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October 22, 2014

National Day of
Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the
Criminalization of a Generation 

New York City  

Be in Union Square at 1 pm,
Take to the Streets with Defiance
Deliver our message in Times Square

On October 22, the National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation, thousands of people must gather in Union Square, take to the streets, and march to Times Square, in a defiant statement that we will not live this way. Students walking out of the high schools and universities, people leaving work, all determined that October 22 will not be business as usual.

In unity with demonstrations all over the country, we will gather in Union Square at 1 p.m.—people from all the different organizations, faith communities, the projects, those that are the target of police brutality, activists and others. And especially, youth from the high schools walk out, busting out of the schools, those that are sweated and brutalized by the police everyday, bringing their energy, their enthusiasm, their defiance, their refusal to live like this. Everyone should bring their banners and signs. Pictures of loved ones whose lives have been stolen by the police should be everywhere.

We will have short messages that inspire us to take the message that “THIS MUST STOP!” into the streets, with drums beating, defiant rhythms, whistles blowing against the police—loud, raucous and defiant—bringing it all to Times Square where we will deliver a powerful message to the powers that be, that the world can hear. With our presence and action, a message will go out to the world that this country is guilty of horrific crimes against its own people and this must stop, NOW! We will gather and read the Pledge of Resistance in one loud voice, declaring that this is the beginning of a movement that aims to stop this genocide—mass incarceration, police brutality, repression and the criminalization of a generation—NOW! People will get a sense that across the country thousands have been acting on this day together, this movement is real, and they must be a part of it.



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