|PROGRESSIVE CALENDAR 11.25.14 /3||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: David Shove (shove001umn.edu)|
|Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 03:17:42 -0800 (PST)|
*PROGRESSIVE CALENDAR 11.25.14* Ferguson rallies today. by Dave Bicking, November 25 Minneapolis Dear friends, >From Ferguson to Minneapolis, cops who kill are never brought to justice. >From Michael Brown to Terrance Franklin, families and friends are devastated by the deaths, then suffer further to see the coverups, the lying, and the slanders against the victims. We must demand justice in Ferguson, and in Minneapolis, and around the country where hundreds die at the hands of brutal police. This is not really about Darren Wilson, as guilty as he is. It is about the system that creates the Darren Wilsons, that trains and empowers them to kill, and that exonerates them when they do. The Michael Brown case in Ferguson is remarkably UNexceptional. It happens nearly every day. But this is where it has to stop. And for a number of reasons, this is the case that has ignited a movement. It is the time, the opportunity, for those who are new to the cause, and those who have worked for years for justice, to join together and demand change. The response in Minneapolis starts with a rally at the University of MN at Coffman Union at 3pm; which will then join the main rally and march at 4:30pm at the 3rd Precinct police station at Lake St & Minnehaha Ave S in Mpls. If you have to arrive late, you will easily find us within a few blocks of the rally location. I expect that the response will continue for days to come, and that it must empower the existing movements against police brutality. I'll try to keep you posted. Please join us if you can!! Here is the full announcement of today's actions: The Ferguson Solidarity Events are TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25. After the August 9 murder of Michael Brown by Ferguson, MO cop Darren Wilson, city leaders have been looking for a way to give Wilson a free pass. They did it with a grand jury, an utterly corrupt process controlled by the prosecutor. The community needs to let it be known that we DO NOT ACCEPT the results of a phony process and that WE DEMAND JUSTICE! Student Rally to Demand Justice for Victims of Police Brutality 3:00 pm University of Minnesota Coffman Union Students will come together to speak out against police brutality and demand accountability and then take the light rail together to the Minneapolis solidarity action. Minneapolis Solidarity Action Rally and March Starting 4:30 pm Minneapolis Police 3rd Precinct Lake Street & Minnehaha Ave Join the community for a rally and march to demand justice in Ferguson and beyond. Sponsored by Communities United Against Police Brutality, Students United Against Police Brutality, TC Save the Kids, Asamblea de Derechos Civiles, Women Against Military Madness, AntiWar Committee, Welfare Rights Committee, Socialist Alternative, STK Radio, Augsburg College STK, Institute for Critical Animal Studies, OccupyMN, Academy for Peace Education, Outdoor Empowerment, Wisdom Behind the Walls, Poetry Behind the Walls, Duluth STK, Arissa Media Group, Vigilant Promotions, MN Hip Hop Coalition, Support VIPS, Progress Foundation, Prosaic Minds Movement, POPULAR (Power Over Poverty Under Laws of America Restored), Drum Majors for Truth, OAK (Organizations Associating for the Kind of Change America Really Needs), Total Liberation Radio, NotYourMascot MN, Idle No More-TC, Stop Racial Profiling, Northwoods Revolution: Minnesota Ogichidaag Light Brigade, National Forum on Judicial Accountability, Crimes of the Century Radio, Idle No More Duluth, Marxist Student Association (UMN), American Indian Student Cultural Center (UMN), MPIRG (UMN), Amnesty International (UMN), Students for a Democratic Society (UMN), Black Student Union (UMN), and others. Our solidarity event will be based on the St. Paul Principles. That is, we expect to create a safe space and time for people to be able to have their voices and outrage heard. We will ask everyone present to recognize that others in attendance may be undocumented, may be facing pending charges or may otherwise be in positions where they cannot take risks of encounters with law enforcement, and for all of us to conduct ourselves accordingly. The St. Paul Principles were written in preparation for protests against the Republican National Convention in 2008. Nearly every group signed on and this worked well to prevent media and police from setting up the usual "good protester/bad protester" dynamic that is so common and that is being played out in Ferguson even now. St. Paul Principles: 1. Our solidarity will be based on respect for a diversity of tactics and the plans of other groups. 2. The actions and tactics used will be organized to maintain a separation of time or space. 3. Any debates or criticisms will stay internal to the movement, avoiding any public or media denunciations of fellow activists and events. 4. We oppose any state repression of dissent, including surveillance, infiltration, disruption and violence. We agree not to assist law enforcement actions against activists and others. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Shove Trove
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