Takiyah Thompson, a member of Workers World Party Durham Branch that climbed the Confederate statue in #durham was arrested today. Call DA to drop charges against all protesters: 919-808-3010 & donate here to bail fund Durhamsolidaritycenter.org/bondfund #tearemdown #blacklivesmatter #charlottesville
UPDATE: Takiyah “Take Em Down” Thompson is free! Thompson was arrested in Durham today, charged with at least one felony and three misdemeanors and released. She says, “the fight continues!” #TakiyahTakeEmDownThompson #SmashWhiteSupremacy
From WWP Press Release to CNN August 15, 2017:
“Confederate statues aren’t just hunks of metal and concrete. They represent the roots and history of a system of white supremacy that disenfranchises, murders, displaces and harms Black and Brown people up through today. If the people decide they want to remove such a statue, that should be their right. ” stated Qasima Wideman, a member of Workers World Party who was present at the Durham action on August 14. “Love does not trump hate. It hasn’t taken down any Confederate statues or stopped any of the racist and fascist violence that people in Charlottesville, Charlotte, Ferguson, Baltimore and every where face every day. Only organized people’s power will take down white supremacy. Through racist drug laws and the prison industrial complex, cops do the paid work of white supremacy. The Trump regime has emboldened these racists.”
“The people decided to take matters into our own hands and remove the statue,” stated Takiyah Thompson, member of Workers World Party and student at N.C. Central University, who climbed to the top of the statue to tie a rope around it’s neck before the crowd tore it down. We are tired of waiting on politicians who could have voted to remove the white supremacist statues years ago, but they failed to act. So we acted.”
- The Durham County Commissioners, the Durham Sheriff’s office and District Attorney’s office drop the charges and stop investigating anti-racist activists involved with August 14 action.
- That the City of Charlottesville drop charges against anti-racist protesters from August 12.
- Governor Roy Cooper expedite the removal of all Confederate statues across the state.
- The Durham County Commissioners and City Council attend public forums to allow the community to speak-out about their concerns for public displays of the Confederacy.
Meme Courtesy of Milwaukee Coalition Against Trump