Early yesterday morning our KICK-ASS blog community broke FIRST NEWS about a great many protesters abandoning the tent city camp site in front of city hall.
Once again our typing goodness becomes NEWS FACT and so we share some entertaining perspectives to further the discussion.
To wit . . .
AFTER THREE WEEKS THE 'PEOPLE'S CITY' 12TH & OAK LAWN OCCUPY MOVEMENT DECLARES A CEASEFIRE AND TOUTS THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS!!!
Kansas City activist lawyer Stacy Shaw shared this public message on her Facebook page and sparked a few news reports so far . . .
"After a historic 21 day occupation at KC City Hall, The People’s City is declaring a ceasefire as talks have begun with public officials regarding the reimagination of public safety and divesting funds from law enforcement. This historic effort was jointly led and sustained by an emerging political force within the houseless community and a multiracial coalition of organizers in Kansas City. We are eternally grateful for our fearless comrades, individuals and local businesses who donated supplies and resources, as well as restaurants who helped feed us along the way. Ultimately this is only the beginning. If we do not see the changes we want, if our communities continue not being served and well-resourced, we guarantee we will be back. ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE. #ThePeoplesCity #DefundKCPD"
Here's a handy list she shared that lists the achievements.
Again, in fairness. Critics note:
Demands for the KCPD Chief were not successful. Outcry to defund police by at least 50% wasn't addressed and sanctions against the arresting officer of a pregnant woman have not yet been enacted.
And again, as we reported FIRST, the timing of the "ceasefire" comes remarkably close to many protesters abandoning the camp site amid bitterly cold temperatures.
But I digress . . .
Despite their demands unmet it's unfair to call this protest a failure given that the commitment of these demonstrators earned NATIONWIDE MAINSTREAM MEDIA COVERAGE. Moreover, the protest brought the topic of police brutality to the forefront of the local conversation.
Check follow-up news coverage reporting on the social media blast FOLLOWING TKC FIRST NEWS:
Accordingly, we ask our blog community . . . Was the protest effective given the level of awareness and strong reactions that it elicited?!?!
You decide . . .