Night Owls: Healing

People coming together in Union Square at a rally for Trayvon Martin@MaceyJForonda







92 Responses to “Night Owls: Healing”

  1. July 14, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Our hearts are with them.

  2. July 14, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    So many good comments on last thread.

  3. 5 lisalovesobama
    July 14, 2013 at 9:01 pm

  4. 6 desertflower
    July 14, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    I don’t know for sure…but I believe that people are waking up. This travesty of justice, women being denied healthcare choices, voting rights striped away…..people being denied in favor of corporate welfare…..we need to register people to vote. Get them to the polls, and make a change. I want to feel the earth move!

    • 7 desertflower
      July 14, 2013 at 9:03 pm

      In other words, I think they’ve overplayed their hands. They don’t even hide the ugly anymore.

      • 8 Lynn
        July 14, 2013 at 9:17 pm

        They’ve crapped on everyone. Pissed in everybody’s cornflakes. Seem to be proud of it. Time to make them pay in EVERY election, desert.

      • 9 Layla
        July 14, 2013 at 9:21 pm

        You know DF, I think that PBO was sent to you for exactly the purpose of exposing the undercurrent of racism in the US. Nobody really wanted to talk about it but PBO’s elections has brought light onto it which is a good thing. Now people know where everyone stands!

    • 10 arkluvspbo
      July 14, 2013 at 9:41 pm

      Yes we CAN!! We WILL move the earth! You can practically smell the change in the air — it’s electric.

  5. 12 Dudette
    July 14, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    • July 14, 2013 at 10:23 pm

      I am always fascinated, awed, and yes, envious when I see the works of talented artists. Dudette, the drawings, paintings, and sculptures that you’ve shared in this post and the previous post are amazing!

  6. 14 utaustinliberal
    July 14, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    • 15 MightyPamela
      July 14, 2013 at 9:28 pm

      Yes. We. Will.

    • 16 arkluvspbo
      July 14, 2013 at 9:47 pm

      This is a beautiful thing! This country, and the world are standing up to the demagogues that have tried to destroy us — they are only making us stronger. WE, the PEOPLE!!! I can not take my eyes away from all that is going on. This is what we have been waiting for, the time is now.

  7. 17 vcprezofan2
    July 14, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Utal, thank you for bringing the story to us yesterday and today. I realize that you have been ‘in pain’, yet you have stayed the course and done a far more professional job than the MSM ever do. Thanks!

  8. 24 Dudette
    July 14, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Love this artist. I make a point of going to view his work whenever he shows at the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta. Can’t afford anything but postcards & posters, but love going to just soak in the beauty this man creates!

  9. 31 forus50
    July 14, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Thanks UT for all your posts the past few days. I’ve had company all weekend so have been catching up on all the sad outrageous trial news the last few hours.

  10. 33 utaustinliberal
    July 14, 2013 at 9:15 pm

  11. 42 kasai
    July 14, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    It warms my heart to see these beautiful images a rainbow of colors…The giants of MlK, Emmit Till..Rosa Parks and many more are sure smiling tonight.
    Thank you so much UTA…you have made my day!

    In TweeterLand some are bashing PBO for saying or not saying .. about Verdict? PBO where you AT is one of the chant i heard??
    They Have lost their mind….They let him down in 2010…He knew of the consequences…now are so quick to blame…so tired of hearing everything that happens is about PBO..

    #2014 Do or Die!

  12. 45 Dudette
    July 14, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Okay I just opened this photo and lost!

  13. 47 arapaho415
    July 14, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Not gonna link to it, but @joshtpm posted a tweet at 8:52 pm EDT that linked to EmptyWheel.net justifying the Trayvon verdict.

    EmptyWheel, part of the Greenwald cult.

    This is why people don’t like lawyers.

    But of note is Florida law. A Wisconsin lawyer noted this about Florida law:
    In Florida, if self-defense is even suggested, it’s the states obligation to prove it’s absence beyond a reasonable doubt(!).

    That’s crazy. But ‘not guilty’ was certainly a reasonable result in this case. As I told in friend in Tampa today though, if you’re ever in a heated argument with anyone, and you’re pretty sure there aren’t any witnesses, it’s always best to kill the other person. They can’t testify, you don’t have to testify, no one else has any idea what happened; how can the state ever prove beyond a doubt is wasn’t self-defense? Holy crap! What kind of system is that?

    • 48 99ts
      July 14, 2013 at 9:59 pm

      I’ve read this other places – folks trying to “prove” that it would only happen in Florida – racist b.s.

  14. 50 Jovie
    July 14, 2013 at 9:39 pm

  15. 52 kasai
    July 14, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Lord give me strength….But I am so not in the mood to hear any Obama bashing today! A man that risks his life for us each everyday! Like 400 death threat ain’t enough….call him and his beautiful family everything in the book…but the Child of God……dealing with Racist/TeaParty everyday
    please forgive me….while I breath!

    • 53 Lynn
      July 14, 2013 at 10:12 pm

      Thank you!! Sing it from on high, kasai !!

    • 54 nathkatun7
      July 15, 2013 at 12:39 am

      Thanks Kasai for speaking for me! I am sick and tired of people bashing the President. And as you suggested, many of themare probably the ones who sat-out the 2010 election– in a Census year– thereby helped Republicans take over governments in States like Florida, Wisconsin, Ohio and Michigan; and, take over the House of Representative and increase their numbers in the U.S. Senate.

  16. 55 globalcitizenlinda
    July 14, 2013 at 9:42 pm

  17. 56 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    July 14, 2013 at 9:46 pm

  18. 57 arapaho415
    July 14, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Reposting from earlier for west coasters:

    Good news:

    And take a look at how Southern civilians charted the course for military discrimination at the turn of the 20th century.

    “how Gatsby, a poor farm boy from North Dakota and apparently a German-American to boot, got to be an officer in the US Army when Germany was the enemy”


    … “the army’s initial plan was to have no racial prejudice and to open up such promotions to blacks as well, but the government under pressure from Southern civilian officials nixed the original idea of a complete meritocracy.”

  19. 58 globalcitizenlinda
    July 14, 2013 at 9:57 pm

  20. 59 arapaho415
    July 14, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    OK, SoCal takes the cake for the stupidest demonstrators (but we knew that already, right?).

    Note: 1st tweet incorrectly says SB (southbound) but Interstate 10 is east-west, ends up somewhere on the east coast.

    • 60 desertflower
      July 14, 2013 at 10:04 pm

      OH for crying out loud! How stupid is this?? LA’s a big enough town to find somewhere to march besides the damn FREEWAY!

    • 61 99ts
      July 14, 2013 at 10:06 pm

      So – make the racist folks hurt – take away their road home – Trayvon never made it home – someone took away his path.

      People are justifiably angry. If the idiots in congress and the state legislatures don’t know what they have caused – maybe they will soon find out. I hope those living in their gated communities are scared out of their living minds tonight – they need to know what they have done.

    • July 14, 2013 at 10:42 pm

      I don’t think this was a good move.

      1. Safety Issue – its a highway, they could get seriously hurt!! In addition, protestors could be distracting for drivers on the opposite side.
      2. You can’t get people’s attention by pissing them off! I don’t like people heckling or causing scenes like Code Pink, for exactly that reason.

      I understand need to vent anger, because I’m angry too, but I don’t think this is an appropriate move and does nothing to help people listen to us and why we cry for Justice for Trayvon.

      People will just chalk this up to “crazy” protestors.

  21. 64 Dudette
    July 14, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Some soothing music from my Tommy

  22. July 14, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    As all of you know, I’ve mentioned this fact more than once in various posts. It was not until the RE-Election of President Obama that an unambiguous shift in America to a rejection of racism, and all the evil it represents began.

    We are now going to go through at least a decade of doing what should have been done at the end of he Civil War. Clearly, if Lincoln had not been assassinated, the process of reconstruction would have been more robust and focused on erasing the inequities of slavery.

    But, that was not to be the case and even with the Civil Rights and Voting Rights and desegregation of schools, it was not going to be a reality.

    Upon an African-American becoming President all the underlying racism began to ooze in undeniable, inescapable actions. Upon President Obama’s re-election, it has erupted. The 20 Jan 2009 insurgency against him, has now become an all out assault to undermine him as well as an all out assault on people of color and women.

    The travesty of not only the Trayvon Martin verdict but the fact that a murderer walked free for weeks after killing a black child could not be a more potent statement that a segment of America would revert to slavery in a heart beat if it could. And, it’s not just jacked up, Jim Crow. gun totting nuts, it’s 5 members of the Supreme Court of the USA, & every Republican in the House of Representatives who have proved that to be true within the past few weeks.

    That racism and misogyny go hand in hand is, of course, of no surprise. It is odd that some women, especially white women in America, do not grok the connection and the reality that ‘their men’ view them as merely a SLAVE.

    The white, plutocrat, ALEC-orchestrated assault on women and people of color coupled with their efforts to both profit from and expand access to weapons of mass murder could not make their agenda more obvious.

    Women, people of color, & men who have even an ounce of empathy, a shard of ethics, a modicum of self-worth must join together and ensure every person who can legally vote does so – in special elections this year and throughout the Nation in 2014. We must build a Federal Congress, as well as, Governorships, Congresses, Mayoral positions, etc., in every State & City with those who will end the Civil War, end inequities toward women, halt profiling of non-whites, restrict access to weapons of mass murder, expand access to nutrition and education for every child (from the day they are born) and build an America that begins to act, not talk, equitably toward every person.

    Yes We Can

    • 66 desertflower
      July 14, 2013 at 10:07 pm

      Wonderful summation, Bob! Good time to repost this again

    • July 14, 2013 at 10:15 pm


    • 70 MightyPamela
      July 14, 2013 at 10:19 pm

      Thank you, bobfr, well spoken as always. Appears today, all around the country, people are not waiting for election day to make their voices heard. I have a feeling the whole world is watching, and cheering us on!

    • 72 LDS
      July 14, 2013 at 10:20 pm

      Mr. Bobfr, I did not read this before I posted below. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. This is a start……
      I refuse to allow hate to enter into my heart right now. I chose to fill it with truth, love, understanding, compassion and peace.
      I pray for all of the people who are coming and will come together because of the senseless killing of this young man’s life. I feel a shift coming that will get these racist fuckers out of our lives forever. We must vote for everything and not let them ever take office….starting with the Clintons. I am now voting for any bullshit Dems who are not on the same page as PBO. I would rather write in Trayvon Matin’s name until we get this right. We can do this.
      Yes We Can

    • 73 nathkatun7
      July 15, 2013 at 12:56 am

      Bob, thank you for this timely statement. One of the reasons all these injustices persist is that the media keeps Americans ignorant by feeding them hype and sensationalism. I think it was the philosopher, George Santayana, who said that “those who do not remember history are bound to repeat it.” I am not sure if I am quoting him accurately, but thats the gist of his take on the importance of remembering. Likewise, in his frustration with the ignorance of by a vast majority of Americans, even of recent events, and especially the ignorance of history by the media pundits, the late Gore Vidal resorted to calling the USA: United States of Amnesia.

    • 74 MaewholoveourCIC
      July 15, 2013 at 9:12 am

      Thanks Bob, I hope you don’t mind if I print and post on bulletinn board at church

  23. 75 LDS
    July 14, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    I cannot stop crying…my soul is restless. my heart is broken……
    How do you explain this to young boys who will someday grow up to be men?

    • 76 Dudette
      July 14, 2013 at 10:11 pm

      Something beautiful for you LDS

    • 77 desertflower
      July 14, 2013 at 10:17 pm

      For you, LDS 🙂 Close your eyes and be taken away with the serenity of her playing….

    • 78 MightyPamela
      July 14, 2013 at 10:20 pm


      • 79 LDS
        July 14, 2013 at 10:28 pm

        Thank you everyone here. I just love you all. I am praying for all the people out there and on their way here to Harlem. It is such an eery silence outside my building. I think everyone must be in the crowd. I pray for peace, love and healing. I had no idea when I came in on the train why the downtown trains were so crowded. They were passing the word in the street to meet at Times Square, word-of-mouth. It was something in the air that I felt unusual. Now, I understand why.

    • 80 nathkatun7
      July 15, 2013 at 1:07 am

      I feel your pain, LDS! My advice, teach them some history and especially the long history of the struggle for Freedom. Find some poetry by Langton Hughes, W.E.B. DuBois, Maya Angelou, Mari Evans, etc. Sing with them Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing and read to them about the importance of struggle and endurance and never losing Hope. Yes times are hard, but our ancestors survived much worse times. Even some of us who a bit older have seen much worse times, yet we never quit struggling and living to.

    • 81 nathkatun7
      July 15, 2013 at 1:34 am

      Interest them in really listening to the healing words in the Gospel Music/Spirituals that talk about endurance, hope and faith.

  24. 82 globalcitizenlinda
    July 14, 2013 at 10:13 pm

  25. 83 Dudette
    July 14, 2013 at 10:14 pm

  26. July 14, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Sounds of Blackness – Optimistic

    When in the midst of sorrow
    You can’t see up when looking down
    A brighter day tomorrow will bring

    You hear the voice of reason
    Telling you this can never be done
    No matter how hard reality seems
    Just hold on to your dreams, yeah

    Don’t give up and don’t give in, although it seems you never win
    You will always pass the test as long as you keep your head to the sky
    Be optimistic

    If things around you crumble
    No, you don’t have to stumble and fall
    Keep pushing on and don’t you look back

    I know of storms and strive
    Out of your album of life
    Just think ahead and you’ll be inspired
    To reach higher and higher

    You’ll always do your best if you learn to never say never
    You may be down, but you’re not out

  27. 87 globalcitizenlinda
    July 14, 2013 at 10:17 pm

  28. 89 Dudette
    July 14, 2013 at 10:19 pm

  29. 90 globalcitizenlinda
    July 14, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    I think that this not guilty verdict has pushed the people over their limit for tolerance. Hope the anger can be directed to positive actions at the ballot

  30. 92 globalcitizenlinda
    July 14, 2013 at 10:28 pm

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