Impunity is the Crime, Resistance the Solution
Demonstrations Oppose Government Racism
Demonstrations to oppose police brutality and government profiling, such as police “Stop & Frisk” measures, will take place October 22, the National Day of Action Against Police Brutality. Demonstrations in New York City and elsewhere, September 13 and October 7, also took a firm stand against “Stop & Frisk” and similar measures used to humiliate, harass and arrest large numbers of youth. In New York City an estimated 90 percent of stops of hundreds of thousands of youth target African Americans and Latinos. The actions rallied various groups, including those fighting for immigrant and workers’ rights and anti-war protesters as well. We reprint below the call given for the September 13 demonstration.
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To those who are tired of seeing police step to our youth with harassment, brutality and even worse; to those outraged because the New York Police Department (NYPD) stopped and frisked 684,000 people last year alone; to Black and Latino youth tired of knowing that every time you leave your house you might be descended on by cops; to parents who fear that no matter what you tell your kids about surviving an encounter with cops it won’t be enough to keep them safe; to people who know this will never happen to them but also know it’s wrong — join us on September 13th to Blow the Whistle on Stop & Frisk!
Stop & Frisk is racist, and no good. People are standing up to fight it. In the face of the massive public outcry, the NYPD is doubling down. They are on pace to stop and frisk even more people this year. Now is the time to unleash resistance that can sweep Stop & Frisk away. The racial profiling of Stop & Frisk is a pipeline to mass incarceration and the warehousing of our youth in prison. We do not have to suffer all this anymore, and we will not. There is no good reason for Stop & Frisk to remain in effect. It is illegal and illegitimate. It must be stopped!
Join us in Blowing the Whistle on Stop and Frisk! On September 13, people all across NYC will politically confront the cops who are violating people’s rights. We will be blowing whistles to call out these injustices and using cameras to document the criminal actions of the cops. At 6 PM, we will all blow our whistles at once to signal to all those who have been targeted by Stop & Frisk, to all those who have stood up against it and to the cops and officials who enforce it that there are people all over who will no longer be silent. And in cities across the country, people will act in solidarity: Blowing the Whistle on the way cops target Black and Latino youth, whether they call it Stop & Frisk or not.On September 13 we will say in a strong, united voice: We Will Not Stand By While People Are Denied Their Rights. […]
Below is a listing of some of the planned actions for October 22 opposing police brutality and repression, defending prisoners’ rights and calling for an end to government profiling and impunity, such as Stop & Frisk policies.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
1:00pm assemble in front of Mayor's Office
4:00pm Assemble at Troy Davis (Woodruff) Park, 91 Peachtree NE
Buffalo, New York
2:30-3:30 Rally and leafleting NFTA station, Main & Utica
8:00pm Motivate Monday at Church of Boston, 69 Kilmarnock Street (21+)
Central Valley, California
October 20: 2nd Annual Caravan of Resistance Against Police Brutality
Meetups: 1:00pm at 63rd & Halstead (South Side)
5:30pm assemble at Miller Park Flag Poles (corner of MLK and Georgia)
3:00pm Rally across from Tower City
5:00pm Vigil at corner of N Street and Mariposa, across from the Downtown Library/Fresno Police Department
4:00pm rally at the new Guilford County Jail, South Edgeworth Street & West Sycamore Street
4:00pm converge at Market Square Park (Travis and Preston Downtown)
7:00pm brief Know Your Rights workshop and Copwatch session with Peaceful Streets Project-Houston
Humboldt/Eureka/Redwood Curtain, California
October 22 & 23: Days of Action Against Police Brutality - No School * No Work
Kansas City, Missouri
3:00pm-5:00pm CST KCBLR.org Internet Radio out of Kansas City, MO will be broadcasting "Talk Of The People it is the Criminal N'Justice System." Supporters/participants are encouraged to tune in and call in 816-920-7145
Los Angeles, California
2:00pm gather at Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive Street
All Day Mobile Know Your Rights Training
We'll hit the streets with our "rightsmobile" cart to teach people about their rights when dealing with police. We'll be out during morning and afternoon rush hours and at homeless shelters throughout the day.
Call 612-874-7867 for our location • firstname.lastname@example.org • http://www.cuapb.org/
New Orleans, Louisiana
11:00am at New Orleans Police Department, 715 South Broad Street
New York, New York
4:00pm Assemble at Union Square South, Manhattan for teach-in, rally, and march
5:00pm at Del Sol Park
7:00pm Race Traitor Politics workshop at Rusty Spoke, 1023 Grant Avenue
4:00pm at Freedom Corner
St. Louis, Missouri
6:00pm at Kiener Plaza, downtown
San Bernardino, California
October 24: 11:00am-1:00pm Police Brutality Awareness Day at San Bernardino Valley College, 701 South Mount Vernon Avenue
San Diego, California
5:00pm at City Heights Performance Annex, 3791 Fairmount Avenue
San Francisco/Bay Area, California
5:00pm Assemble at Westlake Park, 4th and Pine, Seattle
5:00pm Community Forum Against Police Brutality & Mass Incarceration [TOP]
October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality
The 16th annual National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation (NDP) stepped out on October 22, 2011… Two very promising upsurges of resistance to structural racism and racially-targeted mass incarceration arose in the months prior to NDP 2011: first were the widespread hunger strikes of prisoners in Georgia, followed by those in supermax prisons in California, Ohio, and elsewhere. These strikes were challenging the conditions of torture that prisoners are experiencing in long-term isolation units and forced labor. Second were the nationwide demonstrations against the legal lynching of death row inmate Troy Davis by the state of Georgia on September 21, 2011. All of these advances in mass protest and mobilization were happening in the global context of, and were to varying degrees inspired by, waves of protest across the Middle East and North Africa, and mass protests in Europe. Both the Troy Davis protests and the prison strikes were supported by diverse sections of society, and October 22 (O22) organizers and affiliates played an active role in building the movements that sprung up around them in several cities.
Meanwhile, NDP 2011 persevered in the tradition of years past of building and strengthening organized resistance within communities that have traditionally been the targets of the most severe police brutality, repression, and criminalization: poor and working-class communities and communities of color. Families of victims of police murder continued to play leading roles in reaching out to and giving voice to communities that are under the crushing heel of the police, while new forms of resistance to racist police harassment and brutality were brought forward around the country.
The [protests] are taking place within conditions of increased official repression in the form of fascistic anti-immigrant laws and disenfranchising voter ID laws that were passed in several states, the widespread adoption of local and state ordinances prohibiting the videotaping of police, raids on progressive and anti-war activists resulting in unjust serious federal charges, and the vast and sweeping powers claimed by the US government to seize and detain citizens indefinitely and without trial under the National Defense Authorization Act.
Some History of the October 22nd Coalition
The October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation was founded in 1996 by a group of organizations and individuals out of the understanding that police brutality and murder was a national epidemic, and that while it must be resisted on a local level, there needed to be a national response that connected all of these local struggles in a way that recognized the scope of the problem. On October 22nd of that year, the first National Day of Protest was held in over 40 cities, bringing forward people of all races and nationalities in powerful demonstrations nationwide. From the very beginning, families of Stolen Lives — people killed by law enforcement —formed the backbone of O22. NDP gave them a platform to speak to the reality of police violence and murder that was almost never seen in news coverage of incidents of police brutality. As the idea of a National Day of Protest against these outrages took hold and the movement grew over the following years, prominent artists, musicians, and public figures stepped forward and added their voices. Public service announcements featuring celebrities, musicians, and families of people killed by police were filmed and aired on MTV and BET.
O22’s strength has always been bringing together people and communities who are directly under the gun of police brutality with people from all other sections of society into a broad, diverse, and creative movement to oppose the epidemic of police brutality nationwide. In cities and towns where there are organized O22 affiliates, the connections built between families of Stolen Lives and the broader community have become a powerful force and have had and continue to have a significant effect on the public understanding of the epidemic of police brutality and murder. […]
The Call put out by O22 for NDP 2011 highlighted the California prison strikes as an example of resistance that people working to stop police brutality, repression, and criminalization should uphold, and indeed, the fact that this was a movement started by prisoners against not only the conditions they themselves were facing, but the conditions of people locked down nationwide, is an inspiring example of exactly the kind of phenomenon that O22 has always supported. Reports came from inside of the prisons and were quickly spread via social media throughout society. Support demonstrations grew in cities and towns across the U.S., including outside of the prisons where these abuses were occurring. […]
The nationwide rollout of police state laws targeting immigrants also resulted in numerous mass demonstrations, especially in the state of Arizona, whose SB1070 became the model legislation that was soon adapted by the states of Georgia and Alabama and passed into law. These laws were also denounced in the Call for NDP 2011, and served as rallying points for local NDP events nationwide.
All of the cities that sent in reports to the O22 National Office had success building NDP with communities under the gun. In Seattle, the murder of Native American woodcarver John T. Williams, which was recorded on the cop’s dashboard camera, had been major news for the better part of a year and was the source of a lot of public outrage. In Atlanta, the killing of 19-year old Joetavious Stafford the week before NDP brought out large numbers of defiantly angry people. In Boston and Houston, victims of police brutality and families of incarcerated people spoke out powerfully at those cities’ NDP about Black and Latino people being targeted and dehumanized by the cops, courts, and prisons. In Greensboro, the mother of a young Black man who was killed by a sheriff’s deputy in 2001 led the NDP march through the Smith Homes public housing area.
The connections built between the victims of police brutality and criminalized youth through O22 is in itself a powerful force. It is the backbone of our organization, and the strength and perseverance of O22 families in the face of being demonized, victimized, and forced to live with the terrible loss of their loved ones inspires justice-loving people of all walks of life, not just in their local cities and towns, but across the country as well. There’s a lot to build on here going into 2012 and beyond.