Phoenix Civil Rights Leaders: Please Sit Down With Reverend Maupin And Stop Being Divided…You Are Being Co-Opted By The Establishment As Long As This Division Continue: Thanks 🙂
Okay…Brothers and sisters…This is going to make a lot of people angry at what I am about to say below but…The media is not going to tell us, so I am going to give my non-politically correct view below. So please, if you disagree with me on this… Please let still respect our differences of opinion and continue to be friends. Thanks from Lennie 🙂
Brothers and sisters…This is only my analysis of what transpired on Friday night, July 8th, 2016 with our peaceful and non-violent march for justice against militarized police brutality and murder. Unfortunately…The establishment…A.K.A. the Phoenix politicians (Phoenix mayor Greg Stanton, Michael Nowakowski (a.k.a. Bull Connor Nowakowski), Gallego, Sal Diciccio et. al), the Phoenix police chief Joe Yahner, Arizona politicians and Homeland Security are doing a good job co-opting our non-violent movement here in Phoenix for justice against police brutality and unjustified police killings.
Why do I say that? Well because right now before our very eyes…We have civil rights and progressive leaders…Who are not unified. The fact of the matter is (and I know this will infuriate those latter leaders I just mentioned) is that Jared Maupin (the man who kissed up to Arpaio) took the proverbial “bull by the horns” and organized and initiated a non-violent social march for justice in Phoenix, Arizona that was opposed by the political elites and Phoenix police chief Joe Yahner.
Reverend Maupin had just about everyone of the civil rights/religious leaders in Phoenix opposing him. I am not saying that the reverend is suddenly a saint but I truly admire the fact that he did not cave into the demands of the establishment and some co-opted leaders in the community to not have the march for justice. This situation reminds me of the one in which the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King was extolled, harangued and pressured to not come out against the Vietnam War but…As usual this great spirit did what was right and was not intimidated from doing the right thing. And so, again…Whether we like it or not…The reverend Maupin did the right thing and went ahead with the march. Despite the police chief harassing him and councilman Nowakowski pressuring him every step of the march for justice to stop. Imagine that…An angry police chief who thinks we are at war with our own people… In your face almost every step of that non violent march for justice trying to dissuade you from marching on… But the reverend Maupin…Thankfully did not listen. And…Despite my heavy disagreements with Reverend Maupin… I thank him very publicly for doing what was right and having the non violent march that night. And…Let me reassure you… I am still angry about his kissing up to Arpaio but my ego can for now put aside.
And, unfortunately…Many of our community leaders are still going before the press and essentially telling us: “I told you so” . Told us about what? That we had a successful non-violent march demanding justice for the victims of police brutality and murder? No…They are basically telling us that we were fools for doing the march (NOT!). And why are they saying this? Ego, Ego, Ego. So … I don’t know about you brothers and sisters… But I know in my heart, conscience and spirit that I and you all did the right thing that night by marching for justice non-violently. But….Still some of these leaders continue to look myopically at their anger towards reverend Maupin instead of the larger good that was done when we marched non violently last Friday night in Phoenix. So, No…We weren’t stupid for marching that night and… Please put aside your ego and anger for now we need to unify against injustice in the form of police brutality and police murder. Here is an interview at azcentral
Let this march and this particular leader (reverend Maupin) be a lesson to all of my fellow progressive activists and organizers… When we listen to the establishment such as the pro-police Phoenix politicians and fore go doing what is right…. WE BECOME CO-OPTED! The reverend Maupin although listening in the past to the political establishment and appeasing the monster Arpaio in this case: DID NOT LISTEN TO THE ESTABLISHMENT and did the right thing. Do I think that in the future that he will not do as he has done before? No… In all reality he might regress and continue to appease monsters like Arpaio but…When he does do something right and fills a void that was not being filled by our other leaders…. Then I will support him on those specifically needed efforts such as this non violent march that occurred on last Friday.
But, getting back to the lesson we should learn from what occurred on Friday, we must understand that the political establishment via its politicians are trying to co-opt us along every step of the way by getting us to accept political positions and appointments from them…They are hoping that since we have been given a perky position in government that we will fill obligated to then shut up. I am not saying though that we should always turn down appointed positions as long as we refuse to become co-opted by a system that wants to perpetuate social injustice i.e. police brutality and murder of our people.
I as many of you know here in the progressive scene in Arizona and Phoenix have made my very negative comments clear about how I strongly detested the fact that reverend Maupin had worked with the monster Arpaio. But….When I got to the march that night to observe…I saw the reverend, I saw my brothers and sisters and…I saw humanity. I could feel the righteous pressure of the people, my brothers and sisters there in Phoenix that night and there was something unseen but strongly felt…The spirit of justice and here undeniably she was calling out to all of us to: March, March, March! And ….Not continue to let the tyrannical old racist, bigoted and arrogant system to stop us anymore from obtaining justice from police brutality and police murder!
I therefore sat aside my ego….As I stood there watching the reverend Maupin rally the march. And…Most importantly, I watched my brothers and sisters as they and the reverend Maupin were being opposed in the beginning of the march by our illustrious Phoenix city leaders Nowakoski and the police chief Joe Yahner trying to intimidate and pressure them into not marching non violently for social justice against police brutality and murder.
And…As I watched the tired and old bigoted system now being employed against my non-violent brothers and sisters and the reverend Maupin, I came to a self realization and said to myself: “Wait a minute…What the fk is wrong with this picture?” And, as I asked that question of myself I wondered why the other civil rights/religious leaders were joining with the very establishment pro-police politicians because of their egos to prevent a non-violent march for justice just so they could back at Jared Maupin. And further… By doing so, I realized that these civil rights/religious leaders out of ego and perhaps now being in the establishment themselves were fulfilling the old and treasured tradition that stretches back to the time of Julis Ceaser: which is to “Divide and Conquer” people so that they can be subjugated.
Again…I still have great differences with the reverend Maupin on his past dealings with the monster Arpaio but…We waited for the other leaders and what did they give us? This co-opted establishment resonse of: “We must postpone the march because our bosses, the Phoenix establishment pro-police and Homeland Security don’t want you to do it for safety reasons. Safety reasons? Really?
Incredibly as it may seem…Some of these same leaders that detest reverend Maupin so much (as I did) are now outright incorrectly insinuating that the reverend Maupin wanted violence which is b.s. Because I marched that night and there was no violence except for a few probable government provocateurs. And…I watched some of the reverend Maupin’s people tell those provocateurs at the very end (because they weren’t present throughout the march) to get away from us. At most there might have been two people causing all of this so called violence.
But…To listen to the critics of our non violent march for justice you would think there were cars being burned and windows being smashed… Nonsense!
If Dr. Martin Luther King, had listened to these co-opted community leaders advice back in the 1960s… Civil Rights marchers would never have marched across the bridge at Selma and Ghandi and his fellow Indians would still continue to be under the tyrannical colonial domination of England today and Ceaser Chavez wouldn’t have conducted non violent acts of civil disobedience.
So…If the critics of our march and those who hate Maupin so much would have had their way… We would have all just listened and did what the establishment corporate sold out Democrats like Phoenix mayor Stanton, council person Gallego, Homophobic councilman Nowakowski (a.k.a. Phoenix’s “Bull Connor”) and their buddy right wing Trump supporting councilman Sal Diciccio wanted us to do…And that would have been: “Just stay home and it will all get better, the police brutality and murder will all just stop.”
Oh…But let’s all not forget how terrified the politicians are in Arizona of angering the largest police union here known as the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (P.L.E.A.) with its powerful political action committees and politically active membership. In fact…This is the same union that was and probably still is defending one of its officers convicted of a serious felony for shooting a man in the back and other acts of brutality and unnecessary killing of our people, etc. .http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/phoenix-cop-fatally-shoots-domestic-violence-suspect-and-his-dog-for-no-apparent-reason-6634568The mayor of Phoenix, and the politically elected council people of Phoenix are just like all other politicians for the most part and want to keep getting re-elected over and over again and to do that…They believe they have to pander to this police union and declare themselves: “Pro-Police”.
And, as I have noted earlier in my previous writing the Phoenix police chief Joe Yahner during his pro-establishment press conference speech alluded to only the recent police who were killed and gave condolences to them (which we all do) but… Never mentioned condolences to the families of the people who have been the victims of police brutally and even more recent murders at the hands of the police. No, this was a man in the frame of mind -as he stood scowling out at the audience during the mayor’s statement with a mindset of: We’re at war… The Phoenix police chief then went on to brag about how he was working with “Homeland Security” (“Do you have your papers?”). Of course, this being code for ….”We are spying on you evil protesters and will use our militarized system designed for war to come after you, the people, who we all deem to be a threat to our security.” And, he’s not just bragging, the Federal government is now working closely with Phoenix (thanks to mayor Stanton who is on the inside power curve with the current administration and its Homeland Security Department). In addition… I have observed and testified repeatedly against huge Homeland Security grants being doled out to Phoenix for to help acquire such things as Sting Ray spying devices and…Facial Recognition Systems.
So rest assured that just like the C.I.A. that was initially formed only to gather intelligence but then started doing counter-intelligence, i.e. overthrowing Democratic governments and planting agent provocateurs, we are now going through the same thing with Homeland Security….So, thank you so much for politicians who gave the constitution killing Patriot Act, NOT! It really is becoming very apparent that the elite establishment politicians and police chief are now using the domestic version of the C.I.A.: Homeland Security to practice its very counter-intelligence tactics on us, the non violent marchers for social justice against police brutality and murder.
Ah…But you say “no way, would our local political leaders ever employ these types of tactics against us” much less use Homeland Security counter intelligence methods”…Well…Okay you have fun continuing to live under that rock you’ve come to enjoy so much and the rest of us will keep our eyes open and stop drinking the “Kool-Aid”. So…Congratulations Phoenix politicians on the city council…You are now employing the worst tactics and resources of counter intelligence (Homeland Security) to keep the status quo of police brutality, murder and private prisons in place. And, I won’t even get started on the private version of an “all knowing private google system” being used by our politicians via Homeland Security which can look at anything on us at anytime.-source-the international journalist Glenn Greenwald https://theintercept.com/2015/07/01/nsas-google-worlds-private-communications/
Further, you have many of our leaders now divided and… just today…You (Phoenix politicians and Homeland Security) used our state’s largest newspaper, The Arizona Republic to put out pro-police propaganda on its front page, i.e. detailing how the great benevolent Phoenix police chief Joe Yahner is “Feeling our pain” and is going to hold so called community hearings to placate all of us so that…We all “Just stay home…It will all get better and the police brutality and murder against people of color, poor people and all of us will just go away”.
In conclusion…I would like to speak personally to you, my friends who are civil rights and progressive leaders: As much as I have differences with the reverend Maupin, I have put aside those differences for now because: The reverend, whether we like it or not…Did the right thing on Friday by holding a non-violent march for justice against police brutality and murder of our people.
Please, do not accept the invitations of the political establishment…i.e. the mayor of Phoenix Greg Stanton, Gallego, Michael Nowakowski, Sal Diciccio and Phoenix police chief Joe Yahner without first making amends and coming together in a public meeting with the reverend Maupin so that we can go forward with a unified non-violent movement for justice here in Phoenix and in Arizona against police brutality and murder of our people. I have already seen a proposed meeting of many of you (community leaders) being announce via social media but….I also notice that you have left out the reverend Maupin from being in attendance. This is not wise it is preventing our unified front and…You are playing right into the hands of the counter intelligence efforts of these pro-police forces : Homeland Security, mayor Stanton, Nowakowski, Gallego and Trump supporter Sal Diciccio. We are going to remain divided if we refuse to temporarily set aside our egos.
I propose to all of you and that includes myself: To please reach out to the reverend Maupin…We must make temporary amends and unify against this social injustice: Police brutality and police murder. I will attempt to directly tell the reverend Maupin that I do not agree with his working with Arpaio but…I will also tell him that I am prepared to set aside my ego for now to stand with him whenever he marches as he did non-violently for justice that night in Phoenix. Again…We should not continue to malign him in the media, this only strengthens the dark forces that are arrayed against us and are doing everything to defeat us so that we continue to live in a militarized police state.
As long as we continue to lash out at Maupin, the government controlled corporate media will give us a microphone to destroy our non-violent movement from within and therefore ourselves. Further… I will ask reverend Maupin to refrain from appeasing monsters like Arpaio. And yes…I know you are saying: “Lennie he is fooling you but…I assure you that if he turns on us by suddenly working with the establishment, that our movement will go on without him. Until then, I will forgive the reverend for his past transgressions and … I hope he will forgive me for my transgressions as well. We are only human and it will be love in the end which cures this sickness of police brutality and police murders of our people, black, red, brown, yellow and white.
I know most of you and you are beautiful fighters for justice but…We must come to together non violently to stop this sickness…This evil which continues to abuse and murder our beautiful people. And…Let me make this last point: This movement is about the people, Our beautiful brothers and sisters and justice……It is not about Maupin, it is not about me, it is not about any of our egos…It is about love, humanity and justice. “The People United Can Not Ever Be Divided”.
Arizona Progressive Activist
July 10th, 2016