America’s lullaby. Portland mothers sing, “Hands up. Please don’t shoot me.”

Black mothers have been demanding justice for years as they have lost so many sons and daughters at the hands of police.

The group, Mothers of the Movement, have toured around the United States to protests and conferences.

Now they have been joined by white mothers and fathers in Portland, responding to Trump’s dispatching of federal agents to grab peaceful protesters off the streets and hold them incommunicado.

Trump has called the protests in Portland “worse than Afghanistan.”

The Wall of Mothers.

Their lullaby: “Hands up. Please don’t shoot me.”

Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf calls it “proactive arrests.”

Men in fatigues, without name tags or other identification, approach someone on the street and drag them into the open door of a waiting, unmarked minivan.

It has been disclosed that these guys are part of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The CBP was previously occupied with building cages for children at the Mexican border.


5 thoughts on “America’s lullaby. Portland mothers sing, “Hands up. Please don’t shoot me.”

  1. Hi Fred—I am changing my email address but still want to get your blogs—will you please cancel this address—

    and change to ?

    Thank you, Pam Verner (one of Joni Lindgren’s friends)


  2. I’m so glad you’re staying on these despicable acts by Trump and his “governmental thugs.” The last few posts have put the spotlight on how vile Trump is. “Vile” is the one word I use that describes him perfectly.

    Trump loves the 2nd amendment, but has trouble with amendments one, four, five, and nine. My question is: “Where are the other Republicans?” They need to gain some courage and take that walk to the White House and tell him it’s time to go!” Like Sens. Barry Goldwater, John Rhodes, and Hugh Scott did with Pres. Richard Nixon in 1974 when his impeachment was imminent.

    As I like to say: “The Republican Party — 1974, Profiles in Courage; The Republican Party — 2019-20, Profiles in Cowardice.”

    I’ll end with this famous and cautionary quotation:

    “First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.
    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.
    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.
    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

    The postwar words attributed to Martin Niemöller, a prominent Lutheran pastor in Germany, who was an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years on Nazi rule in concentration camps.

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