approach social ills. Everyone is out there holding up signs, and there’s no problem with that. We’re going to hold up books.” Yo, I love that! Jeannine is receiving donations from the shop’s Venmo account (@harriettsbookshop), and she’s using the money to “get more books on the streets.” Please, I implore everyone to help this woman out by sending her a money donation for books. Thank you.

Third, was observing the “masses” of Caucasian people in America & the World! come out into the streets to protest “By Any Means Necessary” with African American people against the institutional & structural racism (white supremacy/anti-Black culture) & murderous police forces in America ignited by the police murder of George Floyd. Finally!

This now changes everything. Things will never go back to being the same. Caucasians have seemed to understand that Silence on Racism against Black people is violence & complicity! I now have renewed faith. This moment is a start for Caucasians to increase their support of African Americans’ struggle against anti-Blackism, which is actually a global problem, and “their” problem that’s affecting both parties. The revolutionary African philosopher Frantz Fanon, in his literary classic book WRETCHED OF THE EARTH, said the Torturer & the Tortured (Oppressor & Oppressed) are both injured in the process. Anyways, Dang!, I’m proud of the young Caucasian protestors on the front lines. And I’m sure ancestor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr would be proud of them too.(smile)

OK, gotta go for now. Remember everyone, let’s love, support, & protect one another, ’cause we’re all we got! Fight the Power with our UNITY! – Shakaboona

Adilson Neves: Petition for Furlough Enrollment

To: Noelle Hanrahan

From: Adilson F. Neves W98473

Date: May 1, 2020

Re: Enclosed Petition To D.O.C. Commissioner

Dear Noelle,

May this letter find you in the best of health. My name is Adilson Neves. I have been incarcerated since age 17. I am now 30 years old. In light of Covid-19, I am corresponding to you to inform you of my effort to petition for my release from prison. At this point, I am requesting that my release is on the premise of early parole or by way of a Furlough, to preserve my health and life during the pandemic.

Enclosed you will find my petition addressed to the D.O.C. Commissioner Carol A. Mici. May you please review the material and determine what, if any, assistance you may offer to my person and family.

At the earliest, convenience your attention in this delicate matter is greatly appreciated. Please be safe and well during these times.

Respectfully,

Adilson F. Neves W98473

May 1, 2020

To: Commissioner Carol A Mici

From: Petitioner, Adilson Neves W98473

Date: May 1, 2020

Re: Petition For Furlough Program Enrollment/ Early Parole Release:

Commissioner Carol A Mici,

May this missive find you well. At this point, I am contacting your office to petition for 1.) My enrollment in the Furlough Program authorized by G.L. c. 127 129d with an amended time extension to meet the date the CDC provides Public Notice of Suspension of the Covid-19 Pandemic, and, 2.) An early parole release, as I am a Juvenile Offender whose served 12 years of a 15 year to life sentence structure with an additional approximate 2 years earned good time, as due process of law and subsequent conviction did not merit my contraction of a deadly virus.

Hitherto, the Committee for Public Services and Another v. Chief Justice of The Trial Court and Others (No.2), SJC-12926, slip-op at *2 (April 28, 2020) issued SJC conclusion: “The Executive Branch has the authority, inter alia, to commute sentences, issue furloughs, and allow early parole. We urge the Executive Branch to contemplate how it might best exercise those constitutional powers to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 in the Commonwealth’s prison system.” As such, I move forward with this petition.

Up to date, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention described the spread of Covid-19 as “mainly from person to person, between those who are in close contact with one another (with in 6ft) and from contact contaminated surfaces.” In a prison setting, it is nearly impossible to maintain a minimal of 6ft in social distance at all times, Likewise, the avoidance of touching the same surfaces. Despite the Departments increased efforts to disinfect the common areas, which occur no more than 3 times per week, recent CDC studies show the “virus can live up to 3 hours in the air, 4 hours on copper, 24 hours on card board, 2-3 days on plastic and stainless steel.” The SJC described the prison setting as “the perfect incubator for the disease threatening to consume vital health care resources and endangering the general public, incarcerated population and correctional officers.” The SJC further assed that “the risk is significantly higher than in the community, in terms of risk of transmission, exposure, and harm to individuals who become infected. This is due to a number of factors, including, among others, the inability to engage in social distancing, the inability to isolate and manage known and suspected cases of Covid-19 and endemic problems of hygiene and sanitation that plague Massachusetts prisons.”

Developing data shows that, thus far, “the rate of infections in the D.O.C. is likely far higher than twice as high as the entire state of Massachusetts.” Thus, on the premise of growing evidence and a common sense approach, I assert that the actual number of confirmed cases in the D.O.C. is far higher than the confirmed number. This, in part, due to the limited availability of Covid-19 test kits and Asymptomatic carriers. A variety of study groups across the globe examining this focal point, all agree, that African Americans are at least 5 times more likely to die as a result of contracting the deadly virus.

Pulmonary, Renal, Dialysis, I.C.U. and Other doctors jointly conclude that, “young, otherwise healthy people who contract Covid-19 are developing blood clots in renal arteries and causing kidney injuries likely to result in kidney failure,” and that, “an overwhelming percent are suffering major strokes and, or, consequently, death.”

Accordingly, this petition is to preserve my Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment rights “prohibiting the deprivation of life without due process of law.” To which effect, I assert that my contraction of Covid-19 and it resulting in grave health conditions and, or, death, would suffice in the meeting of each of the two-pronged test for viewing due process violation claims.

In like manner, my Eighth Amendment right “to be free from cruel and unusual punishment” is also to be preserved, as due process of law and subsequent conviction did not merit the psychological torture of suspense and anticipation of my contraction of the deadly disease. Just as it is known to be deadly if contracted by a person with pre-existing medical conditions, it is equally known to be deadly if contracted by a person with NO pre-existing medical conditions, thereby, granting my person the right to equal protection mandating my immediate parole release.

Meritoriously, it is unambiguous that a consciously made decision to deny this petition would blatantly disregard and, or, desecrate the Deliberate Indifference Standard appropriated in Farmer v. Brennan 511 US 825 (1994) by the Supreme Court, as members of the Executive Branch maintain constant requisite knowledge of the Covid-19 threat to health and life, even in cases that do not include pre-existing medical conditions.

On April 3, 2020, in Committee for Public Services v. Chief Justice of The Trial Court, the SJC declared “the situation is urgent and unprecedented and a reduction in the number of people who are held in custody is necessary.” As such, I move forward with this petition.

In closing, at the earliest convenience, your attention in this delicate matter is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your service and may you continue to be well.

Respectfully,

Adilson F. Neves W98473

May 1, 2020

Cc.

Governor of Massachusetts, Charles Baker

Mass. Parole Board Chairperson, Gloriann Moroney

MCI Norfolk Superintendent, Steve Silva

Director of Treatment, Sarah Smith

Director of Classification

Attorney for Petitioner, Eva Jellison

State Representative, Russell Holmes

State Representative, Michelle Dubois

CBS Special Investigator, Elsie Nolan

Senior Consultant of Parent Advocacy, Kathy A. Reddick

Citizens for Juvenile Justice Director, Sana Fadel

Director of Prison Radio, Noelle Hanrahan