WOT: Disney Protest, Victor Jara’s Killers found, anti-KKK Sousaphone, Kraemer Desmadre & Sandra Bland!


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FIRST – IF YOU SEE THIS QUICKLY…

Anaheim and OC citizens are protesting outside Disneyland – at the main gates on Harbor (where it usually says “The Happiest Place on Earth” – in an hour, 6pm (Friday) for probably an hour or two – get down there if you can!  Why are they protesting?  Well since Disney apparently runs the town through their paid-off council majority, they are protesting a variety of things – from police brutality and harassment of the homeless, to the Council’s constant giveaways to Disney and other well-connected big companies, as exemplified in this month’s Gate Tax Giveaway.  Again, get down there if you can, troublemakers big and small!

WOT Collage - Jara, Sousa, Bland, Vern

Carmen Gloria Quintana, one gutsy sousaphonist, Sandra Bland, Vern Nelson (?), Victor Jara, and a sousaphone encore.

Victor Jara was one of the most well-known singers of Latin America’s New Song movement. He was a gifted musician, poet, and political activist. Bruce Springstein and Arlo Guthrie have had concerts remembering him. He was killed after being tortured, forced to play guitar with his broken hands and then shot to death by military officers in the 1973 military coup in Chile. Ten of these officers have been finally charged by a judge; the leader of the squad may be tried in Miami, where he was living anonymously.

Another trial of military officers will also take place, asCG Quintana one of them recently disclosed their role in the burning of two protesters during the Pinochet years. One of the protesters died. Rodrigo Rojas was a young journalist whose parents had immigrated to the USA and he had gone to Chile to visit relatives. The other protester, Carmen Gloria Quintana, survived but her burnings were so severe that her face still shows the scars. The government had fabricated the excuse that they were burnt by protesters’ petrol bombs, but the military officers have admitted that they poured gasoline on these young people and burnt them alive.

Jara’s music is widely known for its social content, but his singing, musical compositions and lyrics have a quality that transcends politics. I invite you to listen and watch this piece called El Pimiento (the pepper).

By now many of us have heard and seen this young man playing a sousaphone (similar to a tuba) alongside last Saturday’s KKK march in  South Carolina:

KKK Sousaphone“Matt Buck walked alongside a Klan rally with his sousaphone on Saturday, farting out a low, slow version of Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” as a plodding gaggle of KKK members slowly clopped toward the South Carolina State House.

“His mini-protest only lasted a couple of minutes, but most of it was on video. That 95-second clip, which was taken by a stranger, has now reached 3.6 million views at press time—most of them since Tuesday morning.”

In our local area, the piano store owner next to the proposed Kraemer homeless shelter is having a momentary relief as the remaining community forums have been postponed. This could be an indication that the shelter is either going to be modified or  not going to be built after all, which may explains the involvement of the PR consultant operating the anti-homeless shelter’s website. Matt Cunningham is a staunch supporter of the council members actively promoting the shelter, and his opposition was a safe public relations stunt. We piano playerare still waiting for the meeting he was going to arrange with Murray and Brandman.  He must have earned a commission from the business owners for his PR services.

If the shelter plans are still in effect, I’ve heard that Vern Nelson is going to volunteer at the Piano Store, so that the owner may entertain the idea that having a shelter next to his business would not be a bad thing after all. Vern may give lessons and have concerts in this area, and in this way we could contribute to reduce the carbon footprint of traveling to his concerts in HB. It is time to listen to his Debussy piece again!

[Greg here:]  Last Friday’s WOT was on the death in police custody of Sandra Bland, before many people even knew about it.  The controversy boiled over at a progressive bloggers’ convention in Phoenix and now few people don’t know about it.  We’ll try to come up with a compendium of links over the weekend — maybe in comments below, maybe here in the text, maybe a new one.  (You can post links here for now.)

This is your Weekend Open Thread.  Talk about these stories or whatever else you’d like, within reasonable bounds of decency and discretion.


About Ricardo Toro

Anaheim resident for several decades. In addition to political blogging, another area of interest is providing habitats for the Monarch butterfly. http://www.orangejuiceblog.com/2013/12/caterpillars-crossing-in-a-city-at-a-crossroads/