MADISON – Freedom Fighter Takiyah Thompson will be the keynote speaker Feb. 4, 2018 at a Black Liberation Month Community Discussion at 2146 E Johnson Street beginning at 2 p.m. This event is sponsored by Workers World Party Wisconsin and is free and open to the public.
Due to months of people’s protests, felony charges were dropped January 11, 2018 against Thompson and her co-defendants but the courts continue political maneuvers designed to both weaken the movement and punish rightful dissent. On Feb. 19, 2018 Thompson along with other anti-racist activists, will return to court in Durham, North Carolina to face trial on misdemeanor charges stemming from August 14 when a Confederate monument in Durham was torn down.
“The events of August 14 were acts of community service and defense. We have to remember what happened just two days before in Charlottesville, Virginia., when white supremacists terrorized, occupied, and brutalized its residents. Heather Heyer was murdered, and many other anti-racist activists were injured,” said Sam Olson, of Workers World Party Wisconsin. “The eleven now facing charges in Durham have done their service to the community. We call on Durham District Attorney Roger Echols to immediately drop all of the charges.”
Through a campaign launched by #DefendDurham, thousands across North Carolina and the United States have signed petitions and participated in multiple call-in days to drop the charges. The case has garnered national and even international attention, with many unions and other progressive organizations submitting statements noting the significance of the Durham actions and pledging support to beat the charges.
“Removing symbols of white supremacy from our community is not a crime. What happened on Aug. 14 was a service to the Durham community and an example of taking righteous action, a small step to correct centuries of injustice,” said Olson.
On Feb. 4 in Madison, Thompson, a member of Workers World Party and a student at North Carolina Central University, will describe her experiences. And along with other speakers, Thompson will make the connections between the legacy of Jim Crow laws in North Carolina which are increasingly being promoted in Wisconsin by those such as Governor Scott Walker and Art Pope who is now Chair of the Board of the Milwaukee-based right-wing Bradley Foundation.
THE MONEY BEHIND ART POPE…: https://www.facingsouth.org/2016/05/art-popes-money-helped-create-north-carolinas-bath
THE RIGHT-WING BRADLEY FOUNDATION PLOTS TO DESTROY UNIONS: https://dc37blog.wordpress.com/2017/10/13/the-right-wing-bradley-foundation-plots-to-destroy-unions/