Kenosha law enforcement was aware of the threats that these armed civilians and militia groups posed to protestors exercising their First Amendment rights. Mathewson asked Sheriff Beth and Kenosha Police Chief David Miskinis to deputize these armed civilians and militia groups, noting that more than 3,000 people accepted the online invitation to “protect” the city. In addition to this correspondence, community members in Kenosha contacted law enforcement with concerns for their safety after reading this online vitriol. Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security told local law enforcement that the Boogaloo Bois, a right-wing group with a history of violence, were planning an event in Kenosha on August 24. The Federal Bureau of Investigation also warned that the conflicting ideologies of protestors and these armed civilians and militia groups could “potentially be a flashpoint for violence” the next day.
The Peoples Power Assembly will hold a demonstration on November 22nd, 2021, at 5pm outside the Edward A. Garmatz federal courthouse in Baltimore, Maryland, condemning a Kenosha jury’s not guilty verdict on all charges against racist murderer Kyle Rittenhouse. The Peoples Power Assembly demands that the Department of Justice press federal hate crime charges against Rittenhouse and pursue a maximum prison sentence.
Socialist Unity Party statement – https://www.struggle-la-lucha.org/
Nov. 19 — Another empowerment of white supremacy occurred today, and it was endorsed by President Joe Biden, who blessed the jury decision exonerating a racist killer.
We demand federal charges be brought against Kyle Rittenhouse in a real trial with a jury representing the community of Kenosha, Wis.
We demand the prosecution of white supremacist groups like the Proud Boys, with which Rittenhouse made a public appearance, and others that have proven to be violent racist, terrorist organizations. Fascist, racist, terrorist organizations have no right to exist.
We demand justice for Ahmaud Arbery, whose killers are now on trial in a Georgia court like the white supremacist-friendly court in Wisconsin.
Biden’s first public comment about the exoneration of Rittenhouse was: “The jury system works and we have to abide by it.”
That’s right: In Biden’s eyes, the jury system that usually exonerates cops and white supremacists terrorizing Black or Brown lives — even when the juries are 99% white — is working and above question.
The movement for social justice should take note of how comfortable Biden’s administration feels in dismissing the rage that is being felt by Black people and all progressive people at this moment.
What this verdict and the Biden administration are doing is actively empowering white supremacist, fascist forces: those who feel comfortable as Rep. Paul Gosar threatens to murder Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and gets away with no criminal charges. Or with the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man in Georgia who was simply jogging.
Or the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6, especially targeting Black and Brown Congress members for death with a hangman’s noose erected nearby, getting at most a slap on the wrist. Or basically deputizing fascists in Texas, who could get a $10,000 bounty for their part in abusing women and denying their right to an abortion….
Reimagine Kenosha: Our City, Our Justice
Rally and March At Civic Park
Sunday, Nov 21, 2021 2pm CT
We are coming together–Black, white and brown, from Basik Skate Park to UW Parkside, from the Lake to Strawberry Creek–to make clear our demands for *true* justice in the wake of this trial.
Together, we are united, we are hopeful, we are resilient, and we are unafraid.
And together, we believe that true justice is a Kenosha where all can thrive.
But today, certain leaders — such as, our mayor, our sheriff and our district attorney — enable, increase and commit ongoing violence against Jacob, Anthony, JoJo, Gaige, Chrystul Khizer, Donna Matthews, and so many others.
All the while, they spread lies about people marching for justice, hoping to distract us from their choices to support violence by vigilantes, prosecutors and police and to defund our schools, shelters and care. But we know better. We’re coming together, as we have for two years, to reimagine Kenosha and reimagine America.
For a Wisconsin that funds our neighborhood schools so that they have all they need to inspire and prepare our children.
For a Kenosha where every one of us can see a counselor or get the medicine we need.For a community where we all have a safe home to make memories and lay our heads.
And for community safety without violence, without military weapons, without dangerous cages, and without criminalizing poverty or addiction.
From Kenosha: Fellow protesters we will be at the collective (with food, music, and space heaters!) to respond to the unjust and outrageous verdict! Kyle Rittenhouse is a mass murderer protected by the state! Dress warmly! – Hit the streets, occupy, strike! If you can’t make it to Kenosha protest in your city, protest where you are! Hoist banners, signs everywhere! If you’re a member of a union, community organization, student group push out statements, build direct actions everywhere! To the streets! We will not stand for racist, bigoted vigilantism! All power to the people!
We will keep showing up for you!
Joseph Rosenbaum. RIP
Anthony Huber. RIP
Gaige Grosskreutz. Shredded right bicep