STOP POLICE TERROR!
Which Side Are You On?
Its not enough to hate the videos that keep coming out of police stomping, tazing, shooting, beating and killing Black and Brown people. It is not acceptable to turn your head. Police terror must stop and it is up to us to stop it. WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
Initiated by Carl Dix and Cornel West, joined by Eve Ensler, Gina and Harry Belafonte, Jamal Joseph, Arturo O’Farrill, Rev. Stephen Phelps, Alice Walker, the families of 100 people who have been killed by police, and countless others, #RiseUpOctober is three powerful days of political action to STOP police terror.
Come one, come all. Stand up. Change history!
Thursday, October 22: #SayTheirNames (FB event)
10:00 – 1:00, Father Duffy Square, 47th Street & Broadway in Times Square, Manhattan
Join prominent artists, writers, voices of conscience, families of police murder victims in telling their stories and saying the names of thousands of others who have been killed by police
Friday, October 23: Shut Down Rikers Island – nonviolent direct action (FB event)
It’s been called “New York’s Abu Ghraib.” After years of exposure, lawsuits and decrees, horrors that shock the conscience continue unabated. Every day lives are irreparably damaged.
To join the action or provide support: AddMyVoice@RiseUpOctober.org
Action will start in the morning. Time/gathering site TBA on riseupoctober.org.
Saturday, October 24: National March to STOP Police Terror (FB event)
11:00 am Rally at Washington Square Park
Gather your school, faith group, union to march together. Bring your signs & banners, your children, and take the day to show which side you’re on.
1:00 pm MARCH
Eric Garner… Michael Brown…Freddie Gray… Rekia Boyd… Andy Lopez…Tamir Rice
One after another — and so many others, precious Black and Brown lives — victims of police murder. We think of their faces, and furiously ache for justice. Over 1000 people a year killed by police – yet since 2005, less than 60 indictments, less than 25 convictions! * (see footnote)
Millions languish in prison, generation after generation, Black and Latino brothers and sisters. The spearpoint of a whole matrix of oppression.
People have struggled, resisted, risen up. This must go on and go further – all summer, in many different ways, intensifying.
At the same time, these repeated outrages cry out for a major, national manifestation this fall that states very clearly:
NO! THESE MURDERS BY POLICE MUST STOP – NOW!!
This demonstration will be resistance-based, uncompromising in spirit and, at the same time, pluralistic and diverse, involving hundreds of thousands of people, reaching into every corner of this society and powerfully impacting the whole world.
History has shown that no significant change has been won without mass determined resistance.
We refuse to be derailed by promises of reform that are merely that: promises. We refuse to be intimidated by government repression or by threats from forces of open and unrepentant racism and fascism. We will respond to the urgency of the political situation by mobilizing hundreds of thousands of people to take to the streets to say these horrors must stop.
We aim to amplify the many forms of resistance against police murder and mass incarceration. More important, we aim to change the whole social landscape, to the point where a growing section of people all over take ever-increasing initiative and make it unmistakably clear that they refuse to live in a society that sanctions this outrage, and where those who do NOT feel this way are put on the defensive
Join us – on October 24 in the streets of New York City.