9.25.2009

G20 Summit: Grassroots reporting by Jasiri X, Paradise Gray and Davey D


(Jasiri X: Photo courtesy of One Hood MEdia)


In case you have not been watching the news, following Twitter time lines or catching YouTube clips, the streets of Pittsburgh turned violent the last few days with the G20 Summit taking place. Three journalistic and Hip-Hop soldiers have been posting serious updates.

"The police and military deployment numbers were compounded by the fact that there was so few “regular” people in downtown Pittsburgh due to the fear people had of protesters “tearing up” the city. The irony was that all around the city are signs that say, “Pittsburgh Welcomes the World” yet the intimidating presence of so many police had the exact opposite effect."--writes Jasiri X

(Photo: Paradise Gray and Jasiri X inside Homeland Security Protester Cages)


Here are updates posted by Jasiri X, Paradise Gray and Davey D. Keep following them on Twitter and Facebook!

Real Talk Xpress blogs by Jasiri X
Pittsburgh’s G-20 City on LOCKDOWN! [VIDEO]

Pittsburgh’s G-20 Police State [VIDEO]

Report Back from G20: Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign

1 comment:

  1. Pittsburgh's G-20 story: Take an expressway from town and disappear into desolate 'hoods and encounter the civilization of menace. Pittsburgh, a dual city! The glass wonder of PPG Place and/or the G-20 Summit is a faded memory. Here in the 'hood lives lie abandoned as far as the eye can see.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEukcWW5dM0

    That is: For the most part, African-American Pittsburgh seems to be invisible, not only to the public relations hucksters who tout Pittsburgh's successes, but we are equally invisible to the protesters.

    Certainly, black Pittsburgh is as proud as anybody in that the black President we worked so hard to elect has selected Pittsburgh as the host of the G-20 Summit. We even enjoy the re-invention of Pittsburgh from a dirty, smoky steel-churning history to the bright, clean, green financial success that the business leaders and politicians boast about so loudly. Nobody is more proud of the Super Bowl winning African-American coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mike Tomlin. But none of that feel-good stuff erases the pain of the stubbornly high unemployment among African American young adults and the staggering dropout rate for young black males from the public school system.

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