October 21, 2015 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us


The following press release is from Rise Up October:


Details of the Whole Day:

RiseUpOctober STOP Police Terror!
Begins Thursday, October 22

10:00 am-1:00 pm No More Stolen Lives, Say Their Names, A Public Reading and Remembrance: A Demand for Justice 

Father Duffy Square, 47th & Broadway in Times Square, Manhattan

"No More Stolen Lives: Say Their Names" will bring together some 40 families from across the U.S. who’ve lost loved ones to police violence. They will be joined by prominent voices of conscience in love, remembrance, and defiance to say THIS MUST STOP!”

"No More Stolen Lives: Say Their Names" begins RiseUpOctober—three days of mass resistance and acts of conscience to STOP Police Terror! and draw a line throughout society: "Which Side Are You On? Three days aimed at nothing less than changing “the whole social landscape to the point where more people take initiative and make it unmistakably clear that they refuse to live in a society that sanctions this outrage,” as actor Mark Ruffalo put it in a support statement.

Of the action in Times Square, No More Stolen Lives: Say Their Names, A Public Reading and Remembrance: A Demand for Justice, actress, playwright, and co-producer Lulu Fogarty, says:

“Before the eyes of the world, we will come together for a reading of just some of the thousands of people killed by law enforcement in the last 20+ years, ranging from age 11 months to 92 years. A disproportionate number of these victims were Black and Brown – their lives stolen under the Color of Authority with the State's approval over and over again."

Family present will include: Georgia Ferrell, mother of Jonathan Ferrell, murdered by Charlotte NC police, September 2013; Jules Garner, partner of Eric Garner, murdered by NYPD, July 2014; Maria Hamilton, mother of Dontre Hamilton, murdered by Milwaukee police, April 2014; Nicholas Heyward, Sr. father of 13-year-old Nicholas Heyward Jr., murdered by NYPD, September 1994; Airickca Gordon-Taylor, cousin of Emmett Till, murdered in Mississippi, August 1955; LaToya and Alice Howell, mother and grandmother of 17-year-old Justus Howell, murdered by Zion, Illinois police, April 2015; Mertilla Jones, grandmother of 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley Jones, murdered by Detroit police, May 2010; Gloria Pinex, mother of Darius Pinex, murdered by Chicago police, January 2011; and Juanita Young, mother of Malcolm Ferguson, murdered by NYPD, March 2000.

The voices of conscience joining the families in their remembrances include:

Author and playwright Eve Ensler; filmmaker and Co-Director of Sankofa.org Gina Belafonte; Rev. Stephen Phelps, author, professor and filmmaker Jamal Joseph; Cindy Sheehan, law professor Kimberle Crenshaw; Grammy award-winning musician Arturo O'Farrill; ethicist and professor Kwame Anthony Appiah, playwrights Kia Corthron and Naomi Wallace, civil rights attorney Martin Garbus and film director Quentin Tarantino.

Carl Dix, co-initiator with Cornel West of #RiseUpOctober, will speak.


October 22 imageOctober 22 Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation Shifts the action to Brooklyn Thursday afternoon

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2:00 pm Rally to Stop Police Brutality & Murder; NYPD officers have killed dozens of people in Brooklyn. Join the protest at Columbus Park, Borough Hall, Brooklyn 2/3/4/5/A/C/F/R trains

3:00 pm MARCH to Barclay's Center, Atlantic Avenue & Flatbush, Brooklyn

Get involved today at riseupoctober.org.


** October 23: "Shut Down Rikers!" 9:00 am gather at Queens entrance to Rikers Island, 77-84 19th Ave, East Elmhurst. (Directions) A mass, nonviolent direct action. People of conscience are putting their bodies on the line to call for this torture chamber to be shut down.

** October 24: National March to STOP Police Terror: Which Side are You On? Washington Square Park, NYC 11 am. March at 1:00 PM; Closing Rally at Bryant Park at 4:00 PM. Students, religious congregations, contingents from housing projects, and people from all across the country—we will gather in the thousands and tens of thousands with the demand: Terror and Murder By Police Must STOP.

** 5 minute video introduction to #RiseUpOctober, hearing some of the families who are organizing and initiators Cornel West and Carl Dix.


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