For Immediate Release
19 October 2005

Saturday, October 22nd: 10th Annual National Day of Protest against police brutality to take place at Madison Square Park

The tenth annual National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation will be taking place in cities all over the country this Saturday on October 22nd. In New York City, a rally at Madison Square Park will begin at 2pm, followed by a march to Times Square to begin at approximately 4pm. Speaking at the rally will be families of those killed by law enforcement, local social justice and civil liberties organizations, and other groups and individuals. Musicians and poets will also be performing throughout the rally.

The October 22 Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation has been mobilizing every year since 1996 for a National Day of Protest on October 22nd, bringing together those under the gun and those not under the gun as a powerful voice to expose the epidemic of police brutality.

The Coalition also works on the Stolen Lives Project, which documents cases of killings by law enforcement nationwide. The second edition of the Stolen Lives book documents over 2000 cases in the 1990's alone. The second volume to this book is in the works, and over 160 cases have been documented in New York and New Jersey so far, 25 since the last National Day of Protest in October 2004.

Scheduled to speak at the rally are:

Families of Stolen Lives (killed by law enforcement):
§ Nicholas Heyward, Sr., father of Nicholas Heyward, Jr., killed by NYC Housing cop September 27, 1994
§ Milta Calderon, mother of Anibal "Junior" Carrasquillo, killed by NYPD January 22, 1995
§ Juanita Young, mother of Malcolm Ferguson, killed by Street Crimes Unit cop March 1, 2000
§ Andreyeva Fields, mother of Andre Fields, killed by NYPD March 30, 2000
§ Junior Louisjeune, brother of Georgy Louisgene, killed by NYPD January 16, 2002
§ Lisaann Villanueva, widow of Santiago "Chago" Villanueva, killed by Bloomfield, NJ police April 16, 2002
§ Jose Mateo, Sr., father of Jose Mateo, Jr., killed by NYPD June 4, 2003
§ Ariel Cruz, friend of Silverio del Rios, died October 8, 2003 under suspicious circumstances while incarcerated upstate
§ Jean Griffin, sister of David Glowczenski, killed by Southampton Village police February 4, 2004
§ Jane Stango, sister of Scott Eriksen, killed by Suffolk County sheriffs June 12, 2005

Other scheduled speakers:
§ Udi Ofer, Program Director of the NYCLU's Bill of Rights Campaign
§ Remy Kharbanda from INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence
§ Rachel Meeropol from the Center for Constitutional Rights
§ Panama Alba from the Justice Committee-National Congress of Puerto Rican Rights
§ October 22 Coalition-NY
§ Marty Stolar, President of the NY Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild
§ Geoffrey Blank from the No Police State Coalition
§ Djibril Toure from Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
§ Civil rights attorney Lynne Stewart
§ Amnesty International OUTfront
§ Almighty Latin King & Queen Nation

§ Ngoma
§ Emanuel Xavier
§ Movement in Motion
§ Mahina Movement
§ Rude Mechanical Orchestra

Rally & March against Police Brutality

Date: Saturday, October 22, 2005

Time: 2:00pm

Location: Southeast corner of Madison Square Park, Madison Avenue, north of 23rd Street
(closest subway stops are the 6/F/N/R/V to 23rd Street)

March to Times Square to begin at approximately 4pm