3/2 UPDATE: Sentencing date is March 13 @ 10:00 AM, so the#FreeTheBlackPride4 National Day of Action is now Monday March 12!
WHERE IS YOUR RAGE?
The Columbus Division of Police have been relentless in their repression and destruction of Black life. In the past four years, they have shot and killed 28 people, 21 of them Black.
In June 2017, the #BlackPride4 disrupted the Stonewall Columbus Pride Parade to protest police brutality and the widespread violence against QTPOC, and they were immediately targeted and arrested by Columbus’ notoriously violent police force. On February 12th, 2018, three of the #BlackPride4 were found guilty for 6/8 of their charges. Wriply Bennet, a Black trans woman, was found guilty of the most charges.
Stonewall Columbus has repeatedly evaded accountability for the violence that happened at Pride. Recently, they have gone so far as to testify AGAINST the #BlackPride4 during trial, directly aiding in the criminalization of Black queer and trans people.
Our sick city has made examples of the #BlackPride4 for long enough, and the stakes are higher than ever. As the #BlackPride4 face sentencing soon, we need to declare that #ColumbusIsGuilty — guilty of racism, transphobia, and police brutality. For the #FreeTheBlackPride4 National Day of Action, we are calling for a rally to take place outside City Hall to show solidarity with the #BlackPride4 and continue to shame CPD and Stonewall for their blatant disregard for Black lives. We invite community members from Columbus and beyond to raise their fists and raise their voices against the violence that plagues our city.
Monday March 12th at 5:00 PM @ City Hall
Bring signs. Be ready to chant. Wear comfortable shoes and WEAR ALL BLACK.
If you or your organization want to co-sponsor or speak at this event, please message us!