A Statement and Call from Stop Mass Incarceration Network, Ferguson-St. Louis chapter

February 2, 2015 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us


Revcom.us/Revolution received the following statement:

The Department of Justice (DOJ) decision on whether to bring civil rights charges against Darren Wilson is expected any day. Indications are Wilson will NOT be charged. If so, such a decision whitewashes and gives a stamp of approval to the police murder of Michael Brown. It gives a green light to killer cops everywhere. It is a slap in the face to Michael Brown’s family, to all who stood up against this injustice, and to the millions whose hopes were raised when people defiantly rose up and said, “Not this time!”

If the DOJ brings down this outrage, we must take to the streets across the country. The murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson was where the struggle began 6 months ago. Darren Wilson is a racist murdering thug, and now a symbol of white supremacist Amerikkka’s targeting of Black youth. This must stop. Wilson must go to jail.

We were told, “Cool down and let the system work.” Yet cops murdering Black and Latino people, and then protected by the (in)justice system, IS the way the system works again and again. That’s why “The Whole Damn System is Guilty As Hell!” echoed in streets across the country. People were RIGHT to rise up and refuse to wait on justice that never comes even as the system continues to kill, criminalize and incarcerate at a staggering rate. The cold and liberating truth is this: there is no justice in this (In)Justice system, and it is up to US, and people who can be won to join us, to stop the genocide against Black people.

The DOJ “signing off” on Darren Wilson’s murder of Mike Brown intends to help turn things around. To pump up pro-police forces, to put back asleep those who have begun to open their eyes, and to send a message that “protest doesn’t work.” NO, protests over the last 6 months changed what millions think is tolerable and intolerable. That Black Lives Matter. This has created new conditions for resistance to grow stronger and wider. That is why those in power work overtime to repress and discredit us.

The DOJ decision on Darren Wilson comes at a crossroads. People all over will be watching. Get organized NOW to take to the streets across the country on the day of, or the day after, the DOJ decision is announced. We won’t go back.

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