For Immediate Release
Contact: Chapter Coordinator, (872) 395-8048, BlackLivesMatterChicago@gmail.com
When: Friday, January 1, 2016 at 11:00 am
What: New Year’s Day Protest Against Police Violence!
New Year’s Day Protest Against Police Violence
1/1/16 – BLMChi, Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100), Assata’s Daughters, and youth organizers with Southside Together Organizing for Power (STOP) are taking action today, bringing #BlackBrunchChi to one of the busiest northside dining districts, to intervene on the “celebration” of consumerism, corrupt property zoning/displacement practices, and the retail and service industries’ routine collusion with police and state violence. urgency for a fundamental shift in the way this country invests in our most valuable resources – our people.
Together, we’re organized to demand that our lives, our communities and our futures be made a priority. The “safety”, economy, property value and social resources across Lakeview are made possible by a disastrous tradition of depleting, displacing, economically deserting and aggressively surveilling Black communities across the South and West sides of this city.
We also understand the effect of displacement on low wage retail and food service jobs, as well as mental health and other social services. We are engaging with low wage workers the homeless, home free and folks that survive within these neighborhoods.
We demand immediate disinvestment in CPD and a reallocation of the operating funds currently allotted toward policing, which represent 40% of the City’s operating budget and result in $4 million a day spent on policing. We reject the mayor’s proposal to equip all CPD officers with tasers which will cost between $13.3-20.8 million. Between 2009 and 2011 92% of tasers were used against Black and Latino targets. Despite CPD having purchased 600 tasers, police shootings have not gone down. The city continues to give CPD more money and more weapons that disproportionately harm Black and Brown lives and refuses to invest in the futures of Black communities in Chicago. We demand these proposed funds be re-investment in our communities through increased funding to our schools, reopening of the 50 schools closed, reopening of the mental health centers that were closed, housing for the homeless and a jobs program for our most underserved communities.
From Chicago to Oakland, New Orleans to New York City, Black people live under police occupation everyday. Black folks who are poor, women, formerly incarcerated, working class, LGBTQ and gender non-conforming, differently abled, and/or undocumented are particularly vulnerable to police violence and hyper-surveillance. As a people living in Black bodies, state-sanctioned violence is always a clear and present danger. This must end.
Among the many measures we believe are needed:
We demand all local, state and federal budgets to defund the police and invest those dollars and resources in Black futures= education, healthcare, housing and jobs.
We want reparations for chattel slavery, Jim Crow and mass incarceration.
We want to end all profit from so-called “criminal justice” punishment – both public and private.
We want a guaranteed income for all, living wages, a federal jobs program, and freedom from discrimination for all workers.
We want the labor of Black transgender and cisgender women (unseen and seen, unpaid and paid) to be valued and supported, not criminalized and marginalized.
We want investments in Black communities that promote economic sustainability and eliminate the displacement of our people.
Black people deserve to live with human dignity. We are building a movement rooted in people who understand why we must fight.
With Power and Love,
BLMChi, BYP100, Assata’s Daughters, STOP