25-26 July, 2013
Deerborn, MI to Kingston, Ontario
One leg of a fast trip.
15 July, 2013
In response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman on charges of second degree murder in the death of 17 year-old Trayvon Martin, thousands of people across the country took to the streets. The ‘not guilty’ verdict, which was announced late Saturday night, epitomized the failures of our system - a system that criminalizes Blackness and privileges individuals that can pass as White. The jury was all women, 5 White, 1 Latina.
Trayvon was murdered February 26th, 2012. Zimmerman pleaded self-defense, despite having aggressively stalked and engaged Martin, and was released from custody. It took six weeks for Zimmerman to be charged.
The case, which garnered international attention, symbolizes the disenfranchisement of Blackness in the courts and in American society. Trayvon Martin’s murder was not an isolated incidence of “self-defense.” The jury’s ruling illustrates the power asymmetries of racial profiling, who Stand Your Ground laws protect, and how violence against young Black men is condoned. The immunity of “White”-perpetrated violence, whether it be by neighborhood watchmen or the police, is cause for protest and should not be tolerated.
Yesterday hundreds of people marched through downtown Milwaukee demanding justice for Trayvon Martin, Derek Williams, Bo Morrison, Corey Stingely, Darius Simmons, and all victims of White supremacy and institutional racism. Demonstrators marched from the Martin Luther King statue in Brewer’s Hill through downtown. They chanted as they walked and stopped at several intersections to allow community leaders and participants to share thoughts and stories. Folks marched through the city’s annual festival Bastille Days chanting Trayvon’s name and the names of various local victims. The rally finished back at the MLK statue, closing with commitments to keep the struggle for justice alive in the weeks and months ahead.
Of note, the trial for Darius Simmons, a 13 year-old boy who was shot to death May 31st, 2012 by his neighbor begins today in Milwaukee. Suspecting Simmons had broken into his house days before, 76 year-old John Henry Spooner used a 9mm handgun to shoot Darius Simmons at close range, while the boy was taking out his family’s trash.
"After police arrived, Darius’s body remained on the sidewalk, while his mother (Larry) was questioned in a squad car for approximately two hours. During the investigation of the shooting, they searched Larry’s home again. Finding nothing relevant to the homicide, they nevertheless proceeded to arrest Darius’s older brother on account of truancy tickets.
In contrast, members of Spooner’s family were reportedly allowed to re-enter their home and remove “items” – despite it being part of the crime scene. Spooner himself was granted bail for $300,000 (meaning that only $30,000 would have to be posted for him to be freed). Appearing in court Monday 11 June, Spooner pleaded not guilty to first-degree intentional homicide.” — The Guardian
The trial for the murder of Darius Simmons begins Monday, July 15. The courtroom is in the Safety Building - Room 502: Solidarius - Pack the Court
30 June, 2013
Milwaukee DIY trio Absolutely playing Jackpot Gallery as part of Breadfest.
3:00pm-5:30pm // ALL AGES
So, as many of you may have heard, my friends band Scoundrel was involved in a terrible van accident on Monday. They are ok, suffering minor injuries, but their van was totaled, and most of their equipment destroyed. My house, The Keep, is having a benefit art show for Scoundrel. We will be accepting cash donations, and many artists are donating what is sold in their honor. The art show itself will be awesome, considering we will have about a bagillion and a half of Chicago’s grooviest artists, drinks, food, and of course, fun. Please come out to our house on May 25th at 10pm to support these awesome boys. If you are an artist who wants to participate, please message me directly. We want all types of art! It really sucks that these talented mutha truckas had to go through this, but these are times when friends can do their best to help out! <3
SCOUNDREL BENEFIT ART SHOW
MAY 25TH 10PM
THE KEEP 2324 WEST NELSON STREET, CHICAGO, IL
24 March, 2013
Best time with the fam! Big thanks to the Stempers for having us! Congrats on the new house! Can’t wait to return
Dear Kelsey Kaufmann,
We regret to inform you that you have not been selected for the 2013 Arabic Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program.
We thank you for applying to the CLS Program and applaud your study of a critical language. We hope that you will consider applying to the CLS Program again in the future.
Please note that due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide specific feedback to applicants.
The CLS Program is part of a larger U.S. government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. For additional information on other exchange opportunities offered by the U.S. Department of State, including the Fulbright and Gilman Programs, please visit exchanges.state.gov.
Jeanette Owen, Ph.D.
Critical Language Scholarship Program
American Councils for International Education
9 December, 2012
In August Adam and I applied to be vendors at Hover Craft, an annual buy-local fair. We wrote out many ambitious lists of what we wanted to make. As the weeks went by we settled on Wisconsin-shaped cutting boards, earrings and bookcases. We worked out of his shop, the attic of an old farmhouse in Riverwest. In the last few months I learned about jigs, routers, drill presses, bandsaws, and finishes. We escaped from our normal routines with the sounds of dust collectors, nostalgic albums and flipped switches. Roughly twice a night a fuse would blow because we’d have too many things running: a vacuum, lights, sanders, saws and/or router. Hover Craft was a week ago Saturday at Sweet Water Organics. We met a bunch of rad folks, sold a bunch of stuff and nearly fell asleep eating at Cafe India when it was all over. Below are a few pics from the last few months. Check out the fancy wordpress we’ve been putting together for Adam’s biz: www.baasinstruments.com