Please Post Widely :
National Statement: People of Conscience Condemn the Unacceptable #BlueLivesMatter Pro-Cop Rally
To sign on as an individual or as an organizational endorser: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or text (646) 342 9673
We as community leaders, family members, clergy, people of conscience join together to say NO to the Thank you NYPD , racist pro-police brutality mobilization in NYC December 19th 2014.
The provocative demonstration callously called Thank you NYPD , using the hashtag #BlueLivesMatter, is set for City Hall on Friday, December 19. This is insulting and disrespectful to families who have either lost loved ones to police murders and people who have survived police brutality. In fact, also on December 19, at the same time, only blocks away from this pro-police brutality rally, the family of 18-year old Ramarley Graham — murdered in his Bronx home by NYPD Officer Richard Haste on February 2, 2012 — will be holding a rally to demand that the Department of Justice convene a grand jury hearing for his case.
We believe this pro-police demonstration is cause of great concern to millions of people across the country who have been in the streets protesting against racism, white supremacy and police violence. After all it is not police officers who are shot down every 28 hours in the U.S. but this alarming statistic is the daily reality for Black people in the United States.
We believe this pro-police brutality mobilization is a dangerous threat to communities of color already under attack due to police occupation. We see this mobilization of largely armed off-duty and plain-clothes police and their supporters as an effort to whip up violence against people who have peacefully mobilized in the streets for the past several months all across the country.
If the organizers of this pro-police brutality rally go through with their hateful and insulting event and mobilize scores of right-wing and fascistic elements then they and they alone are solely responsible for inciting a climate of violence . The vast majority of posts and comments on Thank you NYPD Facebook and Twitter pages for this event confirm its racist and anti-protester intent. The seven-hour police rally from 5pm to midnight is an ominous siege of City Hall.
We understand that this pro-police rally in NYC is part of a national campaign on social media on Dec. 19 to turn the issue of police murders on its head and present the well-armed attackers and killers as helpless victims. The NYPD has already begun a political witch hunt to try to justify suppressing the massive protests by targeting seven activists for arrests at the march on the Brooklyn Bridge on Dec. 13, claiming that they attacked armed detectives.
Millions of people around the world saw the video of Eric Garner, a loving father of six children, say “I can’t breathe” as he was choked to death by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo. We believe to talk about “Blue Lives Matter” after continual and well-documented police atrocities is to support racist violence.
We along with many New Yorkers remember all too well the 1992 police rally where thousands of cops rallied in a racist and intimidating attack upon Mayor David Dinkins. It was the launching pad for the ugly climate that surrounded Rudolph Giuliani’s rise to mayor. Even the New York Times admitted that “Beer-drinking officers broke through barricades to rush the steps of City Hall; others blocked traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge and used racial epithets to describe the Mayor.” (Sept. 30, 1992) Afterwards two drunken cops assaulted and seriously injured a young Black man on the J train. We fully believe that this racist pro-police brutality, #BlueLivesMatter rally scheduled for this Friday, Dec. 19 threatens more violence on communities of color of New York.
In the face of this ominous threat we cannot be silent.
We urge all people deeply disturbed by the ongoing police occupation and militarization of communities of color, as well as the escalation of police violence to do the following on Dec. 19th:
- Please sign on to this statement as an organization or individual endorser and circulate it nationally.
- We ask New York residents to gather around City Hall in NYC at 5pm on Friday, December 19 with a message of solidarity, unity and justice.
- We ask people to counter this shameful pro-police brutality rally social media with anti-police brutality messages such as the demand to end “Broken Windows” – a racist, anti-poor peoples policy that led to the murder of Eric Garner
- We people to use the hashtags : #NoThankYouNYPD #BlackLivesMatter & #ThisStopsToday along with others.
- We ask for solidarity rallies at city halls and police precincts across the U.S. and around the world.
- We urge legal observers and media activists to mobilize in NYC on Friday to protect our communities against the potential racist and right-wing provocations of these pro-police brutality protesters.
- We urge trade unions and social formations to respond to defend communities under continuing police attack.
Once again, we call upon all people of conscience to protest a racist pro-police brutality mobilization of armed off-duty cops and their supporters that threatens further violence in New York City.
Join us in Unity on Friday, Dec 19 5pm at City Hall to say NO to Racism! NO to police impunity!
Endorsers in formation as December 18th as of 10:20pmEST
Families of people murdered by the NYPD:
Anita Neal, Mother of Kyam Livingston, murdered on July 21, 2013
Nicholas Heyward, Sr, Father of Nicholas Heyward Jr, murdered on Sept 27, 1994
Organizations: + = Holding a solidarity action on Dec 19th to counter #ThankYouNYPD Rally
BirminghamStrong Justice 4 All, UK +
Buffalo NY Free Jalil Muntaqim
Buffalo & Western New York Resistance +
CAAAV/Organizing Asian Communities
DRUM – South Asian Organizing Center
Equality for Flatbush
Federatie Marokkaanse Verenigingen (FMV):Federation of Moroccan Organizations of Belgium
Fight Imperialism, Stand Together (FIST)
Freedom Socialist Party
Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition (NYC)
Guyanese American Workers United
International Action Center
May 1st Coalition for Worker and Immigrant Rights
Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI.org)
Moratorium NOW Coalition Detroit, MI
The MOVE Organization
New Yorkers Against Bratton
Pakistan USA Freedom Forum
Party of Communists USA-New York Area
Peoples Power Assemblies
Picture The Homeless
Solidarity with Ukraine Antifascists Committee
Team Solidarity- the Voice of United School Bus Union Workers, Boston, MA
United National Antiwar Coalition
Workers World Party
Individuals: * = for identification purposes only
ABear, Radio Host, Pinko the Bear Show, IWW
Alexia Filpo, CUNY student
Andy Humm, former NYC Human Rights Commissioner
The Reverend Audrey Hollis, St. Louis, MO
Beth Bruch, Durham, NC
Brenda Stokely, Million Worker March Movement
Carol Dudek, NYC
Cathy Zeitz, Manhattan, NY
Charles Jenkins, President, New York Chapter of Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
Chazz Giovanni, Fine Arts Acting Student
Chip Berlet, Researcher & Writer
Chris Kaihatsu, Rev.Com* Chicago, IL
Chris Silvera, Secretary-Treasurer, Teamsters Local 808; Million Worker March Movement
Christina Borel, LCSW, LICSW, Sacramento,CA
Rev. Cortly CD Witherspoon, Pres. Southern Christian Leadership Conf, Baltimore Chapter
Crysbel Tejada, Freedom / Land Defender, New York
Daniel Ismael Aguilar, M.Div. Candidate, Union Theological Seminary, Manhattan
Danielle Abrams, Professor, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Dayann Molina McDonough, Police Accountability Activist
David Sole, former president UAW Local 2334, Detroit, MI
Emma Hartung, Student, Manhattan, NY
Frank Leon Roberts, Co-Founder, National Black Justice Coalition
Geri Silva, Director, FACTS Education Fund, Inglewood, CA
Gloria Verdieu, San Diego Coalition to Free Mumia Abu Jamal
Greg Butterfield, Member, National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW Local 2320*
Heather Cottin, Adjunct Social Science, LaGuardia Community College
Jessica Rowshandel, LMSW
Jerry Salak, Brooklyn, NY
John Gilbert, Secretary FLC-CGIL Trade Union,University of Florence, Italy
Judith Lienhard, Portland Oregon
Katherine Runge, Springfield, VA
Kathleen Ebbitt, Social Work Student
Kris Hamel, Managing Editor, Workers World
Linda Greene, Bloomington, IL
Lou DeJesus, Abolitionist & Activist
Lucy Parks, Queens, NY
Martha Grevatt, Member, Civil Rights Committee, UAW Local 869
Matt Pieknik, Playwright, Bookseller, Brooklyn, NY
McKenzie Angelo, High School Teacher, Artist, Brooklyn, NY
Mia Anderson, Brooklyn, NY
Merrill Cole, Macomb, IL
Michael Z. Ladson
Michele Burger, LMSW, Community Organizer
Monica Moorehead, International Working Women’s Coalition
Monica Thompson, Social Worker, Writer
Nicolas J S Davies, Author, Blood On Our Hands: the American Invasion and Destruction of Iraq
Reverend Osagyefo Sekou
Patrick Arthur, Writer, Manhattan, NY
Pat Soberanis, California
Perry W. Green, III, Organizer, Chicago, IL
Peter Gunther, Chicago IL
Phyllis J. Jackson, PhD, Pomona College, Claremont, CA
Ramiro S. Funez, Student, Political Journalist, Activist, NYC
Ramona Africa, The Move Organization
Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General
Rebecca L. Starr, M.A.
Roger Hollander, Toronto, Canada
Rosemary and Milt Neidenberg, Brooklyn, NY
Sasha K Hippard, Artist & Butcher, Brooklyn, NY
Sonia Choi, Fine Art Student & Organizer, The New School
Sue Harris, Co-Director, Peoples Video Network
Suraiya Essack-Varachia. Troy, MI
Susan E. Davis, National Writers Union, United Auto Workers Local 1981
Tajh Sutton, Young People of Color Inc. Brooklyn, NY
Tess Raser, School Teacher, Brooklyn,NY
Tim Duda, Teacher & Activist
Tsehai Hiwot, Occupy Wall Street
Hannah Kezema, MFA Cand, The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, Naropa Univ
Ty Blizzy Black, Activist/Hiphop Artist
Vicente “Pamana” Alba
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