Madison, October 5: #HandsOffBrandi! JAM Chief Koval’s/City Attorney’s Phones/Emails

Madison Police target Black Lives Matter Organizer Brandi Grayson
CALL for National and International Solidarity
TELL MPD and the City Attorney to
STOP the HARASSMENT and drop the citations!

On OCT 5, 2015 1PM-3pm Central Time show your solidarity by calling/emailing Madison Police Chief Koval and City Attorney Michael May.

JAM their phone lines and emails to say #HandsOffBrandi!
Spread this NATIONWIDE. We must protect each other!

TARGET PHONE/EMAILS

The City Attorney’s Office – Michael May
608-266-4511
mmay@cityofmadison.com
Madison Police Chief Mike Koval
608-266-4022
mkoval@cityofmadison.com

NOTE: Suggested phone script and email template will be posted here in the next few days.

The Madison police department is targeting and harassing one of the most visible leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement in the city. Brandi Grayson, a founding member and leader of the Young, Gifted and Black Coalition has had cops park outside her house regularly, visit her home to talk with her children, charge her with citations without notifying her, pull her over for minor violations, and target her for the actions of huge groups of people protesting. They are targeting her because YGB has already had demonstrable success. It’s a classic attempt to intimidate a movement which has become far too successful for the taste of the police and political establishment.

– We demand the City Attorney’s Office dismiss YGB founder Brandi Grayson’s citations. We recognize that this attack on YGB founder Brandi Grayson is a tactic used by the Madison Police to quell the local movement for Black liberation led by Young Gifted and Black.

– We demand the Madison Police Department put an end to the harassment and terrorizing of Brandi Grayson and of all Black people in Madison, WI. The means an immediate end to the racial disparities in arrests and incarceration in Dane County.

– We demand Community Control of the police. In order to stop police violence we need to shift power from the state to the people. If we have community control Brandi would be protected from prosecution by Madison Police Department.

By building a powerful grassroots racial justice movement in Madison, YGB has so far stopped cold a project to build a new $150 million dollar jail, forced the county to pass a jail alternatives resolution and has pierced the veil behind the false pride of Madison as some sort of progressive Mecca – a city where the black to white arrest rate is 11 to 1 and the black to white child poverty rate is 75% to 5%!

Read more at http://ygbcoalition.org/events-page/item/609-mpd-hands-off-brandi

Calling all anti-racists, Black Lives Matter and social justice activists and anyone who agrees that fighting for your rights should not lead to harassment and intimidation by police:

Activists in the city are rallying behind Brandi but we need solidarity action from folks across the city, country and beyond who care about racial justice and for our right to fight without undemocratic, police intimidation.

Let’s jam up the phone lines and email in-boxes of Madison Police Chief Koval and City Attorney Michael May on Monday, Oct 5th 2015 (from 1pm – 3pm Central Time) with the message that we will not accept police harassment and intimidation of our activists, we will continue to fight for Black Freedom and will not be silent in the face of repression.

For more information:
Visit YGBCOALITION.ORG
Find us on Facebook by searching “YGB Ferguson to Madison”
Phone – (608) 618-0942 (618-0YGB)
Email – info@ygbcoalition.org

Brandi Grayson of the Young Gifted and Black coalition, speaking to hundreds of protesters at the state capitol in Madison Feb. 14, 2015. Grayson  linked the struggles of the the Black Lives Matter movement and the fights to fully fund public education characterizing both as state violence on the people. [Photo: Joe Brusky]

Brandi Grayson of the Young Gifted and Black coalition, speaking to hundreds of protesters at the state capitol in Madison Feb. 14, 2015. Grayson linked the struggles of the the Black Lives Matter movement and the fights to fully fund public education characterizing both as state violence on the people. [Photo: Joe Brusky]

#Justice4Cierra

YGB’s own Alix Shabazz, T. Banks, Lexy Ware and many others held down the Dane County Court House this morning to support Cierra Finkley in her quest not to be persecuted for defending herself against a brutal domestic abuser. Fortunately, the D.A. brought no charges for today! ‪#‎HandsOffBlackWomen‬ ‪#‎communitycontrolofpolice‬

#Justice4Cierra

YGB Press Release: http://ygbcoalition.org/blog/item/632-a-victory-for-the-people

September 24, 2015 Madison

September 24, 2015 Madison

Milwaukee, September 28: Dr. Luther Castillo at UWM

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Dr._Castillo_UWM_September_28_2015ALSO:

Hear internationally acclaimed physician-activist Dr. Luther
Castillo speak on his work in developing a community-run medical
system for the Afro-indigenous Garifuna people of Honduras. Dr.
Castillo is featured in two documentary films, including
“Revolutionary Medicine,” which will also be premiered this afternoon,
and raises this question: “Could a remote hospital that runs on solar
panels, in a community without paved roads or electricity, provide a
new global model for health care?”

He will speak at the Central United Methodist Church
at 25th St. and Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee on Sunday, Sept. 27 at
4 pm. We will also have Jesse Freeston, the filmmaker of “Revolutionary
Medicine” there to answer questions. Program is free but donations
will be accepted to support this work. For more information & to see
the trailer for the film, see www.wicuba.org, or call (414) 273-1040.
Sponsored by Wis. Coalition to Normalize Relations with Cuba and Latin
American Solidarity Committee lascmilw@gmail.com

November 7-8, Workers World Party National Conference: WE NEED A SOCIALIST REVOLUTION

HOLD THE DATE! November 7-8, 2015 in New York City

Workers World Party fights for a socialist society—where the wealth is socially owned and production is planned to satisfy human need. That’s also what workers around the world, from Cuba to China, have been struggling for. The U.S. rulers have spent trillions of our tax dollars trying to stop them in a global class struggle. WWP promotes international working-class solidarity, the right of every nation to sovereignty and self-determination, and militant resistance at home to imperialist interventions and wars.

“The Black Lives Matter uprising is fundamentally a reincarnation of the Black liberation struggle. The capitalist class understands that its continued existence is dependent upon keeping such a liberation struggle as separate and isolated from the working-class movement and progressive movement as possible. Conversely, the more that the entire movement takes up the liberation struggle, the more difficult it becomes for the capitalist state to carry out massive repression.

“Keeping the oppressed isolated is key for the ruling class. The best circumstances for the system to succeed with its plan to crush this uprising of the oppressed is to keep such a struggle geographically, or at least politically, to a greater rather than a lesser extent, isolated from the working-class and progressive movement.

“The participation of young white activists in support of the Black Lives Matter uprising has been impressive, even unprecedented. Still, taken as a whole, the Left, specifically the white Left, has largely been missing in action thus far. This is dangerous and it must be rectified.

“No doubt, if the capitalist state can get away with isolating and then smashing the Black Lives Matter uprising, then it will feel in an even stronger position to use the same repression against the whole working class. There’s a great deal at stake here, because the crisis of capitalism makes bigger confrontations between capitalism and the working class inevitable if not imminent.”

Larry Holmes, “What is the Left going to do about the government’s plan to crush the Black Lives Matter uprising?”
http://www.workers.org/wwp/what-is-the-left-going-to-do-about-the-governments-plan-to-crush-the-black-lives-matter-uprising/

http://www.workers.org/

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