Youth of Color, Racial Justice Groups March on Annual Conference of Police Chiefs to Demand Fair Policing Practices
Calls on International Association Chiefs of Police and its members to End Police Violence and Mass Criminalization in Communities of Color
Orlando – Several organizations on the frontlines of the racial justice movement gathered at the 121st Annual Conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to demand accountability and a fundamental shift in the way police relate to communities of color.
In a year punctuated with enraging acts of young Black and Brown lives devalued and destroyed – including the fatal police shootings of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and 22-year-old John Crawford in Dayton, Ohio, and the killing of Eric Garner in New York, the group urged the IACP to utilize its influential role in impacting local, state, and national policing policy to end criminalization and excessive use of force against people of color. The group also urged members of IACP, constituting over 20,000 police executives, to take immediate steps to do the same in their departments. Read more
New Efforts to Bring Mumia Home
Our goal is to bring Mumia home as we work to end mass and political imprisonment in the United States. Because Mumia is known the world-over for his radical commentaries and writings on inequality and because he has spent so much of his time in prison offering a radical critique and analysis of the crisis of mass incarceration, a victory in Mumia’s case would open up a much larger conversation in the mainstream about the crisis of mass incarceration and political imprisonment in the U.S.
Our strategic plan is focused on changing the perception of Mumia in Philadelphia,establishing the facts of Mumia’s innocence, and raising his profile in key cities like New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and especially Washington DC. We are also committed to raising Mumia’s profile among a new generation of young people as an important prerequisite to the civil disobedience actions that will be necessary to bring Mumia home.
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Local groups condemn continued police violence, hit the streets to support “Ferguson October: A Weekend of Resistance,”
St. Louisians demand justice for Mike Brown and an end to police violence
St. Louis, MO (Oct. 9, 2014)— On the heels of yet another police shooting in St. Louis, members of the Don’t Shoot Coalition are raising a call to action to join thousands seeking justice and an end to police violence by taking to the streets this weekend in a series of protests, rallies and events for “Ferguson October: A Weekend of Resistance.”
The Don’t Shoot Coalition, a diverse local coalition of more than 50 local organizations working to address systemic problems of police practices in black and brown communities, has joined with hundreds of organizations in leading this effort. The Coalition, which convened in the wake of the shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, has called for an end to police violence in our community.
“As last night’s shooting, and too many others demonstrate, our streets still are not safe from police targeting for many members of our community,” said Jamala Rogers of St. Louis’ Organization for Black Struggle, a member of the Don’t Shoot Coalition. “We will take to the streets this weekend to say ‘no more.’ No more violence, no more shootings, no more profiling. This is about basic human dignity for the people of our community.” Read more
OBS has endorsed both of these happenings. Join the contingent as part of the Ferguson October national mobilization. We’ll see you on October 16 at the Palestine-Israel program sponsored the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. Understand the real connections between Ferguson and Gaza!