Another rally at the Liberty Pole Way. And Ferguson as I Saw It from George Payne

Another rally at the Liberty Pole Way. And Ferguson as I Saw It from George Payne

see Support, Love and Justice flyer on tonight’s 6pm rally at the Liberty Pole Way

In July at a Black Lives Matter rally at the Liberty Pole Way I hoped we would not have to be again so soon.

Tonight at 6pm, Support, Love and Justice is holding a rally in response to the shooting in Charlotte, North Carolina.


Juan Carlos Collado, organizer and assistant at Special Parents, Special Kids 9/25/16


Photo: Juan

After the July rally we offered a short reflection. Justin Delinois followed with a powerful account of his experience and arrest.  And so tonight Justin and I will be back at the Liberty Pole Way.



Luis Ricardo Tores interviewed by Ch. 13’s Ashley Doerbacher with cameraman Nate. 9/25/16 [Photo: Juan]

UPDATE: Given that the rally had just been planned the day before, the crowd was decently sized. At the event, I met Juan Carlos Collado, organizer and assistant at Special Parents, Special Kids. SPSK advocates for students with special needs and works against all discriminatory practices. Juan took the pics (except the one of him).


Photo: Juan

Below George Payne returns our attention to rallies two years ago in St. Louis and Ferguson, Missouri.

Ferguson as I Saw It from George Payne

Special thanks to the Fellowship of Reconciliation for assisting me with a place to stay in Ferguson. It is a memory that will never leave me. The passion for democracy that I witnessed in St. Louis and Ferguson was unforgettable. All photos by George.


Protestors outside the Ferguson Police Station


The Line


Civil Resistance


Hands Up, Don’t Shoot


Dred Scot’s St. Louis


Battle Cry


Dr. West in Action


George Payne


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Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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