Newsletter for September 15, 2016

Join and Volunteer with the Stop Mass Incarceration Network at the African American Day Parade -- Sunday, September 18!

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AA Day Parad 2015

2015 Stop Mass Incarceration Network Contingent at African American Day Parade

The New York chapter of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network is organizing a contingent for the Annual African American Day Parade on September 18, Sunday. This will be the third year we will be marching as a contingent.

Meet Up With SMIN at 12 Noon: W. 113th St. between Frederick Douglass Blvd. & Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd. at 12 Noon, the parade will start at 1:00 PM Sharp. Parade route begins on W. 111th St. & Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd and proceeds north to W. 136th St. ending on Malcolm X Blvd.

We are calling on friends, activists and revolutionaries, families of Stolen Lives and the wrongly incarcerated and/or tortured, and other groups and organizations to join up with us!

We need many people to help with the gigantic Stolen Lives Assembly we first unveiled on #ShutDownA14 -- April 14, 2015.

Bring the Signs, and Bring the Noise!

Indict, Convict, and Send the Killer Cops to Jail!
We Sit With Colin Kaepernick!

Contact us to volunteer at (929) 249-7996, or nyc@stopmassincarceration.net.

 

We Sit With Colin Kaepernick!

Before a pre-season game against the Green Bay Packers on August 26, 2016, San Francisco 49'ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand during the playing of the national anthem. When asked about this, he stated, "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."

This is a significant development and has ignited a firestorm in the national media and has challenged many others to take a stand in face of a barrage of backward, reactionary sentiments, including police unions threatening to organize a boycott. This is reminiscent of the stand taken by film maker Quentin Tarrantino during #RiseUpOctober. We must stand with major sports and cultural figures when they put themselves and their careers on the line for principle. It makes a difference.

Carl Dix, co-founder of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, said about this courageous stand by this major sports figure, "Kaepernick put a lot on the line in making this stand. Sports figures who have refused to go along with enforced patriotism and worship of America in the past have paid a heavy toll. Muhammad Ali was stripped of his heavyweight boxing championship when he refused induction into the U.S. Army because he saw that the real enemy of Black people was in this country, not the poor people in Vietnam fighting to free their country. For taking this stand, they stripped him of his heavyweight boxing championship, which cost him millions of dollars he could have earned. Even knowing this, Kaepernick said, “If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right... Kaepernick is putting a whole lot on the line, and he’s doing the right thing! We must ALL have his back."

Read Carl Dix's entire statement here.

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Calendar

Friday, 12:00 Noon September 16: Speak Out Against Bratton's Legacy by New Yorkers Against Bratton. Location: One Police Plaza.
Saturday, 10:00 AM September 17: 5th Anniversary of Occupy Wall Street by Occu-Evolve. Location: Liberty (Zuccotti) Park.
Sunday, 12 Noon September 18: African American Day Parade. Meet up with the Stop Mass Incarceration Network at W. 113th St. between Frederick Douglass Blvd. & Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd. (see above)
Saturday, 6:00 PM September 24: 21st October 22 National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality Organizing Meeting. Location: 39 Eldridge Street 4th Floor, Chinatown.
Saturday, 1:30 PM October 8: A Program to Launch a Pathbreaking New Book from Bob Avakian: The New Communism. Commentary and discussion from Cornel West and Carl Dix (who are also co-founders of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network). Location: The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, Harlem.

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Join and Volunteer with the Stop Mass Incarceration Network at the African American Day Parade -- Sunday, September 18!

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AA Day Parad 2015

2015 Stop Mass Incarceration Network Contingent at African American Day Parade

The New York chapter of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network is organizing a contingent for the Annual African American Day Parade on September 18, Sunday. This will be the third year we will be marching as a contingent.

Meet Up With SMIN at 12 Noon: W. 113th St. between Frederick Douglass Blvd. & Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd. at 12 Noon, the parade will start at 1:00 PM Sharp. Parade route begins on W. 111th St. & Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd and proceeds north to W. 136th St. ending on Malcolm X Blvd.

We are calling on friends, activists and revolutionaries, families of Stolen Lives and the wrongly incarcerated and/or tortured, and other groups and organizations to join up with us!

We need many people to help with the gigantic Stolen Lives Assembly we first unveiled on #ShutDownA14 -- April 14, 2015.

Bring the Signs, and Bring the Noise!

Indict, Convict, and Send the Killer Cops to Jail!
We Sit With Colin Kaepernick!

Contact us to volunteer at (929) 249-7996, or nyc@stopmassincarceration.net.

 

We Sit With Colin Kaepernick!

Before a pre-season game against the Green Bay Packers on August 26, 2016, San Francisco 49'ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand during the playing of the national anthem. When asked about this, he stated, "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."

This is a significant development and has ignited a firestorm in the national media and has challenged many others to take a stand in face of a barrage of backward, reactionary sentiments, including police unions threatening to organize a boycott. This is reminiscent of the stand taken by film maker Quentin Tarrantino during #RiseUpOctober. We must stand with major sports and cultural figures when they put themselves and their careers on the line for principle. It makes a difference.

Carl Dix, co-founder of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, said about this courageous stand by this major sports figure, "Kaepernick put a lot on the line in making this stand. Sports figures who have refused to go along with enforced patriotism and worship of America in the past have paid a heavy toll. Muhammad Ali was stripped of his heavyweight boxing championship when he refused induction into the U.S. Army because he saw that the real enemy of Black people was in this country, not the poor people in Vietnam fighting to free their country. For taking this stand, they stripped him of his heavyweight boxing championship, which cost him millions of dollars he could have earned. Even knowing this, Kaepernick said, “If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right... Kaepernick is putting a whole lot on the line, and he’s doing the right thing! We must ALL have his back."

Read Carl Dix's entire statement here.

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Calendar

Friday, 12:00 Noon September 16: Speak Out Against Bratton's Legacy by New Yorkers Against Bratton. Location: One Police Plaza.
Saturday, 10:00 AM September 17: 5th Anniversary of Occupy Wall Street by Occu-Evolve. Location: Liberty (Zuccotti) Park.
Sunday, 12 Noon September 18: African American Day Parade. Meet up with the Stop Mass Incarceration Network at W. 113th St. between Frederick Douglass Blvd. & Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd. (see above)
Saturday, 6:00 PM September 24: 21st October 22 National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality Organizing Meeting. Location: 39 Eldridge Street 4th Floor, Chinatown.
Saturday, 1:30 PM October 8: A Program to Launch a Pathbreaking New Book from Bob Avakian: The New Communism. Commentary and discussion from Cornel West and Carl Dix (who are also co-founders of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network). Location: The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, Harlem.

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