A “Day of Absence” Explodes In Protest

Updated June 2, 2017

It was an average, cool, sunny day in Olympia, WA today. Yet, tension fell heavy in the air. At Evergreen State College, a battle was going on, and it all started with a request to change the structure of Evergreen’s traditional Day of Absence.

Evergreen State College is nationally known for it’s unique curriculum and history of student movements and activism dating back into the 1970’s.

Evergreen’s Day of Absence, organized by student managed First People’s Multicultural Advising Services, is based on the play by Douglas Turner Ward in which people of color decided to leave their job duties as an act of solidarity and a show of their strength and value. Students of color at Evergreen State College choose one day of the year to not only do the same, but invite all students to be off campus and hopefully participate in open discussions on racial topics.

This year, they decided to do things a little differently. This year, they asked the white students to leave campus for the day, allowing the students of color to take on the power role of getting to stay in their position. Day of Absence organizer, Rashida Love, sent out the invitation for all who wished to join in solidarity, as was her tradition to send out the invitations.

Professor Bret Weinstein was having none of it.

He openly voiced his opposition to this idea in an email to Rashida Love, copying in all of the staff and faculty at Evergreen.

Bret Weinstien Email

The email exchange continued with other faculty members supporting Love, chiming in that they were appalled at Weinstein’s response. Weinstein justified his email, stating that he had European Jewish roots and that his ancestors were also persecuted, therefore he saw no purpose in the need to switch roles for a day.

Weinstein stated in one email, “Many will recognize Weinstein as a German/Jewish name. My ancestors were all European Jews, primarily from Russia, Poland, and Ukraine. European Jews like my ancestors have faced repeated waves of anti-Semitic persecution stretching back at least as far as the 3rd century B.C.E. The most recent wave was at its height a mere 25 years before my birth. The Nazis were then at the peak of their “final solution to the Jewish question.”

The exchanges continued, with one response of “If I told you I had cancer, would you look at me and say, oh well, I have lupus? This isn’t about YOU Weinstein!”

The email exchanges were publicized to the student body and prompted another turn in the Day of Absence. The students decided it would now be focused directly onto Weinstein, and the first Day of Absence to which he has ever been opposed.

Read the full email exchange which sparked the student protest.  

As the students rose in protest, Weinstein was confronted. He was riddled with questions, and students tried to logically provide an understanding for him, but Weinstein, unwilling to accept the students’ perspectives, would not back down from his position. Instead, he called the police on a peaceful crowd.

Twitter exploded as Evergreen students uploaded videos, went live on Facebook and Periscope and started the hashtag #ExposeEvergreen.

ExposeEvergreen

White students at Evergreen State College have formed a group they call The White Allies, students who will surround the students of color, forming a barrier to protect them.

The White Allies In Action

The chanting students left the meeting building and met up with campus Officer Timothy O’dell. As the students attempted to explain to Officer O’dell what had just happened, the officer dove through The White Allies, heading straight for the students of color.

The students were shocked at the behavior, continuing their march to the Red Square, an on-campus location. Yet, when they arrived, they were met by Washington State Troopers and Olympia Police officers. There, the students report, they were threatened with arrests and mace. The students were accused of cornering the racist Professor and his student.

The students of Evergreen refused to back down. They protested in shifts and turned in a set of demands. They met with Evergreen State College President, George Bridges, and Vice President of Student Affairs, Wendy Endress. Among the demands included the firing of Bret Weinstein and several other openly racist faculty members. Students plan to continue protesting until their demands are met.

In an attempt to defend his position, Bret Weinstein, a self-proclaimed left progressive ran swiftly towards right-wing conservative media to tell his side of the story.  The conservative media quickly ate up Weinstein’s version and blasted it across the country, vilifying Evergreen College’s students of color.

White supremacists from Portland, OR, oddly were willing to side with Weinstein, who is of Jewish descent, presenting that white skin matters more when it comes to organizing against people of color.  A phone call came into Evergreen State College, a voice threatening to come on campus and open fire.   White supremacists from Portland stated they planned to travel the two hours north to protest on Evergreen’s campus, a campus which holds an open policy to protests, apparently unless it’s a protest held by students of color.

The majority of the Evergreen Staff was appalled by their fellow professor’s behavior, releasing a solidarity statement in support of the students.  The statement is signed by over fifty Evergreen Professors.

As  Weinstein’s supporters took to Twitter, they took over the student created #ExposeEvergreen hashtag, urgently posting unrelated, anti-Semite accusations against the students, filling up the hashtag with irrelevant argument, in an attempt to hide the beginning posts of the race bating enacted by Weinstein and his supporters.

Amazon best-selling author of CULT CHILD, Vennie Kocsis, whose child of color attends Evergreen State College, hit back, seemingly making it her daily mission to keep the original student posts at the top of the Twitter #ExposeEvergreen hasthtag, from her personal account, @VennieKocsis.  We reached out to her for a comment, but she cited that upon the advice of her council, she has declined to speak to the press at this time.

This video shows one of Weinstein’s followers lose his cool and call a student of color “useless.”

On June 2, 2017, the following student press release was publicized as a collective statement from the students.

Student Press Release

Student Press Release 2

Student Press Release 3

 

 

 

 

Scientology: Clinton’s Cult Lobbyist?

Bill Clinton Steven Spielberg Tom Cruise
Steven Spielberg, Bill Clinton and Tom Cruise

Scientology has a lengthy history of working with the Clintons, having funded election campaigns of both Bill and Hillary.   Several Scientology Hollywood players funded Hillary Clinton’s campaign with over $70,000.  Tom Cruise presented Al Gore with $5000.  John Travolta, along with other Scientology members, arranged a gala to raise funds for the Democrats.  The entry fee?  $25,000.

Yet, Scientology and wealthy Hollywood players don’t give money away for free without something in return.  So right after Bill Clinton was elected in 1993, Scientology gained a tax-exempt status, registering as a religion, something the IRS had refused them for decades.

The New York Times reported on March 9, 1997: “The full story of the turnabout by the IRS has remained hidden behind taxpayer privacy laws for nearly four years. But an examination by The New York Times found that the exemption followed a series of unusual internal IRS actions that came after an extraordinary campaign orchestrated by Scientology against the agency and people who work there.”

Cruise lobbied Clinton at every opportunity.  He met him for dinner at the Hollywood homes of director Steven Spielberg and producer David Geffen. He called him numerous times at his Foundation office in Harlem, New York, to work out the most effective strategy to overturn a 1967 IRS ruling that Scientology was not a charity and was not eligible for tax breaks.

In February 12, 1998, The New York Post released the following article:

TRAVOLTA ADMITS BILL USED SECTS APPEAL TO WOO HIM

 By LINDA MASSARELLA

“John Travolta says President Clinton offered to help him with a pet project – getting Scientology accepted as a religion in Germany – just as he was about to play a character based on the president.

 Travolta was manipulated as part of Clinton’s campaign to soften his fictional alter-ego’s image in the upcoming movie “Primary Colors,” George magazine charges in its March issue.

The movie is based on Joe Klein’s best-selling novel about a lying, womanizing Southern governor – modeled on Clinton – who is running for president. George says the final product, set for release next month, is far more sympathetic to “Clinton” than is the book.

 “You have to be dead not see that the film favors Clinton,” admitted Travolta, who gained 20 pounds and streaked his hair gray to look presidential in the film.

 “The script was always kind to him. We’re talking about kind to a character, but indirectly we’re talking about kind to the president.

 “More than anything, it promotes what a decent person he is.”

 Travolta told writer Josh Young that just before “Primary Colors” went before the cameras last April, the actor was in Washington to promote Scientology – a controversial belief Travolta and scores of other

Hollywood types embrace.

“The next day, I met with Clinton,” Travolta told George.

 “He told me: “Your program sounds great. More than that, I’d really love to help you with your issue over in Germany with Scientology.'”

 Clinton was referring to Germany’s refusal to register Scientology as a religion because the government considers it a radical cult that cheats members out of their life savings – an allegation that Scientologists vehemently deny.

 “I was waiting for the seduction that I had heard so much about. I thought, “Well, how could he ever seduce me?'” Travolta recalled. “And after we talked, I thought, “Bingo!’ He did it. Scientology is the one issue that really matters to me.”

For Travolta, Clinton reportedly went to the extraordinary length of assigning National Security Adviser Sandy Berger to be the Administration’s Scientology point man.

 Berger briefed Travolta in the same manner he would a senior senator, George reports.

A White House official said last night, “it is perfectly normal and logical” for Berger to get involved in the Scientology issue because “it is in the general area of human rights concerns and this is something we have raised with the German government.”

 In November, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright met with German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel – and urged him to stop being intolerant toward Scientologists.

 Clinton not only managed to charm Travolta – but director Mike Nichols and co-star Billy Bob Thornton were equally awed by him, George reports.

Nichols – who with his wife, ABC’s Diane Sawyer, were on the president’s A-list for summer barbecues on Martha’s Vineyard – said through “Primary Colors” he’s trying to make moviegoers understand the nature of infidelity.

“A passion for people is expressed sexually too,” he says.

 Thornton, the Arkansas author and star of the hit “Sling Blade,” took the role of Richard Jennons – modeled on Clinton adviser James Carville – only after the president OK’d it.

“It’s a great role, and somebody’s gonna do it, so it might as well be Billy Bob,” Clinton told his friend, producer Harry Thomason, George reports – and Thomason passed the word to Thornton.”

Copyright (c) 1998, N.Y.P. Holdings, Inc. All rights reserved.

David Miscavige, the leader of Scientology, met with the Commissioner of the IRS to initiate an objective tax-exemption procedure in 1991.  For the next two years the IRS conducted an in-depth investigation of Scientology. After Bill Clinton became the US President in 1993, in October of 1993, the IRS gave Scientology tax-exempt status as a recognized church in the United States.

On the basis of the IRS ruling, the State Department formally criticized Germany for discriminating against Scientologists. The German government classifies Scientology as a business, not a tax-exempt religion.  This mirrors the very same position maintained for 25 years by the U.S. government, until Bill Clinton came on the scene.

The Daily Caller, reported on June 21, 2015, that Hillary and, to some extent, Bill Clinton, had some ties with the Scientology. The Daily Caller’s report details how Greg Mitchell, the head of a lobbying firm called The Mitchell Firm and also a Scientologist, lobbied the Hillary Clinton State Department to enlist its support for encouraging religious freedom in foreign countries, such as Germany.

Actor Tom Cruise, along with former President Bill Clinton, urged British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, to overturn a ruling refusing Scientology’s charity status in Britain.  President Clinton went so far as to suggest that Tom approach Cherie Blair for help, since she was a lawyer and could understand more clearly why Scientology should be classified and allowed to register as a religion.

Former Scientology “second in command”, Marty Rathbun, appeared on German TV and described sitting in a room at the Scientology base in Clearwater, Florida in 2003, along with Tom Cruise, to call former President Clinton many times.  Rathbun, who was the Inspector General of the Religious Technology Centre until 2004, stated that he would personally perform audits on Cruise.

Rathbun further stated that Tom Cruise and former President Clinton where involved in raising funds for the Clinton Foundation charity and spoke many times on how best to lobby the British Prime Minister and his wife so that they could use their influence to change Scientology’s charity tax status in Britain.  Rathbun later went on to participate in a two hour deposition regarding the inner workings of Scientology.

The United States Constitution grants citizens both freedom of religion and separation of church and state.  America has a long history of using churches to funnel lobbying money under tax exempt status.  As a result, the lines between Freedom of Religion and Separation of Church and State have been grossly blurred.

In the 1950’s, the US government added ‘In God We Trust” on monies and federal organizations as well as entered it into their Pledge of Allegiance, violating their own Constitution.  Yet, in a country which was primarily Christian at the time, the citizens did not rally cry against that violation.  Now, almost 70 years later, the country has a great dilemma on its hands as the truth about its political criminal dealings become uncovered.

As America has become one of the most diverse countries in the world in regards to religion, it allows for the lobbying of religions for politicians, allows for religion to override child neglect and murder, as in the cases in Idaho, where parents prefer to pray for their children, as opposed to seeking medical care for them.   The question remains if Americans will begin to stand up and exercise their right to demand that their Constitution be properly upheld.

Karen Donovan, freelance writer

“Annie”: The Poster Child For Foster Care Abuse

Jay-Z’s “Hard Knock Life” is playing on the radio. I listen to the sweet, lulling voice of Annie singing merrily on the chorus, with an undertone of anger, as she bellows out her empowering lyrics.

It’s a hard knock life for us.

It’s a hard knock life for us.

Instead of kisses we get kicked.

Instead of treated we get tricked.”

I find my thoughts sinking into the bowels of the media, which I am willingly a part, paving my own way by openly examining my own kind. Movies like “Annie” present mind investigators like me, a deep subject matter upon which to draw.

Annie” coined the phrase, “It’s a hard knock life.”, which became the tag line for boomer American parental answers to each other and their children.

Jimmy is beating me up at school!”

“Well, kid. It’s a hard knock life.”

“I’m really struggling financially.”

“Yeah, my friend. It’s a hard knock life.”

It became a phrase of dismissive, feigned empathy, as the media quickly gnawed its way through the heart of American parents surviving Regeanomics, The Iran Contra Affair and Judge Clarence Thomas’ infamous pubic hair incident, by sitting,  disheartened and hypnotized into fantasy lives being presented to them from an electric box.

While “Annie” had hit the theater stage with poor attempts, it would find instant success when it hit the Hollywood big screen in the year of 1982.

Generation X was around 12 years old. They were resisting against the fierce and extremist ideals of their baby boomer parents who were either hippies or adherently religiously extremist, and hypocritical.

The teenagers of the eighties were being labeled the problem children of society, scapegoats for parents who had failed them miserably and refused to bear the weight of their decisions.

Kids were being pulled into the foster care system by the droves, as drugs like crack became rampant on the streets. Children of color and Caucasian poor children took the hit, targeted by police and CPS.

Rich parents wiped their hands, paying alarming sums of money to boarding schools, also popping up in large numbers, promising to redirect their children into the model citizens the parents dreamed about. The boarding schools became wealthy. The children were damaged. The parents were swindled.

Still, “Annie” swept America, winning awards even today as it is performed by drama departments in schools across America, with little girls who vie for the chance to play the lead role.

What does Annie tell children?

Annie normalizes the abuses which we see so rampantly being exposed in foster homes and boarding houses.

Dissecting Annie’s story, shows a mentally and emotionally abused child in the foster care system. She is sleep deprived, belittled and overworked. Enter the dream come true named Daddy Warbucks, a rich, Caucasian male who saves Annie and grooms her for his elite society, by giving her a “good” life.

Yet, Annie is portrayed as the seductress. She is the charming child who is so naturally adorable, that Daddy Warbucks cannot resist her. It isn’t his fault that Annie is so cute. Ultimately, Annie is given the lead role of the child who wins the heart of a man with her innocence.

Annie’s abuse is covered by her romanticized savior and apparent ability to be an illusionary ray of sunlight, all while living in a foster care home where she endures less than humane treatment.

Given the many arrests and exposures involving CPS and the foster care system, which have surfaced over the past few years, the question could be posed if “Annie” was possibly a blatantly open message from the media, directly to pedophile rings, that foster homes were open for business.

As the child victims are now adults and telling their stories, one can only wonder how a government funded system committed so many heinous acts with zero monitoring from the institutions giving them the funds to run their operations.

As of 2016, around 400,000 children are in foster care in America. Are these children being trafficked in a sick and multi-layered society which has been growing beneath the surface of public awareness for the past thirty plus years?

As stories are being exposed, so are the media connections which have controlled and manipulated the minds of Americans for decades. The connections between politics, the media and pedophile/sex trafficking is a pyramid for which there is the worst of scams; the victims and their broken families.

Karen Donovan, freelance writer

From The Sand Pit

From a Recon Marine in Afghanistan:

From the Sand Pit

It’s freezing here. I’m sitting on hard cold dirt between rocks and shrubs at the base of the Hindu Kush Mountains, along the Dar’yoi Pamir River, watching a hole that leads to a tunnel that leads to a cave. Stake out, my friend, and no pizza delivery for thousands of miles.

I also glance at the area around my ass every ten to fifteen seconds to avoid another scorpion sting. I’ve actually given up battling the chiggers and sand fleas, but the scorpions give a jolt like a cattle prod. Hurts like a bastard. The antidote tastes like transmission fluid, but God bless the Marine Corps for the five vials of it in my pack. The one truth the Taliban cannot escape is that, believe it or not, they are human beings, which means they have to eat food and drink water. That requires couriers and that’s where an old bounty hunter like me comes in handy.

I track the couriers, locate the tunnel entrances and storage facilities, type the info into the hand held, and shoot the coordinates up to the satellite link that tells the air commanders where to drop the hardware We bash some heads for a while, and then I track and record the new movement. It’s all about intelligence. We haven’t even brought in the snipers yet. These scurrying rats have no idea what they’re in for. We are but days away from cutting off supply lines and allowing the eradication to begin. But you know me; I’m a romantic. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: This country blows, man. It’s not even a country. There are no roads, there’s no infrastructure, there’s no government.

This is an inhospitable, rock-pit shit-hole ruled by eleventh century warring tribes. There are no jobs here like we know jobs. Afghanistan offers only two ways for a man to support his family, join the opium trade or join the army. That’s it. Those are your options. Oh, I forgot, you can also live in a refugee camp and eat plum-sweetened, crushed beetle paste and squirt mud like a goose with stomach flu, if that’s your idea of a party. But the smell alone of those ‘tent cities of the walking dead’ is enough to hurl you into the poppy fields to cheerfully scrape bulbs for eighteen hours a day.

I’ve been living with these Tajiks and Uzbeks, and Turkmen and even a couple of Pashtu’s, for over a month-and-a-half now, and this much I can say for sure: These guys, are Huns, actual, living Huns. They LIVE to fight. It’s what they do. It’s ALL they do. They have no respect for anything; not for themselves, their families, or for each other. They claw at one another as a way of life. They play polo with dead calves and force their five-year-old sons into human cockfights to defend the family honor. Just Huns, roaming packs of savage, heartless beasts who feed on each other’s barbarism. Cavemen with AK-47’s. Then again, maybe I’m just a cranky young bastard.

I’m freezing my ass off on this stupid hill because my lap warmer is running out of juice, and I can’t recharge it until the sun comes up in a few hours. Oh yeah! You like to write letters, right? Do me a favor, Bizarre. Write a letter to CNN and tell Wolf and Anderson and that awful, sneering, pompous Aaron Brown to stop calling the Taliban “smart”. They are not smart I suggest CNN invest in a dictionary because the word they are looking for is “cunning”. The Taliban are cunning, like jackals, hyenas, and wolverines. They are sneaky and ruthless, and when confronted, they are cowardly. They are hateful, malevolent parasites who create nothing and destroy everything else.

Smart? Bullshit! Yeah, they’re real smart, Most can’t read, but they’ve spent their entire lives listening to Imams telling them about only one book (and not a very good one, as books go). They consider hygiene and indoor plumbing to be products of the devil. They’re still trying to figuring out how to work a Bic lighter. Talking to a Taliban warrior about improving his quality of life is like trying to teach an ape how to hold a pen. Eventually he just gets frustrated and sticks you in the eye with it.

OK, enough. Snuffle will be up soon, so I have to get back to my hole. Covering my tracks in the snow takes a lot of practice, but I’m good at it.

Please, I tell you and my fellow Americans to turn off the TV sets and move on with your lives. The story line you are getting from CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC and other liberal news agencies is utter bullshit and designed not to deliver truth but rather to keep you glued to the screen so you will watch the next commercial. We’ve got this one under control. The worst thing you guys can do right now is sit around analyzing what we’re doing over here. You have no idea what we’re doing, and you really don’t want to know. We are your military, and we are only doing what you sent us here to do.

From a Jack Recon Marine in Afghanistan, Semper Fi.

“Freedom is not free, but the U.S. Marine Corps is paying most of your share”.

Arrowhead Towne Mall and a Pedophile Logo?

Arrowhead Town Center is a mall in Glendale, AZ, proudly in business for over 20 years. Two stories high, Arrowhead has a variety of stores from Apple to Coach to Chipotle to JC Penny.

In light of recent events connected with convicted pedophile, Jeff Epstein to Anthony Weiner, John Podesta, the Clinton camp, and the sweeping of pedophile rings, the public is becoming more aware of the tactics and symbols used by pedophile rings.

So what does this have to do with Arrowhead Towne Center? Instead of telling you, I will show you.

Below are the FBI documented symbols that pedophiles use as one tool to communicate with one another. These symbols began to be documented in the late eighties and early nineties, approximately twenty plus years ago. Arrowhead chose one such symbol. Coincidence? Accident? Anything is as possible as displaying the impossible right in plain sight.

A scout in Glendale noticed an interesting connection with Arrowhead’s logo. In fact, it is plastered everywhere. Well, see for yourself.

I contacted Macerich, the company which owns Arrowhead Towne Center, by way of email, asking them if they would like to provide a statement regarding the use of this symbol as their logo.

Their VP of Corporate Communications offered this statement:

Good afternoon, Karen. Thank you for reaching out to us.

Arrowhead Towne Center has used this logo for more than 20 years. Recently we were made aware of the similarity and, as we do not condone any association, are discussing next steps internally.”

Karen Maurer | AVP, Corporate Communications

I must admit I was expecting a different response. Expertly studied in the linguistics of innocence, I thought surely, Arrowhead would insist that the logo was a representation of the native culture of the area and insist that any similarity was merely coincidence. What would sunshine rays around an arrowhead represent?

Instead, they are seemingly willing and considering pouring a decent amount of money into possibly changing something they’ve displayed for twenty years, a convenient timeline. This would entail changing all of their signage, letterhead and so much more.

Furthermore, a search of registered sex offenders in the area is alarmingly high.

First, note the color code reference that is yellow and what offense it represents.

Now a map of how many sex offenders are residing in the vicinity of this mall and how many of them are convicted rapists (check the chart above for yellow). Another coincidence? Or a center for a pedophile ring?

There is Peoria Eighty Three’s odd collage advertisement.

And to top it off, there are the Montessori schools not too far away from Arrowhead:

Heritage Montessori School

Sunset Montessori School

Again, coincidence? Absolutely possible. There is no official, factual connection. To be objective, this is merely a look at a symbol that is questionable.

According to City Data research of Arizona and other state lists there were 188 registered sex offenders living in Glendale as of February 17, 2017.

I urge those of you who support this cause to look closely into your community. Do so with eyes of clarity and an awareness of your intuition, as opposed to paranoia or panic. If we stay educated and aware, we will stay on their toes.

As for Arrowhead, I accuse them of nothing except having an all too similar symbol as their logo. I also wonder if there are tunnels beneath the mall. Just a curiousity.

Karen Donovan

freelance writer