Exactly 6 years ago I was holding a remembrance speech in front of the grave of Marinus Schöberl. A 16 year-old who was killed by 3 neo-Nazis in the Berlin suburbs in July, 2002. I grew up in this area, so I had a deep contact to this case. After watching American History X and seeing the curb stomp scene, three German neo-Nazis decided to do the same. Marinus was their perfect victim. A speech impaired young kid with a love for alternative rap music. First they tricked Marinus into their home. After a few drinks, they started to threaten Marinus, called him a subhuman, not worth to live. Then they urinated on the young teenager. They kidnapped Marinus and took him to an abandoned pig farm. There, they forced the 16-year-old to bite into a pig's jar, then one of the neo-Nazis kicked on the back of the boy's head. Since this did not kill Marinus immediately, they smashed Marinus' head with a brick. Then they threw his dead body into a septic tank next to the farm, where his bones were discovered 6 month after.
This man is Chris Young. He is 34, and yesterday, the state of Texas murdered him. He was sentenced to death for a robbery in 2004 where he shot and killed a man who was working in the store he robbed. In the last 12 + years of being on death row, he has grown and changed. He was actively involved in raising his daughters, he mentored at-risk youth, and became grounded in his faith and religion. He stopped an inmate from committing suicide and stopped another from assaulting a guard. His victim's son had forgiven him and campaigned to save Young's life. The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles received a petition signed by over 23,000 people pleading for Young's life to be spared; despite all of this, they unanimously denied his clemency petition. Our useless governor, @governorabbott, also ignored his clemency plea. Chris was pronounced dead at 6:38 pm last night. •
It was a different story for Thomas Whitaker, a white man who was sentenced to death in 2003 for the murder of his mother and sister, and attempted but failed murder of his father, in order to gain inheritance money. Earlier this year, the Board unanimously voted to grant him clemency, and Abbott accepted the Board's recommendation and halted Whitaker's execution. He will now live out his life in prison. •
Our justice system is anything but just; the death penalty is state-sanctioned murder. Texas is the leading state in executions, and I just so happen to live here. Over the next few days & weeks, I will be gathering all the resources I can find on abolishing the death penalty. If you have any articles, book suggestions, know of organizations in TX or the U.S. in general working towards abolishing the death penalty, etc., please send them my way. Also shoot me a DM if you would like to join me & get involved, as well. What Texas did to Chris Young is despicable and absolutely abhorrent. Let's do something about it. #abolishthedeathpenalty •
I've never been so embarrassed to be an American as I am today. To the rest of the world - please know that the majority of people in America are as appalled by our president as you are. Really bad things are happening in our government right now. Brennan, a respected member of the intelligence community who served Clinton, Bush, and Obama, hit the nail on the head. Treasonous! When will the Republicans show some true patriotism and put country before party and power? Americans, pay close attention to the responses (or glaring lack of responses) from your congresspeople to today's horror show in Finland. God, please help our great country survive this dark time in our history.
Mal wieder ein Sonntag an der frischen Luft. Mal wieder gegenüber von etlichen Polizisten in Kampfmontur. Mal wieder mit viel Solidarität und tollen Menschen auf der richtigen Seite. #fightfascism#fightrascism#fckakp
Woody Guthrie linocut. Born on this day, the 14th of July, in 1912 in the town of Okemah, OK. To me, a handy definition of ‘visionary’ is the artist that speaks to us from beyond their own lifetime, in which case Woody fits the bill. In 1952 he composed the song ‘Old Man Trump’ in response to the racist discriminatory practices of his then landlord Donald Trump, Sr. Sadly, Woody never had a chance to record it...but I took a shot at it (please see link in my bio) On the body of Woody’s guitar he wrote the words ‘This Machine Kills Fascists’ Happy Birthday Woody! Our country could sure use you now #woodyguthrie#okemah#linocut#petesinjinart#notrump#noracism#fightfascism
Yesterday we marched in London... We marched against the values Donald trump represents, we marched against our government welcoming him here, we marched against homaphobia, racism, fascism, sexism and every other form of inequality this man represents.
We marched against the tories and their lies, their hate and their destruction of the NHS and other public services.
We don't want Trumps values, we don't need Trumps trade deals.
Bollox to brexit
Exerpt from "The Fall of the United States and the Rise of Trumplandia" showing Plate 34. Woodcut "Few accurate records survive regarding the periods leading up to and following the rise of the Trumpian Regime. Trump-appointed officials destroyed or distorted many records, and even more was lost in the subsequent nuclear wars initiated by the regime. Furthermore, what few reports have been recovered or suspect as they were produced by the state media (see Fox News, pg. 666). Control of the media, censorship and the summary execution of rogue journalist, artist, performers and other dissenters, along with a massive increase in digital surveillance, drove most resistant groups underground. Many relied on oral communication as well as other archaic methods such as printed flyers and pamphlets. All avoided the use of any digital or electronic media which could be used to expose them.
Here we see a crude woodcut plate from one such flyer. The use of the Trumpian flag, which incorporates aspects of the Nazi and Confederate flags of his supporters, indicates that this was made after the dissolution of the US government, while the lack of crow indicates [this was prior to his self-coronation]" #dyicad2018#indexcardart#plate#woodcut#distopia#trumpsterfire#resist#resisthate#rebel#artasresistance#fightfascism