Wilkerson, 27, found a job through a temp agency for an energy company further out in the suburbs. But at the height of the protests earlier this month, the bus he takes to work never came. Transportation officials had redrawn the only route that stops at Canfield Green to avoid the protests. Like other residents that spoke with The Nation, Wilkerson didn’t get the memo. He missed several days of work as a result, and says he’ll have trouble paying his bills this month. Wilkerson added, “Some people want to say, ‘These people don’t want to work.’ How can we work if we can’t even get on the bus?”
Earlier during the protests, when snipers still laid prone atop armored vehicles and K-9 dogs yowled at peaceful demonstrators, police completely blocked off the only entrance to Canfield Green, locking residents in their own neighborhood. Marquez Larkin, 19, recorded the blockade using his cell phone camera. Larkin and his girlfriend, Britanny Williams, work for a pharmaceutical company packing pills, but missed two days as a result of the blockade, which continued on and off for about five days. Eventually they found an alternate path out of the neighborhood—a lawn at the other end of the street, now indented with tread marks.
Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2002—Ghengis Bush:
|One day after implausibly declaring the US is not "beating the war drums" for an Iraq invasion, Bush's top defense official, Rumsfeld, beat the drums of war.
It's less important to have unanimity than it is to be making the right decision and doing the right thing, even though at the outset it may seem lonesome. Leadership in the right direction finds followers and supporters.
We believe that we will ultimately able to make a compelling case and, in the course of time, will be moving forward. It is our view that an Iraq left unattended is a threat to its neighbors and a threat to ourselves.
This all follows in the heels of Cheney's increasingly infamous anti-Iraq outburst:
What we must not do in the face of a mortal threat is to give in to wishful thinking or willful blindness. We will not simply look away, hope for the best, and leave the matter for some future administration to resolve. As President Bush has said, `Time is not on our side.'
Yet Bush says, "we are not beating the war drums"? Does he think we are stupid?
On today's Kagro in the Morning show, the GunFAIL lines are ringing off the hook today. The 9yo with the Uzi. NH officer lost his gun in the courthouse bathroom. Very rare, except for the officer who did it last year. His & Hers gun derp. Greg Dworkin rounds up ISIS news, including chatter from the usually-wrong. That "libertarian moment" thing. The disappearing ACA election issue. "Between the World and Ferguson." Joan McCarter told us about Republican Senators & candidates groveling before the Kochs, President Obama's pursuit of a climate accord & more. Tomorrow's news today: a reminder that both teachers and students are heading back to class armed this year.