Neoteny

I'm an 18-year-old filmmaker and photographer from the Kansas City metro area. I'm majoring in Film and Video at Columbia College Chicago. This blog is going to contain a lot of my photography and things that I'm interested in. Leave me some feedback in the ask box if you enjoy or really hate what I do.

Video of police brutalizing defenseless, unarmed protestors lying on the ground from yesterday’s NATO summit. 

Obama just used the terms top 2% and the bottom 98% to avoid using the rhetoric of occupy, yet he pretty much said exactly what occupy wants.

Keep fighting for those ignorant Republican votes I guess…

thepoliticalnotebook:

Occupy Chicago: Don’t Feed the Greed! A photo taken at a Chicago rally on October 16th by Bret Hamilton.
Visit Bret’s Flickr page for more Occupy photos and follow him on Tumblr!
You can view the rest of The Political Notebook’s project to gather photography, documentation and experiences from the OWS movements nationwide. Email me at torierosedeghett@gmail.com, send me feedback or an inquiry in my ask box, or tweet me to submit and keep it going! 

thepoliticalnotebook:

Occupy Chicago: Don’t Feed the Greed! A photo taken at a Chicago rally on October 16th by Bret Hamilton.

Visit Bret’s Flickr page for more Occupy photos and follow him on Tumblr!

You can view the rest of The Political Notebook’s project to gather photography, documentation and experiences from the OWS movements nationwide. Email me at torierosedeghett@gmail.com, send me feedback or an inquiry in my ask box, or tweet me to submit and keep it going! 

(via thepoliticalnotebook)

Welp, last night/today was interesting.

Long story short: I got arrested and detained for 16 hours in jail.

Short story long: It was the longest 16 hours of my life. I got arrested at Grant Park for refusing to leave the park around 2 in the morning. We were zip-tied and put on a bus which then took us to the station. At the station, we were stripped of all of our belongings, including shoe strings, and shown to the first cell. After that I was moved to another cell for a short time and then another cell after being indexed, mugshot, fingerprints and all, into the system. My final cell was about 10’ by 10’ concrete with a concrete bench going around two of the walls. On the other wall was a steel toilet and a very disgusting dirty water fountain. Never have I ever been so uncomfortable for so long. We were originally thinking that we would be released by 8 or 9 am like last week’s protesters were, slowly we began to realize that wasn’t going to happen. Time was pretty much non-existent, so I had no way of knowing how long I was actually in there, but I could tell it was beginning to be a really long time. The guard told me that I would be released four hours after I was fingerprinted because that was how long it took to register the prints or something. 5 hours passed and nobody was being released. People in the cells started to get restless and began kicking the doors and screaming manically for their phone call and food. About 3 people were actually allowed to call the lawyers guild and they came back and told us all that they could hold us for 48 hours, but that the fingerprints wouldn’t take more than 24 hours to register. I was completely isolated and only being told that we could be kept for up to 48 hours, needless to say that scared the shit out of me and thus my morale was extremely low. Jail was one of the worst experiences of my life to be honest. Everything feels bad and gross and you can’t find comfort in literally anything. I was constantly shivering and couldn’t fall asleep even when I tried. People began to be let out when the shifts changed and I waited another 4 or 5 hours as I watched my friends be let free. Some more people began to be allowed a phone call and they came back to tell us the time. 3:30, 4:45, 5:30. At about 5:30 I was told that it would be another 4 or 5 hours before everybody from the protest was released and that they would be releasing us gradually in random order, although it had been a long while since I had seen a woman be released. At 5:50 my door was unlocked and my name was called. 

Do not get me wrong, right now and when I was in jail it sucked real badly. But I am very honored to be able to fight against this system with my brothers and sisters around me and I will forever be able to tell this story with pride.

That’s the best that I can document it right now. I’ll probably write a lot more about it from an actual analytical view at a later date. But for now I just want to document every detail I can remember. 

Occupy Chicago’s List of Demands

1. Pass a bill to reinstate Glass-Steagall, a safeguard separating banks’ commercial lending and investment operations. “Its repeal in 1999 is considered the major cause of the global financial meltdown of 2008-09,” the group states.

2. Repeal Bush-era tax cuts.

3. Prosecute “the Wall Street criminals who clearly broke the law and helped cause the 2008 financial crisis.”

4. Overturn a 2010 Supreme Court decision that allows corporations “to contribute unlimited amounts of money to campaigns.”

5. Pass the Warren Buffett rule on fair taxation, close corporate tax loopholes, prohibit hiding funds offshore.

6. Give the Securities and Exchange Commission stricter regulatory power, strengthen the Consumer Protection Bureau and help victims of predatory lending whose home loans have been foreclosed.

7. Take steps to limit the influence of lobbyists and eliminate the practice of lobbyists writing legislation.

8. Eliminate (the) right of former government regulators to work for corporations or industries they once regulated.

9. Eliminate corporate personhood.

10. Insist the Federal Elections Commission “ensure that political candidates are given equal time for free at reasonable intervals during campaign season.”

11. Pass the Fair Elections Now Act.

12. Forgive student debt.