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.
7 p.m. Thursday at the All People’s Church.
We are building an anti-war group in Milwaukee! Last week we discussed doing educational and solidarity events against US war and occupation. We are researching a BDS campaign as well. Hope to see you at the next meeting!
Join Rockford Fight Imperialism, Stand Together (FIST) as we host a discussion on what poverty wages and police terror are doing to our communities along with how to organize the struggle against these issues.
Hear from a panel of local activists and featured speaker Lamont Lilly from North Carolina. Durham-based activist Mr. Lamont Lilly is a contributing editor with the Triangle Free Press and organizer with Workers World Party. He was a delegate at the “Jackson Rising: New Economies Conference,” in Jackson, Mississippi. Mr. Lilly is a regularly featured speaker and as a writer has contributed to The Root, Truthout, CounterPunch and Black Youth Project, among other publications.
*FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC*
Sunday, February 8.
1pm. 204 N. Church St. Rockford, IL.
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Articles by Mr. Lamont Lilly:
Lennon Lacy: ‘Strange Fruit’
Gentrification Rocks North Carolina’s Historic Black Community:
Old Hayti & Black Wall Street
Jesus Huerta: A Child Killed In Durham Police Custody