Tuesday, June 30, 2015


Saturday, June 27, Filmmaker/Singer/Songwriter/Activist BREE NEWSOME climbed a flagpole and removed the CONFEDERATE FLAG from the SOUTH CAROLINA STATEHOUSE!!!
Once she returned to land, BREE NEWSOME was arrested.
The flag was then again raised less than an jour later.
She scaled the 30-foot pole using a harness just after dawn as officers yelled for her to come down on the Columbia grounds. 
NORTH CAROLINA-native BREE NEWSOME shouted from the top of the flagpole;
“You cannot get to me with hatred and oppression and violence. I come to do this in the name of God. This flag comes down today.”
Taking her time to climb down the pole, she recited portions of PSALM 23 and other verses from the HOLY BIBLE. When she reached the bottom, State Police took the flag out of her hands and arrested her. Another activist, James Tyson, spotted Newsome at the bottom of the pole to make sure she didn’t fall.
He was arrested alongside Newsome as a group of onlookers cheered off camera. Newsome, who is black, and Tyson, who is white, are part of a group of about 10 activists who orchestrated the flag’s removal after nine people were slaughtered during the Wednesday, June 17 CHARLESTON CHURCH MASSACRE at EMANUEL AME CHURCH in CHARLESTON, SC.
CHARLOTTE, NC, Youth Educator/Organizer TAMEKA LEWIS said;
“We didn’t see it fit to have the flag stand erect while the people who were massacred were laid to rest under it.” 
The group planned to keep the flag in a box without defacing it as the funerals for the victims are held this week. But State Police confiscated the flag immediately, and workers put it back up before 8 a.m. — plenty of time before a planned rally by Confederate flag supporters, including members of the Ku Klux Klan.

Activists knew the stunt was “high risk” and could lead to arrests and feel that re-erecting the flag is a “blatant slap in the face” and shows “disregard for human lives” as the flag is a symbol of white supremacy, Lewis said. “It’s really hurtful and a bit disgraceful,” Lewis said of re-raising the “incredibly offensive” flag. State Police did not immediately respond to the Daily News’ request for comment, and it was not immediately clear on what charges Newsome and Tyson were arrested.
The flag is protected under state law, and numerous activists and politicans have called for it to be taken down, including SOUTH CAROLINA Gov. NIKKI HALEY.

Thursday, June 25, the Jefferson Davis memorial in Richmond, Va., was spray-painted with “Black Lives Matter” before a rally by heat-packing Confederate flag supporters was held at the Confederate leader’s monument.

Gov. HALEY called for the removal of the flag, and the state House of Representatives agreed to debate the issue.
Friday, June 26, President BARACK OBAMA was at the COLLEGE Of CHARLESTON to eulogize one of the victims of the  Charleston Church Massacre, the Rev. Sen. CLEMENTA PINCKNEY (D: SC), who was the Senior Pastor of Emanuel AME Church and a SC State Senator.
During his speech, President OBAMA called for the removal of Confederate flags as symbols of honor.
President OBAMA said;
“For many — black and white — that flag was a reminder of systemic oppression and racial subjugation. We see that now.”
The activist group FERGUSON ACTION, which calls on its supporters to “take action,” was formed following the killing last August of an unarmed 18-year-old Black FERGUSON, MO-resident MICHAEL BROWN Jr. by FERGUSON POLICE Officer DARREN WILSON.


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