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!
The City Attorney’s Office – Michael May
Madison Police Chief Mike Koval
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%!
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:
Find us on Facebook by searching “YGB Ferguson to Madison”
Phone – (608) 618-0942 (618-0YGB)
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org