Rise Up October was three days of protest and resistance to Stop Police Terror.
October 22: almost 40 families of victims of police murder from NY and across the country joined with prominent voices of conscience in Times Square to say the names and tell the stories of loved ones lost to police violence and demand justice.
October 23: 17 people were arrested, including Carl Dix, for non-violent direct action with the demand: Shut Down Rikers! They shut down all traffic coming into and out of Rikers Island, the torture chamber they were calling Guantánamo-on-the-Hudson, for over an hour.
October 24: 4,000 to 5,000 marched through the streets including almost 100 families of victims of police murder alongside clergy, students, immigrants and more. Prominent voices in attendance included co-initiators Cornel West and Carl Dix, Quentin Tarantino, Eve Ensler, Michael Rappaport and more.
Thousands in the Streets of NYC for #RiseUpOctober:
STOP POLICE TERROR! Which Side Are You On?
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VIDEO: Protestors Shut Down Rikers
Of the 17 people were arrested for nonviolent civil resistance at the entrance to Rikers Island prison complex on October 23 as part of #RiseUpOctober, Clark Kissinger, manager of Revolution Books, and Miles Solay of the rock band Outernational, have been targeted for heavier charges. They are scheduled for trial on Monday, February 22, 2016.You are needed to come out. Building court support is a part of building the movement of resistance to police terror and mass incarceration; it is not a distraction!Read more
Rise Up! Family Members Speak Out In Times Square on Oct 22
RUO was covered in almost every state in the U.S. and many other countries with English language media. AT LEAST tens of millions of people know something about it now! Not only that, those articles have been shared by thousands more on social media already!
In May 2015, Carl Dix and Cornel West put out a Call for Rise Up October. Members of the #RiseUpOctober Advisory Board are: Gina Belafonte,Carl Dix, Eve Ensler, Jamal Joseph, Arturo O'Farrill, Rev. Stephen Phelps, andCornel West.
Click Here to see the Steering Committee of RiseUpOctober
Click below to hear many of them speak at the event August 27, 2015:
Stop Police Terror!
Massive March in NYC October 24, 2015
Washington Square Park, NYC
Actions on October 22 & 23
Which Side Are You On?
Eric Garner... Michael Brown…Aiyana Jones... Freddie Gray… Rekia Boyd… Andy Lopez…Tamir Rice
One after another, precious Black and Brown lives are stolen by police. The powers-that-be continue to unleash their cops to kill and brutalize and the courts continue to exonerate these killers. No more!
The #RiseUpOctober massive march in NYC on October 24th, along with powerful actions on Oct 22 & 23, will make history. 100 families of police murder victims, Carl Dix, Cornel West, Eve Ensler, Jamal Joseph, Rev. Stephen Phelps, Gina Belafonte and countless others will demand: POLICE TERROR MUST STOP! WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
Read the Call to Action and join the initiators and endorsers in signing on.