Nov 102016
 

Anti-Trump Protests Across The Country

From the East to the West Coast Americans took to the streets to protest the outcome of the 2016 Presidential Election. Hashtags #NotMyPresident and #HeIsNotMyPresident took over Twitter.

Anti-Trump rallies were held in most States including California, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maine, Minnesota, Nebraska, Texas, Virginia, Oregon and in front of the White House. There were prayers as well as fear, anger, disappointment and outrage across the Land.

In cities with Trump buildings the protesters made a point of gathering in front of them. In other places, people gathered in front of local landmarks. In many areas, streets, highways and freeways were blocked by protesters. Students at colleges and universities nationwide were exercising their right to protest.

At one point, in Los Angeles there were so many protests taking place simultaneously, the LAPD didn’t have enough manpower to control them. Hundreds of people brought 101 freeway (between Downtown L.A. and Hollywood) to a halt last night. According to latest reports 28 people were arrested in anti-Trump rallies in Greater Los Angeles.

There were Trump piñatas, masks and puppets as well as burnings of the American flag. The prospect of #CalExit (cessation of California from the Federal government) was raised.

L.A. Mayor, Eric Garcetti said in a statement:

“One of our greatest privileges as Americans is the right to free expression. Last night, thousands of Angelenos came together publicly to make their feelings known.

I understand that the results of Tuesday’s election are painful for many of us, and this kind of engagement can be a meaningful part of the healing we need after such a long and divisive campaign. But walking and throwing objects onto freeways is dangerous for pedestrians and drivers — and it puts a heavy burden on people just trying make it home to their families or get to work safely.

I am proud that the demonstrations in Los Angeles have been mostly lawful and peaceful, and that our officers are working with demonstrators to keep people out of harm’s way. Protests can, should, and must proceed in that spirit — and I urge everyone to look out for their fellow Angelenos and put safety first.”

Several days after the Election and the first meeting between the First Family and the family of the President Elect the nation remains bitterly divided.

UPDATE: Anti-Trump protests continue in many States, including California. A large protest is scheduled for Saturday 11/12/16 in MacArthur Park in Los Angeles. (10,000 people are expected.)

There is nothing wrong with protesting. However the time for self-expression was the election. Continued protests, some involving vandalism of property (ours, not the President Elect’s!) and violence against police officers (our city’s, not Federal government’s!) are not only futile but senseless. No protest can change the outcome of Presidential Election.
Social activism, civic initiatives – both of which are peaceful – might moderate the impact of some federal policies on Los Angeles and California.

The time for expressing our preferences has ended once the polls closed. Now it’s time to get ready for a new era with President Trump at the steering wheel. We and the President Elect will have to make some compromises. It’s time to look for the positive and focus on values we can agree on. It’s time to move on.

 

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Jul 092016
 

EVERY Life Is Sacred
Five police officers were killed and six wounded in Dallas. The killer: black army veteran bent on exacting revenge for the recent deaths of two African Americans at the hands of the police.

As we all know by now, just a day apart, there was the execution-style killing of Alton B. Sterling by police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; then in what appears to be a very similar incident, Philando Castile was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Two African American men who – by all appearances – were victims of police brutality, perished.

Their deaths were followed by peaceful protests across the country from Minnesota, Philadelphia and Manhattan to Chicago and Atlanta.

The protest in Dallas was just one among many. Dallas police was on the scene watching over the protest when the officers were ambushed. Five police officers were killed; six wounded. According to Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings one civilian was wounded in the gunfire, too. The gunman who allegedly acted alone and told authorities that he’s hidden bombs in Downtown Dallas was killed by a robot-delivered explosives. (The hidden bombs – as of now – were not found.)

Law enforcement officers risk their lives while controlling traffic, intervening for victims of domestic violence, saving lives in danger, fighting crime and in general, protecting the public. The vast majority of police officers are not merely employees of the Police Department, but heroes. Even though they risk their lives daily, even though many lose their lives in the line of duty, their bravery is rarely publicly recognized.

Each of the slain police officers had a face, name, life, future, hopes and dreams, not to mention a family. So did the killed African Americans.

The outcome? Both, white and black families are in mourning, now. Nobody won. Lives have been lost. Women and children – who had no part in any of the incidents – are hurting. Black and white women and children – widowed and orphaned this week – find themselves suddenly alone and will struggle to come to terms with their losses for years to come.

The events of recent days call for an open dialog, law changes, retraining of law enforcement officers and yes, a transparent investigation and severe consequences for the police officers involved in the two mind-boggling killings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota. But indiscriminate killing of members of law enforcement won’t bring about the needed changes; violence begets violence. Just like the loss of lives – black and white – is wrong so are killers of any color. We need peace and sound judgment, now.

To the Dallas Police Department: the whole country mourns your loss.

To the African American community: you are not alone in your grief; white people in the United States are as outraged as you are and grieve with you.

To families of the victims of last week’s events: anyone who lost a loved one, shares your pain.

Killing – whether out of an exaggerated sense of power and fear or out of revenge – doesn’t solve problems; it creates more pain. EVERY life is sacred. All citizens of The United States are ENTITLED to feel safe in their country and on the job.

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Editor / E. Elrich

 

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Let there be peace!

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I whole-heartedly agree. Stop the killing. Make it better, at last.