As part of building off of the advance that RiseUpOctober represented, the Stop Mass Incarceration Network calls for a Stolen Lives Tour, beginning in February, 2016. This tour will gather family members of people murdered by the police, students, prominent voices of conscience, clergy and others to spread the challenge that RUO impacted millions of people with through its 3 days of resistance in New York City: STOP Police Terror – Which Side Are You On?!
The Stolen Lives Tour will go to college campuses and neighborhoods across the country saying the names of the thousands of people whose lives have been stolen by those who are sworn to protect and serve. Family members of police murder victims will travel to these areas and connect with family from those areas to tell the stories of their murdered loved ones.
This will powerfully put before all of society the reality that murder by police is a widespread, systemic problem, not a few isolate incidents or tragic accidents. It will recapture the humanity of the victims of killer cops who are demonized and criminalized in police reports and media coverage after their lives are stolen. This tour will challenge those who feel they can sit on the sidelines and be neutral in the face of this horrific injustice.
These tours in February 2016 will be regional. For instance, Illinois/Wisconsin; Ohio/Michigan; California; the Northwest; Georgia/the Carolinas.
Students, or others connected to campuses or community groups, contact students@riseupoctober to set up tour dates.
Family members of those killed by police, contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you can speak.
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