One of the Cleveland Revolution Club members said, “It was beautiful, it started with 7 people and grew to about 100. And so many people out there questioning the legitimacy of the system. “ Before people marched a Rev Club member spoke about how we are determined to stop these killings and that it will take revolution to do it and Bob Avakian has envisioned that revolution and how to get to a liberatory society.
During the march, chants rang out, like “Indict, convict, send the killer cops to jail!/The whole damn system is guilty as hell.” At the end of marching for 2 hours, people called for determined resistance through the week and beyond, including actions on New Year’s Eve.
There is a spirit that letting the murdering cops go free is outrageous and intolerable and must be stopped somehow. People have different solutions including voting or getting rid of the prosecutor McGinty, but there is a widespread feeling that this decision and the continuing killing of Black and Brown people by the police is deeply engrained in the system. And people took the Revcom statement, “This cannot go down like this!/this cannot go on!”
Initial report from Revolution Books Cleveland
We heard that the decision by the grand jury in the Tamir Rice case was going to be announced. In less than an hour, activists and revolutionaries gathered at the Justice Center with signs, chants, and a great amount of outrage. A lot of media showed up, and the police shortly afterwards began unloading and setting up metal barricades, and ordered the protesters off the property.
We then joined other people who were gathering at the Cudell Recreation Center, where Tamir Rice was murdered by the Cleveland Police. 35 people marched in the cold rain for several miles to the First District Police Station, where the police who murdered Tamir are stationed. It was a very angry group of protesters, with a broad spectrum of folks- from Occupy Cleveland, to Food Not Bombs, the Revolution Club, and people who had been to many of the Tamir protests. Many people who encountered the march were in disbelief when they were told that no charges will be filed against the murdering pigs.
A young Black woman with her baby encountered the marchers and she said, “I’m tired of this. So tired of this. Sandra Bland and others…They’re controlling us, we’ve got to stop it. This is free play for them (the police).” She then told how her aunt had died in police custody, and was told it was a suicide.
There is a call for people to come down to the Justice Center tonite at 10 pm. And then tomorrow, people will gather there at 3 pm.