Posts tagged: Protest
A Whitman County man who bragged about being involved with racist taco-truck protests in Kootenai County has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for unlawful gun possession. Jeremiah Daniel “J.D.” Hop's lawyer, Roger Peven, asked for him to receive between 15 and 21 months in prison, according to court documents, but U.S. District Judge Robert Whaley rejected that request on Wednesday. Hop, 31, is to be on probation for three years after his release. Hop was arrested during an FBI investigation April 20, 2011, for allegedly possessing an Izhmash 12-gauge semi-automatic shotgun on March 25. His brother, Michael Hop, said he was set up by an FBI informant who supplied the shotgun after suggesting they go shooting/
J.D. Meads, second from right, of Athol, Idaho, leads a group of scouts in a camp-style song outside the Boy Scouts of America headquarters in Spokane Saturday. The scouts, and adult leaders, from North Idaho and the Spokane area were protesting the sale of Camp Easton, a scout camp on Lake Coeur d'Alene, to a private golf community. More here. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)
RE: Aryan Alert/HucksOnline
Harlem Renaissance (Rachel Dolezal) gives details of counter-demonstration to supremacist protest: Winkler and crew had KKK flags, signs that included “MLK was a (expletive deleted) terrorist” … amongst others. And Winkler was in military garb packing a gun on his belt. I (Rachel Dolezal) posted across the street with an African American Flag (red/green/black) and a sign that said, “Malcolm X is my hero.” Winkler hurled plenty of assaults at me directly, calling me out by name. I said nothing to them the entire time. I was there alone for maybe 20 minutes, and eventually around 25 people showed up, some with signs and flags some with voices. We were black, white, hispanic, gay, straight, male, female, young, and old. Some white male college students stood on the KKK side with signs reading: 'I’m NOT with Stupid' that had arrows pointing at the KKK individuals. Some students had GSA rainbow banners. One guy had a sign that said, 'Not everyone in Idaho is racist.' A veteran came by and said he’s ashamed to have fought for the racists across the street…” (Kathy Plonka 2008 SR file photo of Rachel Dolezal during her tenure as a Human Rights Education Institute educator)
Item: Tickets gone for Lake City Playhouse production of “Rent” for opening weekend/Bill Buley, Press
Opinion: Bless the protesters and pass the popcorn. Tonight's opening of “Rent” at Lake City Playhouse will feature a cast of passionate characters. Most of them will be on stage, but a few will be standing outside, perhaps with signs condemning the play, the performers and maybe the audience, too. This is America, thank goodness. In this land of the free and home of the brave — those brave enough to perform a controversial, critically acclaimed work of art and those brave enough to make a symbolic statement in a small sea of theater-goers who likely disagree with them - there's plenty of room for dissenting opinions, so long as everybody obeys the law. Just as it is the right of Playhouse decision-makers to put on this sold-out production, so, too, is it the right of critics to say it does not meet their moral standards. The gray area is this: When is protest a legitimate disagreement, and when does it constitute outright bigotry?/Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.
Question: Do you consider the protest against the Lake City Playhouse production of rent to be legitimate disagreement or outright bigotry?
Kathy Stewart calls her green van the “Wolfmobile.” She wears T-shirts and coats with pictures of wolves. She says the wolf is her guardian. So, the message she wanted to deliver to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game on Monday about wolves was not surprising. “Stop killing them.” “Get education about the wolf. Don't go out and kill it because you can,” she said before a candlelight vigil at Independence Point. Stewart, joined by husband Glen wearing his wolf T-shirt, was one of about 10 people who took part in the event organized by the Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance/Bill Buley, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: Do you consider the small turnout an indication that wolves don't have much support in North Idaho?
Nursing moms upset with breastfeeding preferences at Target stores staged a “nurse-in” Wednesday at locations in Chicago and across the country. Local moms say the demonstration is meant to raise awareness about controversies over nursing in public. This latest outcry, they say, stems from a recent incident in Texas. Michelle Hickman, a Houston mother of four, apparently was nursing in a remote area of a Target store when staffers told her to move into a fitting room. There were so many employees confronting her, she said, that it was time to speak up/Natalie Martinez, 5 NBC Chicago. More here. (AP file photo) H/T: Sisyphus
Question: Do you support this protest?
Next month “Rent” is opening at the Lake City Playhouse in Coeur d'Alene, but some people think the plug should be pulled because of what they call immoral behavior in the musical.Rent has won a Pulitzer, a Tony and was made into a popular motion picture. According to Lake City Playhouse artistic director George Green, Rent is about “artists trying to make it in the world through their struggles, through their addictions, through their pain, through their sickness and overcome.”The musical takes place under the shadow of HIV/AIDS, and there are several characters that are homosexual, and not everyone in the community is OK with the play being performed in Coeur d'Alene/Anusha Roy, KXLY. More here.
Question: Does this controversy guarantee sellouts for Lake City Playhouse production of “Rent”?
A demonstrator moons police during protests as part of a national strike in Santiago, Chile, Wednesday. Chilean students, opposition politicians and union workers are leading a two-day nationwide strike to fight for fundamental changes in government. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
A number of Detroit Pistons were rumored to be leaving the team around the trade deadline, but not like this. Tracy McGrady, Tayshaun Prince, Richard Hamilton and Chris Wilcox missed the team's shootaround Friday morning before that night's game against the Sixers in Philadelphia, and team sources told multiple media outlets that the players were staging a protest. Sources told the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News that the shootaround boycott was directed at second-year coach John Kuester, who has clashed with players in the past. Team spokesman Cletus Lewis said that McGrady had a headache, Prince an upset stomach and Hamilton and Wilcox missed the bus from the team hotel. Rodney Stuckey and Austin Daye also missed the bus, but they arrived toward the end of a media session, Lewis said/ESPN NBA. More here. (AP file photo of Austin Daye)
Question: Are we entering a new era of walkouts and demonstrations (a la 1960s) as a result of great divide in this country? And/or: Have you ever been involved in a sit-in, die-in, walkout, or any other protest?
I have a friend who moved here last year from the Portland area and she called me a few minutes ago about the Aryans on NW Blvd. She was freaking out, crying, saying she couldn't believe her eyes, that she'd never seen anything like it in her life and that she wanted to puke. She had driven around the block three times to holler (expletive deleted) at them, at which point they all gave her the finger and cheered wildly. To me, the saddest part is how nonplussed I was by this news. I told her that it's not that uncommon to see those idiots around town doing their hate thing. I told her that they thrive on attention and in the future it'd probably be best to just ignore them and go along her merry way, or she's just feeding into exactly what they're after: a reaction. Depressing, because I should be more outraged by these things but I have just become a bit numb to it/OrangeTV. More below.
Question: Have you become numb to the presence of supremacist activity in the Coeur d'Alene/Hayden area?
At 12:30 p.m. today, Coeur d’Alene High students began protesting what they felt was misrepresentation on the part of Superintendent Hazel Bauman and other administrators of the successful $7.8 million levy election April 21. The students walked out of their sixth period classes and gathered outside of Jordan Court by the general student parking lot. Students believe that Bauman promised not to cut district athletic budgets in exchange for help on the levy, which passed with 74% approval. Afterward, coaches, athletes and sports supporters say they felt betrayed when told that the budgets — about $250,000 for both local high schools, including $75,000 for activities — would be cut by 50%. On Thursday, the Coeur d’Alene Educators Association staged a protest outside the District office. The crowd, wearing red, chanted and were reportedly a group large enough to require traffic to detour elsewhere because they blocked off the street. The CEA claims the district made misrepresentations to members about the levy and future cuts. Teachers at th protest report that Superintendent Bauman came to the front steps of the district office but did not address the crowd.
Question: Do you think Superintendent Hazel Bauman is doing a good job?