Why You Should Come To the Jan 24 Northeast Regional Conference of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network
2015: NYC high school students demonstrate for justice for Freddie Gray.
Tamir Rice, Lacquan McDonald, Eric Garner, 13 year old Andy Lopez, Rekia Boyd, Sandra Bland, Quintonio LeGrier, Michael Brown, Ramarley Graham, Mohamed Bah, Freddie Gray, 7 year old Aiyana Stanley-Jones... and thousands more!
Be part of building the organization and forging the plans to stop police terror.
POSTPONED - New York City Northeast Regional Conference - New Date is :
When: Saturday, February,6, 2016, 12 Noon to 5 PM
Where: Project Reach, Chinatown NYC, 39 Eldridge Street 4th floor, New York.
Contact Us: 929-249-7996 or 646-709-1961, firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook Event Page
Police continue to murder people all across the country without let up, and the whole system continues to go into motion to exonerate these killer cops.
The release of a police dash cam video of Laquan McDonald’s execution in Chicago, which exposed a systematic, year-long cover-up by the police department, the city government (including the Mayor), and possibly higher, began a “crisis of legitimacy” in Chicago. But the illegitimacy of police murdering with impunity is not just a Chicago outrage. ▪ Recently the cop who murdered 12 year old Tamir Rice in Cleveland two seconds after rolling up on him in a park was exonerated!
▪ People everywhere saw the video of the NYPD gang choking Eric Garner to death but yet the system refused to indict the police.
▪ 17-year-old Justus Howell, murdered by Zion, IL police last April.
▪ 19-year-old Tony "Terrell" Robinson, murdered by Madison police last March.
▪ Dontre Hamilton, murdered by Milwaukee police for sleeping on a park bench. *Jamar Clark, murdered by Minneapolis police 2 months ago, while lying on the ground, handcuffed. All were unarmed and threatening no one.
In the U.S., 1199 people were killed by police in 2015! Black, Latino, and Native American are especially targeted, many unarmed. The horror of police getting away with murder concentrates the genocidal assault of mass incarceration, police terror and the criminalization of whole sections of people. This is illegitimate and unacceptable. It must be STOPPED! Stopping this is going to take a movement of mass, defiant and determined resistance, that ultimately numbers in the millions. The more the truth of how widespread this horror is gets brought out into the open, the more it calls into question the whole way this system carries out policing and law enforcement.
RiseUpOctober contributed significant advances to building toward this kind of movement. The storm of protests that followed the release of the videos of police murdering people in Chicago show and the way that has forced the authorities there to defend the legitimacy of their system point to what needs to be done. We need to make these regional conferences a big step toward forging the kind of resistance that can call into question the whole criminal “injustice” system in this country.
In the 1960's, massive movements of resistance developed opposing the oppression of Black people, the war in Vietnam, the oppression of women, etc. A key element in the rise of those movements was students throwing themselves into the struggles on these fronts. The same needs to happen today to make the movement to STOP police terror powerful enough to end this horror. The struggles against racism that erupted on the campus of the University of Missouri and swept all across the country shows the potential for this happening. We have to take the campuses by storm, enlisting students in the fight to stop murder by police.
Our regional conferences will bring together the forces who want to act to STOP police terror. A key focus here has to be everyone who participated in RiseUpOctober (RUO) and everyone who was impacted by it. The conferences will put before people the need to take the movement of resistance to police terror to a higher level and that taking this struggle to the campuses is a key part of doing that. AND the conferences will forge the organization and make the plans to take these critical steps. This means forming SMIN chapters on campuses, joining SMIN chapters where they exist or, in the case of organizations, affiliating with SMIN.
Each conference will develop a plan for the No More Stolen Lives tour in their area. (Go here for the accompanying letter on this tour.) • Who will be on the tour • What campuses will it go to • What other events can be done as part of this tour (speaking in communities, at religious institutions, media, etc.) • How will these tours be led • How do we generate the funds needed to make these tours happen • How do we leave organization in the wake of the tour – SMIN chapters formed on campuses, people joining SMIN chapters where they already exist and organizations affiliating with SMIN. • The conferences will also make beginning plans for the National Student Strike/ Day of Action in April and determine how to build up to making that as powerful as possible.
Our conference will assess the situation in the Northeast, as part of the overall struggle nationwide, to determine what struggles are key to take the movement of resistance against police terror to a higher level.
We will develop plans to raise funds necessary to make all this happen and form a working group to spearhead fund raising efforts and coordinate with the National Office to make this happen.
For this movement to stop murder by police to advance, and not get set back, we have to be the ones to advance it. To do that we need to GET ORGANIZED; to forge collective plans; and we need an orientation that’s grounded in Rise Up October / Stop Mass Incarceration Network’s mission to STOP the slow genocide of mass incarceration and murder by police. We refuse to be derailed by promises of reform. We refuse to be intimidated by government repression or threats of open and unrepentant racism and fascism. We will bring forth mass resistance and the active involvement of many thousands from all walks of life who can be at the heart of a movement of millions of people to say these horrors must stop.
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