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"Occupy Central protesters msg to police inspired by Ferguson" photo via: @leungfaye http://xkcd.com/1093/  @femiOke
the entire world is interconnected in its demand for democracy and what should be inherent rights sought for in protests of peace~

"Occupy Central protesters msg to police inspired by Ferguson" photo via: @leungfaye http://xkcd.com/1093/  @femiOke

the entire world is interconnected in its demand for democracy and what should be inherent rights sought for in protests of peace~

What if Rosa Parks, after being arrested for civil disobedience because she refused to follow the order of James F. Blake, a Montgomery, Alabama bus driver to give up her ‘colored’ seat to a ‘white’ person when the ‘white’ section was full WAS EXECUTED by the U.S. Government? What if another black civil rights activist got on the same bus, likewise refused, was arrested and then EXECUTED as well? What if that cycle of civil rights activists would continue until 200 people, that very same day of December 1, 1955, were EXECUTED for the same act that Rosa Parks initiated to demonstrate the evils of racism and the need for civil rights for blacks with an end to segregation? What if those 200 daily executions for refusing to deny one’s own civil rights continued for THREE AND A HALF YEARS? What if civil rights activists protested against these executions and the United States imprisoned the protesters at the rate of 160 a day for THREE AND A HALF YEARS and then tortured them? What if some of those executed were murdered by be-headings, barrel bombs, snipers, helicopters, and poison gas on American soil? What if some intervened to care for the injured, Doctors perhaps, and the U.S. Government arrested, tortured and killed them, other professionals, and reporters? What if secret basement hospitals were created to treat some of the injured and they were bombed as well? What if protesting blacks were cut off from food, water and secret bread lines were bombed by the government? What if your first unborn grandchild, you had been waiting to meet, died in your daughter’s womb before he was born because of a bomb blast or sniper? What if your wife was raped by U.S soldiers because you protested? What if your son when protesting with a sign while marching was arrested, tortured and dumped in your front yard dismembered and wrapped in cellophane? What if your parents’ home was broke into and they were beaten because you played a song on the piano in protest of the 250,000 people killed trying to make a point about civil rights on a bus? What if your sister sang a song in support of the activists and her throat was cut? What if your brother drew a cartoon about what was happening and his hands were cut off? What if 4,000,000 blacks became refugees from America to flee such horrors? What if another 10,000,000 became displaced? What if the rest of the world seeing this happening in the U.S. for nearly three years turned away and said under their breath: “that is their culture”?Our country has recently suffered a terrible loss of young lives at the hand of racism. This is unacceptable based on our history of oppression and what we now pride ourselves in as progress to move forward with civil freedoms, our liberty. We have reason to be angry, grieve, protest and change the substructure of law enforcement and or legislation with every back step into our dark history and move towards unity and peace. The United States of America would not have moved forward from decades of racism and segregation if it had not been for protest. Were/are the U.S. Civil Rights activists, protesting for freedom, branded as ‘Terrorists’? Great personal sacrifice and loss of life was devoted to achieve the Civil Rights Act of 1964. We owe these civil rights activists a great debt for the freedoms we now enjoy and guard sacred with pride.How can we look to our fellow World Citizens, fighting for THEIR CIVIL RIGHTS and say under our breath: “that is their culture”? If the questions I posed in the first paragraph of this tirade affect you in horror to ever be considered on present day American soil on this scale with these numbers, why don’t they bring about an effect of change in American bias towards Syria? Would such horrors happen casually in your neighborhoods? Enough of the questions. Time for soul searching. We have had to explain the atrocities of the Holocaust Genocide to our children when 11 million people were killed by the German army between 1941 and 1945. Our little ones have lived during the genocides in Bosnia, Rwanda, and countless other countries. It was never common to say such murders were “part of their culture”. It was a HORROR!The Billie Holiday song: ‘Strange Fruit’ was originally a poem written by a teacher, Abel Meeropol, from 1937 protesting lynching of blacks and the subsequent hanging of black men in Southern trees. Abel wrote: "Strange Fruit"Southern trees bear a strange fruitBlood on the leaves and blood at the rootBlack bodies swingin’ in the Southern breezeStrange fruit hangin’ from the poplar treesPastoral scene of the gallant SouthThe bulgin’ eyes and the twisted mouthScent of magnolias sweet and freshThen the sudden smell of burnin’ fleshHere is a fruit for the crows to pluckFor the rain to gather, for the wind to suckFor the sun to rot, for the tree to dropHere is a strange and bitter cropTHIS is why Rosa Parks did not rise from her seat! She inspired a route for strength and change from segregation and racism for which she received national recognition in her later years. There are those in Syria TRULY fighting for their civil rights and freedoms as well. They are everyday people, and many strong women~determined and future facing women,like Rosa Parks~wanting a better future for their children and grandchildren. To be murdered by their own government is NOT part of ‘their culture’; it is a globally allowed disgrace of GENOCIDE and WAR CRIMES. please whisper that under your breath when you speak of Syria~© ruth follmann

What if Rosa Parks, after being arrested for civil disobedience because she refused to follow the order of James F. Blake, a Montgomery, Alabama bus driver to give up her ‘colored’ seat to a ‘white’ person when the ‘white’ section was full WAS EXECUTED by the U.S. Government? What if another black civil rights activist got on the same bus, likewise refused, was arrested and then EXECUTED as well? What if that cycle of civil rights activists would continue until 200 people, that very same day of December 1, 1955, were EXECUTED for the same act that Rosa Parks initiated to demonstrate the evils of racism and the need for civil rights for blacks with an end to segregation? What if those 200 daily executions for refusing to deny one’s own civil rights continued for THREE AND A HALF YEARS? What if civil rights activists protested against these executions and the United States imprisoned the protesters at the rate of 160 a day for THREE AND A HALF YEARS and then tortured them? What if some of those executed were murdered by be-headings, barrel bombs, snipers, helicopters, and poison gas on American soil? What if some intervened to care for the injured, Doctors perhaps, and the U.S. Government arrested, tortured and killed them, other professionals, and reporters? What if secret basement hospitals were created to treat some of the injured and they were bombed as well? What if protesting blacks were cut off from food, water and secret bread lines were bombed by the government? What if your first unborn grandchild, you had been waiting to meet, died in your daughter’s womb before he was born because of a bomb blast or sniper? What if your wife was raped by U.S soldiers because you protested? What if your son when protesting with a sign while marching was arrested, tortured and dumped in your front yard dismembered and wrapped in cellophane? What if your parents’ home was broke into and they were beaten because you played a song on the piano in protest of the 250,000 people killed trying to make a point about civil rights on a bus? What if your sister sang a song in support of the activists and her throat was cut? What if your brother drew a cartoon about what was happening and his hands were cut off? What if 4,000,000 blacks became refugees from America to flee such horrors? What if another 10,000,000 became displaced? What if the rest of the world seeing this happening in the U.S. for nearly three years turned away and said under their breath: “that is their culture”?

Our country has recently suffered a terrible loss of young lives at the hand of racism. This is unacceptable based on our history of oppression and what we now pride ourselves in as progress to move forward with civil freedoms, our liberty. We have reason to be angry, grieve, protest and change the substructure of law enforcement and or legislation with every back step into our dark history and move towards unity and peace. The United States of America would not have moved forward from decades of racism and segregation if it had not been for protest. Were/are the U.S. Civil Rights activists, protesting for freedom, branded as ‘Terrorists’? Great personal sacrifice and loss of life was devoted to achieve the Civil Rights Act of 1964. We owe these civil rights activists a great debt for the freedoms we now enjoy and guard sacred with pride.

How can we look to our fellow World Citizens, fighting for THEIR CIVIL RIGHTS and say under our breath: “that is their culture”? If the questions I posed in the first paragraph of this tirade affect you in horror to ever be considered on present day American soil on this scale with these numbers, why don’t they bring about an effect of change in American bias towards Syria? Would such horrors happen casually in your neighborhoods? Enough of the questions. Time for soul searching. We have had to explain the atrocities of the Holocaust Genocide to our children when 11 million people were killed by the German army between 1941 and 1945. Our little ones have lived during the genocides in Bosnia, Rwanda, and countless other countries. It was never common to say such murders were “part of their culture”. It was a HORROR!

The Billie Holiday song: ‘Strange Fruit’ was originally a poem written by a teacher, Abel Meeropol, from 1937 protesting lynching of blacks and the subsequent hanging of black men in Southern trees. Abel wrote: 

"Strange Fruit"

Southern trees bear a strange fruit
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root
Black bodies swingin’ in the Southern breeze
Strange fruit hangin’ from the poplar trees

Pastoral scene of the gallant South
The bulgin’ eyes and the twisted mouth
Scent of magnolias sweet and fresh
Then the sudden smell of burnin’ flesh

Here is a fruit for the crows to pluck
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck
For the sun to rot, for the tree to drop
Here is a strange and bitter crop


THIS is why Rosa Parks did not rise from her seat! She inspired a route for strength and change from segregation and racism for which she received national recognition in her later years. 

There are those in Syria TRULY fighting for their civil rights and freedoms as well. 
They are everyday people, and many strong women~determined and future facing women,
like Rosa Parks~wanting a better future for their children and grandchildren. To be murdered by their own government is NOT part of ‘their culture’; it is a globally allowed disgrace of GENOCIDE and WAR CRIMES. 

please whisper that under your breath when you speak of Syria~




© ruth follmann

Why No One Cares About Syria: Barry Andrews at TEDxUCD

understanding the bias that is allowing the worst humanitarian crisis in our lifetime~

An epic film. Walk through the streets, feel the pain as if it were your own, understand why this step forward for freedom - will never be taken back~

extinction

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What can I give you?                                                                         

How can I train?

You, a rat in a box

to stop chemical rain?

B.F. Skinner wished for Walden Two

You have ended 130,000 lives

and will more, before you are through

a Behaviorist thinks: man & beast a like string

a rewarded behavior will the same results bring

push the lever

see green light

get a pellet

eat tonight

fire a missile

kill a child

hold your status

Damascus style

hide in your box

Russian fed

Iranian orchestrated weapons

your people dead

and on what treat does this pathetic rat wish to dine?

¡Tune “Look at Me Now” featuring Busta Rhymes !

i’d like to believe i could retrain you

turn off the light

make you think

of the women your men have raped

of the headless children left lifeless stink

of what would happen if the world

would finally get some balls

turn off your lever fed life

and clean this mess once and for all

to vision you feeling very small in a crate

when morality means more than money

life  than oil, children  than hate

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© ruth follmann 

(death toll updated 1/14 to 130,000 per the Syrian Observatory For Human Rights~http://syriahr.com/en/)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/leaked-emails-reveal-president-bashar-assad-wife-shopped-bought-music-itunes-violence-raged-syria-article-1.1039690

http://www.zeepedia.com/read.php?behaviorist_perspective_and_violence_operant_conditioning_forensic_psychology&b=87&c=14

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walden_Two

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jan/17/us-strong-signs-iran-giving-syria-weapons/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrian_civil_war

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2086982/Syrian-soldier-decapitated-seven-month-old-boy-mother-finding-suspected-rebel-home.html

http://www.npr.org/2013/02/05/171158882/through-social-media-tracking-rape-in-syria

http://blogs.channel4.com/alex-thomsons-view/nightmare-chemical-warfare-arrived-syria/4378

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operant_conditioning_chamber

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http://www.therevoltingsyrian.com/post/11851721468/whats-bashar-al-assad-thinking-about-gaddafi

http://www.timeslive.co.za/world/2012/07/06/world-meets-in-paris-to-end-syria-killings

Baking in the Dark ~ words long overdue

On the night before their Christmas

I parked my car and cried

Hundreds simply wanting bread

had been attacked in line and died

Bread for starved citizens

Was now the haunt for airstrike claws

Dropping missiles on families

furthering Assad’s hateful cause

How can a man lead a country

when he destroys ones simply trying to eat?

How is he in power after crushing

more than 60,000 under his feet?

Why is it that all is wrapped in gold foil, ribbon and bow

when more children, women, a COUNTRY

lie buried hastily in winter’s earth below?

Now the bakeries are working brave,

stealth and in the dark

Preparing and delivering this staple, to a people living stark

I’ve held my tongue in respect for the Holiday cheer

I’ve raised a glass to celebrate the coming of a New Year

I’ve passed gifts, sent cards, untied ribbons, cast a smile

But all along my soul has been broken far away in heart tug miles

Broken for those who hold up bloody bread amidst their hungry dead

Crushed for mothers who scoop up little ones gone, still embracing missile torn threads

Raging for the world who has forgotten in its busy pace

The people of Syria are still part of OUR Human Race

And if we are running, tire and want to pass the baton

And forget those running too, to whom shall we be able to pass it on?

Kindergarten playgrounds taught us to all be fair and share

Extend a hand, dust off a playmate fallen, to give back to those who care

But adulthood teaches a creed of a dog eat dog growl at all cost

Wolfing down our portion while others suffer, starve, and are left lost

Left  working in the dark at a bakery

The cost of flour up to $30 a bag

Feeding surviving brave hearts

Whose confidence will never lag

Certainty with backbone that they soon, despite our apathy, will see

Their country, torn from a ruling maniac, will flourish again, YES! Syria be Free!

© ruth follmann

Syrian Bakeries forced to work in the dark

http://www.aljazeera.com/video/middleeast/2013/01/201313172348709890.html

“Never lose hope, because after the darkest moments light beams emerge…”
We are all Hamza Alkhateeb Facebook Page

Never lose hope, because after the darkest moments light beams emerge…”

We are all Hamza Alkhateeb Facebook Page

"The young lady who became the banner she lifted. This beautiful Syrian young lady was arrested for holding a banner “Only in Syria a thinking mind is detained” Khitam Binyan, a Law student in Damascus University.Please remember that We know Khitam’s name and picture, but we have hundred thousands of detainees whom we don’t even know their names or even their pictures. Freedom for you Khitam, freedom for all our detainees.”
~We are all Hamza Alkhateeb Facebook page
Khitam Binyan, is a Law student in Damascus University. She is not a number, nor is she a statistic. She is a real person with hopes and dreams and a love for knowledge and freedom so strong; she stood up for it, peacefully~ with a sign. She is now detained and possibly undergoing torture.  The violence needs to STOP!  Please protect this daughter, and all detainees.  May they be freed soon to a peaceful home.

"The young lady who became the banner she lifted. 
This beautiful Syrian young lady was arrested for holding a banner “Only in Syria a thinking mind is detained” 
Khitam Binyan, a Law student in Damascus University.
Please remember that We know Khitam’s name and picture, but we have hundred thousands of detainees whom we don’t even know their names or even their pictures. 

Freedom for you Khitam, freedom for all our detainees.”

~We are all Hamza Alkhateeb Facebook page

Khitam Binyan, is a Law student in Damascus University. She is not a number, nor is she a statistic. She is a real person with hopes and dreams and a love for knowledge and freedom so strong; she stood up for it, peacefully~ with a sign. She is now detained and possibly undergoing torture.  The violence needs to STOP!  Please protect this daughter, and all detainees.  May they be freed soon to a peaceful home.

an acrostic poem following a disturbing video of what the people in Syria are enduring in their struggle to be free. we must:  STOP THE KILLING!

“November 20 was the National Children’s Day. Compare and contrast what some children wrote in a nearby school to what Syrian children want But Not Having!! 
The most impprtant right is the last one„ the right to be safe.”
~ We are all Hamza Alkhateeb Facebook Page

November 20 was the National Children’s Day. Compare and contrast what some children wrote in a nearby school to what Syrian children want But Not Having!! 

The most impprtant right is the last one„ the right to be safe.”

~ We are all Hamza Alkhateeb Facebook Page