Sunday, October 1st. Brooklyn Plaza at Jay Street. 1pm -3pm
March with a Mission
FOR GENERATIONS,WE HAVE MARCHED, SAT-IN, WALKED-OUT, BLOCKED BRIDGES, PROTESTED, AND EDUCATED OUR COMMUNITIES ABOUT ISSUES OF RACIAL JUSTICE IN A STRUGGLE TO TRANSFORM THE POLICIES THAT PRODUCE THESE INJUSTICES.
Over the past few years, the movement against racist policing tactics and police killings has transformed the U.S. political terrain and brought much needed attention to police brutality that is endemic in the U.S. At the heart of this movement has been a crying call for justice for victims of this inhumane system that disproportionately targets Black, Brown and Indigenous peoples.
Case after case, local and federal governments, the courts, police districts, and district attorneys have failed to deliver justice. Moreover, we have witnessed a so-called "Blue Lives Matter" police backlash that aims to further institute racist policing practices and worsen police accountability to our communities. This year alone, there have been 32 “Blue Lives Matter” Bills proposed in 14 states across the country, despite the fact the police enjoy a protected class status. Even the few gains that have been won over the years are being rolled back by the Trump administration under the leadership of Jeff Sessions.
These rollbacks are occurring in a context where white supremacists, Nazis, and the so-called "alt-right" are openly marching, recruiting members, and terrorizing communities of color, Muslim, and Jewish communities.
When thinking about racism on a local level, there are many systematic issues that affect the New York City communities of color:
• Housing/Gentrification/Terraforming/Real Estate Gerrymandering
• Broken Windows Policing
• Rikers Island/Mass Incarceration
• Public Education/Charter Schools
The March for Racial Justice on Sunday October 1st, 2017 is a Call to Action to give support to grassroots organizations already working against these systemic issues. This is a commitment to a lifestyle change, one where we collectively make the fight for Racial Justice part of our daily routine.
No one is free until all of us are free.
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