Cleveland: No Business as Usual on New Year’s Eve

Jasnuary 1, 2015 | Revolution Newspaper |


About 25 people braved the cold to protest business as usual on New Year’s Eve. At Public Square a huge banner—Rock in the New Year with Resistance to Police Murder! NO NEW YEAR UNDER THIS OLD SYSTEM! WE CAN’T BREATHE!”—grabbed people’s attention. We marched to the official New Year’s Eve event, which featured the rapper, Machine Gun Kelly, whose lyrics demean women. People liked that we held up placards that spelled out “Black Lives Matter.” A few joined in when we chanted, “Indict, convict, send the killer cops to jail! The whole damn system is guilty as hell!” and “We have the solution... revolution!” “We can’t breathe” especially connected with people. Many in the mainly young crowd took Carl Dix’s New Year’s Call and palm cards to watch the Dialogue, “Revolution and Religion” between Cornel West and Bob Avakian. Some whistles were passed out and people started blowing them at the cops. We got several “thumbs up” and some people thanked us for being out here on New Year’s Eve. A few people asked whose murders are we protesting. A revolutionary said, “Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice...” and people started chanting, “Fuck the Police!”

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