A Pledge of Resistance

September 15, 2014 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us


Revolution received the following from the Stop Mass Incarceration Network:


The October Month of Resistance to Mass Incarceration, Police Terror, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation has issued a Pledge of Resistance. Spread the pledge broadly thruout society, getting it to everyone you can.

On October 1st, everyone who hates the horrors of mass incarceration and all its consequences should gather at their schools, in their neighborhoods, at their work places, or at symbols of the abuses of the criminal justice system and take this pledge. Then we all need to act on it.

A Pledge of Resistance

What kind of society do you want to live in?

  • Police brutality and police murder are daily occurrences, yet brutal murdering cops are almost never punished for their crimes;
  • Black and Latino people, especially the youth, are treated like criminals, guilty until proven innocent, if they can survive to prove their innocence;
  • This criminalization has led to 2.2 million people being warehoused in prison, a 500% increase over the past 30 years;
  • Tens of thousands of people in prison are subjected to the torture of long term solitary confinement;
  • Alongside this has risen a program of criminalizing and incarcerating undocumented immigrants;
  • The color of a person’s skin determines whether they live and how they live.

Today we pledge:

Black lives matter.
Latino lives matter.
All lives matter.

* Mass incarceration: WE SAY NO MORE!

* Police murder: WE SAY NO MORE!

* Torture in the prisons: WE SAY NO MORE!

* Criminalization of generations: WE SAY NO MORE!

* Attacks on immigrants: WE SAY NO MORE!

We will NOT be silent.

We WILL resist!

Until these shameful horrors really are... NO MORE!

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