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Oct.22 Coalition Stmt. on Events of 9/11

Official Statement from the National Coordinating Committee of the October 22nd Coalition to STOP Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation.

TAKE TO THE STREETS ON OCTOBER 22, 2001



THE FIGHT TO STOP POLICE BRUTALITY MUST GO ON!



As the authorities move to gut civil liberties and human rights and justify
racial profiling, the Oct 22nd Coalition feels it is more important than
ever that people from different races and backgrounds take to the streets in
cities across the United States on Oct 22, 2001, the 6th annual National Day
of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a
Generation. Our hearts go out to the many people who are grieving the loss
of a loved one or a friend killed when planes flew into the World Trade
Center and the Pentagon on Sept 11th. Because our coalition memorializes and
fights for justice for the thousands who have been killed or brutalized by
police and other law enforcement agents in this country, we know what it's
like to have a loved one leave home in the morning and never return.




In Detroit 19 year old Talena Carpenter was shot in the head by police while
sitting in her car outside a neighborhood store on Sept 16th. The police
cordoned off the site of the shooting and refused to let her be taken to the
hospital for an hour! Now she is barely clinging to life. In Cincinnati,
the cop who shot Timothy Thomas was just found not guilty by a judge after a
trial where he faced a maximum of only 9 months in jail for stealing a young
Black man's life! Some of the people arrested for protesting this murder
face up to 15 years. The brutality and murder hasn't stopped. The
authorities haven't stopped letting cops who brutalize and kill go free. SO
OUR RESISTANCE TO THIS OFFICIAL BRUTALITY CANNOT STOP!




In this time of grief, the authorities are attempting to manipulate us into
giving them a blank check to put in place more repressive laws and policies.
We must not give it to them. Racial profiling is wrong whether it's aimed
at Black and Latino people on the New Jersey turnpike or Arab-Americans in
airports and other places nationwide.




In the name of the so-called wars on crime and drugs, the authorities have
treated our youth like criminals, guilty until proven innocent. Now in the
name of the so-called war on terrorism, they want us to support them as they
criminalize people because of the country they come from or the religion
they practice. We must not do so.




We must continue the fight to stop police brutality, police murder and
official violence. We must fight the government's efforts to use this
situation to expand repressive laws and policies. We must fight their plans
to criminalize even more sections of the people. The fight for justice for
the victims of this official violence and murder is too important to be put
aside. Join us on Oct 22, 2001.




STOP POLICE BRUTALITY, REPRESSION AND THE CRIMINALIZATION OF A GENERATION!



Carl Dix, Arnetta Grable and Efia Nwangaza for the National Coordinating
Committee of the Oct 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and
the Criminalization of a Generation.

 
 

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