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    Kelly Pflug-Back Sentenced to 15 Months for Black Bloc Actions in Toronto
    toronto.mediacoop.ca/story/kelly-plug-back-sentenced-15-m...

    These were the largest mass arrests in the history of this nation-state, nearly doubling the 700 people arrested during the implementation of the War Measures Act under Trudeau in response to the FLQ kidnappings that took place in 1970 in Quebec.

    Kelly Rose Plug-Back was sentenced to 15 months in prison.

    To place this in context, the man who was convicted for murdering [Kelly's] friend, Victoria's Ariana Simpson [Harley - pictured above], by pushing her under a bus, was only given a one-year sentence and 250 hours of community service.
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    Harley and I had a little chat. She wasn't too keen on her family seeing her like this. The local TV crews have been sneaking up on the street community, trying to get candid shots - but it's pissing off the street community and making my job harder. Voyeurs and Rubber Neckers - reporting the news - for profit.

    She likes photography and I gave her a link to my photos. We both lived in Deadmonton, Alberta - but she was lucky to have only lived there for a short while - unlucky that most of it was on the street. I only lived on the street a short while in Deadmonton.

    I wonder how such a pretty girl survives on the street.

    *********************** A MESSAGE FROM HARLEY *************************

    lost_in_action
    No real name given
    Subject:

    ?

    i got this account just so i could contact you and tell you how much i like your photography. I went on here when you told me how i could see some of these photos that day you where taking my picture near the train statio. I happened to have access to a computer a lot since then and was happelly suprised to be able to view all your photos and to see the photos of me. hurt by johnny cash is one of my favorite songs. its kind of surreal to see the picture and the comments about me, but i don't feel like i was mis repressented and however sad the comments may be i was expecting more of a judgmental, discriminating response, because im used to it.
    thanks for letting me see your art, it is a reflection of the life im living and the people and places in my life,
    i've always love photography, its a good thing for me to be able to see the art i've been ignoring and maybe it will push me to face the feelings i have been avoiding and if i can turn them into the art i once did, it may be an outlet for the emotions im afraid to face.
    harley

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    Harley died yesterday. She was pushed in front of a bus and died in the street.

    lost_in_action, FreakyLeo, and 1 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Nina A.J. 108 months ago | reply

      Do you know how old she is?
      I wish I could look at that photo properly, but hypodermics just make me faint...

    2. professional recreationalist 108 months ago | reply

      ...she said she was 19 years old. Totally had me depressed after this shoot.

      I hurt myself today...

    3. professional recreationalist 108 months ago | reply

      Johnny Cash - Hurt
      www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ur8j4xWe_44
      or, try...
      www.youtube.com/watch?v=J36CRZzm9vg

      I hurt myself today
      to see if I still feel
      I focus on the pain
      the only thing that's real
      the needle tears a hole
      the old familiar sting
      try to kill it all away
      but I remember everything
      what have I become?
      my sweetest friend
      everyone I know
      goes away in the end
      and you could have it all
      my empire of dirt

      I will let you down
      I will make you hurt

      I wear this crown of thorns
      upon my liar's chair
      full of broken thoughts
      I cannot repair
      beneath the stains of time
      the feelings disappear
      you are someone else
      I am still right here

      what have I become?
      my sweetest friend
      everyone I know
      goes away in the end
      and you could have it all
      my empire of dirt

      I will let you down
      I will make you hurt

      if I could start again
      a million miles away
      I would keep myself
      I would find a way

      written by Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails)

    4. Joan Eye 108 months ago | reply

      This is a difficult photo to look at. But I admire you for shooting it.

    5. Nina A.J. 108 months ago | reply

      This got more poignant, as this article is getting lots of publicity in the UK:
      news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/devon/6986485.stm

    6. professional recreationalist 108 months ago | reply

      ...it's pretty sad. Poor girl in the UK story.

      I fear that I will soon realize my fear of the people I'm photographing will be dying off. It's a sad group to get to know. Sad history - early death.

    7. professional recreationalist 91 months ago | reply

      Harley died yesterday. She was pushed in front of a bus and died in the street.

    8. Lusername 91 months ago | reply

      That's way way past shit :-(
      Don't know what else to type really

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