STEP OUT FOR THE 12TH ANNUAL NATIONAL DAY OF PROTEST TO STOP POLICE BRUTALITY, REPRESSION AND THE CRIMINALIZATION OF A GENERATION

Monday, October 22 at 4pm at Marcus Garvey Park (at the Amphitheater - 122nd Street & St. Morris Park West)
March across 125th Street, short rally at the Harlem State Office Building
Indoor rally at St. Mary’s Church (521 W. 126th Street)
Subway: 2/3/4/5/6/A/B/C/D to 125th Street
Bus: Bx12/M1/M2/M7/M60/M98/M101/M102/M103


Speakers list so far:
FAMILIES OF THOSE KILLED BY POLICE
Father and sister of Ronald Battle (killed by NYPD September 28, 2007)
William Bell, father of Sean Bell (killed by NYPD November 25, 2006)
Maggie Lamar, fiancé of Patrick Bryan (killed by NYPD April 26, 2007)
Juanita Young, mother of Malcolm Ferguson (killed by NYPD March 1, 2000)
Jean Griffin, sister of David Glowczenski (tasered to death by Southhampton Village Police February 4, 2004)
Nicholas Heyward, Sr., father of Nicholas Heyward, Jr. (killed by NYPD September 27, 1994)
Allene Person, mother of Timur Person (killed by NYPD December 13, 2006)
Margarita Rosario, mother of Anthony Rosario, Jr., aunt of Hilton Vega (killed by NYPD January 12, 1995)
Montique Smalls's family (killed by NYPD February 21, 2005)

VICTIMS OF POLICE BRUTALITY
Jesus Bracero, attacked by NYPD in Washington Heights May 2007
Victor Toro, former political prisoner and activist, arrested by BICE July 2007

COALITION & ALLIES
Ariel Herrera, Amnesty International OUTfront
Ronnique Hawkins, Anti-Lynching Movement
Lamont, President of Black Student Union at Lehman College
Geoffrey Blank, No Police State Coalition
Herman & Iyaluua Ferguson
Nellie Bailey, Harlem Tenants Council
Dawn Jones, Social Justice Committee of Convent Avenue Baptist Church
Justice Committee of the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights
Ashante Alston, National Jericho Movement
Shaka Shakur, New Black Panther Party
Gwen Debrow, NY Free Mumia Coalition
Kathie Cheng, October 22 Coalition-NY
Kathryn Lee, October 22 Coalition National Office
Orlando Green, Peoples Justice
Larry Hamm, People's Organization for Progress
Jean Rice, Picture the Homeless
Betty Maloney, Radical Women
Khalil "Shaik" Mustafa, Republic of New Afrika
Travis Morales, Revolutionary Communist Party
Carlos "Rico" Sabater, Rights for Imprisoned People with Psychiatric Disabilities
Cindy Sheehan, anti-war activist
Lynne Stewart, civil rights attorney, National Lawyers Guild
Carol Taylor, author of The Little Black Book
David White, original founder of the Black Panther Party in New York

ARTISTS
Joyce Jones
Logic of the Street Smart Movement
Ngoma
Raging Grannies
Young Blaq Skolahz




Call for:
Oct. 22, 2007 National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation

October 22, 2007, the National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation is the day for thousands across the country to act to STOP police brutality, repression, and the way our youth are treated like criminals. It is also a day to resist the increasing moves towards a police state. We ask you to endorse this call, make your plans, and become part of organizing an event in your area on October 22nd.

WHY SHOULD YOU ACT ON OCTOBER 22nd?

In NYC, Sean Bell, a 23-year old unarmed man, was killed by NYPD with 50 shots on the morning of his wedding day. Since then, at least ten more people have been killed by NYPD. Kathryn Johnston, a 92-year old grandmother, was shot and killed by undercover Atlanta police in her own home. A Pittsburgh police officer pulled a gun on 7-year old Joshalyn Lawton when he approached the window of the passenger side of her mother’s car during a routine traffic stop for an outdated inspection sticker. What happens when a government raises up law enforcement as an authority with unlimited powers that cannot be questioned, all in the name of “fighting terrorism”? Homeland Security = More Stolen Lives. Police brutality and killings by law enforcement did not start with the Bush administration, but they have escalated dramatically since the launch of their "War on Terrorism." Searches and seizures, racial profiling, attacks on Arabs, South Asians and Muslims, raids on immigrants, security stops and bag checks, and police terror raids on certain neighborhoods are now the order of the day.

In Cleveland, Ohio in May 2007, police killed three people – Aaron Steele, Steven Ray, Ira Mitchell – within three days. Phillipe McIver, a 23-year old in North Carolina, was shot and killed by police. In Baltimore, police arrested 7-year-old Gerard Mungo, Jr., handcuffed him, and interrogated him on charges of riding a motorized dirt bike on a sidewalk. Five people have been killed by law enforcement agents in Minnesota in the first half of 2007. Francisco Mondragon, a 24-year old schizophrenic, armed only with a screwdriver, was murdered by the Los Angeles Police Department.

There’s been wave after wave of immigration raids across the country. In the last year, police and border patrol in San Diego County have murdered more than 17 people, from Vista to the border. Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit, Greensboro, NC, the Tri-state area and other areas report stepped up criminalization and arrests of homeless people and immigrants. Minneapolis just passed a repressive ordinance against panhandling, and has been implementing an ordinance against "lurking" – an excuse to arrest people for waiting at bus stops or hanging out with friends.

Increasingly, demonstrations and protests are met with repression. On May Day, Los Angeles police attacked supporters of immigration rights demonstrating in a park As new “parade laws” have gone into effect in New York City, even at the permitted Puerto Rican Day parade, 208 people were arrested for “unlawful assembly” and supposedly wearing “gang colors." Brooklyn high school students who had permission from their parents and their school to attend a friend’s funeral wake in the afternoon were arrested while walking to the subway stop for “unlawful assembly."

Seattle is experiencing a “crisis of credibility” with the police department after an Officer Neubert, who was involved in killing Aaron Roberts in 2001, falsified a police report on an arrest of a wheelchair-bound man for drugs. Surveillance video backs up the man's claim that drugs were planted on him and that Neubert used a choke-hold on him. These types of abuse are happening all over the country.

In their crusade to “fight terrorism,” law enforcement has become exponentially emboldened, attacking clergy, lawyers, children and parents of those whom they have killed and who dare to speak out against police brutality. Last November, Juanita Young, mother of Malcolm Ferguson (killed by NYPD in March 2000) and outspoken activist, was brutally attacked by eight cops and arrested in her own home, then handcuffed to a hospital bed and tortured by the cops on duty for four days before they handed her a desk appearance ticket.

October 22nd has come to be recognized as a concentrated day of resistance -- a national day when people all over the country, in different cities and through different means of expression, come together to STOP police violence, repression, and the criminalization of a generation. The nationwide epidemic of police brutality and repression is hidden from many people who would be outraged if they knew what was happening. We must resist the onslaught of police abuse as we work in many different ways to drag this truth out into the light of day. Our resistance will give others courage.

We wear black on October 22nd in memory of those whose lives have been stolen from us.

Nicholas Heyward, Sr. (father of Nicholas Heyward, Jr., killed by NYC housing police in 1994) says:

“Police brutality has always existed in poor and oppressed neighborhoods. But since September 11, 2001, it has gotten much worse. In order for any justice to be done, it takes a mass number of people coming together for a common cause. Police brutality affects everyone and has to stop. We need as many people as possible to come out this year on October 22nd to support the families of victims of police brutality.”

Juanita Young (mother of Malcolm Ferguson, killed by NYPD in 2000) adds that resistance is critical:

“You can’t give in. They will try to make an example out of you, try to break your spirit. If you don’t resist and keep on fighting, they will be able to get away with what they’re trying to do to us."

Endorse at  http://www.october22.org/Call2007.html