Note: The following are two emails sent to Mobile Police Chief Tyrone Williams in response to Occupy Mobile! and our impromptu meeting on Tuesday, at Spanish Plaza on Government St. (Mobile, AL). The original email is under my follow up (at the top). For better context, I suggest reading the original one, first. Have a great day, wherever you live. Change is slowly happening.
[November 9, 2011]
See the following Youtube video of last night’s assault by the Mobile Police Department on Occupy Mobile! that was emailed to me, this afternoon. So, are you just another Bull Conner, Chief? Why are you protecting the old WHITE way? Mobile is a joke. Maybe the Justice Department, the Obama Administration needs to see this video and get involved with you — “a brother talking to another brother.” Shame of you and the city of Mobile. It’s absurd and unnecessary.
Know that my original email from last night was sent out to 100 contacts in my audience, most were blind copied (Bcc:) for everyone’s protection. Many live here and many don’t.
Please explain the city’s actions, someone from this local government has to stop this nonsense. I have 12,600 contacts that can have this video in their inbox, quickly. It would be my holiday present to them from you including thousands of top lawyers, judges and the national media. I’m sure the Mobile Chamber of Commerce wouldn’t like this getting out during the Season of Greetings, its bad for business. Everyone has a voice at the table, not just the old white guys at the Country Club of Mobile. I probably know my share of them. One Mobile politician was already gone on trial for murder, how many more will it be?
500 Lincoln St. B-105
Daphne, AL 36526 USA
My blog: www.toxicnation.blogspot.com
My bio: www.tedburnettresume.blogspot.com
From: Ted Burnett
Cc: Ben Brooks
Sent: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 7:50 PM
Subject: Occupy Mobile! meeting (Essay — Courage to Change)
[November 8, 2011]
This email is a follow up to our spontaneous meeting at Occupy Mobile! in Spanish Plaza, this morning. After first driving around the city park and noticing three mounted police officers positioned on Church Street, I found parking across Government Street by the Archbishop’s house. I was quite surprised to see you and your lieutenants standing at the epicenter of what is and will be the next chapter in America’s evolution towards greatness. I first asked you if “the cavalry” was there to protect the “disbanding” thirty or so protestors or if the cavalry was there to protect the city of Mobile from the protestors.
This comment seemed to get your immediate attention, as you quickly ushered me away from your group for an our own impromptu and cordial meeting. Your defended the city’s policy of permitting and other ordinances as to the reasons why the group had to go. You reiterated the need to follow the law. That’s when I dropped Martin Luther King, Jr’s name and his deadly role in the civil rights march. I asked, how many laws did he break to achieve his goal that you’ve personally benefited from? Apple’s Steve Jobs’ spoke of “the rebels”, of “the troublemakers” in his famous commercial “Think Different”. None of them followed the rules and their lives changed the world. The commercial showed a brief clip of MLK giving his famous “I Have A Dream” speech. I’m one of the “Crazy Ones” that Jobs spoken of, but we never had a chance to meet. You might even agree with me, or you may disagree, after reading the following introduction to my work and the attached essay.
If you’ll take a moment to reread Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence, and that’s what its all about, take note to the fact that it was written at a time when the 13 original colonies’ economy was based heavily on African slave labor in the fields, in stores and on the waterfront. These slaves had no humanity, no rights under the system. The deadly Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation Act finally set African slaves free only to be denied their full civil rights for another one hundred years under the system. In that time, white women gained their rights.
During the 1950’s and ’60’s, it was not the establishment that put itself in harms way for the nigger’s cause, for your race’s cause. It wasn’t Harvard or Yale faculty that came down to the South and protested on your behalf or the U.S. Army, the FBI, Alabama State Troopers or Governor George Wallace, the Mobile Police Department… Birmingham Police Chief Bull Connor with his dogs and water cannons, on public display, wasn’t all that interested in seeing a black man become a police chief in Alabama, an Alabama mayor, much less as, The President of the United States. That’s the system for you — its “deaf, dumb and blind” then and now. Without a spirit, its always out of touch with reality, with the truth.
So, who, in the South, had to do the hard work, the heavy lifting of allowing blacks to sit wherever they damn well pleased on a Montgomery city bus in spite of the law or at the lunch counter of a Greensboro, NC restaurant or to freely travel by commercial bus across the South while sitting next to a white woman. It took courage, guts and even the crazy acts of many who felt like they had no voice at the table or in the system and with their backs to the wall they protested in the streets of Birmingham, across Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge… Do you remember that moment?
It was a black preacher from Atlanta, GA who put the sentiment of anger, humiliation, frustration into unforgettable words that galvanized a race across the South and America while inspiring many whites and the world in the process. In Memphis, he took the bullet that no one representing the system would, even when no one would call off the dogs after witnessing this minority group’s resolve.
Both, Biblical and world history are about one thing — the cycle of freedom and slavery. The slaves have long deserted the plantations for the factories, mills, plants, office buildings, fleets of cars, trucks, planes, ships, while constantly checking their computers and blackberries for new company email. The city of Mobile, the state of Alabama and the United States are all bankrupt, in every conceivable way. In order to grow our way out of this reality, we must move forward, we must fulfill Jefferson’s original ideals. We must take what were just his ideas for individual freedom and democracy and turn them into a daily reality. Today, we’re nowhere close to this goal. Do I have your attention, yet?
You’re now part of that system, but hopefully you’re no Bull Connor. MLK, Jr. didn’t rise and fall so you and all those sitting on the city council could play police chief and council members, only for self’s sake. Do you get what I’m saying? Whatever comes of Occupy Mobile! know that it wasn’t a lost cause and that we need everyone’s help going forward. The city of Mobile values are quite shaky when Mardi Gras parades for three weeks out of the year, but we have to put up with it’s stench year around.
The exact same sentiment of the civil rights movement is playing out, once again, around the United States and in the Arab world. Mobile has much in common with this Wall Street movement than with Mardi Gras and the past, seize the opportunity by at least recognizing its legitimacy and providing a space at Spanish Plaza for a group to be visible to passing Mobilians to say that all is not right here in our city, county, state or in this nation. This is the truth, this is reality. This city recognizes the July of 4th, show me where are the free people, the free citizens that work, live and play in this dead city?
This moment requires us to grow the box that this society is so cramped in or destroy it — either, in a revolution or in this empire’s collapse like all those that came before ours. What will you tell your grandchildren about your role in this critical moment? Will it be a story of courage or cowardice? Does the system own you or does God? Who’s your higher authority — our black mayor, Sam Jones? Are you a slave or a free man? As I see it, you, the mayor and the city council have no choice, but to join our honest cause in mind, body and spirit. Freedom, democracy are beautiful things to free people. Sadly, we’ve never known it before, in Mobile or in America. At stake, is everyone’s life or death, a society’s life or death.
Here’s my story…I am an American thought leader, a trailblazer on the subjects of human, organizational and societal development and health, the role that integrity, dignity, sanity plays, spirituality, faith, freedom, happiness, problem solving and risk taking. Much of what I write about is personal in nature and draws off of my own experience, insights and wisdom. I freely share my best work with you. The following is my standard solicitation letter (and biography) that I share with my prospects. Feel free to “opt-out” at any time. Enjoy!
Since February 2007, I have been living life as a philosopher and writer. Each month, I produce a commentary on business, health care, political, social and spiritual matters. My following has grown to over ten thousand contacts including heads of state, their foreign ministers and their ambassadors to the U.S., attorneys, business executives, clergy, major foundations (John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur, Open Society Institute and the Soros Foundations Network, Peter G. Peterson Foundation, Pew Charitable Trust, Charles and Helen Schwab and the Turner Foundation), state and federal judges and lawmakers, media and Washington DC policy institutes of which nine thousand are PhDs teaching at more than seventy colleges and universities, in ten countries — the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Included are eleven nationally top-ranked university professors — Emory University’s Patrick N. Allitt, PhD (UC Berkeley), University of Toronto’s Kenneth R. Bartlett, PhD (Toronto), University of Pennsylvania’s Thomas Childers, PhD (Harvard), University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Bart D. Ehrman, PhD (Princeton), University of Virginia’s Gary W. Gallagher, PhD (U.Texas @Austin), Emory University’s Luke Timothy Johnson, PhD (Yale), University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Lloyd Kramer, PhD (Cornell), University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Jodi Magness, PhD (Penn), Oxford University’s Daniel Robinson, PhD (CUNY), University of Pennsylvania’s David B. Ruderman, PhD (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), University of Pennsylvania’s Jonathan Steinberg, PhD (Cambridge).
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I have produced over fifty thought provoking essays on matters ranging from Alabama politics, gay rights, Middle East peace, freedom and slavery, our government’s treatment of our soldiers and veterans, Jesus’ hijacked message, global warming, abortion, capital punishment and the U.S. Supreme Court, original sin, freedom, free will, free markets, America’s lost virtues – truth and freedom, crime and society’s role, self-governing, democracy, the current economic crisis, success, the genius of Forrest Gump, corporate consciousness, health care reform, an email to Alabama’s Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb on the state’s overcrowded prisons, the 1915 Armenian massacres, Ashoka.org, the tools for living, Woodrow Wilson Center fellowship proposal, taxes, tax policy and our attitudes towards them and my own spiritual journey for the past twenty years.
I have consistently received high marks for the quality of my writing, as well as, for the insightful content. In 2009, three of my essays (“Business as Usual?”, “Corporate consciousness” and “An invitation to David M. Walker the President and CEO of The Peter G. Peterson Foundation”) were submitted to the Congressional Oversight Panel (COP) by its Chair, Harvard Law Professor, Elizabeth Warren, a member of this audience. Each time, I received notification from her congressional committee.
In 2010, I began adding heads of state, their foreign ministers, (and their ambassadors to the United States). The names of the respective chancellors, presidents, prime ministers (PM) and foreign ministers (FM) are Australian PM Julia Gillard, FM Kevin Rudd (Hon. Kim Beazley), The Ambassador of Brazil to the U.S. Hon. Mauro Luiz Iecker Vieira, Canadian PM Stephen Harper, FM Lawrence Cannon (Hon. Michael Wilson), President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso, The European Union Ambassador to the U.S. João Vale de Almeida, The French FM Alain Marie Juppé (Hon. Pierre Vimont), German Chancellor Angela Merkel, FM and Vice Chancellor Dr. Guido Westerwell (Hon. Klaus Scharioth), Taoiseach (PM) of Ireland Enda Kenny, Tánaiste and FM Eamon Gilmore (Hon. Michael Collins), The Italian FM Franco Frattini (Hon. Giulio Terzi di Sant’Agata), The Netherlands PM Mark Rutte, FM Uriël Rosenthal (Hon. Renée Jones-Bos), New Zealand PM John Key, FM Murray McColly (Hon. Rt Hon Mike Moore), Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, PM Vladimir Putin, FM Sergey Lavrov (Hon. Sergey I. Kislyak), Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. Hon. Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, the President of the Swiss Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey (Hon. Urs Ziswiler), the United Kingdom PM David Cameron (Her Majesty’s Hon. Nigel Sheinwald) and Venezuela President Hugo Chavez (Hon. Dr. Angelo Rivero Santos). All are members of the G-20 (the world’s twenty largest economies). With the exception of Brazil, Italy, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, I have a strong faculty presence at their top-ranked universities.
I have steadily received accolades from the likes of business executive Joe Bullard, U.S. Representative Jo Bonner (AL-R), Capitol Hill’s Roll Call newspaper, Jan Love, Dean and Professor at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University and Norman Fischer, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Clark-Atlanta University, both, are located in Atlanta, GA, Alabama state senator and Mobile, AL attorney Ben Brooks, Fairhope, AL attorney Jay Cooper and from many friends. In response to my essays, I routinely receive correspondence from the office of U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (AL-R) in Washington.
Here is what some in my audience are saying about my work.
I was forwarded your recent commentary by a clinical staff member at Perelman School of Medicine. I am currently taking a graduate course on Faith and Reason. I would like permission to use some of your insights and comments in my final paper for the class. I am planning on discussing in the paper the relationship, or lack of, faith and reason with healthcare.”
— Cindy Diogo, C.O.T.
Clinical Care Coordinator for Oculoplastics and Ocular Oncology
Scheie Eye Institute
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
October 25, 2011 (an email response to my essay “To: The Bazelon Center’s Exec. Director Robert Bernstein, PhD and its Board of Trustees ”)
“Read your letter to Bazelon. Wow. Just wow. Powerful, elegant yet skull cracking insight and incinerating critique. Wow.”
–David Ruben, Senior Executive Producer/Director of Audio Task Force at Talk Radio Network
October 7, 2011 (an email response to my essay “To: The Bazelon Center’s Exec. Director Robert Bernstein, PhD and its Board of Trustees ”)
“Dear Mr. Burnett, Thank you…for forwarding your piece to Professor [Michael E.] Porter…we found it interesting thinking and a good read.”
–Stacie Rabinowitz, Research Associate
The Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness
Harvard Business School
June 21, 2011 (an email response to my essay — “Re: How would you reinvent Capitalism? (Corporate consciousness)”)
“Ted, I admire your perseverance. Things tend to work out for those who keep plugging away. Your stuff is solid. Good luck and best…”
–Steve LeVine, Contributing Editor
Foreign Policy magazine
April 5, 2011
Thank you for contacting me. Wow…you have quite a story and I appreciate you taking the time to forward it to me.”
— Carole Bennett, MA
Family Recovery Solutions
Santa Barbara, CA
December 11, 2010 (an email response to my essay — “Updated Post with 9-page introduction — Dear Dr. Robert Shiller — Financial Reform Laws Didn’t Resolve Key Problems (Huffington Post)”)
“…you are — of course — correct…”
— David Rosenbloom, Law Professor
New York University School of Law
New York, NY
October 3, 2010 (an email response to my essay — “Dear Jay Ambrose (his op-ed opposing tax increases)”)
“Dear Mr. Burnett, Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with the Congressional Oversight Panel…”
— Elizabeth Warren, Chair and Harvard Law Professor
Congressional Oversight Panel via the Harvard Law School
Washington, DC and Cambridge, MA
September 29, 2009 (a letter of acknowledgement for my essay, “Corporate consciousness”, submitted to COP by Warren)
“Love your blog. Always thought provoking…” “Keep up the good work.”
— Norman Fisher, Associate Professor of Philosophy
Clark-Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA
January 29, 2009 (an email in response to my essays — “Business as Usual?”) and “Success!”)
“…You obviously have a flair for writing as well as a keen perspective on the ever-changing Mobile and Alabama…”
— U.S. Representative Jo Bonner, 1st Congressional District of Alabama
March 19, 2008 (an excerpt from Bonner’s hand-written note in response to my email to Mobile, AL Chamber of Commerce President Win Hallett — From the desk of U.S. Congressman Jo Bonner…)
Other notables receiving my essays include the former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who served in the Clinton Administration (1997-2000), and is currently a Professor of International Relations at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, Ray Anderson — Chairman and former CEO of Interface Global, Boston University’s Dr. Andrew Bacevich, Tufts University President Lawrence S. Bacow, Neal D. Barnard, M.D. is founder of Physicians for Responsible Medicine, Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger, Retirement Systems of Alabama CEO Dr. David Bronner, economist and former Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Dr. Alan Blinder of Princeton University, Senior Fellow at American Enterprise Institute and Fox News contributor John Bolton, civil rights leader, social activist and professor at the University of Virginia – Dr. Julian Bond, Philip J. Burguières – Vice Chairman of the NFL’s Houston Texans, College Board President Gaston Caperton, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and New America Foundation President Steve Coll, former three-term New York Governor Mario Cuomo, Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, Harvard University President Drew G. Faust, WorldBlu’s Founder and CEO Traci Fenton, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Executive Director Michael J. Fitzpatrick, U.S. Presidential advisor and Harvard Professor David Gergen, University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann, paleontologist and MacArthur ‘Genius’ grant recipient Jack Horner, Arianna Huffington — co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) President and CEO Paula A. Kerger, Princeton economist and NYT columnist Paul Krugman, Yale University President Richard C. Levin, University of Sydney’s (Australia) Dr. Jake Lynch, New America Foundation Fellow and Fox News contributor James P. Pinkerton, Harvard ‘University’ Professor Michael E. Porter, Judge Richard A. Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago, Clinton Administration Labor Secretary and UC Berkeley Professor Robert Reich, Republican campaign consultant/advisor and CNN Senior Political Correspondent Ed Rollins, Dr. Larry J. Sabato’s Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro, Howard Schultz — Chairman and CEO of Starbucks, investor Charles Schwab, Yale economist Robert J. Shiller, Tiffany Shlain – an American filmmaker and founder of the Webby Awards, former U.S. Senator Arlen Specter (PA), Newsweek and National Journal contributing editor Stuart Taylor, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Cynthia Tucker, R.E. “Ted” Turner III, founder and former Chairman and CEO of Turner Broadcasting, philanthropist and Chairman of the Turner Foundation, former Special Advisor to President Barack Obama – Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Warren, Ashoka President Diana Wells, Judy Woodruff — Senior Correspondent at The News Hour with Jim Lehrer and the University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer.
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500 Lincoln St. B-105
Daphne, AL 36526 USA
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