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Nov. 17th, 2006 @ 01:12 am ACT OUT AGAINST "THE SYSTEM"!


UCLA, tuesday night:

Mostafa Tabatabainejad didn't have ID and was told to leave, he was
walking out then police took hold of him. When he protested they
started to use a taser gun on him - 5 times. In the name of "campus

The fact that I'm posting something like this makes me RAGE! As a white-identified, anti-racist ally, I'm ENRAGED to see this and to know that this treatmeant occurs to students/people of color EVERYDAY and it's (most often) silenced. I mean, it's a student camera that filmed this. At times, the treatment from law enforcement is worse than this situation and still doesn't reach media attention, even at the campus level. As a white person, I have experienced and recognize the privilege(s) in regards to the law, but have encountered my own oppressions as a queer womon. While the oppressions differ, I notice an intersection of allyship and a passion to ACT against police brutality. If it happens to one, it happens to all...FIGHT THE SYSTEM!

*Sidenote: I hope that, in the future, I can improve the means in which I explain myself in this community. I am still developing my voice when it comes to these things, so while I know that I'm FULL OF RAGE, I'm working on how best to incorporate my knowledge and my emotions, succinctly.
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Date:November 17th, 2006 03:39 pm (UTC)
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whoa, that's pretty depressing and enraging. i've had my own share of experience with police, and police are all the same.

i think you've expressed yerself pretty well. i think it's important to recognize intersections of opressions, and as a queer womyn of colour, i am glad to have my white allies who'd stick up for me despite of my general distaste for white people.
Date:November 17th, 2006 04:32 pm (UTC)
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thank you. and, absolutely in solidarity.
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Date:November 17th, 2006 05:55 pm (UTC)
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You can also find a pretty good account from a student at ucla here.

As I commented there, I was outraged, and I was physically upset upon watching the video. Sure the guy was being an ass for not showing his id and not leaving the first time he was asked, but damnit they were excessive with their force. Completely unexcuseable.

There is never a need to use a taser more than once, especially when he was never physically threatening to the police. Loud resistance is never a grounds for physically hurting someone.

And I'm willing to bet that those officers have never had to be tased themselves. Else they wouldn't have used it 5 TIMES!

On your sidenote, we're all still developing our voice. Well, I know I am. You're doing ok, and I'm glad that you're here to share in the experience. =]