People’s Power Assembly: https://www.facebook.com/PeoplesPowerAssemblies
Ferguson Response Network: http://fergusonresponse.tumblr.com/
Dontre Hamilton was shot 14 times at Red Arrow Park on April 30, 2014. While his death was ruled a homicide, his killer (a former Milwaukee Poilce Officer) still walks the streets as a free man. This Friday (January 30) will mark 9 months since this crime took place, however we are yet to get justice for Dontre, and/or the other families that have seen their sons and loved ones taken from them at the hands of negligent police officers and racist vigilantes.
This Friday we will be taking our fight directly to the individuals who are responsible for Dontre’s death, to hold them accountable for their actions and subsequent inaction. Our fight is for Justice. Our fight is to end the the explicit and implicit racial profiling practices that lead to the criminalization of black men and women (and other people of color) by the police force and businesses in this city.
Please join us at Red Arrow Park (1000 N. Water St.) Friday January 30 at 6 pm as we rally and demonstrate to demand justice in MKE. We hope to see you there! Lets show up! Lets make them feel both our presence and our pressure!
To stay connected to the Coalition for the latest updates and info please Follow us on Twitter @Justice4Dontre, Instagram @TheCoalition4JusticeMKE or give us a call at 414-375-9330.
FIGHT THE CUTS PLANNING MEETING AT UW-MILWAUKEE
JANUARY 29 EVENT: http://tinyurl.com/q26xc8w
MAKE PRINTS & UNITE
FEB. 3 EVENT: http://tinyurl.com/oz39tzh
Bring something to print on (shirts, bags, paper, cardboard, sign materials, etc) and choose between a selection of designs that boldly communicate our commitment to DEFENDING EDUCATION in Wisconsin!
DEFEND PUBLIC EDUCATION! RALLY AGAINST THE CUTS TO THE UW SYSTEM
Wednesday, Feb. 4 12 NOON rally at Spaights Plaza at UW-Milwaukee: http://tinyurl.com/m4lgcay
Governor Walker’s proposed state budget would cut $300 million from the UW system and place it under the control of the politically-appointed Board of Regents instead of the elected state legislature.
We stand in opposition to Walker’s plan to sacrifice the quality, accessibility, and affordability of higher education in Wisconsin to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy.
Education Is a Right!
No More Cuts to Our Universities!
Sign-making: Tuesday, February 3, 5:30 p.m., Union 344
A letter writing event and march will take place later in the day on February 4 at 4pm: https://www.facebook.com/events/437031179777408/
An all-campus meeting to determine next steps is TBA.
We’d like to first thank every one of you who have been diligently willing to participate even on such short notice. This progress could not have been made without you.
We’ve been informed of a Public Protection and Judiciary Committee (PP&J) meeting 5:15 PM, Jan 27th at the City County Building.
We’re close to making a difference, but we need your testimony. We need to continue to apply pressure. So, The Young Gifted and Black Coalition will be holding a rally and action to stand against State Violence, in solidarity with Ferguson, New York, and Black Lives lost everywhere
Continuing to push against money going into jails:
We will gather at 4:30 PM at the City County Building 210 M.L. King, Jr. Blvd. for a short rally before making our way into the PP&J committee meeting to speak in support of funding our community instead of the jail. We understand that the committee will be debating a resolution regarding what to do with the proposed $8 million, and we will speak in support of the items in the resolution that put money towards black-led community initiatives.
In Dane county we experience state violence in the form of mass incarceration. Our movement takes to the streets to end state violence against all black lives—Women, queer, trans folks, men, homeless folks, children, those in the prison industrial complex, undocumented folks, and folks with disabilities…All BLACK LIVES!
We continue to push for our demands
1) The $8 Million proposed for the jail study be taken off the table, and given to resources and initiatives led by the Black community.
2) The immediate release of Black people incarcerated for crimes of poverty. Make a plan to get 350 Black people out of jail, and keep them out. This would end the disproportionate incarceration of Black people- and stop the need for renovations due to overcrowding
3) End solitary confinement. No one should be put in solitary confinement.
“It is our duty to fight for our freedom, it is our duty to win, we must love and protect one another, we have nothing to loose but our chains.” -Assata Shakur
Please Join Us and Spread the Word
Young, Gifted and Black Coalition
In the wake of the recent unjust murders of Dontre Hamilton, Corey Stingley, Derek Williams, Brandon Johnson, Larry Jenkins, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and so many more at the hands of police officers and racist vigilantes, people in cities across the nation have risen up to demand Justice in their communities. For every individual killed, there is a mother who has suffered a loss greater than any one person should have to bear. We, the mothers of this movement, are calling on all concerned community members to join us in our fight. Together we unite to stand against police brutality and racial injustice and to demonstrate our love and determination to protect our children and our country. On May 9, 2015, Mother’s Day Weekend, The Mothers for Justice United will march on the US Department of Justice in our nation’s capitol, Washington DC. Will you stand with us?
“My name is Maria Hamilton and I am Dontre Hamilton’s mother. I am overwhelmed bearing the loss of my son to police brutality. I ask with a humble heart – Join us in Washington on Mother’s Day as we take this fight directly to our elected officials. We need you.” – Maria Hamilton, Founder of Mothers for Justice United.
Mothers for Justice United is an organization of mothers whose unarmed children have been killed by police officers and white vigilantes. It is also comprised of concerned mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, friends, clergy, and other citizens nationwide who care about the loss of these valuable lives cut short unnecessarily. We are committed to halting the epidemic of the killing of unarmed people of color by police and white vigilantes in this country through direct action, legislation, and community building.
If you know of any mothers in your own community who have lost loved ones to police brutality and racist violence and you think they may be interested in joining us on Mother’s Day, please let us know. We are working to raise funds and to secure transportation and housing for the moms to be able to make this trip. We are also in search of people to help us in our endeavor by organizing and spreading the word in your own communities. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 414.939.5599.