Voces de la Frontera and Youth Empowered in the Struggle condemn the Grand Jury’s decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson, and District Attorney Robert McCullough for not doing more to secure an indictment. We stand in solidarity with the Brown family and all families victimized by police violence.
Black and Brown communities are targeted daily by culturally biased police, who disproportionately enforce criminal laws against Black communities. Police officers profile immigrants as well, looking up their license plates and pulling them over because they think they “look” undocumented and don’t have driver’s licenses.
“In our system of mass incarceration and mass deportation, the law has too often become a tool of oppression against people of color, and it happened again in Ferguson,” said Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera. “Our hearts go out to Michael Brown’s family, and we stand in solidarity with his family, with the families of Dontre Hamilton and Corey Stingley here in Milwaukee, and with all the families who have lost loved ones to the police.”
“We understand as an organization that unless we stand up and fight for justice for the people of Ferguson, these kinds of things will continue to happen not just in the black community, but in the Latino and undocumented communities as well,” said Mario Gómez, a member of YES at Milwaukee Area Technical College.
Our struggles are connected, and from Ferguson and Ayotzinapa to Milwaukee and Racine, and we must stand together as one to stop police violence against our communities. Voces and YES urges community members to join the protest movement led by Milwaukee families affected by police killings, the Coalition for Justice. We will join them today at Red Arrow Park at 5pm. We also urge all of our members in Racine to join the students of YES at Monument Square at 6pm, where community members will be gathering to demand justice for the victims of police brutality.