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January 5, 2015

2015.01.05: #BlackLivesMatter: Upcoming action and related materials

Filed under: Civil Rights,Criminal Justice,Palestine,Police Abuse,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 3:06 pm

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Monday, January 05, 2015 3:06 PM
Subject: #BlackLivesMatter: Upcoming action and related materials


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Upcoming Protests + Events
Millions March NYC
New Yorkers Against Bratton


Despite Deaths of Two Officers, Movement Against Police Brutality is Just
‘From the recent release of the U.S. torture files to the televised police war against poor black and brown people across the street of America, the protests against the police today are fueled, in part, by much larger forces: the arrogant and global display of depravity on the part of a US empire on the decline.’

Whose lives matter in New York City?
‘Two powerful forces with deep roots in this country are squaring off: the Black freedom struggle against patriotic, militarized racism. The past few weeks in New York City are a taste of what that conflict will look like in the years to come.’

I’m Sorry the Brooklyn Cops Were Murdered. But I Can’t Mourn Them
‘This double standard is why thousands of NYC protesters defied Mayor de Blasio’s order to halt protests until the police officers had been buried. Growing numbers of people from all racial backgrounds refuse to go along with the devaluation of the lives of the slain civilians and the sickening disrespect shown in the aftermath.’

Labor must reject Pat Lynch’s bitter bile
‘In 1967, King gave a powerful speech at Riverside Church explaining his decision to speak out against the Vietnam War at a time when many people said he should remain quiet. He said, “A time comes when silence is betrayal.” Labor’s silence now is a betrayal.’

Smash the Lynch Mob
‘Unions were pivotal in the civil rights movement. They must act again as agents for social change. The struggle for economic justice is inseparable from the struggle against police violence.’


The racist, classist origins of broken windows policing
‘Broken windows policing is back in New York City, and it may have killed Eric Garner.’

The 6-Step Process to Wipe Out the Poor Half of America
‘The poor are criminalized for lying down or sleeping in public; for sharing food; for simply having nowhere to go.’


The American Justice System Is Not Broken
‘America is a serial brutalizer of black and brown people. Brutalizing them is what it does.’

Angela Davis: ‘There is an unbroken line of police violence in the US that takes us all the way back to the days of slavery’
‘[I]t’s not only about demanding that this one individual cop be convicted but it’s also about recognising the connection between racist violence and the profit machine. That’s what we’re fighting against.’

Origins of the police
‘Anti-Black racism was built into American police work from the very first day.’

Stop Kidding Yourself: The Police Were Created to Control Working Class and Poor People
‘Their basic job is to enforce order among those with the most reason to resent the system – who in our society today are disproportionately poor black people.’

Who Killed Eric Garner?
‘Unquestionably, Pantaleo should be held accountable for murdering Garner. But the same standard of justice should be brought to bear on the economic system that leaves people unemployed due to debilitating asthma, that forces them to peddle cigarettes on the street to make a living. It is this system that should be charged as an accessory to murder, for leaving Garner helpless against a killer in uniform.’

Taking the Initiative Back For the Movement After the Brinsley Killings
‘As long as the rich rule at the poor’s expense, as long as the gulf between them is a largely racialized one that continues to widen, racist cops will keep on doing all the wrong things to all the wrong people.’


‘SELMA is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition.’

The armed occupation inside the empire
‘Today, we have the chance to take up the struggle King gave his life to launch–a movement of workers, Black, Latino, Native American, Asian and white, to oppose America’s military brutality abroad and its racist police at home in an effort to transform our society and world into a new system that puts people before empire and profit.’

Demand This Now from Our Broken Justice System
‘Stop sending police to get trained in Israel. That country treats Palestinians horribly. It has nothing to teach us.’

Palestinians Express Deep Solidarity with U.S. Minorities’ Struggle for Justice, Equality and Dignity
‘We strongly believe that the oppressed of the world must stand united in the face of racism, racial repression and injustice. Together we can prevail. Together we shall prevail.’


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